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In Praise of Chatham’s Main Street


To the Editor:

Could Chatham Borough’s Main Street commercial district be better? Of course, it could. But upon reflection, I’m amazed at how good it is!  

It’s cheerful and incredibly convenient. I’ve never failed to find parking behind the Post Office, which is such a short walk to the main strip. My family uses at least six of the restaurants regularly, the kids have learned to save at TD Bank, I go to the hardware store and paint store in a pinch (helpful staffs!), and to Kings for its convenience, quality and their year-round charity food collections.

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Our library is a profoundly important place for many of us, my son went to Sprout House for a year, and I’m at the Post Office pretty regularly. CVS is like my second home (from Daddy Hero 9:30 p.m. errands to nicknacks like batteries, rope, notebooks and little presents), the liquor store is convenient (but not my second home), and I’ve depended numerous times on Dunkin Donuts and the PC-fixing wizards at Ricciardi Brothers.

Bradley Funeral Home is a gathering spot in sad times when the community needs each other. The two gas stations are convenient now that one of them has cut prices, Bike Land is terrific for my fix-its and upgrades, my son goes to Chatham Hair Stylists, and I use the coffee nooks too. We have the yoga studio and dance studio, the sports heroes who sign at Legends Gallery, and the kids have the big Borough playground, with the fragrant black walnuts from the majestic tree there.

We’ve taken advantage of our wonderful Farmer’s Market, the activities at Reasoner Park, been invited as guests to Fish & Game, and spent many hours in the Borough’s ball fields. I haven’t even mentioned the historic downtown – sign me up for a tour! -- the proximity to the Passaic River, and dozens of other popular and convenient spots along Main Street.

Sure, I’d make a few improvements. Peak-time traffic is a little annoying but can often be avoided if you remember to do so, and a few savvy street adjustments may alleviate it too. I’d love Charlie’s Aunt to be renovated to be more like the shiny 54 Main in Madison. Train Station parking can be tight but I’ll bet solutions are within our grasp.

Chatham’s Main Street is pretty darn incredible, the more I think about it. It’s a huge asset to thousands of us. It serves our very special town remarkably well. Let’s be sure not to overlook or undermine its wonderful attributes, even as we try to make it even better.

Joe Basralian

Fairfax Terrace

Chatham Township

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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, June 25 – Sunday, July 1, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend


By Galina Natenzon

All three of the library’s summer reading programs open this week!  The theme of this year’s summer reading is Libraries Rock!  The children’s program kicks off with a magic show by Matt Cadabra on Monday.  Over ...

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, June 18 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend


By Galina Natenzon

This week we are wrapping up our first session of ESL classes.  Stay tuned, we are planning a fall session to start in September.  New students are welcome to enroll!  This is the last week of calm and quiet at the library before our summer reading ...

Angie's Owners Want to Thank Their Chatham Customers

June 14, 2018

To the Editor:

We want to thank our customers and the entire community for their support and devotion to our business. Our last day of business will be July 31.

rWe will miss all the friends that we have developed over the past 26 years. Wishing everyone much success and happiness in the future.


Louiza and Jimmy Poulimenos

P.S. "Until we meet ...


AtlantiCast Episode 17

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Chatham Students Schroder, Hyland Summa Cum Laude Graduates of Clemson; Huettenmoser Graduates Cum Laude

June 23, 2018

CLEMSON, SC - Chatham residents graduated from Clemson University in spring 2018 commencement ceremonies.

They are: Deianira D. Huettenmoser of Chatham, who graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Sciences; Jennifer A. Hyland of Chatham, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and Natalie M. Schroder of Chatham, who ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...