With literally dozens of stories posted a week, our year-in-review is far from a complete picture of the news conversation that happened in Mendham and Chester over the last year. That said, our stroll down memory lane begins below.
January: Prepare For Liftoff
Mendham-Chester Patch: Your Voice Is Heard
At the end of Jan. 2012 Mendham-Chester Patch was launched. This is the launch video which was high on promise and featured an over-zealous portly editor excited for the year to come.
February: Regional School District Gets DOE Visit
Mendham-Chester Patch jumped in on to the coverage concerning the future of the West Morris Regional School District and the debate over whether it should be broken up. The state Department of Education held an informational meeting for all concerned.
March: Alleged Gunman Near School Causes Panic
Video: Lockdown Unleashes Fear
Nine months before the shooting in Newtown, police in nearby Hackettstown received a phone call from an alleged gunman causing a school lockdown and a community to panic.
April: Businessman Challenges Government and Wins
Sign Showdown Set in Chester (Poll)
Chester Borough businessman Charles Wasser went to court to fight for his right to put a sign up in front of his store, Once Upon a Table.
May: Prospective Police Merger Sparks Controversy
Chester Borough Chief Defends Department
The polarizing issue of what to do with the Chester Borough Police Department brought out high emotions for all involved. After months of what he felt was misinformation being fed to the public, Chester Borough Police Chief Andre Kedrowitsch shared his perspective.
June: Sleeping Driver Plows into School Bus Full of Children
Bus Driver Honored By BOE For Saving The Day
The quick actions of a West Morris Regional bus driver saved not only the children on her bus, but also the driver of the car that struck them, according to police.
July: Daytop Hearings Reveal Shame, Frustrations, Fear and Hope Surrounding Drug Addiction
Ex-Addict: You Can Live a Productive Life
A state panel held a hearing at the Daytop School in Mendham where they heard testimony from parents of addicts, recovering addicts and officials looking for help in battling the growing drug scourge in New Jersey.
August: Spike in Drug Arrests in Chester
Hot on the heels of the Daytop hearings, a massive spike in drug arrests were reported from Chester, with no change in their enforcement pattern.
September: Former Roommate Claims Innocence in Death of Parker Regan
Not Guilty Plea in Crash That Killed Mendham Teen
James Sinclair Welch told a judge in Montana he was not culpable in the death or his former prep school roommate.
October: Hurricane Sandy Turns Mendham and Chester Upside Down
Power outages, cold weather and fear followed in the wake of the storm that proved how vulnerable the area was to the fury of mother nature.
November: Couple Killed Traveling Home During Hurricane Sandy
Couple Killed By Fallen Tree Were Randolph Residents
A Randolph couple traveling from their horse farm in Long Valley with their two young children were killed when a tree fell on their car.
December: School Bus Accident Avoids Injury
Chester School Bus in Accident on Route 206
A group of students on their way home from Black River Middle School were delayed when their school bus collided with a tractor trailer.
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