Zoning Board Continues Hearing


In what proved to be a bit of a sticky wicket, Mattapoisett’s Zoning Board of Appeals continued the hearing of Mary Flaherty’s application. Flaherty came before the ZBA to request permission to build a new home at 4 Woodlawn Avenue on a lot that is non-conforming. Presently, the lot has a small deteriorating shed and […] Read more »

The Vote is in on Dual Enrollment


A decision was finally made regarding dual enrollment courses and GPA credit, and some students and parents will not be pleased. ORRHS Principal Michael Devoll acknowledged on March 12 the push from some parents in the community to allow dual enrollment to impact the students’ GPAs; however, it was determined that dual enrollment is not […] Read more »

Questioning EMS’s “Funky” Accounting


He did not have a problem with Police Chief Mary Lyons’s fiscal year 2015 budget, per se – but he did have a problem with the way the Police Department’s bookkeeper has been appropriating (or, rather, not appropriating) expenditures to their proper line items. Finance Committee Member Gary Johnson physically appeared uncomfortable upon discussing Lyons’s […] Read more »

Attorney for Accused Firefighter Speaks Out


The attorney for Lieutenant Patrick Saltmarsh says the Town of Mattapoisett’s “wrongful accusations” against Saltmarsh have now opened the Town up to the risk of the exposure of some dubious information about Saltmarsh’s fellow firefighters. Saltmarsh is accused of allegedly embezzling $1,345 from the Firefighters Association “despite a total lack of evidence,” as Attorney Philip […] Read more »

Pool on Reservation Road a Concern


A request for a Notice of Intent to construct a 12-foot by 24-foot in-ground swimming pool, a retaining wall, and a patio at 17 Reservation Road was discussed at Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission. The applicant, Gale P. Runnells, was represented by Rick Charon of Charon Associates of Rochester. The proposed project […] Read more »

Marion Village May Have New Café


A proposed café at 146 Front Street proposed by Kate Ross, co-owner of the Dean Ross home furnishings store, was discussed at Monday’s Marion Planning Board meeting. Ross told the board that she would like to open a café in the area behind her retail store and wanted to discuss it with the Planning Board. […] Read more »

One More Year for Grant Writer


Marion’s grant writer was given one more year to produce more grant money for the Town after selectmen voted March 18 to leave the grant writer in the FY15 budget, despite the Finance Committee’s recommendation to abolish the position. Selectman Jonathan Henry has advocated on behalf of Development Specialist Pamela Marean ever since FinCom sent […] Read more »

High Tech Septic Proposed for Development


A Brandt Beach Road housing development may get a different type of septic system, something that is already in use in many areas, but new for Mattapoisett. Attorney John Williams, partner and legal representative for the project, came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board to discuss a plan modification and to propose upgrading the septic to […] Read more »

Board Appoints Two “Matrons” to PD


What is the job of a police matron, you may be asking right now. Matrons are on-call female employees whose responsibility is to supervise female prisoners, and assist with other procedures such as the patting down and searching of the body of a female in police custody. As per the request of Police Chief Paul […] Read more »

Fate of Grant Writer still Undecided


The proof is in the pudding, as Finance Committee Member Margherita Baldwin put it, when it comes to how effective the Town’s grant writer has been in obtaining funding for projects to supplement the budget. The Finance Committee is certain it wants to eliminate the grant writer position from the fiscal 2015 budget, but on […] Read more »