Bikes, Buoys, And Roads

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On the evening of June 21, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen discussed the issue of bike safety, once again finding it hard to reach a consensus on the best course of action to take to improve the bike path crossings at Mattapoisett Neck and Brandt Island Roads. Police Chief Mary Lyons said her research was […] Read more »

Voters Adopt 23 of 25 Articles

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With a turnout exceeding the required 100 needed to build a quorum, which Greenwood “Woody” Hartley made sure was noted for the record, the Rochester Annual Town Meeting on June 13 succeeded in passing a number of articles with little to no discussion. However, a couple of zoning bylaw amendments required further explanation for some […] Read more »

RDA Or NOI – That Is The Question

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The June 13 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission had a long two-page agenda. While there were hearings that moved along swiftly, there were others that came to a snail’s pace. One hearing, a seemingly simple Request for Determination of Applicability for a driveway paving project, was one such hearing. Marcia Waldron, 7 Dexter Lane, […] Read more »

ORR to Rein in Cell Phone Use

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Cell phones have become too much of a distraction at school, ORR Principal Michael Devoll told the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on June 8 before proposing to amend the student handbook to restrict personal cell phone use at school. “We find students with cell phones in classes … to be the single greatest distraction […] Read more »

Developer Rectifies Solar Screening

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Clean Energy Collective was ordered during the June 1 meeting of the Rochester Planning Board to install fence screening around the Mary’s Pond side of the solar farm under construction off Perry’s Lane before the next meeting or else the board would re-open the public hearing, which would essentially halt progress on the project. Developer […] Read more »

Mattapoisett FD Responds to Boating Incidents

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Between Friday, June 10 and Sunday, June 12, the Mattapoisett Fire and Marine Rescue unit responded to several water-related incidents. Friday found the first responders searching for a person yelling for help in the vicinity of Dyar Road near Mattapoisett Harbor. Chief Andrew Murray said in a follow-up interview, “Within seven minutes the fire rescue […] Read more »

Hartley Laments Lack of Communication with Chief

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Hearing about school-related matters via the press before the School Committee has been informed is concerning, said Rochester School Committee member Sharon Hartley on June 9 regarding Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee’s recent proposal to selectmen to add a part-time school resource officer to Rochester Memorial School. “It was actually kind of alarming that the […] Read more »

Selectmen Address Board of Assessors Retiree

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The Rochester Board of Selectmen breezed through a brief meeting on June 6, starting with the acceptance of the retirement of Jana Cavanaugh from the Board of Assessors, effective June 30. Cavanaugh, a schoolteacher employed by the Town of Rochester, will retire from her teaching position this year and, as Cavanaugh explained, will also be […] Read more »

“Lip service needs to stop.”

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It has become a recurring theme – residents from the Brandt Point Village subdivision coming before the Mattapoisett Planning Board seeking help to get Phase 1 completed before work on Phase 2 begins. On June 6, residents Gail Carlson and Dennis Dimos once again sat in front of the board members to air their concerns […] Read more »

Parents Look to Fund Phys Ed Position

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A number of parents have proposed to fundraise over the coming months to raise enough money to pay for the reinstatement of a part-time physical education position at Sippican School, a position that was cut in the FY2017 budget and will result in less PE time for students. Sue Shannon, a parent and member of […] Read more »