FBI One-Click Virus Check
The most-read article of 2012 wasn’t unique to Brookfield but offered that had apparently infected some 500,000 computers in the U.S. The free virus check was offered through the FBI — who wouldn’t click that headline?
Pre-Schools and Dance Studios
Hitting the top of our most-read list this year were two of our Readers’ Choice articles: Brookfield Pre-Schools and Dance Studios. Both polls received around 3,000 votes, with past and present patrons of all the local establishments weighing in.
Missing Brookfield Teen
Some of the most-read posts and easily the most-read collection of articles this year revolved around the sudden disappearance of 17-year-old Brookfielder Henry Manning. Manning had last been seen with his friends at Westfield Connecticut Post Mall in Milford and was not heard from for over a week and a half.
The youth made a couple of calls home before finally being located in New York City nearly three weeks after disappearing. Manning was reunited with his family a few days later.
Shots Fired on Surrey Drive
After a Brookfield youth was charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm in his back yard, readers began a 67-count comment thread about where and how guns should be shot safely. The robust discussion lead to this routine arrest report becoming one of the most-read stories of the year.
In a sad turn, our final most-read post of the year was the death of Brookfielder Arnold Cresci, whose car went off the road during a snow and ice storm in late-November. According to Brookfield police, the 79-year-old resident was traveling below the posted 25 mph speed limit on Ironworks Hill Road when the tragic accident occurred.