Tri-County Music Association Scholarship Showcase

The Tri-County Music Association presents “Scholarship Showcase 2015” on Friday, November 27 at 7:00 pm in the Lyndon South Auditorium on the campus of Tabor Academy, 85 Spring Street, Marion, MA.

This special concert will feature performances by current and former Tri-County Music Association’s John R. Pandolfi College Scholarship and Summer Study Grant recipients. he TCMA awards over $12,000 annually to music students in Barnstable, Bristol and Plymouth counties of Massachusetts. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the TCMA Scholarship Fund.

The concert will highlight the talents of Travis Bliss, tenor saxophonist from Mattapoisett and student at the New England Conservatory of Music; Maria D’Ambrosia, French horn player from Plymouth and student at the Boston Conservatory of Music; Dan Monte, marimba player from Somerset and student at Ithaca College; Michael Raposo, alto saxophonist from Somerset and student at the Hart School of Music; Cal Heavey vocalist from Marion and student at the University of the Arts; Julianne Fournier, vocalist from North Attleboro; Keegan Marshall-House, pianist from New Bedford; Mia Quinlan, flutist from Mattapoisett and Maxx Wolski, vibraphonist from Mattapoisett. The piano accompanist for the concert will be former TCMA Scholarship recipient Matt Richard of Fairhaven.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion or The Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Please visit for more details.

Their Silent Voices

We positioned the floral arrangement at the footstone placed by the local veterans group, put there in memory of my father’s honorable service in World War II.

He, like many thousands of other men and women, returned to his home forever changed, but never ever talked about the experience of war.

Today we understand the importance of being forthcoming with experiences that scar us. Talk therapy along with hundreds of medications are available to help us deal with bad memories, bad days, physical and mental problems, and the necessity of working through problems in order to be free.

But in the 1940s, treatment of mental health problems was in its infancy. And if you were or had been a soldier, you were expected to simply carry on, forget the past, and be productive. Needless to say, while many soldiers did just that, many more suffered for decades.

I recently viewed a POV StoryCorps Short production on PBS. The story was titled Germans in the Woods. It is a confessional piece told by Joseph Robertson, an elderly former serviceman. He was an infantryman in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. His story is heartbreaking, not only for the harsh reality of what it means to kill another human being, but also for the decades long suffering of the victor, Robertson.

Robertson told the story of the cold winter’s night, in the heart of some dark forest far from home in the unforgiving reality of war, when he took the life of a young German soldier. In that split second after the brain sent the signal to the hand to pull the trigger, both young men’s lives would change – one would end, and the other would never be the same. Robertson’s life had changed forever in an instant. The mortally wounded German would not have to try to come to terms with war, but Robinson – he has never stopped trying. Never stopped crying.

Robertson still remembers the vivid scene: the German’s body, blood soaking into the snow and the surreal angelic appearance of “a kid.” That kid has never left Robertson. He says in the film that the dead solider has haunted him ever since. “I wake up crying at night, and I see his sweet face.”

Robertson was in his nineties when he shared his story with the producers of StoryCorps. I wept for him. He had never told his story to anyone, never told of the pain he carried all these decades. Robinson said, “he was like an angel … so young, so beautiful,” a face he would live with the rest of his life and the reliving of killing a kid.

There is a man I know. Richard Pasillas, Sergeant, Screaming Eagles, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Pasillas was the sole survivor of his all-Latino unit. Today, more than three decades after his service, he is being treated from PTSD.

In 1977 when I knew him, he was simply trying to get on with living. One day, Pasillas said to me, “I don’t know why I’m alive and the others are all dead. Why?” He has struggled ever since he witnessed the demise of his entire unit, but when he first returned home, he went about the business of resuming a civilian life. “We didn’t talk back then,” he recently told me.

We never knew that my father was a Bronze Star recipient. Not until his death. He never talked about his war experiences, not once. He was just ‘one of the boys’ doing his duty and then returning home to pick up where life had been prior to war.

As Thanksgiving draws near, I wish I could hold my father’s hand and once again hear his voice and maybe ask him, “Dad, how did you do it?” How did he come home and simply get on with it? How does a person find the strength to carry on?

