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August 31, 2021

CHATHAM, NJ -- It isn't often that a Chatham team carries a winning streak into the next season but that's exactly where the Cougar girls soccer team stands after winning their final six games of 2020 to take the NJSIAA Northwest Regional championship. With 14 seniors gone from that 14-1 team, ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Lauren Petersen admits it's a bit of a "leap of faith for us" but she and her husband have decided to send their four children to a "micro-school" outside the School District of the Chathams this year. The Chatham Township mother cited Gov. Phil Murphy's Aug. 9 executive order ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The 2021 version of the Chatham girls tennis team won't have a "Rock Star" standout after losing its top two singles players from last season. But coach James Cai believes his team will be up to the challenge with a full schedule on the slate. "We don't have any rock stars on the ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Gabrielle Vecciarelli, a junior at Chatham High School, is performing as "Wendy" in Peter Pan and Wendy. The show is produced by BAA Onstage, an affiliate production company of Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC.  BAA Onstage presents a unique opportunity to be part of a show with ...

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FLANDERS, NJ -- There was good news and good "bad news" for the Chatham football team in its final scrimmage of the 2021 preseason. The Cougars got to see some good signs on both sides of the football and also got the chance to recognize the flaws in execution it needs to fix after its 14-7 ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham Township Police Department is now wearing "Body Worn Cameras", according to Chatham Township Police Chief Thomas Miller.  According to state guidelines (see facts below), the cameras must be activated during traffic stops, witness interviews, custodial interrogations, ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham High School has been awarded a Bronze level certification from Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a result of CHS’s sustainability initiatives. CHS’s application was approved for 13 actions in 10 categories for a total of 160 points.  “It is a great honor to be presented ...

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Emmett Hynes had to change his number this year so that he would have a digit suitable for an offensive lineman. The 6-3 senior is one of a number of two-way players who will determine the success of the Chatham football team in 2021. Hynes and fellow senior captains of ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham Township Committee held a Special Meeting that lasted a total of nine minutes, passing a resolution that strengthens its bid to gain a 9% federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit for affordable housing on Thursday night. The committee met and quickly passed a resolution ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Brenda Jaroker, a 2021 graduate of Chatham High, came before the board on Monday night to tell of her experience as a high honor roll student during her senior year, challenging the assessment of the superintendent and board president that an ideology is not taught in the ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Timothy Roy has been hired as the new boys lacrosse coach at Chatham High, according to Mo Abdelaziz, Chatham athletic director.  Roy replaces Tony Calandra, who left to become the head coach of St. Joseph in Metuchen. Roy has been the head coach at Oratory Prep since 2019, ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham Board of Education reiterated its support for a mask-option policy for school children but stated it has no choice and had to follow Gov. Phil Murphy's Aug. 9 executive order mandating masks Monday night at its final meeting before the start of the school year. "It's ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham boys soccer team is just getting started, but the Cougars already seem to have the chemistry needed for a winning season. One big reason behind the cohesion is sophomore striker Daito Sho, who scored a few minutes into his varsity debut and finished with two goals in ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham High fencing is No. 1 in the nation. USA Fencing recently announced that Chatham High fencers led the nation with 21 student-athletes on the All-Academic fencing roster. "Being a member of a varsity sports team demands that you balance your school work and your ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa issued a message to parents on Monday to "clear up some confusion" in relation to the policy vote the Chatham Board of Education will be taking on its masking rules for the upcoming school year. LaSusa explained that there already is a mask ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham Board of Education will vote on its face-covering policy for the district at its regular meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23 in the CHS Auditorium. The board will convene an executive session before the regular meeting. Access to the addendums to policy can be ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- One of the more positive signs Chatham coach Evan Picariello took out of Saturday's football scrimmage vs. North Plainfield at Cougar Field was that the Cougars were ready for more. "We're pretty well conditioned right now for this early in the season," Picariello said. "They ...

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CHATHAM, NJ --  Chatham Borough's Health Officer reported on Friday that there were 24 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the borough from Aug. 1 through Aug. 19. The total positive cases in 2021 stands at 335. The full report: Chatham Borough Health Officer reported that twenty-four (24) ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- There was only one team that was faster than the Chatham girls cross-country team at the 2020 state sectionals and that was Mendham, which out-pointed the Cougars in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 meet. The 2021 Cougars should still be well-equipped to challenge for ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- One of the strengths of the Chatham boys cross-country team in recent years has been how well the Cougars push each other to perform their best. Last fall, Sam Ellis and Ryan Beagle led the pack and leaned on each other during tough races. This year, they're hoping that the group ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- It's not often when an NFL coach comes to Cougar Field to check out a Chatham football scrimmage. Jeff Ulbrich, the Jets defensive coordinator, had a personal reason for his visit. His two sons, Jax and Jace, were playing football for the first time. Jax is a senior running back ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa provided an update on the upcoming school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 30, with a digital letter to parents on Tuesday, Aug. 17. LaSusa reported that school will be a full, in-person schedule throughout the district and that lunch will be ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham High football team will wear "Never Forget" stickers on their helmets to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The Cougars are part of the Super Football Conference, the largest conference of high school football ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The CDC will hopefully ignore this outbreak since Legends Gallery at Frames on Main was contributing to the spread of "Mets Fever" over a two-hour period on Saturday. Chatham Mets enthusiasts and baseball fans from out of town were turning blue and orange (Mets colors) as they ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- After a discussion and a plea from a resident, the Chatham Township Committee indicated that it is seriously considering the introduction of an ordinance that would restrict the growth of bamboo and Japanese knotweed at its regular meeting held Thursday night Chatham Township ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- A lucky lottery player who shops at Kings Supermarket in Chatham is now $50,000 richer. Two tickets in the state matched Thursday's Jersey Cash 5 winning numbers. One of them was sold at Kings Food Market #3615, 393 Main St., Chatham. The retailers will receive a bonus check for ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- While the news of the "Delta" variant has been a noted concern in New Jersey, the news in Chatham continues to be very good when it comes to the virus. Chatham Township Mayor Stacey Ewald reported that the health department statistics show that 88% of adults 18 and over in Chatham ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The growth of the tree near the eastbound tracks at the Chatham Train Station helps mark the time. In September it will be 20 years since the 9-11 terrorist attacks toppled the World Trade Center and took the lives of thousands of Americans. The tree was planted in memory of the ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham High fencing program has turned out to be a hit in its 11 years of existence and the Borough of Chatham Council recognized the recent national achievements of several Chatham fencers and their coaches at Monday night's meeting. Chatham High fencing coach Jerry Duffey ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- According to Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz, a very high percentage of Borough residents have been vaccinated against the virus. "In Chatham Borough, the numbers are quite impressive," Kobylarz reported at Monday night's Borough of Chatham Council meeting. "Approximately ...

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