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Bridge Removal, School Board Moves Top Twp. News

Fire department, community undergoes analysis also among top headlines.

The first full week of school is behind us, and the nighttime temperatures had us thinking it was late October instead of early September.

Take a look at some of the bigger headlines to hit the news this week.

Facility Monitors Reinstated at High Schools

The West Morris Regional Board of Education voted on and approved a facility monitor at each of its high schools this week, after spending the first four days of the school year with the positions being occupied by assistant principals. Find out why the first four days turned out like that, and click the headline to find out why the vote wasn’t unanimous.

Fire Department Analyzed for Deficiencies

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) met with the Washington Township Committee this week to explain how it created a 35-page document analyzing the municipality’s fire department. Once the study is ready, it will be shared with the mayor and fire chief, and any changes that are suggested will be considered.

Bridge Removed, Middle Valley Disconnected

The bridge replacement project on Middle Valley Road is now in full swing after months of delays, and the Middle Valley Community Center sent over some great photos of what the area looks like bridgeless. The construction is expected to take no more than eight months, but could be passable as early as this winter.

New Webmaster, New Website in Washington Twp.

In a move that is expected to save $300,000 over the next five years, the Washington Township Committee outsourced the town’s webmaster position to a private firm. The owner of that firm, Scott Gaskill, launched the township’s redesigned site this week. What do you think?

Regional Board OKs New Washington Twp. Rep

Two Washington Township residents–Lisa Woodring and Steve Williams–stepped forward and applied for the vacant seat on the West Morris Regional Board of Education. Both underwent public interviews by the board this week, with one being chosen and voted in. Click on the headline to see who the new representative is.

Patch Invades Hackettstown to Launch New Site

That’s right, Hackettstown Patch is coming to a web space near you. The hyper-local news site will launch before the end of September, and hopes to serve that community’s news needs. Click the headline to find out more about the upcoming venture and what it means for Long Valley and Mendham-Chester Patch.

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