No Vote Yet on School Calendar


Members of the Joint School Committee appeared receptive to the addition of eight early release days for Tri-Town schools during the 2015/2016 school year, but opted to hold off on a vote until the May meeting to give the Rochester School Committee a chance to formally discuss the calendar. The March Rochester School Committee was […] Read more »

Neighbors Against Dog Kennel License


The meeting room was packed at the Marion Town House on March 12 when the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals opened its meeting. And nearly all in attendance were there to show opposition to Mary Lou Hanlon’s special permit application for a dog kennel license at 11 Shady Lane. Hanlon, who has previously held such […] Read more »

Fire Chief Search Begins


The Town of Marion is ready to move ahead with its advertisement to fill the fire chief position that current Marion Fire Chief Thomas Joyce will leave empty on June 30 when he retires after six years on the job. During final discussions about the job description, advertisement, and screening process, the Marion Board of […] Read more »

Twelve Minute Meeting


With Town Administrator Mike Gagne unable to attend and a light agenda, the March 10 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen lasted all of twelve minutes. Coming before the board were Bruce Rocha and Jodi Bauer, organizers for the Pilgrim Sands Trail Riders Club, to request use of the Town’s landfill for upcoming events. […] Read more »

County Road Concerns Top Talks


Jacqueline Schmidt and Lilia Cabral of the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) met with the Rochester Board of Selectmen on March 9 to discuss any needs the board felt Rochester had related to transportation including bike paths, road changes, public transportation, and more. “We’re here tonight to get your take on what […] Read more »

Wetlands Bylaws Debated


The Mattapoisett Conservation Commission once again considered and debated whether or not to move forward with a wetlands bylaw document. Chairman Bob Rogers had broached the subject during previous public meetings with the commission members asking each to review the bylaws that Freetown presently has in place as a starting point. Rogers asked that the […] Read more »

Public Hears Budget for Sippican School


The Marion School District is seeking to adjust two staffing positions at Sippican School, Principal Lyn Rivet told the Marion School Committee during the fiscal year 2016 budget public hearing on March 4. The proposed budget – totaling $5,774,987 and up by $166,722 or 2.97% from FY15 – includes an increase in the vice principal […] Read more »

Members Disagree on School Choice


Mattapoisett School Committee Chairman James Higgins said March 9 that he will not budge on his opposition to offering further school choice slots, even saying that he would be disappointed and upset if the committee were to offer slots for next year, especially at the kindergarten level. After a lengthy discussion that went back and […] Read more »

Ancient Way a Path for Development


A property owner looking to divide his property into three lots under an eventual Approval Not Required application first met with the Rochester Planning Board on Tuesday, March 10 seeking guidance on roadway alterations and safety. Bill Goodman of 70 Parlowtown Road, a continuing gravel road at the end of Dexter Road, wants to divide […] Read more »

ZBA Upholds Solar Building Permit


The Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on February 26 denied the Planning Board’s request to rescind the building permit Building Inspector Scott Shippey already issued for the Briggs’ solar farm slated for County Road. Referencing a decision written by Town Counsel Jon Witten for the ZBA, Chairman Eric Pierce said a minor site plan review […] Read more »