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What Was Brick's Biggest Story of 2011?

Blizzard aftermath, referendum, elections and Hurricane Irene among the finalists

Between racking our brains and looking over our site statistics to find the most-read stories of 2011, we combed through the archives to find Brick's biggest story of the year.

But frankly, there were too many big ones to reach a definitive conclusion! This past year was a big one in Brick Township. Between weather, politics, sinking boats and boardwalk mayhem, Brick and the Shore area made our jobs pretty exciting in 2011. Something tells us that 2012 will bring just as many rounds of fireworks.

So here's our list, based on your readership, of 2011's top stories. Make sure to tell us in the comments which issue YOU thought was Brick's (or the region's) biggest.

RANK STORY NAME 10. Boardwalk Mayhem: Summer weekend on Point Beach boardwalk 9. March Shock: 171 Municipal Jobs 8. Highway Horror: 7. Shipwreck: Fishing Boat, Owned by Brick Man, 6. Friday Night Suprise: Severe Storms Brick, 5. School Board Revolt: Ticket Led by Sharon Kight 4. Holy Snow!: After Blizzard, 3. See Ya Later: as Approaches 2. New Faces: Democrats of Municipal Office 1. Show Me the Money: Municipal Referendum
Joseph Woolston Brick December 31, 2011 at 06:36 PM
This is too easy, for me it's the firing of half the township council. Here's another story which is very personal for me, finding out how many caring people there are in this town, OK I might be a little biased living here. But I don't think you find the the kind of caring for others in surrounding towns that you do in this one. When the crap hit the fan with the snow storms, people actually grabbed their snow shovels and shoveled the streets so that others could get out. Amazing!
Sean Conneamhe December 31, 2011 at 07:47 PM
"The closing of Denny's Restaurant following the poor reception to their ill-conceived 'Baconalia' promotion."
Daniel Nee (Editor) December 31, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Hahaha! That might be comment of the year!
Denny D December 31, 2011 at 11:50 PM
The total collapse of the Republican party after the Democrats were flatlined two years ago. The Republicans had to really make an effort to lose power in an Ocean County town run by Republican connected hacks. Maybe it's time to stop sucking up to get political hand outs and start giving a shit about the citizens.
clamdigger January 01, 2012 at 06:58 AM
The is too easy....The utter stupidity of people choosing to believe (the mayor,council members,the head of the DPW & anyone else involved) that it was necessary to approve the referendum to exceed the 2% CAP. <<Insert golf clap here>> The second was (the Democratic party's invisible candidates until the last possible minute) voting in a candidate who is as stable a citizen as a fugitive on the run. I'll leave the whole Fozman issue alone because he did the best Bill Clinton impersonation and got away with it. Hat's off to Mr.Fozman for that whole "I didn't inhale" scenerio. Well to quote Col.Potter; "Here's to the New Year; may it be a damned sight better than the old one" Happy New Year.
Denny D January 01, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Well all I can say is that the Republicans in Brick must have been viewed as being WORSE than the Democrats.. The election wasn't even close. Remember the last two Mayoral election campaigns? The Republicans continually tried to link the Democratic candidates to Joe Scarpelli who was put in prison for improprieties. His name became poisoness. Does "ScarKELLY" and "SCavanaugh" ring a bell? Now the shoe is on the other foot. Do not blame the Democrats for the shift in power. The Republicans did their best to lose the trust of the electorate. A new toxic individual has taken hold in Brick. It is called guilt by association. Isn't that correct?
disgusted homeowner January 01, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I'm sure it's only a matter of time before more improprieties perpetrated by the outgoing council are uncovered, especially this solar company hired to redevelop the French's landfill site. The info involving Standard Alternatives, LLC is very sketchy at best. Being run out of an apartment in Hoboken? Are they even still located there? Do they sell used cars also??? Very SHADY to say the least. But it was STEVE'S TEAM that hired them..............
Watchman January 01, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Denny ,your last line says it all.The T.C.either forgot or never realized that they don't work for themselves,other council buddies,the R party,friends and family or the Mayor.They work for US and US said GET LOST.
JB January 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I also believe your #2 was the biggest story in Brick in 2011. Dems sweep R. A follow up story Should be how DeLuca and company are exiting so bitter!
Joseph Woolston Brick January 02, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Can't believe the Dems VS Republicans all the time out of this group. The Dems did not sweep to victory or were hired because they were a better choice, they got in because they were the only other choice and in order to fire the other four idiots we had to put them in office, So Dems get off your high horse for us Independents out number you and are the ones that put the Dems in office, believe me if we had other choices they would have been put in, to those that were put in office, better listen to the people of Brick or you too will be in the same shoes as the four out going R's are now. What is happening in Brick is a microcosm of what is happening nationally, here, educate yourselves http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2011-12-22/voters-political-parties/52171688/1

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