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