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Concord Year in Review: Boston Sports Stars and Scandalous School News

From the Concord man caught stealing Mike Napoli’s first baseman’s mitt to controversy in the schools, Concord Patch’s top stories of 2013 featured an eclectic mix.

CCHS Principal Peter Badalament and Superintendent of Schools Diana Rigby address residents at an October forum where the officials apologized for the controversial 9/11 remembrance at CCHS. Photo by Patrick Ball
CCHS Principal Peter Badalament and Superintendent of Schools Diana Rigby address residents at an October forum where the officials apologized for the controversial 9/11 remembrance at CCHS. Photo by Patrick Ball

What a year this was, 2013.

It’s been said that “2013 Was The Most Boston Year Ever.” And perhaps that’s true: From winter storm Nemo to the Boston Marathon bombings to the arrest of Aaron Hernandez, the mayoral election and the Red Sox World Series Championship, there were scores of stories that thrust Greater Boston into national headlines.

The Hub got a lot of love, but our little town of Concord had quite a bit of news in its own right.

Let’s see: The bottled water bylaw took effect and survived two attempts at repeal; a contentious School Committee race saw two new members elected; teachers rallied; a former student sued the schools; a beloved business shut down, the police chief left town and the transportation department may have finally found a home … in Acton

When it comes to Concord Patch's most popular stories of the past six months, the topics are an eclectic mix of quintessentially local news -- from the strange to the extravagant, with schools and police represented as well. 

They are: 

  1. Concord Man Caught Red-Handed Trying to Steal Sox Star's Mitt
  2. 'Muslim Poem' Read on Sept. 11 at CCHS; Administrators Respond
  3. Outrage, Understanding as CCHS Officials Apologize for 9/11 Remembrance
  4. Police Log: A Pack of Coyotes, an Injured Hawk and Parking Complaints
  5. Big Ticket Item: Garnett’s House for Sale
And now, a month-by-month look at Concord Patch's most popular stories from July through December.

A swimming accident and news of a new business made headlines in July, when the most widely read posts were: 
In August, the most popular posts dealt with animal calls and a lawsuit over alleged bullying at Concord-Carlisle High School: 
More school news among the top posts in September, when controversy around the reading of a Muslim poem and omission of the Pledge of Allegiance on Sept. 11 and another incident at Walden Pond made headlines: 
In October, Concord's quirky connections to Boston's professional sports teams accounted for the most popular posts: 
November's top news was pulled from the police logs, and also included the opening of a much-anticipated eatery: 
And, in December, Town Meeting coverage took the top spot, followed by another excerpt from the police log: 
Want More Year in Review content? Check out our Best of the Blogs post. 

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