Many of the top stories of the year for East Greenwich are predictable, but the top story – about the recovery of the so-called Narragansett Rune Stone – is perhaps surprising. After all, the stone was actually in North Kingstown, if nearby to East Greenwich. But that story had a reach far beyond Rhode Island even.
The second story on the list also managed to reach beyond East Greenwich. Written by East Greenwich High School student Mikayla Baiocchi, the story of two EG teens who happened to be at Boston Marathon finish line at the time of the blasts and caught in a photo behind one of the alleged bombers mixed a great angle with perfect timing. It would have done well no matter what, but it got picked up by AOL (Patch's parent company) and put on AOL's home page, where it got thousands more page views.
The third top story was one that involved a lot of us – the E coli scare that prompted a boil-water advisory by Kent County Water Authority.
Here are the top 15 stories, in terms of page views, on EG Patch in 2013 were:
Narragansett Rune Stone Returned, To Be Tested, 11,776 page views
Some EGHS Students Experienced Boston Marathon Firsthand, 10,006 page views
Kent County Customers Told To Boil Water, 7,979 page views
EG Bus Monitor Arrested On Child Porn Charges, 5,034 page views
Unleashed Dog Spooks Horse, Rider Hurt At Goddard, 4,645 page views
Three Arrested In Drug Bust On Lillibridge Drive, 4,515 page views
Health Department Guidelines For KCWA Water Crisis, 4,381 page views
Rabid Racoon Still On Loose, 2 People Bit, 3,695 page views
Firefighters Union Votes 36-1 No Confidence In Chief, 3,610 page views
Police Log: Bomb Bust, Too Drunk Patrons, 2,557 page views
EG Man Dies After Accident on I-195, 2,505 page views
EG Police Lieutenant Arrested For Assault, Disorderly Conduct, 2,470 page views
Obituary: Roger G. Allard, 70, 2,367 page views
Indian Restaurant To Replace Centro, 2,339 page views
Sick Fox In Frenchtown–High Hawk Area, Caution Urged, 2,294 page views