Hanover: Yellowman’s Cleanup Complete; Case Dismissed

Yelloman, poses under the sun and next to one of his favorite treasures in his yard, a statue of Jesus. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe

Yelloman poses under the sun and next to one of his favorite treasures, a statue of Jesus. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe


It’s a victory for Hanover’s Yellowman, as his case was dismissed by Judge Wilbur Edwards in Brockton Housing Court. The case has been going on for almost a year for Harold Watt, who told WATD he prefers Yellowman.

The Town of Hanover cited safety concerns due to clutter in the front and the rear of the property.

“The town was compelled to file for a receiver,” said Town Counsel David Deluca. “Hanover had been trying for years to get the property compliant with health and building codes.”

At a hearing on Wednesday, the rear of the property was completely clear of debris.

“He undertook a good deal of work to clean up the property,” said Deluca. “We’re comfortable in removing the receivership.”

A court-appointed receiver was put in place to get contractors to finish the cleanup if Yellowman could not, but was never used.

“Today is a great day in a lot of ways,” said Yellowman’s attorney, Brian Cook. “There was a nice following which gave support to Harry, which allowed the Town of Hanover to realize it wasn’t just once guy with junk on his property, but somebody who people in town embraced.”

Yellowman and his friend Joe Vissa undertook the task of cleaning up the front yard and rear of the property on their own, an “inordinate amount of work,” according to Cook. He said Junk Busters helped complete the cleanup, and Lamberts donated bushes to the property.

“Other people have been incredibly supportive,” said Cook. “I think it just shows what a community can do when it unites behind someone they care about.”

Cook said everyone on all sides came together to work on a solution. Dumpsters were supplied by the town to help with the cleanup.

“The greatest part of this, which we never discussed, was that Harry was never displaced,” said Cook. “He was allowed to continue to live in his house, and he will continue to do so.”

Cook says Yellowman is planning a party to thank his supporters.

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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com