River Road Improvements Reviewed


The River Road Improvement project will now be divided into two separate watershed areas to help eliminate continual flooding of the road during heavy rainfall and snowmelt. Shawn Syde and Matt Pitta of CDM Smith presented the revised plan to the Marion Conservation Commission at their June 11 evening meeting. “The north side of the […] Read more »

Stolen Money Will Not Be Recovered


Legal counsel for the ORR School Committee recommended the school district not take further action to recover money that was stolen in the 2011 cyber-hacking incident resulting in the theft of $134,000. A letter dated June_2014 {sic} stated that, as requested by the Joint Tri-Town Selectmen, the school district send Unibank a demand letter regarding […] Read more »

Conditions of Grant Writer Position Change


Grant Writer Pamela Marean volunteered to change her employment conditions after the controversy surrounding her performance came up during budget season when the Finance Committee wanted to cut the position, citing less than favorable results from Marean. “I’ve never had someone question my ability as a grant writer,” said Marean. She proposed changing her salaried […] Read more »

Selectmen Appoint New Town Administrator


After narrowing it down to two candidates, Rochester selectmen on June 16 held final interviews for the two finalists to replace Town Administrator Richard LaCamera, and then chose current Town of Avon Town Administrator Michael McCue over Newburyport’s Director of Policy and Administration Peter Lombardi. After concluding the interviews, Selectman Richard Nunes was first to […] Read more »

ConCom Says Planning Owns Drainage


Once again, it was late into the evening’s agenda when Mattapoisett’s Conservation Commission tackled the issue of drainage problems at two residential sub-divisions, Appaloosa Lane and Brandt Point Village. Chairman Peter Newton made it clear that Planning Boards were ultimately responsible for the approval and oversight of engineered drainage systems. These boards can call for […] Read more »

Future Fiscal Year Budget Items Reviewed


Members of the Marion Capital Improvement Planning Committee (CIPC) met June 5 at the police station and discussed a draft letter to all town department heads and committee chairmen regarding future financial planning. The purpose of the CIPC is to anticipate future town expenses.             During its March 18 meeting, the committee extended the planning […] Read more »

Committee Embraces New PARCC


The Marion School Committee said good-bye to the old pencil and paper MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) and hello to the new online PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam during its June 5 meeting. Just as Rochester had done the night before, Marion chose to embrace the PARCC exam after […] Read more »

Selectmen to Discuss Budgets With ORR


During his report to the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on June 10, Town Administrator Michael Gagne discussed the upcoming Tri-Town Selectmen’s Meeting scheduled for June 19 at 7:00 pm in ORRHS. Gagne said that he recently had conversations with Superintendent Doug White regarding the prudent use of excess and deficiency funds rather than for operating […] Read more »

Board Debates Its Own Authority


Discussion over revisions to the town subdivision rules and regulations took a turn toward the hypothetical when Rochester Planning Board member Ben Bailey questioned the board’s right to dictate precisely where someone could build a house on his/her property. The speculative scenario had to do particularly with any landowner who would want to build a […] Read more »

Yes to Additional Teacher, Yes to PARCC


Mattapoisett School Committee members are celebrating the approval of an additional second grade teacher at Center School after receiving the go-ahead from the Town to hire a new teacher and pay for the health insurance with extra funds left over from the school fiscal 2014 budget. The position will be for one year only, in […] Read more »