Serious Injury in Motorcycle Accident


On August 15 at approximately 5:30pm, the Rochester Police were dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Braley Hill Road in Rochester. The operator was 20-year-old Stephen J. O’Brien from Wareham. O’Brien lost control of a 2003 Honda motorcycle and went off the right side of the road striking a tree. He was transported by Rochester […] Read more »

Five Minute Public Hearing


Everything was in place at the Mattapoisett Town Hall for a lively discussion of electrical aggregation when the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, along with Town Administrator Michael Gagne, went down the agenda at the August 11 meeting. But, when the board looked out into the audience, they found only one resident. Regardless of the lack […] Read more »

“…We can’t straight out deny this…”


Once again, coming before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission were applicants Jay and Julie Duker of 112 Aucoot Road with their Notice of Intent to build a private recreational pier extending across a barrier beach and into Aucoot Cove. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, representing the Dukers, provided the last pieces of information […] Read more »

Kennel License Revoked, Dogs to be Confiscated


The notorious dog kennel that has been driving the North Avenue neighborhood nuts for the last two years had its kennel licenses revoked by the Rochester Board of Selectmen on August 9 after a long process of issuing conditions, appeals, complaints, inspections, and now criminal and imminent civil charges against Melinda and Liberal Teixeira have […] Read more »

Board Grants Waivers for Solar Farm


Solar energy developer Clean Energy Collective received approval for a number of waivers pertaining to stormwater management on August 11, after resubmitting the request to the Rochester Planning Board and thus satisfying the board’s request for additional details beyond the initial request. After some discussion, the board granted the waivers, save for one of them […] Read more »

Grassi Bog Watershed Issues Aired


Scott Erdmann met with the Marion Board of Selectmen on August 4 to air his grievances regarding rising waters on his property from the Grassi Bog watershed area, a town-owned open space property that abuts his Mill Street home. Erdmann said changes made to the dike and canal systems around the bog property – changes […] Read more »

Marion Master Plan Public Meeting 2.0


On August 1, approximately 35 residents and town officials met in the Marion Music Hall with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District’s (SRPEDD) municipal planning group for a continuation of public discussions aimed at helping the town create a master plan. Grant King, principal comprehensive planner/information specialist for SRPEDD, was the facilitator for […] Read more »

Confusion Clouds Solar Project


Representatives for the Clean Energy Initiatives solar farm project proposed for the Clemishaw property off Tucker Lane expressed confusion and frustration on August 3 at the seemingly esoteric nature of a part of the town’s solar bylaw, as interpreted by Marion Planning Board Chairman Robert Lane. The main issue that contributed to miscommunication between Bob […] Read more »

Leisure Shores Marina In Compliance


During her monthly report to the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board, Harbormaster Jill Simmons said, “Bob Ringuette has done everything that was asked…” referring to an Enforcement Order from the Conservation Commission, as well as clean up of the cove where his marina business is located. Deteriorating Styrofoam floats, encroachments into marshes and eelgrass beds, fuel […] Read more »

Emotions Boil Over Trash Talk


Once again, residents from the Village at Mattapoisett condominium cluster housing site came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board with their petition to have the covenant for the complex modified. The issue was trash. Daniel Deluz, a condominium resident and association spokesman, was accompanied at the August 3 meeting by approximately 25 other residents to once […] Read more »