Selectmen Approve Cell Phone Policy

The Marion Board of Selectmen on October 3 approved a new cell phone policy for Council on Aging van drivers, and they will proceed to eventually establish a town-wide employee policy on cell phone use during work. According to Town Administrator Paul Dawson, COA Director Heather Sylvia requested the policy in light of some grants […] Read more »

Candy Controversy Continues

Despite the chilly fall air outside, it was hot inside the Marion Town House Annex on Monday night as sparks flew during the Marion Planning Board’s discussion of modifications to the Special Permit for Patrick’s Candy Pantry. Planning Board Chairman Eileen Marum began the discussion, with the applicant Brian Kelly’s son Patrick and his friend […] Read more »

Town Talks Town Meeting With Resident

One supporter of the citizens’ petition to amend the solar bylaw at the Fall Special Town Meeting reviewed the article on October 2 with the Board of Selectmen during its meeting with the town moderator to discuss the warrant, receiving advice on how to form a motion on the town meeting floor. Six articles appear […] Read more »

Social Media Creates Stir Over Bus Company

Social media has been active lately, said Rochester representative of the ORR School Committee, as he raised “serious” parent and community concerns over the school district’s bus company during the September 28 joint meeting of the ORR School Committee and the combined Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester School Committees. “What I saw and what I was […] Read more »

ZBA OKs Two-Family

Francis Jones’ public hearing to convert to a two-family was re-opened on September 14 after a continuation from the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals to allow the building commissioner to conduct a visual inspection of the house to ensure that it is fit for a two-family dwelling. Building Commissioner Jim Buckles said he visited the […] Read more »

New Storage Units Coming To Mattapoisett

In spite of the rising philosophy on the importance of de-cluttering one’s life in an effort to feel less stressed and more focused on what’s really important, the demand for self-storage units to warehouse personal possessions has never been greater, according to at least two businesses in Mattapoisett. For the second time, the Mattapoisett Zoning […] Read more »

Land Registration Proves Land is Town’s

On September 25, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission along with nearly everyone else sitting in the town hall conference room learned an important lesson: in-depth title searches are absolutely necessary in the state of Massachusetts. While the hearing before the commission was a simple Request for Determination of Applicability, the underlying issue was the rightful ownership […] Read more »

Two Aquaculture Licenses Approved Without Debate

It was a stress-free night for all involved in the public portion of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen meeting on September 26. The three action items on the agenda were approved without any real debate, and the two aquaculture licences sought by two local oyster farmers also got the green light in a genial fashion. […] Read more »

BOH Hears From Retailers on Menthol Ban

The Marion Board of Health, which for months has been working towards banning flavored tobacco and nicotine products, is considering an attempt to classify menthol cigarettes as flavored tobacco in the tentative bylaw. On September 26, Dennis Lane, executive director of the Coalition for Responsible Retailing, tried to convince the BOH that any move to […] Read more »

Hearings Closed for Wellspring, Rochester Farms

Two public hearings that had proven relatively contentious over time were finally closed on September 26 after the Rochester Planning Board was satisfied that all details were finalized and all concerns addressed. The board closed the Site Plan Review public hearing for Craig Canning’s Rochester Farms, LLC farmer’s market and agricultural operation slated for Marion […] Read more »