Eastchester, N.Y. Mother Nature had a prominent role in the top ten stories in Eastchester and Tuckahoe this year, highlighted by Hurricane Irene and an early snow storm in October. The Generoso Pope Foundation was a force of nature too delighting us all with fireworks and sharing the celebration of the100th anniversary of its building in Tuckahoe. World travelers and hometown heroes also made the list.
1. While the Eastchester Fire Department members are expected to rush into a burning building at any moment, that is not the role of members of the Tuckahoe Police Department. But that did not stop two Tuckahoe police officers from putting their own lives in danger to save a Tuckahoe man whose house was engulfed in flames.
2. Speaking of heroes, members of the VFW and American Legion in Eastchester attended the September 11 memorial in town this year. But Post Commander Bob Foster feared that the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor , was no longer an event that anyone remembered. But the Daily Eastchester and high school students from Bronxville, Tuckahoe and Eastchester also remembered that day.
3. A hero came home to Tuckahoe this summer bearing a gift. Tuskegee Airman Capt. Edward W. Woodward brought his prized airman statute back to Tuckahoe .
4. Another honored guest came to visit Tuckahoe this summer. Archbishop Timothy Dolan came to the Assumption Church in honor of it's 100th anniversary.
5. Another anniversary was celebrated in Tuckahoe, that of the Generoso Pope Foundation building in Depot Square. There were dancing in the streets, a truly amazing light show and fireworks.
6. Then there was a nail-biting 11 days County Legislator Sheila Marcotte waited to find out if she won back her seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
7. We haven't had any snow since then, but we did have snow for Halloween . DPW workers stayed out day and night making sure the village was safe for trick or treaters.
8. The Tuckahoe and Eastchester libraries had amazing programs, events and activities in 2011, but the personal favorite of the Daily Eastchester was the celebration of Banned Book Day .
9. Who could forget the sight of that empty freezer days before Thanksgiving at the Eastchester Community Action Program in Tuckahoe.? Equally memorable was the community response.
10. And we end where we began with coverage of the $ 12.8 million dollar bond that was successfully passed by voters in October. The bond that will expand the Eastchester Middle School which will relieve overcrowding. But long before the vote, school officials and just about everyone in town from students to seniors weighed in on the expansion project.
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