State Imposed Water Restriction Possible


Mattapoisett Water and Sewer Superintendent Nick Nicholson oversees an infrastructure that is all about clean water and wastewater. That would seem pretty straight forward – right? But toss in the complexities of underground pipes, valves, pumps, aging systems, river flows, aquifers, rainfall, budgets, and oh yes, state government regulations and now you’ve got a job […] Read more »

Warrant Passes Review, Liquor on Sundays


It did not take long for the Rochester Finance Committee to give the thumbs up for several articles involving financial matters on the Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant during discussions with the Rochester Board of Selectmen on October 6. During a follow-up interview with Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue on October 7, McCue said the […] Read more »

Sippican School on Top with MCAS


Sippican School ranked highly in state MCAS scoring, and Marion School Committee Chairman Joseph Scott, Superintendent of Schools Doug White, and Sippican School Principal Lyn Rivet congratulated the students and educators October 1 during a relatively brief school committee meeting. In third grade math, Sippican School ranked 12th out of 942 Massachusetts elementary schools and […] Read more »

Moving Ahead With Pathway and Sprague’s Cove


At the request of the Marion Pathway Committee, the Marion Board of Selectmen October 7 authorized the submission of the project initiative form to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation – the first step in the process to solicit federal and state funding for Phase I of the Marion Pathway. Marion Pathway Committee Chairman Jeff Oakes […] Read more »

Pier and Dock Bylaws Proposed


Concerned residents are working on a new bylaw that would augment, enhance and otherwise fill in what they believe are blanks in state and local Conservation Commission regulations governing docks and piers in Mattapoisett. Peter Trow and Michael Huguenin presented the Mattapoisett Planning Board with a draft of what is presently titled ‘Dock and Pier […] Read more »

Lightning Strike Results in Fire


At 6:20am on Wednesday morning the Rochester Fire Department was called to 46 Jason’s Lane for a house that was struck by lightning resulting in a possible fire in the basement. The first police officer on scene reported that everyone was safely out of the house and there was a heavy smoke condition.  Initial interior […] Read more »

CVS Size Matters in Marion


After listening to two hours of discussion, including public input, Planning Board Chairman Stephen Kokkins gave his opinion on Mark Investments LLC’s pre-submission plan for a 14,000 square-foot CVS proposed for the corner of Route 6 and Front Street – and residents in attendance nearly leapt off their seats in applause. “I personally see very […] Read more »

Board ‘Buttons Up’ Variance Requirement


A logistical oversight brought the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity back before the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals for a brief meeting on September 25. The project to construct a single-family Habitat for Humanity home at 185 Wareham Road was already approved by the ZBA, but the wording in some of the paperwork brought […] Read more »

More Signs May Light Up In Rochester


All signs point to approval for the proposed lit signage for the Rochester Crossroads LLC commercial development off Cranberry Highway. Members of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on September 25 considered the special permit request presented by Lisa Mann of Sign Design, Inc. of Brockton for five proposed signs, with one of them being […] Read more »

Trouble Over Silvershell Seawall


The Marion Department of Public Works built an unpermitted 100-foot by 150-foot rock seawall in the vicinity between Sprague’s Cove and Silvershell Beach, which the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and now the Marion Conservation Commission have ordered removed. The seawall, which consists of about 250 rocks and boulders, […] Read more »