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Cancer Victim Still Fighting, High Drug Arrests Top Local News

Major decision made in Chester Borough, impacting surrounding towns.

A huge vote took place in Chester Borough this week, which effects Washington Township, as well as an update on Glenn Lightner, the 13-year-old Long Valley resident who’s been battling brain cancer for nearly five years.

It was a news-filled week, as always. For a full plate of what happened, go here.For our bigger headlines of the week, continue reading.

Long Valley Patch caught up with Glenn Lightner, a Long Valley Middle School student who recently flew back to Europe to undergo alternative medicinal treatment in hopes of curing his brain cancer. The past few months have been arduous for Glenn and his family, and funds are running low in the effort to pursue a solution. 

A group of four Jersey Girls came together last weekend to swim as a relay team in the Manhattan Relays annual event, slicing through waterways surrounding the metropolis island. It was the first time the team had ventured to do something like this, and the result was better than they hoped for. 

Long Valley Patch took a look at this year’s drug and alcohol arrests made by Washington Township police over the first seven months of the year, and found patterns in the data the reveal drug use among young adults is high. See more of the data’s findings by reading the story.

The Chester Borough council had a decision to make before heading into the next West Morris Regional Education Advisory Committee meeting on Aug. 16, and it was a close one. By a 3-2 vote, the council decide it would not fund a feasibility study including a mega K-12 redistricting option. They now join Mendham Township as the two municipalities that will not put up $10,000 to commission the analysis.

For the first time since 2009, the country-wide National Night Out event became local, as the Washington Township Target hosted the event in conjunction with the Washington Township Police Department. Since there is no municipal budget allocated to the event anymore, this year’s display was put on by volunteers.

A Long Valley resident, who police say was consuming alcoholic beverages at Valley Restaurant & Pub, allegedly stabbed a table with a knife and tried hitting an officer when he was approached at the business. He was subsequently arrested and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility for his actions.

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