Voters Power Through TM in One Long Night


“We can’t let Wareham beat us,” said Marion Finance Committee Chairman Alan Minard after telling Town Meeting voters May 11 that, for the first time in a long time, Wareham was able to make it through its town meeting in one night. Although the Sippican School all-purpose room slowly emptied as the hours passed, those […] Read more »

$23 Million FY16 Budget Passes


It was not a marathon night for Mattapoisett Town Meeting voters; rather, it was more like a relay race as they passed each and every warrant article (all Special Town Meeting articles and the first 34 articles of the Annual Town Meeting) on the first night. This first of what will be at least two […] Read more »

Coastal Zone Management Plan To Be Written


Town Administrator Michael Gagne met with the members of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board on April 30 to ask for its assistance in spearheading two large projects. The first is a coastal zone management plan. “I’d like you to be the lead group to get this pulled together,” Gagne told advisory board members. He went […] Read more »

Saltworks Completes Long Road to Approval

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The Marion Planning Board on May 4 took the final step to approve the Saltworks Marine project on Wareham Street. With one abstention, they otherwise voted unanimously to approve a draft of the plan set forth by Engineer Douglas Schneider and Dan Crete of Saltworks. This brings to a close the public hearing site plan […] Read more »

Not Enough Field to Go Around


Rochester Board of Selectmen Chairman Richard Nunes’ concern over the limited field space for youth sporting events prompted him to ask Town Administrator Michael McCue to put together a list of all town-owned properties so the board could assess if creating more sports fields was a feasible option in Rochester. At Dexter Lane, for example […] Read more »

Marion Candidates Night Draws Crowd


Candidates of contested races in Marion faced a packed Marion Music Hall on April 29 during The League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night, with every seat filled and standing room only at the back. Voters had plenty of questions for candidates of the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Planning Board, but most questions were […] Read more »

Fire Chief Résumés Impress Review Committee


It took about eight full hours for the review committee to get through the 48 applications the Town received for the part-time fire chief position. And the one thing Town Administrator Paul Dawson could say for certain to the Marion Board of Selectmen on May 5 was, “We have an extremely strong pool of very […] Read more »

Merlo Says Goodbye


Ron Merlo, who has been a member of the Mattapoisett Planning Board for two terms totaling 10 years, wrapped up his second five-year stint at the May 4 meeting. But he had one final to-do to pass along to the other members – ceasing the continuing efforts of The Village at Mattapoisett condominium association to […] Read more »

‘Right to Farm’ Bylaw Ready for Town Meeting


The Mattapoisett Agricultural Commission is populated by members whose families reach far back into the history of local farming, as well as newer business owners whose livelihoods depend on healthy farm animals and good growing seasons. They are an active group of volunteers whose interests in farming go beyond hobby, and whose commitment to keeping […] Read more »

Keeping Current with the Historical Commission


The Rochester Historical Commission is a passionate bunch, and five of them joined the Rochester Board of Selectmen on April 27 to make the board current on the commission’s recent activities and its endeavors yet to come. Commission member Laurene Gerrior presented the board with an update on recent undertakings, such as commission member Betty […] Read more »