Gonsalves Resigns as Selectmen

Marion Selectman Steve Gonsalves submitted a letter of resignation from the Board of Selectmen on Friday, February 22, a sudden move that Board of Selectmen Chairman Jody Dickerson said took him by surprise. In his letter of resignation dated February 21, Gonsalves wrote only one sentence: “I hereby tender my resignation as Selectman for the […] Read more »

Hills Calls Out Fellow Selectman’s Accusations

Selectman Norm Hills fired back at fellow Selectman Steve Gonsalves on February 20 and called Gonsalves out for inciting a shouting match during the February 6 Marion Board of Selectmen meeting when Gonsalves accused Town Administrator Paul Dawson and the two other selectmen of inappropriately excluding him from the Department of Public Works interim supervisor […] Read more »

RMS Approved for Dental Program

A dental care program that Rochester Memorial School Nurse Ellen Murphy proposed to the Rochester School Committee last month was approved on February 15. Beginning this year, RMS students will be offered dental care by Mass Smiles, a program that will visit the school every six months and provide dental care such as screenings, cleanings, […] Read more »

Fate of Solar Farm Still Cloudy

The Rochester Planning Board closed the public hearing for large-scale solar developer Borrego Solar Systems for its proposed solar project at 453 Rounseville Road at the corner of Mendell Road, and although the project is nearing the finish line and is poised for approval, Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson reminded everyone on February 13 that […] Read more »

Board Returns to Routine Business

After months of interesting topics like menthol cigarette bans and marijuana on the agenda, the Marion Board of Health on February 13 returned to more mundane issues with three public hearings for septic system variances. David Davignon representing 12 North Drive was requesting relief from a second mandatory percolation test in the form of a […] Read more »

Mendoza Loses Appeal, Threatens Lawsuit

Wellspring Farm’s biggest foe, next door neighbor to 42 Hiller Road Cathy Mendoza, had her appeal to the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals to overturn the Planning Board’s Site Plan Review denied on February 8. When the continued public hearing was opened, Mendoza suggested the ZBA table the discussion for now, claiming that the Board […] Read more »

Towns in a Pickle Over Trash

Town officials from Marion, Wareham, and Carver have a sour taste in their mouths over the pickle in which the three towns now find themselves pertaining to the current state of its private collective trash entity and the uncertain future of trash collection. Ray Pickles, a man ubiquitously well known in Marion for his current […] Read more »

Mattapoisett COA Unveils Survey Results

While many people were enjoying sun and fun last summer, members of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging Board of Directors were busy distributing and tabulating the results of a survey designed to gauge community engagement and the needs of an aging population. Rachel McGourthy, chairman of the COA Board of Directors, flanked by Jackie Coucci, […] Read more »

Moratorium Passes Easily in Mattapoisett

One hundred and six voters attended the February 12 Special Town Meeting in Mattapoisett, with 102 of them supporting a temporary moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments in the seaside community. The Special Town Meeting was arranged by the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen after several Planning Board hearings found that voters had concerns […] Read more »

Board Hashes Out Marijuana Moratorium

Marijuana has created a buzz in Marion, and a Special Town Meeting slated for February 15 at 6:45 pm at Sippican School will give Marion voters a chance to support or oppose an article to place a temporary moratorium on adult-use marijuana establishments in their town. On February 5, the Marion Planning Board held its […] Read more »