Mattapoisett Annual Town Election Information

The Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Old Hammondtown School. We understand that many people are concerned about the current public health situation. Therefore, we are encouraging voters to request absentee ballots by mail. This way, your voice can still be heard without the worries and anxiety of exposing yourself to any […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Planning Board

Dear Editor,             On April 6th, the Planning Board held its virtual meeting through “go to meeting”. Despite great efforts by individuals responsible for the meeting, it was very disjointed and, in places, very hard to follow. Jonathan Silverstein, Town Council, provided clarification of the Zoning Board of Appeals decision to deny NextGrid their application to […] Read more »

Tri-Town Courses Await Tee Time from Governor

            Part of the problem the sporting world faces with the novel coronavirus outbreak is the same one all businesses face: the unknown. It makes planning a return nearly impossible for some of the major professional leagues. Ever since the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League went on hiatus, there’s been no sign of traction […] Read more »

Concerns Loom if Citizens Dip into Free Cash

            Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar reported to the Rochester Board of Selectmen at its April 23, remote access meeting that the town’s stability fund is at $1.3 million and that the goal is to get it between $2 million and $3 million.             “We’ve got to keep working on putting money in the rainy-day fund. Marion and […] Read more »

A Thank You to Our Supporters

            Over the past weeks, we have been asked many times by generous folks what they can do to help The Wanderer. We have received multiple messages of support and even donations. Thank you to everyone who has reached out, and I want to reassure you, The Wanderer is here for you and will be here for you long […] Read more »

Candidates’ Night Canceled

Since Massachusetts has proclaimed that all citizens should practice social distancing until May 18, the Southeastern MA LWV annual Candidates’ Night has been canceled.             The Selectmen have now tentatively scheduled our Annual Town Meeting for late June with Elections to follow.              There are three contests in Marion. Selectboard incumbent, Norm Hills, is being challenged by […] Read more »

Marion Moving toward June 22 Town Meeting

            The anticipated proposal of a Monday, June 22, Town Meeting was among four coronavirus-related items that Town Administrator Jay McGrail discussed with the Marion Board of Selectmen at its remote access meeting on April 28.             McGrail planned to formalize the plan later this week with an eye on presenting formally to the board for discussion […] Read more »

Old Middleboro Road Solar Near Approval

            The April 21 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission was held remotely with commission chairman Mike Conway, vice-chair Dan Gagne, and commissioners Lena Bourque, Kevin Thompson, Maggie Payne, and Chris Gerrior present as well as town counselor Blair Bailey in attendance. After a few minutes of log-in hiccups, the meeting began at 7:22 pm.             The […] Read more »

Health Director Karen Walega to Retire

            The impending dissolution of the Marion-Rochester Health District, unfortunately, coincides with the announcement that Regional Health Director Karen Walega is retiring next week.             Dr. Ed Hoffer, a member of the Marion Board of Health, thanked Walega for her 30-plus years serving the district and on behalf of the district, he wished her the best of […] Read more »

F.H.S. Class of 1960 Reunion

In light of the COVID-19 virus which has engulfed the world, the reunion committee of the F.H.S. Class of 1960 was polled as to what should be done about the reunion. With regret, it was decided to postpone the reunion until June of 2021.             More information will be forthcoming as we plan for next year. […] Read more »