Sunday, May 12, 2013
Full slate of candidates expected to face off in General Election in November.
Tuesday, May 14 is the last day to register to vote in the Primary Election in June. Republicans in Chatham Township have a contested primary with three Republican candidates running for two available seats on the Chatham Township Committee. Incumbent Robert Gallop is on the ballot, along with Curt Ritter and Daniel Miller. There is no Democratic primary in Chatham Township, and no contested primary in Chatham Borough. Independent candidates have until 4 p.m. June 4 to file nominating petitions to be on the November ballot. For more information on registering to vote, click here.
The ordinance, up for final adoption Monday, would allow borough residents to park overnight on borough streets — but only if they can demonstrate the need.
Several conditions are attached to the proposed overnight on-street parking ordinance, up for approval by the Chatham Borough Council Monday. The Parking Committee deliberated for months over possibly allowing overnight parking on borough streets, according to a presentation on the ordinance given April 8 by outgoing Council President Len Resto. Most borough residences were built with driveway and garage space enough to fit one or two cars, but as time has passed many of those families have become families with two or more cars. Relatives move in, teenagers get a car when they get their license or college students come home for vacations and need to park. Resto said the committee came up with some restrictions to the ordinance they thought…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Miss anything last week? Catch up here.
Chatham High School was named the best public high school in Morris County in Newsweek and Daily Beast’s annual ‘America’s Best High Schools’ list, released Monday. Chatham Borough Fire Chief Peter Glogolich was issued a summons for striking a pedestrian with his borough-owned vehicle. Retired Detective Lt. Kevin O'Shea said Glogolich, 51, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk after he struck Lillian Garrison, 42, of Chatham on May 4. Chatham Borough police are asking the public's help in solving two recent incidents of attempted child luring. Authorities responded to two incidents of men attempting to lure minor females around the same time the afternoon of May 3. It’s the time of year when warnings about teen …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fairmount Avenue will be closed near the train station until 9 a.m. Friday.
Chatham Borough sent out a notification through their new alert system Thursday warning those who use New Jersey Transit to expect delays Friday. Fairmount Avenue will be closed between 2nd Street and Railroad Plaza South starting at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The closure is expected to end at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Railroad Plaza South is the entrance to the NJ Transit Chatham Station closes to the Chatham Borough Municipal Building. The train station will be accessible from the Main Street entrance, and road detours will be in place. Delays are expected in the area as Chathamites access the train station Friday morning.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Public hearing will be held on May 13.
The Chatham Borough Council unanimously passed the first reading of a new ordinance that could allow overnight parking permits for borough residents. "I think we all know this has been an issue for some time," Councilman Gerald Helfrich said as he proposed the ordinance. As currently drafted, the ordinance allows only those living in one- or two-family residences to apply for the permit. Residents would have to fill out an application for review by the borough clerk and engineer justifying their need for an on-street parking permit. There would be a maximum two annual parking permits issued per address, and each permit would be registered to specific vehicles with specific license plates and will be non-transferable to other vehicles. The …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Edward DiFiglia offers his congratulations to Phil Franz.
Wednesday, April 17
Dear Neighbors, I am writing today for a few reasons. First, I’d like to offer congratulations to Phil Franz on winning re-election to the school board. I wish him the best of luck while he continues to serve. Secondly, this letter is to thank all of you who listened to -and supported- my ideas and thoughts on how to make the school board better. But most importantly, I'd like to thank those of you who shared your concerns with me: From the oft-repeated concerns about rising taxes, to concerns on topics such as world languages, gifted and talented programs, ranking standings, curriculum, community outreach, facilities, and everything in between. Many of you voiced concerns and ideas that have not been brought before the board for one …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The school board candidate discusses strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the school district.
In his campaign for school board representative from Chatham Borough, Ed DiFiglia said making the meetings more open is one of his main concerns. The Board of Education meetings often conflict with meetings of the Chatham Borough Council. DiFiglia said in this "age of YouTube," the meetings should at least be put online to view, if not broadcast on local access channels. Chatham Patch sat down with DiFiglia recently and asked him about his background in town, why he is running for the Board of Education, what his most important issues are and what the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the School District of the Chathams are. DiFiglia's family moved to Chatham when he was a child for the school district. Now he lives in …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Steve Williams demonstrates how to sign up for AlertChathamBorough.
Chatham Borough has instituted a new official alert system for emergencies called AlertChathamBorough, and Deputy Emergency Management Director Steve Williams sat down with Chatham Patch recently to demonstrate the sign-up process. Residents who register with AlertChathamBorough can sign up to be contacted via cell phone, home phone, pager, email, fax or text, and in the order they wish. The borough will use AlertChathamBorough to alert residents about other critical events in town, such as road closures, power outages, fires, floodings and local events. Residents can choose what they wish to be notified about, and if they have special needs that require consideration such as TTD/TTY services for the hearing impaired. Williams recently …
Friday, March 29, 2013
124 had applied FEMA grants to help recover from damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will give assistance to 20 percent of Chatham residents who applied for help recovering from Superstorm Sandy. According to a spreadsheet from the government agency, 99 homeowners and 25 renters from the zip code 07928 applied for assistance after the historic storm. Of those applicants, 20 homeowners and two renters will receive grants from the federal agency. FEMA divided owner applicants by income ranges. According to the spreadsheet: Damage to these homes averaged $1,628 in assessed total costs. No homes were assessed at more than $10,000 in damage. FEMA divides renter applications into moderate, major and substantial damage. Of the renter applicants, the two had substantial …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
System will be used to alert residents of emergencies.
Chatham Borough has instituted a new official alert system for emergencies called AlertChathamBorough, powered by Everbridge. This new system has the ability to communicate with residents and business owners within minutes by cell phone, home phone, pager, email, fax or text. Residents can decide how they want to be contacted. AlertChathamBorough can also be used to alert residents about other critical events in town, such as road closures, power outages, fires, floodings and local fairs. AlertChathamBorough will use Morris County's 911 database to alert residents and businesses using a reverse 911 system. Steve Williams of the Chatham Borough Fire Department said Everbridge is "a very, very robust, technically advanced program," Williams …