FRNJ Most-Read Stories of 2020

By Clyde Hughes |AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — Front Runner New Jersey set a record for views, visitors and articles posted in 2020. Thank you for ready.

Below are a list of our most read stories in 2020. First stories that just missed making our Top 10 most-read list, in no particular order.

South Jersey Power List: An FRNJ Update to InsiderNJ’s 2020 African-American Power List

Darwin Cooper Jr. Wants a Chance in Cumberland County Freeholder Race

Pamela Thomas-Fields Prepares For Multiple Elections For AC Mayor

Uncle Dewey Changes Ownership; New Beginnings For Rick Gray

Education, Faith Inspires RCBC’s Covena Francis-Denton to Help Others

Jack Surrency Ready to Fight for His Cumberland County Freeholder Seat

Youthful Alexander Bland Takes Charge of Cape May County NAACP

Andrew Parker III Changes Game as Educator, EHT Committee Member

Lt. Wilber Santiago Makes Connections With Atlantic City Police, Community

Mary Cross Inspires Voters with New Song

Rev. Kevin Brown Hears Calling To Lead The Perfecting Church

Here are the top 10 most-read stories on FrontRunnerNewJersey.com based on your clicks. Five will be revealed today (Monday) and the other five, including our most-read story of 2020 on Tuesday.

No. 10 Former Miss America Suzette Charles Readies for ‘Phase 2’ of Career: https://frontrunnernewjersey.com/2019/12/04/former-miss-america-suzette-charles-readies-for-phase-2-of-career/

Former Miss America Suzette Charles. Photo courtesy of Suzette Charles

Our story one the fabulous Ms. Charles was originally written in December 2019, but it took off along Black History Month when readers started to follow it. It also got picked up by some entertainment blogs that also gave it an impressive boost throughout the year.

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No. 9 Rowan’s Mayra Arroyo Uplifts Students, Others In ‘Blessed’ Journey: https://frontrunnernewjersey.com/2020/07/31/rowans-mayra-arroyo-uplifts-students-others-in-blessed-journey/

Mayra Arroyo, of Rowan University. Photo courtesy of Mayra Arroyo

Ms. Arroyo’s inspiring story was part of our original package introducing our FRNJ La Prensa column, which has been well received. Her story is also the most-read story in our new column as well.

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No. 8 Rev. Albert Morgan, God’s Mailman, Delivers in Bridgeton, Community: https://frontrunnernewjersey.com/2020/06/02/rev-albert-morgan-gods-mailman-delivers-in-bridgeton-community/

Rev. Albert Morgan listening at Bridgeton Board of Education meeting. Photo by Jarett Mutts Photography

Pastor Morgan is the leader of the influential Union Temple Baptist Church and was just re-elected to the Bridgeton School Board. He said he is first and foremost, God’s Mailman.

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No. 7 Tribute to Pioneering Publisher Earl Harvey: In His Own Words: https://frontrunnernewjersey.com/2020/10/13/tribute-to-pioneering-publisher-earl-harvey-in-his-own-words/

AC Times Publisher Earl Harvey. Photo courtesy of Earl Harvey

FRNJ and many others in Philadelphia and Atlantic City were stunned by the death of publisher and marketing giant Earl Harvey in October. FRNJ was preparing a story on him at the time of his death and the story came from an interview with him less than a week before he died.

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No. 6: Judge Demetrica Todd-Ruiz Makes Difference on Bench, in Life

Judge Demetrica Todd-Ruiz. Photo courtesy of Demetrica Todd-Ruiz

History-making Judge Todd-Ruiz was born and raised in Bridgeton. The story chronicles her return to Cumberland County after college to come the first African-American female judge to serve in Vineland.

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No. 5 Terence Johnson Leads By Example at Cumberland Regional: https://frontrunnernewjersey.com/2020/01/12/terence-johnson-leads-by-example-at-cumberland-regional/

Cumberland Regional High School assistant principal Terence Johnson. Photo courtesy of Terence Johnson

Mr. Johnson capture the lofty title of Vice Principal of the Year in New Jersey and one of several national winners. The former football coach is now a fixture at Cumberland Regional H.S.

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No. 4 Atco’s Secret Black Lives Matter Rally Goes Off Without a Hitch: https://frontrunnernewjersey.com/2020/06/07/atcos-secret-black-lives-matter-rally-goes-off-without-a-hitch/

Black Lives Matter rally participant holds up sign at Atco event. Photo courtesy of Liz Whitener

This story, originating from a tip by the Center for Cooperative Media, tells the story how the mostly-white town of Atco in Camden County pulled of its own Black Lives Matter march against ferocious blowback from many town residents.

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No. 3 La’Quetta Small Meets Challenges as Atlantic City HS Principal, First Lady

La’Quetta Small (R) with Mayor Marty Small Sr. at Atlantic City High School Feb. 2 for the Battle by the Bay Boys & Girls Basketball Showcase. Photo courtesy Marty Small Instagram

La’Quetta Small had the unique challenge of running Atlantic County’s largest high schools in the middle of a worldwide pandemic while having all eyes on her as Atlantic City’s ‘first lady’ as wife to Mayor Marty Small Sr.

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No. 2 Women Come Together Online to Create Juneteenth Festival

Juneteenth Glassboro organizers left to right, Sherry Busby, Ashlee Sanders, Myeesha Jones and Latasha Waters. Photo by Walter Garrison IV

FRNJ was first alerted to this happening through the Black-Owned New Jersey Facebook Group. Inspired by death of George Floyd, four Gloucester County women came together to uplift the community and local black businesses with a impromptu Juneteenth celebration and found support from all corners of South Jersey.

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Most Read FrontRunnerNewJersey.com story 2020Can You Smell What Rick Gray Is Cooking on Route 40? Backyard BBQ:

Rick Gray could not have picked a more challenging time to go into the restaurant business, taking over for Dewey Johnson off Route 40 in Atlantic County to open Rick’s Backyard BBQ & Grill. Despite the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions, Gray thrived and even extended his hours to an extra day to accommodate customers at his outdoor grill.

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