“Tempest In A Teapot”

The June 22 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission was moving along smoothly until a discussion with Jay Myrto of Clean Energy Collective got off to a rocky start.

Chairman Norman Hills inquired why Myrto hadn’t considered an alternate screening plan for the Tucker Lane solar array versus the one the Planning Board had put in place during a June meeting. At that Planning Board meeting, Myrto was told that the neighbors wanted additional screening, felt the array and land clearing was decreasing their property values, and demanded action from the Planning Board.

The issue for Hills and the Conservation Commission: the new plan was in jurisdictional wetlands. Hills questioned Myrto as to why he hadn’t considered an alternative to the Planning Board’s plan of putting additional screening plants in the bordering vegetated wetlands. Myrto said that was possible but really felt he needed to follow the Planning Board’s directive.

That frustrated Hills, causing him raise his voice and ask, “Why can’t you just do what we asked you?” He said that the Conservation Commission was responsible for the wetlands in question, not the Planning Board or the abutters.

Compounding the issue, during construction of the solar field, a sub-contractor of CEC had removed native plants and shrubs in an area that was not to be altered and left behind what was described as a “scar.”

Myrto now found himself in the middle between two of the town’s governing bodies that had very little collaboration or cooperation, as noted by commissioner Cindy Callow.

Callow said, “I went to the Planning Board meeting. They said they would help you; you see how many are here now.” Myrto was alone. She continued, “They have never come to us in a cooperative manner. Perhaps things could be handled better. I understand they are voted in and we are appointed. It’s a tempest in a teapot.” Then hitting a more conciliatory note she said, “The plan that has been approved by the Planning Board is okay with me. For the town, we need to work better together in the future.” Hills added, “We said we’d be glad to talk to them.”

“We approved a plan; it was done,” Callow said referring to the first order of conditions the commission had imposed on the project that was subsequently breached by sub-contractor. “In the future, we need to talk as two boards. We reached out to them; they didn’t come back, but to expedite things and make things happy we should approve this plan.”

Commissioner Joel Hartley said, “I’m not as worried about it as Norm is. I’m okay with the new plan.”

In the end, the commissioners voted to amend an enforcement order put in place when the unpermitted clearing was deemed a violation of the order of conditions. The amended enforcement order will allow the additional plantings in the jurisdictional border. Hills abstained from the vote.

Warren Williamson, 121 Converse Road, represented by James Manganello of LEC Environmental, requested an extension permit. Manganello discussed with the commissioners violations to orders of conditions saying, “The property owner is regretful and sorry it happened and wants to be a good steward of the land.”

Hills said, “There is a disconnect between what we thought we were approving and what we found.” Manganello said that Williamson presently lives out of state and was unaware of local policies regarding landscape alterations. Manganello said that of the wetlands area impacted, “…there’s a lot of diversity out there … just about everything is growing back … the root systems were not removed.”

Callow referred to the alterations as “extensive” with both Hills and Hartley agreeing. Hills said the commission needed to “get smart” in the event they are faced with such a large violation in the future while rhetorically adding, “The question is how do we go from here to there.” A one-year extension was approved with a caution to the applicant, a request to replace delineation flagging, and the development of a wetlands vegetation plan.

The commissioners also discussed what action they should take on violations at 13 East Avenue owned by L. Reinhart. Seawall construction had been deemed unlicensed by the commission. The commissioners concurred that a license needed to be secured from the Massachusetts Department of Environment Chapter 91 as well as a notice of intent which had never been filed. Hartley said that an enforcement order and notification to the DEP was in order. Callow said, “We told them once and they didn’t do anything. We need to up the ante a little bit.” The commissioners agreed to send enforcement letters.

Doug Thackeray’s NOI was continued until July 27 pending notification from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for inspection of Thackeray’s aquaculture project off Stewart’s Island in Sippican Harbor.

