Here's a look at five of the top stories in and around Gahanna in 2017:

DISASTER BRINGS OPPORTUNITY -- Several Lincoln High School clubs and organizations combined relief efforts and asked the community to join the Gahanna Hurricane Force in September. The effort resulted in over $3,300 being donated to UNICEF to help children affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

IT WAS THE BRIGHT SPOT OF THE YEAR -- District students and city leaders took part with the rest of the country, sporting solar-eclipse glasses Aug. 21 to view what was dubbed "The Great American Eclipse." The total solar eclipse was visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States.

Jill Beaver, Gahanna Middle School East assistant principal, said students were so excited about the eclipse that they're already talking about the next one in 2024.

The schools' students took turns going outdoors in groups to view the eclipse while others live-streamed it online.

Being able to view the live-stream coverage from NASA and see how many people had gathered to watch it across the country really helped students understand how important an event it was, said Josh Goody, a G-J science teacher.

GRIN GETS NEW HOME -- The generosity of businesses and local residents helped Gahanna Residents In Need find a new home at 164 Granville St. After a successful capital campaign, the October move allowed the nonprofit to be more centrally located and add space to serve residents in need within the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

NEIGHBORS BUILD BRIDGES -- A kindness enterprise also launched in Gahanna in late October, thanks to Neighborhood Bridges Gahanna. With a mission to provide a gateway for kindness, the purpose of the nonprofit Neighborhood Bridges, based in Westerville, is to bridge needs in the community to residents, families, businesses and service organizations willing to provide help.

Gahanna Bridges will work in partnership with GRIN to help identify and refer needy residents and families to GRIN, as well as bridge solutions through other Gahanna service providers.

'DREAM PROJECT' IN DEVELOPMENT -- The Gahanna Planning Commission in late September approved a two-story medical-office building at Tech Center Drive and Buckles Court. It will mark the first development on the north side of Tech Center.

Michael Blackford, the city's deputy development director, said the "dream project" has been in the works a long time and officials anticipate a likely domino effect from the project that will add future development.