Conservation Restriction Will Ensure Water Protection

The Marion Board of Selectmen on June 20 approved a conservation restriction for an approximately 165-acre property off Wolf Island Road that will protect even more of the Mattapoisett River Valley drinking water supply for many years to come. Town Meeting back in May had approved spending $20,000 towards the acquisition of the land, but […] Read more »

Vacation Rental to Remain ‘Ceased and Desisted’

The old Bow Mansion is situated at the end of Ship Street in a quiet neighborhood populated with a variety of home styles, from stately colonials to modern contemporary designs. With views of the harbor and beach access, it is for many the perfect vacation spot. But very limited commercial rental property makes sourcing a […] Read more »

The Candy Man … Can, Temporarily

A large showing of proponents and friends of the proposed Candy Pantry came before the Marion Planning Board on Monday night during the Community Outreach portion of its meeting to request relief from the lengthy permit process. Patrick Kelly, the young man who is hoping to open the Candy Pantry within the barber shop at […] Read more »

Truck Crashes into Sippican River

Shortly before 7:00 am the Rochester Police, Fire, and EMS were called to the report of a crash involving a truck on Mary’s Pond Road at the bridge on the Sippican River. When they arrived on the scene, they found that a tractor-trailer truck had flipped into the Sippican River at the bridge at Bates’s Road. […] Read more »

Board Throws Shade at Rochester Solar Farm

The Rochester Planning Board has nearly lost its patience with Meadowatt, LLC, the developer of a solar farm on Marion Road. On June 13, Chairman Arnold Johnson said the developer had promised to spread mulch in March and then again promised to in May, but now in mid-June the mulch has still not been put […] Read more »

Privilege Stickers Free for Over 70

Beginning January 2018, residents of Rochester age 70 or over can receive free of charge a Town of Rochester privilege sticker for access to amenities such as beaches and parking in the Towns of Marion and Mattapoisett. The sticker generally costs $20 for Rochester residents. The Rochester Board of Selectmen voted on June 12 to […] Read more »

School Committee Celebrates Successful Year

During its final meeting of the school year on June 12, the Mattapoisett School Committee lingered over the events, celebrated the end of the current school year, and discussed its goals for the next academic year. In her introduction to the committee of the School Improvement Plan, Center School Principal Rose Bowman first thanked the […] Read more »

Dupont Drive Drainage Issues

In one of the last meetings in his long career of volunteerism, Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chairman Bob Rogers had to recuse himself from one of the hearings due to a conflict of interest. Filling the void after a procedural vote was Mike King, long-time commission member. It would be over an hour before Rogers would […] Read more »

Fundraiser to Simplify Back-to-School

Folks at Sippican School are hoping to raise a little money for extracurricular activities while making the back-to-school ritual for parents both easier and less expensive. The Marion School Committee on June 7 approved a new fundraiser with “SchoolKidz,” a subsidiary company of Staples, which allows parents to purchase the entire school supplies list for […] Read more »

Garage Yes, Deck…Maybe

The Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on June 7 went ahead and approved a garage the same night it closed the public hearing, which is something out of the ordinary for this particular ZBA. Instead of closing the public hearing and taking the matter under advisement for at least two weeks as it usually does, […] Read more »