Blizzard Season Continues


National Weather Service Taunton– A winter storm will bring blizzard conditions to eastern Massachusetts, including the entire Tri-Town region this weekend. There is a blizzard warning in effect from 7:00 pm Saturday, February 14 to 11:00 am Sunday, February 15. Hazard types include heavy snow, poor visibility, and strong to damaging winds.         Snow accumulations are […] Read more »

Building Commissioner Comments on ‘Big Box’ Bylaw


The Marion Planning Board Master Plan/Bylaw Subcommittee, which set out to formulate a new “Formula Business” Bylaw to protect the character of Marion and restrict the construction of “big box” stores, has moved beyond the rhetoric of CVS and drive-thru windows typical of one of its meetings and arrived at a place of precariousness – […] Read more »

Clock Still Ticking for EPA Response Period


The Town of Marion was given four more days past the allotted comment period to respond to the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft NPDES permit, which threatens to shut down the Town’s three sewage holding lagoons located at the end of Benson Brook Road. NPDES stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Engineering firm CDM Smith […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm to Remove Fallen Trees


James and Holly Vogel of 42 Hiller Road came before the Rochester Conservation Commission on February 3 to discuss the need to remove storm damaged trees and fallen logs on property that provides mental and physical health services to children of all ages. Wellspring Farm Learning Center provides what James Vogel called “experiential therapy” in […] Read more »

Rochester Receives Grant for COA Health


Thanks to a grant, the Rochester Council on Aging will soon offer people age 55 and up the chance to take a 12-week health and wellness program free of charge. “The goal of this program is to empower older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes in health behaviors,” Town Administrator Michael McCue […] Read more »

DaRosa Pier Appeal Upheld by DEP


It was soon clear why the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission did not let the blizzard stop its January 26 meeting from taking place. Chairman Bob Rogers told the commission and the three people in attendance that the impetus for conducting the scheduled meeting was due to a Wednesday, January 28 deadline to appeal a Department of […] Read more »

A Snowy Groundhog Day


Even as the snow flies we can dream of an early spring but as we do there is one groundhog that predicts the opposite. Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his borrow this morning proclaiming that he did indeed see his shadow and that winter will last another six weeks. Sorry folks, it’s back to shoveling! Read more »

Capital Assessment Rating Begins


It’s that time of the year again when towns begin the evaluation and review process for departmental capital needs. It is no small job and one that the Marion Capital Improvement Planning Committee has now begun in earnest. On January 23, the committee headed by Norman Hills with members Paul Naiman, Casey Barros, Carol Sanz, […] Read more »

ZBA: ‘Common Sense Over Bureaucracy’


The Marion Planning Board majority wanted the building permit for the Briggs’ solar farm on County Road revoked so the board could conduct a site plan review of the project it claims it is entitled to. But on January 22, the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals decided it would uphold the building permit, citing “common […] Read more »

Water Street Home Spared Demolition


An old cottage sitting by the sea was viewed by many as a knock-down-start-over property, given its age and condition. But then it found a savior, whose love of old homes and talent in seeing the beauty within, came along and bought 91 Water Street in Marion. Jon Delli Priscoli, who has a background in […] Read more »