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Cranberry Station connects scientists, farmers
Since 1910, scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been working in East Wareham to learn more about cranberries: how to grow them efficiently, protect them from pests and fruit rot, and how to best use fertilizer to support...
Friendly bet benefits Don’t Trash Wareham
Don’t Trash Wareham was the true beneficiary of a friendly bet between the Wareham Fire Department and A.D. Makepeace. Makepeace had been hosting monthly blood drives. In July, the fire department bet the company that the firefighters could recruit...
Key Club keeps it clean
The Wareham High School Key Club volunteered on Friday to clean up Minot Avenue. Lead by advisor Matthew Stanton, the group picks up litter on the heavily-trafficked street each semester. This year, they observed social distancing and wore masks and...
Selectmen approve clothing collection bins, but may scrap them if used improperly
Selectmen approved two collection bins for old clothing on September 29, but reserved the right to remove them if people start using them as garbage cans instead of their intended use. While collection bins for clothing are intended for charitable...
Focus on resiliency at Brandy Hill Apartments
A new project to promote resilience and support those dealing with trauma will be coming to affordable housing in Wareham after receipt of a $2.5 million grant to the non-profit Preservation of Affordable Housing, which owns and manages the Brandy...
Some highway exits to be renamed in Wareham
Expect your GPS to sound a bit different when approaching Wareham from the highway this October. Beginning later in the month, exit signs along I-195, I-495, and Rte. 25 will be changed to a mile-marker based system as part of the Massachusetts...
Cannabis manufacturer hopes to open in old Ocean Spray building
The owners of YouCanBeCo LLC, a cannabis manufacturing company hoping to open in Wareham, plan to bring their business skills and experience with regulators to the cannabis industry as they manufacture tinctures, extracts, and edibles for those who...
Onset Bay Center begins a fall of fun, learning
Fall is here, but that isn’t stopping outdoor learning experiences at the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Onset Bay Center just yet. The bath house, which was completed in June, has started its fall programming after a summer of altered programs due to the...
Library offers wealth of education, entertainment online
While the library buildings remained closed, there are a wealth of resources online for those looking to learn more about the world or their ancestry, and for those looking to relax into a good book or movie. And those offerings keep expanding: Just...
Nip ban, school name to be voted on at Town Meeting
The warrant for the 2020 Fall Town Meeting is now officially closed, and voters will get the chance to weigh in on a variety of topics ranging from the name of the new elementary school, to a potential ban on alcohol nips, to a proposed bylaw change...
Selectmen stress importance of proper mask use
At Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, town officials stressed the importance of continuing to wear masks when in public to limit the spread of coronavirus. Selectman Patrick Tropeano said that while wearing the masks may be unpleasant, it...
Town receives grant to improve Narrows Pump Station
The town of Wareham has been awarded a grant from the state in the amount of $233,720 to install a bypass connection at the Narrows Pump Station. The emergency sewer bypass will be installed to allow the station to continue to function even in the...
Planning Board against downtown rezoning proposal as-is
The Planning Board voted against endorsing the Redevelopment Authority’s plan to rezone Wareham Village to make it more appealing to investors at the board’s September 21 meeting. Although they supported the goals of the rezoning, which will be up...
South Coast athletes protest postponed season
Athletes and parents from Old Rochester, Dighton-Rehoboth and Somerset-Berkeley High Schools gathered at Wareham Crossing on Sept. 20 to protest the cancellation of fall sports by the South Coast Conference. The group, which fluctuated between 14-18...
Recycling Center welcomes back customers with new safety procedures
Wareham’s Recycling Center has been back open since August 1, with new safety procedures -- but Recycling Coordinator Marilyn Russell said there haven’t been too many customers. The center, located on Plymouth Road off Maple Springs Road, is open...
Growing together: Community gardeners share knowledge
On Tihonet Road, there is a small gravel parking lot marked by a diminutive sign for the Wareham Community Garden. Always a peaceful place, the garden has been a solace for the gardeners who cherish the community as much as the opportunity to grow...
Town Moderator talks Town Meeting logistics
Town Moderator Claire Smith spoke at the Tuesday night Selectmen’s Meeting to discuss plans for Town Meeting. The location for the Fall Town Meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, October 26, is still undetermined. In the spring, Town Meeting was...
