Fingerprinting Policy Raises Discussion

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In light of the State’s new policy mandating fingerprinting of all school employees, members of “The Joint” must now figure out its own policy regarding how to fingerprint others, such as parent volunteers, who take part in school activities. “The CORI (Criminal Offender Record Check) is still there,” said Superintendent Doug White. “And CORIs are […] Read more »

Selectmen Place Restrictions on Dog Kennel

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The owners of a dog kennel at 368 North Avenue will have to reduce the number of dogs at their kennel until they construct a proper building in which to house their breeding dogs after the Rochester Board of Selectmen decided September 15 how to handle the complaints of incessant barking that has created a […] Read more »

Committee Deliberates Playground Fence

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Mattapoisett School Committee members from both sides of the fence considered just that – a proposed enclosure around the playground area near the circular drive at Center School. Facilities Director Gene Jones on September 8 presented his recommended plan for a fence to cordon off the early childhood playground area, an idea first suggested by […] Read more »

Chairman Wants Faster Boarding of Buses

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Parents, some of you are taking too long getting your kids on the school bus, so said Rochester School Committee Chairman Sharon Hartley on September 4 during their first meeting of the new school year. The discussion was continued from last year when the topic of consolidating bus stops first came up. New School Business […] Read more »

Brandt Island Projects Bring out Residents

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Two Brandt Island Road projects brought out neighbors and abutters whose concerns were heard by the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission at their September 8 meeting. The first project heard was Brandt Point Village, which has been the subject of storm water management hearings and proposed unit reconfiguration to this cluster housing project that has brought out […] Read more »

New Year, New Faces

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The Marion School Committee was back in session September 3, with a couple of new key administrative staff members attending their first meeting. Old Rochester Regional School District Superintendent Doug White introduced the new School Business Administrator, Patrick Spencer, and the new Director of Student Services, Mike Nelson, to the committee before getting down to […] Read more »

MAB Says No To Private Dock

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With concern that a proposed 290-foot private dock on Goodspeed Island is not good for the public use of public waterways, Mattapoisett’s Marine Advisory Board sent a letter stating their position to the Board of Selectmen through Town Administrator Mike Gagne. The proposed dock had been discussed at their July meeting, at which time the […] Read more »

Con Comm Allows Buffer Zone Work

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The Rochester Conservation Commission gave its approval for two projects within a buffer zone surrounding vegetated wetlands to move forward. The first was a Request of Determination of Applicability filed by Harris Real Estate Boston, LLC for property located at 45 Kings Highway, Rochester. The applicant, represented by Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering, Inc., proposed […] Read more »

Selectmen Keep Authority of Sprague’s Cove

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After taking the matter into consideration, the Marion Board of Selectmen voted September 2 to maintain authoritative control over Sprague’s Cove, choosing not to hand over management to the Marion Open Spaces Acquisition Commission or the Conservation Commission. Chairman Jon Henry referred to an August 20 memorandum the board received from John and Susan Teal, […] Read more »

CVS Proposed for Marion

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In the lead up to what will probably be a long road for the developers of CVS, the Marion Planning Board met with the point people for Mark Investments, LLC at their special September 2 meeting. Calling the meeting a “pre-submission” conference, Chairman Stephen Kokkins broke the discussion into two parts: the relocation of the […] Read more »