Rochester Acts to Attract Substitute Teachers

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Finding substitute teachers is an ongoing problem in all four Tri-Town school districts, and the Rochester School Committee on January 7 was the first district to officially adopt a measure to increase substitute teacher and paraprofessional pay by $5 in the hopes that it will attract more candidates. Before the vote, Superintendent Doug White stressed […] Read more »

Cigarette Causes Fire in Mattapoisett

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Cigarette Causes Fire in Mattapoisett By Jean Perry The Mattapoisett Fire and Police Departments responded to a call at 3:14pm on Friday, January 15, of a reported fire at the Mattapoisett Housing Authority public housing at 1 Acushnet Road. When firefighters arrived they found smoke filling the building and evacuated all residents of the 54-unit […] Read more »

Marion Seeks Regional Wastewater Grant

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The Town of Marion is joining up with surrounding towns including the Town of Wareham to pursue an EPA Southeast New England Program (SNEP) grant to fund a feasibility study for a regional wastewater treatment system. Spearheaded by the Town of Wareham, the grant would fund a study to look closely at relocating the outfall […] Read more »

Town to Seek County Road Reclassification

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The Rochester Board of Selectmen on January 11 voted to authorize Town Administrator Michael McCue to further work with town officials of Marion and Wareham towards a reclassification of County Road to a federal “urban connector” to be eligible for federal funding for repairs and upgrades. McCue said he met with representatives of the Southeastern […] Read more »

Farmers Governed by Plumbing Code – Huh?

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Somewhere back in the forgotten history of codes and regulations is a decision that placed agricultural operations under the governance of the Uniform State Plumbing Code. As odd as that may sound, that is the case and it was discussed on January 5 at the meeting of the Mattapoisett Agricultural Commission. Some farmers have felt […] Read more »

Selectmen Say ‘Hi’ to New Personnel Board

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Three new people have been appointed to the Rochester Personnel Board since the resignation of that board’s three members just after the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, when voters rejected an article crafted by the board that would have altered the Town’s Employee Compensation Plan. On January 4, the Rochester Board of Selectmen met with two […] Read more »

Marion Master Plan Moves Forward

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Marion moved one step closer to finalizing its Master Plan on January 4 when members of the Planning Board held a workshop to familiarize residents with the plan’s goals and details. Several interested citizens showed up despite the weather, coats and boots dusted with snowflakes. Planning Board member Rico Ferrari qualified the objective of the […] Read more »

Bay Club Petitions for Trash Collection

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The Mattapoisett Planning Board’s first meeting for 2016 was like an instant replay of meetings from 2015 – another subdivision requesting covenant modifications that would allow the residents town trash collection. David Andrews, representing the Bay Club Real Estate Trust and Bay Club Community Association, came before the Planning Board with the request on January […] Read more »

Selectman Will Not Seek Reelection

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Marion Selectman Jonathan Henry announced on January 5 that he would not be seeking reelection in 2016, saying it was with a heavy heart that he informed the residents of Marion of his decision. Henry, who has served 12 years on the Board of Selectmen, said his departure was entirely positive, and he encouraged others […] Read more »

Town Meeting Quorum Issue Nears Resolution

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To avoid the risk of any further grief in the situation, the Rochester Board of Selectmen held off on scheduling a Special Town Meeting until special legislation is passed that would accept the Annual Town Meeting despite its lack of a quorum. Now that a resolution is foreseeable, said Town Administrator Michael McCue, selectmen are […] Read more »