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Tobey Hospital opens coronavirus testing center
Patients can now walk up to the triage tents outside Tobey Hospital for a coronavirus test — if they have an appointment. The new testing center is part of Southcoast Health’s effort to significantly increase the number of tests it can administer as...
Council on Aging provides updated list of food pantries
Damien’s Pantry will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 3065 Cranberry Highway beginning on May 14. Clients should bring a current Damien’s card or a photo ID if they are new to the pantry. Call 508-295-3486. The Onset...
Wareham Fire District pushes meeting, election to June
The Wareham Fire District Annual Meeting has been recessed to June 10, and the District Election has been postponed to June 20. The meeting was originally scheduled for April 13, and was first recessed to May 12 due to safety risks posed by the...
Recreational fishing continues, but social distancing applies
With widespread cancellations of summer events, closed bars, and restaurants limited to takeout and delivery, recreational fishing is one of the few summer activities that can continue through the pandemic. However, officials stress that social...
Book sale, duck race cancelled
The Friends of the Wareham Free Library have cancelled both the scheduled May used book sale and the rubber ducky race. This year’s race would have been the fifth iteration of the annual fundraiser, held at the Tihonet Pond Canal. The Friends are...
Damien’s Place to reopen May 14
The Family Pantry at Damien’s Place will be re-opening on May 14. To keep volunteers and clients safe, the pantry will be implementing some changes to their procedures. Food will be distributed outside the building. All clients are expected to wear...
Church parishioners bond from a distance
Parishioners of St. Patrick’s Church and St. Anthony’s Chapel in Wareham bonded from a safe distance on Thursday, April 30 by participating in a community get-together without ever having to leave their homes. Father Rowland Onuegbu and Deacon David...
May 5 election postponed to June 23
The Wareham Board of Selectmen has voted to postpone the May 5 Town Election to June 23. The board was given the authority to vote on the postponement, based on a new law signed by Governor Charlie Baker, regarding how towns may handle elections in...
Signs of support
While people are staying socially distant to stem the spread of coronavirus, community members are finding new ways to connect and show solidarity through the pandemic. Across Wareham, residents and business owners are using signs to communicate...
2020 boating season faces unfamiliar waters
With warmer weather on the horizon, boating season is fast approaching in Wareham. However, Governor Charlie Baker has implemented a series of new boating regulations in response to the coronavirus pandemic, creating a sea of uncertainty for how the...
Wareham Free Library extends due dates for all materials
As the Wareham Free Library and Spinney Branch Library remain closed, all due dates have been extended until June 18. That gives patrons extra time to enjoy books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials while at home without having to worry about late fees...
Read the ‘paper’ online
The April 30 eEdition of Wareham Week is now live on our site. It's a pdf version of this week's edition — looking just like the paper version. Our papers are still available at all regular distribution spots that remain open in this period of...
Onset parking program suspended until June 1
The Onset On-Street Parking Program has been suspended until June 1st. Permits are not needed at this time to park, and when the program is reinstated the residents within the on-street parking areas will be given adequate time to obtain the...
Hazardous Waste Day postponed
The Hazardous Waste Day initially scheduled for May has been postponed due to the pandemic. The event will be held on August 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wareham Department of Public Works site and the Benson Brook transfer station in Marion. The...
Third appraisal of Rte. 28 transfer station confuses the situation
A third appraisal of the Carver Marion Wareham Refuse Disposal District’s Route 28 transfer station seems to have only further confused the situation after the first two appraisers gave the property wildly different values. The first appraiser...
Onset Fire District postpones meeting, election
The Onset Fire District has postponed its District Meeting and Election to June. The Meeting and Election were originally scheduled for May 18 and 19. Following Governor Charlie Baker’s April 28 announcement that social distancing guidelines would...
Developer selected for Littleton Drive
The Wareham Redevelopment Authority will soon open negotiations with developer Pennrose to bring 92 housing units to land currently owned by the town on Littleton Drive. The Authority received three responses to its request for proposals, and felt...
Firefighters honor late colleague at a safe distance
On April 16, Wareham firefighters gathered at a safe distance in front of the station on Main Street for one last salute to Arthur “Bob” Santos, a firefighter who had been a part of the department for more than 50 years. Wareham Fire Chief Matt...
2020 Onset Cape Verdean Festival canceled due to coronavirus
The 18th Annual Onset Cape Verdean Festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The annual festival celebrating Cape Verdean culture and heritage was scheduled for August 8 of this year. Last year, the festival brought thousands to Onset, and...
Soft as a Grape shirts support coronavirus relief, Wareham Week
“This can’t happen again!” Raymond Nicoletti, chief operating officer at Soft As A Grape, can’t remember which employee first made the remark. But he knows it was early March, and talk had turned to drastic measures to protect people from a deadly...
Ballots finalized for town election
Many elected officials are running for re-election, and several newcomers are running for seats on various boards and committees in town. Ballots have been printed for the election, which has been postponed to June 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic...
Four to run for two Selectmen seats
Four people are running for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. On the Board of Selectmen, both Mary Mackey and Peter Teitelbaum are up for reelection. While Mackey is not running for a seat, Teitelbaum is. Former Selectmen Judith Whiteside...
Read the April 23 paper online
The April 23 eEdition of Wareham Week is now live on our site . It's a pdf version of this week's edition — looking just like the paper version. Our papers are still available at all regular distribution spots that remain open in this pandemic...
Onset church reaches out through music
Every Sunday from 11 to 11:30 a.m., bells ring out from the St. Mary Star of the Sea Chapel on Onset Bay Lane. While the church can’t hold services in person, volunteer Ernie Boucher is playing the bells. “It’s a way for our voice to be heard in the...
Tax deadlines extended
Town Administrator Derek Sullivan reminded town taxpayers that the due date for fourth quarter real estate and personal property taxes has been moved from May 1, 2020, to June 1, 2020, which is the furthest allowed by Governor Baker’s legislation...
103 coronavirus cases, 4 deaths in Wareham
As of April 25, there were a total of 103 coronavirus cases in Wareham, Town Administrator Derek Sullivan reported on Sunday, April 26. Of those, 54 were in the general public, 36 in nursing homes, and two at All American Assisted Living. Seven...
Wareham Pediatrics: Don’t ingest bleach
Following President Donald Trump’s speculation that disinfectants and sunlight could be used inside the body to combat coronavirus, Wareham Pediatrics is warning the public that disinfectants are dangerous and should never be used in the body. “...
‘Nip Bottle Target’ combats litter with good humor
An anonymous Wareham resident is tackling the persistent problem of nip bottle litter by installing a “Nip Bottle Target” along the side of Main Street -- and the idea seems to be working. The solution is simple: A large blue trash can, several feet...
Efforts to help the homeless persist through pandemic
The coronavirus has kept many people stuck at home. Those with no home at all face a whole other set of challenges. That’s where Zelia Suarez, of the Seven Hills Foundation comes in. As a community health educator at Seven Hills, a Massachusetts...
Coronavirus cases in Wareham more than double in a week
There are now 78 cases of coronavirus in Wareham, according to data released Wednesday by the state. Of those cases, more than thirty are residents or staff at the Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center. The total number of cases in town has...
Keep social distancing, officials say
More than 30 Wareham residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus, as have 26 residents at Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center on Main Street -- and officials warn that numbers may get worse before they get better. Shawn Badgley, the...
Long-time firefighter honored with 58-vehicle birthday parade
David Wahlstrom, a long-time Wareham Firefighter who is battling brain cancer, was greeted by a long procession of old colleagues, friends and family members outside of his Megansett Drive home for his 57th birthday on Tuesday, April 21. Counting...
26 residents at Tremont Center test positive for coronavirus
26 residents at Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Wareham have tested positive for coronavirus as of Tuesday, April 21. This is according to Tim Brown, the Director of Marketing and Communications of Athena Health Care Systems, which...
