Time to take out the trash near Wareham Crossing

May 18, 2017

Editor's note: The following is an open letter to Selectmen asking them to take action on a property located across the street from Wareham Crossing.

Dear Gentlemen,

While perhaps millions of dollars in development have been spent in the West Wareham area of Wareham Crossing during the past few years it is equally important that leaders in town, as well as all Town Departments, continue to support further development of new commercial business. This additional revenue is exactly what the town needs to continue the services it provides to residents. The town’s image is equally important to investors and commercial developers as well. It is this very subject that I am requesting the Town Selectmen take action on.

Back in 1970 when I-195 was constructed, a portion of Route 28 was rerouted to the new bridge that now takes Route 28 over I-195. That left a small section of the old Route 28 a dead end and that section of road was renamed Recovery Road, which is the first right entering the Wareham Industrial Park on Kendrick Road. There is however a section of the old Route 28 that also still exists to the left of Kendrick Road that is still state property. It is right across the street from the entrance of Wareham Crossing. This property for whatever reason in the past has become a junk yard for some time consisting of numerous commercial trucks and equipment all unregistered sitting on state-owned property and acting like an entrance sign for anyone remotely interested in considering Wareham Industrial Park as an option for relocating their business. It is illegal and unsightly and has absolutely no place for promoting our Town to any future developers. I am asking the Town Selectmen to take immediate action on this issue and if necessary coordinate with state officials in getting this illegal junk yard remedied.

Thank you for you help with this matter.


Al Latini

West Wareham

Comments (18)
Posted by: bob | May 19, 2017 07:06

Mr.Latini,you sure are on something,but just go down the street to the tow truck yards..No fencing ,litter all over the property..Maybe the town should make it a part of there contract to towing ,that they have to install 6foot screening,and clean up there litter before they are granted there licence to tow for the town...

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 19, 2017 08:14

The Town has very strict policies on Tow companies if they are on the tow list. The Police Department control this I believe, or can be another Department once they make the list. I did not realize that was State property, a call to Rep. Williams Gifford would fix the matter if it is. I agree it is an eye sore.

Posted by: bob | May 19, 2017 09:08

Steve,well guess they aren't following there own policies ,take ride past there places,you will see... P.S.,isn't the selectboard that has the last say in issuing licence to tow for the town.../

Posted by: baron1701@yahoo.com | May 19, 2017 10:19

I live close behind Wareham Crossing and I am glad this is being brought up - i didn't know that was owned by the state. Perhaps some fencing at least can be put up.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 19, 2017 10:37

While we're on the subject of "junk" vehicles littering property....how about all the unregistered, aged and often ugly, vehicles which have accumulated on residential properties in neighborhoods throughout Wareham, (East, South and West) and Onset?  What kind of an impression does this make on those visiting the town, perhaps with the thought of one day purchasing property here (and thus contributing to the local economy.)


Considering the number of vehicles that fall into this category across the Wareham and Onset area... wouldn't the fines imposed upon the property owners pay for the salary hours of the person issuing the fines?







Posted by: bob | May 19, 2017 12:16

ANDREA,great point......

Posted by: Rosebud | May 21, 2017 12:13

Residents and/or town officials need to contact Marc Pacheco or Sudan Gifford.  That's one of the things they should be helping the Town to do--fix problems on the state-owned property.  And they are paid well to do so.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 21, 2017 13:00


I am trying to remember the specifics at the end of the application process. The last one as I recall, the Chief decided on the number of companies needed. Then we heard the applications. And I believe me may have had the final vote on the matter, but it was really based on the Chiefs recommendations.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 21, 2017 13:07

In terms of sites, I can also remember on Cranberry Highway, Vaughn's Towing, now Vaughn and his folks have been great contributors to the Town in many ways, and continue to be. However the site had become a bit of an eyesore, and we worked with them to put up that new "black" fencing so that when driving by you could not see the wrecks. The building is owned by someone else so there was not much we could hold Vaughn's responsible for that. The new owner at Vaughn's has bought a new property with a house on it, fixed it up, it looks great, and soon they will be moving to that location, where the wrecks will be locked up behind the house, so you will see nothing from the street. A large investment of money on his part, but those are the kinds of people we want to partner with. I have no idea what will happen to the old site, hopefully we can find someone to come in and fix it up, or tear it down and start fresh, it's a great spot across from highway Concrete.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 21, 2017 22:39

I get a kick out of this.  Wareham is not Marion, Mattapoisett, or Rochester. Nevermind Duxbury or Norwell.   What do you all expect?  I've been criticized for expecting the crime in Wareham to be more like the Tri-Town or other wealthy towns.  Now this is doing exactly the same thing with the appearance.  A Chevy will never be a Cadillac.  Wareham will always look like Wareham.


I want all the eyesores in this great town cleaned up more than all of you do.  Believe me, I know what you are saying.  I want the crime and drugs taken care of as well. When I voice my opinion, I get told to move if I don't like it.  Well, right back at ya!


The appearance is directly associated with the demographics.  Poor town = junk. Wareham is a poor town.  That's a fact, not my opinion...look it up.  Therefore it is what it is.  The redneck/white trash mentality bases wealth on how many junk cars and engine blocks they have in their yard.  No secret. Take a ride through parts of Maine & New Hampshire.  Try parts of Middleboro/Lakeville.  Check out Wrentham south of Gillette.