Selectmen set safety conditions for two dogs
Wareham Selectmen set safety conditions on two dogs at a meeting Tuesday night after hearing cases that the dogs may be dangerous following two incidents this summer. In both cases, there was some debate about the facts of the incident. On August 20...
Charter changes headed for votes at Town Meeting
The Charter Review Group held a public hearing on Monday night to discuss the warrant articles that will be up for votes at the Fall Town Meeting. The Town’s Charter is a legal document that outlines the structure of Wareham’s government and...
Proposed zoning changes for ‘Wareham Park’ now withdrawn
A proposed zoning change that would have created a Hospitality, Recreation, and Entertainment District in Wareham has now been withdrawn and will not be considered at the upcoming Town Meeting in October. The withdrawal was announced at the...
CYE, Staples free school supply giveaway
Community Youth Empowerment and Staples are giving away free school supplies for kids on Saturday, September 19, from noon to 2 p.m. The event is first come, first serve, and will be held at the Staples store at Wareham Crossing. For more...
Grandparents’ Day Parade at All American
The residents and staff at All American Assisted Living gathered in the late morning sunshine on Sunday for a parade of kids, grandkids, and even some All American staffers — one of the first activities planned for National Assisted Living Week...
Waste District talks trash fire
At the latest Carver Marion Wareham Waste District meeting, members discussed a fairly widespread fire that burned at the landfill in Carver, which is owned by the district and operated by Covanta-SEMASS. The fire took place on Sunday, August 22,...
Elks Club hosts belated Flag Day ceremony
The Elks Club held a belated Flag Day ceremony on Friday, September 11. The Elks are the only fraternal order mandated to honor Flag Day, but the coronavirus pandemic made a celebration closer to the holiday in June impossible. Instead, they held a...
School Committee studies evaluation protocol for superintendent
The School Committee met Thursday night to brush up on the procedure for evaluating the superintendent’s performance. It’s a process that is simultaneously tightly regulated by the state and the superintendent’s contract while also being fairly...
Residents make voices heard on main street rezoning, marijuana testing
Asked about proposed zoning changes that will appear at an Oct. 26 Town Meeting, Wareham residents voiced conflicting opinions on a proposed rezoning of Main Street and a potential marijuana testing facility next to John W. Decas Elementary School...
Marion tweaks proposal to please Wareham, Carver
The members of the Wareham Carver Marion Regional Refuse Disposal District Committee met on Thursday, and were able to come to a consensus on the terms of the “Plan B” devised by Marion in case the new district contract is not approved by Wareham...
Queen Banda looks back over four years at WCTV
After four years with WCTV, Wareham’s community TV station, reporter Queen Banda will be moving south to Channel 12 WPRI, based in East Providence. Banda talked with Wareham Week about her tenure in town, and about her life before Wareham. Before...
Head Start in Wareham to increase enrollment
Editor’s note: This article previously misstated the number of children who will be attending Head Start.
The Head Start program in Wareham will be more than doubling its enrollment later this fall thanks to a $1.18 million dollar...
Delinquent property owner may be taken to court
Town Counsel Richard Bowen is ready and willing to file a complaint against a delinquent home owner in Plymouth County Superior Court. Bowen said during Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting that Donald McMullin, who owns two homes on adjacent...
Cranberry Highway contractors clean up their act
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is taking citizens’ complaints about the state of Cranberry Highway seriously, reported Selectman Alan Slavin at Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. Residents and business owners have complained...
Lopes Playground to get accessible merry-go-round as work continues
Work continues at Lopes Playground, as Wareham CORE spruces up the park with help from volunteers, the town, and local business people. Recently, Bill Guenette power-washed and painted the wooden structures at the park and the gazebo. Guy Camphina...
Wareham student selected for leadership seminar
Marissa Coryer, a junior at Wareham High School, was selected to attend the MA HOBY Leadership Seminar in August. Each year, the Massachusetts Hugh O’Brian Youth (MA HOBY) Leadership Seminar convenes for a weekend to recognize the leadership talents...
