Osprey Nesting Platform Planned at Fresh Pond

The Dunn family, whose cottage is situated at 0 Fresh Pond, has something special planned – a floating osprey nest platform. Represented by Robert Field of Field Engineering, David Dunn and his mother and property owner Gail Dunn plan to situate a floating platform in Fresh Pond, which is located off Beach Road near Point […] Read more »

ORR Unveils New Course Selections

Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Mike Devoll is adding more advanced placement options, a broader range of technology courses, and a lineup of new 12th grade English offerings designed to add more interest to seniors. On January 17 during the Old Rochester Regional School Committee meeting, Devoll said the foreign language AP courses, which […] Read more »

Many Minor Changes = One Major Change

The solar project slated for 268 Mattapoisett Road has been stalled after the Rochester Planning Board on January 23 determined that proposed changes to the plan, although seemingly minor when viewed singularly, all add up to one major change to the plan. Thus, a new public hearing must be scheduled and abutters duly notified. At […] Read more »

Rochester Awarded $75K For ADA Projects

The Board of Selectmen learned on January 22 that two Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance grants that Facilities Manager Andrew Daniel applied for have been awarded to the Town of Rochester. The Commonwealth released $1 million in grant funding for municipalities to receive up to $250,000 for ADA compliance projects. Daniel spent months assessing […] Read more »

General Store Special Permit Granted

There are few buildings in the waterfront village neighborhood of Mattapoisett more iconic to the town’s past than the General Store situated at 10 Water Street. Although it cannot boast to be the oldest, the image of the structure has appeared in photographs from several centuries. But everything must change, even old buildings. Thus, as […] Read more »

Marijuana Moratorium Ready for Special Town Meeting

A very brief meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen was held on Monday, January 22 to review and sign the articles for the upcoming Special Town Meeting – a meeting that will ask voters to put a temporary hold on recreational and medical marijuana sales in the seaside community. With the fast approaching April […] Read more »

School Budget Increase Considered Modest

So far, as the budget subcommittee gears up for fiscal year 2019, the Sippican School budget for next year is up just slightly above 2%, as discussed by the Marion School Committee during its January 10 meeting. School Committee member Kate Houdelette, who is also a member of the budget subcommittee, introduced the 2.19% increase […] Read more »

King To Remain Chairman

The first meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission in 2018 was held on January 8, and the first order of business undertaken by commissioners Chapman Dickerson, Chris Nicolosi, and Jon Jacobson was to reorganize the commission and reinstate Michael King as chairman. “I appreciate the vote of confidence,” King told the group. The conservation commissioners […] Read more »

Front Street Wetlands Slated for Restoration

Ann Severance of 20 Front Street has begun the process of rectifying a list of violations of the Order of Conditions the Marion Conservation Commission issued in 2002. Severance has hired wetlands scientist Brandon Faneuf to devise a wetlands restoration plan, and Faneuf spoke before the commission on January 10 looking for direction before undertaking […] Read more »

New Septic Systems For A New Year

As home sales continue to be robust throughout the Tri-Town area, engineering firms are busy working for clients who have to address the condition of existing septic systems. With Wetlands Protection Act regulations prompting careful review of systems that may have reached their peak of efficiency decades ago, newer standards mandate upgrades. And so, on […] Read more »