Denham Insists On Hired Oversight


With the full board and a new planning administrator in attendance, Highway Surveyor Barry Denham pled his case for professional oversight on subdivision projects. Denham told the Mattapoisett Planning Board members that he had been trying to get the developer for the Appaloosa Road project to finish mandated work on River Road. “We’ve got to […] Read more »

Landscape Projects Approved for Mattapoisett Shores


It’s been a long time coming for these abutting properties, but all parties were finally able to reach an agreement that resulted in approvals by the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission for one Notice of Intent filing by Leslie Keselli and Whitney Renault, 14 Bay View Avenue, and one request for an amended Order of Conditions from […] Read more »

Selectmen Finalize Town Administrator Contract


The Rochester Board of Selectmen is pleased after Town Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Szyndlar’s six-month trial contract period and has decided not to wait until December to finalize a new three-year employment contract with Szyndlar. During a brief October 17 meeting before commencing the Special Town Meeting, the selectmen signed the contract effective October 23 […] Read more »

Dozens Defend Neighbor Accused of Logging


The majority inside the jam-packed standing-room-only meeting room at the Marion Town House last Thursday all had one thing to say about David Jenney of 818 Point Road, and that was that Jenney is a good guy. Although no one present disputed the claim, there was the matter of whether or not Jenney has been […] Read more »

Town to Remove Unsafe Pump House


The pump house situated behind the ball field at Washburn Park in Marion has been deemed unsafe to remain and will be removed by the Marion Department of Public Works after the Marion Conservation Commission gave approval for the work. On October 12, the Conservation Commission received the Request for Determination of Applicability to remove […] Read more »

Voters Say ‘No’ to Town Hall Annex Study


Rochester Town Meeting voters took the October 17 Special Town Meeting as a chance to voice their opinion that taxes are too high and the town doesn’t need a new town hall. Scores of residents clapped and cheered as neighbors complained about rising taxes and their desire to see excess free cash money returned to […] Read more »

New Report Card Format in the Works


School administration and teachers at Rochester Memorial School as well as the other elementary schools in Tri-Town are excited about the development of a new standards-based report card that will replace what educators believe is an outdated report card format. On October 6, the Rochester School Committee was presented with a brief primer on what […] Read more »

Abutters’ Dispute Could Delay Planning Board Decision


Rochester Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson knew just by looking out at the room full of unfamiliar faces that the public hearing on October 11 for a modification for an approved definitive subdivision plan application submitted by Charlotte and James Spieldenner of 1 Happy Tails Road might turn out to be a contentious one. Seeking […] Read more »

Shellfishing Dos and Don’ts


Deep into the October 11 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael Gagne thanked media outlets for helping to alert the public to a potentially toxic phytoplankton known as Pseudo-Nitzschia that has now spread to all waters south of Cape Cod Bay. Evidence of this serious disease agent has prompted the Division […] Read more »

State Closes Shellfishing in Buzzards Bay


Shellfishing within the entirety of Buzzards Bay was abruptly closed on Friday, October 7, due to a potentially toxic phytoplankton bloom, which the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said in a public emergency closure announcement can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). Ingestion of these biotoxins causes nausea, vomiting, cramps, severe gastrointestinal conditions and, in severe […] Read more »