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Zoning changes for casino considered for Fall Town Meeting
The Planning Board considered a proposed “entertainment and hospitality” district at its Monday night meeting. The district was proposed by the Notos Group, the developer of the proposed Wareham Park racetrack, and would encompass the project’s site...
A new look for Wareham Village?
On Monday night, the Planning Board discussed proposed zoning changes aimed at promoting development in Wareham Village -- including new uses, taller buildings, and even buildings using the air rights over Merchants Way. The most substantial...
Ramp closures planned on Rte. 25
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be closing the ramps to Exit 2 and Exit 3 off Route 25 for work this week. The detours could add about 15 to 20 minutes to travel time. The Exit 2 off-ramp and on-ramp will be closed from 8 p.m. to...
Oven explosion at Chatham Village Foods
Just before 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, there was an oven explosion at Chatham Village Foods at 15 Kendrick Road. The explosion caused heavy damage to the facility, and injured one of the 20 people in the building at the time. Two fire engines...
Treats for a good cause
Emma Kendrigan, 11, and her grandmother, Kathleen Moore of Onset, have a tradition: At the end of each school year, the pair take Moore’s change jar and cash it out, and Emma gets to spend that money on whatever she wants. This year, she decided to...
Pedestrian killed on Rte. 25 identified
The pedestrian who was killed by a vehicle on Rte. 25 East on Friday night has been identified by State Police as Lisa Sullivan, 58, of Sandwich. At about 9 p.m. on Route 25 East at the 495 North interchange, Sullivan entered the roadway and was...
Read the July 9 paper online
The July 9 eEdition of Wareham Week is now available on our website. It’s a PDF version of this week’s paper, and it looks just like it does in print. Physical copies of our paper are still available at the regular distribution sites that are open...
Reminder: shellfishing prohibited along Merchants Way
As more people are seeking outdoor activities this summer, the Wareham Department of Natural Resources has reminded residents and visitors to Wareham that shellfishing along Merchants Way is prohibited due to poor water quality. Harbormaster Garry...
Readers rejoice at outdoor book sale
In their first event since shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Friends of the Wareham Free Library hosted an outdoor, socially distanced book sale on Thursday, July 9, much to the delight of some avid readers. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m...
Accident involving fire truck sends many to hospital
A crash involving a fire engine and two cars temporarily shut down Rte 28 at the 195 overpass at 10 pm. At the scene, it appeared that a two passenger car incident knocked one of the cars into the path of the fire engine. Both passenger cars had...
Families receive free, farm-fresh food each week
Each week, nearly 200 families receive twenty pound boxes of fresh, high-quality produce -- and it's all free. The boxes are part of the Farmers to Families program, which is a collaboration between Sid Wainer & Sons, the Marion Institute’s...
UPDATE: beaches reopened to swimming after sewage leak
According to the Wareham Department of Natural Resources, all areas that were previously closed due to a sewage spill have reopened as of Wednesday afternoon, July 8, per the approval of the Wareham Board of Health. On Sunday, July 5, Water...
New coronavirus cases slow in town
The number of new coronavirus cases in Wareham has slowed considerably since the pandemic’s peak this spring. The town has had a total of 201 cases, according to Town Administrator Derek Sullivan. There have been 21 deaths, of which 14 were in...
Picket ordering to end soon for Lopes Playground
Wareham CORE has continued its work on the Lopes Playground, and will soon begin installing the fence. That means the time to purchase an engraved picket to support the group is coming to an end on July 31. Each engraved picket is made from recycled...
Tremont Nail kayak launch closed for environmental work
Environmental engineers are once again on-site at the Tremont Nail Factory to work on remediating past pollution. A portion of the site, including the kayak launch and riverfront, will be fenced off and closed to the public while this work is taking...
Police respond to 38 overdoses, including seven fatal, in four months
Since March 1, seven people in Wareham have died due to a fatal overdose, bringing the total number of overdose deaths in 2020 to 12. Including the fatal incidents, police have responded to 69 overdoses this year, 38 of which have occurred since...
Dog park arts and literary contest announced
The Dog Park Association of Wareham is once again hosting a summer arts contest for kids and teens. This year, the Unleash the PAWsibilities contest is themed “Animals, our COVID Companions: Pets and wildlife bringing comfort and joy during...
