Codification Would Vet, Update and Unlock a ‘Wealth of Information’

Article 6 of the warrant for Rochester’s November 16 Special Town Meeting won’t be the most expensive, but its benefits may outlast those of the other eight articles that have been approved by the Rochester Board of Selectmen and the town’s Finance Committee.             The final votes to those approvals took place during the selectmen’s joint […] Read more »

SRPEDD Outlines Housing Production Plan Process

            Eric Arbeene, principal comprehensive planner with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), was on conference call with members of the Marion Affordable Housing Trust, who met on Tuesday night at the Music Hall to discuss the process that will culminate with a five-year update of the town’s Housing Production Plan.             […] Read more »

Drought Poses Challenges to Regional Water Watchdogs

            In his operations update for the regional water-treatment plant, Henri Renauld said, “It’s been really nice to get through these windstorms and not get all our primaries (high-voltage electrical wires) blown down.”             Renauld noted that age is a factor with such equipment in his October 13 update to members of the Mattapoisett River […] Read more »

Old Middleboro Road Solar Shut Down Pending New Application

            The Rochester Planning Board met on October 13 to address certain conflicts that have been raised surrounding work being done on the Old Middleboro Road Solar Project. On a visit to the site, Town Planner Steven Starrett discovered that the construction group tasked with completing the project has been following a set of plans […] Read more »

Restaurant Facing Non-Compliance Hearing

            With an increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at both the state and local level, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen believes it is their responsibility to protect the residents of the community. To that end, responding to complaints that a local eatery was not complying with state guidelines, a public hearing was […] Read more »

COVID-19 Cases Confirmed at Sippican School

            Old Rochester Regional School District Superintendent Mike Nelson, Marion Town Administrator Jay McGrail, and Marion Board of Health Chairperson Dr. Edward Hoffer reported positive cases of COVID-19 at Sippican School in Marion on October 12 and 13.             Tuesday’s press release stated that it is believed that the two cases are unrelated. On both […] Read more »

Immunization Planning, Restaurant Rating System Discussed

            Speaking to the issue of providing COVID-19 immunization, public health nurses Amanda Stone and Emily Field said distribution systems are not yet in place. This and other pandemic-related matters were discussed when the Mattapoisett Board of Health met on September 30.             Stone said that it’s unclear at this time what the process and […] Read more »

Abutters Abundant in Case of New Horse Farm

            On June 30 Lexington residents Carol and Ross Speer bought 6.03 acres of land at 66 Burgess Avenue, where daughter Katie Speer now lives and hopes to soon operate a business there, teaching children how to ride horses.             Since the land is zoned according to residential and agricultural categories, raising, training, and boarding […] Read more »

Freetown Looking to Join Old Colony Family

            The possibility that Freetown will join the Old Colony Regional Vocational-Technical School district was discussed by the Rochester Board of Selectmen during its October 5 hybrid meeting.             All three selectmen, Chairman Paul Ciaburri, Vice Chairman Brad Morse, and Clerk Woody Hartley attended a meeting held at Old Colony’s Rochester campus, along with Finance […] Read more »

RMS Balanced in Numbers, Buoyed by Team Effort

            The amount of detail it has taken public schools to safely open to hundreds of students, to educate and feed them, and find time and energy for professional development is staggering so it’s no wonder those attending the Rochester School Committee’s October 1 hybrid meeting either in person or via Zoom were brimming with […] Read more »