The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for July 13 at 7:00 pm in the town house conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Marion Concert Band

On Friday, July 1, the Marion Concert Band will open its 2016 season with a program of patriotic music in celebration of Independence Day. The program is as follows:

National Emblem March – E. E. Bagley

American Pageant – T. Knox

American Anthem – G. Scheer

Our Glorious Land – J. Olivadoti

American Civil War Fantasy – J. Bilik

This Is My Country – A. Jacobs

Fugue on Yankee Doodle – J. P. Sousa

Highlights from “Victory at Sea” – R. Rodgers

The Homefront: Musical Memories from World War II – arr. J. Christensen

Spirit of Home – A. LaZizza

Star Spangled Spectacular – G. M. Cohan

Armed Forces Salute – arr. B. Lowden

God Bless the U.S.A. – L. Greenwood

America, the Beautiful – S. Ward

The Stars and Stripes Forever – J. P. Sousa

The concert will be held at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. The program, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Inn on Shipyard Park

To the Editor:

We are Kathryn and Leo LaMontagne who have lived on the north side of 11 Water Street for some twenty-three years. Now senior citizens, we remain excited about living next to The Inn on Shipyard Park and communicating with so many different people who frequent the Inn for food, camaraderie and entertainment.

During this time we have known and been neighbors of the owners including the Goddus, the Kinsale people and recently Nils Johnson and Andrea Perry. We have never had to complain to the owners or the police about noise, traffic or other situations. Some years ago, the Goddus asked us to landscape the Inn front and we continued that activity until two years ago.

Our home is some nine, thirteen and sixteen feet from The Inn. While living next to The Inn, no neighbors have complained to us of noise or problems. We enjoy being Inn neighbors and are positive about the present owners request to repair and expand the porch some three or four feet and adding a few seats.

We are neighbors in just a short period of time in the era of an historic Inn dating to 1799. When we moved next door we accepted the Inn as neighbors and are pleased with our choice.


Leo and Kathryn LaMontagne


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Marion Mattapoisett Rochester Youth Soccer

Marion Mattapoisett Rochester Youth Soccer (formerly MRYS), run by the Marion Recreation Department, welcomes Eric Parada of the Boston Bolts as the new Director of Soccer Operations. Coach Parada is a professional development coach with experience coaching soccer players and parents in soccer ranging from U4 to Open Men’s divisions. MMRYS will benefit not only from Eric’s extensive knowledge but also from his long standing affiliation with the FC Boston Bolts and Scorpion SC soccer clubs and their team of coaches.

Registration is now open for the Fall Soccer Recreation Program, which starts at age 3 and goes through U13 divisions. Several meet and greet registration events will be held over the summer and registration forms can be found on the website, mryouthsoccer.org, and on the Marion Recreation website, marionrecreation.com.

Also look for several registration drop-off locations in the Tri-Town area including the Ropewalk Plaza in Mattapoisett; check the website for updated locations.

In addition to the Recreation Program, MMRYS is actively recruiting for all Town Travel Team age groups. The travel teams had a great experience in the Maple Premier League last year but MMRYS is excited to announce their acceptance into the South Shore Soccer League. This league, which is expanding into the south coast area and is one of the most established and respected leagues in Massachusetts, will afford the kids an opportunity to play at a more competitive level but still close to home. Check the website for Try Out dates or email questions or interest to info@mryouthsoccer.org. Travel team divisions include U9 Boys and Girls and are available as numbers warrant through U19.

MMRYS has also teamed up with Seaside Soccer to offer soccer camps to be held all summer long at locations convenient to all Tri-Town families and kids. Seaside Soccer Training is an established organization dedicated to the progression and improvement of both novice and advanced soccer in the Buzzards Bay region. More information about the camp can be found at Seaside Soccer’s Facebook page.

While focus will be on development of players at a recreation level, educating coaches and growing the program to a year round opportunity, under the leadership of Eric Parada and his Boston Bolt connections, MMRYS CLUB level for players that are looking to compete at an even higher level will be a possibility in the future. With all the exciting changes, MMRYS expects to be a center for great Youth Soccer in Massachusetts.

For Marion Rec and Youth Soccer news, please log on to and stay connected to our website at www.mryouthsoccer.org.

For more information on any of the programs, contact Jody Dickerson at the Marion Recreation Department, info@marionrecreation.com.

