Weather Watch Wednesday


The weather’s not looking good for Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the area for all day Wednesday as they are expecting heavy rains. Thunderstorms are expected to accompany the rain and there is the potential for heavy rain of 1 to 2 inches per hour ate times. Those […] Read more »

Plan to Restore Illegal Logging Approved


Trees cut down and brush cleared without a permit will have to be replanted at 510 New Bedford Road, according to a restoration plan the Rochester Conservation Commission approved on August 5. Carmelo Nicolosi, standing in for Rick Charon of Charon Associates, the representative for property owners Christopher Faustino Jr. and Britney Ashley, presented the […] Read more »

“Public Trust” Worth Protecting


Calling the precious waterfront and harbor areas of Mattapoisett a “public trust,” members of the Marine Advisory Board voted to send a letter to the selectmen citing concerns that the waterfront management plan might be overlooked by the Conservation Commission. Member Robert Moore and others at the July 31 meeting felt it was important during […] Read more »

Planning Board Guidebook Rejected


The Marion Planning Board continued discussion on board member Eileen Marum’s draft Planning Board Guidebook at its August 4 meeting. Opinions got heated before the dialogue ended in a motion to terminate all discussion on the guidebook. With five in favor and only two against, the guidebook was rejected. Throughout the discussion, two documents were […] Read more »

Sewer Regulations Updated


The Marion Selectmen wrapped up two years of work on the Town’s wastewater management at the August 5 meeting. In their capacity as Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Board met with Department of Public Works Superintendent Rob Zora, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Frank Cooper, and Shawn Syde of CDM Smith with regard to the sewer […] Read more »

Vandals and Thieves on the Loose


Mattapoisett citizens need to be on the alert. Vandals are destroying property and thieves are stealing from the community. During the August 5 Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Mike Gagne asked the residents of the community to report any suspicious activity after a series of thefts and an occurrence of vandalism have taken place […] Read more »

Good News From Leisure Shores


Leisure Shores was back before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on July 28. This time, however, it was to discuss the positive steps that have taken place in what, at times, looked like a massive environmental hazard. Speaking on behalf of Robert Ringuette, Sr were his son, Bob, and manager, Dana Barrows. Ringuette shared an update […] Read more »

Chairman Shrugs off Wetlands Violation


What is done is done. At least from where the Marion Conservation Commission sits, even though Richard Costa of 237 River Road will still have to file with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the raised platform he constructed right on the bank of the Sippican River. The wetlands resource area where the raised […] Read more »

Solar Project Advances with Uncertainty


Energy Management Committee members were a bit disappointed to hear that the planned Marion solar garden project, slated for the old landfill on Benson Brook Road, could wind up at the end of the line behind larger Mattapoisett projects already “in the queue” with NSTAR. Committee member Jennifer Francis said on July 28 that, during […] Read more »

Board Approves In-Law Apartment and Pool


There were a couple of tense moments when the future of William and Tamara LaPiere’s plans for an in-law apartment and in-ground swimming pool seemed uncertain. The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals had a lot of questions and concerns about the “unusual” nature of the LaPieres’ special permit and variance requests, and Chairman Richard Cutler […] Read more »