GREENWICH, Conn. – As 2012 comes to a close, The Greenwich Daily Voice is counting down some of the top stories of the year .
Below is a recap of the most-read news stories and the biggest sports stories in Greenwich of 2012.
- The biggest story of 2012 in Greenwich was the effect of Hurricane Sandy on the town.
- A man died in an "intentional" house fire on Havemeyer Lane that also severely injured his mother.
- William McKersie was named the new superintendent of schools after a search that lasted nearly a year.
- The year-long saga of testing dangerous chemicals underneath the athletic fields at Greenwich High School finally came to a close .
- Greenwich voted Republican in the presidential, U.S. Senate, State Senate and state representative races. But Democrat Jim Himes won the most votes in Greenwich in the U.S. House race.
- Cos Cob residents came out in force to oppose the construction of a proposed synagogue on Orchard Street.
- A bear cub went for a stroll through downtown Greenwich before being tranquilized and removed by officials.
- Greenwich resident Joe Lancoe wrote a new definition of "lucky" by winning the lottery twice in two months .
- Greenwich was all over the Forbes "Richest Americans" list once again. The town boasts eight billionaires , according to the magazine.
- The top sports stories of the year in Greenwich included a record-setting eight-year-old swimmer, the Greenwich High School football team's resurgence, the Greenwich High state champion girls lacrosse team, the 20-0 Greenwich High baseball team, Greenwich golfer Danny Balin and a no-hitter thrown by Brian Shutzman for the Greenwich Legion baseball team.