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 »

Board Demands Timeline From Zero Waste

The December 13 session of the Rochester Planning Board meeting started off with a bang, as board members blasted ABC Disposal President Mike Camara for not having a definitive timeline for construction. Zero Waste, off of Cranberry Highway in Rochester, has been operating via special permit for the last year, but board members claim they […] Read more »

Compromise Nears Over Seabreeze Lane

On December 12, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission reopened a notice of intent hearing for 4 Seabreeze Lane, property owned by Daniel and Lisa Craig. Represented by Brandon Faneuf, the Craigs have been seeking permission to retain a large swath of lawn they installed in violation of agreements the town had placed on the sub-division 17 […] Read more »

Residents Join 911 Regionalization Discussion

Whispers about change often bring about shouts of opposition. So, as the residents of Rochester caught wind of the Board of Selectmen’s investigation into regionalizing the town’s 911 call dispatch, the town decided to host a public forum night to get residents immediately informed about the possibility of 911 regionalization and how it may benefit […] Read more »

Jenney Loses Cease & Desist Appeal

Even with a 3-2 majority vote to grant David Jenney his appeal to overturn Building Commissioner Scott Shippey’s cease and desist order, the appeal was still denied and Shippey’s decision upheld. On December 8, the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals struggled one last time together as they debated on whether Shippey’s cease and desist order […] Read more »

State Offers Funding to Reduce Car Crashes

The state has contacted the Town of Rochester regarding High Street, a rural roadway that the state deems an elevated risk for vehicular crashes, and has offered to fund some safety improvement that might help to lower the number of crashes in the future. Highway Surveyor Jeff Eldridge said that on this upcoming Thursday he […] Read more »

Tick-borne Illness in Marion Causing Concern

Marion Public Health Nurse Kathleen Downey told the Marion Board of Health on December 13 that rising numbers of tick-borne illnesses, including those other than Lyme disease, are on the rise and have prompted her to seek state health information about the reported cases in Marion these past 11 months of 2016. “Although the numbers […] Read more »

VFW Signs Building Over to Town of Marion

There was a bittersweetness to the moment when Post Commander Demi Barros took up his pen and touched it down to the paper on the table in front of him before a roomful of Marion selectmen and the few remaining VFW Post 2425 members on the morning of December 7. After Barros finished signing his […] Read more »