Marion Planning Board

To the Editor:

I would like to commend the Marion Planning Board for how they handled last Monday night’s meeting with CVS. It was a packed Music Hall filled with opposition to CVS moving the Captain Hadley House and building a 12,900 square foot building on that corner lot. After hearing and reviewing the CVS proposal, the Planning Board got it. Chairman Kokkins set the tone by pointing out that the size was too big for the location (four times the size of Cumberland and five times the size of Dunkin’ Donuts) as well as changing the “gateway to Marion” by moving an historic building. Traffic, congestion, drainage, parking, and curb cuts all exacerbate a difficult corner already congested by the Cumberland Farms traffic nightmare. And who knows what the 40B project will add to traffic in that area.

Each member spoke up about how they felt and what issues were of concern. Eileen Marum pointed out that CVS corporate is moving overseas. Robert Lane stated that we have no assurance about the occupancy of the building should CVS abandon it and we end up with a vacant building like the old Cumberland Farms. Ricco Ferrari urged residents to get involved in the Master Plan process. He pointed out that Route 6 today is not reflective of the character of Marion.

We need to attract good, small, local businesses with proper zoning and planning and stop just fighting the formula stores we don’t want. I hope that all who showed up Monday night will continue to show up and be part of the planning process.

Sincerely,

Margie Baldwin, Marion

 

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Salty’s Silvery Moon Soiree

Salty the Seahorse and the Mattapoisett Land Trust once again wish to invite children of all ages to join us for what has become a fall tradition of fun in the firelight on Saturday, October 25, from 5:30 until 8:00 pm at Dunseith Gardens (Route 6 at North Street). The Land Trust will provide the cooking fires, with hay-bale seating, and the ingredients for “s’mores” as well as cider as a healthy thirst-quencher. Entertainment will include music and storytelling by Andrea Lovett. Entrance to the property will be illuminated by luminaria created by the students at Center School.

All are welcome. Guests need to park off-site, so please bring a flashlight to help you return to your car and for safety on the grounds.

For more information, you can contact the Land Trust by email at info@mattlandtrust.org or call 774-377-9191 and leave a message.

Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program

Applications for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program are now available. This program allows Mattapoisett seniors, older than 60, to perform services for the Town in exchange for a maximum $750 reduction on the taxes for Mattapoisett property that they own and occupy.

Applications are available online at the city’s website, mattapoisett-ma.gov, under the “COA” on the left section under “News.” Hard copy applications may also be picked up in person at the Council on Aging. The application will contain a summary of the eligibility requirements for program participation and will be accompanied by an information package. All applications must be turned in to the Council on Aging office by 3:00 pm on Friday, October 24 (please note the extended date). Anyone with questions may call Jacqueline Coucci, Council on Aging Director, at 508-758-4110.

Field Hockey, Football Fall

Here is a look at the sixth week of results in scheduled games for all ORR athletic teams.

Football: The Bulldogs suffered their second consecutive loss this week, falling to Dighton-Rehoboth in a hard-fought 21-7 game. The Bulldogs played fairly well and were moving the ball consistently against the tough opposing defense, but never seemed to be able to capitalize on any of their drives. ORR’s end-game totals were 201 yards and nine first downs, but they only entered the red-zone once throughout the entire game. Their lone score of the night came on a huge 50-yard pass play from Quarterback Alex Aruri to senior Hunter Cooney with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Though this was a tough loss for the now 3-2 Bulldogs, they will look to get back on a winning streak against Wareham. The Bulldogs square off against the Vikings on Friday, October 17 at ORR on Homecoming Night.

Field Hockey: The girls’ field hockey team had a rough week this week, as they lost their SCC championship hopes and first place conference record in the span of two tough games. The Lady Bulldogs began their week with a 2-0 loss to SCC rival Apponequet. Though this knocked the girls from a definitive SCC championship, they still had the opportunity to split the championship with Apponequet if they could secure a win over Seekonk. Unfortunately, the girls tied Seekonk in a heartbreaking 0-0 draw, giving Apponequet the upper edge on the both the conference rankings and title. However, this is not the end of the girls’ season; they will be competing in the state tournament to hopefully secure a division championship.

Boys’ Soccer: The boys won both of their games this week by large margins, defeating both Wareham 5-1 and Fairhaven 4-1. Against Wareham, Shane DeSousa led the offense with two goals, while Ryan Beatty, Alex Tavares, and Jackson Reydel all added a goal apiece. Against Fairhaven, Alex Sousa scored two goals, while Beatty and Tavares each pitched in one again. ORR’s defense was strong in both games thanks to Goalie Melvin Vincent.

