Fair Lawn resident Josh Amaya, a young Navy Veteran, was found dead on Oct. 10. Sam Leigh, who served with Amaya at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., broke the story.
After a month of taking heat from parents and school board members for not writing college recommendation letters, Fair Lawn teachers, led by teachers' union president Gene Kuffel, struck back at their detractors at October's crowded Board of Education meeting.
This rather unassuming video and photo gallery marking the grand opening of Broadway Puppies took on a life of its own after commenters began accusing the establishment of being a puppy mill.
In May, Fair Lawn resident Thanh Nguyen, 21, was seriously injured after the motorcycle he was driving was hit by a car at Plaza Road and Route 208 North. The accident backed up traffic for nearly five hours.
James Sarvis, of Teaneck, was charged with aggravated assault the next day in connection with the accident. According to police reports, Sarvis was trying to dodge traffic by driving in the shoulder of Route 208 North when he hit Nguyen, who was entering the highway at Plaza Road.
In August, police busted a house party where they found 42 individuals engaging in underage drinking, nine of whom were 18 or older.
The article garnered attention from commenters because it elicited age-old questions about the legitimacy of the drinking age in the United States.
Fair Lawn resident Rafi Chehirian, 59, climbed a ladder to his roof to check for storm-related damage following Hurricane Irene when he apparently lost his balance and fell to the ground.
In early June, a pipe bomb explosion rocked Hunter Place and rained debris on neighboring cars and homes.
Four of the year's top 10 stories actually involved Hurricane Irene (which has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm), but I've condensed them into a single rung on the Top 10 list. This story, in which the third day of hurricane coverage unfolded and floodwaters rose to their highest point in over a century, was the most popular story that appeared on the site in 2011.