Town House Costs Cause Concern


The topic for many residents in Marion has been what to do and how much to spend on bringing the town house into the 21st century and beyond. The need has been demonstrated, a committee has done research and held months of study and public meetings, and numerous options have been explored – but in […] Read more »

Electric Cars Proposed for Town of Marion


With an agenda full of promising energy economies and alternative energy opportunities, Marion Energy Management Committee member Jennifer Francis presented another intriguing idea: electric cars for municipal use. What Francis had discovered was a state program that provides incentives for eligible public and private entities to acquire electric vehicles, as well as the installation of […] Read more »

The Tao of Choosing Student Novels


In response to some parental concern over how sixth grade novels are chosen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Dr. Elise Frangos on November 4 presented information on the reasoning and judgment of appropriateness behind selecting assigned literature, giving Marion School Committee members reassurance of the process. In the past, said Frangos, “Teachers selected books they loved […] Read more »

District Addresses Challenges this Budget Season


Mattapoisett School Committee Chairman James Higgins is adamantly against adding further School Choice slots as a way to supplement the budget as a source of revenue – but on November 9, Superintendent Doug White told the School Committee that it is going to have to decide whether School Choice will be an option to address […] Read more »

Donation Boosts RMS Breakfast Program


The Rochester Memorial School received a generous $3,000 donation from an anonymous donor to purchase a commercial blender for the new RMS breakfast program, and Principal Derek Medeiros says he could not possibly be more grateful. “With this commercial [blender] they will be able to make fifteen smoothies in one shot,” said Medeiros on November […] Read more »

Marion Grappling with Coyotes


Marion businesses will soon be issued a Marion Board of Health order to keep a lid on their dumpsters and keep those lids tightly closed after a string of incidents of coyotes breaking into commercial trash receptacles. “There is a very bad problem with coyotes,” said Health Director Karen Walega on November 10. “There is […] Read more »

Governor Must Sponsor Annual TM Legislation


The state legislature told the Town of Rochester that in order to pass special legislation to accept the June 8, 2015 Annual Town Meeting, which was held without a quorum, Governor Charlie Baker must be the sponsor of the bill, not the Town of Rochester. Selectmen authorized Town Counsel Blair Bailey and Town Administrator Michael […] Read more »

Bike Path and Home Rule Articles Questioned


It didn’t take long for Town Meeting voters in Mattapoisett to routinely move money around from one account to another, or to appropriate funds for infrastructure work such as new water mains and roadways repairs. However, residents voiced their concerns when it came to forking out more money for the bike path and changing the […] Read more »

Accidental Lockdown at Sippican School


At 10:30 this morning at Sippican Elementary School in Marion an automated message went out over the schools’ PA system announcing that the building was on lockdown. As a result of this notification students and staff followed the lockdown procedures. Marion Police and administration conducted a sweep of the building. There were no threats or […] Read more »

Rochester ConCom Endorses Water Bylaw


“I’m for it one hundred percent,” Rochester Conservation Commission Chairman Rosemary Smith said on November 3 in response to a positive vote by the commission – voting in favor of surface water protection bylaws. Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon, also a member of the Mattapoisett River Valley Water Supply Protection Advisory Committee (MRVWSPAC), asked the commission […] Read more »