Committee to Reconsider Replacing Playground


The cost to replace the playground at Old Hammondtown School is more than double what the school central administration and the Mattapoisett School Committee had anticipated – and way more than what Mattapoisett Town Meeting allocated for the project. Old Rochester Regional Business Manager Patrick Spencer told committee members November 10 that, contrary to what […] Read more »

Acushnet Road To Remain Closed


Bad news for residents who regularly use Acushnet Road – Highway Superintendent Barry Denham said at the November 10 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission that the road would remain closed until the spring because of problems with the bridge. Residents won’t find relief from this travel inconvenience until extensive repair work can be completed […] Read more »

School Prepares for 40B Housing Population


With possible school-aged children moving into the new Marion Village Estates housing development, the Marion School Committee briefly discussed on November 5 planning for potential growth of the student body at Sippican School, come February 2015. Superintendent of Schools Doug White said he is looking ahead to February and April – when residents will begin […] Read more »

Rochester Seeks Emergency Preparedness Help


Rochester’s Medical Reserve Corps, or MRC, is desperately seeking volunteers to strengthen the Town’s ability to respond to emergency situations that threaten the health and safety of its residents. The MRC was established after September 11, 2001 at the request of President George W. Bush, and organized to address both public health and medical issues […] Read more »

Chairman Wants a Say in Solar Farm


What about us? Marion Planning Board Chairman Stephen Kokkins asked why the Planning Board did not get a chance for a site review of the Briggs solar farm, despite approval of a variance from the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on September 15. A special permit is still required under Section 9 of the Town’s […] Read more »

Selectman Explains Enterprise Revenues


After months of waiting for financial explanations for the Waterfront Enterprise Fund, Selectman Paul Silva and Town Administrator Michael Gagne were ready to present the board details on how the fund has historically been financed and how it will be funded moving forward. Two significant changes were noted in Gagne’s presentation. First, the Town will […] Read more »

Board Confused by Correspondence


The Marion Board of Selectmen on November 4 decided not to take any action on a proposed Formula Business Regulated District Bylaw for the Town of Marion, submitted to the board by Planning Board member Eileen Marum. Selectmen appeared confused by the correspondence, and looked to Town Administrator Paul Dawson to explain what sort of […] Read more »

Chairman Cries, “It was a Mistake!”


“I’m the chairman. It was my fault if something was done wrong. I take full responsibility. We never proposed the zoning bylaws,” said Mattapoisett Planning Board Chairman Tom Tucker on November 3. This came in response to Mattapoisett resident Bonne DaSousa’s reading of an open letter to the board. DaSousa has been trying to find […] Read more »

Rochester Crash Results in Drunk Driving Arrest


On November 3 at approximately 9pm, the Rochester Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 28 near the intersection of Route 58. Arriving officers located a demolished Ford pickup truck in the roadway. At least one witness told police the operator had fled into the woods. With the assistance of a Massachusetts […] Read more »

Bylaw Sponsorship Being Researched


Needing more clarity on the process for sponsoring bylaw changes, Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Silva has asked Town Administrator Michael Gagne to look into processes followed in other towns. Gagne has just begun that research, prompting Silva to say they were not yet prepared to have a discussion on this matter. Planning Board […] Read more »