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Briarcliff's Top Stories Of 2012

Hurricane Sandy caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to Briarcliff Manor in 2012.
Hurricane Sandy caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to Briarcliff Manor in 2012. Photo Credit: Andrew Meola

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Daily Voice has been counting down to the new year by listing, in no particular order, the top stories from 2012. Here is the list:

  • Thousands of people in Briarcliff Manor lost power, roads were closed, streets flooded, and trees fell when Hurricane Sandy swept into the area in late October.
  • While there has been no connection made to a possible cancer cluster, the contaminated fields at Briarcliff Middle and High School are set to be cleaned up in 2013.
  • A Mamaroneck woman pleaded not guilty after being charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 4-year-old Briarcliff son, Jason "Jake" Reish.
  • The Archdiocese of New York listed St. Theresa School as "at-risk" for closing at the end of the school year.
  • The Consolidated Edison work stoppage in July affected Briarcliff Manor streetlights, as recently installed street lamps on North State Road remained without power for weeks.
  • Ossining’s Jane Shakman was killed in July when she was hit by a car in Briarcliff Manor. The 62-year-old was riding her bike along Chappaqua Road when she was hit by Briarcliff Manor resident Valerie Naber.
  • The Briarcliff school district eliminated 27 teacher aide positions in February and later hired teacher assistants to replace them.
  • A fire destroyed a 500-foot maintenance garage in Briarcliff Manor in October. The building might have been saved if firefighters had been able to hook up to a hydrant that had been shut down in 2010.
  • The Briarcliff Manor Board of Education experienced major turnover , with board President Guy Rotondo and Trustee Eric Bashford not seeking re-election in May and Vice President Rosella Ranno resigning. Newcomers Dina Brantman and Michael Haberman ran uncontested to join the board, and Jonathan Satran was appointed later.
  • Briarcliff Manor volunteer firefighter John Mezzatesta , 38, died after losing his battle with cancer in March.

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