Selectman Joins a Dwindling ConCom

On September 11 in a rare but necessary move, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen appointed one of its own, Selectman Tyler Macallister, to the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. The commission has been struggling to make a quorum in recent months as several of the volunteers to this very busy town board have stepped down. Calls to […] Read more »

Town Clerk Earns Prestigious Certification

There are 301 town clerks in the state of Massachusetts, but only half of those ever achieve certification from the Massachusetts Town Clerks’ Association. Mattapoisett’s town clerk Catherine Heuberger was recognized by the selectmen during the September 12 meeting for her achievement in securing Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk designation. According to a press release from […] Read more »

Three Options for Bike Path Crossing

On Thursday, September 7, the Marion Pathways Committee gave the public a chance to view the three engineering concepts for a future bike path crossing to take people from the west side of the planned bike path to the east side, traversing Spring Street and Route 105. On the wall of the Marion Music Hall […] Read more »

Progressive Grower Clears ConCom Review

On September 5, Craig Canning, Progressive Grower, Inc. of West Wareham, along with engineer Bill Madden of G.A.F. Engineering, met with the Rochester Conservation Commission for the continuation of a public hearing. The hearing was to review a Notice Of Intent filing by Canning for the construction of an agricultural supply and fertilizer distribution center […] Read more »

ConCom Goes Into Overdrive

On Wednesday, August 30, the three members of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission – Chairman Michael King and Commissioners Chapman Dickerson and Trevor Francis – handled 14 separate cases in a meeting that lasted three hours. Due to a lack of quorum at the previously scheduled meeting, and the threat of another on Monday, August 28, […] Read more »

Teachers, Parents Prepare for New Report Card

Educators from all three elementary school districts and the school administration have been preparing for months for a transition from the old report card format to a new one that principals and administrators agree will better represent the progress of individual students. The principals from Rochester Memorial, Sippican, and Center and Old Hammondtown Schools have […] Read more »

Retailer Group Opposes Menthol Cig Ban

For over a year now, the Marion Board of Health has been pursuing a change in the flavored tobacco restriction bylaw to classify menthol cigarettes as ‘flavored’ tobacco, and on September 5, Dennis Lane of the Coalition for Responsible Retailing argued to the Marion Board of Selectmen that banning menthol would hurt retailers in Marion. […] Read more »

Acushnet Man Dead After Apparent Suicide

The investigation is ongoing after the apparent suicide of a man in Rochester, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and Rochester Police Chief Paul H. Magee have announced. On Tuesday, at approximately 8:30 pm, State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office were notified of the apparent suicide by firearm of […] Read more »

A ‘Sympathetic’ ZBA Denies Garage

Members of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals tried to find ways to meet the three criteria for granting a variance for Richard and Tracy McNeil of 455 Walnut Plain Road, but they just couldn’t quite find what they needed to allow for the construction of a two-car garage closer than 40 feet to the […] Read more »

Appeal Withdrawn, Old Saltbox Demolished

An appeal to overturn a permit to demolish an old saltbox home at 41 Main Street was withdrawn on August 10 and accepted by the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on August 24. The house has now been demolished. Robert Darnton, member of the Sippican Historical Society Board of Directors and abutter of the saltbox […] Read more »