New Bedford Man Leads Area Police on Chase


On Monday August 1 at 1:10pm Rochester Police received a call reporting an erratic operator driving a Chevy Blazer on Mary’s Pond Road near Pierce Street. The reporting party stated the Blazer was all over the road and driving in the wrong lane. As officers headed toward the area, the reporting party said that the […] Read more »

Wellspring Plan Pleases ConCom


On July 20, Jim and Holly Vogel were once again sitting before a governing body in the Town of Rochester. This time, it was to review the clean up and habitat rehabilitation plans precipitated when an enormous manure pile was deemed a hazard to jurisdictional areas of their farm. The Rochester Conservation Commission issued an […] Read more »

Rochester Next to Seek Electric Car Grants


The Town of Rochester has decided to go green, following several other towns in the region that have gone after state grants to fund electric cars and charging stations for town use at little to no cost to the town. Facilities Director Andrew Daniel told the Rochester Board of Selectmen on July 25 that he […] Read more »

Neighbors Angry Over Cleanup


When the Moujabber family purchased the defunct Mattapoisett Chowder House on Route 6 at River Road, one of their first projects was to clean up the long neglected property. But on July 25, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission heard an abutting neighbor complain that the cleanup behind the restaurant also removed the screening they’ve enjoyed for […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm Loses Appeal


After two previous hearings on the matter of whether or not Jim and Holly Vogel’s educational/therapeutic horseback riding operation was in violation of zoning bylaws, on July 15 the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals members were in agreement – not permitted. Leading up to the vote on this night, Chairman Richard Cutler once again said […] Read more »

Board Holds Special Meeting for ‘Simple’ Project


The Rochester Planning Board on July 19 made good on its word to hold a special meeting to help Special Permit applicant Kristina Bacchiocchi of 428 Walnut Plain Road hold to her construction timeline to install a new parking area before she can construct the new addition to her house to open her daycare business. […] Read more »

The Long and Winding Roads of Mattapoisett


“The big thing is the voters in this community have understood we’ve got to do our share,” stated Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne as Highway Surveyor Barry Denham and Jon Connel of Field Engineering reported on the condition of roads in town. Gagne’s comment came on July 19 as Denham explained his report on the […] Read more »

$1.5 Million Surety Proposed


The long awaited report from Field Engineering on the condition of the Brandt Point Village subdivision is in, and it isn’t good. Bob Field, principal and founder of Field Engineering, Mattapoisett, the Town’s peer review partner, submitted his report to the Planning Board on July 18. Field’s report listed a number of deficiencies, a familiar […] Read more »

Board Bends to Help Couple’s Conundrum


It isn’t often that an applicant breaks out in tears during a meeting of the Rochester Planning Board, but after the conflicting information that Kristina and Ryan Bacchiocchi say they got from town counsel, the Planning Board, and Building Commissioner Ray Pickles, Ms. Bacchiocchi couldn’t hide her frustration on July 12. The couple applied for […] Read more »

Passion Erupts Over New Home


The Mattapoisett Conservation Commission agenda for July 12 was chock full of hearings that had been continued from previous dates. But of those heard and finalized, only one inflamed emotion. William and Jane Farran want to build an elevated single-family home on Angelica Avenue. During a previous hearing on the matter, Chairman Bob Rogers posed […] Read more »