Mattapoisett Fire Station Front and Center

            The Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen meeting held on April 23 was an opportunity for the community to hear a comprehensive presentation for the proposed new fire station.             Three presenters each took an aspect of the new construction project focusing on matters that will undoubtedly be aired when Town Meeting is asked to approve the spending […] Read more »

Tight Schedule Cuts Beach Street Hearing Short

            Disgruntled abutters to a project proposed for Beach Street left the Marion Planning Board meeting dissatisfied on April 16.             The late afternoon public hearing for a new subdivision was cut short due to a scheduling conflict with the Board of Selectmen brought on by the Monday holiday.             It was a packed agenda when the board […] Read more »

Confusion Causes Applicant to Withdraw

            With few other options for his conundrum, Mark Freitas, owner of 273 Snows Pond Road, withdrew his special permit application to allow two houses on one lot – an application that came before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on April 11 as a result of a complaint lodged by a tenant who was resentful […] Read more »

Converse Road Subdivision Must File NOI

            With no public hearings on April 10, the Marion Conservation Commission took the opportunity to discuss other agenda items.             The Zoning Board of Appeals sent a request for comment regarding a special permit application by 22 Cove Street LLC, which owns property located at 213 Converse Road, between Zora Road and Beach Street. The owners […] Read more »

Rochester Farms Solar Project Enters the Ring

            It isn’t often that the Rochester Conservation Commission has a light, uncomplicated agenda. But as sweet and easy as a spring breeze, that was the case when the commission met on April 16.             Coming before the commission with an Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation was SWEB Development USA, LLC for property located at 0 […] Read more »

No Support from Selectmen on TURF Ballot Question

            Town Meeting voters on May 13 will see two articles for two Proposition 2 ½ exemption questions slated for the ballot this Election Day – one to fund a new fire station, and one to fund Mattapoisett’s share of the $2 million ORR athletic field complex and auditorium project.             On April 12 the Mattapoisett Board […] Read more »

Church, DPW Join Scouts for Town Clean Up

            The Scouts and their volunteers won’t have to tackle the annual April town-wide cleanup on their own this year, now that the Marion Board of Selectmen on April 16 gave its informal blessing for volunteers from various Marion churches and organizations to join forces with the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the day.             George […] Read more »

Pickles Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Criminal Charges

            Ray Pickles pleaded not guilty to six charges of Larceny over $250 during his arraignment at the Plymouth County Superior Court in Brockton on Friday, April 12.             The 85-year-old Marion town clerk is facing criminal charges related to his former position as executive director of the Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District (CMWRRDD), and […] Read more »

Voters Reelect Morse for Selectman

            Selectman Brad Morse was reelected on April 10 for a fifth term on the Board of Selectmen, despite an apparent write-in campaign to elect Michael Murphy, a current Planning Board member and prior 2018 candidate for Board of Selectmen.             Murphy received 33 write-ins, which wasn’t enough to exceed Morse’s 230 votes.             “Thank you to the […] Read more »

BOH Moves to Ban Sale of Flavored Nicotine, Tobacco

            The Marion Board of Health has chosen May 7 to hold the public hearing on its proposed ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine delivery products, which would include flavored cigars and flavored liquids used in electronic vaping devices.              This amendment to the existing tobacco and nicotine regulation was conceived in 2016, but the board sent […] Read more »