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Week in Review: Cats and Committees Top News

Sixth graders keep changing the world.

Your favorite Long Valley Patch editor returned from vacation earlier this week, and thanks to plenty of support from colleagues, was able to pick up right where he left off: running around like a chicken with his head cut off trying to report all of Washington Township’s news!

For a full serving of what took place this week, go here. For the more noteworthy headlines, keep reading.

We kicked off the week with some follow up information from the , when all schools in the town were put on lockdown after a 911 caller threatened to kill students. More transcripts were released on Monday of those calls, and we caught up with the . The investigation is still ongoing.

The publication U.S. News & World Report released its high school rankings both nationally and for each state this week. We looked into the study’s methodology and discovered West Morris Central did not make the top-50 ranked schools in the state, and Mendham High School landed at number 33.

Long Valley Patch received new information from Larry Lightner, father of 13-year-old Glenn Lightner who is battling brain cancer by receiving alternative medicine in Belgium. After four injections of a cancer-fighting agent, an MRI revealed a ‘suspicious spot’ on Glenn’s brain. The family flew back to New Jersey, and Glenn had surgery to remove the spot in Memphis, Tennessee this week. To see all of the information, and how the community has supported the Lightner family, go here.

Students at continue to put their best foot forward both in the classroom and outside of it, as sixth graders complete their year-long . Student Nolan Schaffer , while classmate .

What began as an has now evolved into a committee, comprised of the area’s mayors and school board officials, that will review and potentially guide the West Morris Regional High School District into a change of structure and funding.

The week ended on a happy note in Long Valley, after one of our readers was reconnected with a loved one after two months apart. Long Valley Patch user posted an . Readers responded to the announcement in force, and the result was a lead that brought the cat’s family to a location where the feline may be living. The result? A family reunited!

It was another great week in Long Valley, and we hope you enjoyed it.

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