David F. Lopes

David F. Lopes, 70, of Mattapoisett, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 22, 2021.             Born in New Bedford, son of the late Francis P. and Hilda (Motta) Lopes, he lived in New Bedford most of his life. He was the husband of Maria Lopes.             David worked as a cook at Lakeville Hospital […] Read more »

Kathryn S. (Neary) LaMontagne

Kathryn S. (Neary) LaMontagne, 89, of Mattapoisett, MA and Marco Island, FL, formerly of Wellesley and Natick, MA died Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Sacred Heart Home surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Leo J. LaMontagne to whom Kate was married for 65 years.             Kate leaves son Gavin LaMontagne of […] Read more »

Definitions Confine Project’s Scope

            John and Cynthia Paliotta filed a Notice of Intent with the Marion Conservation Commission for a land management plan at 119 Converse Road.             While the Paliottas propose eradication of invasive plants and restoration and enhancement of existing native plant communities, a welcome kind of project in almost any context, this case become complicated […] Read more »

New Video by the SCCC Inspires Dreamers of All Ages

The South Coast Children’s Chorus’ latest project is a music video of the song “A Million Dreams,” from the motion picture “The Greatest Showman.” A link to the video on YouTube can be found here youtu.be/20aZ86QyjOo.             Highlighting the singing talents of nineteen young singers ages 7-18 from throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, this project is as […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Library New Cookbook Club

Mattapoisett Free Public Library has a new cookbook club hosted by staff! Our first meeting via Zoom is on Tuesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. This book discussion will focus on cookbooks of all varieties; suggestions are welcome, though title choices depends on availability at network libraries.             The first book selection is the award-winning […] Read more »

Master Plan Will Not Be Rushed

            Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar told the Rochester Board of Selectmen during its May 17 meeting that the town has been approved for a Master Plan study. The full application is due on June 4.             While it is considered logistically impossible to complete a Master Plan for the town in time to meet the […] Read more »

Board of Health Agent Resigns

            Just as COVID-19 began to rear its ugly head in late 2019 out on the west coast, Kayla Davis was hired as the Mattapoisett Board of Health agent. Now she has taken a new position with the Town of Middleboro, according to a follow-up conversation with Board of Health Chairman Carmelo Nicolosi on May […] Read more »

The Marion Art Center Presents Native Gardens

The MAC Theater will present its first play of the 2021 season, “Native Gardens,” written by Karen Zacarías and directed by Kate Fishman. The cast includes Gary Sousa as Pablo, Mia Vaughn as Tania, Suzie Kokkins as Virginia, and Donn Tyler as Frank. The MAC’s sound and lighting technician is Steve McManus.             Director Kate […] Read more »

ZBA Gives Boost to Aging in Place

            The ZBA Marion Zoning Board of Appeals awarded special permits to two applicants for residential expansion during its May 13 meeting.             In Case No. 784, the ZBA heard a special permit application from Nicole Gotthold, filed under Section 230-8.6 of the zoning bylaw to allow construction of a 900 square-foot apartment for her […] Read more »

Rochester Election Review

Editor’s note: The Wanderer invited candidates in contested races (more candidates than open seats) to write up to 350 words explaining their candidacy. Questions submitted by the League of Women Voters South Coast helped provide talking points for the candidates. Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Rochester Planning Board. The only […] Read more »