Remember the "Dirty Dozen"?  The dilapidated, ugly, condemned houses in Wareham.  There's a lot more than a dozen now and there's nothing being done about it.  I remember the Selectman's opposition to enforcement.  They carried on about owner's rights and financial situations.  They basically said that the town can't squeeze water from a rock.  Same with the junk cars, trucks, boats, etc. topic.  There are hundreds.  The more one looks, the more one sees.  How in the world will this troubled town manage to deal with that?  I can go on and on about this.


I was lost in Cromesett the other day trying to access a hiking trail with my kid.  I eventually found it at the end of Nicholas Drive.  In the process I zig-zagged nearly every street in the development.  It is troubling how many of those slab ranches are run down with old cars, boats, and junk everywhere.  I feel so bad for the owners of the many nice, well-kept ranches in there.  Can Wareham knock on doors and force poor, unemployed, disabled, lazy, or incapable  people to clean their yard, paint their house, and get rid of their junk?  No, no way.  It is not realistic.  People will say it discriminates, it's not fair, and all that type of rhetoric.






Posted by: cranky pants | May 22, 2017 07:31

Since we're talking trash, who is responsible for the woods behind the old Wal-Mart in East Wareham ? I was out in the kayak this weekend and noticed you can now see the trash they call " tent city " from the water. We pay taxes to have a water view, not a dumping ground view. There's not only tents and tarps hanging all over, there's wooden structures and boat loads of trash thrown around...

Posted by: Chaka | May 22, 2017 16:40

Cranky pants, we havent see a single swan this year and I wonder if the homeless have taken over their nesting grounds (or eaten them). That area behind the old Walmart is town conservation land. I want to be compassionate, but then I think of all those 200 or so people pooping, peeing or showering in the cove at least once a day and I want them gone. The encampment has gotten too big.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 22, 2017 17:38

I hear you about the swans, most likely scared away from the riff-raff. If it's conservation land out there, it's far from being conserved. They're cutting trees down, hacking limbs from other trees, throwing trash all over the place and just ruining the area completely. When I first moved to onset I'd take my dogs out walking in those woods, now I'm afraid of what zombies are lurking out there.

People are out there by choice, nobody put them there....

Posted by: brazz | May 22, 2017 18:30

Wareham by the sea " I want all the eyesores in this great town cleaned up more than all of you do" What exactly is that attitude good for? What will it accomplish? NOTHING! All you are doing is finding an excuse to do nothing about it. It would be a start if the town could start cracking down these eyesores that are on the main roads first.

Posted by: rhbinma | May 22, 2017 19:48

HAHAHA you don't want the town workers to actually have to earn there pay.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 23, 2017 11:44

Brazz, I'm not making excuses.  It may sound that way but I'm not.  I'm just being realistic.  It's a tough topic.  I remember riding down rt 28 to the cape (Wareham) as a kid in the back of the station wagon in the 1970s.  Looking out the window, I always knew we were close.  Wareham has a look.  It's not changing.  Same now as it was then. It is what it is.


I don't feel the place Mr. Latini's is writing about is a big deal.  It is an established business...the Fieldings, I believe.  They do masonry, excavation, and there's a bunch of boats so I assume marine repair too.  Its low profile.  Most of it isn't visible.  Sure, a few trucks are out front.  Where else is he going to park them?  What is being suggested?  Put him out of business and plant a botanical garden for the Wareham Crossing shoppers to see? That business was there long before Wareham Crossing.  Leave him alone unless something hazardous or extreme is visible.


Once upon a time there was a generations old farm nearby in Bourne. Then a developer built McMansions within smelling distance.  The realtors only showed the houses when the wind wasn't blowing.  Then the homowners got together and forced the farm out of business.  Sad story.  The farm was there first.


There once was a pier in Nantucket that was in use for fishing boats since the days of Moby Dick.  Not too long ago they started building million dollar cottages on the pier.  Soon after the residents decided that they didn't like the noise of an active port and the smell of diesel.  They imposed noise restrictions and regulated when the boats could run their engines.  Sad story.  The fishing boats were there first.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 23, 2017 12:17

I forgot to reveal the solution on the homeless tent-city or whatever they call it.  Its easy, its called a bulldozer.  Hyannis did it. Wareham needs to do it as well.  If they come back, bulldoze again.  It's an extermination process no different than getting rid of rats or insects.  It may take a few passes.


Chaka, compassion doesn't have a place in this equation.  If I decide to take a break from my 3000 square feet of luxury and pitch a tent somewhere in town I'd be chased out by authorities in no time.  If I was there long enough to destroy things and build up some waste, I'd be fined and arrested. What makes this any different?  Everybody tip-toes around the issue for reasons I'll never understand.



Posted by: wtbarber | May 23, 2017 22:40

Chaka and Cranky - I.C. Hammond Preserve was cleaned up by wildlands trust.  When I walked the entire area in mid April . . . I could barely recognize the land there was almost no garbage, trails were beautiful, and there was no trace of the old tent city.  There is still 15 - 20 shopping carts in the wetlands area.  The land across from the brook that backs up to old onset ave looks like trash-nado.  The area behind tractor supply and along the tracks is also ridiculous.  I can only image what impression that leaves with Cape flyer folks coming through . . . it's horrifying to town residents and we're conditioned to it.

That said I do secretly love seeing what people will do in a land of no rules and minimal enforcement.  Take a drive down freshmeadow and smell the free manure wagon parked openly in a densely settled neighborhood (lot sizes are 5,000 - 10,000sq ft).  Don't forget to pet the horse sitting on the front lawn.

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