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Relay for Life to Return, Despite Neighbor Concerns

Residents complain of loud noise and bright lights through the night.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
The late-night noise and lights on Haas Field threatened the return of Chatham's Relay for Life this year.

However, the Chatham Borough Council voted Thursday night in favor of the event returning on Saturday, May 31 to Sunday, June 1 as long as organizers keep the noise down and dim the lights, according to the Chatham Courier.

Several nearby residents complained of music playing at 4 a.m., loud generators running through the night and the bright lights from last year's event, the Courier reported.

The event raised nearly $75,000 last year for the American Cancer Society.
Dee Duram April 21, 2014 at 06:58 AM
As a person with stage three cancer I know the suffering that comes with months of chemo and radiation...I cannot belive these selfish people can't give up one night of comfort to raise money for the American Cancer Society...when cancer comes to call for them and it will, maybe they will have a different take on it...Disgusting selfish people!......
Tony Britt April 21, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Several was actually TWO- hardly a neighborhood protest. Unbelievably selfish given the nature of the cause. It's not a block party. The organizers do all they can to respect the neighborhood surrounding the site, including walking the neighborhoods multiple times advising the neighbors of the event. It's particularly amazing since Haas field has been attached to an educational facility for 60 years- much, much longer than these individuals have been in place. Hello- It's a field, that is often used for community events. I salute the overwhelming numbers of neighbors who don't complain but who , last year, often took part in and supported the event. Well done.
THE TANK FROM NJ April 21, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Perhaps the two complaining parties should get off their selfish egos and join the rest of the neighborhood by participating in the event. As the first responder indicated, what if the reason the American Cancer Society even exists in the first place should come knocking on their door would they feel the same way?
Barbara Bate April 24, 2014 at 09:43 PM
Why am I not surprised by the reaction of these residents. If they lived with Cancer they might have a different view, however, Chatham/Chatham Twp. residents are like no other. It's a once a year event, they should go away for the weekend

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