ZBA Denies Two Additions


The Marion Zoning Board of Appeals ran into a few roadblocks during their March 24 meeting. First up were Jorge and Tiffany Figueiredo of 12 Cross Neck Road. The couple sought a Special Permit to allow an accessory apartment, a one-bedroom suite above a proposed two-car garage. “We have a note here from the Marion […] Read more »

Rochester Still Vexed by ORR Budget


The Old Rochester Regional school budget remained the subject of fiscal rhetoric on March 28 during a meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen, joined by the Finance Committee to discuss the town’s assessment and reluctant support for the school budget. Rochester faces a 6.3% uptick – $203,000 more than FY16 – in its share […] Read more »

Three Candidates Run for Selectman in Marion


This election, it’s three men and one seat up for grabs on the Marion Board of Selectmen. With the stepping-down of long-time Selectman Jonathan Henry, three others view this as their chance to make a real difference for their town. The three candidates – Norman Hills, Stephen Gonsalves, and Dale Jones – each have significant […] Read more »

Good Friday Restored to School Day Off


After weeks of debate, The Joint School Committee on March 24 voted to bring back the Good Friday holiday for 2017 after weighing the particular placement of Good Friday on the day before the start of April vacation. The committee was scheduled for a vote on the final school year 2016/2017 calendar, which still had […] Read more »

New Mixed Use Complex Planned


Todd Rodrigues’ application for an amendment to a site plan previously approved was an opportunity to showcase his plans at the March 21 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board. Rodrigues’ original plan was for the construction of two generic looking two-story buildings with parking between the two structures at 81 Marion Road The new plan […] Read more »

ORR School Committee Approves 2016-17 Budget


The Old Rochester Regional School Committee has approved the ORR School District’s proposed $17,640,793 budget for the 2016-17 school year. The budget has been a source of contention, and the committee pared down by $660,947 the originally proposed budget amount of $18,301,919. At the same time, the committee approved seeking a debt exclusion of $603,206, […] Read more »

Selectmen Close Annual Town Meeting Warrant


“It’s that time of year again,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Stephen Cushing as he picked up a copy of the draft town meeting warrant. The fiscal year 2017 budget is now balanced and the articles for the 2016 Annual Town Meeting listed, and selectmen on March 22 voted to close the annual and special […] Read more »

Making Mattapoisett Beautiful Inside and Out


When it comes to making a town beautiful as well as functional, it takes a consortium of talents, resources, and, well, imagination. That is just what is taking place in Mattapoisett. Town Administrator Michael Gagne, at the behest of Selectman Paul Silva, has begun exploring the idea of a ‘community garden’ for Mattapoisett. Gagne said […] Read more »

“What’s the Big Deal?”


During the March 17 meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals, the hearings were easily handled with nothing complicated or contested – that is, until the final hearing of the night. David and Deborah Epstein, practicing massage therapists who were seeking a special permit to allow an accessory use within a residence, came before […] Read more »

Rochester Resident Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Rochester Resident Arrested for Animal Cruelty Rochester Police Department Press Release As the result of a state required animal and barn inspection conducted Tuesday afternoon, March 22, Rochester Animal Control Officer Anne Estabrook uncovered a farm with deplorable conditions and sick and dead animals. Estabrook reported her discovery to the Rochester Police who in turn […] Read more »