Planning Board Guidebook Rejected


The Marion Planning Board continued discussion on board member Eileen Marum’s draft Planning Board Guidebook at its August 4 meeting. Opinions got heated before the dialogue ended in a motion to terminate all discussion on the guidebook. With five in favor and only two against, the guidebook was rejected. Throughout the discussion, two documents were […] Read more »

Sewer Regulations Updated


The Marion Selectmen wrapped up two years of work on the Town’s wastewater management at the August 5 meeting. In their capacity as Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Board met with Department of Public Works Superintendent Rob Zora, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Frank Cooper, and Shawn Syde of CDM Smith with regard to the sewer […] Read more »

Vandals and Thieves on the Loose


Mattapoisett citizens need to be on the alert. Vandals are destroying property and thieves are stealing from the community. During the August 5 Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Mike Gagne asked the residents of the community to report any suspicious activity after a series of thefts and an occurrence of vandalism have taken place […] Read more »

Good News From Leisure Shores


Leisure Shores was back before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on July 28. This time, however, it was to discuss the positive steps that have taken place in what, at times, looked like a massive environmental hazard. Speaking on behalf of Robert Ringuette, Sr were his son, Bob, and manager, Dana Barrows. Ringuette shared an update […] Read more »

Chairman Shrugs off Wetlands Violation


What is done is done. At least from where the Marion Conservation Commission sits, even though Richard Costa of 237 River Road will still have to file with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the raised platform he constructed right on the bank of the Sippican River. The wetlands resource area where the raised […] Read more »

Solar Project Advances with Uncertainty


Energy Management Committee members were a bit disappointed to hear that the planned Marion solar garden project, slated for the old landfill on Benson Brook Road, could wind up at the end of the line behind larger Mattapoisett projects already “in the queue” with NSTAR. Committee member Jennifer Francis said on July 28 that, during […] Read more »

Board Approves In-Law Apartment and Pool


There were a couple of tense moments when the future of William and Tamara LaPiere’s plans for an in-law apartment and in-ground swimming pool seemed uncertain. The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals had a lot of questions and concerns about the “unusual” nature of the LaPieres’ special permit and variance requests, and Chairman Richard Cutler […] Read more »

Keeping the Community Afloat


The communities of our Tri-Town are special, and what makes them special are the people who live in them, the people who work in them, govern them, and those that volunteer their time for the highest good of their town. This is why, once a year, we at The Wanderer are excited to bring forward […] Read more »

Businesses Prevail Through ZBA Hearings


Mattapoisett’s Zoning Board of Appeals heard only two applications during the July 18 meeting, but both pushed Mattapoisett further into the 21st century than ever before. The meeting for just two applications also took a fair amount of time, nearly four hours. When everything was said and done, these businesses received what they came for […] Read more »

Committee Tours Town House, Envisions its Future


From basement to bell tower, members of the Town House Study Committee examined, explored, and envisioned the future of the Town’s beloved landmark on July 17 during a tour of some of the unseen and mostly undisturbed corners of the old Marion Town House. The committee, meeting for its second time, began with a tour […] Read more »