While Fremont Patch hasn’t been around the entire year, we’ve managed to write 950 articles about you and your neighbors in Fremont.
Unlike many of our Patch counterparts, some of the most-read stories of the year have been about local politics and government (though there’s still some crime in the list).
Here's a recap of the biggest news of the year, judged by how many people clicked through to read the stories.
- Election 2012: Harrison Primed For Fremont Mayor (Nov. 6): News of Bill Harrison capturing the mayor’s seat is the most popular article to date in Fremont Patch’s brief history here. Harrison, a councilmember of six years, received 22,121 votes, garnering the most votes (34 percent) casted in the mayoral election. The life-long Fremont resident was sworn in Dec. 4. Learn more about Harrison here.
- (Sept. 10): A 49-year-old woman was taking a nap inside of her Warm Springs home when she woke up to find four men surrounding her bed. One of the suspects had a gun. The mean beat the victim and tried to wrap duct tape around her eyes but she managed to break free and flee to a neighbor’s home.
- Man Found Dead in Alameda Creek From Possible Suicide (Nov. 2): An 86-year-old man was found dead in Alameda Creek near the area of Paseo Padre Parkway and Sequoia Terrace in what authorities said was a suicide. A suicide note was found inside one of his pockets.
- City Sports Club to Open Fremont Location Next Spring (Oct. 31): City Sports Club is set to open in the spring at the former site of the Cinedome Theaters. The new 44,400-square-foot gym will offer state-of-the-art fitness equipment, personal training and a variety of classes.
- (Nov. 6): Incumbent Lily Mei and candidates Desrie Y. Campbell and Ann Crosbie gained the most votes for the three open seats on the Fremont school board.
- Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Warm Springs Business (Dec. 13): A three-alarm fire destroyed C&H Enterprises, a manufacturing company located at 801 Boggs Ave. in Warm Springs. The roof of the building collapsed and firefighters remained on scene for several hours.
- Election 2012: Bacon and Chan Get Most Votes For City Council (Nov. 6): Five candidates were vying for two seats on the City Council, but incumbent Suzanne Chan and candidate Vinnie Bacon came out on top. The two were sworn into office on Dec. 4.
- Suju's Coffee to Open Second Shop on Stevenson (Sept. 26): Longtime local favorite Suju’s Coffee opened its second location in late September. The new coffee house is located at 4949 Stevenson Blvd. Suju’s roasts more than 60 kinds of coffee and will soon brew 120 kinds of loose teas from around the world.
- Man Arrested After Trying to Hang Girlfriend (Nov. 27): Daniel Howard, 31, of Fremont, was arrested for trying to kill his girlfriend by hanging her from a tree. Police received a call from a frantic female who said her boyfriend had tied her up. Arriving officers found her with her hands bound behind her back and a rope around her neck. Howard used her as a shield before pushing her and trying to flee. While in county jail, Howard was later charged in connection to the stabbing death of a 17-year-old Newark teen in December 2010.
- 18-Year-Old Hopes to be Fremont’s “New Face” (Aug. 27): While most college sophomores were busy getting settled into their dorms, Aziz Akbari had bigger things on his mind. The 18-year-old was running for Fremont mayor. Though he ultimately lost the race, it was a bold move for such a young person. Learn more about Akbari here.
What were other big news stories this year in Fremont? Which Fremont Patch story was your favorite? What would you like to see more of in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.