Land Acquisitions Top List for CPC Funding


On April 6, members of the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee met with the Finance Committee and Town Administrator Michael Gagne to present the list of applications approved by the CPC for funding. With the blessing of the Finance Committee and the selectmen, these grant requests will head to the voters when the annual town meeting […] Read more »

Phony Threat Sends ORR into Lockdown


Phony Threat Sends ORR into Lockdown At 11:55 am Thursday, April 13, police were called to Old Rochester Regional Junior High and High School in response to a call the Mattapoisett Police Department received warning of a person with a gun at the schoo During a press conference at the Mattapoisett police station Thursday afternoon, Mattapoisett […] Read more »

Morse Re-Elected to Board of Selectmen


Selectman Brad Morse won the race for re-election to the Rochester Board of Selectmen on April 13, beating his opponent Michael Murphy, a former selectman and current member of the Planning Board. “I’d like to thank the voters for supporting me for another term as a selectman,” said Morse Wednesday night. “As a whole, I’m […] Read more »

Archeological Dig Pauses Solar Project Progress


The Rochester Planning Board continued the public hearing for Renewable Energy LLC, developers of a large-scale solar farm slated for the historic center of Rochester, after the state ordered an archeological exploration of the property before approval of the project. The Massachusetts Historic Commission, in a letter to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental […] Read more »

Mattapoisett FY17 Working Budget Reviewed


April 4 may have held weather surprises with falling snow and growling plows outside town hall, but inside everything was by the numbers. Town Administrator Michael Gagne was meeting with the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen to discuss and review the working fiscal year 2017 budget. The budget’s bottom line stands at just slightly north of […] Read more »

Harbormaster Urges Shorter Billing Cycle


Since becoming the Mattapoisett Harbormaster, Jill Simmons has striven to improve the finances of the Waterfront Enterprise Fund and all that that entails. During the March 31 meeting of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board, she continued on that theme. “In my opinion, it’s a major problem sending bills out on the first of February. They’ve […] Read more »

Selectmen OK Advancing Aquaculture Application


Chris Bryant’s application for a half-acre oyster farm located near Silvershell Beach and Stewart’s Island will move forward for state approval after the Marion Board of Selectmen gave the proposed aquaculture farm the nod on April 5. Selectmen only voted to allow the application to advance in the state permitting process; they will still need […] Read more »

Candidate Withdraws from Marion Selectman Race


Dale Jones has pulled out of the Marion Board of Selectman race and is now throwing his support behind candidate Stephen Gonsalves. Jones handed in his intent to withdraw from the election to the town clerk’s office on Monday night, April 4, one week before the Monday, April 11 deadline to drop out of the […] Read more »

Shed Allowed to Remain


A creature of habit, Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals member Kirby Gilmore arrived at the Rochester Town Hall to attend the March 24 business meeting for the ZBA at the usual time of 7:00 pm. However, the business meeting had been pushed back to 7:30 pm. Tom Flynn had also arrived at the usual time, […] Read more »

“…Leave the Planning Board at the Door…”


Engineer David Davignon found himself in a defensive posture as the hearing for his clients, Fred Schernecker and Anthony Campbell, 1 Goodspeed Island, was re-opened during the March 28 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Chairman Bob Rogers was unable to attend the previous March 14 hearing when Peter Newton was appointed acting chairman by […] Read more »