RMS to Start School Newspaper

It seems that some students with a nose for news will be starting up a digital school newspaper of sorts at Rochester Memorial School, Principal Derek Medeiros told the Rochester School Committee on January 5. “We’re pretty excited about it,” said Medeiros. “Ever since I started at RMS, I’ve had a student or a group […] Read more »

Developer Removes ‘Too High’ Fence at Solar Site

The Rochester Planning Board on January 10 brought back Dan Webb from Meadowatt, LLC, developer of a large-scale solar farm located at 188-190 Marion Road (Route 105). During the construction of the fence surrounding the site, the contractor unilaterally decided to add an extra two and a half feet in height to the fencing in […] Read more »

Board Appoints New Full-Time Officer

With one officer headed for retirement and one slated for a nine-month military deployment, Rochester Police Chief asked the Rochester Board of Selectmen on January 9 to approve his chosen appointee to join the force full-time to fill the opening. Magee announced current part-time officer Alyson Rego, who has been with the Rochester Police just […] Read more »

Boating Fee Payment Schedule Changing

Mattapoisett Selectman Jordan Collyer expressed his frustration on the glacial progress of changes to the Marine Rule and Regulations, specifically rules governing the issuance of mooring numbers, permits and payment schedules. During the January 10 Board of Selectmen meeting, Collyer pointed out that it had been 18 months since the selectmen had asked the members […] Read more »

MOSAC Considers Grant for Phragmite Control

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has contacted Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission Chairman John Rockwell, offering an opportunity to apply for grant money to assist in phragmite removal at the Grassi Bog property as part of the Grassi Bog Restoration Grant. Rockwell said on January 5 that the NRCS would provide a grant to fully […] Read more »

4 Seabreeze Lane Headed Back To Court

On January 9, Brandon Faneuf of Ecosystem Solutions, representing Daniel and Lisa Craig, 4 Seabreeze Lane, once again sat down with the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission trying to reach a compromise – a little give and a little take on jurisdictional lands that had been encroached by the Craigs. For months, the Craigs have been seeking […] Read more »

Committee Responds to Town House Critics

Perplexed by a proposal to form yet another committee to study town house project options, the original Marion Town House Building Committee on December 29 expressed their preference to first meet with critics of the current town house project trajectory before a formal meeting with selectmen on January 26. On December 21, Planning Board Chairman […] Read more »

Police Apprehend Suspect of Recent Thefts

Police appear to have discovered the suspect of a rash of car break-ins spanning the Southcoast from Dartmouth to Marion after a suspect was apprehended following a December 31 home invasion and vehicle theft from the same address. The home invasion follows a slew of unlocked car break-ins on Converse Road in Marion, as well […] Read more »

Town Issued ‘Fine’ for Sprague’s Cove Seawall

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued the Town of Marion a ‘mitigation’ in the amount of $33,539 for the unpermitted placement of a rock seawall formation at Sprague’s Cove years ago. The mitigation is clearly punitive in nature and basically a fine, said Town Administrator Paul Dawson to the Board of Selectmen on […] Read more »

EPA Says ‘No’ to Marion’s NPDES Proposals

In a letter dated December 9, the United States Environmental Protection Agency notified the Town of Marion that it would be moving forward in issuing the Town its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, despite the Town’s efforts to propose alternative approaches to the significantly more stringent nitrogen levels. Marion’s last NPDES permit expired […] Read more »