Marion Snow Budget in the Red

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This snowy and icy February has drained the Town’s snow and ice removal budget, prompting the Marion Board of Selectmen on February 20 to vote to allow deficit spending to cover the expenses from the last storm and any further storms to come. The snow and ice removal budget was set at $50,000 and is […] Read more »

Likely Cause Found in 40B Housing Fire

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Investigators have not yet officially named the source of the fire that destroyed two apartments and damaged two others at Marion Village Estates off Front Street the night of February 19, but Fire Chief Thomas Joyce said Tuesday, February 24 that a propane construction heater in use was likely the cause. “It appears to be […] Read more »

No Snow Damage to ORR Roof

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When workers shoveling snow off of the Old Rochester Regional High School roof discovered a potential structural issue possibly caused by the weight of the snow, school was canceled Monday, February 23 as a precaution. Students got an extra day of February vacation to allow an engineer to examine the possible deflection, as ORR Facilities […] Read more »

Bylaw Back to the Planning Board

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After a robust discussion on February 23 between the Rochester Board of Selectmen, bylaw subcommittee, and town department heads, the draft Limited Commercial Bylaw amendment slated for the Annual Town Meeting warrant will head back to the Planning Board for refinement before property owners in and abutters to the affected zones are invited to a […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Fire Leads to Drug Charges

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A February 18 fire in the residence located at Great’scapes Nursery at 87 County Road prompted police to charge the nursery’s two owners with Class D cultivating and possession with intent to manufacture marijuana after 34 pot plants were discovered and seized, as well as drug paraphernalia police encountered at the scene. According to a […] Read more »

Wetlands Encroachment Questioned

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The Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on February 23 discussed concerns brought by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program regarding a subdivision on Seabreeze Lane next to the Reservation Golf Club. At the previous ConCom meeting, Chairman Bob Rogers read into the minutes a letter from the BBC and an email from the […] Read more »

Superintendent Seeks ‘Better School’ Budget

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The finance committees of Tri-Town traditionally request level-service budgets for most town departments, but the Old Rochester Regional School District has prepared a “Better School” budget in order to accommodate a growing population of students into ever-increasingly larger class sizes. ORR High School Principal Michael Devoll expects the student population to exceed 800 for the […] Read more »

Snow Load Leads to School Closing

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Old Rochester Senior and Junior High Schools will be closed on Monday, February 23 while the structural integrity of the roofs is evaluated due to the recent snow loads. The school district posted this notice: “While our crews were clearing the roofs at the Junior High School and Senior High School, late this afternoon, there were concerns […] Read more »

School Budget Exceeds Town’s Revenue

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Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue’s face was rather solemn when he delivered the news to selectmen on February 11 that the projected town revenues are no match for the current proposed school budgets. With budget season in full swing, the Rochester Board of Selectmen will begin meeting weekly leading up to Town Meeting, as McCue […] Read more »

Private Pier Permit Approved

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Dale and Laura Briggs of 23 Dexter Road, situated on the Weweantic River, received a Negative 3 determination for reconstruction of a private pier at the February 11 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates described the details of the project as the reconstruction of the existing pier […] Read more »