Hybrid Return-to-School Plan Will Include Two Days on Campus

            The back to school 2020-2021 plan recommended by Superintendent of Schools Mike Nelson at Monday’s meeting of the Old Rochester Regional School Committee is subject to change, Nelson said, not only because state guidelines can change at a moment’s notice, but because the school district itself intends to continue monitoring the situation as the academic […] Read more »

More-Experienced Desmarais to Be Offered Public Health Nurse Job

            Once again, experience made the difference in a decision to fill a health-related position in Marion.             Earlier this year upon the dissolution of the Marion-Rochester Health District and the retirement of Karen Walega from service to Marion, the town hired Dave Flaherty as its health director. He was selected by the Board of Health in […] Read more »

Tritown Against Racism Meets with Selectmen

            Tritown Against Racism made a spirited introduction to the Rochester Board of Selectmen during the latter’s August 3 public meeting.             “Our mission is to intentionally create an anti-racism atmosphere,” explained Tritown Against Racism member Alison Noyce to the selectmen. “Our philosophy is to start where you live. There is a huge racism problem in our […] Read more »

Small Changes Make Big Difference for Dinghy Docks

            The July 31 Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board meeting might have been a brief one, but the new business agenda line item is already making a big difference to boaters.             Opening the meeting a bit belatedly due to technical difficulties with the remote meeting platform, Chairman Carlos DeSousa displayed a graphic for those in attendance. The […] Read more »

Planning Board Discusses Affordable Housing

            It’s been a topic of conversation for many years, the fact that Mattapoisett has low available housing stock and even fewer units that could be considered affordable. On August 3, local real estate developer Ryan Correia came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board, remotely, to informally discuss subdivision options for property located at 3 Crystal Springs […] Read more »

Solar Farm at Eldredge Bogs Gets Green Light

            In a brief remote meeting held on August 4, the Rochester Conservation Commission worked to close out a public hearing for a Notice of Intent filing pertaining to the construction of a canopy solar array that dated back to June.             Sarah Stearns of Beals and Thomas, Inc. represented Hingham-based Hank Ouimet Renewable Energy Development Partners […] Read more »

Warrant Approved for Town Meeting

            In a special, remote access public meeting, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen approved the warrant for the Monday, August 17 Town Meeting that will be held under a tent at the Old Rochester Regional High School track beginning that day at 6:00 pm.             Town Administrator Mike Lorenco told the selectmen that Mattapoisett will receive a […] Read more »

Heron Cove Hinges on Sewer Situation

            Marion’s brimming town-sewer capacity continued to play a role in discussions over a proposed development off of Wareham Road, where a 96-unit, Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B condominium complex was once again discussed, this time at the July 23 meeting of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals via remote access.             In a continuation of a […] Read more »

Fire Boat Out of Water as Isaias Approached

            Mattapoisett hauled its new Fire Boat out of the water, as the Southcoast anticipated the arrival of Isaias, which by Monday night had been upgraded back to hurricane status. Both Marion and Mattapoisett issued strong cautions for boat owners on Tuesday, the day the eastern-most wing of the storm was expected to touch the area. […] Read more »

Communication Key, as Seasons, Steen Near Settlement

            Public hearings at the Rochester Planning Board on July 28 were dominated by discussion of planned developments on Cranberry Highway. Phil Cordeiro joined the hybrid meeting, held at the Rochester Middle School and on Zoom, to provide updates on the progress of the proposed plans.             “Since our last meeting, we have met with the Massachusetts […] Read more »