If you have people in your family who have served in the military and are with you as you gather around holiday tables, perhaps it’s time to ask them to share their stories. Maybe they are just waiting for you to ask. They are all heroes.

Please tell the people you know whose selflessness included putting their lives on the line for what they believed in – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – tell them “thank you” and let their silent voices be heard before the silence is eternal.

By Marilou Newell


Full House for ConCom

It was a crowded session at the November 17 Rochester Conservation Committee meeting. The commission had no less than five public meetings and hearings to attend to and bench space was in short supply.

The meeting opened with a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Eagle Scout Corbin Blanchard who was seeking permission to reconstruct the Mary’s Pond Beach canoe and cartop boat access on property off of Perry’s Lane. He briefly detailed the process to the committee: reconstruction would include installation of a 4-foot wide asphalt path, two landing areas, and stabilization of the side slopes with riprap underlain by a filter fabric. Siltation control measures would also be implemented. Blanchard also indicated that construction would be done without any adverse effects on the pond. The commission unanimously granted approval.

Commission member Kevin Cassidy lauded Blanchard.

“This is a wonderful idea, and it’s great for the town,” said Cassidy. “I commend you for taking it on and wish you luck with it.”

Property owners Joel and Caitlin Sullivan requested approval to build a new single-family home on their property on High Street. The building construction and associated site work, if approved, would take place within the 100-foot buffer zone of protected wetland areas.

The couple recently received word from the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) certifying that endangered species within the buffer zone would not be adversely affected by the site work. The commission unanimously voted to approve the building request, with a requirement to pull a large mulch pile away from the wetland areas and spread it out.

Two applicants requested notice of Resource Area Delineation, as both had previously disagreed with Conservation Commission board members on wetland border marking. The first was Melink Corporation for the property located on Snipatuit Road where it proposes to build a solar farm.

The filing was meant to review and properly confirm 4,000 linear feet of bordering vegetated wetland boundary. Melink submitted revised plans to comply with the commission.

“Some of the borders were moved in order to not miss any wetlands,” said Melink’s representative. “We’ve connected several flagging stations in the revised plans to eliminate flagging stations in between.”

The request was granted with unanimous approval.

The second Resource Area Delineation was filed by Clean Energy Collective, LLC of Worcester for property located at 0 New Bedford Road and 268 Mattapoisett Road, the location of a proposed solar farm.

This filing was to confirm 2,750 linear feet of bordering vegetated wetland boundary. The representatives from Clean Energy indicated that they would be asking for a continuation rather than a direct decision, since they do not yet have a formal site plan. They said they were just looking for some feedback.

They acknowledged that most of the border was not in contention, except for one pocket of land in dispute because the land was not tested properly.

Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon, after walking the border, requested test pits in the contended area be dug, but the pits were dug with an auger rather than a spade shovel, which is incorrect practice.

Farinon remarked, “There is a broad swath in the middle which is wetland, and isn’t yet recognized as such.” She asked for more testing of the contended area. Clean Energy’s request for continuation was unanimously approved.

The last business order of the day was filed by David Vermette of VCORP for property located off of Vaughan Hill Road. Vermette requested approval for the building of a new single-family home with attached garage, driveway, and associated grading and utilities. A portion of the work would take place inside the 100-foot buffer zone to a bordering vegetated wetland.

VCORP representative Corey Medeiros said that siltation measures would be implemented at the property. He acknowledged the difficulty with the property in the past, when former owners had attempted to have building plans there approved.

“We’re open to questions on the wetlands,” said Medeiros. “We’ve spoken to wetland scientists about this.”

Farinon said they could not accept the plans as they currently stood. She requested a more recent perc test – the last one was completed in 2013 – and a re-evaluation by a wetlands scientist. Medeiros agreed, asking for a continuation. “I think we can take care of this in two weeks … hopefully,” he said with a smile. The request for continuance was unanimously approved.

Farinon was also pleased to report to the committee that they had received a $42,000 grant for the Haskell Woods Land Preservation Project. The money will be used to purchase 11 acres of land in the name of the Rochester Land Trust, which would provide public access to the area.

