RPD Investigates Possible Dog Shooting


The Rochester Police Department is actively investigating an alleged shooting of a dog, possibly with a BB or pellet gun, in Rochester last week. Noble, a 4-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever belonging to Mark Stack, was let outside by his owner on Wednesday, October 14 sometime between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, according to Police Chief […] Read more »

ZBA Approves Building Appeal


David and Laurie Jewett arrived at the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on October 8 seeking permission to construct a storage shed approximately 15 feet away from the property boundary. This runs against town bylaws, which state that a shed of the proposed size must be at least 40 feet from the property line. […] Read more »

Town Must Negotiate with Solar Developer


Since the last public hearing for the proposed solar farm slated for the center of Rochester, Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson said on October 13 that subsequent talks between lawyers for both the developer and the town have led to this: The town cannot tell solar developer NextSun Energy that it cannot cut trees within […] Read more »

Police Biggest Expense for Country Fair


Rochester Country Fair Board of Directors Co-Chairman Dave Souza lauded the Rochester Fire Department for their accommodation and generosity with resources and manpower during the country fair this year, but expressed disappointment when explaining that police expenses are by far one of the most significant expenditures of the yearly event. Everything went smoothly during this […] Read more »

Board Pleased by Last Minute Plan Change


Despite its creation of a further non-conformance, the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals was poised to approve the Special Permit for Dale Allison of 359 Delano Road on October 8 when Allison presented an altered plan that increased the non-conformance slightly less than the previous plan and satisfied a neighbor’s concern that the new house […] Read more »

School Committee Hears PARCC Update


Sippican School students scored lower than expected on the new PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) online exam, Superintendent of Schools Doug White told the Marion School Committee on October 7, adding that the Massachusetts Teachers Association is lobbying for a three-year moratorium on all standardized testing. The low scores on […] Read more »

Town Seeks Reimbursement for Vaccine Loss


The Marion Board of Health is hoping to recover the almost $5,000 in damages caused by the failure of a vaccine refrigerator that resulted in the loss of at least 18 different vaccine doses. Marion Health Director Karen Walega in a September 15 memorandum to Town Administrator Paul Dawson listed the different vaccines lost and […] Read more »

Two New Car Enterprises Planned


Applications for two more licenses to operate automobile businesses in Mattapoisett brings the total to four – four new businesses for the sale of new and/or the sale and repair of used cars. During the October 13 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, Talor Rocha, 3 Church Street, requested a Class II Auto Dealer […] Read more »

Complete Streets Planning Has Begun


Armed with maps of the town showing “collector roads” in bold relief and “Route 6” even bolder, Bonne DeSousa began the October 8 public meeting with an explanation. DeSousa said the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen had approved the public meeting to begin the process of developing a “complete street” plan for Mattapoisett. The state has […] Read more »

No More Water for New Bedford


The Town of Rochester took action in opposition to the requests of the Cities of New Bedford and Taunton for increased water withdrawals from Little Quitticas Pond, saying in a letter addressed to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that the current permitted withdrawals are already excessive and must be reduced. The letter, signed by […] Read more »