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Facing grave concern

Towns dealing with space limitations

October 18, 2009
Because of the actions taken now by two area towns, their residents will have little reason to worry about whether space will be available for their final resting place.

"We have a lot of undeveloped space [to expand into]," said Charlton Cemetery Superintendent James Burlingame.

Southbridge's needs are more pressing. Between 300-500 spaces, roughly, remain in Oak Ridge, the town's only publicly-owned cemetery, according to Department of Public Works Director Kenneth Kalinowski. His department oversees the cemetery.

"We're probably approaching critical. We're not there yet," Kalinowski said on the amount of burial space remaining at Oak Ridge.

Expansion plans in Southbridge call for the Cole Forest area abutting the southeastern side of the site to be developed for future burials, Kalinowski said. A "substantial" number of people could be buried there, he said. He did not make any official estimate.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

Janines Frostee
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