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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,...
Drawing parallels between Black Lives Matter and Civil Rights activists of the 1960s
On June 6, Wendell McCain and his sons, Davis and Charles, joined with hundreds of other protesters in Wareham to march to the police station in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. For the McCain family, protesting for civil rights is...
Camp Nep-In-Nae plans for safe and fun summer
Camp Nep-In-Nae at the Gleason Family YMCA will welcome campers starting on June 29, with a few tweaks to ensure everyone’s safety. “We’re very excited,” said Shayna Santiago, the camp’s director. The traditional camp will run this summer from 9 a.m...
Driver in fatal hit-and-run to face five charges
The teen driver who allegedly was involved in the June 12 hit-and-run that killed Kenneth Baptiste is facing five charges. Cameron Silva, 18, of Onset, is accused of striking the motorcycle Baptiste was riding with another person before fleeing the...
Onset Bay Center plans safe summer programs
While the specifics are different than originally planned, the Onset Bay Center will be launching a full summer of programs for kids, families, and adults. In lieu of the extensive programs planned before the coronavirus pandemic, the center will be...
Wareham man seriously injured after jumping from ‘The Ledge’ in Freetown
FREETOWN — A 19-year-old Wareham man was seriously injured and Medflighted to Rhode Island Hospital on Sunday afternoon, June 14, after jumping off of “The Ledge” in the Fall River Freetown State Forest. According to Freetown Fire Department Lt...
Onset Fire improves ranking to save residents money
The Onset Fire District is now among the top five percent of fire departments in the country, as determined by the Insurance Services Organization, and that means that Onset property owners can expect to save some money on home insurance. The...
Historical Society cancels summer events
The Wareham Historical Society has cancelled all its public events for the summer, including the monthly speaker programs, museum tours, and the 44th annual Fourth of July Antique and Craft Faire. President Angela Dunham wrote that the society...
Walk for Hunger hopes to raise funds
The 11th Annual Greater Wareham Walk for Hunger, scheduled for May 3, has been cancelled for this year due to the restrictions on large gatherings. The walk raises money for Project Bread, a non-profit dedicated to ending hunger in Massachusetts,...
Outdoor sticker sale scheduled for Wednesday, June 17
The town of Wareham will be hosting an outdoor sticker sale on Wednesday, June 17, for residents to obtain Beach Parking Permits, Onset Street Parking Passes and Transfer Station Stickers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held in the parking...
Town Meeting passes all articles in record time
Every warrant article was passed by a majority of voters during a remarkably brief Town Meeting that clocked in under an hour and a half on Monday night. Voters gathered in the gym at the high school in chairs spaced more than six feet apart and...
Selectmen allow outdoor alcohol sales at restaurants
The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a new policy to allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages to people seated outdoors. The policy and licenses are understood to be temporary, and will expire November 1. The Selectmen approved...
Mosquito spraying begins June 15
Plymouth County Mosquito Control will begin spraying for mosquitoes this week. Following last year’s EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) outbreak, the state and county are working to mitigate the mosquito population. Aerial spraying, which is...
Kenneth Baptiste succumbs to injuries following crash
Kenneth Baptiste, a longtime active member of the community, died this weekend as the result of a Friday night motorcycle accident. Baptiste’s motorcycle was struck from behind by a car on Cranberry Highway at about 11:15 p.m., and the driver of the...
Southcoast Health honors coronavirus victims, survivors
Southcoast Health hosted concurrent events on Thursday, June 11 at the system’s three hospitals – Charlton Memorial, St. Luke’s and Tobey – to honor those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus and to celebrate those who have survived it. The...
‘Race Amity Day’ to be live-streamed June 14
The Bourne/Wareham Race Amity Committee will host a live-streamed virtual event on Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m. The Bourne/Wareham Race Amity Committee began its efforts in October, 2018 to reach out to community members, civic organizations, and...
Tobey Hospital staff join fight against racial injustice
Staff at Tobey Hospital took a moment of silence in memory of George Floyd, to express solidarity in the fight against systemic racism and injustice on Thursday, June 11. Floyd was killed on May 25, after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his...
Wareham Fire District approves new engine, nixes water tank maintenance
The Wareham Fire District held its annual meeting on Wednesday night with a drive-in twist. To allow voters to maintain social distancing, the meeting was held in the Wareham High School parking lot, and voters stayed in their cars for the duration...
Gatemen, Kool Kone to give out 300 plastic baseball bats
The Cape Cod Baseball League won’t be able to host any games this summer due to the coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped organizers of the Wareham Gatemen from thinking of a new way to keep the game alive for kids in town. The Gatemen have teamed up...
Onset voters move Fire Station’s future to further study
Several dozen Onset residents gathered in a tent behind the VFW on Monday night for an outdoor, socially-distanced annual Onset Fire District Meeting, and voted to hold off on deciding the future of the current fire station. All but one of the...
Town to host outdoor permit sticker sale
Editor’s note: The sale has been cancelled for Sunday because the town has run out of beach stickers. A second sale will be planned next weekend.
The town of Wareham will be hosting an outdoor sticker sale weekend for residents to...
Plans finalized for Town Election
Wareham’s Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but residents can -- and are encouraged -- to vote now. Applications for early and absentee voting are attached to this article. Applications that have been printed,...
