Text Message Clinches Playground Approval

            It took a telephone call from the parking lot of Old Colony Regional Vocational-Technical High School to get the Rochester Planning Board to endorse the relocation of the Countryside Child Care Center playground at Plumb Corner.             Board Chairman Arnold Johnson told consulting engineer Brian Walsh that the one obstacle holding up his approval […] Read more »

Shipyard Park at Center of Conflict

            Midway through their May 24 meeting, the Mattapoisett Select Board heard from members of the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club regarding issues they have experienced in working with the Mattapoisett Lions Club during Harbor Days. Representing the MWC were Sandy Hering and Lois Ennis. Although the Lions were invited to attend and discuss matters, no one […] Read more »

Marina Drive Damage Mounting

During the May 23 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, residents of Marina Drive were asked to attend and discuss drainage piping they plan to install.             The residents said they have been struggling for years with drainage problems in and around Marina Drive, a private roadway. Several residents said numerous calls to Town Hall […] Read more »

Tree Fund, Perry’s Lane Project Voted Down

Editor’s Note: On Page 18 of the May 26 Wanderer “Rochester Town Meeting,” the approved FY23 operating budget was incorrectly reported. The correct number approved by voters was $24,174,626. The report also incorrectly implied FY22 and FY23 salary figures for Town Accountant Suzanne Szyndlar and Building Commissioner Carl Bizarro. The figures discussed on Town Meeting […] Read more »

Plumb Corner Drainage Pipe Approved

The Rochester Conservation Commission Tuesday night allowed the Village at Plumb Corner senior housing development to make a slight change in its stormwater drainage design after a debate over whether the move would require a more complicated amended Notice of Intent and a new hearing cycle.             The original plan was to clean out a […] Read more »

Split Rock Lane to be Repaired

On May 16, the Mattapoisett Planning Board took up the matter of roadway conditions at Split Rock Lane inside the Preserve at Bay Club property.             During the April 5 meeting of the board, members heard from residents of the development that the roadway was deteriorating. Hugh Rowlett of 32 Split Rock Lane said he […] Read more »

Schools Troubled by Consolidation Timeline

            The UMass Boston Collins Center for Public Management sent representative Heather Michaud to present an introduction of the center’s facilities study to Monday night’s public meeting of the Mattapoisett School Committee.             A recent downward trend in student enrollment in the Tri-Towns, coupled together with Mattapoisett’s budgetary challenges, has sparked interest among town officials […] Read more »

Energy Aggregate Caught in a Stall

The Rochester Select Board got some bad news Monday night regarding the energy-bill-lowering Energy Aggregate Plan created at the approval of the 2019 Annual Town Meeting. The town’s energy consultant, John O’Rourke, told the board that three years after that vote the state has yet to fully approve the town’s money-saving plan.             If approved, […] Read more »

Town Set to Tackle CWMP

            The first informational meeting to dig into Marion’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) will be held on Monday, May 23, at 6:00 pm, at the Music Hall.             Kent Nichols Jr. of Weston & Sampson, Inc. gave the Marion Select Board a preview of what is to come during Tuesday night’s Select Board meeting. […] Read more »

Three More Years for Collyer

Mattapoisett’s native son, Jordan Collyer, held his seat on the Select Board during the May 17 Town Election with a 750-196 landslide victory over challenger Donald LaMarr.             “I love this job,” said Collyer. “I want my children to have what I had growing up here.”             The Select Board member thanked LaMarr for running […] Read more »