Solar Farm Size Concerns Planning Board

Whether it’s the size of the clearing for a solar array or the height of the lights at Tabor Academy football field, the Marion Planning Board agrees, size does impact their decision. Two representatives from Zero-Point Energy Solutions presented a plan to the Marion Planning Board on June 4 to clear 15 acres of forested […] Read more »

Commission Split on GaGa Ball Pit Process

The Marion Conservation Commission is still split on whether or not to require Eagle Scout candidate Jackson St. Don to file a Notice of Intent for the ‘gaga’ ball pit he wants to install at Silvershell Beach as part of his Eagle Scout project. On May 23, commission member Shaun Walsh maintained that because the […] Read more »

324 Front Street Remains Unresolved

Contention follows local condominium developer Christian Loranger project after project in Marion, and the contention continues at 324 Front Street, a four-unit condo development that abutter Peter Douglas is fighting to see reduced in size. Douglas, during the May 24 Marion Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing of his appeal of Loranger’s building permit, right […] Read more »

Marion Finds Temporary Recycling Solution

The Town of Marion has found a company to temporarily receive its recyclables after its contracted company, WeCare Environmental, abruptly suspended its contract while it moves its Taunton facility to a new site in Middleboro. According to Department of Public Works Administrative Assistant Rebecca Tilden, the Town will continue to collect residents’ curbside recycling and […] Read more »

New Solar Project Establishing Wetlands Lines

The next in a growing line of solar projects to enter Rochester is in the initial stages of development with the delineation of the 9,950-foot wetlands border at 0 Walnut Plain Road. The Rochester Conservation Commission on May 15 reviewed a section of that line as part of the Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area delineation […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Local Election Results

On May 22, Mattapoisett poll workers saw 252 voters, or a mere 5.35% voter turnout, face the daunting task of voting on a ballot that contained absolutely no contested races. Perhaps, though, this task was not as daunting to the voters as it was for Town Clerk Catherine Heuberger and her team of poll workers […] Read more »

Cannabis Moratorium Extended, $500k Pumper Approved

Rochester voters approved extending the Town’s temporary moratorium on recreational cannabis retail establishments during the Annual Town Meeting on Monday night, May 21. Article 25 was brought forth by the Board of Selectmen and recommended by the Planning Board, and seeks to buy the Town more time to write its own zoning regulations for cannabis […] Read more »

Butterfly Garden to Honor Teacher

As the clock in the tower at Center School accurately ticks down to the last day of the school year – June 25 – the Mattapoisett School Committee met for the last time on May 21 to give reports and share successes on a wide range of topics. Sandy Hering, a member of the Mattapoisett […] Read more »

Rochester’s Regionalized 911 Goes Live

Rochester’s participation in the Regional Old Colony Communications Center (ROCCC) in Duxbury officially started on Tuesday, May 22, after months of preparation and a long list of communication infrastructure upgrades. Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar reported that on Monday the system underwent one final testing in preparation for the switchover, “And radio testing was really great,” […] Read more »

Loranger Files Open Meeting Law Complaint

There were three attendees in the audience of the May 21 meeting of the Marion Planning Board, two of which were attorneys. At issue was an Open Meeting Law (OML) complaint filed by Attorney John Mathieu on behalf of his client Chris Loranger and 324 Front Street JV, LLC. The complaint alleges the Planning Board […] Read more »