Sippican School on Top with MCAS


Sippican School ranked highly in state MCAS scoring, and Marion School Committee Chairman Joseph Scott, Superintendent of Schools Doug White, and Sippican School Principal Lyn Rivet congratulated the students and educators October 1 during a relatively brief school committee meeting. In third grade math, Sippican School ranked 12th out of 942 Massachusetts elementary schools and […] Read more »

Moving Ahead With Pathway and Sprague’s Cove


At the request of the Marion Pathway Committee, the Marion Board of Selectmen October 7 authorized the submission of the project initiative form to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation – the first step in the process to solicit federal and state funding for Phase I of the Marion Pathway. Marion Pathway Committee Chairman Jeff Oakes […] Read more »

Pier and Dock Bylaws Proposed


Concerned residents are working on a new bylaw that would augment, enhance and otherwise fill in what they believe are blanks in state and local Conservation Commission regulations governing docks and piers in Mattapoisett. Peter Trow and Michael Huguenin presented the Mattapoisett Planning Board with a draft of what is presently titled ‘Dock and Pier […] Read more »

CVS Size Matters in Marion


After listening to two hours of discussion, including public input, Planning Board Chairman Stephen Kokkins gave his opinion on Mark Investments LLC’s pre-submission plan for a 14,000 square-foot CVS proposed for the corner of Route 6 and Front Street – and residents in attendance nearly leapt off their seats in applause. “I personally see very […] Read more »

Board ‘Buttons Up’ Variance Requirement


A logistical oversight brought the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity back before the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals for a brief meeting on September 25. The project to construct a single-family Habitat for Humanity home at 185 Wareham Road was already approved by the ZBA, but the wording in some of the paperwork brought […] Read more »

More Signs May Light Up In Rochester


All signs point to approval for the proposed lit signage for the Rochester Crossroads LLC commercial development off Cranberry Highway. Members of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on September 25 considered the special permit request presented by Lisa Mann of Sign Design, Inc. of Brockton for five proposed signs, with one of them being […] Read more »

Trouble Over Silvershell Seawall


The Marion Department of Public Works built an unpermitted 100-foot by 150-foot rock seawall in the vicinity between Sprague’s Cove and Silvershell Beach, which the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and now the Marion Conservation Commission have ordered removed. The seawall, which consists of about 250 rocks and boulders, […] Read more »

“We are not voting on anything…”


Proposed bylaw changes as submitted by Brad Saunders of D + E Management LLC – a Bay Club Partner – came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board in a final vetting ahead of the October Special Town Meeting. Before getting underway with the proposals, Chairman Tom Tucker said, “We are not voting on anything, I want […] Read more »

Huge Crowd at Bike Path Hearing


An outpouring of support for the Mattapoisett Bike Path was demonstrated at the September 25 public hearing hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation when a crowd of approximately 400 concerned citizens packed Old Hammondtown School. They came to see the 25 percent engineered conceptual drawings drafted by CLE Engineering of Marion. They came to […] Read more »

‘Turtle Garden’ Approaches First Hurdle


Endangered turtle populations near Sprague’s Cove have declined, and continue to decline, according to Wayne Ferguson, a resident on Jenney Street who represented 21 other Jenney Street residences on September 24 before the Marion Conservation Commission. “That nesting habitat was lost to the [Sprague’s Cove] system,” said Don Lewis, a wild life expert, sea turtle […] Read more »