Town Hall, the Library and the COA will be closed in observation of Memorial Day with Trash Collection delayed by one day.  

Please join us for our Memorial Day Parade.  See below for the order of services and click HERE to access our complete program.  Contact the Town Adminstrator's Office with any questions at 978-486-5520 x2.

11:45am      Decoration of the Alan B. Cheeseman Memorial by the American Legion
12:30pm      Parade forms at American Legion Headquarters (Wenham COA)
1:00pm        Salute to Colors - Honors Decoration of the Memorial Stone and G.A.R. Memorial

Parade Route:  March east on School St, left on Perkins, left on Bruce Lane, left on Arbor (where there will be a short ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial), right behind Civil War Memorial (another short ceremony), merge onto Main Street and continue to the Wenham Cemetery.

Join the Board of Selectmen invite you to an official Ribbon Cutting and Re-Dedication of the Richard J. Brown Playground.  Please join the Selectmen at 11:00am, Saturday, June 9th as they honor the playground's namesake, acknowledge the efforts of the Friends of Pingree Park Playground, the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department and Wenham DPW, and thank the many donors who made these new structures possible.

As your Town Administrator, one of my primary goals has been to provide residents with regular updates about timely issues that impact our community.  Follow the link below to my current report and archives of previous reports.
Town Administrator's Reports:  2018
Town Administrator's Reports: Archives

Effective May 1, 2018 in accordance with the Water Use Restriction By-law, no sprinklers are allowed between the hours of 9am and 5pm, hand watering is allowed. The mandatory water conservation is in effect from May 1 to September 30 and includes private wells. We would like to thank all residents for their understanding and cooperation.
Pleasant Pond will be open daily at 10:00am throughout the summer.  Pleasant Pond Stickers will be available starting May 1st for Hamilton and Wenham residents to purchase at the Wenham Police Department or Town Clerk's Counter at Wenham Town Hall during regular business hours.  

The cost for parking stickers is $25/first sticker and $10/each additional sticker.  The cost for senior citizens 65 and over is $10/sticker.  For more information, including Pleasant Pond Parking Sticker Regulations and a Sticker Application, visit the Pleasant Pond Beach page.  

The Board of Assessors has hired Robert Brindle to provide measurement and data verification on improved parcels across town.  Mr. Brindle will be personally visiting all involved residences as part of his inspection and assessment process.  The web site will be updated weekly to list the specific streets where Mr. Brindle will be inspecting.  Click*HERE* to view the photo included on Mr. Brindle's Town of Wenham identification tag.  

Current Project Phase:
10 - 140 Grapevine Road

Are you looking for a summer job?  Please visit our Job Openings page for more information on seasonal opportunities with the Town of Wenham.  Select a link below for job descriptions and instructions on resume submittal.  

Highway Department Seasonal Laborers
Pleasant Pond Summer Lifeguards

Click the link for OFFICIAL RESULTS from our annual Town Election held Thursday, April 12, 2018.  

Visit the 375th Anniversary page for more information on this and other events surrounding Wenham's 375th celebration.  While you're there, check out the History Pages where 375th Anniversary Committee member Bob Hicks shares bi-monthly articles about life in Wenham during the World War II era.  

We have a new emergency notification system in Wenham called Essex Regional 911 Alerts (Swift911) offered through the Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center.

Contact information for all residents who were previously registered with Blackboard Connect has been transferred through Essex Regional Alerts to the Swift911 Portal; however, we encourage all residents to create an account in Swift911 to confirm or update contact information and take advantage of enhanced features such as receipt of communications via text or email. 

Click the link for more information and registration with Essex Regional 911 Alerts, and contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x2 or with questions. 

The Board of Selectmen is requesting photos of Town buildings, open spaces, recreational areas and any scenic Wenham views, past and present, to be included in various Town publications and on the Town website. Click HERE for more information.  

Check out our current Town of Wenham Photo Gallery by clicking the link.  

We have one hundred 64 gallon recycling carts available for Wenham residents to purchase at a price of $40.00 (limit 1 per household).  Please complete the order form, detach and submit along with a check payable to the Town of Wenham in the amount of $40.00.  Hand deliver or mail to the: Town Clerk’s Office, Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984.  Questions may directed to the Town Clerk at 978-468-5520 x1 or

Starting Monday, November 13, Wenham residents will have a free, convenient curbside textiles collection program through Simple Recycling.  Pick-up will occur on a weekly basis on the same schedule as Wenham’s regular trash, recycling and organics collection day.  

