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November 1, 2013

City looks into mounds at cemetery

Neighbor concerned coffin rising out of ground

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“I’m sure Neil is right,” Scatamacchia said. “If you look at almost all of the most recent graves, they all seem to have a mound.”

Scatamacchia said that in almost all of the cemeteries he deals with in the funeral business, there are areas where workers can set aside excess backfill. He said they typically use that soil for maintaining their cemetery, but that it doesn’t seem to be the practice at the City Cemetery.

Since he was unable to find a grave marker or headstone at either end of the mound that Kelly had pointed out, Scatamacchia wonders if this particular mound was left as a warning not to mistake the plot for one that is empty.

Kelly said she isn’t convinced of Kelleher’s explanation and wants the city to find out what happened.

She said she is also bothered by the fact that a grave marker could not be located.

“I think everyone should have some type of marker,” Kelly said. “This isn’t someone’s garden. These are residents. Someone’s mother, someone’s father ... a veteran maybe. Just because they may be indigent, it’s not a reason not to treat them with respect.

“I’d like someone to show me, with my eyes, that the casket is not rising up and that everything will be leveled out and cleaned up,” Kelly said.

David Van Dam, Mayor James Fiorentini’s chief of staff, said the city will be looking into the situation at the City Cemetery and if a problem is found it will be corrected.

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