Bike Path Gets Thumbs Up But…


The Town of Mattapoisett applied for a Request for Determination of Applicability for test borings along the proposed bike path through Goodspeed Island during the December 14 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. The soil borings are one more twist in a long list of additional technical data the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has requested […] Read more »

Wetlands Line Accepted at Solar Farm Site


The Rochester Conservation Commission on December 15 approved the wetlands line for 0 New Bedford Road/268 Mattapoisett Road, the site of a proposed solar farm by the junction of the two roads. The hearing, which was continued from December 1, wrapped up rather swiftly after the commission was satisfied that post peer-review plans were changed […] Read more »

School Committee Questions New Tests


Superintendent of Schools Douglas White announced at the December 14 meeting of the Mattapoisett School Committee that in the future, all state schools will move towards implementing a test that is a hybrid of the more traditional MCAS test and the “next generation” PARCC test. The merits of the PARCC test, compared to the older […] Read more »

Tabor Withdraws Appeal Over Backstop


After a years-long legal battle between the Town of Marion and Tabor Academy over an unpermitted backstop, Tabor Head of School John Quirk told the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on December 10 that instead of continuing on the same path to try to keep the backstop, he was withdrawing the school’s appeal to start […] Read more »

ConCom Approves Grassi Bog Repairs


It was a long time coming, between waiting for the engineer to complete the design and for Marion Conservation Commission approval, but the repairs to the spillway at Grassi Bog off Mill Road will finally move forward. The commission continued the hearing back on November 18 after a disagreement with Marion Open Spaces Acquisition Committee […] Read more »

ORR Returns to Level 1 School Status


The Massachusetts Department of Education Accountability Report is in, and Old Rochester Regional High School is back up to Level 1 status after falling to a Level 2 last year. Superintendent Doug White did not discuss specific data from the report to the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on December 9, but the news was […] Read more »

Hillside Must Clean Up Or Be Shut Down


The December 15 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen featured a two-hour hearing to determine whether or not the license for the Hillside Motel should be revoked. Owner Sonya Patel came before the board to discuss improvements and changes she was instructed by various town departments to make, but after hearing from those department […] Read more »

Annex Talk Turns to New Town Hall Talk


It’s still only in the napkin drawing stage of development, said Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue to the Board of Selectmen on December 14, but a plan to explore the construction of a new town-owned annex building has now shifted towards a new town hall exploration among members of a town annex study committee. During […] Read more »

Town Administrator to Remain in Rochester


Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue did not get chosen by the Fairhaven Board of Selectmen on December 14 to fill the position of that town’s first town administrator, so he will remain in Rochester. McCue was one of three final candidates selected by a town administrator screening committee, and he interviewed for the position back […] Read more »

RMS Principal Pleased with PARCC

The PARCC exam is a “different level of challenge,” said Assistant Superintendent Elise Frangos on December 3, with a focus on cognitive complexity and a higher demand in thinking when compared to the MCAS. “That’s really a big difference from what we’ve had in the past.” So, naturally, Principal Derek Medeiros as well as members […] Read more »