Earle L. Sylvia

Earle L. Sylvia, 85, of Mattapoisett, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, February 27, 2021. He was the husband of Mary-Jane (Silveira) Sylvia. Born in Wareham, son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Hawley) Sylvia, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life. He attended Center School in Mattapoisett, graduated from Fairhaven High […] Read more »

Funeral Home Looks for Parking Upgrade

            William Saunders’ good intentions at 50 County Road have not panned out as planned over the past quarter-century of operation, and to that end, a Notice of Intent was filed with the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission proposing the replacement of the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Funeral Home’s parking lot and a significant upgrade to the stormwater management […] Read more »

ORR Stresses Significance of School Choice

            Old Rochester Regional Superintendent Michael Nelson recommended on February 17 that the Old Rochester Regional School Committee consider maintaining the number of school-choice slots currently offered at the junior high and high school.             Nelson wasn’t seeking a vote that night, asking only for the committee to consider offering 103 out-of-district students a desk […] Read more »

Academic Achievements

Sienna Wurl, of Mattapoisett, is among more than 500 students named to the Western New England University Fall 2020 President’s List. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.80 or higher.             Emily Newell was named to the University of Southern Maine Fall Semester Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, full-time […] Read more »

Surfcasting the Cape Cod Canal for Striped Bass

The Mattapoisett Library is pleased to announce that East End Eddie Doherty will be presenting a fishing seminar including a PowerPoint demonstration featuring stunning color photography by world renowned professional photographer and legendary surfcaster John Doble. “Surfcasting the Cape Cod Canal for Striped Bass” will be presented by the Mattapoisett Free Public Library via Zoom […] Read more »

ORR Made Most of Opportunity

            It would be hard to blame any athlete or coach for turning on cruise control and coasting through the 2020-21 winter season. Given everything that went on in 2020, simply having the chance to participate in sports again could have been enough. During a point in time when the world is still in an […] Read more »

Drive-In Left Lasting Memories

            People of a certain age will have memories of going to a drive-in movie theater. As little children, the back seat of the family car became a playground until it was time for the movie to begin. Then we’d be admonished to settle down with our buckets of popcorn, piles of candy, and tankards […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Seed Library Ready for Checkouts

Just restocked, the new and improved Mattapoisett Free Public Library’s Seed Library is ready to fill requests! Patrons can now pick exactly the variety of seeds they want by filling out an easy form. The form lists the many varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, etc. that we have to offer. After the form is submitted, […] Read more »

ZBA Approves Revised Waterfront House

            Stephen E. Goulston of North Easton was awarded his special permit to build a new waterfront house at 27 Nashawena Road under the condition that the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission vet the roof-runoff aspect of his site plan.             Before the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to grant Goulston the special permit during […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

Krakatoa was a small volcanic island in what is now Indonesia. As part of the Dutch East Indies, located in the ocean about 100 miles from Jakarta, it was the main one of three volcanic islands probably created by a major eruption around the 5th and 6th centuries. In August of 1883, the volcano which […] Read more »