ConCom Votes on Invasives, Erosion

A relatively short Marion Conservation Commission meeting on July 12 led to the approval of the removal of invasive species and selective vista pruning at Great Hill. Some phragmites, bittersweet, and other invasives will be eradicated, and selective trimming of vegetation will maintain the view of the ocean at five specifically noted points of the […] Read more »

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Marion

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Marion, Massachusetts.  Statewide, in 2016, 6,414 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 189 samples were positive. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that […] Read more »

Standing Room Only for Solar Hearing

Rochester Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson was by turns indulgent and rebuking of the overflow crowd at the Rochester Town Hall Tuesday evening as he steered the board through the public hearings of two contentious projects proposed in town. The first was a continued public hearing regarding the large-scale solar photovoltaic installation Special Permit application […] Read more »

Town Investigates Landfill Solar

The Rochester Board of Selectmen on July 10 authorized Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar to research a solar energy generating facility option for the capped landfill on High Street. “We’re very limited in our income,” noted Selectman Greenwood Hartley. “A lot of different communities have utilized spaces that they have, and nothing can happen on a […] Read more »

King Voted In As ConCom Chairman

The July 10 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission was by far one of the shortest and easiest meetings this commission had seen in a very long time. Before the hearings began, which started a bit late as commissioner Michael King was delayed and unable to hit the 6:30 pm start time, commissioner Trevor Francis […] Read more »

Beer and Wine License Issued For Village Business

On a sultry July 11, the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room was packed to overflowing as Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Silva opened the public hearing on the application of the Town Wharf General Store, 10 Water Street, for a wine and beer beverage package store license. Owner and manager Christopher Demakis explained the decision […] Read more »

Selectmen Schedule Special Town Meeting

The Marion Board of Selectmen approved the scheduling of a Special Fall Town Meeting, setting it for Monday, October 23, at 7:00 pm at Sippican School. A Special Fall Town Meeting is usually held each year, in addition to the regular Annual Town Meeting in May. Selectman Norm Hills stated that he anticipates at least […] Read more »

Get the Candy on the Shelves!

Returning to the Marion Planning Board on Monday evening with a formal application, Patrick Kelley was rewarded for his perseverance with a Special Permit to operate his candy store within Rooney’s Barber Shop on Route 6. The board listened as Kelley’s brother Michael gave an impassioned statement regarding the challenges for individuals with autism as […] Read more »

ConCom Approves Four Applications

From the cooler confines of the Marion Music Hall on June 28, the Marion Conservation Commission granted approval for the four applications before it and continued one for the Town of Marion until it could gather further information. First, the commission granted a Negative Determination (meaning a Notice of Intent Filing is not required) for […] Read more »

“Your Plan, Not Ours”

On June 28, residents living along Marion Road and Main, Water, and Beacon Streets got the first glimpse of what lies ahead as planning begins for improvements and upgrades to these critical village roadways. Town Administrator Michael Gagne, along with Highway Superintendent Barry Denham and members of the engineering consulting firm VHB as well as […] Read more »