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Top hits in 2019 at YourArlington

UPDATED, Jan. 3: Every December, as the year gives up the ghost, news organizations drone on about their "top stories."

YourArlington 260Well, what puts a story on top? I think it's hard to know.

For Arlington in 2019, it may have been the ongoing story about Lt. Rick Pedrini or the opposition to zoning changes culminating in a no-action vote last spring. Each has had its own impact.

Patch provides a list without defining what a "big story" is: See some here>> 

YourArlington published all those listed, sometimes providing a first report and the basis for Patch. You can expect a similar listing in The Advocate.

I decided to leave the issue up to the numbers -- that is, what stories and opinion pieces received the most total hits in 2019? Here are the revised answers:

Top-10 news stories

1.) 8,224: Rediscover Mill Brook via video, Old Schwamb exhibit; written by freelancer Judith Pfeffer

2.) 4,028: Police say 2nd suspicious Lake St. fire hits home/chabad 

3.) 3,796: Second AHS rebuild forum draws estimated 200 -- 25 with questions 

4.) 3,770: A special election: AHS rebuild, override OK'd with strong support

5.) 3,767: Vote deadline passes for new Arlington High School 'A

6.) 3,599: 2 Mass. Ave. eating options OK'd: Bakehouse to take Bagels By Us space; written by freelancer Susan Gilbert

7.) 3,587: Center's new CBD store touts health without high 

8.) 3,580: Two marijuana-shop proposals get go-ahead 

9.) 3,577: LONG-LASTING BLOOD: Arlington entrepreneur seeks funding for cryopreservation 

10.) 3,339: Mill Pond Pond Park dedicated, and Fitzmaurice draws honor 

Top-10 opinion pieces (corrected)

1.) 12,928:  Letters: 4 on Tuesday's ballot questions

2.) 10,643: 9th annual Arlington International Film Festival (numbers combimes for two ongoing columns in 2019)

3.) 7,133: New site design spurs plea

4.) 6,336: Build Arlington's Future kicks off yes-vote drive 

5.)  5,559: Do you support, oppose rebuilding AHS? Why? 

6.) 4,800: Are we in a real-estate market slowdown? Locally, not yet; written by real estate column by Steve Poltorzycki

7.) 4,607: A senior on a 'fixed income' endorses 2 yes votes 

8.) 4,478:  Zoning for sustainability, resilience in Arlington

 9.) 4,311: What further should the town do after officer's harsh words? 

10.) 4,261: 'We love you. We will always be here.' AHS graduation speeches

This listing was published Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, and updated Jan. 3, to correct listing.

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