Habitat Says ‘Thanks’ with Sign


As a way to thank donors, the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is designing a large-scale sign for display in front of 185 Wareham Road throughout the duration of construction of the Habitat house. The 6-foot by 6-foot sign is a little bit bigger than the Town’s bylaw allows, so the president of the […] Read more »

ConCom to Homeowner: It’s Your Responsibility


Your contractor can tell you whatever they want to, but it is the homeowner’s responsibility to file for permission with the Marion Conservation Commission before any work is done on your property if it contains wetlands, said commission member Jeffrey Doubrava to Chuong Pham of 22 Bass Point Road. Pham came before the board to […] Read more »

Board to Visit Latest Solar Site


There weren’t any public hearings scheduled for the July 14 Rochester Planning Board meeting, but plenty of solar farm projects made the agenda as items to discuss, including the 10-acre solar farm proposed within the Rochester historic district in the center of town. The board made arrangements for a Friday night July 24 site visit […] Read more »

Johnson Site Plan Approval Extended


It was smooth sailing for the Marion Planning Board at their regular meeting on Monday, July 6. Before adjourning, the board extended a site plan approval for Johnson Family Investments, as well as concluded the pre-submission conference for the Gas Station Allied Ventures property located at 439 Wareham Street. Arnold Johnson appeared before the board […] Read more »

MassDOT Requests More Acushnet Road Data


Highway Surveyor Barry Denham met with the Mattapoisett Planning Board during its July 6 meeting to request approval of plans for the rebuilding of the Acushnet Road culvert. The project has been inching its way through time-consuming processes required by several state agencies. With the acceptance of the town’s plans that have been executed by […] Read more »

Town Seeks Counsel on Proposed Solar Farm


The Rochester Board of Selectmen during a July 6 meeting commiserated with a dozen residents over their fears of a 10-acre solar farm slated for the town center’s historic district. “As a member of the Board of Selectmen, you have an opinion,” said Selectmen Chairman Richard Nunes. “My opinion is it’s a bad location…. Why […] Read more »

Rochester a Sunny Spot for Solar


Another solar energy production facility is on track now for Rochester, making its first appearance before the Rochester Conservation Commission on July 7 for approval of the wetlands line. A private solar farm, property owners Lynn and Gerald Poineau of 410 Neck Road propose the installation of two 44-foot by 12-foot ground mounted solar arrays […] Read more »

Coastal Zone Management Counsels Board


Charged with helping the town find a way to improve its harbor plan, David Janik, South Coast regional coordinator for the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office (CZM), a branch of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, met with the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board on June 25. The MAB over the years has aided […] Read more »

Selectmen Frown on Vacation Carry-overs


It is the end of fiscal year 2015, time for town employee requests to carry over unused vacation time into the next fiscal year – an annual custom that has Marion Board of Selectmen Chairman Stephen Cushing openly expressing his distaste for the tradition. “I think everybody knows what my opinion on the carry-over of […] Read more »

Bird Island Restoration Moves Forward


The Commonwealth’s plan to restore the tern habitat of Bird Island in Marion was given the green light by the Marion Conservation Commission on June 24. Bird Island, a two-acre island just south of Butlers Point in Sippican Harbor, is the nesting habitat for about 53 percent of the endangered Roseate Tern population and about […] Read more »