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Yorktown's Top Stories of 2011

The first gay marriage in Yorktown is a memorable moment of 2011. What's your favorite Yorktown story of 2011?
The first gay marriage in Yorktown is a memorable moment of 2011. What's your favorite Yorktown story of 2011? Photo Credit: Jennifer Swift

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - 2011 was a year filled with surprises like hurricanes and October snowstorms, elections and board decisions, as well as great neighbor stories. To gear up for 2012, and celebrate The Daily Yorktown's stories since June 1, 2011 we've compiled a list of some of the more notable stories that affected Yorktown residents.

A snowstorm in October , often referred to as "Snowtober" left Yorktown residents without power for days . The snow storm that dumped a seemingly unexpected amount of snow on the region then spurred for renewed calls for investigation of the power companies servicing Yorktown when residents were still without power as the snow began to melt away.

29 years after they first met , Gary Porto and Ruben Santiago married at Yorktown Town Hal l. Porto and Rodriguez were the first gay couple to be married in Yorktown after New York state passed the same-sex marriage bill .

September's primary left the race for Yorktown Supervisor with three main contenders . Current Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel went up against former Yorktown Supervisor Don Peters, but Michael Grace, the only candidate who never held the position of Supervisor before, won the race after November's numbers on election night showed Grace trailing Peters by 2. Grace would eventually win the election .

Tragedies which took place in years and months past weren't forgotten in 2011. Young Yorktown Advocates United gained momentum and held events throughout the year , while the Justin Veatch Fund continued to educate youth and share Justin Veatch's message. Michelle Scavarda who lost her brother in a car accident years ago, published a book and held a book signing at the winery to educate others on sibling loss.

To wrap up 2011, Yorktown residents wrapped and purchased presents for families who were less fortunate, volutneered at food pantries to assemble food and gift baskets for the holidays, sang holiday songs all around town, and shopped till they dropped (and then came back for more ) at the mall (who also welcomed new management in 2011.)

What's your most memorable story of 2011?

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