Garden Club kicks up community service with “Weeding Wednesdays”
The Wareham Garden Club is stepping up its community service this summer with “Weeding Wednesdays.” Each week, members gather around town, decked out in bright yellow safety vests and armed with rakes, pruners, trimmers, shovels, and brooms, to...
Weigh in on Town Meeting Articles
The Planning Board and Charter Review Group will be holding public hearings over the next two weeks about articles for the Town Meeting warrant. On September 10, the Planning Board will discuss most of the articles it hopes to add to the agenda at 6...
Work begins on Tobey Hospital expansion
Construction of the new emergency room at Tobey Hospital has begun in earnest, and the project is set to be complete in the fall of 2021. The emergency room expansion will dramatically increase the capacity of the department, which currently sees...
Three Wareham men arrested for armed robbery
MATTAPOISETT - Three men from Wareham have been arrested and charged with armed robbery following a car chase through two South Coast towns on Sept. 1. Spencer Ellenwood, 22, Enrique Gomes, 28, and Saveion Brandon, 22 — all of Wareham — were taken...
Selectmen talk trash disposal plans for 2021
The town has two options for disposing of residents’ trash and recycling next year: Operating the Route 28 transfer station or hiring a company for town-wide curbside trash and recycling pick-up. Both options will be far more expensive than the...
Wareham voters favor Kennedy, in contrast to state
About 31 percent of Wareham’s voters participated in the September 1 primary election. The only contested races on the ballot were for the nominees for senator. In 2018, only 17 percent of Wareham voters participated in the State Primary. Perhaps...
The show goes on: Flagship Cinemas reopens in Wareham
For the first time in months, movie goers are being treated to shows on the big screen while eating their snacks of choice at Flagship Cinemas in Wareham. “I like to think of it as a long intermission [rather than a shutdown]” said Janete Oprendek,...
Survivor raises awareness of ovarian cancer
A Wareham woman is working to raise awareness of ovarian cancer this month. Susan Grebber is herself a survivor of ovarian cancer, a disease she said nearly killed her. “I was lucky to survive it, I really was,” she said. Grebber was diagnosed with...
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for the primary election in which registered voters choose the candidates each party will put forward in several races on November 3. New election rules requiring coronavirus safety measures at polling...
County Commissioners cut check for nearly $130k to Wareham
The Plymouth County Commissioners presented Wareham officials with a check for exactly $128,646.99 on Monday afternoon to reimburse the town for coronavirus-related expenditures. The payment was the first the town has received from the federal CARES...
Onset native reflects on 24 years in the Air Force
An Onset native, Eric Behring joined the Air Force because he wanted to see the world beyond the South Coast. After 24 years, and visits to 14 foreign countries and 36 states, Behring has retired from service and took time to reflect on his career...
Animal Control reunites ferret and family
Wareham Animal Control has successfully returned a crafty ferret to its owners after the little animal was caught sneaking into a home in search of a snack on Saturday. The critter strolled into a home in the Indian Mound Beach area alongside the...
Wareham Fire receives two grants for new equipment
The Wareham Fire District has received two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will help firefighters breath fresh air and purchase a new apparatus. The first grant, in the amount of $5,000, will be used to retrofit two self-...
Wareham Fire not interested in Minot Ave. Public Safety Complex
The Wareham Fire District would not be interested in being part of a public safety complex on Minot Avenue, but one at the Decas School site is a possibility, Fire Chief Matt Rowley said at a meeting with the Public Safety Complex Committee meeting...
CYE shows ‘Space Jam’ on the big screen
Community Youth Empowerment hosted a drive-in showing of Space Jam, the 90s animated classic, to a socially distanced crowd at the VFW on Thursday night. The group came up with the idea for a drive-in movie while brainstorming family-friendly,...
Back in South Wareham: Natives of the forgotten village share their stories
In the middle of the last century, back before Route 195 cut through town and long before Wareham Crossing and Walmart were constructed, there was a little neighborhood known as South Wareham. The neighborhood, located around the site of the current...
Marion’s Waste District proposal rankles Wareham, Carver
Tensions rose at a Wednesday night meeting of the Carver Marion Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District Meeting as Marion representatives proposed withdrawing from the district, leaving the other towns with the liability if anything were to go...
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