ConCom Approves Thackeray Aquaculture

An aquaculture farm proposed for an area east of Stewart’s Island in Sippican Harbor could likely be the next oyster farm in Marion, even as a number of other proposed sites are facing opposition from townspeople and town officials. Doug Thackeray’s proposed aquaculture farm has been well received by the harbormaster and has already been […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Road Solar Plan Approved

After months of site visits, engineering, meetings, compromises and calculations, the 5-acre solar array planned by Michael and Johnann Forand, 268 Mattapoisett Road, got steps closer to being constructed. On January 17, Evan Watson of Prime Engineering representing Clean Energy Collective, Worcester, and Dan Wells of Goddard Consulting, Northborough, met with the Rochester Conservation Commission […] Read more »

Bryant Aquaculture Farm Moves Ahead

Reminding the residents present who oppose Chris Bryant’s proposed aquaculture farm south of Meadow Island that there would be no final license granted that night, the Board of Selectmen gave preliminary approval for the aquaculture license application to move forward, prompting some in attendance to gasp in displeasure. The hearing was continued from December 20, […] Read more »

Town Officials Disclose Sprague’s Cove History

In light of a $33,000 fine for the unpermitted rock formation – a seawall as per the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – at Sprague’s Cove, Marion Town Administrator Paul Dawson and the Board of Selectmen answered resident Sherman Briggs’ request for disclosure on who performed the unpermitted work and who authorized it. During the […] Read more »

RMS to Start School Newspaper

It seems that some students with a nose for news will be starting up a digital school newspaper of sorts at Rochester Memorial School, Principal Derek Medeiros told the Rochester School Committee on January 5. “We’re pretty excited about it,” said Medeiros. “Ever since I started at RMS, I’ve had a student or a group […] Read more »

Developer Removes ‘Too High’ Fence at Solar Site

The Rochester Planning Board on January 10 brought back Dan Webb from Meadowatt, LLC, developer of a large-scale solar farm located at 188-190 Marion Road (Route 105). During the construction of the fence surrounding the site, the contractor unilaterally decided to add an extra two and a half feet in height to the fencing in […] Read more »

Board Appoints New Full-Time Officer

With one officer headed for retirement and one slated for a nine-month military deployment, Rochester Police Chief asked the Rochester Board of Selectmen on January 9 to approve his chosen appointee to join the force full-time to fill the opening. Magee announced current part-time officer Alyson Rego, who has been with the Rochester Police just […] Read more »

Boating Fee Payment Schedule Changing

Mattapoisett Selectman Jordan Collyer expressed his frustration on the glacial progress of changes to the Marine Rule and Regulations, specifically rules governing the issuance of mooring numbers, permits and payment schedules. During the January 10 Board of Selectmen meeting, Collyer pointed out that it had been 18 months since the selectmen had asked the members […] Read more »

MOSAC Considers Grant for Phragmite Control

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has contacted Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission Chairman John Rockwell, offering an opportunity to apply for grant money to assist in phragmite removal at the Grassi Bog property as part of the Grassi Bog Restoration Grant. Rockwell said on January 5 that the NRCS would provide a grant to fully […] Read more »

4 Seabreeze Lane Headed Back To Court

On January 9, Brandon Faneuf of Ecosystem Solutions, representing Daniel and Lisa Craig, 4 Seabreeze Lane, once again sat down with the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission trying to reach a compromise – a little give and a little take on jurisdictional lands that had been encroached by the Craigs. For months, the Craigs have been seeking […] Read more »