Verizon A Bad Neighbor Say Abutters

It was hot outside on July 20 as the meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals came to order, and it didn’t take long for it to get hot in the conference room as well. Coming before the board was John Dement, construction manager for Verizon, and Dan Ollila of Jones Architecture, Salem, MA […] Read more »

Drainage Issues Complaint At Fieldstone Drive

On July 24, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission heard that stormwater drainage problems at an upscale sub-division inside the Bay Club were the primary reason Mat and Jessica Campione were seeking permission to re-grade a portion of their lot located at 26 Fieldstone Drive. “I’ve been in touch with Ted Goudy and the Bay Club … […] Read more »

Discussion Of Swamp Property Continues

On July 17, Douglas Schneider, proprietor of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, stepped in for his civil engineer David Davignon as the Mattapoisett Planning Board continued discussing property owned by Dennis Arsenault. The property is located beyond the end of Snow Fields Road that currently is a dead-end street. The undeveloped property in question is […] Read more »

Farmer’s Market Granted Special Permit

The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on July 13 granted Craig Canning of Rochester Farms a Special Permit to develop a 60-acre parcel at 0 Marion Road into a farmer’s market and surrounding organic farm. Two 7,200 square-foot buildings are slated for the site, as well as parking and entrances that will be limited to […] Read more »

ConCom Votes on Invasives, Erosion

A relatively short Marion Conservation Commission meeting on July 12 led to the approval of the removal of invasive species and selective vista pruning at Great Hill. Some phragmites, bittersweet, and other invasives will be eradicated, and selective trimming of vegetation will maintain the view of the ocean at five specifically noted points of the […] Read more »

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Marion

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Marion, Massachusetts.  Statewide, in 2016, 6,414 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 189 samples were positive. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that […] Read more »

Standing Room Only for Solar Hearing

Rochester Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson was by turns indulgent and rebuking of the overflow crowd at the Rochester Town Hall Tuesday evening as he steered the board through the public hearings of two contentious projects proposed in town. The first was a continued public hearing regarding the large-scale solar photovoltaic installation Special Permit application […] Read more »

Town Investigates Landfill Solar

The Rochester Board of Selectmen on July 10 authorized Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar to research a solar energy generating facility option for the capped landfill on High Street. “We’re very limited in our income,” noted Selectman Greenwood Hartley. “A lot of different communities have utilized spaces that they have, and nothing can happen on a […] Read more »

King Voted In As ConCom Chairman

The July 10 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission was by far one of the shortest and easiest meetings this commission had seen in a very long time. Before the hearings began, which started a bit late as commissioner Michael King was delayed and unable to hit the 6:30 pm start time, commissioner Trevor Francis […] Read more »

Beer and Wine License Issued For Village Business

On a sultry July 11, the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room was packed to overflowing as Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Silva opened the public hearing on the application of the Town Wharf General Store, 10 Water Street, for a wine and beer beverage package store license. Owner and manager Christopher Demakis explained the decision […] Read more »