FinCom Asks Probing Questions


As Mattapoisett’s Finance Committee nears the end of its hard work preparing for the spring town meeting, they met on April 9 with various department heads to ask questions pertinent to capital funding requests. First up was John DeSousa, Chairman of the Community Preservation Committee. As he had done at the selectmen’s meeting the night […] Read more »

River Road Repaving Discussed


A Notice of Intent filed by the Town of Marion, c/o Department of Public Works, to rehabilitate River Road in order to improve roadway infrastructure and roadway safety, brought four residents of the road in for comments at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission. Shawn Sida and Magdalin Lotsteolt of CDM Smith […] Read more »

Good Friday Debate Gets Heated


Backlash from the Joint School Committee decision to make Good Friday a regular school day made its way to Mattapoisett on April 14. Mattapoisett School Committee Chairman James Higgins kicked off the discussion by making it clear that he now has second thoughts about the calendar change in light of the public discourse, reading a […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Warrant


Selectmen approved the Rochester Special Town Meeting warrant on April 14, which features two articles. The first article is for reserve fund transfers to cover bills from prior years and any other unpaid bills that might come before the May 19 meeting, and the second article pertains to the acceptance of a new law surrounding […] Read more »

Bomb Scare Leads to Drug Stash


On April 15, 2014 at 8:19AM, the Marion Police Department responded to the Lockheed-Martin facility, off Route 6 in Marion, for a suspicious package found at the rear of one of the parking areas. A witness reported that a vehicle had pulled into the lot and a young male had left the vehicle with a […] Read more »

Solar Project at Landfill Moving Forward


After a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Marion Board of Selectmen opened their meeting on Tuesday evening with a full agenda. First up was an appointment with the Marion Energy Management Committee for a review of a draft Request for Proposal for a community solar garden […] Read more »

Towns Get Facts About ORR Cyber Theft

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Selectmen on April 10 finally got to the bottom of the 2011 cyber-hacking incident that resulted in the theft of $134,000 from an Old Rochester Regional bank account. On February 9, 2011, UniBank alerted school administration to several suspicious money transfers, including a $4,000 deposit to someone in Nashville, Tennessee. By the end of the […] Read more »

Committee Approves Budget, Chairman Departs


Budget business is finally over, ending with the School Committee’s approval of the $5,672,343 fiscal year 2015 budget, up $121,000 from last year. The school budget, which is up a mere 1.53% from FY14, is now in the hands of voters at Town Meeting. To balance the budget, Rochester Memorial School will see one less […] Read more »

Prioritization Vote Is In


It was like waiting for the election results as the Capital Planning Committee for Mattapoisett cast their votes to prioritize proposed expenditures. After weeks of meeting with department heads, engaging them in dialog about their 2015 and beyond needs, and hammering out the details behind the requests, the committee members cast their votes and gave […] Read more »

Backlash Continues Over Good Friday Decision


Grief over Good Friday continued at the April 9 ORR School Committee meeting, as one resident introduced a petition with 115 signatures opposing the Joint School Committee’s decision to switch Good Friday in 2015 from a religious holiday into a regular school day. Margaret McGee of Rochester said that in 1776 the Declaration of Independence […] Read more »