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Petition to Bring Back SBS Summer Camp; Committee Won't Budge

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Resident Dorothy Lee collected 182 signatures with an online petition, asking for the revival of the now-defunct Southern Boulevard Summer Camp Credits: TAP Chatham
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Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, told residents that they could run the camp themselves Credits: TAP Chatham
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Tracy Ness said she was surprised that no notice was given that the camp was going to be eliminated Credits: TAP Chatham
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Resident Jessica Romeo urges the committee to work with residents on reviving the SBS camp Credits: TAP Chatham
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CHATHAM, NJ - Mothers wishing to bring back the Southern Boulevard School Summer Camp came armed with a petition of 182 signatures - some of them from Texas residents - but couldn't change the decision by the Chatham Township Committee to end its affiliation with the camp on Thursday at the regular meeting of the committee.

Resident Dorothy Lee petitioned the township committee to bring the SBS Summer Camp back and offered a possible third-party solution

Resident Dorothy Lee, who gathered the signatures on the petition through "Change.org," offered that a third party was willing to run the SBS Summer Camp as a private business, like it's done at Washington Avenue School in Chatham Borough.

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Lee declined to reveal the person she was suggesting, but Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, told Lee to contact the board of education, which had told him that Southern Boulevard School was available, if the camp was revived by volunteers.

The Chatham Township Committee had announced its intention to "pull the plug" on the SBS summer camp last month.

Resident Tracy Ness said she was surprised that no prior notice was given before the camp was eliminated

Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, explained that it is no longer viable for the township to run the SBS Summer Camp

Resident Jessica Romeo asked the township committee to meet with community members and find out the options about bringing back the camp

 

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