Clouds Clear for Two Solar Projects

The Rochester Planning Board on March 27 gave the final nod to Borrego Solar System’s large-scale solar farm slated for Rounseville Road at the corner of Mendell Road, and it also cleared the way for Clean Energy Collective to return to construction activities while it awaits the board’s final approval in two weeks. Evan Watson […] Read more »

More Seniors Means More COA Funding

The trend has been substantiated by SRPEDD, borne out in census reports, and become a reality for councils on aging throughout the Tri-Town area – the population is aging. And with that follows the need for greater resources and more services geared to supporting senior citizens as they attempt to age in place. On March […] Read more »

School Recognizes Success of Student Firefighters

Old Rochester Regional School Committee member Joe Pires couldn’t say enough positive words about the M.M.R. Hose CO. Explorer Post 343 cadet program, a collaborative effort led by Tri-Town firefighters committed to providing young people with the experience and training to be future firefighters. Pires praised the program on March 26 before presenting the cadets […] Read more »

Addition Approved for Ailing Relative

A Mattapoisett family’s personal problems – trying to keep an ailing patriarch in his home as health issues require increased caregiving – was discussed during the March 26 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Coming before the commissioners was David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc. representing the family identified as 6R North […] Read more »

Survey Yields Professional Development Priorities

A new professional development (PD) plan throughout the Old Rochester Regional and elementary school districts was just approved during the March 22 joint meeting of the school committees, with teacher, student, and parent survey data steering the priorities of the districts towards further teacher training in social/emotional learning and techniques for “problem and project-based” learning. […] Read more »

Farmers Market Project Officially Withdrawn

Craig Canning had big plans for his wide, open field on Marion Road. Abutters, neighbors, and townspeople in Rochester supported Canning’s proposal to transform the agricultural land into a working farm with a country-style farmers market and café. The large turnout for past Planning Board meetings showed that most of them believed a farmers market […] Read more »

Quarry Property Receives DCR Nod

It looks like it’s all systems go for a prime natural parcel in Mattapoisett to become the newest conserved land for public enjoyment: the Old Hammondtown Quarry. The 53-acre site was first identified by the Mattapoisett Land Trust as a worthy contender for permanent conservation status when the parcel became available. With its history as […] Read more »

Winter Woes Top ZBA’s Short Agenda

As they gathered on March 15 to hear what should have been two cases but turned out to be only one, the members of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals shared storm stories and the need for warm sunshine. Yes, on the heels of what turned out to be a very difficult two weeks of […] Read more »

‘Biorefinery’ Seeks Home in Rochester

At the Rochester-based solid waste and recycling facility Zero Waste Solutions, that ‘zero waste’ goal could be just around the corner. Mike Camara, CEO of ABC Disposal, Inc., parent company of the recycling facility off Cranberry Highway, on March 19 was before the Rochester Board of Selectmen accompanied by David McConnell of ENERKEM, a Canadian […] Read more »

Conservation Restriction Pending For Estabrook Property

“It’s a vegetation community you don’t often get to see.” This statement was made by Rochester Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon as she explained to the Rochester Conservation Commission on March 20 the benefits the town and its people will enjoy for generations to come when the Estabrook Property is purchased and placed in permanent conservation […] Read more »