CHATHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ – Chatham Township Mayor Hagner announced that the Township of Chatham will participate in the “National Night Out” on August 2nd.  The National Night Out campaign against crime/drug prevention involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials.  According to its website, National Night Out is designed to:


- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

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- Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;

- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and

- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Mayor Hagner said that more information for Chatham’s participation in this event can be found on the Chatham Township Police Department website,

The Council also discussed the Summer Series, which is taking place at Chatham High School this year, which is more central and convenient for residents.    July 19th will feature the movie “How to Train a Dragon.”  The movie starts at 8:15, but children’s activities will take place at 7:15.  The much anticipated car show will take place the following Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30.

The Committee also discussed Shunpike Field, which had a July 8th target date for completion.  The turf field and lights are complete, but the remaining fields are incomplete.  The Committee debated possibly taking legal action against Fredco, the company that is doing the work.  However, this may be a hard process because while the original contract provided Fredco with 270 days to complete the project, lights were later added to the original plan, which extends the completion date.  Also, a wet spring season and broken equipment have contributed to delay in completing the project.  Hagner did note that the Committee sent a letter to Fredco “asking them to adhere to the completion date and try to get everything done by July 8th.”  The Committee agreed that the “quality of work is good” by Fredco, but are growing impatient that it still incomplete.  The contractor told the Committee that it will take another two weeks, including working Saturdays, to finish the remainder of the project. 

Mayor Hagner also raised the possibility of a 9/11 ten year anniversary service and ceremony on September 8th at 6:30 before the Township Committee Meeting.  She would like to invite the general public and those that were directly affected by the terrorist acts from the Chathams.