“Your Plan, Not Ours”

On June 28, residents living along Marion Road and Main, Water, and Beacon Streets got the first glimpse of what lies ahead as planning begins for improvements and upgrades to these critical village roadways. Town Administrator Michael Gagne, along with Highway Superintendent Barry Denham and members of the engineering consulting firm VHB as well as […] Read more »

Dog Training to Resume at Fairgrounds

The Rochester Country Fair Committee was there to report on the progress of this year’s fair to the Rochester Board of Selectmen, but while at the June 26 meeting, Selectmen Chairman Brad Morse asked Co-Chair Dave Souza and committee member Kelly Morgado about noise complaints lodged by neighbors of the country fairgrounds over dogs barking. […] Read more »

Easy Last Meeting For Rogers

At the end of a picture perfect early summer’s day with gentle evening breezes rustling through the cedars and marsh grasses, the members of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission gathered for their June 26 meeting – the last after many years of service to the Town for Chairman Bob Rogers. And what an easy breezy meeting […] Read more »

Marion Explores ‘Micro Grids’ for Energy

The Marion Energy Management Committee on June 26 hosted special guest Susan Butler, a Marion summer resident and Cambridge energy activist, to share her experience and ideas with the committee, specifically as they related to what she described as the “shovel-ready photo voltaic project on the capped landfill.” Butler serves on the Board of the […] Read more »

Neighbors Plead to Stop Solar Farm

As another Rochester neighborhood prepares to welcome a new solar farm into town, the Rochester Planning Board on June 27 spent the evening reassuring residents that board members are diligent, experienced, and ready to take on the latest solar farm proposal slated for Rounseville Road at Mendell Road, just as the board has for the […] Read more »

Violations, Restorations, and Enforcements

The June 20 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission found the commission working through a list of violations and restoration plans due to illegal cutting and the issuance of Enforcement Orders for several properties. Coming before the commission was William Chamberlain, employee of Decas Cranberry Company, and Brooke Monroe of Pinebrook Consulting with two after-the-fact […] Read more »

ORR Accepts Press Box, JHS Discards Honor Roll

The Old Rochester Regional School Committee on June 14 accepted a donation of a new press box for the ORR sports field. Athletics Director Bill Tilden said the proposed press box is designed to dovetail into the athletic complex overhaul the nonprofit group T.U.R.F. is proposing over the long-term. The donation would cover the $30,000 […] Read more »

Subdivision Proposed Near Great Cedar Swamp

On June 19, the members of the Mattapoisett Planning Board met with David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, representing Dennis Arsenault to discuss plans for a two-lot subdivision adjacent to Great Cedar Swamp at the end of Snowfield Road. As Davignon explained the conceptual design, he was clearly aware of the many environmental […] Read more »

With Clarification, Deck is Approved

On June 15 during a special meeting to address the Special Permit application for Augusta Rosenthal of 8 Quelle Road, the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals approved a deck addition after receiving bylaw clarification from the building inspector. During the June 6 meeting, the board hesitated on voting on the application since it was unable […] Read more »

Grassi Bog Slated for Invasives Control

The frontline for the next battle in the Town of Marion’s war against invasive plant species will be Grassi Bog, and the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission’s chosen weapon for the wetlands is the appropriately primeval-sounding “bloody glove method.” No phragmites shall be spared its wrath. The Marion Conservation Commission approved the Notice of Intent […] Read more »