Grassi Bog at Another Standstill


Just when the town thought it was going to move past its ongoing Grassi Bog restoration project situation, “the saga continues,” as Marion Town Administrator Paul Dawson put it. The Grassi Bog property, under the control of the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission, had just finally received its final approval for a third amendment to […] Read more »

Selectmen Endorse Senior Tax Work-Off


Rochester’s Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program served as the Rochester Board of Selectmen’s largest focal point during their Monday, October 24, meeting. Facilitated by the Rochester Council on Aging, the program allows seniors to work off up to $750 of their real estate tax by working at the Council. “We have fifteen people in the […] Read more »

‘Picture Post’ Project Coming to ORR


A new and fun way to collect data about climate and climate change is coming to the grounds at Old Rochester Regional High School with the installation of the area’s first Picture Post station. Fully funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the project to study the changes in the environment is part of the Digital […] Read more »

Teachers Vote – ‘NOT YET’


At the October 24 meeting of the Mattapoisett School Committee, committee members along with the public learned that traditional letter grading deemed antiquated and out of touch with current teaching and learning methods will remain in place until the 2017-18 school year. Assistant Superintendent Elise Frangos gave a full presentation on the process used by […] Read more »

New Sidewalks For Route 6


On October 25, Town Administrator Mike Gagne informed the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen that Representative William Straus had been successful in pitching the idea of constructing a sidewalk along the south side of Route 6 from Brandt Island Road to Mattapoisett Neck Road. Gagne said that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation surveyed the area to […] Read more »

Planning Board Considers New Solar Array


The beginning of the October 25 edition of the Rochester Planning Board breezed by quickly enough. The first public hearing, a request from Gary Mills to modify a plan combining two lots into a single lot, was continued until the next meeting. The second, a proposed project from James & Charlotte Spieldenner of 1 Happy […] Read more »

Town Meeting Accepts VFW Building


There was quite a bit of discussion about the Special Town Meeting article to accept the donation of the VFW building, mostly over the pros and cons of acquiring another property. Still, when it came time to take a vote, the result was a unanimous ‘aye’ followed by thunderous applause. Council on Aging Director Heather […] Read more »

More Wellspring Farm Complaints


The chairman’s invitation to the audience to address any new business at the October 13 Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals meeting prompted Cathy Mendoza, 32 Hiller Road, to stand up. “Wellspring Farm is disregarding everything they were told to do,” she told the board, referring to a recent decision to grant Wellspring Farm a special […] Read more »

Denham Insists On Hired Oversight


With the full board and a new planning administrator in attendance, Highway Surveyor Barry Denham pled his case for professional oversight on subdivision projects. Denham told the Mattapoisett Planning Board members that he had been trying to get the developer for the Appaloosa Road project to finish mandated work on River Road. “We’ve got to […] Read more »

Landscape Projects Approved for Mattapoisett Shores


It’s been a long time coming for these abutting properties, but all parties were finally able to reach an agreement that resulted in approvals by the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission for one Notice of Intent filing by Leslie Keselli and Whitney Renault, 14 Bay View Avenue, and one request for an amended Order of Conditions from […] Read more »