It’s Fun to Serve on the Town ZBA!


Members of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals didn’t need the Village People to help them attract a new member to their board the night of April 8. They had Chairman Eric Pierce and Betsy Dunn to describe the greatness that is life on the ZBA. Needing new members, and with barely a quorum that […] Read more »

Committee Passes Rochester School Budget


Rochester Fiscal Year 2016 School Budget discussions came to a close on April 2 with the approval of the $5,780,343 budget, a 1.9 percent increase from FY15. Driving the budget were contractual obligations, increased contracted services, and supplies, but with decreased transportation costs and special education services. The Rochester Memorial School student population, currently at […] Read more »

Commission Eyes Grants for Open Space Plan


The Rochester Conservation Commission met April 7 to review the Notice of Intent to sell for other use a 116-acre plot of land located on Snipatuit Road. The commission voted unanimously to pass on the Town’s Right of First Refusal for the $485,000 plot of land, citing the high price and the availability of other […] Read more »

Bylaw Changes Aired in Public Hearing – Again


Once again the Mattapoisett Planning Board met with Brad Saunders, managing partner of D & E Management, LLC regarding proposed bylaw changes for the Town Meeting warrant – changes that he deemed necessary and improvements to several existing zoning bylaws. Having failed at the Fall Town Meeting to garner voters’ approval of the changes, Saunders […] Read more »

FinCom Continues To Plug Away


Continuing their long journey towards the Annual Town Meeting, the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on April 1 met with Town Administrator Michael Gagne and Harbormaster Jill Simmons. Simmons was making a return visit to the FinCom after having had an opportunity to meet with Gagne and learn what type of Fiscal Year 2016 budget details were […] Read more »

Selectmen Air Concerns and Review FY16


Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne met with the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on April 7 to present the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and to answer their questions and flush out areas of concern in advance of Town Meeting. Gagne and the Finance Committee had been plugging away for weeks, meeting with department heads and reviewing […] Read more »

Saltworks Surprised, Needs Special Permit


The Saltworks Marine property development project slated for 291 Wareham Road made some progress on April 6, even with the revelation that the project would require a special permit in addition to the site plan review process with the Marion Planning Board. Saltworks owner Daniel Crete and Engineer Douglas Schneider, standing in for David Davignon, […] Read more »

Board Gives Commendations, Ignores Recommendations


The Marion Board of Selectmen recognized and congratulated the Old Rochester Regional Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team and pronounced that day, April 7, as the Old Rochester Boys’ Basketball Team Day. ORR Bulldogs were present at the meeting, held at the Marion Music Hall to accommodate the team members and their families, and were presented certificates […] Read more »

No School Choice for Marion


The Marion School Committee on April 1 opted out of the school choice program for another school year, mostly because of uncertainty over the population of school children that the 40B housing at Marion Village Estates will likely bring to the district. Superintendent of Schools Doug White recommended the committee forego participating in school choice […] Read more »

Parker Reelected as Rochester Selectman


Selectman Naida Parker has won the only contested race in the 2015 Rochester Town Election on April 8, beating out current Town Moderator Greenwood “Woody” Hartley, and current ZBA Chairman and former selectman Richard Cutler. As the polls closed Wednesday night at 8:00pm, Parker, Cutler, and Hartley, surrounded by family, stood quietly on along the […] Read more »