School Committee Investigates STEM Learning

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Rochester Memorial School has big plans to incorporate more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teaching into its curriculum. Longtime RMS teacher Karen DellaCioppa was on hand on November 17 to explain to the Rochester School Committee these goals and how they have been incorporated. She has recently stepped into a new role that functions […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting Results

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With a short list of articles to get through during Mattapoisett’s November 21 Special Fall Town Meeting, and with a quorum of 92 voters, things got off to an easy start as the community breezed through the first five articles with thumbs up. The first two articles, Article 1 in the amount of $57 to […] Read more »

Planning Board Discusses Water Quality Facility

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Marion Planning Board Chairman Robert Lane announced at the November 21 meeting that Mattapoisett Town Planner Ken Buckland had accepted a full-time position as Town Planner in Wareham. “He has agreed to stay on in a part-time role until we can get the rest of the Master Plan sorted out,” Lane continued, “and we wish […] Read more »

ConCom Approves Property Restoration

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David Smith approached the Rochester Conservation Commission on November 15 looking for approval to clear two properties that previously belonged to George Church and that now belong to the Rochester Land Trust. Commission member Rosemary Smith excused herself from the discussion due to personal involvement with the application. “We’ve recently bought a 3.5 acre property […] Read more »

Seabreeze Lane Notice Of Intent Continued

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Daniel and Lisa Craig of 4 Seabreeze Lane have been in a tug of war, so to speak, over whether or not they must return more than 20,000 square feet of designated wetlands to its original condition versus a massive lawn area. The Buzzards Bay Coalition previously alerted the town that encroachment activities had taken […] Read more »

Memorial Announced at Selectmen Meeting

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Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee announced the dedication of a bench at the Rochester Police Station to former Police Chief Elmer Lawrence. “I was very fortunate to know Chief Lawrence, who served from 1967 to 1970,” Magee said. “Of course, I didn’t know him at that time,” he joked, “but I was very fortunate to […] Read more »

Board’s Uncertainty Delays Jenney Vote

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Marion Building Commissioner Scott Shippey left the room during the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on November 10 as the board began deliberating whether or not it would uphold Shippey’s cease and desist order against David Jenney of 818 Point Road for an unpermitted logging operation, or grant Jenney’s appeal and thus recognize the firewood […] Read more »

Committee Approves New Special Ed Staff at Sippican

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A changing population at Sippican School prompted central school administration to recommend to the Marion School Committee on November 9 that they approve the hiring of a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) to the Sippican School staff. The BCBA position requires a master’s degree, certification in the field that is current, and experience working in […] Read more »

State Of The Art Septic Systems Planned

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Protecting salt and fresh water sources from pollutants in heavily developed regions has long been a problem. But on November 9, Marion’s Conservation Commission heard about a new type of residential septic system called Singulair. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider and Associates, representing Sue Reamer, 25 Holly Road and Robert Wilson, 43 Holly Road, […] Read more »

VFW Property Wrinkles Town House Planning

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On November 15, the Marion Board of Selectmen once again met with members of the Town House Building Committee, this time to hear a request for $14,600 from a Community Preservation grant. The funds would be used to complete proposals the committee wishes to put before the residents. William Saltonstall spoke on behalf of the […] Read more »