Man Charged with 153 Counts of Poaching


Mattapoisett Harbormaster Jill Simmons sensed something fishy on Wednesday, May 18, while giving a hand to a boater who was having a hard time backing up his trailer to the boat ramp. Following her gut, her hunch led to the arrest of Belmiro Baptista, 65, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for poaching sea bass. “We got […] Read more »

Rochester Hires New Town Administrator


The Rochester Board of Selectmen has found its new town administrator, and selectmen didn’t have to look very far to find her. Suzanne Szyndlar, the current part-time town accountant for the Towns of Rochester and Mattapoisett, will assume the full-time position as the town’s first female town administrator since the position was established. “The Board […] Read more »

As-Built Plans To Be Confirmed


The newest team developing the beleaguered Brandt Point Village subdivision met informally with the Mattapoisett Planning Board on May 16 to discuss the current status of Phase 1 and the tri-party agreement pending for Phase 2. Mark Marcus of Omega Financial Corporation, the current lender and trustee replacing Joseph Furtado, along with builder Armand Cortellesso […] Read more »

BOS Releases Town Hall Restoration Funds


Tuesday, May 17, marked Stephen Gonsalves’ first meeting as a selectman. “Welcome!” said fellow Selectman Stephen Cushing. “Thank you,” Gonsalves replied, “I want to thank the voters for bringing me in.” Gonsalves and Cushing, joined by fellow Selectman Jody Dickerson, set out to reorganize the Marion Board of Selectmen, something that Cushing reminded the audience […] Read more »

No-Touch Zones Cause Concern


It came to light during the May 17 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission that the commission is facing with greater frequency property owners whose applications are difficult to accept. “I know it’s frustrating,” said Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon, “but with small lots it’s a problem.” She said that, increasingly, the commission is receiving applications […] Read more »

‘No’ to Alcohol at ORR Farmers’ Market


The Old Rochester Regional School Committee denied a request from Running Brook Vineyard & Winery to sell wine at the Old Rochester Summer Farmers’ Market that takes place at the ORR school grounds on Tuesday afternoons June through October. The winery received state approval to sell its wine products at farmers’ markets; however, venues and […] Read more »

ZBA Approves Two-Family Conversion


A hesitant Marion Zoning Board of Appeals reluctantly approved an application for the conversion of a one-family to a two-family dwelling in a 4-1 vote on May 12 after initially denying the special permit back in December. Owner of 444 Front Street, Chris Shachoy, appealed the board’s decision at Plymouth Superior Court, which remanded the […] Read more »

Schools Seek to Share Resource Officer


Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School and Rochester Memorial School are hoping to share a full-time dedicated school resource officer, and on May 16, Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee strongly advocated for one before the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee members. “The things going on today in the schools, you read about in […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Tree Warden Wins Fourth Term


There were only three contested races in the 2016 Mattapoisett Annual Election – Tree Warden, Mattapoisett School Committee, and Community Preservation Committee – and the man of the hour was definitely Tree Warden Roland Cote who was waiting on May 17 at Old Hammondtown School when the polls closed to hear if he would continue […] Read more »

Gonsalves Elected to Board of Selectmen


With a decisive vote, Stephen Gonsalves was elected to the Marion Board of Selectmen on May 13, beating opponent and fellow Planning Board and Conservation Commission member Norman Hills 686-413. “It’s very humbling. Wow,” said Gonsalves. “When I sat down and heard the numbers, I nearly fell off my chair.” Gonsalves said he was speechless […] Read more »