Girls’ Soccer: The Lady Bulldogs also had a nice week, shutting out both of their opponents in two conference blowouts. The girls handily defeated Wareham 7-0, with Kaleigh Goulart (3), Katelyn Bindas (2), Olivia Pellegrino, and Morgan Browning all scoring goals for ORR. The girls went on to defeat Fairhaven 3-0 in an equally impressive game, this time with Goulart, Ava Ciffolillo, and Amy Bichajian scoring goals. Even more impressive than the Bulldog offense was their defense; Mikayla Demanche recorded her seventh and eighth shutouts of the season, and the ORR defense has only allowed seven goals in eleven games, an impressive statistic.

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country: The girls’ cross country team had a fantastic week this week, defeating two conference teams in clean sweeps. The girls defeated both Apponequet and Seekonk 15-50, sweeping the top five spots thanks to performances by Nina Bourgeois, Emily Josephson, Madisen Martin, Rachel Scheub, and Maddie Scheub. The boys’ team defeated Apponequet with a score of 18-42, but unfortunately lost to a stacked Seekonk lineup 19-44. Seekonk took first place and then swept third-ninth to secure the win and hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.

Golf: The golf team became the first ORR fall sports team to win an SCC championship this season. Though the boys’ perfect record was squandered by a loss to Bourne, the boys closed out their regular season with a 159-48 win over Wareham. The boys will now move on to the state tournament and hope to be one of the top two qualifying teams to advance to the next level.

Volleyball: Though the girls lost to SCC powerhouse Fairhaven in a 3-0 sweep this week, they also notched another win against Wareham, 3-2. Michaelah Nunes had 18 assists and 16 digs for the Lady Bulldogs, and Haley Aguiar and Olivia Bellefuille also played well. This is a big improvement from where the Lady Bulldogs were last season, as they had yet to win a game up to this point and currently have four victories on the season.

Below are the overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of October 12.

Football: (3-2-0) (3-2-0); Field Hockey: (11-3-1) (10-1-1); Girls’ Soccer: (10-1-1) (10-1-1); Boys’ Soccer: (8-4-1) (8-3-1); Golf: (15-1-0) (15-1-0); Volleyball: (4-11-0) (4-9-0); Boys’ Cross Country: (3-1-0) (3-1-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (4-0-0) (4-0-0).

By Michael Kassabian

 

Halloween Happenings

It was a dusky dark, chilly October evening. Inside the house, the Jack O’ Lanterns were carved and lit, their seedy, slimy orange goopy guts laying in a bowl on top of the table, and pairs of little eyes were looking up at their parents asking, “So, now what are we going to do?” These little goblins, wondered Mom and Dad, what do they want from me with their insatiable desire for Halloween activities?

It’s Tri-Town! There are plenty of haunted happenings in the area to get your Halloween on!

The Mattapoisett Free Library has an extra creepy Halloween-themed event guaranteed to deliver some exciting paradigm-shattering fun just in time for the spooky season! Insect aficionado and entomophagist (someone who eats bugs) David Gracer is coming to Mattapoisett, and he is bringing some of his crispy, crunchy, nutty-tasting critter friends with him for a presentation called “Are You Brave Enough to Eat a Bug?”

Well, are you? Watch Gracer eat bugs right in front of you and maybe you yourself will get a chance to sample a crunchy cricket or luscious larvae. Yum!

Gracer advocates eating bugs as a solution for the sustainability of the environment and alleviating world hunger. He has been featured on the Colbert Report, NPR, The New York Times, and on TLC’s My Crazy Obsession.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library, is on October 28 at 6:00 pm at the library, and you will want to sign up for the event right away because space is limited!

The Mattapoisett Library also has several eerie exhibitions displayed throughout the library with haunted facts about Tri-Town until Halloween is over.

The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library will also be handing out Halloween candy from the steps of the library starting at 5:00 pm on Halloween, so be sure to trick-or-treat your way over!

The Elizabeth Taber Library has some Halloween activities of its own, hosting a drop-in Halloween crafts and activities session every day from October 24 through October 31. Join Children’s Librarian Rosemary Grey in making handmade Halloween decorations, Jack O’ Lantern puppets, and bat, goblin, and witch stick puppets.

