2012 was a very eventful year when it came to news here in Tuckahoe, Eastchester and Bronxville. The most read stories in our communities dealt with Superstorm Sandy, which claimed four lives here in the Lower Hudson Valley. A 51-year-old man was killed in Pearl River when a tree crashed onto his home. In North Salem, a tree that came down, killing two middle school-aged boys. Just north of us in Greenburgh, a motorist was killed on the Sprain Brook Parkway due to the stormy conditions.
While the storm certainly did affect us, the aftermath may have been even worse for many. Readers turned to Patch in droves to find out where to find gas, as the lines for fuel began to get longer and longer. Service stations such as the Bronxville Garage on Palmer Road and the Gulf and Mobil stations on White Plains Road all ran dry.
While the storm brought out the worst in some, it did end up bringing out the best in many more. Neighbors could be seen all around Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe helping one another out.
The disappearance of Eastchester resident Frank Forgione was the number two clicked on story for 2012. The 60-year-old man had been missing for five days. He was last seen leaving an Armonk diner on October 18 at 2 a.m. Forgione's body was eventually found off the shore of the Rockland County community of Stony Point. The medical examiner's office didn't determine his cause of death until earlier this month. Drowning and heart disease were given as the reason for Forgione's death.
The number three story on this Patch site for 2012 was the melee at Immaculate Conception Church. The church's annual June carnival turned violent when several teens starting fighting. Officers from Tuckahoe and Eastchester swooped in to break up the brawl. One Eastchester Police officer had to be taken to the hospital for injuries he sustained while trying to end the fight.