Mattapoisett Preparing for Pot Plan

During the November 6 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, Planning Administrator Mary Crain advised the board that Town Counsel Katherine Laughman of Kopelman and Paige would attend an upcoming meeting to discuss the current state of the legislation and fielding questions. During previous meetings of the Planning Board, members briefly discussed how the Town […] Read more »

Town and Property Owner Unite to Re-Zone

The Marion Board of Selectmen on November 7 pledged their support to help pave the way for a zoning change that would allow Marion resident Sherman Briggs to develop property he owns north of Route 6 into a condominium development. That support was represented by a unanimous vote to place a zoning bylaw amendment article […] Read more »

Structure Fire in Mattapoisett

A quick response by the Mattapoisett Fire Department to an early morning structure fire kept the damage to a minimum. The Department was called to a fire on Main Street just after 8am. The fire, in the second floor above a garage spread into the walls making it difficult to initially put out. There were […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm Compliance Moves Forward

            As 2017 moves towards its conclusion, so too do the variety of regulatory compliance issues faced by Wellspring Farm, located at 42 Hiller Road. Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon detailed for the Rochester Conservation Commissioners on November 7 the remaining to-do list before the experiential health care business will be in full compliance with both […] Read more »

120 Front Street Will Remain a Two-Family

Despite vehement opposition from the Sippican Historical Society, despite objections from abutters, and despite whatever Christian Loranger may one day plan to build at 120 Front Street, one fact remains – the two-family house was a two-family house before the Town adopted a bylaw restricting two-family houses in 1954 – and the Marion Zoning Board […] Read more »

The Future is Now at Rochester Police

The Rochester Board of Selectmen turned its attention to the Rochester Police Department on October 30 and took two police votes – one to hire a new full-time officer and the other to get the ball rolling towards hiring a new police chief. The board approved the Police Department’s recommendation to appoint Brendan Emberg as […] Read more »

MCAS 2.0 in Mattapoisett

As Old Rochester Regional School District Superintendent Doug White and Assistant Superintendent Elsie Frangos make their rounds through the Tri-Town local school committees, their message is one of encouragement and progress as all schools embrace the newest version of standards testing: Next-Gen MCAS. After two years of working with another testing protocol known as PARCC, […] Read more »

ORR to Implement and Expand Self-Defense Training

Current ninth and tenth graders at Old Rochester Regional High School will be the first to experience the school’s implementation of the R.A.D. program, a self defense course that will begin the week after the November Thanksgiving break. The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems of Self Defense offer different approaches for females and males, so […] Read more »

Engineer Warned to ‘Change His Attitude’

You can argue with the chairman of the Rochester Planning Board over how to interpret a Zoning Bylaw, but when the chairman tells you, “We wrote the God-damned thing,” chances are you will not win said argument. An informal meeting between representatives of JC Engineering, Inc. and the Planning Board over a proposed Form B […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Library Trustees Plan Updates

On October 24, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with Mattapoisett Free Public Library Director Susan Pizzolato and several library trustees to discuss plans for improvements and upgrades to the library’s functionality. Pizzolato explained that with the help of the trustees, she has been working with a consultant to evaluate the effective and efficient use […] Read more »