CBS Boston’s Most Popular Facebook Posts Of 2016

December 20, 2016 3:52 PM

Collette Divitto started her cookie business to take her career in her own hands. (WBZ-TV)

BOSTON (CBS) – What did Boston like, share and engage with in 2016? Judging by the year’s most popular posts on the WBZ | CBS Boston Facebook page, our fans couldn’t get enough of inspiring local citizens who beat the odds, quirky New England stories and of course, our favorite sports teams.

Here’s a look at our top Facebook posts of 2016:

Collette’s Cookies:

The story of a 26-year-old with Down syndrome who had big dreams for her cookie business became an online sensation. Collette kept running into barriers while trying to find a full-time job, so she decided to become her own boss. WBZ’s report on her perseverance has been seen by more than 24 million people. Read Story

Bandaloop Takes Flight:

These awe-inspiring vertical dancers turned heads in the Seaport District back in June. The video of a performance from the aerial dance troupe “Bandaloop” earned over 5 million views. Read Story

Restoring A Cape Cod Cemetery:

“These are museums. They’re the history of the town.” One man’s mission to clean up every gravestone at a Dennis cemetery to honor those who came before earned praise from thousands. Read Story

Korean War Vet Honored:

The Navy made sure one military hero’s 92nd birthday was extra special, and their respectful tribute was shared more than 60,000 times on Facebook. Read Story

Steve Burton Wrestles A Gator:

“I AM, I AM!” Whenever animals and news anchors mix, a viral video is sure to follow. But this encounter between WBZ-TV Sports Director Steve Burton and an alligator raised the bar. Read Story

Gloucester’s Greasy Pole Contest:

There’s no mystery as to why this video of Gloucester’s Greasy Pole Contest was a hit. Thousands shared the clip of participants falling into the water as they tried and failed to grab a flag at the end of a 45-foot-long slippery pole.

Belichick Thanks The BPD:

Bill Belichick rarely talks about off-the-field issues. But he started off one press conference in October with a message of support for the Boston Police Department and two of its officers were critically wounded in a shootout. Read Story

Arlington National Cemetery Horse Retires:

Quincy the horse saw a lot of grief in his role providing dignity to the families of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Many commenters shared memories of seeing the caisson horses there, and wished Quincy well as he started his retirement in Norwell. Read Story

Big Papi’s Cap Tip:

David Ortiz’s last season before retirement for the Red Sox inspired a lot of emotions, but perhaps the most poignant was his tip of the cap to fans in Boston after playing his final game. Read Story

Patriots Team Buses:

On to Denver! New England fans were pumped as the team started its journey west for the AFC Championship game against the Broncos.

Adrianne Haslet Finishes The Marathon:

The Boston Marathon is always full of inspirational moments, but this image of Adrianne Haslet, who lost a leg in the 2013 marathon bombings, reaching the finish line in April was something special. Even President Obama tweeted about the iconic scene. Read Story

#DStrong Day:

A little boy’s final wish to become famous after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer spread across the globe. Rhode Island would name Jan. 20 as “#DStrong Day” to remember Dorian Murray, who died in March, forever. Read Story