Tree Removal Plan Upsets Abutter

“Every tree cut down is detrimental to my house,” said Kenneth Yokel, 94 Fairhaven Road, during the January 23 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Inspired to speak by a filing from the condominium association at 103 Fairhaven Road abutting his property, Yokel spoke against the association’s plan to remove 41 trees. Association member David […] Read more »

Energy Efficiency Program Coming

Eversource is preparing to engage the Town of Mattapoisett by shining a light on energy conservation through efficiency evaluations, and the light they intend to use will come from LED bulbs. On January 24, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen heard from members of the Clean Energy Community team from Eversource who are poised to embark […] Read more »

‘Bits’ and ‘Bots’ Added to Science Curriculum

The Old Rochester Regional school district has a few new tools to teach science and technology to its youngest students in the three towns. The Joint School Committee had a chance on January 19 to experience them hands-on and see how exciting learning the new science, technology, computer literacy, and engineering curricula will be for […] Read more »

Items Stolen from Vehicles

Marion Police Department Press Release On Tuesday, January 24, the Marion Police Department received reports of items stolen from parked vehicles. All of the vehicles were located in the Front Street and Allen Street area of Marion Center. In all, six vehicles were entered in the overnight hours of Monday night into Tuesday morning. All […] Read more »

ORR Gears Up for Budget Season

The budget subcommittee has started meeting regularly, Superintendent of Schools Doug White told the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on January 11, and working around some initial budget numbers. “What we’re trying to do now is really tell the story about what that number means and what we’d like to see supported going forward,” said […] Read more »

Marion Town House – Love It or List It?

During the January 13 meeting of the Marion Town House Building Committee, the members once again reviewed construction options, cost comparisons, timelines, and schematic plans in preparation for their January 26 public meeting. That meeting will be held in the Marion Music Hall at 7:00 pm. After being surprised by a suggestion that another committee […] Read more »

ConCom Approves Thackeray Aquaculture

An aquaculture farm proposed for an area east of Stewart’s Island in Sippican Harbor could likely be the next oyster farm in Marion, even as a number of other proposed sites are facing opposition from townspeople and town officials. Doug Thackeray’s proposed aquaculture farm has been well received by the harbormaster and has already been […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Road Solar Plan Approved

After months of site visits, engineering, meetings, compromises and calculations, the 5-acre solar array planned by Michael and Johnann Forand, 268 Mattapoisett Road, got steps closer to being constructed. On January 17, Evan Watson of Prime Engineering representing Clean Energy Collective, Worcester, and Dan Wells of Goddard Consulting, Northborough, met with the Rochester Conservation Commission […] Read more »

Bryant Aquaculture Farm Moves Ahead

Reminding the residents present who oppose Chris Bryant’s proposed aquaculture farm south of Meadow Island that there would be no final license granted that night, the Board of Selectmen gave preliminary approval for the aquaculture license application to move forward, prompting some in attendance to gasp in displeasure. The hearing was continued from December 20, […] Read more »

Town Officials Disclose Sprague’s Cove History

In light of a $33,000 fine for the unpermitted rock formation – a seawall as per the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – at Sprague’s Cove, Marion Town Administrator Paul Dawson and the Board of Selectmen answered resident Sherman Briggs’ request for disclosure on who performed the unpermitted work and who authorized it. During the […] Read more »