The next Rochester Conservation Committee meeting will be held on December 1 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Andrea Ray


Girls’ Cross Country Runs to State Championship

The Fall Sports season is drawing to a close, but this week’s recap takes a look at the latest results for Old Rochester Regional High School football, the Girls’ Volleyball team, and both Cross Country teams. Most notable is the Girls’ Cross Country’s thrilling state meet victory, the first in school history. They will continue their season at the All-State meet on Saturday, along with freshman Adam Sylvia of the boys’ team, who qualified as an individual.

Football: This Friday, the boys took on Rockland a week after demolishing Case 44-22. Playing in their second consecutive away game, the Bulldogs lost 48-34. Although their offense continued to post stellar results, Rockland’s speed-driven offensive attack and huge second half proved too much for the Bulldogs on Friday night. Sophomore running back Harry Smith recorded 23 carries for 212 yards, three touchdowns (including one on a 69-yard run), and a two-point conversion. Junior quarterback Cam Hamilton threw 20 passes, his most on the season, completing six for 88 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The receivers on his touchdowns were junior tight end Grant Reuter (7 yards) and senior running back Darien Dumond (33 yards). Hamilton also ran 10 times for 46 yards and added a two-point conversion. Their next game will be the classic Thanksgiving matchup against Apponequet, whom they lost to 20-15 back in September. The game will be at home on Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 am.

            BoysCross Country: The team’s top seven runners got the chance to compete at the D-5 state meet after a two-week break. The meet was hosted on Saturday amidst windy, cold conditions at the hilly Wrentham Development Center course. The team placed ninth, meeting lofty expectation thanks to several strong performances. Freshman Adam Sylvia (17:53), junior James Goulart (18:09), senior Jared Wheeler (18:20), and freshman Geoffrey Noonan (18:33) led the way as the youth-driven team made a strong showing. Sylvia will go on to represent the team as an individual at this Saturday’s All-State Meet at Stanley Park in Westfield.

            Girls’ Cross Country: The Lady Bulldogs’ varsity runners competed for a championship at the D-5 state meet on Saturday after a nice rest period. Running at the Wrentham Development Center, the girls edged the Hamilton-Wenham Generals 64-77, as they placed four runners amongst the top 14. The win gave Coaches Cindy and Bill Tilden their first state championship for Girls’ Cross Country. Senior Madeline Meyer (19:47), senior Nina Bourgeois (19:56), sophomore Madisen Martin (20:03), sophomore Madeline Scheub (20:10), and junior Avery Nugent (20:37) were the scoring runners in the phenomenal performance, made even more impressive by the harsh conditions and violent wind. This Saturday, they’ll go back to Stanley Park in Westfield to run in the All-State Meet.

            Volleyball: Monday’s game against Notre Dame Academy was perhaps the biggest game for ORR volleyball in a decade. Coming off Thursday night’s huge win over Hingham, the Lady Bulldogs were looking to score a huge victory on Monday evening. Despite a valiant effort, the girls fell short to the powerful Notre Dame, who won on three consecutive sets, 25-12, 25-14, and 25-7. The Lady Bulldogs were aided by the strong play of senior Haley Agiuar, who recorded 15 digs. Overall, it was a tough loss, but a crucial and successful season for the team. Seven seniors played in their final game on Monday and many of them, including Agiuar, Hayli Marshall, Zoe Smith, Michaelah Nunes, and Olivia Bellefeuille, were the team’s leaders and biggest contributors. Congratulations to coach Matthew Bisso for guiding the girls to their first playoff victory in eight years and setting the team up well for the future. Notable returning players include junior Emma Collings.

Below are the overall fall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of November 15.

Boys’ Cross Country: (6-1-0)(6-1-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (7-0-0)(7-0-0); Golf: (17-1-0)(16-0-0); Football: (4-6-0)(4-4-0); Volleyball: (13-11-0)(8-9-0); Field Hockey: (9-7-4)(8-2-4); Boys’ Soccer: (9-11-2)(8-8-2); Girls’ Soccer: (10-9-2)(9-6-1).

