King Says ConCom Trying To Keep Jurisdiction Local

Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chairman Mike King has a message for the community: “This year, this commission is trying to condition as many projects as possible locally.” King made this comment during the March 12 regular meeting of the commission in response to questions from resident Tom Gronski, who questioned King on the process used to […] Read more »

Court Upholds Permits for Bitumen Project

A group of Rochester residents, through their attorney Ben O’Grady, are seeking the assistance of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), a division of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The reason for the request: the apparent resurrection of plans for a bituminous concrete manufacturing facility on five acres off Kings Highway that […] Read more »

Rochester Appoints Sgt. Small as New Chief

The Rochester Board of Selectmen on March 5 officially appointed Sergeant Robert Small as the next police chief to replace Chief Paul Magee when he retires this year on September 14. Small engaged in a brief public interview that evening, during which he stressed readiness to take over the department. Small completed an executive development […] Read more »

Residents to Erect Liz Taber Memorial

A small group of Marionites wants to bring Elizabeth Taber back home to Marion. Tinker Saltonstall, Al Winters, and Judith Rosby and Frank McNamee from the Sippican Historical Society have formed a committee committed to commissioning a life-size statue of Elizabeth Taber so her likeness can be seen every day by her beneficiaries – the […] Read more »

Resident Gets Guidance on Pier Pursuit

After his next-door neighbor decided to file for approval for a new pier, William Mansulla took a look at his old dilapidated ‘pier’ and thought, “Maybe I should see what I need to do in order to have a nice pier, too.” On February 28, the Marion Conservation Commission gave Mansulla some guidance on the […] Read more »

Citizens Submit Petition to Ban Marijuana Sales

The Town of Mattapoisett on February 26 received a citizens’ petition containing 47 verified signatures proposing an all-out ban on registered marijuana dispensaries in Mattapoisett. When a citizens’ petition is filed with the Town Clerk’s Office and at least ten of the signatures of registered voters are verified, an article can be placed on the […] Read more »

Roads Remain Priority in Mattapoisett

It’s no small task to keep the roadways of a community in good working order and to do so with an eye on the bottom line. Any highway surveyor can attest to that reality. But couple that with a population willing to invest in their roads and you’ve got a winning combination. So said Town […] Read more »

Library Project Approval is in the Books

On March 5 with a light agenda, the Marion Planning Board dispensed with two hearings, giving the green light to the Taber Library Improvement Project and approving a residential pier off Delano Road. Library Trustee Bob Raymond, accompanied by Board of Trustees President Jay Pateakos, began the presentation of the pre-submission conference Site Plan Review […] Read more »

District Reinforces Safety at Sippican School

Marion Police Chief John Garcia is working more closely with Sippican School Principal Lyn Rivet and school staff on reinforcing security at the school, which Rivet detailed for the Marion School Committee on Wednesday, February 28. The school has already implemented a stricter policy for visitors to the school, requiring them to present identification before […] Read more »

Trash Trouble Mounting in Marion

As the Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District Committee studies the impact of the last five or so years of mismanagement of the district’s finances and facilities, members are finding that the former district executive director left them with a lot more to ‘dill’ with than just a financial pickle. During the CMWRRDD Committee’s […] Read more »