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Developer hoping to build marina off Main Street to be collecting signatures this weekend
Danny Warren, the business owner hoping to build a marina, restaurant and wedding venue on Main Street , will be at the site this weekend. He hopes to speak to people in town about their ideas for the site and the town, and will also be collecting...
Board of Selectmen votes to recommend ‘Hospitality’ district
The Board of Selectmen voted at their March 24 meeting to recommend the passage of all the articles that will be up for votes at the April 10 Special Town Meetings, including the Notos Group’s “Hospitality, Recreation, and Entertainment District.”...
Selectmen recognize Osteogenesis Imperfecta Week
The Board of Selectmen officially recognized National Osteogenesis Imperfecta Week, which runs from May 1 to May 8, at their March 23 meeting. Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, is a genetic disorder causing fragile bones...
Coronavirus concerns cause hang-ups for Wareham’s summer activities
With warmer months fast approaching, summer plans that are contingent on continuing to control the spread of covid-19 hang in the balance. Some of Wareham’s most anticipated summer events have been canceled, postponed or curtailed in other ways...
Trash routes announced, extra barrels available for purchase
The town’s trash hauler, ABC Disposal, Inc., has announced the new schedules for trash and recycling pick-up. Trash pick-up runs Monday through Friday, depending on what street a resident lives on. Recycling is picked up once every two weeks. The...
Town plans to ask for public input on future of Decas School property
Because there are many possible futures for the John W. Decas Elementary School property, the Board of Selectmen plans to ask people in town what they think. Selectman Peter Teitelbaum explained that Wareham Redevelopment Authority member Richard...
‘Clear as mud’: State law change leaves officials baffled ahead of Notos zoning vote
A new state law changing the voting requirements for the passage of zoning-related articles at Town Meeting has officials scratching their heads as two Town Meetings containing controversial zoning proposals approach. Previously, all zoning changes...
Borrego Solar Field approved by Planning Board
The Planning Board voted to approve a special permit for a Borrego solar field project at land owned by the A.D. Makepeace Company at 140 Tihonet Rd. As a condition of that permit, the company will not be allowed to start any work until the Chapter...
Luxury subdivision pitched for old friary
The former home of the Society of Friars Minor of the Order of St. Francis on Robinwood Road could be the future site of seven luxury homes. The subdivision plan, called “Maritime Haven,” was first presented to the Planning Board at their March 22...
Citizens’ Zoning Proposal aims to increase affordable housing stock
Former Selectwoman Brenda Eckstrom has proposed a zoning change meant to create incentives for Wareham residents to increase the town’s stock of affordable housing through deed-restricted individual homes and apartments, rather than large 40B...
Land Trust opposes ‘Hospitality’ district rezoning
The Wareham Land Trust, a group dedicated to protecting open space in town and educating the public of its importance, has officially opposed the Notos Groups’ Hospitality, Recreation, and Entertainment district, which will be up for votes at the...
Wareham Oyster Festival offers scholarship
The Wareham Oyster Festival, Inc. is offering a $1000 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in the aquaculture, or marine science fields. The scholarship is open to students who are Wareham residents and have been accepted for enrollment into...
Community Events Committee now accepting funding requests
The Wareham Community Events Committee is now accepting applications for funding for 2021 events. All funding requests received by Friday, April 23, will be reviewed at the committee’s April meeting. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as...
Osprey nest gets an upgrade
The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Onset Bay Center and the Department of Natural Resources teamed up to upgrade an osprey nest pole at Burgess Point this week. The pole has supported an osprey’s nest for more than 30 years, but last year developed a...
New covid cases slow in town
The spread of coronavirus in Wareham seems to be slowing, with only 20 new cases in town this week, according to the state’s March 18 Public Health Report. That’s the lowest number of new weekly cases since November 5. Wareham’s average daily...
Redevelopment authority recommends master developer
After no additional discussion, the Wareham Redevelopment Authority voted on March 18 to recommend that the Board of Selectmen consider Bentley Companies as the potential master developer for the Tremont Nail Factory property. Bentley Companies, a...
Conservation Commission delays vote on Borrego Solar Fields
The Conservation Commission delayed a vote on the controversial Borrego Solar Farm proposed for A.D. Makepeace property at their March 17 meeting, just over a week after the Planning Board did the same. The project, set to be located at 140 Tihonet...
