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Tale of Forgiveness Tops 2013 Deerfield News

Patch’s countdown of its 10 most read stories for 2013 is complete.

Karen Kaplan of Highland Park, formerly of Deerfield (second from left) with her children (from left) Noah Boton, Raquel Boton and Max Boton.
Karen Kaplan of Highland Park, formerly of Deerfield (second from left) with her children (from left) Noah Boton, Raquel Boton and Max Boton.

A lot happened in Deerfield in 2013. When Patch took a look at its most read stories, some of which had national appeal, there were some surprises.

Please take a look back with us at the most read stories of 2013.

1.         When the Deerfield home of Karen Kaplan and her family was invaded in March, it was one of the most read stories on Patch. In November she publically forgave the perpetrators and her message was read around the world. It became the most viewed story of 2013.

2.         When Michael Jordan decided to auction his Highland Park estate, it was very well read in Deerfield, when he set a minimum price people wanted to know about it and when it failed to bring his $13 million floor interest was there but when a broker’ video was available to view, it was Deerfield’s second most read story of 2013.

3.         The disappearance of Ronald Kite in July was Deerfield Patch’s seventh most read story of the year and when a body later turning out to be his was recovered from the Des Plaines River, it was the third most read article of the year, eclipsing the confirmation of his identity by the Lake County Coroner.

4.         A major event for Deerfield came in August when fecal coliform got into the water supply and a boil order was issued. Though Mayor Harriet Rosenthal took personal responsibility, it turned out the issue could have been prevented if Highland Park’s testing lab had acted more promptly. Deerfield still gets its water from Highland Park, but it is tested in Lake Bluff.

5.         One of our blogger’s, Anna Pamula of Renu Day Spa, had the 10th most read item on Deerfield Patch in 2013 with her post personally discussing arthritis pain and the benefits to coconut oil.

6.         “Superman” Sam Sommer died at 8 from leukemia but showed people throughout Deerfield, the North Shore and around the world what kind of a fighter he was after he was diagnosed with leukemia 18 months ago. Donations can still be made to the Sam Sommer Fund at Congregation Am Shalom.

7.         Deerfield’s Ronald Kite went missing in July and people responded with tips to the Deerfield Police Department. The search did not end well and that story will be featured later this week.

8.         Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) told a Chamber of Commerce gathering he had some misgivings about the roll out of the Affordable Care Act and Patch’s story made national news.

9.         After the Illinois General Assembly passed conceal carry legislation in June, home rule municipalities like Deerfield had a short amount of time to act if they wanted to legislate over assault weapons. Mayor Harriet Rosenthal wasted little time letting the Village Board know what she wanted, a spirited debate followed,  and an ordinance was passed.

10.       When a car and garbage truck collided near the intersection of Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads in October, the truck took down a utility pole and traffic was rerouted for hours.

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