‘Turtle Garden’ Approaches First Hurdle


Endangered turtle populations near Sprague’s Cove have declined, and continue to decline, according to Wayne Ferguson, a resident on Jenney Street who represented 21 other Jenney Street residences on September 24 before the Marion Conservation Commission. “That nesting habitat was lost to the [Sprague’s Cove] system,” said Don Lewis, a wild life expert, sea turtle […] Read more »

Marion Steady in Master Plan Vision


Marion residents who participated in the September 27 Master Plan Discovery Workshop maintained their ongoing goal and vision for the Town’s next Master Plan by putting the preservation of the community’s natural and historic character at the top of the list. Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development Division (SRPEDD) leaders directed the group of about […] Read more »

Still Miles to Go for Marion Bike Path


A bike path for Marion has the support of selectmen and residents, and encouragement from outside agencies, but what it still lacks is funding – approximately $300,000 in order to get the wheels turning for Phase I of the envisioned pathway that would run 5.5 miles from Mattapoisett to the border of Wareham. The next […] Read more »

Sewers, Roads & Schools – STM


On October 20 at Town Meeting, Mattapoisett voters will face a 17-article Warrant. During their September 30 meeting, Mattapoisett’s Finance Committee approved all but three. The three articles that the committee did not approve were outside their purview. Those three articles deal with proposed zoning bylaw changes; the other 14 required their careful consideration and […] Read more »

Traffic Study Review Appeases the Board


Progress toward approval for a gas station with a convenience store and drive-thru coffee shop on Cranberry Highway picked up speed now that traffic concerns have been addressed and Rochester Planning Board members have run out of questions. The board first addressed the engineering issues still unresolved, such as drainage, parking, and signage for the […] Read more »

Easy Approval for Special Permits


With no opposition from board members or abutters, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals approved two petitions for special permits during a swift meeting on September 18. Christian and Bashawn Thorell of 23 Brandt Beach Avenue were granted a special permit to add a 12-foot by 15-foot sunroom to their home, as well as a […] Read more »

Selectmen Chop BOH Requests from Warrant


After expressing frustration over items in an article submitted by the health agent, Rochester Board of Selectmen on September 22 excluded them altogether while approving the rest of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant. Health Agent Karen Walega sought to increase the public health nurse’s salary line item by $5,000, double the current amount, which […] Read more »

FinCom Prepares for Special Town Meeting


Members of the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on September 18 got a peek at the issues to appear as articles on the October 20 Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant, starting with a presentation by Highway Surveyor Barry Denham on the progress and future of the Town’s road improvement plan. Town Meeting members will vote on the […] Read more »

Full Agenda for Board of Selectmen


With a full agenda on their first fall meeting, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen got right down to business on September 23. One delicate matter was discussed early in the meeting. During the September 9 State Primary, newly-elected Town Clerk Catherine Heuberger apparently made an error that has left those election results pending state certification. […] Read more »

Community Preservation Opens Application Cycle


The first meeting of the fall season of the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee took place on September 18. After a quick bit of organizational business, which found John DeCosta continuing as the chairman, Margaret DeMello as secretary and Michelle Hughes as treasurer, the committee discussed the opening of the application cycle. The 2014 cycle begins […] Read more »