ZBA Looks at New Plan, Denies Church’s Appeal


Members of the Marion First Congregational Church didn’t like Christian Loranger’s initial design for the five-unit condominium complex he is building next door, even though Loranger’s plan complied with the Town’s Zoning Bylaws and a building permit was issued. Some church members, represented by Bill Saltonstall, filed an appeal with the Marion Zoning Board of […] Read more »

Car Break-Ins in Marion


The Marion Police Department is investigating several car break-ins, which occurred during the overnight hours from Sunday into Monday morning. All the incidents happened in the North Marion area, on Route 105, County Road and Quails Crossing. It appears that all the vehicles were unlocked. Items reported missing were tools and a car stereo. Police […] Read more »

Enforcement Orders, Hearings Continued


For many months, the Rochester Conservation Commission has tried to get two property owners into some sort of reasonable compliance with wetlands protection laws, and ever so slowly it now appears that the commission is gaining ground. The July 21 meeting started after commission members returned from a site visit to property owned by Robin […] Read more »

Rochester Solar Farm Scope Reduced by Half


Residents living near the proposed solar farm slated for the center of Rochester were surprised to hear July 20 that the developer has scaled down the size of the project by 50 percent – from a 10-acre solar farm to a 5-acre one. The Rochester Board of Selectmen, although not a party to the permitting […] Read more »

Brandt Point Village Discussed, Again


During the July 20 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, an informal discussion regarding the Brandt Point Village subdivision garnered another hour of questions, concerns, and debate. The new owner, Joseph Fortado, along with his attorney, John McGreen, and engineer, Al Loomis, met with the Planning Board members to discuss decreasing the number of housing […] Read more »

Residents, Board Air Solar Farm Concerns


A letter dated July 16, 2015 from G.A.F. Engineering and addressed to the Marion Board of Selectmen about the withdrawal of seven acres of Chapter 61A agricultural/horticultural use land for the purpose of a solar farm prompted a new line of questioning from the Marion Planning Board on the first night of public hearings for […] Read more »

Town Meeting Was Held Without a Quorum


Selectmen admitted July 20 to the recent discovery that the June 8 Rochester Annual Town Meeting was held without a quorum, resulting in town counsel’s scurrying for a solution. The Rochester Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael McCue, and Town Counsel Blair Bailey all appeared visibly unprepared for the questioning initiated by former town moderator […] Read more »

Denham Asks For Support


Mattapoisett’s Highway Surveyor Barry Denham came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on July 13 with a request. He sought the commission’s support, should such support be necessary where the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is concerned. The issue was once again the culvert repairs on Acushnet Road. “DOT is asking for more hydraulics on Tinkham Pond […] Read more »

Habitat Says ‘Thanks’ with Sign


As a way to thank donors, the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is designing a large-scale sign for display in front of 185 Wareham Road throughout the duration of construction of the Habitat house. The 6-foot by 6-foot sign is a little bit bigger than the Town’s bylaw allows, so the president of the […] Read more »

ConCom to Homeowner: It’s Your Responsibility


Your contractor can tell you whatever they want to, but it is the homeowner’s responsibility to file for permission with the Marion Conservation Commission before any work is done on your property if it contains wetlands, said commission member Jeffrey Doubrava to Chuong Pham of 22 Bass Point Road. Pham came before the board to […] Read more »