Emily Sweeney

Sweeney is a staff reporter and member of the Globe’s speakers bureau. She frequently gives talks at schools, universities, and industry events. She also serves as president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Celebrate Wareham’s birthday

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

Wareham was officially incorporated as a town on July 10, 1739, and to commemorate the 275th anniversary of this milestone, a series of special events is planned for Thursday and Friday. The Onset Fire Department will kick off Friday at 8 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony at Onset Bluffs. At noon, church bells in town will ring and the Rev. Stan Duncan will lead an 18th-century church service at the First Congregational Church of Wareham. At 2 p.m., a messenger on horseback will reenact the delivery of the incorporation papers at Town Hall at 54 Marion Road. The reenactment will be followed by a celebration at the Wareham High School athletic fields from 4 to 9 p.m., and the planned festivities include live entertainment, music, balloons, face painting, and birthday cake (happy birthday, Wareham!). On July 12, a parade — billed as “Wareham’s largest parade ever” — will start at 10 a.m. on Main Street and proceed to Gibbs Avenue and Marion Road, before ending at Town Hall. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., the founders’ ball will be held at the A.D. Makepeace Co. at 158 Tihonet Road. Individual tickets to the ball have been reduced to $30 (or a table of 10 for $250) and must be purchased in advance. For tickets, contact Claire Smith at 508-295-4679 or Bob Blair at 508-748-6671. Period dress is encouraged at many of these events. For more information, and to view the full schedule of activities, visit


Free disposal of unwanted electronics and appliances

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

The South Shore Recycling Cooperative is hosting a free electronics and appliance collection on July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plymouth Department of Public Works at 159 Camelot Drive. Residents are welcome to drop off any unwanted items that have a plug or a circuit board. Eligible items include televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, DVD players, cell phones, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, and air conditioners. The event is open to residents of all 14 communities that belong to the cooperative, which includes Abington, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Kingston, Middleborough, Norwell, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth, Whitman, and Plymouth. For more information, visit or call 781-329-8318.

Wareham faces cuts to library, senior center

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

After the $4.5 million property tax override question was defeated by voters on June 17, the Wareham Free Library was left facing a grim reality.

Remembering the ‘Prison Martyr’ of Haverhill, victim of medical experiment at Norfolk prison

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

Last year the Globe reported on medical experiments that took place at Norfolk Prison in the 1940s, and how one of the inmates — Arthur St. Germain, 27, of Haverhill — died during the clinical tests. One of St. Germain’s relatives recently contacted the Globe and shared long-held family records that shed more light on the circumstances surrounding St. Germain’s death.