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West Hartford’s Top Stories of 2018

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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 fourth full year of operation we continue to experience very strong growth in readership. The number of page views, newsletter subscribers, and Facebook followers continue to increase. I was particularly happy to see a large jump this year in the amount of time that readers spend on each page!

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.

In addition to the stories that I personally wrote during 2018, at the end of 2017 we welcomed Marlon Pitter as our sports reporter and he has had a major impact on the sports coverage that We-Ha.com has been able to provide. Marlon has covered Conard and Hall boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, baseball, football, soccer, and field hockey – and I hope you’ve had a chance to read his write-ups about our local student-athletes.

Summer interns Ryley McGinnis and Maddie Geerlof also contributed some great content during 2018.

It’s hard to decide how many stories to highlight but since we did 15 in 2015, 16 in 2016, and 17 in 2017, it seems to make sense to highlight the 18 most read and most talked about stories of 2018. Are you surprised at any of these? We’d love to hear what our readers consider the top stories of the year.

There were thousands of other stories published in 2018 on We-Ha.com, positive stories as well as tragic ones, that impacted the lives of our residents.

Others that just missed the top 18 range from a search for home invasion suspects in May, to voting for Best of West Hartford, to a guide to Celebrate West Hartford!, to a sneak peek at the Junior League of Hartford Show House.

I’m excited to see what 2019 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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