An annual favorite is the make-your-own Halloween mask activity, using materials like feathers, sparkles, and pompoms. Drop-in hours are regular library hours: Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 
Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Grab the goblins and venture to the Mattapoisett YMCA for its annual Family Halloween Hayride and Party with Zip’oween on Friday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

There will be a haunted hayride and a Halloween party with games and crafts. Kids can also take a spooky ride on the Halloween-themed zipline, which will take riders through scary Halloween music and lights during what the YMCA calls “one sick ride down from our climbing tower.”

Kids wearing costumes can enter the costume contest, and refreshments will be available.

Witches, grab your broomsticks and head to the Plumb Corner Halloween Party on October 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm! The day is sure to offer family-friendly frightening activities. Head over to Rochester for some hay rides, pumpkin decorating, Jack O’ Lantern and costume contests, the “Spooky Salon,” as well as games and food. Don’t forget the trick-or-treating and the haunted house! There will be music by DJ Howie and local vendors will have displays.

Plumb Corner is located at 565 Rounseville Road in Rochester.

Remember that on Halloween, the Marion Art Center will hold its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 4:00 pm in front of the Marion Music Hall. Goody bags will be available for the participants after the parade.

The Mattapoisett Halloween Parade starts at 6:00 pm at Center School on Barstow Street. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween, Tri-Town!

By Jean Perry

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Article Removed From Warrant Last Minute

A Special Town Meeting article pertaining to an amendment to the table of contents of the Town’s Zoning Bylaws has been taken off the warrant and tabled until the Annual 2015 Town Meeting after Rochester Planning Board members voted to revisit the zoning bylaw book and restructure its contents.

The article proposed eliminating Roman numerals and replacing them with Arabic numerals, but with Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson’s suggestion that several bits of miscellaneous bylaws that do not belong in the zoning bylaws be included in their own section at the back of the book, things could get complicated on Town Meeting floor proposing an amendment to the article.

“There’s a lot of things that are in the Zoning Bylaws book that are not [zoning] bylaws” said Johnson. “So we’re suggesting that we pull them out.” Johnson looked at it as more of a “one-stop document” than merely a book of zoning bylaws.

Town Counsel Blair Bailey agreed that the bylaws were “interspersed and hard to follow.”

Zoning Board of Appeals and Zoning Bylaw Committee Chairman Richard Cutler commented that he encountered dog regulations in the book that he did not even know existed.

“I just think we’re gonna actually reshuffle the whole deck again,” said Johnson regarding amending the article on Town Meeting floor.

The board agreed that, after all the hard work that went into amending the zoning bylaws, it would rather do it right the first time rather than confuse the matter on October 20. The board voted to make changes now and wait until the Annual Town Meeting in May to place the article on the warrant.

Two of the other articles will require slight amendments on Town Meeting floor relative to their numbering as Arabic numerals instead of the proposed Roman numerals.

In other matters, with no further discussion, the board approved the site plan for Colbea Enterprises LLC’s filling station/convenience store/coffee drive-thru on Cranberry Highway at the intersection of Routes 58 and 28.

“We’re just excited and anxious to get going,” said Colbea Chief Executive Officer Delli Carpini.”

There were thank-yous aplenty before Carpini and his associates left Town Hall.

Also during the meeting, the board had a brief discussion with a representative of the Pines at Hathaway Pond regarding the construction of bulkheads on preexisting condominiums at the development.

Several of the final dwellings built were constructed with bulkheads that provide access to the outside from the basement, which owners of already-constructed units are now requesting.

Town Counsel Bailey clarified some points regarding the master deed, stating that the Home Owner’s Association would have to invest in an engineer before installing any further bulkheads.

The next meeting of the Rochester Planning Board is scheduled for October 28 at 7:00 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Jean Perry

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Students Urge Peers to Attend PCC Program

Seven Old Rochester Regional High School students that attended the Project Contemporary Competitiveness program all had at least one thing in common – they said it changed their lives for the better.

The students gave a short presentation highlighting their experiences at PCC, a six-week advanced studies residential program at Stonehill College in Easton for students grade eight to nine – and this year grade ten as well – on October 8 before the Old Rochester Regional School Committee.

The 2014 PCC program ran from June 9 to August 9. Students chose two courses of focus from a diverse course catalog with a wide range of engaging topics in science, humanities, the arts, music, psychology, and technology.

Sophomore Mary Roussell said the program went above and beyond her expectations, adding that it was “everything she hoped for and more,” promising her peers that if they participated in the program next year, “it will be the best time of your whole life.” She also went on about how good the food was there.

“You never feel like you’re wasting your time. You’re always having fun,” said Roussell. “I would not be the person I am today if I didn’t attend.”

