Selectmen Warned of Pending Drought Alert


Town Administrator Paul Dawson told the Marion Board of Selectmen that DPW Superintendent Rob Zora received word from a state agency that the drought status for the region has been changed from a drought ‘advisory’ to a drought ‘watch.’ “That’s a significant increase in the level of drought situation that’s currently ongoing throughout the state,” […] Read more »

Cat Shelter Addition Still Pending Process


Pam and Oren Robinson of 103 Marion Road, the duo who operate It’s All About the Animals, a nonprofit cat shelter, discussed their Site Plan Review application for the addition of a cat room and porch of 670 square-feet on August 9 with the Rochester Planning Board. The Robinsons had included several waivers in the […] Read more »

Rochester Receives Two Mini-Grants

It was a very short night on August 3 when the members of the Rochester Conservation Commission met for their scheduled hearing; but it was a good night for the town and surrounding areas that enjoy fresh water from the Mattapoisett River Valley. “We’ve received two mini-grants from the Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Mini-grant program,” […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve License Filing Fees


Under the advisement of new Town Administrator/CFO Suzanne Szyndlar, the Rochester Board of Selectmen on August 8 approved a revised commercial license fee schedule, which will now include filing fees for alcohol licenses, Class II/III licenses, flammable fluid licenses, and automatic amusement licenses.             Selectman Chairman Naida Parker at first was concerned about making the […] Read more »

Marion to Ban Synthetic Drugs, Menthol Cigarettes


The Marion Board of Health has prepared a draft regulation that would ban the sale of synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic stimulants, and synthetic psychedelic/hallucinogens in Marion. Towns within the Commonwealth have been granted the authority to make “reasonable health regulations” as other cities and towns have done pertaining to synthetic drugs, and a public hearing on […] Read more »

What To Do With Eversource Cash


During the August 2 meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Paul Dawson and Energy Management Committee members Jennifer Francis and Bill Saltonstall met with the selectmen to discuss how to handle cash payments from Eversource. The utility’s 20-year contract with the town for energy produced from wind turbines includes a clause that […] Read more »

$1.5 Million Surety Accepted


Brandt Point Village was again the topic of conversation at the August 1 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board when the newest team of investors and developers came before the board to discuss the long list of incomplete and problematic issues still pending on Phase 1. Present on this night to review the most glaring […] Read more »

Oyster Farm Progress Postponed


Shea Doonan’s aquaculture farm he proposed for a location off Meadow Island is essentially stalled at this point, Doonan told the Marion Conservation Commission on July 27 during his public hearing for a Notice of Intent. Doonan faced opposition to his proposed location by Marion resident and Hollywood actor James Spader on July 12 during […] Read more »

Board Hits the Brakes on Gas Station Construction


The Rochester Planning Board, unhappy about what Chairman Arnold Johnson called a violation of the terms set during site plan review, gave a preview of what is to come at their next meeting after breezing through a couple of approvals during the July 26 meeting. Colbea Enterprises, developers of a proposed Shell gas station and […] Read more »

Illegal Apartment May Not Be Used


What started out as an approved use for a home-based business, but ultimately became a rental unit above a garage, was deemed illegal when the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals heard the case for a variance on July 21. Dr. Tedor Georgescu and his wife bought the 121 North Street property expressly because it was […] Read more »