ZBA Has Temporary Support

            The July 11 meeting of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals featured the news that its administrative assistant, Andreia Lacerda, is also the new executive assistant to the town administrator and the Select Board.             Lacerda started at her new job on July 5, replacing long-time Select Board administrative assistant Amanda Baptiste who resigned […] Read more »

Library Space Has Plan in Place

            The Elizabeth Taber Library is getting more than an interior facelift, it’s getting a five-year improvement plan after the Marion Select Board enthusiastically endorsed the effort of the Spatial Planning Project Committee as presented by its chair, Kyle Pardo.             As Pardo explained by reading a prepared statement, the committee formed in 2020 and […] Read more »

Three Subdivision Plans Heard

            On July 15, the Mattapoisett Planning Board tied up loose ends on two subdivision plans and authorized a third being heard for the first time.             Returning to the board was Andy Stackpole of Field Engineering, representing William Maxfield, who plans a two-lot subdivision off Harbor Acres Lane. The plan includes the use of […] Read more »

Fire Station Gets Designer

            Rochester’s Select Board Monday endorsed the town’s Public Safety Building Committee’s July 8 vote to hire Catalyst Architecture, Yarmouth Port, to design plans for a new main Fire Station on Pine Street, utilizing $28,000 of unused funds from the town’s Feasibility Study account.             A Feasibility Study Committee organized last year by the Select […] Read more »

Designer Officially on Board

Rochester’s Public Safety Building Committee Monday approved hiring Yarmouth Port-based Catalyst Architecture to design plans for a new main Fire Station on Pine Street, utilizing $28,000 of unused funds from the town’s Feasibility Study account.             A Feasibility Study Committee organized last year by the Select Board looked into a potentially three-pronged upgrade to the […] Read more »

ORR Puts Money Where Its Math Is

Old Rochester Regional Superintendent of Schools Mike Nelson said Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Dr. Shari Fedorowicz had to move quickly to prepare a presentation to the June 12 public meeting of the ORR School Committee.             The resultant FY24 vote enacted approval of a $105,000 grant for investment in the Amplify Desmos Math […] Read more »

Plant Project Waiting on DEP

Asked during Tuesday’s public meeting by Mattapoisett River Valley Water District Commission member Nick Nicholson to characterize the overall progress of the long-awaited filtering-systems upgrade at the Mattapoisett Water Treatment Plant, Tata & Howard engineer Jon Gregory indicated that the MRV is waiting on the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.             “As soon as we […] Read more »

Water Access Worries Aired

Coming before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on July 9 was Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering, representing applicant Daniel McCarthy for a Notice of Intent filing. The continued public meeting brought out several property owners.             The scope of the project located at 12, 14, 16 and 18 Ocean View Avenue is rather straightforward, to replace […] Read more »

Tavares Appreciated in Sendoff

            In recognition of retiring Old Hammondtown School Principal Kevin Tavares, Mattapoisett School Committee Chairperson Carly Lavin prepared the following remarks publicly read during the June 13 meeting of the committee:             “As you approach the culmination of what can only be described as an illustrious, three-decade journey in the Mattapoisett School District, I find […] Read more »

Road Construction Committee Tabled

The July 9 meeting of the Mattapoisett Select Board was a bit bumpy, as discussion resumed in the matter of selecting residents to be seated on the new village roadway committee.             When the agenda item was heard, Select Board member Jodi Bauer said that no more than three people should be appointed to the […] Read more »