With countless high points and low points, it's been a memorable year in Novato. As a review, we are counting down the Novato Patch stories that received the highest readership during 2012. Maybe you have vivid memories of them — or maybe you missed them completely. For folks new here, this is an overview of what's happened in your new town.
April 5: Coppola Suing Novato Restaurant over its Name
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola sued the owners of Tavola Italian Kitchen and said the restaurant’s name infringed on the trademarked phrase he uses to market his eateries.
Nov. 13: Ratliff Family Files Claim vs. City of Novato
The family of a 12-year-old girl killed while crossing a street in September sued the city for "dangerous condition of public property."
March 16: Woman Chased by Stranger on Vineyard Road
A woman said she was followed by a driver around her neighborhood and later chased on foot by the man while she was walking her two dogs.
Oct. 18: Update: Car Overturns During Morning School Commute
A woman had a minor injury after her two-door coupe overturned during peak drop-off time for two local schools.
Nov. 8: Teachers Union Comes Out Against New Charter School
There were too many redundancies with what's being taught already, according to the Novato Federation of Teachers.
Here are the other top stories: