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Summer garden tour delights the senses
Residents didn’t have to sneak a peek over the fence or through the hedge to see some of Wareham’s most beautiful houses and yards on Saturday during the biennial Summer Garden tour. Homeowners shared their hospitality and gardens with the public...
Onset courts will get a new life
The Richard Brown Tennis Courts and basketball court at the Hammond School playground in Onset are undergoing renovations. When completed, there will be a new tennis court, four new pickleball courts, and a new basketball court. The playground is...
Wareham man wins million dollar lottery prize
John Miranda of West Wareham is the latest $1 million prize winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s“$2,000,000 50X Cashword” instant game. Miranda chose the cash option on his prize and received a one-time payment of $650,000 (less tax...
Tremont river access closed for clean-up
The environmental clean-up of the Tremont Nail Factory has begun, announced the Planning Office. The clean-up, which will last an estimated three weeks. While engineers complete the work, there will be an area fenced off for public safety because of...
Swifts Neck Beach reopens
All beaches are open for swimming after test results came back clear. Swifts Neck Beach was closed from July 4 through July 9 after tests showed high bacterial levels.
Swift’s Neck Beach Open to Swimming
The Wareham Board of Health has announced that the water sample results are clean and clear and that Swift’s Neck Beach is open for swimming as of July 10.
Cranberry Highway construction begins
By Chloe Shelford firstname.lastname@example.org The long-anticipated reconstruction of Cranberry Highway in East Wareham is underway. In an effort to improve safety on theusy highway, the project will revamp the highway from near the Cranberry Plaza...
Celebrating the Fourth historically
For the forty-third year in a row, the Historical Society celebrated the Fourth of July with an opportunity to explore artifacts from the past on the Town Green at its Antique Fair, which also featured artists, food, and appraisals. The Wareham...
Hearing on menthol ban cancelled — for now
This article has been updated to reflect that the proposed ban is a health regulation, not a bylaw, meaning that the Board can singlehandedly pass a ban without Town Meeting approval.
A public hearing about the Board of Health’s proposed...
Low-cost spay-neuter surgeries
MSPCA Cape Cod is offering Wareham residents low-cost spay-neuter surgeries for qualifying dogs and cats by appointment. A $75 spay-neuter package for dogs and a $50 spay-neuter package for cats include spay-neuter surgery, rabies vaccination,...
Lopes Park anticipates makeover
Wareham CORE, a non-profit organization working to support outdoor recreation in town, has big plans for Lopes Park. The Lopes Field Playground was built more than 30 years ago. Over the past few years, town residents have been trying to raise funds...
Pan-Mass Challenge cyclists to pedal through Wareham on Aug. 3 and 4
On August 3 and 4, more than 6,700 riders, including five from Wareham, will pedal up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising $60 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Cyclists from 43...
Planning Board questions Main Street Used Car Lot
Requests from the Planning Board have prospective business owner John Mello questioning whether he will be able to open a used car lot, Gateway Motors, on Main Street at all. At the Board’s Monday night meeting, members emphasized the importance of...
United Way of Greater New Bedford brings fresh produce to Wareham
United Way of Greater New Bedford is bringing its Mobile Market to Wareham for the first time this summer. The Mobile Market provides free, locally grown, fresh produce to low-income working families. The Mobile Market’s primary focus is to remove...
Fireworks dazzle Onset
Hundreds of people packed the beach and pier in Onset on Sunday night to enjoy a spectacular fireworks show following an afternoon of live music, shopping, and food from vendors and Onset restaurants. Vendors sold light-up toys that illuminated the...
Onset celebrates Blessing of the Fleet
The tradition of blessing area mariners lives on in Onset as 32 boats participated in The Sixth Annual Blessing of the Fleet this Saturday, July 6. “As beautiful and surreal as the mother ocean can be, she can also be very, very angry,” said master...
Fourth of July fun in Swifts Beach
Fourth of July celebrations kicked off bright and early in Swifts Beach with the neighborhood’s annual parade. Kids, bikes, dogs, and grown-ups decked out in stars and stripes paraded around the neighborhood as some people tossed candy and onlookers...
Swift’s Neck Beach closed due to high bacteria levels
Swifts Neck Beach was reopened on July 10.
The Wareham Board of Health has announced that Swift’s Neck Beach will be closed until further notice. Water samples taken on July 2 and July 3 did not meet sampling requirements. Due to the high...
Traffic restrictions for Onset Fireworks
Wareham Police have announced the traffic restrictions ahead of Saturday’s fireworks in Onset. On Saturday, July 6 , there are going to be traffic restrictions put in place for the Onset fireworks. Drivers should expect delays when leav ing the...
Board of health considers banning menthol-flavored tobacco products
This article has been updated to reflect that the proposed ban is a health regulation, not a bylaw, meaning that the Board can singlehandedly pass a ban without Town Meeting approval. Additionally, the hearing on the ban, originally scheduled...
Wareham officers respond to 3 cases of dogs left inside a vehicle
Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car — even for “just for a second” — while they run an errand. Parked cars are death traps for dogs: on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a...
Rescued owl recovering after injury
A young owl rescued in the Indian Mound area by the Wareham Department of Natural Resources is successfully recovering at the Cape Wildlife Center, where he was brought after spending a night with an officer. On the evening of June 5, the department...
Class of 1979 reunion this fall
The Wareham High School Class of 1979’s reunion is coming up this fall. The class will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of its graduation on November 30 at 7 p.m. at the Bay Pointe Club. For more details, contact Deb Alfonso at 508-472-8182 or...
Tips for Helping a Turtle Cross the Road
Turtles are on the move once the weather gets warm—but sometimes, a road or a highway stands between them and their destination. Speeding traffic and slow-moving turtles don’t mix, and many turtles are severely injured or killed on roads. The Cape...
Poker on the water
About 45 paddlers hit the waters of the Onset Bay on Saturday morning for the Annual Kayak Poker Run - a lively gathering of all vessels that can be rowed, paddled or sculled. During the game, kayak and canoe enthusiasts visited five checkpoints...
Classic Car Show rolls into town despite the rain
Wareham residents took a trip down memory lane on Saturday thanks to the 50 classic cars on display during the Classic Car Show at the Tremont Nail Factory hosted by the Onset Bay Association. Cars from 1954 to 2012 were showcased outside during the...
Two Wareham Department of Natural Resources officers recognized for their efforts during a rescue mission
Two members of the Wareham Department of Natural Resources were recognized for their efforts to rescue 12 passengers of a capsized boat in Hog Island Channel. One of the passengers, an 8-year-old boy died during that incident. On Monday, June 24,...
Remembering Richard Wheeler
Community members had a chance to share their fond memories of active library supporter, lifelong educator, and environmental advocate Richard Wheeler during a reception at the Wareham Free Library on Thursday night. Although his roots have always...
Official’s permits approved
After a long discussion and heated debate, the Zoning Board of Appeals awarded a special permit to Chairman Nazih Elkallassi’s company Cedar Village, Inc., allowing two “duplexes” on Old Stage Coach Road to be separated into four single family homes...
Disposal District Committee members decide to hold a new hazardous waste day in fall
By Nadya Korytnikova and Chloe Shelford In the wake of a disastrous hazardous waste day in June, with long lines and many turned away, the Carver Marion Wareham Waste Disposal District Committee decided on Wednesday night to try to hold another day...
‘Enough with the sump pumps’ - Residents are urged to disconnect sump pumps from public sewage
Sump pumps illegally connected to the town’s sewer system are costing officials money, said Selectman Patrick Tropeano during the Tuesday selectmen meeting. Soon people caught breaking the bylaw could face stiff fines. Tropeano urged residents to...
Salvation Army says goodbye to East Wareham
The Salvation Army on Cranberry Highway will shut its doors for good on Saturday. Spokesperson Captain Mark Ferreira said that the store does not have enough customers to support a store that size. “ It’s mostly because retail has been changing in...
Used car dealership coming to town
The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a Class II license for Gateway Motors of Wareham, LLC, a new business that will sell used cars, on Tuesday night. The dealership will be located at 381 Main St. The Selectmen gave the business permission...