Sippican Woman’s Club Scholarships Awarded

Since 1947, the Sippican Woman’s Club has awarded scholarships to Marion students. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the club’s Annual Holiday House Tour held in December. Any Marion resident who is currently a high school senior and who will attend an accredited college or university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the coming year is eligible. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, community service and need.

In addition, two special scholarships are awarded: 1) The Lu Chevrier Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior with a particularly outstanding record of community service; and 2) the Alice Ryder Book Award is presented to the highest ranking English student in the middle school graduating class.

Fifteen scholarship awards have been awarded this year. In addition to the Alice Ryder Award, the following awards were given based on scholarship, service to the community, activities and need.

ORR Regional High School: Isabella King, Charlotte Levine, Hayli Marshall, Nicole Mattson, Hannah Rose, Kristina Sauerbrey – Lu Chevrier Award, and Emily Savino

            Continuing Education Students: Samantha Barrett, Madeline Cafarella, Maura Lonergan, Laura Mc Coy, Hannah Rose Olson, Colleen Packard, Kaitlyn Sethares, and Patrick Tracy

Alice Ryder Book Award: Alexa Lyn Mc Leod

ETL Sunset Cruise

The Elizabeth Taber Library is holding its first ever Cape Cod Canal Sunset Cruise, taking off from Marion Town Wharf on Saturday, September 10 at 5:00 pm and returning at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $40 and include cruise, a DJ and light refreshments. There will be a cash bar on board the Capt. John’s Boat cruiser that will fit up to 140 people. Tickets are now available at the Elizabeth Taber Library, 508-748-1252. This is a 21 and over cruise. Proceeds from the event go toward ETL programming, one of the last remaining private libraries in the state with the town providing roughly 70 percent of the library funding and the rest to come from fundraising.

Judith A. Lyons

Judith A. Lyons, 65, of Fairhaven passed away peacefully on Monday June 27, 2016 surrounded by her family after a long illness.
Born in Waltham, the daughter of the late William M. and Mary Regina (Ring) Lyons, she lived in Waltham for most of her life before moving to Fairhaven in 2000. She enjoyed many summers at Crescent Beach in Mattapoisett.
Miss Lyons had a very successful career in the insurance industry working as a corporate underwriter in the Metro Boston area. She received many awards and commendations for her work.
She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Waltham in 1969, and received her Associates Degree in Business from Massachusetts Bay Community College in 1978.
She was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
Her family would like to thank the staff at the Royal of Fairhaven for the excellent care given to Judy during her illness.
Survivors include her siblings, John H. Lyons of Belmont, Thomas J. Lyons of Lawrenceville, GA, Mary R. Lyons of Mattapoisett, Charles E. Lyons of Newton, and Brenda M. Dufresne and her husband Donald of Mattapoisett; her brother-in-law, Richard Lieser of California; and her nieces and nephew, Lauren, Matthew, and Meaghan Dufresne.
She was the sister of the late Ellen Lieser, William M. Lyons, Jr., and Patricia M. Lyons.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday June 30, 2016 at 10 AM in St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd.. Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

John D. Langlois

John D. Langlois, a lifelong resident of Mattapoisett, MA, died unexpectedly on his way to work Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was 56-years old. He was the beloved son of Barbara L. (Warburton) Langlois and the late John A. “Chick” Langlois. He was married to his high-school sweetheart, Anne (Fistori) Langlois. They would have celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on July 7, 2016.

John is survived by his sons Andrew D. Langlois and his companion, Holly Duncan of Fairhaven, MA, William S. Langlois and his fiancée, Erin McGrath and his daughter, Avery M. Langlois, all of Mattapoisett, MA. He is also survived by his mother-in law Nancy Fistori, brothers and sisters-in law Peter and Amy Trow, Randy and Meg Spence, Paul and Erin Fistori and John and Christine Fistori. He was the loving uncle of Grace, Annie, Josh, Nick, Nate, Johnny, Cameron, Sophie and Cole.


He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Cape Cod Community College. His entrepreneurial endeavors began in 1985 with the opening of J’s Citgo in Mattapoisett. He then went on to own and operate a very successful Interstate Batteries Distributorship. He followed his love of boats and started Ned’s Point Marine at the Mattapoisett Boat Yard. He joined his son Andrew’s landscape business in 2010, and together they formed the thriving Langlois Landscapes, LLC. In 2014 John and Andrew expanded the business with Langlois Landscapes Truck Equipment Rental.

