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Long Valley's Most Read Stories of September

Cops issues, board moves and readers told us what Patch tastes like, too.

Can you believe the ninth month of the year is already over? We said goodbye to summer, and hello to fall and the start of the school year. That, of course, means there was an entire month of stories and news we reported on. See some of the bigger issues we covered this month, and be sure to click on the headline to find out more.

K-9 Unit No More for Twp. Police Department

The early retirement of Washington Township Police Officer Peter Cecere, has led to the inactivity of the squad’s K-9 Unit, as Cecere owned Kobe, the dog that made up the department. Currently, there is no consideration to replace the dog by the township. Some readers think otherwise.

New Police Officer Hire Approved

The Washington Township Committee gave the police department a go-ahead to begin the process of hiring a new officer. Due to one officer’s early retirement forced by disability, compounded by another officer being on disability for several months and future senior officer retirements forthcoming, the township decided it was time to add personnel.

Regional Board OKs New Washington Twp. Rep

After the resignation of board member and former president Cristen Forrester, the West Morris Regional School Board appointed Lisa Woodring, a first-time board member to its schools’ governing body. Woodring interviewed for the position, along with resident Steve Williams, for the volunteer position.

After nearly six weeks of readers nominating, voting for, and tasting cupcakes, Patch has been made into a cinnamon treat with apple filling. Long Valley and Mendham-Chester Patch sites teamed up with “Cupcake Wars” winner The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester to see what the hyper-local news sites tasted like. And the readers spoke.

Patch Invades Hackettstown to Launch New Site

Because Patch loves covering local news and informing communities of what’s going on so much, we decided to give one of your neighboring towns, Hackettstown, its own venue. The site launched on Thursday, Sept. 27 and is the first Patch in Warren County. To learn more, go directly to the site here.

Residents and neighbors came out to support the Lightner family of Long Valley in September, attending the Festival of Hope at Ort Farms. The event offered live entertainment, food and fun, and raised more than $11,000 for Glenn Lightner, a 13-year-old battling brain cancer.

That’s right, September 24 marked the two-year anniversary of Long Valley Patch being put on the (web) map. It’s been an amazing 24 months of covering local news and providing information to the community, and we’re excited about continuing on. Thanks for all the support!

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