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The Final Countdown: Top Daily Voice Stories Of 2016

Bergen County Sheriff's Officer Rob Mantone, Justin Bieber.
Bergen County Sheriff's Officer Rob Mantone, Justin Bieber. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE PHOTO: Rob Mantone
Asit Parikh and his mom, X Parikh, outside of the Zenesis House on Henry Street in Paramus.
Asit Parikh and his mom, X Parikh, outside of the Zenesis House on Henry Street in Paramus. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

Daily Voice this week ran the top stories of 2016. In case you missed them, here they are!

Carlstadt murder/suicide : Three youngsters rescued by police over their Carlstadt backyard fence this past summer will soon have a memory book honoring their mother.

Whiffle ball: A group of friends in Wanaque continue to play whiffle ball in honor of Nick Gretina, who died in 2005 at just 24 due to a congenital heart condition.

Snow-melting driveway : All it takes is a flip of a switch to clear the snow from one Paramus family's walkways and driveway.

Marijuana club : Since November, a Dumont man's recently launched Medical Marijuana Patients Club of New Jersey has grown from zero members to more than 300.

Recovery cafe : Back in October, Lisa Gladwell of River Edge announced her dream to open the Rise Up Café – a non-alcoholic place addicts in recovery could socialize.

"Real Santa" dies: Thousands of "Real Santa" fans across North Jersey were saddened to discover that the bearded man with the twinkle in his eye from Paterson had passed away just weeks before Christmas.

Bieber fever: Just Bieber pulled over a Bergen County Sheriff's officer and asked to take a selfie... and they did.

Suicide prevention walk: When Ashley Morolla of Maywood was planning a suicide awareness walk last July , she could hardly have anticipated the turnout. The October event, called Out of the Darkness, drew 500 people to Saddle River County Park in Saddle Brook.

Condo fire: Sofya Dorshenko might not be here today if it wasn't for three Mahwah police officers. Officers spotted the youngster, then 9, standing on her third-floor balcony as a fire raged through her condominium complex.

Just Pups: All but one of Vincent LoSacco's pet shops have been shut down since April, when Paramus police discovered 67 dogs being crated overnight in a van behind the Just Pups Route 17 store.

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