VFW Officially Offers Building to Town


The Town of Marion has officially been presented with an offer for the donation of the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425 building at 465 Mill Road, and the offer will appear on the October 24 Special Fall Town Meeting warrant. The VFW made the offer in a letter addressed to the Marion Board of […] Read more »

Police Chief and School Committee Clear the Air


Ever since Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee read the news coverage of the June 9 meeting of the Rochester School Committee, he has struggled with a “personal issue” stemming from comments made specifically by School Committee member Sharon Hartley about the chief’s proposal before the Rochester Board of Selectmen to hire a part-time resource officer […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm Special Permit Delayed


Referring to the long, drawn out process he has gone through with multiple hearings before various town boards as “nerve wrecking,” Jim Vogel accompanied by his wife, Holly, and attorney George Boerger, were once again before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on August 25. Since the June ZBA hearing on whether or not the […] Read more »

Board Still Waiting for Zero Waste Timeline


Mike Camara, CEO of ABC Disposal, the owning company of the Zero Waste facility off Cranberry Highway in Rochester, told the Rochester Planning Board on August 24 that after filing for Chapter 11 protection and a subsequent fire, he is unable to give the board what it wanted that night – a timeline for construction. […] Read more »

Applicant Seeks Legal Counsel


The owner of the Silvershell Inn, a bed & breakfast at 460 Front Street, agreed on August 25 to allow the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals to re-open its public hearing for a Special Permit to add a third bedroom to its inn, and then promptly asked for a continuance. Innkeeper Kate Hill told the […] Read more »

What Stinks in Mattapoisett?


If you have spent any time this past week anywhere near Mattapoisett Harbor, you may have taken a deep breath in, expecting the fresh salty sea air to fill your nose, but instead found yourself in an olfactory funk. “Peeeeuuuu! What is that smell?” We have all said it. The smell lingered for days, especially […] Read more »

Rochester Gets Electric Car Grant


Rochester Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar announced on August 22 that the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded the Town of Rochester a grant to acquire three electric vehicles and charging stations under the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. The grant provides up to $7,500 per battery electric vehicle and up to $10,500 per charging station. […] Read more »

Property Clean-up Within Boundary Lines


During the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission’s meeting on August 22, the owner of a soon-to-reopen new restaurant located at 79 Fairhaven Road (Route 6), Nabah Mougabber, came before the commissioners saying, “We own beyond where we have cut.” Abutter Fred Wyze and his family located at 3 River Road had complained to the commission during the […] Read more »

BOH Risks Lawsuit With Menthol Cig Ban


The Marion Board of Health wasn’t aware of just how controversial its decision was to classify menthol cigarettes as flavored tobacco and ban them from sale in Marion, but on August 23 Cheryl Sbarra, senior staff attorney for the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, told the board members that the tobacco industry would likely sue […] Read more »

York Steps Down From Rochester ConCom


The August 17 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission proved to be a tame affair with several uncomplicated hearings handled. At the end of the meeting, Chairman Rosemary Smith announced that longtime Conservation Commission member Christopher York was stepping down from his seat. Smith said that due to relocating out of the area, York would […] Read more »