Challenges Ahead for New Public Health Nurse

            The Mattapoisett Board of Health held a public meeting on May 9 to determine which applicant would be selected for the role of public health nurse. The meeting was held with board members on-site in a conference room, and remote access was provided via conference call.             The board began with the announcement that the final […] Read more »

Lions Cancel Harbor Days

In 1983, Harbor Days was conceived by then club President Arthur Blackburn. Who would have guessed that almost 40 years later, the term “Harbor Days” would represent a week’s worth of events that would be something akin to a major holiday (in this part of the world, anyway!) This special week each July includes the […] Read more »

Steen, Seasons Seek a Solution

            In a case of ‘my way or the highway’, the final public hearing of the Rochester Planning Board’s remote access meeting on Tuesday night took on the atmospheric swings of professional sports labor impasse, as cordial remarks gave way to a complicated problem and, from there, to conflict and rising temperatures, the drawing of lines […] Read more »

New Superintendent

Dear Students, Teachers, Paras, Administrators, Staff, Families, Town Officials and Residents of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester;             On behalf of the Old Rochester Regional School Committee and Massachusetts Superintendency Union #55 School Committee, we would like to formally announce the hiring of Michael S. Nelson as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Old Rochester Regional […] Read more »

Academic Achievements

Samuel Appleton and Margaret Wiggin of Mattapoisett received bachelor of arts degrees from College of the Holy Cross during a virtual celebration of the Class of 2020 on May 22. The live video program, during which graduates received electronic diplomas, featured a special message from director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Holy Cross […] Read more »

Businesses Asked for Reopening Cooperation

            A brief but far-reaching agenda during the May 26 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen included two items, a letter that will be sent to business license holders and the planned reopening of some town buildings.             Selectman Paul Silva, who was on this night solo, said the meeting could move forward without a quorum […] Read more »

Coastal Fly Fishing

            My daughter and her husband Mike live just around the corner from our house on Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven but are not frequent visitors anymore since the coronavirus invaded our shores and changed our lives. My daughter taught preschool in Plymouth, now closed for the summer, and Mike is a very active paramedic with an […] Read more »

Curbside Service Starts at Plumb Library

Starting Monday, June 1, the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library in Rochester will start curbside service. Patrons can call the library at 508-763-8600 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, or email to request a book, magazine, DVD, or game. If it is owned by Plumb Library and is on the shelf, it […] Read more »

Rochester Trims FY21 Operating Budget

            “There is no clear-cut guidance…” began Rochester Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar as she explained FY21 operating budget reductions to the Finance Committee. During the May 18 remote meeting, Szyndlar stated several times that guidance on what state aid to cities and towns might be was unclear at this time, but she added that Rochester’s conservative […] Read more »

Lucille B. (Marchessault) Sobral

Lucille B. (Marchessault) Sobral, 95 of Acushnet died May 24, 2020 at Sacred Heart Home.  She was the wife of the late Fernando Sobral.  Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Aldei and Rosilda (Dumaine) Marchessault, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Acushnet 40 years ago.  Mrs. Sobral was a communicant […] Read more »