A new normal at the YMCA
Gleason Family YMCA members returned to a new normal of working out with individual spray bottles, pre registered workout times, masks, and social distancing on Monday, July 6. According to Director Debbie Fringuelli, the YMCA closed in mid-March,...
Keeping it clean
Every day for the last two years, Dave Malonson has walked up and down Glen Charlie Road at least twice a day to pick up litter. “Pouring rain or Christmas, it doesn’t matter,” said his wife, Carol Malonson. On Sunday, Dave Malonson’s neighbors and...
Chamber of Commerce running 50/50 Summer Spectacular Raffle
The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce is running a 50/50 Summer Spectacular Raffle, with a payout of up to $25,000. Other proceeds will go to support the chamber’s work supporting the business community in the area, operating two visitor...
Beaches, shellfishing closed due to sewage leak
A sewage spill at the pump station at the end of the Stonebridge in Onset has necessitated the closure of some beaches and a temporary ban on shellfishing in Onset Bay. Just after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, Water Pollution Control Facility crews...
Birthday parade for a “firecracker”
July 4, 2020 is Gertrude Sullivan’s 96th birthday, and she celebrated it with friends, family, and, seemingly, almost the entire population of Parkwood Beach. As Sullivan smiled and waved from her window at All American Assisted Living, the crowd...
Cops reward kids doing good with a sweet surprise
Wareham Police Officers have been patrolling the streets of Wareham and Onset while keeping an eye out for kids doing good. Police officers are hitting the streets with an extra tool — gift certificates good for one ice cream cone at either Nana’s,...
Committee weighs options, plans ahead for new police station
As the Wareham Police Department has outgrown its current station, plans for a new Public Safety Complex that would also house Emergency Medical Services and, potentially, other town departments have started to take shape. So far, the Public Safety...
Two large solar arrays proposed in Wareham
Two large solar arrays have been proposed in Wareham. According to developers they would be able to power thousands of homes, and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the town. However, building the arrays would require clearing over 100...
Filling out the census could help get funds for the town
The Board of Selectmen encouraged Wareham residents to fill out the federal census on Tuesday night. Selectman Alan Slavin said that Wareham’s census completion rate was the lowest of the 27 communities in SRPEDD. “If they don’t fill out the census...
Non-essential water use restrictions in place due to dry conditions
The Wareham Fire District Water Department has asked Wareham residents to conserve water due to dry conditions. Residents who live in even numbered houses are asked to only water their lawns on even numbered dates, like July 2, 4, 6, etc. Those who...
Water Wizz unable to open until Phase 4
At Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Alan Slavin said that the state has decided to bar water parks, including Water Wizz, from opening until Phase 4. At the very earliest, that would put the park’s opening date at July 27. Phase 3 could...
Town to consider curbside pick-up, transfer station
Selectman Jim Munise, who also serves on the Carver Marion Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District Committee, gave the Board of Selectman a brief update on the town’s plans for waste disposal at Tuesday night’s meeting. The current agreement with...
Clerk, chairman choices contentious for selectmen
The Board of Selectmen met in person on Tuesday night for the first time in months, and were joined by newly-elected Selectmen Judith Whiteside. Masked and separated by plexiglass panels, the board held a meeting that felt strangely normal. Each...
Committee considers Minot Ave., Decas School for new police station
The Public Safety Study Committee, tasked with planning for a potential new police station that would also house the emergency medical service and other public safety agencies, visited two possible locations for the building on Monday. The committee...
Wareham Free Library to offer virtual programs for July
The Wareham Free Library will offer two new virtual programs starting in July. On Thursday, July 9, at 1 p.m., the library will host an online meeting of the Wareham Free Library Literary Society. This new virtual program will allow others to talk...
First Congregational Church to host ‘grand reopening’ of thrift shop
The First Congregational Church of Wareham will host a grand reopening of the Next-to-New Thrift Shop from July 9 to 11. There will be a buy one, get one free sale on all clothes for the three day reopening celebration. Per CDC guidelines, shoppers...
CrossFitters push through the summer heat in outdoor workouts
Gyms aren’t allowed to fully reopen yet, but for those brave enough to push through the summer heat, workouts are back in session at Seaside CrossFit. For the last couple weeks, coaches have been holding outdoor practices in the gym’s parking lot...
