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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...
Selectmen aim to help local businesses during pandemic
As the Town of Wareham continues to reopen gradually, the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Derek Sullivan discussed ways to help local businesses during a meeting on Tuesday night, June 23. As part of the town’s effort to help businesses...
Teitelbaum, Whiteside elected to Board of Selectmen
Wareham voters elected Judith Whiteside and reelected Peter Teitelbaum as Selectmen in Tuesday’s election, and approved a number of incumbent and unopposed candidates. Whiteside won 679 votes, while Teitelbaum won 559. Ron Besse, a newcomer with a...
Restaurants open their doors for indoor dining
For the first time in over three months, restaurants in Wareham are opening their doors to allow customers to eat inside. Business isn’t exactly as usual, however, as restaurants are following new safety guidelines to protect customers and employees...
Curbside Pick-Up to begin at the Wareham Free Library
The Wareham Free Library is now offering curbside pickup at the main library, 59 Marion Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Currently, patrons can only check out items owned by the library. Books can be requested through the SAILS...
Celebrate the 4th of July with a glow-in-the-dark shirt
Although the annual 4th of July fireworks show has been cancelled due to the pandemic, the Onset Bay Association has teamed up with Soft as a Grape to create a unique way to celebrate at home. The association is selling t-shirts that glow in the...
Nakita Besegai named Interim Director of Wareham Boys and Girls Club
Nakita Besegai has been named the Interim Director of the Wareham Unit of the Greater New Bedford Boys and Girls Club. According to Executive Director Rob Mendes, Besegai will be taking over for Kenny Fontes, who has left his position after a “...
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...
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