John was an avid boater and happiest when cruising Buzzards Bay on the family Black Watch with his children and friends. His devotion to Andrew, William and Avery never wavered, and he was incredibly proud of their individual accomplishments. His family and friends’ hearts are broken. His death has left a void so great and deep, but he would expect us to be strong and carry on.

As John would want, we will have a “wicked-informal” celebration of his life at Ned’s Point at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, John would be honored to have donations made to the Hollandstrong Scholarship in memory of William’s college roommate, Michael Holland, who perished on the El Faro in October 2015. Checks can be mailed to Deborah Roberts, 90 Shea St., Wilton, ME 04294. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Edward Martin Cooney

Edward Martin Cooney, 82, died at home in Marion, MA on June 24, 2016 surrounded by the love of family. He was born to the late Edward and Mary (Sullivan) Cooney on October 22, 1933 in Framingham, MA. After high school and a year of electronics trade school, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he repaired radar, served on weather patrol and lived out stories he would tell (and re-tell) for a lifetime.

He married Elizabeth “Betty” (Donlan) Cooney in 1958 and upon graduating from Boston University he and Betty moved to Newport to begin a full life. Ed worked in the defense industry as a contracts administrator and executive, most memorably at Sippican Corporation in Marion, MA. Marion became the family’s center and Ed lived there for 48 years. A perfect work day for Ed would be driving to Boston for meetings while Carly Simon sang “You’re so Vain” to him personally in his Peugeot, followed by watching one of his children’s games, family dinner and a gin and tonic.

He was known for his quick wit, intellectual curiosity, marine electronics prowess, writing clever songs and poems for friends and his big blue eyes. He loved his family, friends, colleagues, Elmore Leonard, John le Carré and chocolate chip ice cream. He also loved his boats, especially the White Whale – a wooden 42’ Classic Grand Banks Hull #16 which he maintained himself. While he suffered from poor health for decades, he remained incredibly upbeat. He was well loved by his family and lovingly cared for by his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; his four children, Beth Cooney and her husband Rob Sargent and their children Michaela and Rory, Ted Cooney and his wife Claire and their daughter Elle, Dan Cooney and his wife Kate and their children Henry and Owen and Sarah Garabedian and her husband Mike; and his three sisters, Sylvia Stickney and her husband Bill, Nancy Mahoney and her husband John, and Mary Harvey.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at 2 PM at Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel in Marion, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Ed’s memory to (the amazing) Community Nurse Home Care at 62 Center Street, PO Box 751, Fairhaven, 02719. www.communitynurse.com. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattaposiett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Academic Achievements

Western New England University congratulates the following Tri-Town students named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List. Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

– Jonathan Morton, an Accounting major, of Mattapoisett

– Sophia Asker, a Communication – Public Relations major, of Marion

Michael David Cordeiro of Marion graduated with a degree in communication studies from James Madison University during the May 6 commencement exercises.

Megan Psyhojos, of Marion, received a BA degree in Elementary Education at Loyola University Maryland’s 164th commencement exercises on May 21.

Katherine Downey of Mattapoisett has graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University’s Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Economics.

On Saturday, May 14, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, 907 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 148th commencement ceremony.

– Erin Murphy of Marion was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering with distinction.

– Sean Murphy of Mattapoisett was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering.

– Oliver Lizotte of Mattapoisett was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.

– Michael Gifford of Rochester was awarded a Master of Science degree in management.

– Gregory Kornichuk of Rochester was awarded a Master of Science degree in management.       Ryan Muther, of Marion, was honored at Union College’s annual Prize Day celebration. Muther was honored with the George H. Williams Prize, which is given to a graduating senior for excellence in computer science.

American International College awarded more than 800 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students representing 18 states and 10 countries during its 2016 commencement ceremony. Congratulations to the following degree recipients:

– Jeremy McDonald of Rochester, Master of Education

– Sarah Coucci of Mattapoisett, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science

– Trisha Motta of Rochester, Master of Education