Acushnet Road Repair Inching Again

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Ken Motta, senior project manager of Field Engineering, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on June 22 seeking an Order of Conditions for the massive culvert and road repair project that residents have been waiting for – often angrily. But on this night, it was all systems go for this long anticipated work. Motta provided […] Read more »

When Is A Farm Really A Farm?

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With Mattapoisett now designated as a “Right to Farm” community, boards and commissions may see more property owners stepping forward to assert their right to use their land as a farm. And if so, members of such boards may have to take a quick course in agricultural zoning. That was the case on June 18 […] Read more »

Feasibility Study Still To Design New Town House

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Roughly 60 Marion residents gathered in the town’s Music Hall on Tuesday, June 23 during the midst of a summer thunderstorm to view the plans for the Town House restoration project. By the end of the presentation, it was clear that while residents hungered for cost estimates, the feasibility study is just moving into the […] Read more »

Solar Farm Proposed for Center of Rochester

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The historic center of Rochester may soon be home to a large-scale solar energy facility.  The 10-acre commercial solar farm would be built upon the old Gibbs dairy farm site, between New Bedford Road and Dexter Lane, right in the center of town. The solar facility would abut several residential properties as well as the […] Read more »

New Trash System Complaints Continue

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Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue said complaints are still coming in about residents not following the new trash and recycling system method of curbside placement of trash, and the Rochester Board of Selectmen on June 15 wondered what future action should be taken if some residents continue to ignore the new rules for curbside waste […] Read more »

Board Approves Front Yard Garage

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Under the Town’s Zoning Bylaws, a garage or similar structure cannot be built in front of the property’s principle structure; however, when you are like Amy Johnson of 44 Walnut Plain Road and you haven’t got the space behind your house to fit a garage, you go to the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals for […] Read more »

More Allegations of Lalli Wetlands Violations

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The Rochester Conservation Commission reluctantly continued the Enforcement Order and wetlands violations matter for Dustin and Travis Lalli until its next meeting to allow for a site visit, but denied the Lallis’ request for a three-month extension on filing a Request for Determination to delineate the wetlands on their property located off High Street. The […] Read more »

Survey Shows High Risk Behavior at ORR

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Old Rochester Regional School Committee members are digesting some troubling data they received June 10 from a youth risk behavior survey taken by ORR Junior and High School students in April. The survey, which was split into two developmentally appropriate surveys, asked participants a number of questions pertaining to topics such as substance use, sexual […] Read more »

New Fire Chief Contract Awaits Inking

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Town Administrator Paul Dawson used the word “excited” at least seven times as he described for the Marion Board of Selectmen how happy newly selected Fire Chief Brian Jackvony feels. Jackvony, who comes to Marion by way of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was recently picked out of a very large pool of applicants. Jackvony is the […] Read more »

Marion Prepares for Full-Service Gas Station

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The Marion Planning Board’s meeting on Monday, June 15 was made easy by a mellow agenda. After engaging in a discussion about the board’s pending comments to the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals for the First Congregational Church’s appeal of a proposed abutting housing project, care of Bill Saltonstall, the board held two pre-submission conferences […] Read more »