EPA Says ‘No’ to Marion’s NPDES Proposals

In a letter dated December 9, the United States Environmental Protection Agency notified the Town of Marion that it would be moving forward in issuing the Town its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, despite the Town’s efforts to propose alternative approaches to the significantly more stringent nitrogen levels. Marion’s last NPDES permit expired […] Read more »

Sippican School Water Passes Testing

Director of Facilities Gene Jones told the Marion School Committee on December 21 that water testing conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection produced good water quality results. The tests measured lead and copper levels from drinking fountains and water faucets used for food preparation, and Jones said he was happy to announce that […] Read more »

Wetland Delineations for Vaughan Hill Property Pending

An abbreviated notice of resource area delineation or NRAD caused a bit of conversation during the December 20 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission. Coming before the commission was Alan Ewing of Alan Ewing Engineering representing Marc and Nancy Ferreira. The site is 6.8 acres and is located on Vaughan Hill Road. Ewing detailed for […] Read more »

ZBA Hearings Cause Debate

With a fairly heavy agenda, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals held their December 15 meeting at Old Hammondtown School. One case experiencing some pushback from abutters came for Scott Boucher’s application for a special permit to operate a used car sales lot at the former Gail’s Goodies Bakery on Route 6. Boucher, a Mattapoisett […] Read more »

Problematic Sub-Division Roads

Barry Denham, Mattapoisett’s highway superintendent, knows a thing or two about roads. During the December 19 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, Denham again sounded the warning bell about private roadways in sub-divisions that are either incomplete or failing. “I have advocated on every single project that blacktop be down before building permits are issued. […] Read more »

“…There’s money left on the table…”

During the December 14 meeting of the Mattapoisett Finance Committee, Selectman Paul Silva brought to the committee’s attention that many residences where public sewer service is now available never tied into the system. “There are 149 developed lots in town that have not tied into the sewer,” Silva reported, adding, “That equals about $74,000 on […] Read more »

Marion Gets its Senior Center

It’s official. The Marion Board of Selectmen on December 20 formally voted to designate the old VFW building as the town’s senior center, dubbing it the new “Benjamin D. Cushing Senior Center/Community Center”. Marion Council on Aging Chairman Joanne Mahoney, with COA Director Heather Silvia by her side, asked the selectmen to designate the building. […] Read more »

Bike Path Passes Preliminary Hurdle

The Marion Conservation Commission on December 14 gave the green light to the Marion portion of the bike path, giving preliminary approval by accepting the wetlands delineation lines. The bike path, which will traverse the Mattapoisett town line, across Route 105, over to Washburn Park and up to Point Road still has a winding path […] Read more »

ORR Finds No Threat to Students

The Old Rochester Regional High School administration, along with the Rochester and Mattapoisett Police Departments, had been investigating a reported potential threat made towards the student body at the high school, and Principal Mike Devoll followed up the report on December 9 with an email message to parents. In the December 9 letter, Devoll explained […] Read more »

ZBA Grants Special Permit

It was a very quiet night for the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on December 8 as four board members, two applicants, and a couple of interested bystanders listened to the clock tick down to 7:30 pm. Chairman Richard Cutler had put a call out to two board members in the hope of having more […] Read more »