Master Plan Doesn’t Garner Public Interest


Norman Hills and Rico Ferrari, members of the Marion Planning Board, outlined for the Marion Board of Selectmen members Jody Dickerson and Stephen Cushing the Town’s Master Plan. Hills said a public workshop had been held and meetings with SRPEDD had taken place. Information and feedback gathered from those activities fed into the final document. […] Read more »

School Adopts Military Leave Policy


The ORR school district has never taken an official vote on a military leave policy for employees, so on April 8 the Old Rochester Regional School Committee formally adopted one to address the situation of ORR Math teacher Micah Kidney who serves in the U.S. National Guard. Superintendent Doug White suggested options such as the […] Read more »

Town Budget Gap Nearly Closed


The Rochester Board of Selectmen tackled a full agenda on April 13, including board reorganization after the reelection of Selectman Naida Parker and the ascendancy of Selectman Richard Nunes to the chair. Town Administrator Michael McCue was the first to congratulate Selectman Parker on her reelection. During the meeting, McCue informed the board that the […] Read more »

FinCom Hears Good News


Another cold spring evening, another Finance Committee Meeting for Mattapoisett’s team of financial advisors; but on April 8, they also heard some warming good news. Kathleen Costello, principal assessor, was invited by Town Administrator Michael Gagne to shed light on the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program the Town has in place for the […] Read more »

Students Fundraise for Students in Africa


Sixth graders at Old Hammondtown School have come up with a unique way of raising money for a cause – the result of learning about the precious commodity of water, both in Mattapoisett and in the rest of the world. Funded by a $3,000 grant provided by the Marion League of Women Voters, sixth grade […] Read more »

Private Pier Proposed for Aucoot Cove


On April 13, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission found itself facing a conference room packed with residents gathered to hear the details for another private pier – this time at Aucoot Cove. Represented by David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Jay and Julie Duker of 112 Aucoot Road applied to construct a residential pier […] Read more »

Mechanic Street Repairs Discussed


On April 9, residents of Mechanic Street in Mattapoisett’s historic village were invited by Town Administrator Michael Gagne to meet with Jon Connell of Field Engineering and Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham. This informal meeting gave residents an opportunity to air their questions and concerns regarding the roadway and infrastructure repairs slated to begin in […] Read more »

Tinkham Pond Bridge Update


Probably not until July – that is Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham’s estimate of when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will complete its review process of the proposed reconstruction plans for the Tinkham Pond Bridget culvert on Acushnet Road that has been closed since October 2014. Denham said it could be anywhere from a week […] Read more »

It’s Fun to Serve on the Town ZBA!


Members of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals didn’t need the Village People to help them attract a new member to their board the night of April 8. They had Chairman Eric Pierce and Betsy Dunn to describe the greatness that is life on the ZBA. Needing new members, and with barely a quorum that […] Read more »

Committee Passes Rochester School Budget


Rochester Fiscal Year 2016 School Budget discussions came to a close on April 2 with the approval of the $5,780,343 budget, a 1.9 percent increase from FY15. Driving the budget were contractual obligations, increased contracted services, and supplies, but with decreased transportation costs and special education services. The Rochester Memorial School student population, currently at […] Read more »