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Twp. residents got to meet their favorite athlete.

The final week of September–and first full week of fall–ushered in some cooler temperatures and plenty of news. Take a look at what went on in the past seven days.

The Festival of Hope, an outdoor concert with food and fun for attendees took over Ort Farm last Sunday, and Patch was there to chronicle the picture-perfect day. The festival’s proceeds directly benefited Glenn Lightner, a Long Valley teen battling brain cancer.

Long Valley ‘Bandit’ Found After 55 Days

On July 28, the Pampenin family of Long Valley lost their dog, Bandit, who ran away just minutes after bringing him home for the first time. The family wouldn’t go down without a fight, however, and spent nearly two months searching for the dog and setting up traps to capture him. In the end, the family prevailed, and Bandit is now safe and sound with his new family.

Long Valley Couple Meets Eli Manning

Josh and Jenn Drake are big New York Giants fans. So big that they stood in line in Chatham with 1,000 other people to meet the team’s quarterback, Eli Manning. Check out this photo of the couple flanking the Super Bowl MVP, which was also shared on WPIX Channel 11 on Tuesday.

West Morris Central junior Jake Papa is looking for the community’s help so he can provide reading materials to underprivileged children in New Jersey. This is Papa’s third year conducting the program, but his first flying solo. Check out the story so you can help the teen reach his goal.

Hackettstown Patch is Live!

On Thursday, Long Valley Patch editor Jason Koestenblatt launched Hackettstown Patch, serving that community’s news needs the same way he does for Washington Township. Koestenblatt isn’t leaving Long Valley, rather, just expanding his ‘office.’ Be sure to click on the headline, which will take you directly to our new site. Thanks for the support!

Regional School Board Swears in Newest Member

After voting at its Sept. 10 meeting to appoint Washington Township’s Lisa Woodring to the West Morris Regional School Board, the district’s governing body swore in its newest member this week. This is Woodring’s first time as a school board member and fills the seat left by former representative Cristen Forrester.

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