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.
Dean Biersch, a Sonoma resident and former co-owner of the Gordon Biersch craft brewing empire, talked about opening his Novato tavern.
July 6: Voting Closed on Novato's Cutest Dog Contest
This contest drew more than 100 photos of local pups and more than 350 comments as readers voted for their favorite.
Dec. 18: What's Your Reaction to Charter School's Petition Denial?
The public sounded off after the school board rendered its unanimous decision to deny a petition to create a new charter school.
Oct. 21: Small Rock That Hit Novato House is Confirmed Chunk of Meteor
A golf-ball-sized rock — a little piece of heaven — struck a pastor's house and started meteorite mania.
Sept. 18: Update: Pickup Driver Injured in Wreck Near Stafford Lake
An off-duty firefighter towing a boat ran off the road and suffered serious injuries. He was later charged with drunken driving.
Here are the other top stories: