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Shellfishing now allowed in Onset Bay
Shellfishing is now allowed in Onset Bay and connecting waterways as of Saturday, July 18, announced the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Shellfishing was closed in those areas on July 5 following a sewage spill from the pump station at...
Bike shops cycle from surge in sales to shortage of bikes
There were about 40 bicycles at the Bike Den on July 13, but only one of them was for sale, thanks to an industry-wide bike shortage brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Employee Nathan Orie said that bike sales at his shop in Wareham, and others...
St. Patrick’s food pantry now open on Wednesdays
The St. Patrick’s Food Pantry is open on Wednesday’s from 3 to 7 p.m. The food pantry had previously closed due to coronavirus, but has since reopened. Patrons are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing while at the pantry. The food...
The Book House: a little library for all
There’s a new venue for book lovers in Wareham, and although it’s small in stature, it’s already becoming a big success. When both libraries in town were closed due to the coronavirus, Jennifer Kearns decided she would partner with the non-profit...
Fresh fruits and vegetables given to families in need
Wareham families in need now have a new resource for getting fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to the efforts of Jowaun Gamble, The Marion Institute, and Sid Wainer & Sons. Sid Wainer & Sons is a local food distributor which received a...
Residents asked to respond to census
The Board of Selectmen again urged residents to fill out the US Census during the board’s Tuesday night meeting. The town currently has a very low rate of completion. Higher rates of census completion put the town in better position to receive...
Triple E has begun
During Tuesday night’s meeting, Selectman Peter Teitelbaum said that several mosquitos in Massachusetts have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). He urged everyone to wear mosquito repellent and long sleeves when outdoors at dawn...
Selectmen wrestle with power, procedure
The Board of Selectmen wrestled with their power during the Tuesday night meeting, from which Patrick Tropeano was absent. The Board was scheduled to make a number of appointments to various committees, including re-appointing Selectman Judith...
Onset Bay Association to host ‘Doors of Onset’ poster contest
Onset residents with decorative doors are asked to participate in the Onset Bay Association’s “Doors of Onset” contest for a chance to win a printed photo, or even a poster and set of notecards. A photographer from the Onset Bay Association will...
Former town accountant indicted for embezzlement in three other towns
Justin Cole, who briefly served as the Wareham town accountant along with his firm, has been indicted for embezzling more than $729,000 from Uxbridge, Monterey, and Millville. The embezzlement allegedly occurred between December 2012 and June 2018...
Wareham man pleads ‘not guilty’ to murdering wife
Danny Sherman, the Wareham man accused of fatally stabbing his wife, Mardiette Deboyes, in their Rose Point home in late March, pleaded “not guilty” to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on Tuesday morning. In May, Bridgewater...
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...
Smithers requests zoning change to allow marijuana testing
The Smithers lab, located down the street from the John W. Decas School, has submitted a zoning change request. As discussed during Monday night’s Planning Board meeting, Smithers is considering expanding its business from environmental testing to...
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...
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