Rochester Election Ousts Two Incumbents


This elections spells a little bit of change for Rochester, with two incumbents voted out and two new candidates elected in. For Rochester Memorial School Committee, Jennifer Kulak was the big winner with 212 votes, followed by Meagan Bennett with 165 votes, beating out running incumbent Timothy Sholz who took in 159 votes, and Cheryl […] Read more »

Summer Events and Town Meeting


The April 8 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen found an agenda full of upcoming summertime events and programs and the approaching Town Meeting. Delighting all in attendance was an appointment with young Alex Craig who has spearheaded a memorial honoring Milton Silveria. Craig was back to report on his fundraising efforts. He reported […] Read more »

Shawmut Approved Again


Shawmut Associates received swift approval for amendments made to its site plan for the Cranberry Highway trash and recycling center with little discussion required on April 8 after extensive discussions during prior meetings. Changes include enlarging the building square-footage from 88,900 to 94,270 after enclosing all waste handling operations, and modifying the pavement limits in […] Read more »

Selectmen Attend to the Mundane


Sometimes selectmen have to hold small meetings to address the small details of running a town, like on April 7 when a relatively full-looking agenda produced less than 20 minutes of meeting time. The Rochester Board of Selectmen referred to the Planning Board its amendment of a proposed by-law pertaining to the flood plain districts […] Read more »

Solar By-Law Clarification Causes Stir


The board had a lengthy discussion regarding the Zoning Bylaw, Table of Principal Use Regulations-Solar at their meeting on Monday evening.  Building Commissioner Scott Shippee also attended the meeting as well as Marion Energy Committee members Bill Saltonstall, Jennifer Francis and dual board member Norm Hills. What appeared to be a clarification of the Table […] Read more »

FinCom Continues to Build 2015 Budget


As the town nears its spring Town Meeting, Mattapoisett’s Finance Committee is closing in on the 2015 budget. During their April 2 meeting, committee members received a special visit from Bonnie DeSousa of the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path and Steve Kelleher, Chairman of the Bike Path Committee. They also reviewed those areas of […] Read more »

Security Cameras Proposed for Waterfront


Jill Simmons, Mattapoisett’s new harbormaster, reported to the Marine Advisory Committee on a number of activities that she has already completed, has underway now, or will have underway in the coming months. But nothing hit a nerve more than her suggestion that the town purchase a camera security system. The committee members in attendance – […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Candidates Reach Filing Deadline


The deadline for candidates to file papers for the May 20 Mattapoisett Annual Election passed Monday, March 31, and now the finalized list of candidates reveals that only one race will be contested. Catherine Louise Heuberger and Erika Osetkowski are both running for town clerk; another potential candidate, Sherri Panek, pulled papers back on January […] Read more »

Good Friday Backlash and Lunch Accounts


Criticism over the decision to eliminate Good Friday as a holiday may prompt Marion School Committee members to ask the Joint School Committee to revisit the matter and rescind the vote. Marion and Joint School Committee Member Christine Winters asked Superintendent Doug White on April 2 if a committee has ever gone back on a […] Read more »

Tabor Field Stone Wall May Come Down


A request for Determination of Applicability to anchor a float with two piles instead of chains by N. George Host and Laurie A. Host of 456 Point Road was the first item to be discussed at the Marion Conservation Commission’s meeting on Wednesday evening. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates of Mattapoisett represented […] Read more »