New Associate Member For ConCom

It was a pretty quiet night for the Rochester Conservation Commission when they met on December 6, but the members were excited to welcome a new associate member. Submitting a letter of interest to become a member of the commission was Maggie K. Payne, 555 Walnut Plain Road. Payne said she and her family had […] Read more »

ORR High Slips to Level 2 School

It looks bad, Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Michael Devoll told the ORR School Committee on November 30, but the data he was about to present to the committee was ironically positive data, showing improvement at the school despite the state’s downgrade from a Level 1 school to a Level 2 school. The culprit, […] Read more »

Brandt Point Village Déjà Vu

The Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room was once again filled with people whose vested interests in the successful completion of Brandt Point Village seemed the key point. On December 5 by invitation, the Planning Board met yet again with developer Armand Cotellesso, Marc Marcus of Omega Financial, Attorney John McGreen, Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham, […] Read more »

Wetlands Flagging for Bike Path

The Marion Conservation Commission began reviewing the wetlands flagging along the proposed Marion bike path route, and on November 30, Chairman of the Marion Pathway Committee John Rockwell went before the ConCom to discuss the commission’s findings on a recent site walk. The site walk is being broken up into sections for a thorough examination […] Read more »

SRPEDD Recommends County Road Reclassification

Town representatives from Marion, Rochester, and Wareham – the three towns traversed by County Road – met with representatives from the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District on November 30 to discuss reclassifying the 5.5-mile stretch of County Road between Routes 28 and 105 as an “Urban Collector,” which is an upgrade from an […] Read more »

Selectmen Give Green Light for Aquaculture

Perhaps it was the agreeable location, or maybe it was the town Christmas party beckoning them from the table in the corner of the Marion Music Hall, but whatever it was, the Marion Board of Selectmen on December 6 swiftly approved Shea Doonan’s latest request to establish a half-acre shellfish farm at the end of […] Read more »

Council on Aging Addresses Selectmen on COA Goals

Rochester Council on Aging Director Sharon Lally told the Rochester Board of Selectmen on November 28 that the COA Board of Directors has been meeting regularly, planning short- and long-term goals for the senior center and the senior population of Rochester in general. Lally said the COA has met with an outside consultant to assess […] Read more »

Brandt Island Sub-Division Phase 2

During the November 28 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, Al Loomis of McKenzie Engineering Group, representing Armand Cortellesso of Brandt Island Realty Trust, sought orders of conditions for two notice of intent filings for lots in Phase 2 of the Brandt Village sub-division. The housing project has been the subject of many hearings, meetings, […] Read more »

Selectman Wants Focus on Annex-Only Option

Rochester Board of Selectmen member Richard Nunes announced on November 22 that he thinks the town should focus on exploring building options for a town hall annex only, after Town Meeting voters in October overwhelmingly rejected an article for $20,000 to hire an owners project manager to analyze options for a brand new town hall […] Read more »

Selectmen Defend Donor’s Anonymity

The Marion Board of Selectmen on November 23 had a hard time wrapping their minds around why Finance Committee member Peter Winters would jeopardize an annual $25,000 anonymous donation to Sippican School by trying to force the school administration to publically reveal the donor’s identity. The special Wednesday morning meeting was held for the sole […] Read more »