By Patrick Briand


Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month

Danny Collins (R, 106 min.) will be shown at the Mattapoisett CoA Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow Street, on Tuesday, November 24 at 12:00 noon. The free movie is sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett CoA.

Danny Collins, an aging 1970s rocker, can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love, and begin a second act.

You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the CoA Senior Center by Monday, November 23. Also call the Senior Center at 508-758-4110 to reserve your seat – we need know how many chairs to set up.

Disconnect Between Cell Company, Rochester ZBA

Representatives of Bell Mobile Atlantic, on behalf of Verizon, asked the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals once again on November 12 to overturn an earlier decision made by the building commissioner to deny a building permit that would add 12 new cellular antennas to an existing tower off of Cranberry Highway. The denial means that Bell needs to request a site plan review from the Rochester Planning Board, something that Bell feels will take too long a time considering the encroaching winter and the time already spent discussing the proposals.

The overturn request was discussed at an earlier ZBA meeting, but the ZBA opted to continue the matter into November, citing discomfort with the proposed plans.

“We’re going to hear more about how high our Verizon bills are?” board member Jeffrey Costa jokingly inquired of fellow board member Kirby Gilmore.

“They’ll tell you the only reason they’re so high is because we need so many town meetings to sort this out,” Gilmore replied.

Attorney Victor Manougian clarified that Bell’s plans hadn’t changed at all.

“We’re trying to work with the town to comply with what the building commissioner says we need to do,” said Manougian. “We want to move forward now. We’re asking you to overturn the process only in this instance. It should not become a normal model for future companies.”

“So if we don’t approve this, they need to go to a site plan?” board member David Arancio asked.

Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson sat in on the meeting and offered up clarity on the matter.

“They have two choices. They can appeal in federal court, or they can wait on the Planning Board and submit a site plan review,” Johnson explained. “They chose to subvert the process, hoping it would be faster than using a site plan.” Johnson pointed out that Bell had submitted site plan reviews elsewhere.

“A quick Google search showed me eight towns where Bell has applied for a special exemption grant: Harvard, Oxford, Wilmington, Newton, Concord,” he said, ticking town examples off. “All included a site plan review and a Special Permit request. It’s not an uncommon thing.”

The ZBA questioned, if Bell was attempting to move things along quickly, why had they not filed a site plan review application until October 14?

“That was my own fault,” said Manougian. “It seemed to me that you can’t file a site review until you’ve had an informal meeting and you know what the check amount will be. The month delay was me, but I still feel that we are eligible for exemption.”

This did not ring true with Johnson, who pointed out that for many of the other towns with which Bell had filed, they had submitted a site plan review application alongside the initial building permit request.

“What I am most concerned about,” continued Johnson, “is that if someone is trying to subvert the process and the Zoning Board agrees, everyone else in the future will take the same shot. It is the view of the Planning Board that Bell is not exempt.”

Arancio agreed. “We have objectives which need to be followed.”

The board voted for a unanimous denial of Bell’s exemption request. Gilmore said, “I could go either way. I think ultimately that I’ll take my advice from the town counsel. It shouldn’t have to be this way, but it is. I like to get things done fast, but in this instance I move towards the process we have, which requires a site plan.”

Bell will now be forced to either file a federal appeal or undergo a site plan review with the Rochester Planning Board.

The next meeting of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for December 10 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Andrea Ray


Robert I. Wing

Robert I. Wing, 86, of Marion, died Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. He was the husband of Joan C. (Dougall) Wing. They had been married for 60 years.

Born in Arlington, he was the son of the late Irving & Julia (Goss) Wing. A previous resident of Bourne, he moved to Marion in 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served from 1953 to 1955. After his military service, Mr. Wing started his career as a truck driver and quickly worked to own and operate his own trucking company, eventually becoming a consultant in the bulk transportation field.

Mr. Wing was a member and 4 time Past Master of Pythagorean Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Marion, a member of Union Lodge, Nantucket and Independence Lodge, Malden. He also served as District Deputy Grand Master of Nantucket 31st Masonic District and was Grand Lodge representative of Massachusetts to Brazil.

