Marion TA Regrets Superintendent Comment

Marion Town Administrator Jay McGrail appeared before the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on December 11 with a prepared written statement to address a comment he made during a November 20 Marion Finance Committee meeting, when he called School Superintendent Doug White “a lame-duck superintendent that’s got six months left until he’s gone.”             White is […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Joins Neighbors Online Surveillance ‘Ring’

They’re called “porch pirates”: people who steal unattended packages delivered to your doorstep. As this annoying petty crime has increased over the years as e-commerce grows, so has the prevalence of package theft.             The online megacorporation Amazon acquired “Ring,” a startup that began making smart doorbells with security cameras, for $1 billion in February 2018. […] Read more »

Academic Achievements

Dana Tripp of Mattapoisett was named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College as well as a Fall 2019 USCAA Academic All-American. Tripp was honored for participation in men’s woodsmen’s, majors in Forestry. Student-athletes with grade-point averages of 3.5 and above are eligible for the honor. Twenty-six Paul Smith’s students made this year’s list. Read more »

Mary E. (Molloy) Tapper

Mary E. (Molloy) Tapper, 91, of Mattapoisett, formerly of New Bedford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 24, 2019 at Sippican Heathcare Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Robert F. Tapper.             Born in Torbay, Newfoundland, the daughter of the late William and Mary (Manning) Molloy, she lived in […] Read more »

Solar Developer Sues Mattapoisett ZBA Over Denial

            Solar developer NextGrid, Inc., doing business as Next Grid Bowman, LLC, filed a civil complaint with the Massachusetts Land Court on December 9 against the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals that voted 4-1 to deny the applicant a special permit to construct a one-megawatt solar farm off Bowman Road.             The company known as Next Grid […] Read more »

New Year’s Day Walk at White Eagle

Kick off 2020 with a New Year’s Day Walk at Sippican Lands Trust’s White Eagle property on Wednesday, January 1 starting at noon. This New Year’s Day Walk will be one of many walks and special programs throughout the year. Alan Harris, Sippican Lands Trust’s Board President, will lead the New Year’s Day Walk on Wednesday, January […] Read more »

A Tinkhamtown Chapel Christmas Tradition Lives

            Driving up to the little white chapel located in the heart of Mattapoisett’s Tinkhamtown neighborhood, one gets a real sense of early life in this historic community. The Tinkhamtown Chapel windows were aglow, thanks to kerosene wall lamps, now assisted by muted electric lights.             On December 21, the chapel was opened to the public for […] Read more »

Rochester Council on Aging

The full monthly newsletter and calendar are available on our website  Like us on Facebook!             Monthly Meeting – The Rochester Council on Aging Board of Directors will hold the monthly board meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 9:00 am. The meeting will be held at Town Hall. All residents of Rochester, MA are welcome to attend this meeting. […] Read more »

Route 6 Corridor Study

To the Editor;             In response to Ms. DeSousa’s recent letter to the editor on December 16, 2019:             SRPEDD is honored to work in partnership with residents, business owners, and officials in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Wareham as we examine alternatives for the future of Route 6. The Route 6 Corridor Study was first initiated by […] Read more »

ConCom Opens Hearing for 40R Housing

            Engineer Phil Cordeiro and developer Ken Steen on December 17 gave the Rochester Conservation Commission its first introduction to the 208-unit 40R residential and commercial development slated for 22 Cranberry Highway.             On behalf of Steen Realty & Development Corp., Cordeiro presented the Notice of Intent that includes work proposed entirely within the 100-foot wetlands buffer […] Read more »