Juno, What? Winter Storm on its Way


A blizzard watch is in effect for our area effective Monday evening until late Tuesday night, with an urgent warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the potential for a historic winter storm to bury the region with snow and blow through with winds that could gust up to 60 miles per […] Read more »

The Heart of Technology is in the Library


The latest wave in technology education is known as “the library common,” and the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on January 14 gave the approval for the junior and senior high schools to move forward in establishing their own. ORR Junior High School Librarian Carol Herrmann and Assistant Superintendent Elise Frangos introduced the new grade […] Read more »

Marion Fire Chief Announces Retirement


Marion Fire Chief Thomas Joyce announced his intent to retire in a letter addressed to the Marion Board of Selectmen, and on January 20 selectmen had nothing but good things to say about Chief Joyce who will retire June 30 of this year. Now selectmen must decide where they will look for his replacement – […] Read more »

Well Research Confirms High Water Yield


On January 20, the Mattapoisett Water and Sewer Commissioners met with AECOM, an international architectural and engineering firm that provides turnkey infra-structure solutions to a variety of industries as well as municipalities. They were employed by the Town to provide research and propose solutions for several high-profile water and sewer projects. Doug DeNatale of AECOM […] Read more »

Board Erupts Over Minutes…Again


An intense argument over minutes overshadowed budget discussions, as the Marion Planning Board was divided 5-2 (a consistent number that night) in its opinion regarding how Planning Board Clerk Robert Lane should be taking minutes. The debate led to a motion by member Steve Gonsalves to keep meeting minutes limited to bare-bones information such as […] Read more »

Mother Begs, “Give My Son a Chance!”


It was a fairly emotionally charged meeting on January 8 when a mother was pleading on behalf of her child for abutters to allow her son to have a dog-breeding kennel – a rather dramatic sight to behold. Brian and Cheryl Goguen of 181 Braley Hill Road came before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals […] Read more »

Bay Club Lot Line Shuffle


Over the history of the Bay Club, developers have come and developers have gone. A recent addition to the list of homebuilders is Aerie Homes of Waltham, whose Ted Gowdy came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on January 12. Having purchased 36 lots on Fieldstone and Split Road Drives in an area of the Bay […] Read more »

Breakfast Put on Hold at RMS


Rochester Memorial School students just weren’t hungry enough to participate in a school breakfast program, despite the efforts of RMS staff to entice enough kids in order to make the venture viable. RMS Principal Derek Medeiros told the Rochester School Committee on January 8 that some kids he polled did express interest in having breakfast […] Read more »

Mattapoisett to Partner with Coastal Coalition


Town Administrator Michael Gagne said during the January 13 Board of Selectmen meeting that Mattapoisett’s pursuit to modify the FEMA flood plain mapping “won’t be the end all and save people from flood insurance costs…. We have a reprieve until 2017.” He said residents who saw their flood insurance rates skyrocket, followed by some temporary […] Read more »

Water Tower Makes Progress


The Town of Marion continues with its plan for the construction of the new one million-gallon water tank at 214 Delano Road. John Greggory of Tata & Howard, representing the Marion Department of Public Works, told the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on January 8 that the project requires a variance for the construction of […] Read more »