Selectmen Sign Warrant


On April 28, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen signed the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. With over 40 articles facing the voters on May 11, Selectman Tyler Macallister stated, “It will be a two night town meeting…” Articles assured to garner time and attention will be bylaws authored by the Conservation Commission and the Agricultural Committee. […] Read more »

ConCom Bylaw Draws Questions, Concerns


The public hearing on a proposed wetlands bylaw drew a steady stream of questions and voiced confusion, as well as support from a packed meeting room at the Mattpoisett Town Hall on April 23. Chairman Bob Rogers and the members of the Conservation Commission have been at it for several months, debating amongst themselves and […] Read more »

Little League Signs in Violation


Old Rochester Little League President Derek Mello was called in to the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on April 23 because the current signage at Gifford Park does not comply with the 1993 permit granted by the ZBA. Mello told the board that Building Commissioner James Buckles contacted him about the outfacing signs, which […] Read more »

Goodspeed Island Pier Hearing Draws Hundreds


“On my fiftieth birthday, my husband gave me a signed purchase and sale agreement for land on the water…” Thus began Laurie DaRosa’s comments about how she and her husband, Daniel, came to purchase the parcel on Goodspeed Island, a location she said was the culmination of years of hard work and the fulfillment of […] Read more »

Saltworks Continued, Contention over Minutes


The Marion Planning Board met April 21 to discuss the housing Production Plan from the Marion Affordable Housing Trust, and continued the public hearing for Saltworks Marine’s new facility located at 291 Wareham Street. The April 6 meeting with the Planning Board left Dan Crete, owner of Saltworks Marine, and Dave Davignon of N. Douglas […] Read more »

Master Plan Doesn’t Garner Public Interest


Norman Hills and Rico Ferrari, members of the Marion Planning Board, outlined for the Marion Board of Selectmen members Jody Dickerson and Stephen Cushing the Town’s Master Plan. Hills said a public workshop had been held and meetings with SRPEDD had taken place. Information and feedback gathered from those activities fed into the final document. […] Read more »

School Adopts Military Leave Policy


The ORR school district has never taken an official vote on a military leave policy for employees, so on April 8 the Old Rochester Regional School Committee formally adopted one to address the situation of ORR Math teacher Micah Kidney who serves in the U.S. National Guard. Superintendent Doug White suggested options such as the […] Read more »

Town Budget Gap Nearly Closed


The Rochester Board of Selectmen tackled a full agenda on April 13, including board reorganization after the reelection of Selectman Naida Parker and the ascendancy of Selectman Richard Nunes to the chair. Town Administrator Michael McCue was the first to congratulate Selectman Parker on her reelection. During the meeting, McCue informed the board that the […] Read more »

FinCom Hears Good News


Another cold spring evening, another Finance Committee Meeting for Mattapoisett’s team of financial advisors; but on April 8, they also heard some warming good news. Kathleen Costello, principal assessor, was invited by Town Administrator Michael Gagne to shed light on the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program the Town has in place for the […] Read more »

Students Fundraise for Students in Africa


Sixth graders at Old Hammondtown School have come up with a unique way of raising money for a cause – the result of learning about the precious commodity of water, both in Mattapoisett and in the rest of the world. Funded by a $3,000 grant provided by the Marion League of Women Voters, sixth grade […] Read more »