Residents Join 911 Regionalization Discussion

Whispers about change often bring about shouts of opposition. So, as the residents of Rochester caught wind of the Board of Selectmen’s investigation into regionalizing the town’s 911 call dispatch, the town decided to host a public forum night to get residents immediately informed about the possibility of 911 regionalization and how it may benefit […] Read more »

Jenney Loses Cease & Desist Appeal

Even with a 3-2 majority vote to grant David Jenney his appeal to overturn Building Commissioner Scott Shippey’s cease and desist order, the appeal was still denied and Shippey’s decision upheld. On December 8, the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals struggled one last time together as they debated on whether Shippey’s cease and desist order […] Read more »

State Offers Funding to Reduce Car Crashes

The state has contacted the Town of Rochester regarding High Street, a rural roadway that the state deems an elevated risk for vehicular crashes, and has offered to fund some safety improvement that might help to lower the number of crashes in the future. Highway Surveyor Jeff Eldridge said that on this upcoming Thursday he […] Read more »

Tick-borne Illness in Marion Causing Concern

Marion Public Health Nurse Kathleen Downey told the Marion Board of Health on December 13 that rising numbers of tick-borne illnesses, including those other than Lyme disease, are on the rise and have prompted her to seek state health information about the reported cases in Marion these past 11 months of 2016. “Although the numbers […] Read more »

VFW Signs Building Over to Town of Marion

There was a bittersweetness to the moment when Post Commander Demi Barros took up his pen and touched it down to the paper on the table in front of him before a roomful of Marion selectmen and the few remaining VFW Post 2425 members on the morning of December 7. After Barros finished signing his […] Read more »

New Associate Member For ConCom

It was a pretty quiet night for the Rochester Conservation Commission when they met on December 6, but the members were excited to welcome a new associate member. Submitting a letter of interest to become a member of the commission was Maggie K. Payne, 555 Walnut Plain Road. Payne said she and her family had […] Read more »

ORR High Slips to Level 2 School

It looks bad, Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Michael Devoll told the ORR School Committee on November 30, but the data he was about to present to the committee was ironically positive data, showing improvement at the school despite the state’s downgrade from a Level 1 school to a Level 2 school. The culprit, […] Read more »

Brandt Point Village Déjà Vu

The Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room was once again filled with people whose vested interests in the successful completion of Brandt Point Village seemed the key point. On December 5 by invitation, the Planning Board met yet again with developer Armand Cotellesso, Marc Marcus of Omega Financial, Attorney John McGreen, Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham, […] Read more »

Wetlands Flagging for Bike Path

The Marion Conservation Commission began reviewing the wetlands flagging along the proposed Marion bike path route, and on November 30, Chairman of the Marion Pathway Committee John Rockwell went before the ConCom to discuss the commission’s findings on a recent site walk. The site walk is being broken up into sections for a thorough examination […] Read more »

SRPEDD Recommends County Road Reclassification

Town representatives from Marion, Rochester, and Wareham – the three towns traversed by County Road – met with representatives from the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District on November 30 to discuss reclassifying the 5.5-mile stretch of County Road between Routes 28 and 105 as an “Urban Collector,” which is an upgrade from an […] Read more »