Fire Damages North Street Home


On March 25 at 11:25pm, the Mattapoisett Police Department received a call from an alarm monitoring company reporting a called in burglar alarm at 27 North Street. The first arriving Officer could smell smoke shortly after arriving on scene and requested that the Fire Department be dispatched.  Upon further investigation by the Police Officer, he […] Read more »

Deadline Passes for Marion Election Papers


A couple of last-minute candidates returned nomination papers before the deadline passed on March 24, and voters can anticipate three contested races: Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Marion School Committee. W. Dale Jones is running against incumbent Selectman Stephen Cushing in the race for Board of Selectmen. Jones ran for Selectman in 2013, but […] Read more »

Pursley and Fleming Honored


The American Legion and the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen honored Evelyn Pursley and Donald Fleming whose decades of service to the town and its residents span a total of 110 years. They were lauded for dedicating their lives to serving others through participation on various town boards and organizations as well as in their professional […] Read more »

Selectmen Call Special Town Meeting


Selectmen called for a Special Town Meeting for May 19 at 6:45 pm, just before Rochester’s Annual Town Meeting that same evening at 7:00 pm. Article submission deadline was set for Friday, April 10 so selectmen can review the articles at their April 14 meeting. Town Administrator Richard LaCamera said only a few reserve fund […] Read more »

Abutters Question ConCom on Solar Farm


Crystal Spring Road residents came out to hear how the Conservation Commission would handle wetland issues at the latest site planned for solar harvesting in Mattapoisett. Blue Wave LLC was fully prepared for and aware of abutter concerns and the need to address ConCom questions. Local engineer Rich Charon did most of the speaking as […] Read more »

Zoning Board Continues Hearing


In what proved to be a bit of a sticky wicket, Mattapoisett’s Zoning Board of Appeals continued the hearing of Mary Flaherty’s application. Flaherty came before the ZBA to request permission to build a new home at 4 Woodlawn Avenue on a lot that is non-conforming. Presently, the lot has a small deteriorating shed and […] Read more »

The Vote is in on Dual Enrollment


A decision was finally made regarding dual enrollment courses and GPA credit, and some students and parents will not be pleased. ORRHS Principal Michael Devoll acknowledged on March 12 the push from some parents in the community to allow dual enrollment to impact the students’ GPAs; however, it was determined that dual enrollment is not […] Read more »

Questioning EMS’s “Funky” Accounting


He did not have a problem with Police Chief Mary Lyons’s fiscal year 2015 budget, per se – but he did have a problem with the way the Police Department’s bookkeeper has been appropriating (or, rather, not appropriating) expenditures to their proper line items. Finance Committee Member Gary Johnson physically appeared uncomfortable upon discussing Lyons’s […] Read more »

Attorney for Accused Firefighter Speaks Out


The attorney for Lieutenant Patrick Saltmarsh says the Town of Mattapoisett’s “wrongful accusations” against Saltmarsh have now opened the Town up to the risk of the exposure of some dubious information about Saltmarsh’s fellow firefighters. Saltmarsh is accused of allegedly embezzling $1,345 from the Firefighters Association “despite a total lack of evidence,” as Attorney Philip […] Read more »

Pool on Reservation Road a Concern


A request for a Notice of Intent to construct a 12-foot by 24-foot in-ground swimming pool, a retaining wall, and a patio at 17 Reservation Road was discussed at Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission. The applicant, Gale P. Runnells, was represented by Rick Charon of Charon Associates of Rochester. The proposed project […] Read more »