ORR Receives over $6,000 to Expand Healthy Meal Service

To support families during school closures, Old Rochester Public Schools district (ORR) is providing children aged 0-21 with free, nutritious breakfast and lunch meals every day of the week as part of the USDA’s emergency COVID-19 response. The Eos Foundation awarded the district a $6,425 grant to support continued distribution of meals to children.             “We […] Read more »

Arego A. “Rick” Grassi

Arego A. “Rick” Grassi, 88, of Marion passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday April 15, 2020.  Born and raised in Wareham, the son of the late Arego and Eva (Braley) Grassi, he lived in Marion for most of his life.  Mr. Grassi was noted for his quality craftsmanship during his career as a carpenter. […] Read more »

Roger Francis Blanchette

Roger Francis Blanchette, age 84, died at his home in North Port, Florida from complications of a stroke on March 29, 2020.             Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, he was the son of Louis Napoleon and Noelie Indianola Blanchette, who were both originally from Quebec, Canada.             Roger developed an early business sense. He formed a newspaper delivery […] Read more »

Rochester Opts for Elections First, then Town Meeting

            The Town of Rochester voted at its April 16, remote-access meeting to hold town elections before town meeting, setting elections for Wednesday, June 17, and town meeting for Monday, June 22.             Chairman Paul Ciaburri said holding town meeting first is preferred, but Town Counsel Blair Bailey said, “It’s not going to affect this year’s election […] Read more »

Team Efforts Keeping Tri-Towns Safe

            The Wanderer asked fire and police chiefs in the Tri-Town to respond to a battery of seven questions to get an inside look at how they manage the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Rochester fire and police were not able to participate in time for this week’s edition.             Neither Marion nor Mattapoisett had any confirmed […] Read more »

LED Streetlight Conversion Project

Beginning the week of April 27, 2020, the Town of Mattapoisett will be replacing all of the town’s overhead streetlights with 370 new Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.              These new LED lights will use approximately 65 percent less electricity than the current fixtures, further reducing the municipality’s greenhouse gas emissions. The new streetlights will also […] Read more »

ORR Was Ready for State-Ordered Closure

            Superintendent of Schools Doug White told the Old Rochester Regional School Committee more than once during its April 15, remote-access meeting to anticipate the news that came down from Governor Baker on Tuesday announcing the fate of the traditional 2019-20 school year.             It just wasn’t the news everyone wanted to hear.             Students will not be […] Read more »

School Lunches Available

Old Rochester Regional is continuing to provide meals for all children, ages 0-18, during school closure. These meals are free and can be found at the following meal site locations: ORR High School, Center School, Sippican Elementary, Rochester Memorial. Meals are available Monday through Friday from 10:30 to 12:30 pm. Meals include free breakfast and […] Read more »

Nicole C. Rickard, D.V.M.

Nicole C. Rickard, D.V.M., age 47, of Marion died April 10, 2020 unexpectedly at home. She was the wife of David B. Lempert.             Born in Stoughton, daughter of Peter H. Rickard of Rochester and the late Mary Ellen (Joyce) Rickard, she lived in North Attleboro, Dartmouth and Marion.             Nicole worked as a veterinarian at Chase […] Read more »

Scott Peter Hall

Scott Peter Hall, 44, of New Bedford, MA passed away unexpectedly on Sunday April 19, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born in New Bedford to Jerry G. and Ellen H. (Harris) Hall on May 7, 1975.             Scott attended Old Colony High School in Rochester, MA in the Electronics department, and enjoyed being with […] Read more »