Fire at Rochester Waste Processing Facility


A multi-alarm fire broke out just after 6:00 pm on Friday night, May 13, at the Zero Waste Solutions facility located at 48 Cranberry Highway in Rochester. The $27 million, 100,000 square-foot trash, debris, and recycling sorting facility fire was called in at 6:12 pm, according to Rochester Fire Chief Scott Weigel during a follow-up […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Acting Administrator


Town Moderator Kirby Gilmore sat on the old wooden benches of the Rochester Town Hall and sighed. He, along with several other town officials, waited for the appearance of the Rochester Board of Selectmen, who had estimated that their general meeting on May 10 would begin at 7:00 pm. At 7:10 pm, however, there was […] Read more »

PARCC Exam Progresses Smoothly


So far so good, said school administrators at Sippican School after the school’s first week of PARCC testing for fifth-graders, who completed the ELA portion of the exam last week. This being the second time Sippican students have performed the online standardized test that replaced the old MCAS, technical glitches this time around were fewer […] Read more »

Solar Farm Screening ‘Not Good Enough’


Sick. Scrawny. Inadequate. These are some of the adjectives that members of the Rochester Planning Board used on May 10 to describe “the trees with teeny tiny sticks on top” selected by Clean Energy Collective and its contractor, Gehrlicher Solar, for the screening around the solar farm project off Perry’s Lane. Solar developer Jay Myrto […] Read more »

Principal Explains Recess Policy


Stressing the importance of recess, the Rochester School Committee on May 5 asked Rochester Memorial School Principal Derek Medeiros to run down the school’s policy on recess – how much and how often. As long as the temperature doesn’t dip below 20 degrees with the wind chill factor, recess is held outside, he said. But […] Read more »

Donoghue Criticizes ORR Budget; TM Buys Land


Before the voters of Mattapoisett could get to the 28 warrant articles, Town Moderator John Eklund invited Finance Committee Chairman Pat Donoghue to make comments. After thanking the Town’s department heads for their careful use of budgets and “watching the pennies,” she then launched into her “disappointment” at the ORR budget process and “at the […] Read more »

Wastewater Tops Town Meeting Concerns


The town is in an excellent financial condition. This is how Marion Finance Committee Chairman Alan Minard started off his state of the town’s finances address to voters during the May 9 Annual Town Meeting. “It was a tougher year than usual,” he said, with cuts made here and there in order to provide for […] Read more »

ZBA Removes 55+ Only Housing Restriction


It has taken nearly six months, but on April 28, Kerri Sousa finally heard what she had been hoping to hear: her application for modification of a special permit was granted. When Sousa’s father, Thomas Skrutski, and his business partner, George Dornblaser, set out to turn a single-family home at 7 Marion Road into four […] Read more »

Subdivision Switches Hands…Again


At the end of a business-as-usual night for the Mattapoisett Planning Board, the residents of Brandt Point Village were back seeking help as ownership was again changing for the troubled subdivision. Gail Carlson, Dennis Dimos, and Daniel Scully, along with several other residents of the subdivision, sought guidance and assistance on May 2 after receiving […] Read more »

Solar Bylaw Amendments Slated for TM Warrant


After a brief presentation by Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson, the Rochester Board of Selectmen have referred five proposed zoning bylaw amendments back to the Planning Board for a public hearing before they appear as five separate articles on the June 13 Annual Town Meeting warrant. Johnson told selectmen on May 2 that most of […] Read more »