Retailer Group Opposes Menthol Cig Ban

For over a year now, the Marion Board of Health has been pursuing a change in the flavored tobacco restriction bylaw to classify menthol cigarettes as ‘flavored’ tobacco, and on September 5, Dennis Lane of the Coalition for Responsible Retailing argued to the Marion Board of Selectmen that banning menthol would hurt retailers in Marion. […] Read more »

Acushnet Man Dead After Apparent Suicide

The investigation is ongoing after the apparent suicide of a man in Rochester, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and Rochester Police Chief Paul H. Magee have announced. On Tuesday, at approximately 8:30 pm, State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office were notified of the apparent suicide by firearm of […] Read more »

A ‘Sympathetic’ ZBA Denies Garage

Members of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals tried to find ways to meet the three criteria for granting a variance for Richard and Tracy McNeil of 455 Walnut Plain Road, but they just couldn’t quite find what they needed to allow for the construction of a two-car garage closer than 40 feet to the […] Read more »

Appeal Withdrawn, Old Saltbox Demolished

An appeal to overturn a permit to demolish an old saltbox home at 41 Main Street was withdrawn on August 10 and accepted by the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on August 24. The house has now been demolished. Robert Darnton, member of the Sippican Historical Society Board of Directors and abutter of the saltbox […] Read more »

Turtle Garden Approved for Maintenance

The Marion Conservation Commission approved some invasive species control at the turtle garden located at The Cove off Jenney Lane. It has been two years since the turtle nesting habitat restoration project was established, with residents of Jenney Lane acting as caregivers of the ‘turtle garden’ where diamondback terrapins have been returning for centuries to […] Read more »

Hot Outside – Hot Inside

While the temperatures simmered outside on August 22, the tempers simmered inside the Rochester Council on Aging Center when the Rochester Planning Board held its meeting. What should have been fine tuning and housekeeping on site plans submitted by Wellspring Farms, as proprietors Jim and Holly Vogel sought to bring closure to the many months […] Read more »

Future Use of RCF Grounds Still Uncertain

Now that the Southcoast Working Dog Club has informed the Town that it will no longer be holding any future events at the Rochester Country Fair property, future use of the town-owned property is still under discussion amongst the Rochester Board of Selectmen who agreed on August 21 to appoint a committee to devise specific […] Read more »

Verizon Withdraws, Storage Units To Expand

On August 17, before diving into the hearings before them, Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Susan Akin announced that Verizon’s request for a special permit for property located at 34 Mechanic Street had been withdrawn without prejudice. The utility had asked during the July hearing for a special permit that would allow the installation […] Read more »

Master Plan Ready for Public Review

Despite having no applicant proposals before them on Monday evening, the Marion Planning Board had a full agenda of ongoing projects in preparation for the Fall Special Town Meeting. Planning Board member Norman Hills introduced the draft Master Plan discussion, citing the complete plan and its impending appearance on the Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant. […] Read more »

Subdivision Resembles ‘Afghanistan,’ Says Chairman

Viewing the 2017 eclipse of the sun might have been tricky in the Tri-Town area on August 21. What with the hazy atmospheric conditions, residual smoke from forest fires in Canada, and only partial coverage of the sun as the moon passed over, the event wasn’t as dramatic as one would have wished. But the […] Read more »