Marion Tightens Tobacco Sale Regulations


Effective March 1, the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products in Marion will be 21. On January 26, the Marion Board of Health voted to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine delivery products, including electronic cigarettes and other devices that create a nicotine-containing vapor for inhalation. This process is also […] Read more »

Mini-Marathon ZBA Hearing


The agenda for the January 21 meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals contained only three hearings, but two of the three required plenty of time to air questions and concerns before action could be taken. Nils Johnson, owner and innkeeper of the Inn on Shipyard Park, petitioned the board for a commercial special […] Read more »

Town Hopes for ‘Palatable’ Annex Option


Four members of a town hall annex appointed committee on January 25 presented the Rochester Board of Selectmen with a preliminary list of seven different options the town could offer town meeting voters to solve the town’s conundrum on whether it should continue to rent space or invest in a town annex of its own. […] Read more »

Boating Fees and Beach Access Top Meeting


An increase in boating fees proposed by the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen was met by internal and external concerns from the town clerk and the owners of the Mattapoisett Boat Yard on January 26. Town Clerk Catherine Heuberger raised concerns that the proposed methodology for ensuring that excise taxes, sticker permits, and mooring fees for […] Read more »

Emotions Stirred During Solar Farm Hearing


The Rochester Planning Board was unwilling to wait – a second time – for a tardy arrival of the engineer of the large-scale solar farm slated for the center of Rochester. Instead, Planning Board member Ben Bailey suggested the board cease waiting for him and continue the January 26 meeting until February 9. This came […] Read more »

Board Discusses New Town Planner Role


Snow whirled across the road and an icy wind cut like a knife, which delayed a few board members for the Marion Planning Board’s January 19 meeting. As the members gathered at the Marion Music Hall – a change of venue to accommodate a Board of Selectmen meeting at the Town House – they chatted […] Read more »

Duck Blind Startles Teacher and Resident


Although outdoor recreational activities, especially hunting, are expected in a rural community such as Rochester, having a duck blind near Rochester Memorial School was alarming enough for a teacher to notify Rochester’s Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon. A duck blind is a camouflaged shelter, sometimes made of brush, which conceals duck hunters. The blind is situated […] Read more »

Resident Calls Out Tenants On Parking Abuse


Members of the Marion Board of Selectmen agreed that enforcement of a “30 Minute Parking” sign at the Marconi Village roundabout was outside the Town’s jurisdiction, but Selectman Jonathan Henry told Marconi resident and Planning Board member Eileen Marum that he would get to the bottom of the situation and report back to the board. […] Read more »

Report Shows ORR Schools Progressing


The Old Rochester Regional School Committee on January 13 reviewed the data from the state’s 2015 school Accountability Report, which showed the numbers behind the high school’s return to a Level-1 school and the junior high’s steady progress towards meeting its goal. Narrowing proficiency gaps in all categories and areas, said ORR High School Principal […] Read more »

ConCom Grants Emergency Certification to DPW


The Marion Conservation Commission on January 13 issued a number of negative determinations for various Requests for Determination of Applicability, as well as a few Certificates of Compliance and an Emergency Certification for the Marion Department of Public Works for a wastewater outfall located off Ryder Road near Burr Brothers. Conservation Commission Chairman Norman Hills […] Read more »