Mr. Wing was also awarded the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal, Lodge Ambassador, 50 year Past Master certificate, Veterans Medal and was a member of the Shriners. He also was advisor for DeMolay and received the DeMolay Legion of Honor award. Mr. Wing was also a member of the Marion V.F.W. Benjamin D. Cushing Post 2425. He was also Past President of Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club and was an Eagle Scout.

He travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe on ski vacations, enjoyed gardening, Patriots football and reading. Mr. Wing was also a model train enthusiast and collected “N” scale model trains.

The Wing family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Bob’s Masonic friends for their support during this difficult time.

Survivors include his wife; his children, Bonnie LaMotange of Beverly, Linda J. Ward of Wareham; Robert D. Wing, Deborah J. Thompson and Patricia R. Rowley all of Marion; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, the late Phyllis Wing and his brother, the late Alvin Harvey Wing.

He will be remembered as a loving husband and family man.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd., Marion at 2 PM. Visiting hours have been omitted.

Donations in his memory may be made to Pythagorean Lodge Angel Fund, P.O. Box 947, Marion, MA 02738. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Holderness Day

“School rivalries are important because they bring out the best in each team,” said Tabor Academy Head of School John Quirk during an all-school meeting on Friday, November 13. Tabor students kept this in mind on Saturday when they took to the fields, ready to confront their rivals at Holderness School in an annual daylong competition.

Tabor’s rivalry with Holderness began relatively recently, when the last headmaster, Jay Stroud, declared it so. Holderness School, located in New Hampshire, is relatively far from Tabor, and the rivalry was established mainly because Stroud had worked there before coming to Tabor. The fact that Holderness and Tabor don’t meet during regular sports seasons, however, makes Holderness Day all the more exciting.

“There are so many reasons why I think it is a great day for the community,” said Tabor Athletics Director Dick Muther. “Many people – almost 250 athletes and coaches – are involved, and many alums have spoken to me about remembering being a part of Holderness Day. The sportsmanship, spirit, and energy you see on the day are just great.”

Holderness Day definitely represents a peak in school spirit for Tabor students. In the week leading up to the day, there are various dress-up days including Home Country Day, Favorite Sports Team Day, and Tabor Day to get people excited about facing Holderness. Then, on Friday night, varsity teams perform dances or skits in a pep rally to encourage everyone to play their hardest Saturday or, if they don’t participate in a fall sport, to attend the games and cheer their fellow students on.

Holderness Day alternates between being hosted at Holderness or at Tabor. This year, Tabor hosted the games, which added to the excitement.

“The Tabor stands were packed with loud, cheering spectators,” said Muther. “There were crowds everywhere: parents, students, family members, alums, even people from the town.”

Many members of last year’s graduating class made the trip up, supporting teams they used to play for and friends that still attend Tabor. The newly-constructed bleachers by the football field really were packed, and students brought out blankets, hats, and coats to combat the cold and continue to show their support.

Bridget Lattimer, captain of the Field Hockey team, said, “A lot of students came to cheer each other on and really made the effort to see as many games as they could. It’s really fun to have this day of rivalry where students and faculty come together as a community to participate.”

As an added bonus, Tabor won Holderness Day, ending the day with six wins, two losses, and one tie. Tabor got to keep the Holderness Day trophy, which has remained at Tabor for the last couple of years.

“The most impressive part of the day,” said Muther, “was not the win, but the amazing school spirit we demonstrated. I was very impressed by the support of the community.”

As Quirk promised, Holderness Day really did bring out the best in all the athletes and spectators who attended the games, and both schools had much to be proud of in both their accomplishments and their communities.

By Madeleine Gregory


Lack of Timely Legal Response Noted

Planning Board member John Mathieu during the November 16 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board stood by his assertion that it was essential to receive “legal written opinion” for many cases and issues the board handles on behalf of the town.

“It is my opinion that we need a little back-up in our file, legal written opinion,” said Mathieu. “I want back-up in the files.” Mathieu was referring to the matter of language changes to the covenant between the town and the condominium complex, the Villages at Mattapoisett, for public trash collection.

The residents had secured a positive vote from the Planning Board after several hearings. Then along came Brandt Point Village requesting the same.

