Rochester ZBA Gives Kennel Thumbs-Up


“By the time we get done with all this, we might be done at midnight,” Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Richard Cutler joked as he emerged from the cold on January 14. He carried a tall stack of folders in his arms. “Do we have to get through all that today?” fellow ZBA member […] Read more »

Tabor to Return With Backstop Safety Plan


The Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on January 14 told the folks at Tabor Academy to come back again, and next time bring with them an actual safety plan that Tabor would like to propose as it starts a new path towards keeping its unpermitted backstop. Head of School John Quirk again expressed his apologies […] Read more »

Boating Fees To Increase


It’s been a long time coming, nearly 20 years since fees have been increased for those enjoying Mattapoisett Harbor as their port of call. On a seriously cold January afternoon, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with John Cornish, chairman of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board and Harbormaster Jill Simmons to discuss fee increases. For […] Read more »

Sippican School Embraces Breakfast Program


It was an overwhelming success, said Food Service Director Jill Henesey to the Marion School Committee on January 6. The most successful launch of a pilot breakfast program in the history of the Tri-Town school districts when it came to participation, said Superintendent Doug White. “This is the greatest turnout I’ve ever seen,” said White. […] Read more »

Hillside Motel Complies


The Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen reopened their December 15 license hearing for the Hillside Motel during their January 12 meeting. “You’ve been very busy making improvements and fixing things,” stated Selectmen Chairman Jordan Collyer as he welcomed motel owner Sonya Patel to the conference table. At the December hearing, numerous deficiencies were reported to the […] Read more »

Clouds Not Yet Cleared for Solar Farm


As the large-scale solar farm project slated for the center of Rochester progresses, abutters and concerned citizens are beginning to learn that any possibility of halting the project lies not with the Rochester Planning Board, but with the Rochester Historic District Commission – and now, as they learned on January 12, the Board of Health […] Read more »

DEP Appeals Bike Path Decision


During the January 12 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, Environmental Agent Elizabeth Leidhold reported that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was appealing the commission’s December 12 decision that approved the test borings at the bike path site. At that December meeting, the commissioners had issued an Order of Conditions to the Mattapoisett Bike […] Read more »

Rochester Acts to Attract Substitute Teachers


Finding substitute teachers is an ongoing problem in all four Tri-Town school districts, and the Rochester School Committee on January 7 was the first district to officially adopt a measure to increase substitute teacher and paraprofessional pay by $5 in the hopes that it will attract more candidates. Before the vote, Superintendent Doug White stressed […] Read more »

Cigarette Causes Fire in Mattapoisett


Cigarette Causes Fire in Mattapoisett By Jean Perry The Mattapoisett Fire and Police Departments responded to a call at 3:14pm on Friday, January 15, of a reported fire at the Mattapoisett Housing Authority public housing at 1 Acushnet Road. When firefighters arrived they found smoke filling the building and evacuated all residents of the 54-unit […] Read more »

Marion Seeks Regional Wastewater Grant


The Town of Marion is joining up with surrounding towns including the Town of Wareham to pursue an EPA Southeast New England Program (SNEP) grant to fund a feasibility study for a regional wastewater treatment system. Spearheaded by the Town of Wareham, the grant would fund a study to look closely at relocating the outfall […] Read more »