Breakaway Walls Questioned


During a Notice of Intent hearing at the March 9 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission, commission member Jeffrey Doubrava questioned Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering, Inc. on how effective breakaway walls would be if used on new construction proposed at 20 Front Street. The applicant, Ann Severance, is planning to raze the existing home […] Read more »

Damaged Trails Slated for Repairs


A hiking trail at the Rounseville II Preserve located off Mary’s Pond Road that was damaged by illegal ATV use will be enhanced with a series of bog bridges that will stretch across some of the affected areas, making them passable again by foot. Eric Boyer of the Wildlands Trust, Inc., custodians of the preserve, […] Read more »

Town Resolves Backstop Issue with Tabor


The unpermitted backstop that contributed to a several years-long legal battle between the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals and Tabor Academy is allowed to remain now that the ZBA has granted Tabor the variance it requested. On March 10, with a unanimous vote, the board let bygones be bygones and allowed the controversial backstop to […] Read more »

Angry Abutters Out In Force


It didn’t take long for tempers to flair as abutters packed in Rochester’s Town Hall on March 10 for the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals meeting began to speak out against their neighbor’s application for a variance. Robert Fiano, 397 North Avenue, applied for a zoning variance in order to construct a 28- by 33-foot […] Read more »

ORR to Replenish School Choice Program


After debating the pros and cons of the school choice program, the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on March 9 voted to only add 15 school choice slots to the next school year to replenish the 18 graduating school choice seniors of this year. Five slots were approved for seventh grade, two slots for eighth […] Read more »

State Seeks Archeology Survey of Solar Site


In a letter dated March 1, Brona Simon of the Massachusetts Historical Commission requested that the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs order an archeological survey of the 620 Boston Road property before ground is broken to construct a large-scale solar farm. The letter asserts that the area is an archeologically-sensitive area rich in […] Read more »

Mattapoisett ConCom Strives For Consistency


With a word of warning to all in attendance at the March 14 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, acting Chairman Peter Newton said that due to the absence of Chairman Bob Rogers, Environmental Agent Liz Leidhold, and Secretary Teresa Austin, some hearings might have to be continued. He asked for everyone’s understanding and patience […] Read more »

Bay Club Covenant Modified


During the March 7 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, members signed covenant modifications to The Bay Club’s recent trash agreement with the Town. Clearing this hurdle allows the subdivision association to seek inclusion in public trash collection from the Board of Health. In recent months, the Planning Board has been under pressure from at […] Read more »

Override and OPEB Discussed


During the March 3 meeting of the Rochester School Committee, Chairman Tina Rood told members, “The piece about the override is not positive to everyone….” Rood had recently attended the Old Rochester Regional school district budget meeting on February 29. That summit meeting included finance committee members and administrators from the Tri-Town. The possibility of […] Read more »

State to Test Air Quality at Sippican School


The state will test the indoor air quality of Sippican School to find the source of what could be exacerbating the allergies of some teachers and possibly some students, as previously discussed by the Marion School Committee and Marion Teachers Association and Health and Safety Committee member Nicole Boussy on February 3. Results of testing […] Read more »