In both cases, the Planning Board was disposed to make covenant changes in favor of their request for trash collection after learning that the new contract with ABC Disposal stated “all residents shall be entitled” to trash collection.

Mathieu noted that during the October 19 meeting, the board had discussed requesting written legal opinion.

Chairman Tom Tucker said that at the last meeting of the board on November 2 – a meeting Mathieu had not been able to attend – the town’s counseling law firm Kopelman & Paige was present and told the board members a written legal opinion on the matter was not necessary.

“I move we table these until we get a written legal opinion,” Mathieu said in response. The board moved to table the signing of covenant changes pending written legal opinion.

In other matters, Mathieu said he had recently visited Ocean Breeze Lane. He said residents had complained about the roadway topcoat in the development that still had not been applied. He also stated that drainage was problematic and that both issues had been ongoing since 2013.

“We decided we would send the matter to town counsel,” said Mathieu. “I don’t know what happened…. It seems like we’ve been waiting for an answer.”

Tucker thought that Town Administrator Michael Gagne might have said the matter was going to court.

“We should at least be kept up to speed,” Mathieu said. “I’m looking for written legal opinion…. I’m a real estate lawyer,” he added.

Mathieu wanted to clear up what he had previously stated during the October 19 meeting, claiming that he did not say the town’s legal counsel was “unresponsive,” as discussed at the November 2 meeting when Mathieu was absent and the town’s attorneys appeared to defend against allegations that they were in fact unresponsive.

“I did not say town counsel was unresponsive; I didn’t say that,” Mathieu maintained. “The discussion was about not getting information quick enough from them.”

“I want the record to be straight, my personal matter with them has no bearing on my work here,” Mathieu stated in response to Attorney Jonathan Silverstein’s November 2 comment that Mathieu might have been reacting to prior litigation taken by Kopelman & Paige against Mathieu on behalf of the town.

Mathieu said individual members of the board should not be reaching out to town counsel on their own, but that information should flow through the chairman to the Planning Board secretary.

“From now on, if Tammy asks a question (of legal counsel), it’s for our next meeting,” said Mathieu.

Tucker said, “I’ll call tomorrow.”

In the ongoing matter of what needs to be completed in Phase 1 of the Brandt Point Village, Building Inspector Andy Bobola requested an opinion from the Planning Board as to whether or not developer Joseph Furtado should be granted building permits for Phase 2.

The question of what type of surety Furtado had in place for Phase 1, which is still incomplete, came into play as the board struggled with whether or not to affirm Furtado’s request of the Building Department to issue permits for Phase 2.

Mathieu suggested allowing Furtado’s attorney time to review a response from Brian Winner, town counsel, in which a suggestion from the previous developer to move funds received from the sale of the last lot in Phase 1 to Furtado didn’t fall into regulatory guidelines for sureties. Mathieu noted that Winner’s email response was not, in his opinion, written legal opinion since it lacked a signature and wasn’t on official letterhead.

Mathieu was in favor of helping Furtado towards completing the project saying, “We are beating a dead horse with Mr. Furtado…. I’d like to see him complete this.” He went on to say, “I hear we are a difficult board to get through. I’d like to help him.”

But other board members weren’t so eager to allow the Building Department to grant permits.

After additional discourse that reflected both a willingness to see the project finished and an attitude of caution, they moved to respond to Bobola by saying that no consent should be given for building permits on Phase 2 until a topcoat is applied to the roadway in Phase 1. They also moved to invite Furtado to their next meeting.

Earlier in the evening, the board approved the removal of several diseased trees along River Road as requested by Tree Warden Roland Cote.

“I want to let you know, I come in here to ask to cut down trees,” said Cote. “I’ve also planted trees.” He said that in a partnership with the Tree Committee, 15 trees had been planted since the beginning of the year.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board is scheduled for December 7 at 7:00 pm in the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Friends of the Mattapoisett COA

Everyone is invited to join the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The FMCoA serves as the fundraising arm of the Council on Aging. You can become a “Friend” and help out through your annual membership. Pick up the FMCoA membership application at the Senior Center or go online Download the PDF-form (top-left menu item). Your membership will be valid through the end of 2016! For more information, contact Bob Kelley at 508-758-6311 or email