Sippican to Implement ‘radKIDS’ Defense Program

Students at Sippican School will soon learn the ABCs of self-defense through a training curriculum aimed at providing a holistic approach to self-safety and responding to violence defensively. The radKIDS program trains children to “think about the unthinkable” in situations of relational violence, bullying, and resisting aggression in all environments. The program was brought to […] Read more »

‘Too Early’ for VFW Building Use Committee

The Marion Board of Selectmen on February 21 deemed a request to form a senior/community center advisory committee to study long-term uses of the VFW building “too premature.” Proposed by the Friends of the Council on Aging, the purpose of the committee would be to gather together representatives from the Council on Aging, Friends of […] Read more »

Enforcement Order Upheld

On February 16, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals finally heard the appeals from Sheryl Martin, Brian Porter, and the Trustees of the Mattapoisett Landing regarding a cease and desist order issued on August 30, 2016 by Director of Inspectional Services Andy Bobola. An enforcement order issued by Bobola that had been continued since August […] Read more »

Rochester to Accept Good Friday Off

Without relinquishing their stance that Good Friday should remain a full school day, members of the Rochester School Committee have decided to acquiesce to the school administration’s recommendation to restore Good Friday as a day off from school “for the good of the community” and the school in general. Having faced strong opposition over the […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm Gets Peaceful Informal Review

The informal review for Wellspring Farm by the Rochester Planning Board on February 14 was unusually quiet sans any abutters presenting their most recent complaints. James and Holly Vogel, owners of the 42 Hiller Road therapeutic horseback riding facility and farm, sat ready to answer any questions as attorney George Boerger and engineer Joe Webby […] Read more »

Healthy Tri-Town Coalition Discussed

While maintaining cost controls and balancing budgets for the financial health of the community is paramount to all Mattapoisett municipal managers, having healthy residents also ranks high. During her budget presentation to the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on February 8, Library Director Susan Pizzolato spoke to that issue. Pizzolato discussed her participation in the Healthy Tri-Town […] Read more »

Neighbors Concerned Over Land Trust Plans

During the February 13 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, the Mattapoisett Land Trust and Buzzards Bay Coalition sought permission for two projects that would open the way for public access on two parcels. Representing the MLT was President Mike Huguenin accompanied by MLT member Paul Osenkowski. Representing the Buzzards Bay Coalition was Matt Spinner, […] Read more »

Applicant Wants to Build in Wetlands No-Build Zone

Marion Conservation Commission members appeared a bit taken aback on February 8 when an applicant requested the commission vote on the spot rather than continue the public hearing, seemingly aware that the commission would deny the Notice of Intent. After the commission referred to the placement of a swimming pool and pool house planned for […] Read more »

Yard Boss Settles Defamation Suit With Town

Mattapoisett-based landscaping company Yard Boss has settled a Superior Court defamation lawsuit against two Mattapoisett town officials, Conservation Commission Chairman Bob Rogers and Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold, according to a statement released by Yard Boss’ attorney Michael Franco of Beauregard, Burke, & Franco on February 14. The lawsuit stems from accusations made by Rogers and […] Read more »

Selectmen Mull $1.2 Million Annex Option

The Rochester Board of Selectmen have taken under advisement a $1.2 million town hall annex project proposed by the Town Hall Annex Study Committee on February 6 as a more palatable option to both selectmen and tax payers. But don’t expect to hear a whole lot of discussion over the next few months, as the […] Read more »