Top 10 Feel Good Stories of 2013

Check out some of the best good news stories from Mahwah this year.

Mahwah resident Ava Rasmussen penned a book with her mom to help kids battling cancer feel better.
Mahwah resident Ava Rasmussen penned a book with her mom to help kids battling cancer feel better.

Throughout 2013, Patch has covered police, fire, school, local business, government, election, and community news. Our picks for the top 10 “feel good” stories of the year span nearly every news category.

There were many to choose from, but below are stories about things that happened in Mahwah during 2013 that we hope brought smiles to readers’ faces.

Mahwah Kid Battling Leukemia Pens Cancer-Coping Book

Ava Rasmussen and her mom published a book of poems they wrote to help the 7-year-old feel better during treatment. Now they say they hope the book can do the same for other kids.

Mahwah School Nurse Helps Save Drowning 6-Year-Old

Donna Ciongoli says she was at Wawayanda Beach with family members when she saw a 'completely blue' little boy being taken from the water.

Family Preps Late Firefighter's 'Florograph' Portrait for Rose Parade

Mahwah resident Mike Drozd, who died in a 2008 car crash, will be honored on The Sharing Network's Rose Parade float on New Year's Day.

Governor Names Mahwah 22-Year-Old 'Environmentalist of the Year'

Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel, the founder and Executive Director of MEVO, attended the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony to receive the recognition.

Resident Claims Kilmer Poem Proof

A local researcher says he's found proof that Joyce Kilmer's poem 'Trees' was written in the township.

Mahwah High Schooler Publishes First Novel

Deanna Altomara said she first got the idea for her book, 'Ageless,' in the fifth grade.

Students Honor Mahwah's 'Everyday Heroes'

Ceremony presented 'Open Your Heart' awards that students hope will inspire members of the community to be nicer to one another.

Mahwah Thanks Veterans with Speeches, Songs, Permanent Tribute

See a photo gallery from Mahwah's 2013 Veterans Day ceremony.

Mahwah Firefighters Shave Heads for Volunteer Battling Cancer

Company 3 comes together in support of Ambulance volunteer Jodie Meyer.

The Most Popular Dog Names in Mahwah 2013

Sammy, Roxy, Bella, and Molly are all popular choices, but they didn't clinch the #1 spot. Also, check to see some of the most unique names given to Mahwah pups.


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