Selectmen Change TM Date, Question Bulldogs Signs


The Rochester Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 19, rescheduled its Annual Town Meeting due to a scheduling conflict with Town Counsel Blair Bailey. Bailey requested that the selectmen move the scheduled date from June 6 to the following Monday, June 13, which selectmen were willing to do, pending availability of the Rochester Memorial School […] Read more »

ORR Looks to Keep Narcan On Premises


The two Old Rochester Regional school nurses and school doctor Dr. Jason Reynolds asked the Old Rochester School Committee on April 13 to allow the school to keep a supply of Naloxone, known as Narcan, in the nurses’ offices in the case of a drug overdose at the school. “We can’t go a day without […] Read more »

Selectmen, Not Town Meeting, Approve New Debt


In a 2-1 vote, the Rochester Board of Selectmen took the advice of the Finance Committee and approved acquiring $224,000 in debt to fund the Old Rochester Regional five-year capital plan instead of holding a special town meeting to allow voters to approve the bond. The board held a special meeting on Thursday, April 14, […] Read more »

Chairman Overrules BOH Interference


A special permit request to build a two-story house on an Old Indian Trail property, which abutters claim is the source of problematic neighborhood flooding, appeared further in jeopardy after a letter from the Board of Health asked the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals to table the application until a recently noted alleged BOH matter […] Read more »

The Wanderer Unveils New Online Archive


If you visit these days, you will notice a new feature under our archives section: the blue “archive” tab in the upper-right of the homepage. Now readers can access copies of The Wanderer dating all the way back to our very first edition on July 24, 1992. Once inside the online archive, one can […] Read more »

Town Administrator Resigns


Rochester Board of Selectmen Chairman Naida Parker read the letter of resignation of Town Administrator Michael McCue during a morning selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, April 14. Still in the throes of budget season and just weeks before the June 6 Annual Town Meeting, the town only has two weeks to set up an interim administration […] Read more »

Bay Club’s Preserve May Be Censured


Mattapoisett’s Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold presented the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission with shocking photographic evidence that construction now taking place at The Preserve subdivision, part of the Bay Club, was not following Conservation Commission conditions. During the April 11 meeting, Jeff Youngquist of Outback Engineering, Inc. came before the commission with three Notice of Intent applications […] Read more »

Board Holds Off on ORR Capital Plan Action


In the absence of the chairman and against the wishes of one of the two selectmen present, the Rochester Board of Selectmen took no action on April 11 towards setting a special town meeting to bond the town’s share of $224,000 of the Old Rochester Regional School District’s $600,000 five-year capital plan. The consensus among […] Read more »

Committee Approves Budget, Declines School Choice


Town administrators and the Rochester School Committee have finally agreed on a number for the Rochester Memorial School fiscal year 2017 budget, which was approved on April 7 after a short presentation of the FY17 budget. The budget is up roughly $140,000 from last year to about $5.8 million, a 2.4 percent increase. “We’ve been […] Read more »

Sippican FY17 Budget Cuts Back Phys Ed


Parents, school staff, and Marion School Committee members alike are troubled by a reduction in physical education slated for the next school year at Sippican School that will bring two phys ed sessions per week down to just one. On April 6, school administration presented the mostly level-service $5.86 million fiscal year 2017 Sippican School […] Read more »