State to ORR and Towns: You Must Cooperate

School committee members and administration from the Old Rochester Regional School District and town officials were told the key to an all-around successful regional relationship: “You need to play nice in the sandbox.” That is what Mary Jane Handy, the director of accounts at the Division of Local Services of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue […] Read more »

From ‘Shut Case’ to Uncertainty

Just three months ago, Marion Zoning Board of Appeals member Michelle Smith referred to 120 Front Street as a “shut case,” as board members on October unanimously agreed that Christian Loranger’s reconstruction of a two-family house should be considered a grandfathered two-family and exempt from a zoning bylaw, which prohibits multi-family homes. Now, on January […] Read more »

Zoning Change Proposed for Front Street Parcels

It was a short meeting on January 22 as far as the Marion Planning Board goes, with two members absent. Engineer Bill Madden came before the board to present an idea for a zoning change for property owned by Theodore Laycock located at 391 Front Street. The proposed zoning change to General Business would apply […] Read more »

Pot is Hot Topic

As the deadline looms for applications for the sale of adult use of marijuana, there was some urgency in the discussion at the Marion Board of Health’s meeting on January 23 regarding the imminent Adult Use of Marijuana regulations and their public health implications. Leading the discussion was Cheryl Sbarra, senior staff attorney and director […] Read more »

RMS May Offer Dental Program to Students

Rochester Memorial School Nurse Ellen Murphy says she has wanted to bring dental health care to RMS students for quite some time, and she is now hoping the Rochester School Committee will consider allowing her to collaborate with Smile Programs of Massachusetts. Smile Programs, said Murphy, is a comprehensive school-based dental program that can deliver […] Read more »

Osprey Nesting Platform Planned at Fresh Pond

The Dunn family, whose cottage is situated at 0 Fresh Pond, has something special planned – a floating osprey nest platform. Represented by Robert Field of Field Engineering, David Dunn and his mother and property owner Gail Dunn plan to situate a floating platform in Fresh Pond, which is located off Beach Road near Point […] Read more »

ORR Unveils New Course Selections

Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Mike Devoll is adding more advanced placement options, a broader range of technology courses, and a lineup of new 12th grade English offerings designed to add more interest to seniors. On January 17 during the Old Rochester Regional School Committee meeting, Devoll said the foreign language AP courses, which […] Read more »

Many Minor Changes = One Major Change

The solar project slated for 268 Mattapoisett Road has been stalled after the Rochester Planning Board on January 23 determined that proposed changes to the plan, although seemingly minor when viewed singularly, all add up to one major change to the plan. Thus, a new public hearing must be scheduled and abutters duly notified. At […] Read more »

Rochester Awarded $75K For ADA Projects

The Board of Selectmen learned on January 22 that two Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance grants that Facilities Manager Andrew Daniel applied for have been awarded to the Town of Rochester. The Commonwealth released $1 million in grant funding for municipalities to receive up to $250,000 for ADA compliance projects. Daniel spent months assessing […] Read more »

General Store Special Permit Granted

There are few buildings in the waterfront village neighborhood of Mattapoisett more iconic to the town’s past than the General Store situated at 10 Water Street. Although it cannot boast to be the oldest, the image of the structure has appeared in photographs from several centuries. But everything must change, even old buildings. Thus, as […] Read more »