Selectmen Give Green Light for Aquaculture

Perhaps it was the agreeable location, or maybe it was the town Christmas party beckoning them from the table in the corner of the Marion Music Hall, but whatever it was, the Marion Board of Selectmen on December 6 swiftly approved Shea Doonan’s latest request to establish a half-acre shellfish farm at the end of […] Read more »

Council on Aging Addresses Selectmen on COA Goals

Rochester Council on Aging Director Sharon Lally told the Rochester Board of Selectmen on November 28 that the COA Board of Directors has been meeting regularly, planning short- and long-term goals for the senior center and the senior population of Rochester in general. Lally said the COA has met with an outside consultant to assess […] Read more »

Brandt Island Sub-Division Phase 2

During the November 28 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, Al Loomis of McKenzie Engineering Group, representing Armand Cortellesso of Brandt Island Realty Trust, sought orders of conditions for two notice of intent filings for lots in Phase 2 of the Brandt Village sub-division. The housing project has been the subject of many hearings, meetings, […] Read more »

Selectman Wants Focus on Annex-Only Option

Rochester Board of Selectmen member Richard Nunes announced on November 22 that he thinks the town should focus on exploring building options for a town hall annex only, after Town Meeting voters in October overwhelmingly rejected an article for $20,000 to hire an owners project manager to analyze options for a brand new town hall […] Read more »

Selectmen Defend Donor’s Anonymity

The Marion Board of Selectmen on November 23 had a hard time wrapping their minds around why Finance Committee member Peter Winters would jeopardize an annual $25,000 anonymous donation to Sippican School by trying to force the school administration to publically reveal the donor’s identity. The special Wednesday morning meeting was held for the sole […] Read more »

Tax Rate Down, Property Values Up

“People want to be here,” said Kathleen Costello, principal assessor for Mattapoisett in a lead up to meeting with the Board of Selectmen for a public hearing to set the tax rate during the November 29 meeting. Earlier in the day, Costello explained that in spite of level spending and a projected lower tax rate, […] Read more »

Yes To Mixed Use – No To Family Apartment

On November 17 at Old Hammondtown School, KK Kam Reality Trust presented its application before the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals for a mixed-used special permit that would allow owner Todd Rodrigues, 81 County Road, to construct two buildings for commercial and residential use under the same roof in the village business district. The village […] Read more »

Joint Meeting Studies Superintendent Goals

On November 17, Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Mike Devoll spoke highly of a recent screening of Screenagers held at the high school, and he praised the staff for putting the screening together. The movie helps parents understand the impact of the digital age on their children and offers them tips to minimize harmful […] Read more »

School Committee Investigates STEM Learning

Rochester Memorial School has big plans to incorporate more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teaching into its curriculum. Longtime RMS teacher Karen DellaCioppa was on hand on November 17 to explain to the Rochester School Committee these goals and how they have been incorporated. She has recently stepped into a new role that functions […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting Results

With a short list of articles to get through during Mattapoisett’s November 21 Special Fall Town Meeting, and with a quorum of 92 voters, things got off to an easy start as the community breezed through the first five articles with thumbs up. The first two articles, Article 1 in the amount of $57 to […] Read more »