Fatal Crash on Aucoot Road

At approximately 8:05 pm, Friday April 6, 2018, the Mattapoisett Police Department received a telephone call reporting a motor vehicle crash on Aucoot Road approximately a quarter mile prior to the entrance to Harbor Beach. Officers who responded to the crash site found a vehicle that had traveled south on Aucoot Road, a two-lane roadway […] Read more »

ConCom Takes Action on Wetlands Violation

The Marion Conservation Commission on March 28 issued an Enforcement Order to the owners of 78 Wareham Road for what the commission perceived as an obvious violation of the Wetlands Protection Act and the Clean Rivers Act after visiting the site. According to Vice Chairman Jeffrey Doubrava, extensive clear-cutting has taken place after visiting the […] Read more »

911 Regionalization Slated for May

Rochester is approaching the day when it will completely switch over its 911 emergency dispatch service to a regional service based in Duxbury, and on April 2 Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar told the Rochester Board of Selectmen that date could be as soon as May 15. All infrastructure upgrades such as repeaters, transmitters, and generators […] Read more »

Board Bumps Spring Street Next in Line

Spring Street, formerly known as Phase 4 of Marion’s Village Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan, was bumped up to be the next phase the town will tackle, putting Spring Street ahead of Main Street, formerly the very next phase of the plan. Jennifer Francis, on behalf of the Planning Board’s Transportation and Circulation Task Force, asked […] Read more »

School Committee Adopts FY19 Budget

The Rochester Memorial School budget for fiscal year 2019 was approved during the March 29 meeting of the Rochester School Committee after a brief presentation by Superintendent Doug White and Business Administrator Patrick Spencer. The budget was up this year by $180,000, or 2.96%, totaling $6,256,108. “I think this budget provides the support necessary to […] Read more »

New Fire Station Returns to Agenda

On April 3, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen along with Town Administrator Michael Gagne and Mattapoisett Fire Chief Andrew Murray sat around the conference room table ready to discuss realities and pressing needs of the town’s fire station. Armed with a newly released Employee Safety for Fire Departments document dated March 23 from the Massachusetts […] Read more »

Entire Mattapoisett Election Uncontested

When one thinks of democracy, the word “choice” might come to mind, and when you approach an election booth, one normally expects to choose either ‘this’ candidate or ‘that’ candidate. But not in Mattapoisett this year as the 2018 Annual Election ballot will list only one choice for each elected position, and in the case […] Read more »

Planning Board Supports Article Banning Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries

It took less than 30 minutes for the few residents at the sparsely attended public hearing held by the Mattapoisett Planning Board on April 2 to let the board know their wishes – ban recreational pot sales in Mattapoisett. The majority in attendance agreed with petitioner George Randall: “Not in Mattapoisett.” Planning Board Vice Chairman […] Read more »

Clouds Clear for Two Solar Projects

The Rochester Planning Board on March 27 gave the final nod to Borrego Solar System’s large-scale solar farm slated for Rounseville Road at the corner of Mendell Road, and it also cleared the way for Clean Energy Collective to return to construction activities while it awaits the board’s final approval in two weeks. Evan Watson […] Read more »

More Seniors Means More COA Funding

The trend has been substantiated by SRPEDD, borne out in census reports, and become a reality for councils on aging throughout the Tri-Town area – the population is aging. And with that follows the need for greater resources and more services geared to supporting senior citizens as they attempt to age in place. On March […] Read more »