RMS Approved for Dental Program

A dental care program that Rochester Memorial School Nurse Ellen Murphy proposed to the Rochester School Committee last month was approved on February 15. Beginning this year, RMS students will be offered dental care by Mass Smiles, a program that will visit the school every six months and provide dental care such as screenings, cleanings, […] Read more »

Fate of Solar Farm Still Cloudy

The Rochester Planning Board closed the public hearing for large-scale solar developer Borrego Solar Systems for its proposed solar project at 453 Rounseville Road at the corner of Mendell Road, and although the project is nearing the finish line and is poised for approval, Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson reminded everyone on February 13 that […] Read more »

Board Returns to Routine Business

After months of interesting topics like menthol cigarette bans and marijuana on the agenda, the Marion Board of Health on February 13 returned to more mundane issues with three public hearings for septic system variances. David Davignon representing 12 North Drive was requesting relief from a second mandatory percolation test in the form of a […] Read more »

Mendoza Loses Appeal, Threatens Lawsuit

Wellspring Farm’s biggest foe, next door neighbor to 42 Hiller Road Cathy Mendoza, had her appeal to the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals to overturn the Planning Board’s Site Plan Review denied on February 8. When the continued public hearing was opened, Mendoza suggested the ZBA table the discussion for now, claiming that the Board […] Read more »

Towns in a Pickle Over Trash

Town officials from Marion, Wareham, and Carver have a sour taste in their mouths over the pickle in which the three towns now find themselves pertaining to the current state of its private collective trash entity and the uncertain future of trash collection. Ray Pickles, a man ubiquitously well known in Marion for his current […] Read more »

Mattapoisett COA Unveils Survey Results

While many people were enjoying sun and fun last summer, members of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging Board of Directors were busy distributing and tabulating the results of a survey designed to gauge community engagement and the needs of an aging population. Rachel McGourthy, chairman of the COA Board of Directors, flanked by Jackie Coucci, […] Read more »

Moratorium Passes Easily in Mattapoisett

One hundred and six voters attended the February 12 Special Town Meeting in Mattapoisett, with 102 of them supporting a temporary moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments in the seaside community. The Special Town Meeting was arranged by the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen after several Planning Board hearings found that voters had concerns […] Read more »

Board Hashes Out Marijuana Moratorium

Marijuana has created a buzz in Marion, and a Special Town Meeting slated for February 15 at 6:45 pm at Sippican School will give Marion voters a chance to support or oppose an article to place a temporary moratorium on adult-use marijuana establishments in their town. On February 5, the Marion Planning Board held its […] Read more »

Watchdog Eyes Tri-Town Local Governments

Let the municipal offices, boards, and committees of the Tri-Town beware: Someone is watching you. Mattapoisett is the second municipality in the Tri-Town that the Attorney General’s Office has found in violation of the Open Meeting Law within the past two months, just after Marion was found to have violated the law in two of […] Read more »

Selectman Favors Women’s Over ADA Restroom

Facilities Manager Andrew Daniel was at the Rochester Board of Selectmen meeting on February 5 to describe the renovation plans for the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible restroom at the Town Hall that will be fully funded by a state grant. Although he received approval to move ahead with the building permit for […] Read more »