“What’s the Big Deal?”


During the March 17 meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals, the hearings were easily handled with nothing complicated or contested – that is, until the final hearing of the night. David and Deborah Epstein, practicing massage therapists who were seeking a special permit to allow an accessory use within a residence, came before […] Read more »

Rochester Resident Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Rochester Resident Arrested for Animal Cruelty Rochester Police Department Press Release As the result of a state required animal and barn inspection conducted Tuesday afternoon, March 22, Rochester Animal Control Officer Anne Estabrook uncovered a farm with deplorable conditions and sick and dead animals. Estabrook reported her discovery to the Rochester Police who in turn […] Read more »

School Committee Proposes Final Budget


The Mattapoisett School Committee proposed its 2017 budget on March 14. The fiscal year 2016 approved budget was $6,385,750, and the proposed budget increase of $396,485 will set the 2017 proposed budget at $6,782,235. The initial budget increase had been $522,374; however, the committee was able to pare it down by such methods as cutting […] Read more »

Breakaway Walls Questioned


During a Notice of Intent hearing at the March 9 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission, commission member Jeffrey Doubrava questioned Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering, Inc. on how effective breakaway walls would be if used on new construction proposed at 20 Front Street. The applicant, Ann Severance, is planning to raze the existing home […] Read more »

Damaged Trails Slated for Repairs


A hiking trail at the Rounseville II Preserve located off Mary’s Pond Road that was damaged by illegal ATV use will be enhanced with a series of bog bridges that will stretch across some of the affected areas, making them passable again by foot. Eric Boyer of the Wildlands Trust, Inc., custodians of the preserve, […] Read more »

Town Resolves Backstop Issue with Tabor


The unpermitted backstop that contributed to a several years-long legal battle between the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals and Tabor Academy is allowed to remain now that the ZBA has granted Tabor the variance it requested. On March 10, with a unanimous vote, the board let bygones be bygones and allowed the controversial backstop to […] Read more »

Angry Abutters Out In Force


It didn’t take long for tempers to flair as abutters packed in Rochester’s Town Hall on March 10 for the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals meeting began to speak out against their neighbor’s application for a variance. Robert Fiano, 397 North Avenue, applied for a zoning variance in order to construct a 28- by 33-foot […] Read more »

ORR to Replenish School Choice Program


After debating the pros and cons of the school choice program, the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on March 9 voted to only add 15 school choice slots to the next school year to replenish the 18 graduating school choice seniors of this year. Five slots were approved for seventh grade, two slots for eighth […] Read more »

State Seeks Archeology Survey of Solar Site


In a letter dated March 1, Brona Simon of the Massachusetts Historical Commission requested that the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs order an archeological survey of the 620 Boston Road property before ground is broken to construct a large-scale solar farm. The letter asserts that the area is an archeologically-sensitive area rich in […] Read more »

Mattapoisett ConCom Strives For Consistency


With a word of warning to all in attendance at the March 14 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, acting Chairman Peter Newton said that due to the absence of Chairman Bob Rogers, Environmental Agent Liz Leidhold, and Secretary Teresa Austin, some hearings might have to be continued. He asked for everyone’s understanding and patience […] Read more »