Nicole Ochoa said the program helped her with her struggle with anxiety, despite having dreaded the first day and wishing she did not have to attend.

“It showed me that I shouldn’t be afraid of new things,” said Ochoa, who took forensic science and drawing. “The last week was horrible for me. I didn’t want to leave.”

Avery Nugent thinks his freshman year at ORR would have been “a lot different” had he not attended the program, and Erin Burk said she learned that one can make friends in any given situation.

“Everyone accepts you there,” said Molly Richards. “And you make a lot of new friends.”

Abigail Johnson chose TV production and web design, saying she was able to make a movie and create a website of her own.

“It changed everything for me,” Johnson said. “I’ve learned to be more comfortable with myself … and learn to accept others.”

Superintendent Doug White said ORR is one of only 21 school districts that participate in the PCC program. He is unsure at this time if the program will again extend the opportunity to students entering tenth grade.

In other news, ORR may change the way it conducts its School Choice program lottery, deciding to now hold the lottery earlier in the year rather than later so families know ahead of time before placing their kids in private or vocational schools.

ORR High School Principal Michael Devoll said by the time the school holds the lottery in June, families have already “put their eggs in other baskets” rather than waiting to hear if their child has won a school choice slot at ORR.

“They’re just not interested in transferring [at this point] and I don’t blame them,” said Devoll.

This year, only three of the 11 available school choice slots were filled by July 1 and, with one empty slot still available, Devoll said he is at the end of the waiting list. There were 40 applications last year to fill the 2014/2015 school year slots.

Devoll proposed holding the lottery in March or April instead of June.

White said that holding the lottery earlier might affect budget season planning for the following fiscal year since funds from school choice are included as revenue within the budget. White said he would forward the new policy to the Policy Subcommittee for review.

In other matters, the lines in the ORR cafeteria might move a little bit quicker with a new policy that will create separate lines for students paying with cash and those buying lunch with their prepaid student lunch accounts.

Director of Food Services Caitlin Meagher will try designating two of the four lines to prepaid accounts only, hoping the prepaid lines will move faster and encourage other families to switch to the prepaid account system.

Meagher said she polled students, asking them their reasons for not participating in the school lunch program.

“The length of the lines was the number one answer,” said Meagher.

According to Meagher, roughly half the students participating in the program have prepaid accounts. Meagher also said that the school recommends at least 20 minutes of sit down time for students to eat their lunches, which can be difficult sometimes given the length of the lines.

“The hope is to see that speeds things up,” said Meagher of the new policy.

The next meeting of the Old Rochester Regional School Committee is scheduled for November 12 at 6:00 pm in the ORR Media Room.

By Jean Perry

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Family Fall Festival Next Weekend

Due to rainy weather, the Mattapoisett Historical Society’s Family Fall Festival was moved to Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 pm. Join us as we celebrate the fall season with some old-fashioned fun, including carving/decorating pumpkins, pressing apples into cider, trying out old-fashioned farming and kitchen tools, and creating fall crafts to take home. The Festival is free; donations are always welcome. Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, 508-758-2844, mattapoisett.museum@verizon.org, mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.

Rochester Women’s Club

The Rochester Women’s Club is excited to announce that we are sponsoring a Pumpkin carving/decorating contest as part of the Halloween Celebration to be held at Plumb Corner Mall on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please bring your own decorated pumpkin and join in the fun!!

Women’s Club members will be in attendance to judge the contest. There will be many prizes for different age groups and styles.

Plumb Corner Mall is located at 565 Rounseville Road in Rochester.

Tabor Fall Sports Update

About a month into the season, the fall sports teams are still enjoying a great deal of success.

Last Wednesday, the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team defeated the St. George’s School with a score of 3-1 while the Girls JV Soccer Team also defeated their Rhode Island opponents in a final score of 5-1. In an exciting victory of 2-0, the Varsity Field Hockey Team won over the Brooks School, a traditionally competitive rival.

Last Friday, the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams defeated St. Marks and St. George’s on the hilly St. George’s course. These two additional wins have added to the girls’ team’s undefeated record, which is now at 23-0.

Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, Tabor teams went out and competed again. The Varsity Football team defeated The Gunnery 20-7 while the Varsity Field Hockey Team tied the talented Greenwich Academy team. Boys JV-A Soccer also brought home a 5-0 victory over Wilbraham and Monson Academy.

Next weekend, all teams will be competing at home during Parent’s Weekend. Visit www.taboracademy.org for game schedules.

By Julia O’Rourke

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