Most-read Swellesley Report stories of 2018

As 2018 ends, we’ve put together our annual list of The Swellesley Report’s most-read stories. It turns out our readers are interested in local happenings (no surprise given that our motto is “more than you really want to know about Wellesley, Massachusetts). But you also like to hear about the stars who walk among us; you seriously care about animals; and whatever’s quirky piques your interest. You, our readers, get us and for that we thank you.

In no particular order, here’s what Wellesley cared about in 2018. Stick with us in 2019 for more of the same great coverage you’ve come to expect from The Swellesley Report.

Stars of screen, politics, and sports walked among us

Wellesley-ites sit up and take notice when fame comes to town, which it did on a surprising number of occasions:

Showtime comedy SMILF filmed in Wellesley
Knives out movie being shot in Wellesley
Black Panther actor comes to town
Academy Award winner Sally Field read from her new book
Former Vice President Al Gore spoke about climate change
Madeleine Albright spoke at her alma mater
Yes Wellesley that was a Celtics star running by you

We lost a couple of our local luminaries

Wellesley mourns Robert J. Hinchliffe, longtime town leader
Wellesley loses town treasure, librarian Joellen Toussaint

Town issues always draw readers:

Opioid detox center plans to open in Wellesley
Gun found near Wellesley High School
Why the MBTA has cut down hundreds of Wellesley trees
Pedestrian struck and killed
The latest on proposed 40B projects in town
Historic John D. Hardy house could meet wrecking ball

Wellesley cares about what the kids are doing

Academic Decathlon team qualifies for Nationals
Multiple sports teams compete at the States tourneys
WMS science team competes at States
Dana Hall students walk out to protest gun violence and Wellesley High School students do the same

Swellesley readers have an eye for the quirky

Wasps sting Wellesley man
The Swellesley Report is worth $7.2 million? (editor’s note: we think it’s priceless)
Local reporter (me) almost hit by car
The case of the missing Wellesley menorah
Babson to move Earth

Anything animals is always big

Will Wellesley College ban dogs?
Frantic bystanders witness rescue of dog from Charles River
Wellesley is growing coyotes big these days

The really important question

Is humble Wellesley news site an enemy of the people? (editor’s note: A certain someone has mentioned something about that…)