Passport Office Closes, Town Appeals Decision


The Town of Mattapoisett is going to fight the Boston Passport Agency’s abrupt decision to close the U.S. passport office at the Mattapoisett Town Hall as of March 31. In a March 10 letter from the agency addressed to Passport Agent Paula Butterfield, the agency cited low numbers in participation as the reason behind the […] Read more »

New Trash System Headed for Success


For some residents, the start of the new trash and recycling collection program in January was a challenge, with February bringing some of the worst winter weather in recorded history. ABC Disposal Operations Manager Jerry Dugan even called it the worst February in his entire career while talking trash with the Rochester Board of Selectmen […] Read more »

Bye-bye Bylaw…For Now


The Marion Planning Board has tabled its Zoning Bylaw amendment that was slated for the Annual Town Meeting warrant after several local small business owners voiced their concerns and posed questions the board was unprepared to answer. Little by little, the bylaw amendment was torn apart in the absence of its primary author, Co-chairman of […] Read more »

Cease and Desist Demanded – Again


It could have been a quick in and out for the Mattapoisett Planning Board on March 16 with the one agenda item – changes to a Form C approval issued to Michael Solimando for the Appaloosa Lane subdivision – again continued until April 6. There wasn’t any other business to speak of, but other topics […] Read more »

ORR Approves School Choice, Bond Savings


Six school choice slots will be offered at the high school for the next school year, now that the Old Rochester Regional School Committee concluded its ongoing discussion March 11 and voted unanimously to maintain the status quo of 72 school choice students at ORR. Superintendent Doug White urged the committee to continue to offer […] Read more »

Commission Clears Turtle Hurdle


There was a procedural question over how The Cove in Marion Trust might apply for a Notice of Intent with the Marion Conservation Commission for a project on Town-owned land, with the property overseen by the Conservation Commission itself. This presented a hurdle for a proposed turtle habitat, or turtle garden, to be created in […] Read more »

Property Taxes to Increase


The Rochester Board of Selectmen met March 16 to hear the recommendation from the Board of Assessors on the Town’s tax classification, which selectmen unanimously approved. The Town will leave the tax rate unified among the different property types, as it is now. According to Board of Assessors Chairman John Mello, the Town is broken […] Read more »

FY16 Increases and Realities


Town Administrator Michael Gagne put out the word through various Town departments to try and keep any fiscal year 2016 budget increases to a mere two percent. That call was heard as most department heads are presenting budgets that are flat year-over-year or around the two percent requested. Most increases involve contractual agreements with Town […] Read more »

No Vote Yet on School Calendar


Members of the Joint School Committee appeared receptive to the addition of eight early release days for Tri-Town schools during the 2015/2016 school year, but opted to hold off on a vote until the May meeting to give the Rochester School Committee a chance to formally discuss the calendar. The March Rochester School Committee was […] Read more »

Neighbors Against Dog Kennel License


The meeting room was packed at the Marion Town House on March 12 when the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals opened its meeting. And nearly all in attendance were there to show opposition to Mary Lou Hanlon’s special permit application for a dog kennel license at 11 Shady Lane. Hanlon, who has previously held such […] Read more »