New Business at Old Venues

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During the May 24 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, two new businesses received all alcohol and common victualler licenses. Coming before the board was Nabih “Nabby” Maujabber of New Bedford to discuss his plans for opening the Lebanese Kitchen at the former Mattapoisett Chowder House, 79 Fairhaven Road. Maujabber said they were faced […] Read more »

Silvershell Beach Now Smoke-Free

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Leave your cigarettes at home if you’re heading to Silvershell Beach in Marion this summer because the Marion Board of Health is getting rid of the designated smoking section located at the edge of the beach and doing away with the cigarette barrel once placed there. This was the first topic brought to the table […] Read more »

Special Permit Filing Withdrawn

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Patricia Harrington, 169 North Street, laid out all the reasons why the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals should approve her request for a special permit to construct a new home on her undeveloped abutting lot. During the May 19 hearing, Harrington told the board that when she purchased the two side-by-side parcels in 1975, it […] Read more »

Man Charged with 153 Counts of Poaching

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Mattapoisett Harbormaster Jill Simmons sensed something fishy on Wednesday, May 18, while giving a hand to a boater who was having a hard time backing up his trailer to the boat ramp. Following her gut, her hunch led to the arrest of Belmiro Baptista, 65, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for poaching sea bass. “We got […] Read more »

Rochester Hires New Town Administrator

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The Rochester Board of Selectmen has found its new town administrator, and selectmen didn’t have to look very far to find her. Suzanne Szyndlar, the current part-time town accountant for the Towns of Rochester and Mattapoisett, will assume the full-time position as the town’s first female town administrator since the position was established. “The Board […] Read more »

As-Built Plans To Be Confirmed

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The newest team developing the beleaguered Brandt Point Village subdivision met informally with the Mattapoisett Planning Board on May 16 to discuss the current status of Phase 1 and the tri-party agreement pending for Phase 2. Mark Marcus of Omega Financial Corporation, the current lender and trustee replacing Joseph Furtado, along with builder Armand Cortellesso […] Read more »

BOS Releases Town Hall Restoration Funds

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Tuesday, May 17, marked Stephen Gonsalves’ first meeting as a selectman. “Welcome!” said fellow Selectman Stephen Cushing. “Thank you,” Gonsalves replied, “I want to thank the voters for bringing me in.” Gonsalves and Cushing, joined by fellow Selectman Jody Dickerson, set out to reorganize the Marion Board of Selectmen, something that Cushing reminded the audience […] Read more »

No-Touch Zones Cause Concern

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It came to light during the May 17 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission that the commission is facing with greater frequency property owners whose applications are difficult to accept. “I know it’s frustrating,” said Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon, “but with small lots it’s a problem.” She said that, increasingly, the commission is receiving applications […] Read more »

‘No’ to Alcohol at ORR Farmers’ Market

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The Old Rochester Regional School Committee denied a request from Running Brook Vineyard & Winery to sell wine at the Old Rochester Summer Farmers’ Market that takes place at the ORR school grounds on Tuesday afternoons June through October. The winery received state approval to sell its wine products at farmers’ markets; however, venues and […] Read more »

ZBA Approves Two-Family Conversion

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A hesitant Marion Zoning Board of Appeals reluctantly approved an application for the conversion of a one-family to a two-family dwelling in a 4-1 vote on May 12 after initially denying the special permit back in December. Owner of 444 Front Street, Chris Shachoy, appealed the board’s decision at Plymouth Superior Court, which remanded the […] Read more »