SRPEDD Helps Mobilize Master Plan Review

            Delayed by and discussed in light of COVID-19, Mattapoisett’s Master Plan will take shape as the Master Plan Committee begins digging into the massive task of developing a draft, a new set of priorities and realities for the Planning Board’s review.             On January 13, the large volunteer group heard from Southeast Regional Planning and Economic […] Read more »

Steen Gets Some, Not All Water Requested

            Despite what is portrayed as a standing invitation to increase its water allotment from the Town of Wareham, the Rochester Water Commission voted on January 13 to increase the allocation for developer Ken Steen’s residential/commercial project at the junction of Routes 28 and 58 and County Road to 46,000 gallons per day.             The […] Read more »

Koch Presents Pitches Puron MP Technology

            The Mattapoisett River Valley Water District Commission doesn’t need any more convincing that replacing its aging and practically obsolete Targa II water-treating system with a brand new, state-of-the-art Puron MP system is the way to go. The challenge is purely financial.             Koch Separation Systems, the company that would either install new Puron MP […] Read more »

Steen Allowed Six Weeks of Extra Hours

            In its first meeting of the year, the Rochester Planning Board addressed the finer details surrounding the Cranberry Highway Development Project’s draft decision. The draft review involved discussing disputed additions to the plan put forth by both the applicant and the Planning Board.             Over the holidays, Ken Steen, the project’s applicant, requested additional […] Read more »

Historical Commission Surveying Former Cape Verdean Communities

            Meg Steinberg, chair of Marion’s Historical Commission, appeared before the Marion Community Preservation Committee on January 8 to request $25,000 in funding to continue the town’s architectural survey on Upper Point Road, originally settled by Cape Verdean communities.             Steinberg explained that last year, the CPC awarded a $25,000 grant in accordance with the […] Read more »

Enforcement Order Nearing Closure

            Seabreeze Lane overlooks Eel Pond and surrounding marshlands. The residences that enjoy the view were built with long lists of dos and don’ts based on the wetlands and the life they support, from cedar trees to grasses and marine life. Daniel Craig made decisions during the landscaping phase of his home at 3 Seabreeze […] Read more »

Hoff Property Conservation Restriction Approved

The Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission approved the final version of the conservation restriction for the Hoff Property during its January 7 meeting.             The version was sent to MOSAC by the state Division of Conservation Services.             MOSAC member Amanda Chace moved to approve the final version of the conservation restriction for the Hoff […] Read more »

Bike Path Seeks Stronger Ties with Town

            The Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path came before the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on January 12 to affirm their desire to “strengthen relationships” with the town, said founding member Bonne DeSousa.             After introducing board members Bill Coquillette, Liz DiCarlo, Ann Bryant, Chris Matos, Renee Pothier, Robin Lepore, Jane Finnerty, Dick Grahn, Allyson […] Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccination Begins in Marion

            Marion’s dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine will be a little bit like the evacuation of a boat taking on water; the key is not to let it turn into Black Friday at the mall.             After being approved by the state to administer the Moderna vaccine to residents of Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Wareham, […] Read more »

Town Seeks Grant for Senior Center Addition

            Rochester Selectman Woody Hartley has been working on potential grant funding to add a three-season room to the Senior Center at 67 Dexter Lane. Simultaneously, Hartley was also looking into a MassDOT Shared Streets grant that would have funded a solar canopy over a parking lot in the area of Town Hall, but that […] Read more »