BBC Project Continued, Needs Sorting

The Marion Planning Board on March 6 briefly went over a few details of the Buzzards Bay Coalition site plan review for a new field operations barn at 173 and 177 Spring Street. Ken Motta, the board’s peer review engineer, had submitted a detailed letter with his questions and recommendations only 30 minutes before the […] Read more »

Dueling Town House Articles Slated for Warrant

The Marion Town House Building Committee was back before the Marion Board of Selectmen on March 7, this time to request the addition of an article on the Annual Town Meeting warrant that would authorize the expenditure of $34,300 for the existing Town House Building Committee to conduct its own feasibility study of a new […] Read more »

Child Abandoned in Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett Police Department Press Release On Friday, March 3, at approximately 8:45 pm, a resident of Mattapoisett Neck Road called the police station to report that an 11-year-old boy had just knocked on his door asking for a ride to New Bedford. Due to the frigid temperature, the resident brought the young male into his […] Read more »

‘Not the Largest Variance’ Granted

When it comes to side setback variances, the one the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals granted Danny and Victoria Hughes of 549 Walnut Plain Road on February 23 “isn’t the largest variance we’ve ever issued,” said Chairman Richard Cutler. The request to build a 24-foot by 24-foot garage accessory structure under the mandatory side setback […] Read more »

Three to Vie for Selectman in Rochester

Election signs are starting to pop up along the countryside streets of Rochester as the deadline to return nominations papers passed on February 22 and the April 12 Annual Election draws near. Three familiar faces have thrown their hats in for the race for Board of Selectman.           Incumbent Richard Nunes, who has served six […] Read more »

Ballot to Feature Road $1 Million Debt Exclusion

The Town of Rochester has received $310,000 in federal grant money to make safety improvements to areas of High Street, and in light of this road improvement, Highway Surveyor Jeff Eldridge asked the Rochester Board of Selectmen on February 27 to approve placing a debt exclusion vote on the April election ballot to fund road […] Read more »

Buzzards Bay Coalition Asks For Support

With one of the lightest agendas this group has seen in months, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission discussed a big question – big in terms of acreage, that is. Alan Decker of the Buzzards Bay Coalition met with the commissioners on February 27 seeking support for the acquisition of a 53-acre parcel at the corner of […] Read more »

Herring Counts Remain Low

On February 28, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with local members of Alewives Anonymous, Inc. for the annual Tri-Town herring report and meeting. In attendance from AA were Arthur Benner, Jim Gurney, and David Watling. Speaking for the group, Watling said, “Runs have been a mess in 2016.” He said that the Massachusetts Division […] Read more »

Neighbors Oppose Large-Scale Multi-Family

Christian Loranger, the developer of a multi-family condominium at 16 Cottage Street, is looking to develop an additional condo complex at 324 Front Street to the dismay of some neighbors, especially abutter Peter Douglas of 326 Front Street. A historic white house currently sits at the site, and Loranger plans to raze the house to […] Read more »

Planning Board Tackles Draft Master Plan

The Marion Planning Board held a special meeting on February 28 for the second review of the town’s Draft Master Plan. Kenneth Buckland is assisting the board with the plan and facilitated the meeting. Two sections were discussed by the board this evening: Services and Facilities, and Transportation and Circulation. Buckland started the discussion, suggesting […] Read more »