ConCom Approves Shawmut Changes


Shawmut Associates was back before the Rochester Conservation Committee on April 1 with a request to amend the Order of Conditions, which the commission unanimously approved after Project Manager Peter Flood of Green Seal Environmental explained the latest changes to the plan. Changes to the 50 Cranberry Highway trash and recycling facility plan involve enclosing […] Read more »

Solar By-Law Amendment Discussed


What appeared to be a clarification of the Table of Principal Uses (similar to a Table of Contents) in the Solar By-Law opened a lengthy and spirited discussion on possible additional amendments to the by-law. Members of the Marion Planning Board and two from the Marion Energy Management Committee commented on the proposed amendment at […] Read more »

Prioritization is Cap Plan’s Job


As Mattapoisett’s Capital Planning Committee continues its work of meeting with various town departments to review their 2016 needs and the five-year plan, Chairman Chuck McCullough explained the task of the committee. He said that after the committee completes all departmental financial reviews, the members will then debate the prioritization of each line item request. […] Read more »

Fire Damages North Street Home


On March 25 at 11:25pm, the Mattapoisett Police Department received a call from an alarm monitoring company reporting a called in burglar alarm at 27 North Street. The first arriving Officer could smell smoke shortly after arriving on scene and requested that the Fire Department be dispatched.  Upon further investigation by the Police Officer, he […] Read more »

Deadline Passes for Marion Election Papers


A couple of last-minute candidates returned nomination papers before the deadline passed on March 24, and voters can anticipate three contested races: Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Marion School Committee. W. Dale Jones is running against incumbent Selectman Stephen Cushing in the race for Board of Selectmen. Jones ran for Selectman in 2013, but […] Read more »

Pursley and Fleming Honored


The American Legion and the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen honored Evelyn Pursley and Donald Fleming whose decades of service to the town and its residents span a total of 110 years. They were lauded for dedicating their lives to serving others through participation on various town boards and organizations as well as in their professional […] Read more »

Selectmen Call Special Town Meeting


Selectmen called for a Special Town Meeting for May 19 at 6:45 pm, just before Rochester’s Annual Town Meeting that same evening at 7:00 pm. Article submission deadline was set for Friday, April 10 so selectmen can review the articles at their April 14 meeting. Town Administrator Richard LaCamera said only a few reserve fund […] Read more »

Abutters Question ConCom on Solar Farm


Crystal Spring Road residents came out to hear how the Conservation Commission would handle wetland issues at the latest site planned for solar harvesting in Mattapoisett. Blue Wave LLC was fully prepared for and aware of abutter concerns and the need to address ConCom questions. Local engineer Rich Charon did most of the speaking as […] Read more »

Zoning Board Continues Hearing


In what proved to be a bit of a sticky wicket, Mattapoisett’s Zoning Board of Appeals continued the hearing of Mary Flaherty’s application. Flaherty came before the ZBA to request permission to build a new home at 4 Woodlawn Avenue on a lot that is non-conforming. Presently, the lot has a small deteriorating shed and […] Read more »

The Vote is in on Dual Enrollment


A decision was finally made regarding dual enrollment courses and GPA credit, and some students and parents will not be pleased. ORRHS Principal Michael Devoll acknowledged on March 12 the push from some parents in the community to allow dual enrollment to impact the students’ GPAs; however, it was determined that dual enrollment is not […] Read more »