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West Hartford’s Top Stories of 2017

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We-Ha.com looks back at West Hartford’s most read stories of 2017.

By Ronni Newton

Happy New Year!

As the calendar year comes to an end, I always think it’s interesting to take a glance into the rearview mirror to see which West Hartford stories and issues attracted the most attention.

We-Ha.com was officially launched in September 2014, and in our third full year of operation we continue to experience very strong growth in readership. We had fewer tragedies and breaking news stories in 2017 than in 2016 (which is a good thing), yet have consistently exceeded 250,000 page views per month!

If you click on the links below you may notice that some of our top stories from early in the 2017 don’t seem to have any Facebook shares, but that’s because we changed from an “http” to an “https” site in late October, and the change in URL wiped out the record of the Facebook shares.

This year’s stories covered a wide range of topics, including business openings and closings, events, features on residents, sports, school activities, burglaries and other crimes, sports, animals, and weather.

These stories touched everyone’s lives in different ways and left impressions that won’t soon be forgotten.

Summer interns Gillian Hixson and Jackie Palermo contributed some great content during 2017, and we are excited to welcome Marlon Pitter, who has recently joined We-Ha.com as a sports reporter and has already been covering Conard and Hall basketball and hockey.

It’s hard to decide how many stories to highlight but since we did 15 in 2015 and 16 in 2016, it seems to make sense to highlight the 17 most read and most talked about stories of 2017. Are you surprised at any of these? We’d love to hear what you consider the top stories of the year.

There were thousands of other stories published in 2017 on We-Ha.com, positive stories as well as tragic ones, that impacted the lives of our residents.

Just missing the top-17 was the tribute to Cricket Press owner Tim Confessore, a lifelong West Hartford resident who died of cancer on Aug. 2.

Some other top stories include Zest 280’s reopening in February as a “mission-based” restaurant, offering a second chance with training in the culinary arts to formerly incarcerated people through a Community Partners in Action externship program; this year’s version of Matt Halloween house – the pirate “Ship of State”; and resident Dawn Conlon’s and her friend Chelsea Lamson’s dramatic tale of their escape from the Las Vegas mass shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on Oct. 1.

And there was plenty more restaurant news which caught the attention of readers – including the opening of Cook and the Bear in Blue Back Square, Zohara in West Hartford Center, and Zaytoon’s Bistro on Park Road. Lastly, there were dozens of stories about Los Imperios, a lengthy saga that included several court actions and loss of the establishment’s liquor license following a remonstrance hearing, and a story that may be nearing its end with the possible eviction of Los Imperios as early as next week for failure to comply with a court-ordered schedule of outstanding rent payments.

I’m excited to see what 2018 will bring. I’m sure there will be plenty of great stories to tell, and I look forward to another year of bringing hyperlocal news to West Hartford!

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