Quorum Issues Force Continuance


The October 9 meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals was the first time in collective memory that they failed to reach a quorum. Though calls were placed to board members, a lack of response and a ticking clock forced Secretary Anne Marie Tobia to review Robert’s Rules, since no one could remember the […] Read more »

Marion Hires ConCom Assistant


There is a new face at the Town House in Marion. The Conservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals will now have the administrative support they need with the hiring of Donna Hemphill. Only two weeks into her new position, Hemphill has handled numerous departmental documents, attended a ConCom meeting, and sat in on […] Read more »

Article Removed From Warrant Last Minute


A Special Town Meeting article pertaining to an amendment to the table of contents of the Town’s Zoning Bylaws has been taken off the warrant and tabled until the Annual 2015 Town Meeting after Rochester Planning Board members voted to revisit the zoning bylaw book and restructure its contents. The article proposed eliminating Roman numerals […] Read more »

Students Urge Peers to Attend PCC Program


Seven Old Rochester Regional High School students that attended the Project Contemporary Competitiveness program all had at least one thing in common – they said it changed their lives for the better. The students gave a short presentation highlighting their experiences at PCC, a six-week advanced studies residential program at Stonehill College in Easton for […] Read more »

Waterways Rules & Regulations


Allan Gillis, Chairman of the Marine Advisory Board, and Harbormaster Jill Simmons spent a solid hour discussing the updated draft of Waterways Rules and Regulations presented to the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on October 14. But of all the important areas noted in the document, none has been more contentious than the one dedicated to […] Read more »

Warrant Gets Finishing Touches


The Mattapoisett Finance Committee put its finishing touches on the Special Town Meeting warrant during their October 14 meeting focusing on Article 2 and Article 15. Principal Assessor Kathleen Costello was in attendance for the discussion. First up for discussion was Article 2: Interest Reduction on Senior Deferred Taxes. At a previous meeting, Costello asked […] Read more »

Farmers Must Get Wetlands Delineated


Travis and Dustin Lalle came before the Rochester Conservation Commission again on October 7 to hear the commission’s disposition after conducting a site visit on the heels of issuing a ‘notice of violation’ to the brothers. Chairman Rosemary Smith said, “We have to treat everyone the same … you need a plan … you need […] Read more »

Admin Explores RMS Breakfast Program


It has been talked about before, but the possibility of a breakfast program at Rochester Memorial School could be established sometime after the Thanksgiving holiday break – pending feasibility. RMS Principal Derek Medeiros said October 2 that he is actively exploring the possibility of bringing a breakfast program to the school. The only elementary school […] Read more »

State Imposed Water Restriction Possible


Mattapoisett Water and Sewer Superintendent Nick Nicholson oversees an infrastructure that is all about clean water and wastewater. That would seem pretty straight forward – right? But toss in the complexities of underground pipes, valves, pumps, aging systems, river flows, aquifers, rainfall, budgets, and oh yes, state government regulations and now you’ve got a job […] Read more »

Warrant Passes Review, Liquor on Sundays


It did not take long for the Rochester Finance Committee to give the thumbs up for several articles involving financial matters on the Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant during discussions with the Rochester Board of Selectmen on October 6. During a follow-up interview with Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue on October 7, McCue said the […] Read more »