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  • Anthony Battiato and Kasandra Catlett in front of the devastated house on Elm Street

    (Photo by Phyllis Battiato)

10. Fiddlers Green

The final entry in the top ten list is another development story, about Fiddler's Green in Goshen, a proposed walkable complex of rental apartments, in six buildings on 96 acres, that will include studio and one-bedroom apartments with optional den/office space to meet the needs of young professionals, downsizing senior citizens, and veterans.

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9. The larger-than-life Gary Greenwald

Coming in at number 9 is “Joanna Greenwald remembers her larger-than-life father.” Joanna Greenwald talked about the lessons she learned from her beloved father, Chester attorney Gary Greenwald, who died in July 2016. One lesson she recalled: “You never know who's sitting across from you. Never judge. Treat everyone with respect. Treat others as you want to be treated — with compassion.”

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8. Anti-semitic picketers

“Courthouse picketers target foes with anti-semitic slurs,” number eight, was about a couple carrying signs with anti-semitic messages in front of the county courthouse in Goshen to protest what he said was unfair treatment by the Family Court. “I planned this for a long time,” the man said. “I'm thinking, 'What can I possibly do to get attention?'”

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7. War story

Coming in seventh is “Chester LeBaron and the ship that wouldn't sin,” describing the Goshen veteran's harrowing survival of a Japanese kamikaze attack on the USS Lindsey, a destroyer minelayer that operated in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

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6. Historic Track fire

The sixth most-read story of the year was the fire that destroyed much of the Goshen Historic Track, a national landmark dating back to 1838, in August. The fire completely demolished several barns, stables and the historic blacksmith shop. Because of the quick action of first responders and nearby good samaritans, all of the horses were saved.

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<5. Goshen Hospitality business development

Next up is the $40 million business development proposed for 62 -acres parcel on Cheechunk Road in the Town of Goshen, which will bring two hotels, a restaurant, two medical buildings, and two office buildings. The property owner, Goshen Hospitality and Management Group, likes the site's close proximity to Route 17 and the Fletcher Street exit. Construction will begin when the developer secures local and state approvals, with water and sewer issues resolved.

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4. Fugitive search

Next in popularity is the story of a search for a fugitive, which attracted attention as police choppers circled over the Village of Chester one day in October. The state police at first characterized the fugitive as an escaped prisoner but then said officers were looking for Sean Dieudonne, 28, of Chester, who had a warrant for selling drugs and fled from the police on foot.

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3. Legoland New York

A close third was Legoland New York, a major theme park expected to transform Goshen. A sustained resistance failed to stop the $500 million project, which will be located off Route 17's Exit 125, on 523 acres off Harriman Drive. The park is projected to open in 2020 and generate about 2.2 million visitors per year, say Legoland officials. Critics say town officials project approved the project in a secretive and underhanded way, and that the parl will devastate Goshen's water supply, environment, and quiet way of life.

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What the Legoland workforce will look like

Legoland review 'fatally flawed," consultants say

Longtime planning board member says Legoland supporters removed him

Legoland proposes new traffic solution

2. Young heroes

The pair of Chester teenagers, Anthony Battiato and Kasandra Catlett, who rescued the slumbering Peterman family from the late-night fire consuming their house came as the second most-read story of the year. “Without them driving by we might not have gotten out of the house, for sure,” Bill Peterman said. “Ten more minutes would have made the difference.” Anthony and Kasandra received the Kiwanis Club's Everyday Hero Award. Chester Academy Principal Denis Petrilak, Vice-principal Rolando Aguilar, Mayor Tom Bell all lauded their bravery and quick thinking.

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1. The case of the dead horses

The most-read story of 2017 was the disturbing case of 11 horses found dead on Argus Farm in Goshen. An ASPA officer found that four of the horses starved to death while locked in a barn, with an emaciated lone survivor. An Orange County grand jury in October charged farm owner Jeanne Ryan, 51, of ten felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and the mistreatment of a tenth horse. Ryan's attorney, Michael Sussman, said in November that Ryan's medical records show why she may not have been able to care for the horses on her farm. She is due back in court on Jan. 16.

Goshen woman arrested, charged with deaths of horses

Death toll at horse farm now at 11

I ask for your understanding as I represent Jeanne Ryan

Four horses found dead in Goshen barn

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