Merlo Says Goodbye


Ron Merlo, who has been a member of the Mattapoisett Planning Board for two terms totaling 10 years, wrapped up his second five-year stint at the May 4 meeting. But he had one final to-do to pass along to the other members – ceasing the continuing efforts of The Village at Mattapoisett condominium association to […] Read more »

‘Right to Farm’ Bylaw Ready for Town Meeting


The Mattapoisett Agricultural Commission is populated by members whose families reach far back into the history of local farming, as well as newer business owners whose livelihoods depend on healthy farm animals and good growing seasons. They are an active group of volunteers whose interests in farming go beyond hobby, and whose commitment to keeping […] Read more »

Keeping Current with the Historical Commission


The Rochester Historical Commission is a passionate bunch, and five of them joined the Rochester Board of Selectmen on April 27 to make the board current on the commission’s recent activities and its endeavors yet to come. Commission member Laurene Gerrior presented the board with an update on recent undertakings, such as commission member Betty […] Read more »

FinCom Reviews Warrant Articles


With just a couple of weeks left before the spring annual and special town meetings on May 11, the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on April 22 reviewed warrant articles with price tags heading to the vote. The Board of Selectmen had been meeting with the Finance Committee and Town Administrator Michael Gagne for the past several […] Read more »

Aucoot Pier Proposal Continued


The application for a private pier extending into Aucoot Cove hit a snag when residents of the area told the engineer, Doug Schneider of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, that there was ledge beneath the barrier beach – the location for the proposed pier. Jay Duker, 112 Aucoot Road, has built a new home and […] Read more »

Turtle Habitat, Saltworks Move Forward


The future of the threatened population of turtles in Marion hung in the balance during an hour-long discussion April 22 between “Turtle Guy” Don Lewis and the Marion Conservation Commission over a proposed “turtle garden” in the wetlands across from 2 Jenney Street. Likely for a thousand years, the site had been the mating and […] Read more »

State Presents Bird Island Restoration Plan


A Town Meeting vote on May 11 will determine whether or not a plan to restore the habitat of Bird Island in Marion will move forward. What is required is Town Meeting approval of an easement granting the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game access to the town-owned land for the restoration of the decimated […] Read more »

Selectmen Sign Warrant


On April 28, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen signed the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. With over 40 articles facing the voters on May 11, Selectman Tyler Macallister stated, “It will be a two night town meeting…” Articles assured to garner time and attention will be bylaws authored by the Conservation Commission and the Agricultural Committee. […] Read more »

ConCom Bylaw Draws Questions, Concerns


The public hearing on a proposed wetlands bylaw drew a steady stream of questions and voiced confusion, as well as support from a packed meeting room at the Mattpoisett Town Hall on April 23. Chairman Bob Rogers and the members of the Conservation Commission have been at it for several months, debating amongst themselves and […] Read more »

Little League Signs in Violation


Old Rochester Little League President Derek Mello was called in to the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on April 23 because the current signage at Gifford Park does not comply with the 1993 permit granted by the ZBA. Mello told the board that Building Commissioner James Buckles contacted him about the outfacing signs, which […] Read more »