Grant Monies Received


The first piece of business the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission handled was voting for the appointment of Robert “Bob” Rogers as chairman to replace Peter Newton for the coming year. Newton had announced the necessity of his stepping down as chair at a previous meeting and asked the commission to select another member for the post. […] Read more »

Town Meeting Misunderstood Bylaw Articles


An article to amend a bylaw pertaining to home businesses was misunderstood by Town Meeting members before they struck it down, said Rochester Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson on October 28. “It was a misunderstanding,” said Johnson. No one was trying to make it illegal to park an RV on the front lawn, said Johnson, […] Read more »

Lights Will Shine At Rochester Crossroads


The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals will let there be light at Rochester Crossroads, giving approval to the special permit for signs with soft halo backlit lighting at the proposed Cranberry Highway location – under the condition that the lights be turned off after business hours. The board had several concerns they wanted addressed from […] Read more »

Are Fireworks Contaminating Rochester Water?


They only gather once a year to discuss inter-town water interests, voice their concerns, and share their visions for their respective towns, so members of the Rochester, Marion, and Wareham Water Boards sat and chatted like old friends on October 23 and updated each other on the status and progress of their towns – water-wise. […] Read more »

Cottage Street Application Withdrawn


As the Town House conference room filled with families and residents from the neighborhood of 16 Cottage Street, no one noticed a significant absence: No one from Sippican Preservation LLC was present. Marion Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Eric Pierce opened the meeting with the full room quietly waiting for the hearing for the proposed […] Read more »

Team CVS Begins Journey With ConCom


The developers of a proposed CVS for Route 6 began its Marion Conservation Commission chapter in what is looking like a seemingly slow saga ahead for the project; Team CVS received its first ConCom continuation on October 22 for its initial Request for Determination of Applicability to confirm the boundaries of the wetlands. ConCom Chairman […] Read more »

Technology, Safety Dominate Discussion


The Marion Capital Improvement Planning Committee (CIPC) met October 16 at the Marion Police Station to discuss changes to the ten-year plan for Sippican School assuggested by Old Rochester Regional School District Facilities Director Eugene Jones. Jones opened his statements to the group by requesting an increase in the amount of funds allotted for the […] Read more »

Board Drafts Letter to CVS Developers


With a unanimous vote, Marion Planning Board members approved a draft letter addressed to developers Robert Korff and Dean Holt of Mark Investments, LLC in response to recent pre-submission conferences, one of them attended by about 150 residents. Board members agreed that during the last meeting, the representatives of the proposed CVS at the corner […] Read more »

Resident Gets Lucky with Septic Variance


Apparently it does not happen often, but one property owner was lucky enough to ‘strike sand’ during a percolation test, winning him a variance to install a new septic system at a four-foot separation to groundwater level, instead of the Title 5 required five-foot separation. On October 21, Kevin Forgue of G.A.F. Engineering told the […] Read more »

Opposition Mounts Against Goodspeed Pier


The October 21 meeting of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board was yet another Town board that heard concerns and reasons from residents opposed to Daniel DaRosa’s application to build a 290-foot pier into Mattapoisett’s harbor. It was also a meeting called solely for the purpose of hearing from the public one more time as the […] Read more »