Selectmen Air Concerns and Review FY16


Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne met with the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on April 7 to present the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and to answer their questions and flush out areas of concern in advance of Town Meeting. Gagne and the Finance Committee had been plugging away for weeks, meeting with department heads and reviewing […] Read more »

Saltworks Surprised, Needs Special Permit


The Saltworks Marine property development project slated for 291 Wareham Road made some progress on April 6, even with the revelation that the project would require a special permit in addition to the site plan review process with the Marion Planning Board. Saltworks owner Daniel Crete and Engineer Douglas Schneider, standing in for David Davignon, […] Read more »

Board Gives Commendations, Ignores Recommendations


The Marion Board of Selectmen recognized and congratulated the Old Rochester Regional Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team and pronounced that day, April 7, as the Old Rochester Boys’ Basketball Team Day. ORR Bulldogs were present at the meeting, held at the Marion Music Hall to accommodate the team members and their families, and were presented certificates […] Read more »

No School Choice for Marion


The Marion School Committee on April 1 opted out of the school choice program for another school year, mostly because of uncertainty over the population of school children that the 40B housing at Marion Village Estates will likely bring to the district. Superintendent of Schools Doug White recommended the committee forego participating in school choice […] Read more »

Parker Reelected as Rochester Selectman


Selectman Naida Parker has won the only contested race in the 2015 Rochester Town Election on April 8, beating out current Town Moderator Greenwood “Woody” Hartley, and current ZBA Chairman and former selectman Richard Cutler. As the polls closed Wednesday night at 8:00pm, Parker, Cutler, and Hartley, surrounded by family, stood quietly on along the […] Read more »

Candidates Face Off at Forum


It’s the first time in a long time that Rochester voters have actually had a choice in the election, commented Richard Cutler, candidate for the Rochester Board of Selectmen on April 2 during the Candidate’s Forum hosted by the Rochester Senior Center. The three candidates – Cutler, Greenwald “Woody” Hartley, and incumbent Selectman Naida Parker […] Read more »

Summer Harbor Services Discussed


David Kaiser of the Mattapoisett Boat Yard met with the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board during its March 26 meeting to discuss services provided by his business for boaters in Mattapoisett Harbor and waterways. Kaiser said that overall, the 2014 summer season had been a successful time for both the town and for his business, with […] Read more »

FinCom Not Ready for Recommendations


As the town inches closer to Town Meeting, a regular topic of discussion for the Marion Finance Committee continues to be the fire pumper truck requested by the Fire Department, just as it was last year. What has changed since then, though, is the FinCom’s acceptance of the high price tag that still hovers at […] Read more »

FinCom Meets with Cap Plan and CPC


The Mattapoisett Finance Committee met with members of the Capital Planning and Community Preservation Committees on March 25 to discuss their financial decisions for fiscal year 2016. Both committees will have their decisions voted upon during the annual town meeting in May. Chuck McCullough, Capital Planning chairman, accompanied by committee members Jerry Johnson and Alan […] Read more »

Talking ‘Bout the Rochester Country Fair


Who wouldn’t enjoy standing at the Rochester Country Fair listening to a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band while watching men throw telephone poles like javelins … with an ice-cold one in their hand? Sure, there might still be snow covering the Rochester Country Fairgrounds, but members of the Country Fair Committee are busy planning for the […] Read more »