Great Hill Water Tower To Be Replaced


A presentation by Jon Gregory, an engineer from Tata & Howard in Lakeville, on the replacement of the existing water tower, located in East Marion, engaged the Planning Board for over an hour at Monday’s meeting held at the Marion Town House. The $1.5 million cost of replacing the tank, with associated expenses, was approved […] Read more »

Light Agenda for ConCom


Rochester’s Conservation Commission handled a light agenda as twilight descended on Town Hall on June 3. In attendance were Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon, Chairman Rosemary Smith, and members John Teal, Christopher York and Laurene Gerrior. A notice of intent filed by Don Stimer of 14 Bishop Road, which had been continued from the previous meeting, […] Read more »

Two Pier Reconstructions Discussed


With a full agenda, the Marion Conservation Commission got to work at Wednesday’s meeting to discuss a Notice of Intent by John P. and Mallory Y. Waterman of Water Street (at the eastern end of South Street) to reconstruct the wooden pier and repair or reconstruct the stone seawall. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider […] Read more »

Fire Engine Purchase To Be Studied


The Marion Board of Selectmen continued the discussion on June 3 over the continuing debate surrounding the Fire Department’s request for a new fire engine, which failed at the May Annual Town Meeting. Controversy has swirled around the issue, with the Finance Committee questioning the merits of the purchase. The Board of Selectmen decided to […] Read more »



Move over MCAS, because the future of standardized testing is not with number two pencils and papers, but with computers and the Internet. On June 3, Rochester decided to move forward by adopting the online PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam and doing away with MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). […] Read more »

Good Friday Decision Upheld


The decision to make Good Friday a full day of school in the 2014-2015 school year was upheld on June 2, despite the efforts of some community members to persuade the joint committees to change their minds. Some Christian Tri-Town residents left the Joint School Committee meeting angrily, with some of them lashing out at […] Read more »

Amendment to Permit Denied


In spite of submitting an updated plan that included a state-of-the art closed septic system, John Williams of Brandt Island Realty Trust did not receive approval to increase the number of bedrooms at the previously permitted development. Noting that originally the plan called for an assortment of two and three bedroom homes, Williams was seeking […] Read more »

Looming Shawmut Escrow Deficit Concerning


The Rochester Planning Board recently issued Shawmut Associates an invoice for an engineering site visit – and Shawmut, said Chairman Arnold Johnson, was not happy about it. The remaining balance of the company’s escrow account now stands at $791, not enough to cover the invoice for Field Engineering, and now the board says it needs […] Read more »

Winters Wins School Committee Recount


Christine Winters remains the winner of the Marion School Committee election after a ballot recount on May 28 that, although the recount changed the final numbers, did not change the outcome. On May 16, the final tally was 480-479, with Winters beating Michelle Oullette by a single vote. Newcomer Kate Houdelette won by a significant […] Read more »

Boating Services Discussed


With the 2014 boating season just starting, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with David Kaiser of the Mattapoisett Boat Yard to discuss pump out and launch services for the season. Also on hand to share in the discussion was Harbormaster Jill Simmons. Critical to the cleanliness of local waterways are pump out services for […] Read more »