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Cemetery in Mass. town has run out of room

Sept. 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM   |   Comments

PROVINCETOWN, Mass., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Officials in Provincetown, Mass., say the local cemetery is in need of additional land as nearly all traditional burial plots are already taken or reserved.

Cemetery commission chairman Richard Olson said the town cemetery has placed a moratorium on advance sales of grave sites due to the shortage while officials work on plans to raise money to purchase more land, the Cape Cod (Mass.) Times said Saturday.

"We're sold out, virtually," Olson said.

Cemetery supervisor Antonio Lemme said the cemetery had roughly seven burial plots, including four doubles, available as of Thursday.

There is also room available at the cemetery for burial sites for cremated remains, officials said.

Among those buried at the Provincetown site are famed writer Norman Mailer and poet Stanley Kunitz, the Times reported. Some of the cemetery's graves date back to the 1700s.

The Times said officials with the cemetery commission and the board of selectmen are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss funding for the creation of additional burial sites on three acres of neighboring lands.

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