Residents should have received informational mailers from Simple Recycling including an introduction to the program and their first pink collection bag. 

Click HERE for more information on the program in Wenham including a full list of accepted items. Visit or contact them at 1-866-835-5068.

In September 2016, the Town submitted an application for grant funding through MassDEP’s Sustainable Water Management Initiative in conjunction with the Massachusetts Water Works Association and several other area communities, including Danvers, Middleton, Topsfield, Hamilton, and the Lynnfield Water District.  In January 2017, the project was awarded $103,940 in funding to collect and share data and explore potential regional solutions to address our collective water resource constraints.  The resulting *report* was recently completed.  Here is a *link* to the press release.  This project represents an important step forward, with several municipalities in the Ipswich River basin now embracing a coordinated approach to systematically assessing our current challenges and identifying some potential long-term solutions that don’t solely rely on enhanced conservation practices. 

Description and Application Form: Click Here

Work-Off Program offers Wenham seniors aged 60+ the opportunity to earn an abatement on their real estate property tax bill.  The hourly wage is $11.00 and the maximum annual abatement cannot exceed $1500.

The positions available through this program are in various departments throughout the Town.  Job placements will likely be made with the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Finance Office, Town Permitting Office, Council on Aging, and the Hamilton Wenham Regional Library.  Attempts will be made to match the placement with the applicant’s interests and qualifications.
The new Veterans Property Tax Work-Off Program offers Wenham veterans the opportunity to earn an abatement on their real estate property tax bill.  The hourly wage is $11.00/hour and the maximum annual abatement cannot exceed $1,000.00.  For more information including a link to the program application, click *HERE*.
Selectman Harrison's listening hour is held the first Tuesday of each month from September through June at 1:00 PM in the Selectmen Chambers on the first floor of Town Hall.  Residents are welcome to take this opportunity to speak to Catherine Harrison about all things Wenham.

Next Listening Hour:  Tuesday,  June 5, 2018
The Wenham Affordable Housing Trust has been working with Karen Sunnarborg Consulting on a current evaluation of housing needs in Wenham.  Karen presented findings to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on April 4, 2017.  Select the links below to access her presentation. 

Wenham Housing Needs Assessment PowerPoint - April 2017
Wenham Housing Needs Assessment Report - February 2017
Have you used SeeClickFix, an application enabling citizen reporting of non-emergency concerns directly to Town staff, such as potholes and street or traffic light outages, while receiving status updates throughout the process until issues are resolved? 

Click HERE for more information about SeeClickFix and begin reporting quality-of-life issues in Wenham.

On December 7, 2016, in a regular meeting of the Wenham Water Commission, the Commission voted unanimously to add a new billing tier specifically for water use over 75,000 gallons per quarter. Beginning with the billing cycle in May 2017 (water used in February, March, and April), a new rate of $16.50 per 1,000 gallons will be applied to all water used above 75,000 gallons in that quarter. 

Click *here* for the official notice including a rate chart, from the Water Department. 

The Town has created a welcome packet  for new residents that will allow them to better understand and access various town services.  This document is meant as a resource to familiarize residents with what the town has to offer and was one of the Selectmen’s goals for this year to improve resident engagement.  Hard copies of the packet are available in Town Hall – this information is also posted on the About Wenham page.

The DPW Garage is now accepting unwanted clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, backpacks, blankets, linens, and stuffed animals for recycling. Complete list of accepted clothing and textiles.  Please place your bagged items in the receptacle provided at the DPW Garage.   
Cycle of Your Clothing Donation Flyer

DPW Garage
91 Grapevine Road
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
1st Saturday of each Month: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Casella will always pickup your Trash, Recycling & Organics on the regular schedule (Calendar posted under the Department of Public Works page) unless there is a State of Emergency declared by Governor Baker or an unexpected emergency develops.  If either one of those occurs, expect your regularly scheduled pickup to be delayed one (1) day.  We will update the website if and when any new information becomes available. 

If you should have any questions please call the Wenham Department of Public Works @978-468-5520 X6 or the Town Administrator's Office @ 978-468-5520 X2.

Wenham residents are eligible to purchase a swim pass  good for 20 visits to the Bennett Center Pool at Gordon College through the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department located at 16 Union Street Hamilton.  The cost is $65.  The Recreation Departments hours of operation are Mondays 8am-7pm, Tuesdays - Thursdays 8am-4:30pm & Fridays 8am-1pm.  Please call the Rec Dept. at 978-468-2178 with any questions.