CHATHAM, NJ – 2020 has been a challenging year for all, the Chatham Borough Business District being no exception. Due to COVID-19, all community events, including the Fishawack Festival and Annual Spring Clean-Up, were halted. These cancellations caused a lack of private/public partnership funding for the Borough–assistance that is critical in supporting the White Lights initiative each year.

Chatham Borough’s White Lights in the Central Historic Business District is a tradition enjoyed by the public, creating a bright holiday season that encourages residents and consumers to shop and dine locally. 

Patricia Khawand, Chatham resident and owner of Fleur de Sel Patisserie, adores everything about Chatham, including the White Lights. Gathering support from other merchants and residents alike, Khawand initiated a GoFundMe campaign to ensure that Main Street does not go dark this holiday season. She hopes to increase donations for the White Lights from others who love the Chatham community as much as she does. “Patricia’s efforts on behalf of all those who enjoy downtown’s transformation, invite shoppers, and greet students’ returning home, would surely be missed,” confirmed Janice Piccolo, Community Services Director. (Video Produced by Tom Salvas) 

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About the White Lights GoFundMe Campaign

Please help to keep Chatham merry and bright by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/f/white-lights-chatham-nj or drop your donation in the White Lights Collection Box inside Fleur de Sel Patisserie at 265 Main Street, or at the Chatham Borough Farmers Market. Residents can also include their financial support in the MyChathamNJ envelope, which is mailed along with Borough Tax Bills, or simply send a donation by USPS mail to: MyChathamNJ White Lights at 54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928. 100% of the proceeds will go to seasonal decorations in Chatham Borough. 

About Fleur de Sel Patisserie

Launched on May 1, 2020, by Chatham resident Patricia Khawand. The Patisserie Bistro, known for its authentic French pastries, has been a sought-after addition to Chatham’s local shops. Currently operating from 8am to 3pm at 265 Main Street, consumers can enjoy good cappuccino or coffee and great deserts, along with savory offerings. Khawand openly states her blessings to be a member of the Chatham business community and characterizes her shop’s opening as community supported. 

About MyChathamNJ

MyChathamNJ is a volunteer organization started in 2013 by a group of Chatham residents, business owners and employees. An Advisory Committee of the Mayor and Borough Council, MyChathamNJ works in conjunction with the Community Services Department to organize events including the Farmers’ Market, Fishawack Festival, Holiday White Lights, Spring Clean-Up, Sustainability Fair and Veterans Memorial Day Service. Join our team of supporters by contacting Janice R. Piccolo, Director of Community Services jpiccolo@chathamborough.org or 201-650-3187.