Shellfishing Dos and Don’ts


Deep into the October 11 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael Gagne thanked media outlets for helping to alert the public to a potentially toxic phytoplankton known as Pseudo-Nitzschia that has now spread to all waters south of Cape Cod Bay. Evidence of this serious disease agent has prompted the Division […] Read more »

State Closes Shellfishing in Buzzards Bay


Shellfishing within the entirety of Buzzards Bay was abruptly closed on Friday, October 7, due to a potentially toxic phytoplankton bloom, which the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said in a public emergency closure announcement can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). Ingestion of these biotoxins causes nausea, vomiting, cramps, severe gastrointestinal conditions and, in severe […] Read more »

Police Welcome Eagle Scout Project


The Rochester Police Department is more than receptive to Rochester Troop #31 Boy Scout Riley Nordahl’s proposed Eagle Scout project to perform much needed improvements to the police station landscaping. Just ask Police Chief Paul Magee and he will tell you what an eyesore and a burden it is keeping up the flower beds. On […] Read more »

No Change in Tax Classification


Residential and commercial properties will continue to equally share the tax burden this next fiscal year, with the Rochester Board of Selectmen following the advice of the Board of Assessors on September 30 during a special Friday morning tax classification hearing. The estimated tax rate for 2017 is $14.39 – up 38 cents from 2016 […] Read more »

Easy Night for New Planning Board Members


The Mattapoisett Planning Board had an extremely light agenda on October 3 as Chairman Tom Tucker welcomed its two newest members, Gail Carlson and Janice Robbins, to their chairs at the conference table. As Tucker introduced them, he added with a wry smile, “I hope you don’t regret this.” Before them was a Form-A Approval […] Read more »

Inn Supporters Pack ZBA Hearing


On September 29, nearly 300 people, primarily supporters of the Inn at Shipyard Park, attended the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals hearing petitioned by abutters seeking to stop the music at the historic inn. George and Maureen Butler have lodged complaints against the inn, claiming that amplified music is akin to living next to “speeding […] Read more »

Grassi Bog Plan Revised, Order of Conditions Amended


The Grassi Bog project will move forward with a couple of revisions to the plan, which the Marion Conservation Commission accepted and approved with an amended Order of Conditions on September 28. Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission Chairman John Rockwell presented the changes to the plan that is designed to update water control structures at […] Read more »

Certificate of Compliance for 1998 Filing Continued


It’s been 18 years since William Milka, 241 New Bedford Road, came before the Rochester Conservation Commission with filings for the construction of two cranberry bogs: one that was built and one that never came to fruition. And now nearly two decades later, Milka needs to put closure on the open Order of Conditions so […] Read more »

Board Denies Solar Surety Release


Citing unfinished work after a year-and-a-half long period of time, the Rochester Planning Board on September 26 denied Joseph Sullivan’s request on behalf of ConEdison Solutions for a release of the $100,000 surety bond for the 30-acre solar farm project situated near Little Quittacas reservoir. Sullivan said the board’s conditions of the project had been […] Read more »

Town Prepares for Public Record Law Changes


There will be “sweeping changes” to the way the Town responds to requests for public records, Town Administrator Paul Dawson told the Marion Board of Selectmen on October 3 – state-mandated changes that will require ample time and thought in order to comply, he added. Governor Charlie Baker on June 3, 2016 signed into law […] Read more »