A Squirrel Done It


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AIA055It was a furry, four-legged computer hacker that wreaked havoc on the computer system for Verona schools for two days this week. The culprit was publicly identified by Superintendent Charles Sampson at last night’s Board of Education meeting.

The fiber-optic cable outside H.B. Whitehorne Middle School that became a squirrel’s chew toy has been repaired, and things were back to normal last night. Apparently so, since the Global Connect telephone alert system did its job in spreading the joyful news of today’s snow day.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


  1. Same thing happened at Mountain Lakes Schools earlier this year. Turns out a section of cable right near the pole wasn’t adequately wrapped.


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