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Letter to the Editor

Congratulations to Kevin Sullivan on winning re-election to a second term on the Chatham Township Committee.

When I first ran for Township Committee I lost. After the election, my political opponent, Mayor Hoag took me out to lunch. She was impressed with my campaign and my ideas for Chatham and wanted to encourage me to stay involved. I never forgot Mayor Hoag’s graciousness. She always had the best interests of Chatham at heart. In keeping with that tradition, let me be the first Township Committee person to publicly congratulate Stacey Ewald on running a first class campaign. She raised important issues for the future of Chatham. I know I speak for all those who were touched by her campaign as I urge Stacey to stay involved. The best is yet to come for someone with such intellect and personality and vast record of leading community volunteers to accomplish great things.

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As we look to the future, I will continue to speak out on the issues facing our town. One recent issue I raised during a public meeting is that the Township should consider adopting an ordinance banning guns in municipal buildings and our playgrounds. I requested that Township Attorney draft an ordinance for discussion on this issue. The request for public debate was quickly squashed and the matter was referred to the Township’s subcommittee on public safety. In politics the referral to a subcommittee is a political graveyard. Just weeks earlier, Mr. Sullivan raised an issue of regulating drones in town, a public safety issue. The idea never went to the public safety subcommittee. It went directly onto the Township’s agenda in the form of a draft ordinance without any input from fellow committee members. Objections were raised to this procedure and the matter was put down for public discussion. After an exchange of ideas the draft ordinance was improved and approved by the Committee. That’s the way it should be. Open public discussion resulting in an exchange of ideas always results in better public policy than back room deals.

Committeeman Mike Kelly is working on a resolution urging Congress to take action on the issue gun violence. I hope it will be on the agenda for the next township meeting on November 12th. Please come out and lend your support. For those of you who contacted me to voice your support for my idea about a municipal ordinance regulating guns on municipal property and playgrounds, please email me at  or show up at a Township meeting or write a letter to the editor in support of the idea. If enough people raise the issue the Committee will give the idea serious consideration. 

Last year the Township Committee passed a resolution opposing terrorists. When President Kennedy set the goal of landing a man on the moon, he said, “We choose to go to the moon… and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Opposing terrorists is easy. Wading into the issue of gun violence is hard. Everyone knows there are strongly held beliefs on the best way to deal with it. But we owe it to our children to discuss the issue. Make no mistake school shootings affect Chatham. It affects the way we allocate our police resources during the day. It necessitated hiring a public safety employee by the Board of Education.

We all hope and pray that a shooting on town or school property never comes to Chatham. Our job as elected officials is to use every resource under our control to prevent it. Even if we can only move the ball forward by a couple of inches, it is worth doing. We need your help.  Please voice your opinion on this critical issue.

Robert Gallop

Chatham Township Committeeman

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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

A Week at the Library of The Chathams - Monday, February 5 – Sunday, Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Week at the Library of The Chathams

Monday, February 5 – Sunday, Sunday, February 11, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library book collection continues.  The tax season is here, and dedicated volunteers are here to help you with you tax returns!

For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go to ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...


February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

I told my daughter I needed to write about gun violence. Know what she told me? “Mom, be sure you’re not too polarizing. People won’t listen.” She’s right. At age eleven she’s figured out that we adults need to be reminded how to speak to one another in order to fix a problem. But I have hope and belief that we can fix that discourse in our ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

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Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!


Mindfulness and Meditation Courses Beginning March 2018

February 20, 2018

Mindfulness and Meditation Courses Beginning March 2018

-Space is limited as classes will be small-

MADISON, NJ – In celebration of the new spring season, come experience and enjoy Mindfulness and Meditation with Wendi L. Dumbroff, MA, LPC. Dumbroff is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Madison, New Jersey, where she specializes in individual, family, ...