Hartley Laments Lack of Communication with Chief


Hearing about school-related matters via the press before the School Committee has been informed is concerning, said Rochester School Committee member Sharon Hartley on June 9 regarding Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee’s recent proposal to selectmen to add a part-time school resource officer to Rochester Memorial School. “It was actually kind of alarming that the […] Read more »

Selectmen Address Board of Assessors Retiree


The Rochester Board of Selectmen breezed through a brief meeting on June 6, starting with the acceptance of the retirement of Jana Cavanaugh from the Board of Assessors, effective June 30. Cavanaugh, a schoolteacher employed by the Town of Rochester, will retire from her teaching position this year and, as Cavanaugh explained, will also be […] Read more »

“Lip service needs to stop.”


It has become a recurring theme – residents from the Brandt Point Village subdivision coming before the Mattapoisett Planning Board seeking help to get Phase 1 completed before work on Phase 2 begins. On June 6, residents Gail Carlson and Dennis Dimos once again sat in front of the board members to air their concerns […] Read more »

Parents Look to Fund Phys Ed Position


A number of parents have proposed to fundraise over the coming months to raise enough money to pay for the reinstatement of a part-time physical education position at Sippican School, a position that was cut in the FY2017 budget and will result in less PE time for students. Sue Shannon, a parent and member of […] Read more »

Enforcement Order Issued to Wellspring Farm


Wellspring Farm located at 42 Hiller Road in Rochester was cited on June 7 for encroaching and altering wetlands by storing a massive manure pile – a pile that has grown to a whopping quarter-acre as high as 10 feet over the past 20 years. Jim and Gretchen Vogel have been operating a therapeutic riding […] Read more »

Planning Board Scrutinizes Solar Farm


Marion Planning Board member Jen Francis on June 6 was happy to announce a new initiative she has devised. “The idea is to increase our access to community and the community’s access to us,” Francis said. “If the board agrees, I’d like to add 15 minutes to the Planning Board agenda in which anyone can […] Read more »

Sewer Rates to Increase Significantly


Sewer users in Marion will see a significant increase in their sewer bills come this next fiscal year after the Marion Board of Selectmen on June 7 approved the recommendation to increase the rates set by the Water/Sewer Rate Committee. Finance Director Judith Mooney said a 2.5% base sewer rate hike was simply not enough […] Read more »

Troubled Waters


While landlubbers sit on beaches gazing out at the splendor of blue waters, blue skies and a horizon dotted with colorful sails and boats of all shapes and sizes, the people on those vessels are all too aware that safe navigation is paramount from the moment they pull away from shore. Harbormasters and boaters also […] Read more »

Doubrava Reviews Coastal Marine Resources


Everyone near and far knows the importance of protecting Marion’s environmentally sensitive coastline and associated wetlands. In order to keep protections in place, it sometimes takes a Philadelphia lawyer – or in the case of Marion, a Conservation Commission member – willing to go the extra mile. On May 25 during the Marion Conservation Commission […] Read more »

Board Wary of Solar Developer’s Intentions


The Rochester Planning Board almost came down hard on Perry’s Lane solar farm developer Jay Myrto of Clean Energy Collective on May 25 after the board questioned whether Myrto proceeded in bad faith in continuing with the construction of the solar farm after the board told him at the last meeting to fix the screening […] Read more »