Zoning Article Advances with Board Support

The majority of the Marion Planning Board voted in favor of supporting the Residence E zoning bylaw on the floor at Fall Special Town Meeting on October 22. No one from the public attended the public hearing for the zoning amendment proposed by town resident Sherman Briggs. The article, which will be on the warrant […] Read more »

Medical Marijuana Bylaw Questioned

The October 15 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board was a missed opportunity for the vast majority of the community when only one resident attended to comment on the draft Medical Marijuana Bylaw being prepared for the Fall Special Town Meeting. The draft written with the legal guidance of KP Law and a committee comprised […] Read more »

Vaccinations Over Vaping … For Now

The Marion Board of Health has not forgotten about its agenda to ban flavored nicotine and tobacco products in Marion, products like flavored “e-liquid” vaping juice and flavored cigars, but the focus for now is on flu clinics to provide flu shots to residents who want one. For the most part, Marion Health Agent Karen […] Read more »

Rochester Adds New “Soft” Recycling Program

In addition to the regular single-stream paper, plastic, and glass recycling collection, Rochester will soon participate in a new curbside recycling program for “soft” recyclables. On October 4, the Rochester Board of Selectmen held a special meeting and signed a contract with WasteZero, a curbside recycling company, for a separate collection of wares considered “soft” […] Read more »

Contract Talks Remain ‘Convoluted’

The top candidate for the executive director position and the representatives of the Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District have yet to strike an employment contract deal, with negotiations now stretching into a seventh week. The CMWRRDD wasn’t sure last week if it was going to have a contract deal or if it was […] Read more »

Planning Board Calls in $1.5 Million Surety

On October 3, the Mattapoisett Planning Board did something they have been contemplating for months, calling in a $1.5 million surety for a housing development built on what the board believes were empty promises. Coming before the Planning Board on this night to discuss all matters related to Brandt Point Village, a single-family home subdivision […] Read more »

Over 55 Development Slowly Moves Forward

There was only one hearing on the agenda for the Rochester Planning Board on October 9. Continued from September 25 was the Special Residential Development proposed for Rounseville Road. The 22-duplex residential development planned for senior housing has been slowly processing through legal and regulatory entanglements associated with an existing conservation Order of Conditions, drainage […] Read more »

Tri-Town Schools Adopt 2023 Strategic Plan

The Old Rochester school districts have a new Strategic Plan, with three main goal areas to strive towards over the next five years. The joint school committees of Old Rochester Regional and the three towns accepted the 2023 Strategic Plan on September 27, which addressed three areas: 21stCentury learning, social-emotional learning, and global citizenship. “We […] Read more »

Board Wrestles with Setback Amendment

There was one thing on the minds of the members of the Marion Planning Board Monday night: the zoning amendment put forth by Sherman Briggs. On September 18, the Marion Board of Selectmen allowed the last-minute addition to the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant of Briggs’ article proposing 10-foot setbacks in the Residence E zoning […] Read more »

Snow’s Pond “A Resource Worth Protecting”

It was late in the meeting when Michelle Kirby rose to address the commissioners during the October 2 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission. Kirby is the newly-appointed president of the newly-organized Snow’s Pond Association whose goal is the preservation and protection of the historic fresh water kettle pond. Kirby explained that in recent years […] Read more »