Last five posts from the CHAT-M-Room (Town Common) are:

Debbie - I'm using the handout from COA as source for my data, and it was most likely used as basis for the Chronicle article/editorial. And based on a couple of conversations with COA volunteers/etc., that's how I am interpreting it. Obviously some folks use COA more than others so while one person may use it once or twice a year, others may do so for more than one function/activity per day and thus be counted for each usage as should be expected.
J. Hallgren (as user)
S Chatham, MA USA - Thu 11/21/2019 - 22:51:01
John, I just think we need to be careful about interpreting numbers. The numbers that are used in the editorial need clarification.
Debbie
Chatham, MA USA - Thu 11/21/2019 - 22:17:21
Debbie - As I understood their report, that's correct. For ex, the report shows 46 people and 1,432 participations in Fitness/exercise so appears that a total 46 unique people (residents and non-res as they didn't isolate that breakdown) attended one or more sessions for a total of 1.432 times.
If that same one person used other programs, they'd be listed in those subtotals as well.
Note the 1,066 + 171 guests in report heading, right? I believe that's non-residents who may be Chatham taxpayers but could be visitors as well.
So as I read it, that's close to roughly 2,700 unique people who used something at least once.

J. Hallgren (as user)
S Chatham, MA USA - Thu 11/21/2019 - 21:12:50
So 1452 distinct Chatham residents over age 60 participated in COA programs? Might it be possible that one resident could have participated in lunch plus exercise plus birthday party plus socialization and thus be counted four times?
Debbie
Chatham, MA USA - Thu 11/21/2019 - 20:09:44
Kem - welcome! Your numbers are accurate. We have been counting cars daily and except for Thursday's the average number of cars per day is 6-7. Thursday the parking lot is filled at certain times. Those overflow programs could certainly be relocated during the day to the Community Center. Or, as I suggested before - better scheduling could be utilized. I have a spreadsheet with the programs and # of cars in parking for those programs. There are many of us that do not support spending the amount of money this calls for. On another note - today they were power washing the building and it looks like they are getting ready to paint it. A day late and dollar short. WY to spend our tax dollars!
Judy P
W Chatham, MA USA - Thu 11/21/2019 - 17:25:35