Wareham’s oldest resident remembers the past, gives advice
Wareham’s oldest woman, Mary Rose, lives in the house she was born in on Onset Avenue in 1914. She can remember when her father owned a candy shop in Onset before the Great Depression, and after when her father went to work in the cranberry bogs. “I...
Wareham, meet Wareham
Wareham’s Historical Society hosted a presentation on Monday night by Jon Wright about the history of Wareham — but not Wareham, Massachusetts. Wright is a visitor from Wareham, the market town in Dorset, England. Although the Brits pronounce...
Trey’s Ride rumbles through Onset
The ground rumbled underfoot at the Onset VFW on Sunday as 80 motorcycles pulled out of the parking lot to honor the memory of Trey Miranda and raise money to support the Trey Strong Organization. Trey Miranda was a lifelong resident of Onset and...
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Wareham
Another year is in the books for the United States of America. Community-wide celebrations are in store across Wareham, including events on the Fourth of July and celebrations on Saturday, July 6. Organizations including the Historic Society, Onset...
Garden of Opposites: Summer reading at the Library
Kids can explore a “Garden of Opposites” at the Wareham Free Library this summer during the summer reading program. Starting on Monday, June 25, story times created for toddlers and kids up to age six or seven will be held three times a week: at 10:...
Community supports Onset Fireworks at auction
More than 150 people packed Mezza Luna on Thursday night to support the Onset Bay Association’s campaign to put on the annual fireworks display, scheduled for July 6. Kat Jones, the Executive Director of the association, said that the turnout is a...
Slavin reminds residents of sign bylaws
Selectmen Alan Slavin took time at the board’s June 18 meeting to remind residents to follow the town’s sign bylaw, especially as yard sale and open house season begins. “This past weekend, there were yellow signs on telephone poles, utility poles,...
Charter Review Committee seeks two more members
The Charter Review Committee is seeking two more members. The Town Charter is a legal document that outlines the structure of Wareham’s government and outlines the powers and duties of various committees and officials. Within the charter is a...
PCT Federal Credit Union awards scholarship to Wareham Student
Continuing a 33 year tradition of supporting higher education among youth in the community, PCT Federal Credit Union has announced the winners of the annual scholarships in memory of Mr. William J. Spratt and Mr. Otis Severance. Having been founded...
Wareham Firemen’s Association awards scholarships
The Wareham Firemen’s Association is proud to congratulate the following hard-working 2019 Scholarship recipients: Coleby J. Paling and Anna C. Walcek received $500 each, while $750 was awarded to Hannah Phillips, in Memory of Claire A. Maxim, a...
Wareham Garden Club awards scholarships
The Wareham Garden Club is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of scholarship awards for high school students. Scholarship applicants are required to be residents of Wareham and must focus their higher education studies in the fields of...
Village Associations team up for Fall Festival
Kat Jones of the Onset Bay Association and Tracy McGraw of the Wareham Village Association are teaming up for the first collaboration between the villages: a fall food truck festival to be held Saturday, October 5. The festival, which will be held...
Onset-Wareham Fireworks seeking donations
The Onset-Wareham Fireworks are in need of donations as $13,000 still needs to be raised. The Annual Auction will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. T he Onset Bay Association Office, next to Marc Anthony’s, is selling patriotic...
Free summer lunches for kids and teens
The USDA Summer Food Service Program will be offering free lunches for kids and teens at a number of locations across Wareham and Onset from June 24 to August 23. All will offer lunch Monday through Friday, and all will be closed on the 4th of July...
Talk to Rep. Gifford
State Representative Susan Gifford and her legislative aide are holding office hours in her office in Wareham from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Her district office is located at 191 Main Street, Suite 213F. Those who cannot attend the Wareham...
Zoning official’s development appears to violate zoning law
Four new homes being built by Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Nazih Elkallassi in West Wareham are raising questions and hackles as the homes go to the ZBA for approval. At issue are what Elkallassi calls two duplexes that his company, Cedar Village,...
Official responds to Waste Day concerns
A hazardous waste day held on June 1 was quickly overloaded , leading to lines stretching down Charge Pond Road with long wait times. Many of those who waited — some for more than two hours — were turned away at 12:30, a half hour before the event...
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