Coalition to tackle trash at beaches
As crowds of people have returned to Wareham and Onset’s beaches, they have brought with them another familiar summer sight: piles of trash. This year, officials, volunteers, and business owners are banding together to combat the problem of litter...
Grand Marshal sought for Veterans Day Parade
The committee planning a Veterans Day Celebration in Wareham for November 11, 2020, is seeking applicants for a Grand Marshal from area veterans. Applicants from Bourne, Carver, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Plymouth, and Wareham will be...
Swearing-in in style
Newly elected selectman Judith Whiteside and reelected selectman Peter Teitelbaum swore in in style outside Town Hall on Wednesday. The officials stayed in Teitelbaum’s convertible as Town Clerk Michele Bissonnette had them sign and swear into...
An uncertain summer for Water Wizz
Summer has officially begun, but the future of one of Wareham’s most prominent summer destinations is still highly uncertain. Water Wizz, the water park on Cranberry Highway, typically brings in about 100,000 guests each year even though its...
Selectmen aim to help local businesses during pandemic
As the Town of Wareham continues to reopen gradually, the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Derek Sullivan discussed ways to help local businesses during a meeting on Tuesday night, June 23. As part of the town’s effort to help businesses...
Teitelbaum, Whiteside elected to Board of Selectmen
Wareham voters elected Judith Whiteside and reelected Peter Teitelbaum as Selectmen in Tuesday’s election, and approved a number of incumbent and unopposed candidates. Whiteside won 679 votes, while Teitelbaum won 559. Ron Besse, a newcomer with a...
Restaurants open their doors for indoor dining
For the first time in over three months, restaurants in Wareham are opening their doors to allow customers to eat inside. Business isn’t exactly as usual, however, as restaurants are following new safety guidelines to protect customers and employees...
Curbside Pick-Up to begin at the Wareham Free Library
The Wareham Free Library is now offering curbside pickup at the main library, 59 Marion Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Currently, patrons can only check out items owned by the library. Books can be requested through the SAILS...
Celebrate the 4th of July with a glow-in-the-dark shirt
Although the annual 4th of July fireworks show has been cancelled due to the pandemic, the Onset Bay Association has teamed up with Soft as a Grape to create a unique way to celebrate at home. The association is selling t-shirts that glow in the...
Nakita Besegai named Interim Director of Wareham Boys and Girls Club
Nakita Besegai has been named the Interim Director of the Wareham Unit of the Greater New Bedford Boys and Girls Club. According to Executive Director Rob Mendes, Besegai will be taking over for Kenny Fontes, who has left his position after a “...
Kool Kone, Gatemen host baseball-themed Father’s Day giveaway
Kids under the age of ten were treated to a surprise at Kool Kone on Father’s Day. Complimentary with their first ice cream, the kids were given a free plastic baseball and bat, courtesy of the Wareham Gatemen baseball team. The Gatemen’s Senior...
Onset Beach bustles with families as summer begins
Summer has officially begun, and hundreds of residents and visitors flocked to Onset Beach on Saturday to bask in the sun and splash in the surf. Perhaps the surest sign of summer, however, is the return of the Sandman: Rodney Johnson. Johnson made...
Wareham Fire District holds drive-through election
The Wareham Fire District hosted its annual election in a totally new way to protect voters and volunteers during the pandemic. Rather than filling out their ballot inside the district headquarters, voters drove through the parking lot of the Water...
YMCA, Covanta-SEMASS team up to bring fruits and veggies to families
Covanta-SEMASS teamed up with the Gleason Family YMCA on Friday to bring boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to families.
The Farmers to Families program, which gives free boxes of produce to local families, was funded by a USDA grant to...
Boys and Girls Club gets ready for a socially distanced summer
The Wareham Boys and Girls Club has been closed since mid-March, but staff are now getting ready to reopen for summer programs, which are tentatively scheduled to start on July 6. According to Rob Mendes, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls...
Woman donates hair for wigs for cancer patients
Susan Grebber, a survivor of ovarian cancer, donated six inches of her hair on June 17 to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. Tracy McGraw at Bladez Hair Salon did the haircut, and will be sending the donation in. “I’m a cancer survivor,...
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