Opposition Mounts Against Goodspeed Pier


The October 21 meeting of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board was yet another Town board that heard concerns and reasons from residents opposed to Daniel DaRosa’s application to build a 290-foot pier into Mattapoisett’s harbor. It was also a meeting called solely for the purpose of hearing from the public one more time as the […] Read more »

Goodspeed Pier Denied


After a nearly two hour-long hearing, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission denied Daniel DaRosa’s application to construct a pier at 3 Goodspeed Island, following DaRosa’s insistence that the commission take a vote that evening. Early in this continued hearing, the board heard from Engineer David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc. who spoke to […] Read more »

ConCom Lets Illegal Hot Tub Stay


Even though the work was unpermitted, the property owners at 425 Neck Road will be allowed to keep their illegal hot tub and patio that encroaches the ‘25-foot no-touch zone’ along Snipatuit Pond Road, after the Rochester Conservation Committed voted to approve the after-the-fact application for an Amended Order of Conditions on October 21. Andrea […] Read more »

Board Drafts Letter to CVS Developers


With a unanimous vote, Marion Planning Board members approved a draft letter addressed to developers Robert Korff and Dean Holt of Mark Investments, LLC in response to recent pre-submission conferences, one of them attended by about 150 residents. Board members agreed that during the last meeting, the representatives of the proposed CVS at the corner […] Read more »

Town Meeting Bypasses Bylaws


Mattapoisett’s voters zipped through 15 articles at the Special Town Meeting on October 20 until they reached Articles 16, 17, and 18 dealing with changes to the current zoning bylaws regulating cluster housing projects. Those articles, which had previously been vetted through the public hearing process by the Planning Board, were brought to the voters […] Read more »

Town Meeting Rejects Funding Annex Study


An article to appropriate $20,000 towards a feasibility study for the construction of a new Town Hall Annex failed after a majority voted against Article 5– and against all three selectmen. Questions arose despite Town Administrator Michael McCue’s explanation of how the Town needs an annex of its own in order to circumvent an imminent […] Read more »

Quorum Issues Force Continuance


The October 9 meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals was the first time in collective memory that they failed to reach a quorum. Though calls were placed to board members, a lack of response and a ticking clock forced Secretary Anne Marie Tobia to review Robert’s Rules, since no one could remember the […] Read more »

Marion Hires ConCom Assistant


There is a new face at the Town House in Marion. The Conservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals will now have the administrative support they need with the hiring of Donna Hemphill. Only two weeks into her new position, Hemphill has handled numerous departmental documents, attended a ConCom meeting, and sat in on […] Read more »

Article Removed From Warrant Last Minute


A Special Town Meeting article pertaining to an amendment to the table of contents of the Town’s Zoning Bylaws has been taken off the warrant and tabled until the Annual 2015 Town Meeting after Rochester Planning Board members voted to revisit the zoning bylaw book and restructure its contents. The article proposed eliminating Roman numerals […] Read more »

Students Urge Peers to Attend PCC Program


Seven Old Rochester Regional High School students that attended the Project Contemporary Competitiveness program all had at least one thing in common – they said it changed their lives for the better. The students gave a short presentation highlighting their experiences at PCC, a six-week advanced studies residential program at Stonehill College in Easton for […] Read more »