The Future is Now at Rochester Police

The Rochester Board of Selectmen turned its attention to the Rochester Police Department on October 30 and took two police votes – one to hire a new full-time officer and the other to get the ball rolling towards hiring a new police chief. The board approved the Police Department’s recommendation to appoint Brendan Emberg as […] Read more »

MCAS 2.0 in Mattapoisett

As Old Rochester Regional School District Superintendent Doug White and Assistant Superintendent Elsie Frangos make their rounds through the Tri-Town local school committees, their message is one of encouragement and progress as all schools embrace the newest version of standards testing: Next-Gen MCAS. After two years of working with another testing protocol known as PARCC, […] Read more »

ORR to Implement and Expand Self-Defense Training

Current ninth and tenth graders at Old Rochester Regional High School will be the first to experience the school’s implementation of the R.A.D. program, a self defense course that will begin the week after the November Thanksgiving break. The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems of Self Defense offer different approaches for females and males, so […] Read more »

Engineer Warned to ‘Change His Attitude’

You can argue with the chairman of the Rochester Planning Board over how to interpret a Zoning Bylaw, but when the chairman tells you, “We wrote the God-damned thing,” chances are you will not win said argument. An informal meeting between representatives of JC Engineering, Inc. and the Planning Board over a proposed Form B […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Library Trustees Plan Updates

On October 24, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with Mattapoisett Free Public Library Director Susan Pizzolato and several library trustees to discuss plans for improvements and upgrades to the library’s functionality. Pizzolato explained that with the help of the trustees, she has been working with a consultant to evaluate the effective and efficient use […] Read more »

King Declines Recusal From Swamp Subdivision

The October 23 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission was at times contentious when the Notice of Intent hearing filed by Dennis Arsenault for property located at the end of Snow Fields Road was opened, and then Bruce Rocha returned with his NOI for the former Presto Press property. Before allowing the applicant’s representative to […] Read more »

MCAS Scores – Parents, Don’t Panic

The individual student Next-Gen MCAS results for Sippican School will be mailed to parents by November 1, but on October 18 during the Marion School Committee meeting, school administrators cautioned parents not to panic when they first review those results. First, Superintendent Doug White noted that the state does not include any accountability number (1-5) […] Read more »

Special Town Meeting Quickly Disperses

On October 23, the voters in Marion wasted no time passing seven of nine articles that comprised the 2017 Special Town Meeting Warrant. Voters were in and out in under an hour, as a matter of fact. After waiting about 15 minutes for the Sippican School auditorium to fill with at least 50 registered voters […] Read more »

Six Special Permits Requested, Six Approved

The October 19 meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals was about as tame as a cat that has just eaten its fill and is sleeping in a sunny window – very tame indeed. Coming before the ZBA – populated by Chairman Susan Akin and board members Ken Pacheco, Mary Anne Brogan, Norman Lyonnais, […] Read more »

More Opposition to Menthol Cig Ban

Chairman of the Marion Board of Health John Howard had to note the “record turnout” of those in attendance on October 26 to join in the conversation about the board’s pursuit to ban flavored nicotine products – both flavored tobacco and flavored electronic nicotine – as well as menthol cigarettes. Listed on the agenda was […] Read more »