Council on Aging shares updated list of food pantries
The Council on Aging is helping connect seniors to food pantries. The Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., serves a hot take-out meal every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open on the first Tuesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m...
Water main was broken by road crews using bad map
The Monday water main break on Cranberry Highway and Main Ave., which left many with low pressure and discolored water for hours, was the result of a faulty map being used by road construction workers. David Rich, the acting superintendent of Onset...
Water main break near Main Ave., Cranberry Highway
A water main has broken at the intersection of Main Avenue and Cranberry Highway, near where crews are working on the ongoing Cranberry Highway reconstruction project. Many Onset residents are reporting low water pressure, and Onset Fire is asking...
Log on to the library
While Wareham’s physical libraries are closed, they are open online with vast digital resources for readers of all ages and interests. Ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines are all available for borrowing and enjoying remotely. Tumblebooks, which is...
Tobey Hospital, nurses given donations to help fight coronavirus
Tobey Hospital and nurses are working to treat coronavirus patients with the help of donations from various companies. Enel North America, a power company, has donated $20,000 each to Tobey Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, as part of...
Resident at All American Assisted Living tests positive for coronavirus
A resident of All American Assisted Living in Wareham has tested positive for the coronavirus. Michael Allen, vice president of Kaplan Development Group, which owns All American Assisted Living, said that the resident tested positive on Wednesday,...
Onset Fouth of July Fireworks cancelled for 2020
The Onset Bay Association has cancelled the Fourth of July Fireworks for this year. The association’s board of directors was first asked by the fireworks company, Pyrotecnico, to choose another date in 2020, but the association felt it was unlikely...
More than 30 coronavirus cases in Wareham
As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, the state is releasing more granular data about cases in each town and at various hospitals. As of April 15, a spokesperson for Tobey Hospital reported that there were 8 patients with coronavirus at the hospital...
Wareham couple’s Peace Corps service cut short by pandemic
Wareham’s Nicholas Brogioli and Lacey Vasconcelos embarked on a two year journey with the Peace Corps to teach healthy living, and computer skills to kids in Fiji, while also learning many things from their new neighbors in return. Unfortunately,...
Verilife to spark support for healthcare workers on 4/20
The Verilife marijuana dispensary will look to spark some support for healthcare workers on the front line of the pandemic by donating $4.20 on 4/20. For each qualifying transaction in a Verilife dispensary on April 20, cannabis culture’s unofficial...
Waste District drops civil embezzlement case
As the Carver Marion Wareham Regional Waste Disposal District seeks Town Meeting approval from its member communities to disband, a lawsuit against its former director of 45 years, Ray Pickles, will no longer be an issue to consider, after the...
Town Election, Meeting postponed
The Town Election has been delayed until June 23, as approved by the Board of Selectmen on April 15. Currently, Massachusetts law mandates that the election be held before June 30, although the Selectmen agreed they would be open to delaying it...
Birthday parade strolls down Summer Street
Sirens rang, lights flashed, horns honked, and signs and balloons waived around Summer Street for Chloe Desrosiers’ ninth birthday on Tuesday, April 14. The birthday girl’s aunt, Maria Tavares, said that she had seen similar birthday parades on...
All American Assisted Living employee tests positive for coronavirus
A care provider at All American Assisted Living in Wareham has tested positive for the coronavirus. It is currently unclear when the care provider tested positive, and how many people they may have come into contact with since contracting the virus...
Great Hill gratitude
Great Hills Estates, a 55 plus mobile home park, was filled with the sound of banging pots and pans, cheering, and bell-ringing on Easter Sunday as residents celebrated first responders and other essential workers. “People were so delighted,” said...
Cooks for Community connects those in need to hot meals
Lifelong Wareham resident John Decas and Southcoast Health have teamed up with the South Coast Food Policy Council at the Marion Institute to provide 100 food-insecure people in town with a hot meal from a restaurant five days a week for a month...
Resources are available to Wareham seniors during pandemic
The Wareham Council on Aging is closed to the public due to the coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped the town department from compiling information and resources to help Wareham seniors during the pandemic. The Council on Aging urges residents to...
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