Trees are blocking Wareham's Gateway Lighthouses

By Wareham By The Sea | Jul 13, 2017

The pair of iconic Gateway Lighthouses on Rt. 28 are welcoming and symbolic of our town.  They are Wareham's front door. The organization (I believe it's the Garden Club) that tends to the flowers and keeps after the area immediately around the bases of lighthouses does a great job. I see them there often and it always looks great. Thanks for all your hard work!


It is unfortunate that the lighthouses are blocked by overgrown tree branches, especially the one on the left as seen when heading south on Rt.28. I commented on this last year and even included a photo.  It fell on deaf ears because nothing was done and has actually gotten worse since.


We have a well equipped Municipal Maintenance Department.  How difficult would it be for them to do a little trimming? Nobody is saying to trim all the trees in town. Just take care of the few trees around the lighthouses. If Municipal Maintenance is too busy, ask Robery/Pontiac/or Family to do it pro bono and let them put up a little sign in return. This seems like a no brainer. Somebody please step up.


This is about simple curb appeal.  I keep the bushes in the front of my house around my front door trimmed and looking nice for my guests and neighbors. Wareham needs to do the same with their front door. Respect in one's own property earns respect from others. Seeing the lighthouses overgrown gives a shabby feel when entering the town. What's the point of having such beautiful lighthouses that are well cared for at the bases, when trees are blocking them?

Comments (18)
Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jul 13, 2017 17:09

Have you contacted Municipal Maintenance either by phone of email and expressed your concerns about the over growth of trees around the Lighthouses on Route 28? If you have contacted Municipal Maintenance and do not feel their response to be satisfactory, perhaps a phone call or email to the Town Administrator and/or selectmen would be appropriate.


(508) 295-5300


(508) 291-3100 ext. 3110


(508) 291-3100 ext. 3110

Posted by: Peter W. Teitelbaum | Jul 14, 2017 07:45

The area in question is part of the road layout for the state highway, which is maintained by the state.  I'll make a note to contact them about this.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 14, 2017 10:12

Thanks Andrea & thanks Peter!

This is good.  Before I saw Peter's response I was going to answer Andrea's question by saying no, I haven't contacted Municipal Maintenance because I'm hoping someone with more clout than me reads this and does something.  I'm impressed that it has worked out that way.  Thanks again Peter!  Please see what they can do.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 01, 2017 10:52

Hi Peter,

The overgrowth is swallowing up the lighthouse on the left (when heading south). It has been over two weeks. Has the state responded?


I choose to remain positive and appreciative.  I trust that you did what you said you'd do.  However, deferring something like this to "the State" could be perceived as a quick way to pass the buck.  This is a simple prune job.  I could see if it involved a major tree removal or something to do with the road itself, but its just branch removal.


Regardless of the state, why can't you give Municipal Maintenance a buzz and have them prune a few branches? They have the resources and equipment. This benefits Wareham so Wareham should invest a tiny bit and make it look nice. The fact that its maintained by the state is just a technicality.


Andrea suggested that I go to Municipal Maintenance myself. I have my own personal road maintenance issues that I advocate with them. I'd rather keep this separate. Please see what you can do.  Thanks

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Aug 01, 2017 11:34

I imagine that the project is probably in engineering still. They need to put out a RFQ to consultants to survey and build a scope of work. Then it will go out to bid after the public meetings and monies allocated. I would imagine with the process it will be done sometime in 2019 and cost about $18,000. There is no wonder why our taxes are so high and why the trees are overgrown in the first place. Meanwhile illegal aliens are living in this country with every benefit on your dime.  

Posted by: 181mph | Aug 01, 2017 11:53

why don't y'all get together one day and just go over there and trim back the trees, get ya a group together and spherebreaker can explain to y'all how much money he is saving the taxpayers while y'all trim back the trees,,,,,

Posted by: 181mph | Aug 01, 2017 11:55

it will take some actual work to accomplish this, but if y'all think whining is sufficient to get the job done, by all means carry on

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 01, 2017 13:19

I thought about doing it myself.  But as the saying says..."no good deed goes unpunished"! I'm sure that there is a reason or many reasons why I can't just show up there with a chainsaw and a ladder and start cutting.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 01, 2017 13:49

For those who may have forgotten Selectmen Teitelbaum's July 14th response posted under this discussion:


Posted by: Peter W. Teitelbaum | Jul 14, 2017 07:45


"The area in question is part of the road layout for the state highway, which is maintained by the state.  I'll make a note to contact them about this."

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 01, 2017 14:25

Hi Andrea, I didn't forget Selectmen Teitelbaum response.  I appreciate his help with this matter.   My comment today at 10:52 was an inquiry that acknowledged his response.  I was asking him for an update. Scroll up and see.  I tried to be clear.  Time is passing.  Pretty soon the leaves will fall and the issue will go away on its own for the winter.  Then next year will be year three.

Posted by: 181mph | Aug 02, 2017 12:04

i reckon he must have lost his note WBTS,, that doesn't surprise you does it,,,i  would go to a selectman's meeting and raise the issue there, it seems like they don't lose as many notes when you contact them directly like that,,oh, and bring your chainsaw for affect ;-)

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 04, 2017 22:11

Good idea 181, I'll go there like Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  That ought to get some attention!

Posted by: Peter W. Teitelbaum | Aug 05, 2017 08:02

We (meaning Alan Slavin, who knows who to ask at the state level) are seeking permission from MassDOT to turn the Garden Club loose on the problem.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 05, 2017 10:18

Turning the garden club loose on the problem conjures up a delightful image and suggests a perfect solution! Hopefully MassDOT will respond with enthusiasm in a timely manner.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 05, 2017 12:42

Thanks Peter!  I am happy to see this progress. Thanks for addressing.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 21, 2017 16:04

Its August 21st.  I drove by on the way to work today and saw a Garden Club member doing a wonderful job tending to the flowers. Thanks again and as always! I also noticed that the trees still haven't been touched.  I know that Alan Slavin is the right guy, especially because wife Sandy Slavin is part of the Garden Club.  I just can't believe it's taking so long.  It's easier to land a lunar module on the moon than trim some branches!  In the interim, why doesn't Municipal Maintenance just do a little trimming?

Posted by: alanslavin | Aug 23, 2017 08:14


I have received the required paper work by the state to temporarily or permanently adopt a highway. What I have to 1st find out is who owns the tree! State or individual property owner. If it's an individual, neither the State, Town or Garden club can remove the limb. It's not a safety issue? Once we can determine who owns the tree, then we can see what is possible. What seems like a simple thing to do is not.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 23, 2017 16:09

Hi Alan,


I know that nothing is easy.  This one has the potential to be a classic case.  That's why I waited a while to say something.


I figured 2 months was enough time to lay low and wait for good things to happen. Unfortunately nothing has happened. The same tree branches are blocking the lighthouse even more now.  The leaves are starting to turn and will fall soon. Then this will lose all momentum and we'll be in the same place next spring.


Who owns the trees?  Isn't it just a matter of looking up the Town's map & lot number

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