More Allegations of Lalli Wetlands Violations


The Rochester Conservation Commission reluctantly continued the Enforcement Order and wetlands violations matter for Dustin and Travis Lalli until its next meeting to allow for a site visit, but denied the Lallis’ request for a three-month extension on filing a Request for Determination to delineate the wetlands on their property located off High Street. The […] Read more »

Survey Shows High Risk Behavior at ORR


Old Rochester Regional School Committee members are digesting some troubling data they received June 10 from a youth risk behavior survey taken by ORR Junior and High School students in April. The survey, which was split into two developmentally appropriate surveys, asked participants a number of questions pertaining to topics such as substance use, sexual […] Read more »

New Fire Chief Contract Awaits Inking


Town Administrator Paul Dawson used the word “excited” at least seven times as he described for the Marion Board of Selectmen how happy newly selected Fire Chief Brian Jackvony feels. Jackvony, who comes to Marion by way of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was recently picked out of a very large pool of applicants. Jackvony is the […] Read more »

Marion Prepares for Full-Service Gas Station


The Marion Planning Board’s meeting on Monday, June 15 was made easy by a mellow agenda. After engaging in a discussion about the board’s pending comments to the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals for the First Congregational Church’s appeal of a proposed abutting housing project, care of Bill Saltonstall, the board held two pre-submission conferences […] Read more »

Frustrations Aired Again


Frustrated subdivision homeowners and three members of the subdivision development team clashed over persistent unresolved issues at Brandt Point Village at the June 15 Mattapoisett Planning Board meeting. A change in ownership of the subdivision and in the contractor performing work on the site has caused the project to start and stop over the course […] Read more »

Triathlon Night for ConCom


The Mattapoisett Conservation Commission has seen some very long meetings, but the June 8 session rivaled all others. Starting on time at 6:30 pm, it was after 10:00 pm when they finally wrapped up, causing one resident who had waited the entire evening to speak to the commission to announce, “It is now an hour […] Read more »

Good Friday Debate Resurrected in Marion


Making Good Friday an early dismissal day at Sippican School instead of a full day would be a fair compromise, thought Marion School Committee member Christine Winters, given the higher-than-usual absentee rate this past April 3 when Tri-Town schools opened their doors on the religious holiday for the first time in recent history. The committee […] Read more »

Chairman Finds Safety Hazards at Connet Woods


Drainage concerns, open culverts, uncovered basins and basins with no grates… Rochester Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson on June 9 had a laundry list of concerns for Tim Higgins, vice president of Connet Woods developer Edgewood Development, some of which Johnson referred to as real public safety hazards. On behalf of the Town of Rochester, […] Read more »

Committee Adopts School Improvement Plan


The Mattapoisett School Committee met for the last time in the 2014-2015 school year on June 9 to take care of several end-of-year tasks; primarily, the reorganization of the board, the approval of the School Improvement Plan, and the Teachers Memorandum of Agreement. The reorganization of the committee is a yearly task that must be […] Read more »

Down By The Old Mill Stream


During a morning meeting on June 9, Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne met with a group that included Brendan Annett, vice-president of Watershed Protection for the Buzzards Bay Coalition, Highway Surveyor Barry Denham, Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold, Ken Motta of Field Engineering, and members of the Mattapoisett Historical Commission to discuss the status of the […] Read more »