Enforcement Order Issued to Wellspring Farm


Wellspring Farm located at 42 Hiller Road in Rochester was cited on June 7 for encroaching and altering wetlands by storing a massive manure pile – a pile that has grown to a whopping quarter-acre as high as 10 feet over the past 20 years. Jim and Gretchen Vogel have been operating a therapeutic riding […] Read more »

Planning Board Scrutinizes Solar Farm


Marion Planning Board member Jen Francis on June 6 was happy to announce a new initiative she has devised. “The idea is to increase our access to community and the community’s access to us,” Francis said. “If the board agrees, I’d like to add 15 minutes to the Planning Board agenda in which anyone can […] Read more »

Sewer Rates to Increase Significantly


Sewer users in Marion will see a significant increase in their sewer bills come this next fiscal year after the Marion Board of Selectmen on June 7 approved the recommendation to increase the rates set by the Water/Sewer Rate Committee. Finance Director Judith Mooney said a 2.5% base sewer rate hike was simply not enough […] Read more »

Troubled Waters


While landlubbers sit on beaches gazing out at the splendor of blue waters, blue skies and a horizon dotted with colorful sails and boats of all shapes and sizes, the people on those vessels are all too aware that safe navigation is paramount from the moment they pull away from shore. Harbormasters and boaters also […] Read more »

Doubrava Reviews Coastal Marine Resources


Everyone near and far knows the importance of protecting Marion’s environmentally sensitive coastline and associated wetlands. In order to keep protections in place, it sometimes takes a Philadelphia lawyer – or in the case of Marion, a Conservation Commission member – willing to go the extra mile. On May 25 during the Marion Conservation Commission […] Read more »

Board Wary of Solar Developer’s Intentions


The Rochester Planning Board almost came down hard on Perry’s Lane solar farm developer Jay Myrto of Clean Energy Collective on May 25 after the board questioned whether Myrto proceeded in bad faith in continuing with the construction of the solar farm after the board told him at the last meeting to fix the screening […] Read more »

Developer Fixing Erosion Control Concerns


Ted Gowdy of Aerie Homes of Waltham, the developer of high-end residences at The Preserve at the Bay Club, apologized during the May 23 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission for several site work issues previously raised by Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold. Gowdy confirmed that Leidhold had brought such matters as water being pumped into […] Read more »

New Business at Old Venues


During the May 24 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, two new businesses received all alcohol and common victualler licenses. Coming before the board was Nabih “Nabby” Maujabber of New Bedford to discuss his plans for opening the Lebanese Kitchen at the former Mattapoisett Chowder House, 79 Fairhaven Road. Maujabber said they were faced […] Read more »

Silvershell Beach Now Smoke-Free


Leave your cigarettes at home if you’re heading to Silvershell Beach in Marion this summer because the Marion Board of Health is getting rid of the designated smoking section located at the edge of the beach and doing away with the cigarette barrel once placed there. This was the first topic brought to the table […] Read more »

Special Permit Filing Withdrawn


Patricia Harrington, 169 North Street, laid out all the reasons why the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals should approve her request for a special permit to construct a new home on her undeveloped abutting lot. During the May 19 hearing, Harrington told the board that when she purchased the two side-by-side parcels in 1975, it […] Read more »