Wareham Fire District plans drive-in meeting, election
The Wareham Fire District Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, in the Wareham High School parking lot. Voters will remain in their cars to observe social distancing. WCTV will provide a sound system so everyone will be able to hear...
Town Meeting to adapt to pandemic
Editor’s note: The articles to be voted on have been updated.
The Wareham Annual Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 15, in the Wareham High School gym at 7 Viking Dr. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the procedure...
Hundreds march through Onset, Wareham for justice
Hundreds of protesters converged on the Wareham Police Station Saturday evening at the conclusion of two separate peaceful marches organized in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. One group made the 4-1/2-mile trek from Onset Pier, merging...
Police asked to take a knee — some do
After marching through town from the Onset Pier and Besse Park , a crowd of about 400 protesters in support of the Black Lives Matter movement against systemic racism and police brutality gathered in front of the Wareham Police Station, and demanded...
Protesters march from Onset, Besse Park to Police Station
At six p.m., two groups of protesters in support of the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality and injustice began to gather at Besse Park and Onset Pier. At Besse Park, about 250 protesters of all races and ages — from toddlers to...
Businesses on Main Street board up ahead of evening protests
Storefronts along Main Street are boarded up today in anticipation of two protest marches that are planned for this evening. One march organized by a local woman, Jazzy Andrade, is set to leave from Onset Pier at 6 p.m. and end at the Wareham Police...
Black Lives Matter protest comes to Onset
A small group of about 25 protestors gathered near Onset Pier on Friday afternoon to advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement and against police brutality, earning many honks of support from passing drivers. The protest was one of many across...
Community Youth Empowerment stands with Black Lives Matter
Members of the Wareham-based group Community Youth Empowerment joined forces with the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight for justice for George Floyd, and drastic reform to combat systemic racism in the criminal justice system and society at...
Celebrating seniors: Cap and Gown Parade rides through town
The Wareham High School Class of 2020 has had to postpone their graduation ceremony to August, but on June 3, a parade of around 100 high school seniors and their family members celebrated with honking horns, balloons, signs, and cheering spectators...
Gateway Adult Center staff reconnect with members in parade
Members and staff at the Gateway Adult Center consider themselves to be a family, but they’ve had to close down their day program and separate themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday afternoon, June 3, they reconnected with a parade...
Injured rower Hannah Strom returns home to Marion
MARION — Hannah Strom, a Marion resident, former Tabor Academy day student and Holy Cross College student who was involved in a serious accident in January, returned home on June 3 to a surprise parade. Her car was led by Marion Police down Front St...
Selectmen discuss safety precautions for town election
Ahead of the June 23 town election, officials are taking steps to make sure that voters and poll workers will be able to participate safely amidst the ongoing pandemic. At Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Chairman Patrick Tropeano announced a...
Onset Fire District meeting, election next week
The annual Onset Fire District Meeting will be held on June 8 with the annual election to follow on June 9. Arrangements for both have been altered in light of the pandemic. Here are the specifics: Absentee and early voting ballots are due by 12:00...
Community gathers to pray, speak out against racism
As protests sweep the country in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, members of the Wareham and Tri-Town community gathered together to...
Health Department connects the dots with contact tracing
When someone is diagnosed with coronavirus, public health officials leap into action to do detective work in an attempt to limit the virus’ spread. Public health nurses, employed by towns and the state, reach out to every positive case and find out...
The Tremont Center reports 11 coronavirus deaths
The Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Wareham has now reported 11 confirmed or probable coronavirus deaths. According to Tim Brown, t he Director of Marketing and Communications of Athena Health Care Systems, which owns Tremont in...
June is ‘Friends Membership Month’ at the Wareham Free Library
June is officially “Friends Membership Month” at the Wareham Free Library. "It's already June and we haven't held one used book sale this year," said Friends President Priscilla Porter. According to a press release from the Friends of The Wareham...
Protest calls for friendship between races
BUZZARDS BAY — The Bourne/Wareham Race Amity Committee held a small, socially-distanced demonstration in the park on Main Street in Buzzards Bay on Sunday to spread their message of justice and friendship. The committee was first formed in the 1990s...
Grace Lighthouse hosts drive-in church service
The Grace Lighthouse Church held its first-ever drive-in church service on Sunday, giving parishioners a chance to safely gather together while remaining socially distant. The service was held at the church’s land at 2703 Cranberry Highway, across...
Fishing captain navigates financial struggles
Head boats have been allowed to resume fishing trips as part of Massachusetts’ first phase of reopening, but for Chris Whitton, the captain of the “Miss Chris,” recent restrictions have made it nearly impossible to make a profit. Whitton said that...
Verilife reopens for recreational sales in a ‘new era’
Now that marijuana dispensaries are allowed to make recreational sales again in Massachusetts, lines of customers wearing masks and standing six feet apart can be seen outside of Wareham’s Verilife. Customers are now asked to schedule an appointment...
Controversial affordable housing development makes slight changes
The developers of Woodland Cove, a controversial affordable housing development set to be built on Cranberry Highway near the intersection with Red Brook Road, unveiled some slight tweaks to their plans at Wednesday’s Zoning Board of Appeals...
Meals on Wheels seeks volunteer drivers
The Council on Aging and Old Colony Elder Services are seeking volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors’ homes. Meals on Wheels are currently serving more than 150 homebound seniors over the age of sixty in Wareham. During the pandemic...
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