Little League Sign Complaint Prompts Change


A complaint filed with the building inspector about Little League signs displayed at Gifford Park in Rochester brought the Old Rochester Little League before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals May 28 for an amendment to the original 1993 special permit allowing the signs. The board did vote to amend the signs, but only after […] Read more »

IDC Seeks to Dissolve, Article 17 Passed Over


The Rochester Board of Selectmen and the Industrial Development Commission (IDC) met June 1 to discuss Article 18 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant to dissolve the IDC, and selectmen also decided to skip over Article 17 on Town Meeting floor. The IDC came to discuss its future and the future of the $88,335 that […] Read more »

CVS Project Continues to Continue


After multiple requests to continue the public hearing for LEC Environmental Consultants, affiliated with the proposed CVS project, the Marion Conservation Commission on May 27 wondered how much longer they should honor the company’s requests to continue continuing. The first public hearing to address the Request for Determination of Applicability to establish the wetlands lines […] Read more »

Solar Project Promised an ‘Expeditious’ Process


The Marion Planning Board heard the gist of the plan for a new solar energy facility slated for Tucker Lane, and Chairman Robert Lane on June 1 promised Clean Energy Collective representatives a Planning Board process “as smooth and expeditious as possible.” This solar farm project will be the first in the Town of Marion […] Read more »

First Zero-Lot Line Project Proposed


No sooner did the ink dry on the new zoning bylaw allowing construction of duplex residences with zero lot lines before The Preserve at the Bay Club Director Ted Gowdy came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board to propose just such a project. A cul-de-sac within the Bay Club boundary lines currently named Split Road Lane […] Read more »

New Assistant Harbormaster Appointed


The Marion Board of Selectmen met June 2 to discuss various topics including the appointment of a new assistant harbormaster, the search for a new fire chief, and updates on the bike path. The board heard from Harbormaster Michael Cormier on the topic of appointing Peter Bourgault as assistant harbormaster and assistant shellfish officer. Bourgault […] Read more »

Kids Enjoy Trial Breakfast Program


Rochester Memorial School held its first of two days piloting a school breakfast program on May 21, and on June 2 RMS Principal Derek Medeiros told the Rochester School Committee what he heard in response from the students. “The feedback I received from the students was pretty exciting,” said Medeiros. “The children were just really […] Read more »

ConCom Issues Enforcement Order


Quietly, almost gently but assuredly with resolve, the Rochester Conservation Commission on June 2 approved moving forward to deal with property owners who were not in compliance with wetlands regulations. Last December, Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon received an anonymous letter complaining that property located at 78 Alley Road and owned by Robin Baptista had sustained […] Read more »

Board Recommends Bylaw Amendments


The Rochester Planning Board met May 26 to discuss three zoning bylaw amendments to be presented at the June 8 Annual Town Meeting. The board voted unanimously to recommend that the Town adopt the following amendments in upcoming Town Meeting. One is an amendment to section VII of the Flood Plain District. The amendment will […] Read more »

Antique Home Will Be Updated


It wasn’t a long or busy night for the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals when they met on May 21 with only two hearings before a full board populated by Chairman Susan Akin, Mary Anne Brogan, Paul Milott, Norman Lyonnais and Kenneth Pacheco. But for one of the two hearings, it was a rather historical […] Read more »