Update: Do not pay online bills through DOXO, town says
The town urged Wareham residents to avoid using a service called DOXO to pay online bills in an alert sent out Wednesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. The notice — which was sent through the “ALERT Wareham” emergency system via phone calls, text messages and...
Wareham residents 16+ will be eligible for vaccine by April 19
Governor Charlie Baker has announced the dates when all remaining Massachusetts residents will be eligible for the vaccine. Currently, those over the age of 65, those with two or more certain medical conditions, educators and those who live or work...
Red Brook conservation land removed from Notos Group zoning proposal
The Notos Group’s proposed Hospitality, Recreation and Entertainment District has changed once again. The new version of the proposal — which will go before voters during the Special Town Meeting on April 10 at noon — removes the Red Brook...
Solar field related articles approved for upcoming Town Meeting
Two articles related to future solar field projects in Wareham will come before voters during the Special Town Meeting within the annual Spring Town Meeting currently scheduled for April 26. During the Board of Selectmen’s March 16 meeting, the...
Trash barrel delivery is in-progress
Trash barrels are currently being delivered by the town’s new trash hauler, ABC Disposal, Inc. “Barrels are going here, barrels are going there,” Selectman Peter Teitelbaum confirmed during the March 16 Board of Selectmen meeting. Unfortunately, the...
Decas Cranberry Products sold to Canadian cranberry supplier
Carver-based Decas Cranberry Products has been acquired by Canadian cranberry supplier Fruit d’Or, which describes itself as “the largest supplier of organic cranberries [...] in the world” and “the fastest growing company in Quebec, Canada.” Decas...
Ushering in spring at small dog playgroup
Although socializing pups — especially young ones — is still as important as ever, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges for some dog owners. Fortunately for members of the Wareham Pack Walkers, the group continues to provide...
Free meals for kids at the Gleason Family YMCA, Brandy Hill Apartments
Children under the age of 18 from the Tri-Town are eligible to receive ready-made boxed meals at the YMCA and Brandy Hill Apartments. The program, launched by the Marion Institute in collaboration with the Shah Family Foundation and the Greater...
Slight uptick in covid cases, state opens preregistration for vaccines
Wareham has seen 36 new cases of covid-19 in the past week, according to the state’s Weekly Public Health Report released March 11. After holding steady at 33 new cases each week over the last three weeks , 36 new covid cases in a week marked an...
Library donations doubled for the next month
People who donate to support the Wareham Free Library in the next month will see their donations doubled, thanks to a matching grant pledged by cranberry grower A.D. Makepeace Company. A.D. Makepeace Company will match up to $10,000 in donations...
First Congregational Church to host drive-in service
The First Congregational Church of Wareham is hosting Drive-in Worship Services on the first Sunday of each month at 10 a.m. at 11 Gibbs Avenue. Visitors will stay in their vehicles and tune their radios to FM 97.7. On the other Sundays of each...
Proposed condo complex raises 40B frustrations for officials
At a hearing for a proposed condo development on Red Brook Road, officials expressed frustration with Chapter 40B, the law that allows developers to ignore some local zoning regulations as long as the town has less than 10 percent affordable housing...
Selectmen talk Town Meetings — Spring, Special
This story has been updated to reflect that “Sewer Superintendent” is the accurate title for that position.
The overarching theme when the Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday, March 9, was Town Meeting business. With a Special Town Meeting...
The story behind the Hospitality District letter sent to all voters
A letter in support of the proposed Hospitality, Recreation, and Entertainment District was mailed to every registered voter in town this week with a few notable signatories, including four Selectmen and various business owners. The letter was...
‘Taste of the Bay’ reimagined with covid in mind
The Onset Bay Association’s 2021 “Taste of the Bay” event, which will support local restaurants and reward people for being patrons, will be held Thursday, April 1, through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. Those who wish to participate by dining at...
St. Pat’s police patches to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital
The Wareham Police Department is raising money for the Boston Children’s Hospital through the sale of special Irish-themed Wareham Police patches. The patches will be for sale at Stone Path Malt from March 17 to March 20. Each $10 patch purchase...
