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Ark. Manslaughter Charges, Skate Park Challenge Top Local News

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Manslaughter Charges Filed in Crash That Killed Deputy DPW Director

James T. Hearon of Wade, Ark. faces one manslaughter and two battery charges for a car accident that killed Charles Dziedzic and seriously injured Chatham Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano and his brother George. If convicted, Hearon faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Eli Manning Coming to Chatham on Monday

Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, will sign autographs at the Chatham Borough sports collectibles store from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Future Uncertain for Chatham Skate Park

Insurance company forced Chatham Township to close the park, and estimates for the necessary repairs range from $40,000 to $100,000.

Former President Resigns From Board of Education

Stephen Barna, who represented Chatham Borough on the Board of Education, submitted a letter of resignation to Board of Education President Thomas K. Belding Friday, Sept. 14.

Signs Signal Township's First 4-Way Stop

After the Chatham Township Committee passed an ordinance Thursday adding stop signs on Floral Avenue and School Street, members of the Chatham Township Department of Public Works erected the signs Friday to create the township's first four-way stop.

Parents Defend Advanced Middle School Classes

Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa said grouping students into accelerated and regular-level classes as early as middle school might have a detrimental effect on test scores later in academic careers, but parents advocated advanced classes anywhere possible.

Downtown Parking Limit Could Rise to 90 Minutes

Chatham Borough Councilman James Collander said extending the downtown parking would make Chatham Borough more similar to other surrounding towns.

Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner said she believes PSE&G will agree to let the Chatham Township gazebo remain in its current spot along Southern Boulevard, though conditions have not yet been specified.

New Health Officer Appointed

Lisa Gulla, a former Edison health officer, will manage the Madison Health Department, which also serves Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Morris Plains, Butler and Victory Gardens.

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