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Top of 2011: Our Top Ten Stories for the Year

Part five of our series rounding up the top 50 stories of 2011

Here it is: the top 10 most-read stories published on Charlestown Patch in 2011. Our final list includes a couple of things that you would expect—more Whitey Bulger stories and Hollywood in Boston, along with this year's drama around the Durty Harry's convenience store.

The top story, though? It surprised me. Does it surprise you?

These rankings have been determined by their online traffic alone and don't necessarily reflect what you might think about them. If you think that an important story didn't make the list, feel free to talk about it in the comments section.

The headlines follow below. Click on them to see more.

10.  (Oct. 31)

9.  (Aug. 31)

8.  (Aug. 16)

7.  (Dec. 15)

6.  (May 23)

5.  (June 23)

4.  (Sept. 1)

3.  (Nov. 30)

2.  (Oct. 12)

1.  (Aug. 27)

Mary Doherty December 30, 2011 at 01:16 PM
I looked through the list of the top 50 stories and it seems such a shame that so many of them were concerned with violence or crime. Kind of makes you wonder. There were so many other excellent stories that have no mention here. Too bad that internet traffic is the decider. A sign of the times.
Kevin Kelly December 30, 2011 at 09:31 PM
The story that affected Charlestown the most, in my opinion, is the passing of community icons Gloria Conway and Peter Looney.
Kathleen Whelan Giordano January 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I totally agree with Kevin Kelly and Mary Doherty. There were many articles from Helen O'Neil and Jack Kelly that were well enjoyed by your readers. You should remember that the Charlestown Patch is a "neighborhood" paper that features news of the "neighborhood." If we want to read about what's happening outside our one square mile, we go to the Boston dailies. Perhaps, one of the top stories in Charlestown this past year, that spurred much emotion, covered the plans for reconstrucion of Rutherford Ave. I urge you, in order to stay relevant to your Charlestown readers, get out on the streets and meet them and learn their stories and what's important to them. And, please, don't judge and rank your stories on what you've written, but rather by what the members of the community have submitted and how the readers have responded to them.

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