Grant Applications Reviewed

Mattapoisett’s Community Preservation Act Committee met on January 31 to interview three applicants for CPA grant funding. These three groups were given the opportunity to present their requests, submit additional documentation and address questions poised to them by the committee in advance of the presentations.             The Mattapoisett Christian Church, better known as the Mattapoisett […] Read more »

Murphy Denied Expansion Permits

            For decades, Murphy’s Auto Salvage has been doing business on County Road in Rochester. On January 26, the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals heard from abutters how difficult it is to live next to the salvage business. The abutters were seeking denial of two special permits requested by Murphy to expand his trucking business […] Read more »

Long Wharf Plans Still Pending

The January 26 meeting of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board found the members once again hearing that final construction plans are still pending for Long Wharf.             A previous joint meeting with the town’s consultant, Childs Engineering, and the Select Board sent Childs on a mission to obtain more material-cost estimates, primarily for stone, as […] Read more »

Town Counsel Announces Resignation

            On January 27, the Rochester Select Board convened primarily for a Tax Classification Hearing to determine if a single tax rate would stay in place for FY23. After completing that work, the board heard from Blair Bailey, the town’s legal counselor for more than 20 years.             Bailey said he was saddened to announce […] Read more »

More Solar Discussed at Benson Brook

            Bill Saltonstall has an idea for that ugly patch of land across the parking lot from Marion’s Wastewater Treatment Plant that had been briefly considered but quickly scrapped as a potential site for the town’s new Department of Public Works operations center: a solar farm.             In sharing with Monday night’s regular public meeting […] Read more »

Land Trust Supports Old Slough Road Upgrade

            A public meeting was held by the Mattapoisett Select Board on Tuesday night to hear residents’ comments regarding the proposed improvements to Old Slough Road on Angelica Point.             Coming before the board was Mike Huguenin of the Mattapoisett Land Trust to share the trust’s position regarding the importance of the ancient way. He […] Read more »

Alves’ Actions Inspire

            Marion School Committee Chairperson April Nye opened the committee’s January 11 public meeting with recognition of 10-year-old Sippican Elementary School student Davin Alves, whose hard work on behalf of the United Way of New Bedford raised nearly $1,000 used to buy food for needy people during the holiday season.             “Thank you!” said Alves, […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Boatyard Clears ConCom

            During the January 23 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, the owners of the Mattapoisett Boat Yard and Brandt Cove Marina, David and Ned Kaiser, finished providing details for two projects on the agenda.             The first project heard was a Notice of Intent filing for the boatyard located on Ned’s Point Road. That […] Read more »

Residential Dock Cleared for Repairs

            Thomas Bowler was voted an Order of Conditions to conduct maintenance repairs to his 165-foot existing timber dock at 17 Moorings Road.             Meeting on January 11, the Marion Conservation Commission heard from Ben Foley of Foth, who represented Bowler with a presentation indicating plans to replace the “structural elements” supporting the residential, licensed […] Read more »

Speed Reductions a Slow Process

            The Town of Marion’s plan to reduce overall driving speed limits on all local roads from 30 miles per hour to 25 (unless otherwise posted) will take time to implement, Department of Public Works engineer Meghan Davis reported during the Marion Select Board’s January 18 public meeting.             The plan, the product of meetings […] Read more »