The Wanderer Unveils New Online Archive


If you visit these days, you will notice a new feature under our archives section: the blue “archive” tab in the upper-right of the homepage. Now readers can access copies of The Wanderer dating all the way back to our very first edition on July 24, 1992. Once inside the online archive, one can […] Read more »

Town Administrator Resigns


Rochester Board of Selectmen Chairman Naida Parker read the letter of resignation of Town Administrator Michael McCue during a morning selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, April 14. Still in the throes of budget season and just weeks before the June 6 Annual Town Meeting, the town only has two weeks to set up an interim administration […] Read more »

Bay Club’s Preserve May Be Censured


Mattapoisett’s Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold presented the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission with shocking photographic evidence that construction now taking place at The Preserve subdivision, part of the Bay Club, was not following Conservation Commission conditions. During the April 11 meeting, Jeff Youngquist of Outback Engineering, Inc. came before the commission with three Notice of Intent applications […] Read more »

Board Holds Off on ORR Capital Plan Action


In the absence of the chairman and against the wishes of one of the two selectmen present, the Rochester Board of Selectmen took no action on April 11 towards setting a special town meeting to bond the town’s share of $224,000 of the Old Rochester Regional School District’s $600,000 five-year capital plan. The consensus among […] Read more »

Committee Approves Budget, Declines School Choice


Town administrators and the Rochester School Committee have finally agreed on a number for the Rochester Memorial School fiscal year 2017 budget, which was approved on April 7 after a short presentation of the FY17 budget. The budget is up roughly $140,000 from last year to about $5.8 million, a 2.4 percent increase. “We’ve been […] Read more »

Sippican FY17 Budget Cuts Back Phys Ed


Parents, school staff, and Marion School Committee members alike are troubled by a reduction in physical education slated for the next school year at Sippican School that will bring two phys ed sessions per week down to just one. On April 6, school administration presented the mostly level-service $5.86 million fiscal year 2017 Sippican School […] Read more »

Green Canopies and Pedestrian Pathways


With the lush, verdant days of spring and summer advancing and as the evening sky cleared and then filled with the purple haze of sunset, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met on April 12 to discuss trees and trails. Coming before the selectmen was Tree Committee Chairman Sandy Herring and Tree Warden Roland Cote to […] Read more »

Contention Over Remote Attendance, Agenda


Should members be able to attend meetings remotely? That was the question on April 4 during the Marion Planning Board meeting that became heated at times. Chairman Robert Lane suggested that the Planning Board petition the Board of Selectmen to approve the use of remote attendance by Planning Board members who cannot make it to […] Read more »

Land Acquisitions Top List for CPC Funding


On April 6, members of the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee met with the Finance Committee and Town Administrator Michael Gagne to present the list of applications approved by the CPC for funding. With the blessing of the Finance Committee and the selectmen, these grant requests will head to the voters when the annual town meeting […] Read more »

Phony Threat Sends ORR into Lockdown


Phony Threat Sends ORR into Lockdown At 11:55 am Thursday, April 13, police were called to Old Rochester Regional Junior High and High School in response to a call the Mattapoisett Police Department received warning of a person with a gun at the schoo During a press conference at the Mattapoisett police station Thursday afternoon, Mattapoisett […] Read more »