Bird Island Restoration Update


Marion Conservation Commission Chairman Norm Hills updated the commissioners on plans to restore Bird Island, an important nesting location for endangered sea birds. Hills reported that during a recent meeting with Mass DEP, Marion Harbormaster, and the town’s administrator, he was debriefed on the scope of restoration work to take place. The project will be […] Read more »

Planning Board Reorganizes, Still Clashes


The Marion Planning Board met May 18 to appoint a new chairman and vice-chairman following the ousting of former Chairman Stephen Kokkins from the board by Jennifer Francis. The board voted 4-3 in favor of Robert Lane, the former clerk, for chairman over Norman Hills, who was vice-chairman entering the meeting. Lane was nominated by […] Read more »

School Will Continue on Good Friday


Despite significant absences of students and professionals on Good Friday this year, the day will remain a regular school day next year even though a minority of committee members and administrative staff no longer support the notion as they did the previous year. Absenteeism on April 3, Good Friday, was higher than usual, ranging from […] Read more »



Mattapoisett Tree Warden Roland Cote came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board on May 18 to discuss and receive permission for the removal of nine trees at various locations, causing Chairman Tom Tucker to quip, “Will there be any trees left in Mattapoisett when you are done?” Cote takes the Town’s status as a tree community […] Read more »

Enforcement Order Heads Toward Legal Action


The Rochester Conservation Commission met May 19 to discuss a year-long issue with Dustin and Travis Lalli, the owners of a property under an Enforcement Order since March. The Lallis were invited to the May 19 meeting to discuss two letters of complaint about their property, the first in May of 2014 and the second […] Read more »

Scant Voter Turnout


Without a single contested race or a question on the ballot that inspired much in the way of interest, Mattapoisett’s local election saw 218 voters during the extended hours the polls were open on May 19. At the request of the Board of Selectmen, Town Clerk Catherine Heuberger and her team manned the polls at […] Read more »

Selectmen Review Draft Warrant, Call for Special


Members of the Rochester Board of Selectmen say this year’s draft Annual Town Meeting warrant is heftier than average with 26 articles. That is, until May 12 when selectmen pulled several articles off and more may follow. First to go was draft Article 16, which would have appropriated a sum not to exceed $60,000 over […] Read more »

Routine Business for Planning Board


With no scheduled public hearings listed on the agenda, the Rochester Planning Board met May 12 to take care of routine business, namely to appoint a board representative to the Zoning Bylaw Review Committee. Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson volunteered to take up the position temporarily, but suggested that board member Ben Bailey assume the […] Read more »

Dickerson Reelected, Francis Heads to Planning Board


Selectman Jody Dickerson will remain on the Board of Selectmen for another term, after easily beating Dale Jones 771-281. In the middle of an excited crown gathered at the Marion VFW May 15, the two gentlemen shook hands after the results were read, and Jones congratulated Dickerson on his win. “Honorable campaign,” said Jones to […] Read more »

School Lunch Prices to Increase


Starting in September, school lunch prices across all Tri-Town schools will increase by 25 cents, said Food Services Director Caitlin Meagher on May 6 during the Marion School Committee Meeting. The committee approved the rise in the school lunch cost at Sippican School, and other districts are expected to approve the 25-cent increase within the […] Read more »