Detour, Not Shortcut for New Cell Antennas


The representative for Bell Atlantic Mobile, on behalf of Verizon, hoped the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals would overturn the building commissioner’s denial of a building permit to add 12 new cellular antennas to an existing tower off Cranberry Highway to expedite the project by circumventing site plan review with the Planning Board; instead, a […] Read more »

Resident Furious at Aquaculture Farmer


The Marion Conservation Commission on October 14 was ready to approve Shea Doonan’s proposed aquaculture farm off Ram Island. Instead of voting, however, the commission watched on as contention mounted between Doonan and a Ram Island neighbor vehemently opposed to the project because Doonan failed to inform him of the plan. “I find it very […] Read more »

ORR to Fundraise for Field Upgrades


Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Michael Devoll wants to make upgrading the school sports fields a priority and asked the ORR School Committee on October 14 to approve a special reserve account for a fundraising campaign to install artificial turf. Devoll hopes, with the help of some donors who might make significant contributions, to […] Read more »

ConCom Fully Loaded


The Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is once again fully loaded, that is, with a full slate of commissioners to handle the growing demands of the community for land use under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act. The new commissioners are Trevor Francis and Mike Dubuc. Dubuc is also a member of the Agricultural Commission. For […] Read more »

Selectmen Undecided on Land Donation


Developers of a potential solar farm off Snipatuit Road have offered to donate a 108-acre parcel of land abutting the 15 acres of proposed solar arrays to the Town, but the Rochester Board of Selectmen is hesitant to decide whether the Town or the Rochester Land Trust should accept the land donation. On October 19, […] Read more »

Planning Board Dissatisfied with Town Counsel


During the October 19 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, residents from the Brandt Point Village subdivision were present to have their application heard, a request for public trash collection. One of the conditions in their subdivision covenant states that the neighborhood would not receive public trash collection. On this evening, they were seeking an […] Read more »

ZBA Hearings Feature Grandfathered Setbacks


On October 15, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals heard several applications in which requests to allow the use of grandfathered setbacks was the main theme. The first hearing of the evening was for 7 Fairview Drive, owned by Milton Heuberger. The property was described as having been two lots that were either intentionally or […] Read more »

Two Hearings – Two Continuances


The two scheduled hearings for the Rochester Conservation Commission’s October 20 meeting had to be continued. The first application coming before the commissioners was filed by Joel and Caitlin Sullivan for property located on High Street for the construction of a four-bedroom residence. Represented by Rick Charon of Charon Associates, the commissioners heard that the […] Read more »

RPD Investigates Possible Dog Shooting


The Rochester Police Department is actively investigating an alleged shooting of a dog, possibly with a BB or pellet gun, in Rochester last week. Noble, a 4-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever belonging to Mark Stack, was let outside by his owner on Wednesday, October 14 sometime between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, according to Police Chief […] Read more »

ZBA Approves Building Appeal


David and Laurie Jewett arrived at the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on October 8 seeking permission to construct a storage shed approximately 15 feet away from the property boundary. This runs against town bylaws, which state that a shed of the proposed size must be at least 40 feet from the property line. […] Read more »