Today we would like to share what’s interesting to Montclarions, as reflected by the most popular searches conducted to find Today in Montclair and postings clicked once here. In case you are worried, nothing traces back to individuals at all.
Let’s start with what you searched throughout 2008. Bar none, the Hans Reiser case was the most sordid and popular news of the year. Beyond that infamous murder case, our most prevalent concerns related to local fires, burglaries, voting, home values, and a little shopping.
All Things Reiser: Our famous murder case featured computer expert Hans Reiser, who killed and buried his wife in the hills. We were aghast at the court proceedings, Nina’s recovery and their poor kids. CBS-TV even aired a special 48 Hours program last night, where Hans reflected on his crime:
I felt that I was trying to keep my children safe….I feel very sad. Sometimes, sometimes keeping children safe doesn’t lead to happiness. In the law, there’s a difference between killing and murder. I think that Rory deserved to be safe, which is different from thinking that Nina deserved to die. I don’t think that people who hurt children or threaten to hurt children should die, but I think that children should be safe. And I’m very sorry that Nina died.
Fires: There’s ongoing interest in local fires, long after the flames have been snuffed out. As everyone knows, there were two main events this past year, namely the pre-season Hiller flare-up below homes and above Rt 24; and the late-season Tilden blaze mistakenly set during controlled burning.
Crimes: Of course, all the local crimes deserved our attention and there were some creative efforts like the restaurant stick-ups. More recently, there have been perpetrators casing the hills and later breaking in. While we have apprehended some burglars, there’s ongoing interest in how to protect our hearths.
Voting: This civic discourse was heartening, at national and local levels. We wanted to attend an Obama rally, know exactly where to vote, and find out election results. The interest in village leaders, local reps, and measures like OO and WW was strong as well.
Home Values: The top searches related to median prices which recently held steady, as well as foreclosures and their movements. Many villagers have lived here a long time, before cheap credit appeared. As the market contracts and job losses mount, we’re holding our breath for the bad news ahead.
Pizza, Pizza: The sad truth is that Montclarions searched for pizza places more than anything else, except the Reiser murder. Do you recall The Net (1995) with Sandra Bullock, when she ordered pizza online? It’s nothing today to check menus or reviews online, though we still place orders by phone. Searches for other edibles paled by comparison.
More Goods: Yes, the web has become our new yellow pages. The searches for clothing, gifts and kids stuff remained steady all year. Of course the search volumes spiked over the holidays, including decorations, village events and giving back to others.
So there you have it, a Montclair mirror held up to our collective souls. We care about larger issues in our community, staying safe at home, and maybe trying to save a little time. Just a microcosm of Hills life, I suppose.