Another Burr Takes a Chair

            Tucker Burr was elected chairman by a 3-2 margin during the Marion Planning Board’s May 15 public meeting. It was the first meeting since former Chairman Norm Hills retired from the board, along with Chris Collings, whose term also expired this year.             Burr’s support came from Andrew Daniel and new member Ryan Burke. […] Read more »

Sippican a Happy Land

            Attending the May 10 Marion School Committee meeting remotely from Camp Burgess in Sandwich where she was with a Grade 6 field trip, Sippican Elementary School Principal Marla Sirois reported the kids were “having a fantastic time,” noting the noise in the background of her call.             May brought that time of year when […] Read more »

Land Trust Plan Gains Town Support

            Mike Huguenin, president of the Mattapoisett Land Trust, came before the Mattapoisett Select Board on May 23 to discuss and receive the support of the board for two unrelated initiatives.             The first was to discuss and approve conservation restrictions primarily for property recently acquired by the town and by other entities such as […] Read more »

Molly’s Cove Improvement Gets Push

            Molly’s Cove is traversed by Mattapoisett Neck Road with a culvert that is in dire need of improvement. The area has been studied for some time by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and in 2021 by the Woods Hole Group which developed several options for the roadway in a future world where overtopping and flooding […] Read more »

Three Projects Approved

            Laurence and Janet Reinhart received an Order of Conditions at the May 10 Marion Conservation Commission meeting, allowing the applicants to add new bay windows and a new door, landing and stairs, along with installation of a new masonry patio, removal and installation of a retaining wall, removal and replacement of an existing concrete […] Read more »

CWMP Will Cost Big Bucks

            Engineers Kent Nichols and Rebecca Mongada appeared on behalf of consulting firm Weston & Sampson at the Marion Select Board’s special meeting on Monday night at the Music Hall for a public hearing on the town’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP.)             While regionalizing sewer with the Town of Wareham lingers as an option, […] Read more »

Voters Back Exit from Green Communities

            Rochester’s Annual Town Meeting Monday decisively rescinded the town’s participation in the state’s Green Communities program and the town’s Stretch energy-efficiency-minded building codes that officials say are an overly expensive requirement of being a part of the Green Communities program.             When introducing town voters to Article 27, Select Board Chairman Woody Hartley explained […] Read more »

Murphy Wins Select Board Seat

Adam Murphy has unseated Woody Hartley on the Rochester Select Board, winning the May 24 election 845-673. After a recount of last year’s Select Board race, Murphy lost by one vote against incumbent Brad Morse. Murphy also ran against Hartley in 2020 and lost. Below are the Rochester Town Election unofficial results, as read shortly […] Read more »

Restoration Plan Anticipated

            Rochester’s Conservation Commission Tuesday gave the owner of property at 89 Box Turtle Drive a new ultimatum in the year-long dispute over the clearing of land too close to wetlands without a permit.             The commission approved giving owner Doug Rose until June 6 to provide an acceptable restoration plan without being fined for […] Read more »

Stricter Agenda for Agendas

            Rochester’s Board of Selectmen won’t find it as easy anymore to bring up topics on the spur of the moment in its meetings.             Town Administrator Glenn Cannon informed the board Monday that the new Town Counsel has said that from now on, every meeting topic must be on the agenda, no exceptions.             […] Read more »