Briggs Pulls Spring Street Project

            Longtime Marion-based developer Sherman Briggs called The Wanderer on October 21 to say he has pulled his application for a market-rate, residential development that he had been planning for Spring and Mill streets near the Brew Fish restaurant.             “I just got tired of the innuendos,” said Briggs, asserting that Planning Board members “had […] Read more »

Pathway Sees Slow Progress

            While the October 14 meeting of the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission did not offer updates on the Point Road multi-use path or open space maintenance, MOSAC Chairman John Rockwell took the opportunity to give listeners some backstory where it concerns certain aspects of the shared-use pathway that runs from Fairhaven into Mattapoisett and […] Read more »

More COVID-19 in October

            In her Public Health Director / Nurse Report to Tuesday’s meeting of the Marion Board of Health, Lori Desmarais said there are 41 active COVID-19 cases including 25 over the last two weeks.             There were 39 positive cases in Marion in September 30, but that number has risen to 53 so far into […] Read more »

Sippican Grateful for Safe Start

            In addressing the October 13 meeting Marion School Committee Vice-Chair Nichole Daniel thanked the Sippican School faculty and staff and Old Rochester Regional administration for its efforts in getting the 2021-22 academic year off to a safe and healthy start.             “We know that COVID isn’t going anywhere,” said Daniel, referencing a discussion earlier […] Read more »

Cases Pushed Down Road

The October 18 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board found the board handing out continuances, one extension, and a postponement.             On the postponement front, a draft of a new solar bylaw that the board had been working diligently to have prepared in time for the mandatory two rounds of public meetings before heading to […] Read more »

New Bike Path Section Remains on Hold

            For the Mattapoisett Bike Path Study Committee, it’s been a long 26 years of trying to work out all the moving parts associated with the construction of a multi-million-dollar bike path that will one day connect through Mattapoisett from Fairhaven to Marion.             Along the way there have been triumphs and setbacks, but the […] Read more »

House Additions Approved

            Two single-home extensions were granted special permits during the October 14 meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals.             Janvrin Demler applied for a Special Permit under Section 230-6.1c of the town’s zoning bylaws to allow the extension of an existing non-conforming residence at 80 Front Street.             Will Saltonstall of Saltonstall Architects, […] Read more »

Money Watchers Gear up for Town Meeting

            On October 14, Mattapoisett’s Finance Committee met to review the articles being prepared for the Special Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 8, at 6:00 pm at Old Rochester Regional High School.             The draft document contains 12 articles that will ask Town Meeting to consider spending some of and saving some of the […] Read more »

Voters Reject Zoning Change

            Developer Matt Zuker was visibly stunned by a night-ending 34-32 vote against a zoning change that would have paved the way for his proposed 48-unit residential development along Route 6 near the Wareham town line.             Article 13, the last of the October 19 Special Town Meeting at Sippican Elementary School, asked Marion voters […] Read more »

Solar at RMS Subject to Process

            Three of 13 warrant articles in the October 18 Rochester Special Town Meeting brought about substantial discussion from the floor, but only one article drew more than two negative votes while seven articles drew unanimous votes of approval.             The 46-4 vote in favor of Article 11, clearing the way for a solar canopy […] Read more »