Zoning Board Denies Appeals


Daniel DaRosa, represented by Attorney John Gushue, came before the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals on August 20 with two appeals – appeals that asked the board to overturn decisions made by Andy Bobola, the building inspector. The main issue: DaRosa’s application to build a private pier across an easement. Both appeals were combined, as […] Read more »

Marion’s Water and Sewer Rates Increased


Interest in the topic of increases in water and sewer rates was expected to bring out the public to the Marion Board of Selectmen meeting on August 25. Only nine residents showed up. But in spite of the surprisingly low turn out, the subject matter was fully vetted. Speaking first was Finance Director Judy Mooney […] Read more »

Historic Painting Finds Home at Music Hall


The Marion Board of Selectmen met for a special meeting on August 21 to sign an agreement with the Sippican Historical Society to allow a cherished painting by a well-known Marion artist to indefinitely grace a wall inside the Marion Music Hall. The framed oil on canvas titled “The Redhead” by Cecil Clark Davis (1877-1934) […] Read more »

Board Stalls on New Tobacco Legislation


The Marion Board of Health formed a consensus on increasing the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine products in town from 18 to 21, but some board members hesitated on placing minimum prices on or banning all flavored tobacco and nicotine products from behind the counters of Marion stores. Bob Collett, director of the […] Read more »

No Touching Trees in the 20-foot Buffer


Nearly 30 residents let their concerns be known on August 25 before the Rochester Planning Board during the first public hearing for the large-scale solar energy facility slated for the Center of Rochester. There were a number of concerns, mostly about screening around the site to mitigate the site view from various points in the […] Read more »

Church’s Preferred Plan Passes


Their appeal of the original building permit for the 16 Cottage Street condominium plan was denied, but members of the First Congregational Church of Marion got what they asked for on August 13 – a new, better plan for the condo development next door that was more pleasing to the appellants. Sippican Preservation, LLC, headed […] Read more »

Solar Farm Poises for ConCom Approval


With multiple jurisdictional authorities between two different towns to contend with, it appeared on August 12 that the Clean Energy Collective solar farm slated for the Clemishaw Property off Tucker Lane might have satisfied the Marion Conservation Commission’s concerns, and will now wait for final ConCom approval once the project clears the Planning Board. During […] Read more »

Parties Disagree Over Solar Escrow Amount


The developer of a proposed solar farm on August 17 responded to Marion Planning Board Chairman Robert Lane’s personal opinion that the decommissioning escrow amount should be $110,000 by calling the amount “somewhat unreasonable.” Applicant Clean Energy Collective and engineer Bob Rogers suggested a $40,000 escrow amount, while another engineering firm recommended $50,000. Engineer John […] Read more »

Increased Water and Sewer Rates Likely


Imminent financial deficits and the uncertainty over the future of the town’s sewer treatment facility are what drove the Marion Water Rate Study Committee to recommend on August 18 that the Marion Board of Selectmen adopt water and sewer rate increases for the current fiscal year. The last time the Town raised the water and […] Read more »

Police Warn of Suspicious Solicitor


The Mattapoisett and Fairhaven Police Departments are on the lookout for a suspicious female who has reportedly called on a number of homes, presumably of elderly residents, and identified herself as a “Community Nurse and Hospice Care” worker. The suspicious woman was wearing a tee shirt from this company, but Community Nurse and Hospice Care […] Read more »