Light May Shine at Rochester Crossroads


Rochester Crossroads developers withdrew the applications for special permits for all their proposed signage, except one – the main pylon sign, the largest one visible from Interstate 495. The Rochester Planning Board accepted Attorney Richard Serkey’s request to withdraw without prejudice the sign slated for visibility on Route 58, the one on Route 28, and […] Read more »

Playground Repair Put on Hold


After only one bid to resurface the playground at Old Hammondtown School came in, and much higher than the amount allotted by Town Meeting, Mattapoisett School Committee members January 12 voted to reject the bid and reconsider their options. School Business Manager Patrick Spencer told the committee it had a few options: accept the bid […] Read more »

Sippican School to Receive Tech Grant


Assistant Superintendent of Schools Elise Frangos announced on January 7 that Sippican School is one of 47 Massachusetts school districts selected to receive part of a $5 million state-funded Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant to expand schools’ technology resources. “I think it’s really going to move us forward,” Frangos told members of the Marion School […] Read more »

Rochester Looks Toward FY16


“It’s going to be another tight season,” said Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue on January 6, following the January 5 meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen. Town department heads will be asked to provide a level-service budget for fiscal year 2016 as they begin to build their budgets and attend scheduled meetings with McCue […] Read more »

Condemned Homes Addressed and Assessed


Three dilapidated houses on Point Road and County Road will soon know their fate after the three-member Marion Board of Survey met January 5 to discuss the findings from board members’ visits to the properties. The function of the board is to assess unsafe or unsound structures and make recommendations to the Town as to […] Read more »

Bay Club May Solve Sewer Dilemma


Mattapoisett Water and Sewer Superintendent Nick Nicholson, along with the Town’s administration, had hoped to receive a state grant to partially fund the extension proposed for sewer service on North Street and into the Industrial Business Park. When that didn’t come through, it was back to the drawing board. The estimates to bring sewer service […] Read more »

Cease and Desist Requested


What a difference a few days made on January 5 for the Mattapoisett Planning Board. At the December 29 special public hearing, the Planning Board had a rather frustrating exchange with Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham regarding Brandt Point Village. At that meeting Denham said, “I wasted my time again!” He had been driving home […] Read more »

Timber! Tree Cutting Approved


Cutting a tree might appear harmless enough, but when the tree lives within the boundaries of land protected under the Wetlands Protection Act or the Rivers Protection Act, you need permission before proceeding. The Rochester Conservation Commission on January 6 approved the cutting of trees within the wetlands 100-foot buffer zone for two property owners […] Read more »

Citizen’s Petition Hearing, Sans Citizens


A citizen’s petition signed by 25 residents that proposes a restriction on the size of commercial and retail structures, aimed at discouraging “big box” businesses from moving to Marion, had its public hearing on January 5, with no public in attendance. The petition to amend current zoning bylaws to cap commercial and retail structures to […] Read more »

Superintendent Storms Out of Meeting


“I wasted my time again!” Those were the last words spoken by Mattapoisett Highway Superintendent Barry Denham as he stormed out of the December 29 public meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board during discussion over the Brandt Point Village subdivision. The board had received a letter from the subdivision project’s attorney John Williams that stated […] Read more »