Year in Review: Selectmen's Goals. Are they ours?

By OnsetTogether | Jan 04, 2018

The May 23, 2017, article by Matthew Bernat outlined the selectmen's goals for their continuing term.  Not one identified education, the opioid crisis, affordable housing, services for seniors or town services in general as a priority. They were as follows:


  • Selectman Alan Slavin noted that he’d continue to make transportation issues in general, and finding a site for a bus stop on Merchants Way in particular, his pet project. .
  • Selectman Anthony Scarsciotti said he would make increasing foot traffic in Onset Village and downtown Wareham a priority.
  • For Selectman Patrick Tropeano, bringing equity to the town’s sewer rates is a goal. “I’ll make that happen this year if it kills me,” said Tropeano. “And it may kill me.”
  • Selectman Judith Whiteside said she’ll be organizing town records for easier access.
  • As for Teitelbaum’s goals? He declined to name any, instead telling his fellow board members, “you guys are my project.”
What should the goals be for 2018? Nomination papers are now available.
Comments (9)
Posted by: WWreader | Jan 04, 2018 19:48

First, just because each selectman listed one goal, it doesn't mean that they WON'T continue to support town departments and programs as they have in the past. As to opioids specifically, perhaps you missed the articles about Tropeano's involvement in that area.

Second, as you must be aware, the School Committee, not the BOS, have the authority as far as education goes. Consequently, no one mentioned it as their goal.

By the way, did you ever apologize to Selectman Scarsciotti for your false accusation about him when you later corrected your comment to include the name of one of the school committee members instead?

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | Jan 04, 2018 20:47

Just because something is not listed as a priority in one newspaper article does NOT mean that the things you mentioned (which ARE your priorities I guess) are not important to them.  Perhaps you just wanted to take a dig at the Selectmen?  Sure sounds like it.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jan 05, 2018 01:27

Tropeano’s involvement amounts to attending a meeting after being called out for doing nothing. The question is, did they accomplish their stated goals, and are those goals in line with the townspeople’s? Your’s? The article was about goals. Honest question.

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | Jan 05, 2018 09:18

Yes, it was about goals.  Did they accomplish them?  That is a good question.  Your delivery of the question blames them for not saying what YOU find to be important, creating an air of them being a misguided/bad board.


The only Selectman whose term is up this year is Mr. Slavin.  The others still have time.  Also, town elections are generally done in April, not November.

Posted by: WWreader | Jan 05, 2018 09:44

Each year selectmen pick a specific project to work on in ADDITION to doing all their regular work that deals with services, specific issues, seniors, housing and on an on. This is a volunteer position, so the fact that they have all signed up for doing another project or "goal" as well as all the other duties is actually to be commended. Someone who doesn't even know when our elections are I guess should not be expected to know such things either. I like to get the facts before I post, but that's just me. Still waiting for that apology to Tony Scarsciotti. You get to write negative things about a selectman when the person involved was a school committee person, yet you never take responsibility for trashing the (innocent) selectman. Why should we believe anything you write?

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jan 09, 2018 08:55

Wanttoseechange thank you for the correction.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jan 09, 2018 08:57

WWReader I am not a reporter. I am waiting for an apology from the $27.50 an hour clerk who defamed me in public too, and a pony for Christmas.

Posted by: sadie | Jan 16, 2018 08:02

senior and town services fall under the TA not the selectmen. The coa and town services were cut because of the budget and the DOR telling the town to make cuts in the budget so we would have a balanced budget.

Posted by: WWreader | Jan 17, 2018 09:16

ONSETTOGETHER, You don't need to be a reporter to publicly libel someone. I still have the screen shot of your defamatory comments about Scarsciotti on Wareham Week. That's libel. You have an interesting moral position. The clerk defamed me so it is ok for me to defame (a completely innocent) selectman. Perhaps no one ever taught you that two wrongs don't make a right. Or to apologize to someone you have wronged.

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