School Choice Reinstated to Help Build Budget

Government officials from the Tri-Towns have pledged to support an Old Rochester Regional school district level-funded budget increase of $320,000 maximum for FY18. This amount, however, is not nearly enough to cover the ORR budget subcommittee’s level-funded budget increase of $704,516, let alone the budget that the subcommittee feels the school needs – $18,475,627 or […] Read more »

ORCTV Changes Student Programming at ORR

For a number of years, ORCTV has given Old Rochester Regional High School $74,000 each year to fund a teaching position for TV and video journalism production courses at ORR. That funding will stop for this fiscal year, and ORCTV Executive Director Robert Chiarito says ORCTV, which relocated back to ORR last year, will resume […] Read more »

Robotics Program at Old Hammondtown Highlighted

The Mattapoisett School Committee began its meeting on March 6 with a robotics presentation by Associate Principal Kevin Tavares. Tavares, with a robot prototype resting on the table before him, explained to the committee the program begun at Old Hammondtown School for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. The program uses Lego Mindstorms robotics, with materials […] Read more »

Air Not Clear On Marijuana Act

During the March 6 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, the issue of whether or not to sponsor a Town Meeting article to impose a “temporary moratorium on marijuana establishments” wasn’t at all clear, especially to new member Janice Robbins. Planning Board Administrator Mary Crain explained that her recent attendance at an informational conference hosted […] Read more »

BBC Project Continued, Needs Sorting

The Marion Planning Board on March 6 briefly went over a few details of the Buzzards Bay Coalition site plan review for a new field operations barn at 173 and 177 Spring Street. Ken Motta, the board’s peer review engineer, had submitted a detailed letter with his questions and recommendations only 30 minutes before the […] Read more »

Dueling Town House Articles Slated for Warrant

The Marion Town House Building Committee was back before the Marion Board of Selectmen on March 7, this time to request the addition of an article on the Annual Town Meeting warrant that would authorize the expenditure of $34,300 for the existing Town House Building Committee to conduct its own feasibility study of a new […] Read more »

Child Abandoned in Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett Police Department Press Release On Friday, March 3, at approximately 8:45 pm, a resident of Mattapoisett Neck Road called the police station to report that an 11-year-old boy had just knocked on his door asking for a ride to New Bedford. Due to the frigid temperature, the resident brought the young male into his […] Read more »

‘Not the Largest Variance’ Granted

When it comes to side setback variances, the one the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals granted Danny and Victoria Hughes of 549 Walnut Plain Road on February 23 “isn’t the largest variance we’ve ever issued,” said Chairman Richard Cutler. The request to build a 24-foot by 24-foot garage accessory structure under the mandatory side setback […] Read more »

Three to Vie for Selectman in Rochester

Election signs are starting to pop up along the countryside streets of Rochester as the deadline to return nominations papers passed on February 22 and the April 12 Annual Election draws near. Three familiar faces have thrown their hats in for the race for Board of Selectman.           Incumbent Richard Nunes, who has served six […] Read more »

Ballot to Feature Road $1 Million Debt Exclusion

The Town of Rochester has received $310,000 in federal grant money to make safety improvements to areas of High Street, and in light of this road improvement, Highway Surveyor Jeff Eldridge asked the Rochester Board of Selectmen on February 27 to approve placing a debt exclusion vote on the April election ballot to fund road […] Read more »