Rochester PD Facebook “Weekly Wanted”


Rochester Police made their first arrest resulting from “Weekly Wanted” postings on the departments Facebook page. Early this morning Rochester Police Officer Adam Brightman teamed up with detectives from New Bedford Police in and effort to arrest 23-year-old Tristian Botelho. The officers conducted surveillance on a residence on Chancery Street in New Bedford and observed […] Read more »

Rodents, Hazards Found in Elderly Residence


Convening for an emergency meeting, selectmen on April 18 met with members of the Fire Department with concerns over the “deplorable” conditions of a home located at 3 Rose Cottage Lane. Building Commissioner Scott Shippey, also an on-call firefighter, told selectmen about the condition of the interior of the house when firefighters responded to a […] Read more »

Uncertainty Over FEMA Flood Plain


Board members on April 22 voted to continue the public hearing to discuss an amendment to a section of the Town Flood Plain District By-Law pertaining to the process of granting special permits for proposed work within a flood zone. Board member Ben Bailey has maintained that the new FEMA flood maps are arbitrary and […] Read more »

Solar Clarifications Ready for Town Meeting


Two Public Hearings were held back to back on two minor changes to the Solar Bylaw passed by the town at town meeting last fall.  The board voted on a second line in the footnote section of the Table of Principal Use Regulations which clarifies legal definitions of the words ‘solar garden’ and ‘solar systems’.  […] Read more »

FinCom Asks Probing Questions


As Mattapoisett’s Finance Committee nears the end of its hard work preparing for the spring town meeting, they met on April 9 with various department heads to ask questions pertinent to capital funding requests. First up was John DeSousa, Chairman of the Community Preservation Committee. As he had done at the selectmen’s meeting the night […] Read more »

River Road Repaving Discussed


A Notice of Intent filed by the Town of Marion, c/o Department of Public Works, to rehabilitate River Road in order to improve roadway infrastructure and roadway safety, brought four residents of the road in for comments at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission. Shawn Sida and Magdalin Lotsteolt of CDM Smith […] Read more »

Good Friday Debate Gets Heated


Backlash from the Joint School Committee decision to make Good Friday a regular school day made its way to Mattapoisett on April 14. Mattapoisett School Committee Chairman James Higgins kicked off the discussion by making it clear that he now has second thoughts about the calendar change in light of the public discourse, reading a […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Warrant


Selectmen approved the Rochester Special Town Meeting warrant on April 14, which features two articles. The first article is for reserve fund transfers to cover bills from prior years and any other unpaid bills that might come before the May 19 meeting, and the second article pertains to the acceptance of a new law surrounding […] Read more »

Bomb Scare Leads to Drug Stash


On April 15, 2014 at 8:19AM, the Marion Police Department responded to the Lockheed-Martin facility, off Route 6 in Marion, for a suspicious package found at the rear of one of the parking areas. A witness reported that a vehicle had pulled into the lot and a young male had left the vehicle with a […] Read more »

Solar Project at Landfill Moving Forward


After a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Marion Board of Selectmen opened their meeting on Tuesday evening with a full agenda. First up was an appointment with the Marion Energy Management Committee for a review of a draft Request for Proposal for a community solar garden […] Read more »