Ballot finalized for upcoming Town Election
The ballot is set for the Tuesday, May 4, Town Election, including competitive races for the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee.
Four candidates will be running for two seats on the School Committee. Geoff Swett,...
New addiction drop-in center to launch March 15
The Wareham Police Department, community members, High Point Treatment Center and Fight Back: Addiction and Mental Health Counseling have teamed up to form a new Wareham Community Outreach Program to provide resources and support to those struggling...
Vote on controversial solar farm delayed
The Planning Board postponed a vote on the Borrego solar field proposed for A.D. Makepeace land on Tihonet Road following conversations about the company’s right to remove sand and gravel from the site. As discussed at the March 8 Planning Board...
New law could allow zoning changes to pass with fewer votes
A change in state law could mean that zoning changes like the proposed Hospitality, Recreation, and Entertainment District could pass by simple majority at Town Meeting. Historically, all zoning changes have required a two-thirds vote to pass...
Historical Society offers scholarship
The Wareham Historical Society will be awarding a scholarship to a graduating senior from Wareham High School. The scholarship is open to those who will be pursuing a degree in education. The amount of the scholarship has not yet been decided, but...
Trustees of Reservations, Trout Unlimited oppose zoning change
Several conservation groups have formally opposed the proposed Hospitality, Recreation, and Entertainment district rezoning, which will be up for votes at the April 10 Special Town Meeting. The proposal would rezone a nearly 1,000-acre parcel of...
Covid cases steady in Wareham
Wareham has seen 33 new cases of covid-19 in the past week, according to the State’s Weekly Public Health report released March 4. Wareham’s average daily incidence rate decreased to 18 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days. Given Wareham’s...
Redevelopment Authority weighs in on Aspen Blue host community agreement, lease
Aspen Blue Cultures is close to securing a host community agreement and lease to use the steel building on the Tremont Nail Factory property to manufacture and package a variety of cannabis products. The Board of Selectmen voted Feb. 2 to authorize...
Marina proposed for old Greer Lumber site on Main Street
A 16-slip marina is being proposed for the old Greer Lumber site at 59 Main St., right next to Besse Park. In addition to the marina, the developer — Danny Warren, who purchased the property in May 2020 for $1 million — has other plans for the land...
$825,000 in federal grant money will support food bank, youth programs
Wareham will receive $825,000 in grant funding for a variety of town projects, including housing rehabilitation, sidewalk improvements at Bayview Park and support for a food pantry. Wareham is one of 41 communities awarded funds from the federal...
Wareham Homeless group receives $25k grant
Efforts to aid Wareham’s homeless population have gotten a boost, as the Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless has received a $25,000 grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation as part of the foundation’s focus on covid-19 relief. The grant...
Recycling Center seeks volunteers
The Wareham Recycling Center, located on Plymouth Road off Maple Springs Road, is looking for volunteers. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Volunteers are responsible for helping visitors...
Selectmen finalize Town Meeting warrant with school name, Master Plan articles
The Selectmen finalized the warrant for the April 26 Spring Town Meeting, including a school name change, approval of the master plan, and a ban on “nip” sales on March 2. An article to update the town’s FEMA flood maps is still in the works. Voters...
Second 40B development proposed for Red Brook Road
Twenty new condos are planned for land abutting Red Brook Road and Cranberry Highway in a new 40B development called Settler’s Glen proposed by the cryptically-named developer TGCI EMNACA, LLC. Across the way from the proposed location of Settler’s...
Town sees about 30 new covid cases in past week
Wareham has seen 33 new cases of covid-19 in the past week, according to the State’s Weekly Public Health report released Feb. 25. Wareham’s average daily incidence rate decreased to 20.7 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days. Given Wareham’s...
Early registration opens for Onset Bay Center youth summer programs
Early registration for several of the Onset Bay Center’s summer youth programs is now for Wareham residents. Children and teenagers interested in various water sports and activities such as sailing, kayaking and exploring are invited to register for...
Sewer Commissioners aim to make billing more fair
The Sewer Commissioners are hoping to make billing more fair. But first, they need to untangle an incomplete and confusing billing schedule dating back to 1998. Because the town’s sewer department doesn’t have access to water usage, which is...
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