Easy Approval for Special Permits


With no opposition from board members or abutters, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals approved two petitions for special permits during a swift meeting on September 18. Christian and Bashawn Thorell of 23 Brandt Beach Avenue were granted a special permit to add a 12-foot by 15-foot sunroom to their home, as well as a […] Read more »

Selectmen Chop BOH Requests from Warrant


After expressing frustration over items in an article submitted by the health agent, Rochester Board of Selectmen on September 22 excluded them altogether while approving the rest of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant. Health Agent Karen Walega sought to increase the public health nurse’s salary line item by $5,000, double the current amount, which […] Read more »

FinCom Prepares for Special Town Meeting


Members of the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on September 18 got a peek at the issues to appear as articles on the October 20 Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant, starting with a presentation by Highway Surveyor Barry Denham on the progress and future of the Town’s road improvement plan. Town Meeting members will vote on the […] Read more »

Full Agenda for Board of Selectmen


With a full agenda on their first fall meeting, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen got right down to business on September 23. One delicate matter was discussed early in the meeting. During the September 9 State Primary, newly-elected Town Clerk Catherine Heuberger apparently made an error that has left those election results pending state certification. […] Read more »

Community Preservation Opens Application Cycle


The first meeting of the fall season of the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee took place on September 18. After a quick bit of organizational business, which found John DeCosta continuing as the chairman, Margaret DeMello as secretary and Michelle Hughes as treasurer, the committee discussed the opening of the application cycle. The 2014 cycle begins […] Read more »

Standing Room Only at Private Pier Hearing


As anticipated, the proposed Goodspeed Island pier into Mattapoisett Harbor’s recreational space brought out residents from throughout the town, not just the village neighborhood. A standing room only crowd came to hear about Daniel DaRosa’s plans to construct a 290-foot pile supported pier, which is designed with an L-shaped wave attenuator that is 75 feet […] Read more »

CVS ConCom Hearing Postponed


A short agenda became even briefer when two of the three hearings were postponed at the September 10 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission. The developers who are planning to construct a CVS at the corner of Front Street and Route 6 contacted the commission after requesting the meeting and said that they were not […] Read more »

Selectmen OK Boat Storage


The Marion Board of Selectmen on September 16 approved a license for A & J Boatworks to resume using Town-owned property adjacent to the company to store boats until June of 2015. Elizabeth Kunz, attorney for Rich Patten, told Selectmen Jody Dickerson and Stephen Cushing that for years the company had stored boats during the […] Read more »

Farmers Face Wetland Issues


Two brothers have sunk their life savings and every spare dollar they earn at other occupations to buy and develop a small farm that is riddled with jurisdictional wetlands. Now they must work with Rochester Conservation Commission members to find a way to not violate the wetland protection act – again. An anonymous letter brought […] Read more »

Too Many Students, Not Enough Books


An unexpected increase in the student body this school year that caught administration by surprise resulted in a shortage of textbooks and some larger class sizes, specifically in introductory-level Spanish and Health. “The school has grown,” said Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Michael Devoll. He said the old adage was that the school was […] Read more »