Kids Enjoy Trial Breakfast Program

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Rochester Memorial School held its first of two days piloting a school breakfast program on May 21, and on June 2 RMS Principal Derek Medeiros told the Rochester School Committee what he heard in response from the students. “The feedback I received from the students was pretty exciting,” said Medeiros. “The children were just really […] Read more »

ConCom Issues Enforcement Order

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Quietly, almost gently but assuredly with resolve, the Rochester Conservation Commission on June 2 approved moving forward to deal with property owners who were not in compliance with wetlands regulations. Last December, Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon received an anonymous letter complaining that property located at 78 Alley Road and owned by Robin Baptista had sustained […] Read more »

Board Recommends Bylaw Amendments

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The Rochester Planning Board met May 26 to discuss three zoning bylaw amendments to be presented at the June 8 Annual Town Meeting. The board voted unanimously to recommend that the Town adopt the following amendments in upcoming Town Meeting. One is an amendment to section VII of the Flood Plain District. The amendment will […] Read more »

Antique Home Will Be Updated

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It wasn’t a long or busy night for the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals when they met on May 21 with only two hearings before a full board populated by Chairman Susan Akin, Mary Anne Brogan, Paul Milott, Norman Lyonnais and Kenneth Pacheco. But for one of the two hearings, it was a rather historical […] Read more »

Local Bar Switches Hands

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Ask anyone in town where Rick’s Tavern, AKA “the old Brad’s,” is located and they will likely point you toward the small narrow structure nestled at 35 County Road. The bar has now switched hands and will be called “The Stowaway,” and the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on May 26 approved the On Premise All […] Read more »

Fields Are Fine, Employees Oppose TM Article

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“I’d like to put any rumors to rest about the ball fields,” said David Hughes of the Rochester Parks Commission. “These ball fields right now are running top notch.” Hughes attended the Rochester Board of Selectmen meeting May 18 to dispel the previously discussed notion that the ball fields of Rochester are overcrowded this season […] Read more »

Two Fatalities in Mattapoisett Crash

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Monday May 25, at 10:34pm Mattapoisett Police responded to a reported car crash on Fairhaven Road (Route 6) in Mattapoisett.   On arrival officers found a vehicle with severe damage. It appears that a 2002 Saturn owned and operated by Brooklyn Cody Rodrigues age 21, of 85 Middle Street Fairhaven, was traveling westbound on Route 6 […] Read more »

Town Optimistic about NPDES Progress

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Town Administrator Paul Dawson told the Marion Board of Selectmen on May 19 that after a recent meeting with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, he felt that the Town’s concerns over the EPA’s draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit were “truly listened to” by DEP staff. “All of the agencies represented at […] Read more »

Full-time Substitute Position Approved

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On May 18, the Mattapoisett School Committee voted in favor of a full-time substitute teaching position at Center School where projected kindergarten and first-grade enrollments have committee members concerned about swelling class sizes. “We anticipate 54 [students] coming into kindergarten,” Principal Rosemary Bowman said. This figure accounts for the typical fluctuations due to prospective students […] Read more »

Angry Neighbors Speak Out

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During an otherwise routine night of hearings, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on May 14 heard from two neighbors on two different issues in tones that left no doubt they were angry. First to voice discontent was Becky Lockwood, 2 Mulberry Drive, regarding an application by Elizabeth Chin, 22 Holly Lane, for the construction of a […] Read more »