Community Preservation Opens Application Cycle


The first meeting of the fall season of the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee took place on September 18. After a quick bit of organizational business, which found John DeCosta continuing as the chairman, Margaret DeMello as secretary and Michelle Hughes as treasurer, the committee discussed the opening of the application cycle. The 2014 cycle begins […] Read more »

Standing Room Only at Private Pier Hearing


As anticipated, the proposed Goodspeed Island pier into Mattapoisett Harbor’s recreational space brought out residents from throughout the town, not just the village neighborhood. A standing room only crowd came to hear about Daniel DaRosa’s plans to construct a 290-foot pile supported pier, which is designed with an L-shaped wave attenuator that is 75 feet […] Read more »

CVS ConCom Hearing Postponed


A short agenda became even briefer when two of the three hearings were postponed at the September 10 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission. The developers who are planning to construct a CVS at the corner of Front Street and Route 6 contacted the commission after requesting the meeting and said that they were not […] Read more »

Selectmen OK Boat Storage


The Marion Board of Selectmen on September 16 approved a license for A & J Boatworks to resume using Town-owned property adjacent to the company to store boats until June of 2015. Elizabeth Kunz, attorney for Rich Patten, told Selectmen Jody Dickerson and Stephen Cushing that for years the company had stored boats during the […] Read more »

Farmers Face Wetland Issues


Two brothers have sunk their life savings and every spare dollar they earn at other occupations to buy and develop a small farm that is riddled with jurisdictional wetlands. Now they must work with Rochester Conservation Commission members to find a way to not violate the wetland protection act – again. An anonymous letter brought […] Read more »

Too Many Students, Not Enough Books


An unexpected increase in the student body this school year that caught administration by surprise resulted in a shortage of textbooks and some larger class sizes, specifically in introductory-level Spanish and Health. “The school has grown,” said Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Michael Devoll. He said the old adage was that the school was […] Read more »

Board Prepares for CVS Crowd


Expecting a high turnout for its next meeting that will feature a proposed CVS location at the northeast corner of Front Street and Route 6, Marion Planning Board members on September 15 voted 5-1 to hold its October 6 meeting at the Marion Music Hall to accommodate anywhere from 50 to 100 residents who may […] Read more »

Fingerprinting Policy Raises Discussion


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


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


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 »