BOH Against Mask Mandate, Selects New Agent

            Mattapoisett’s Board of Health voted to offer the open position of Board of Health agent to Gail Joseph, currently employed as an inspector with the City of New Bedford Health Department. Chairman Carmelo Nicolosi said, “She stands out,” compared to other applicants’ qualifications. He said that Joseph has six years working in New Bedford […] Read more »

Horace Field to be Honored

            During the August 26 meeting of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board, Harbormaster Jamie McIntosh asked the members to weigh in on a proposal to posthumously honor longtime harbormaster Horace Field by naming the department’s boat after him.             McIntosh said that Field has been responsible for “bringing income” to the town in the form […] Read more »

Officials: Towns Control ORR Stabilization Fund

            As Heather Burke, acting chairperson for the Old Rochester Regional School Committee, summarized four significant changes proposed by the school district to the agreement with the tri-towns, Marion’s Finance Committee only had eyes for the fourth of those changes.             Meeting in an August 25 joint session with the town’s Select Board and tri-town […] Read more »

Back to Classroom Basics

            As member Tiffini Reedy noted in welcoming back Mattapoisett Schools Principal Rose Bowman, the Mattapoisett School Committee’s Monday night meeting was one of celebration on the eve of an opening day of the 2021-22 academic year.             The mood was enhanced by anticipation of starting the school year with Mattapoisett students in the classroom. […] Read more »

ORR Tackles Masking Questions

            The 2020-21 school year was just ending when the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in concert with the state Department of Public Health, essentially told public school districts to scrap prior guidelines that had been advising superintendents to plan for a more normal 2021-22.             While the Delta variant of COVID-19 hasn’t […] Read more »

ZBA Grants Variance, Special Permit

            Two lengthy applications met with positive judgments from the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals, which met on August 26 at Town Hall. The public hearings, both continued, involved scrutinized presentations of revised plans.             Mark Woodward Jr. appeared before the ZBA to better establish the hardship that would qualify him for consideration of the […] Read more »

Vaccination Clinic Set for September 8

            The Rochester Board of Selectmen needed only seven minutes of executive session at the beginning of their Monday night meeting to discuss non-union personnel negotiations.             Once open session began, it quickly became open season in town, as a sleepy summer gives way to a busy slate of activities.             In her Town Administrator’s […] Read more »

DEP Upholds Aucoot Road Decision

            Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chair Mike King announced on August 23 that the state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a superseding Order of Conditions for Notice of Intent applicant Robert Malm, affirming the commission’s decision to approve the project and issue it an Order of Conditions.             Malm first came before the commission on […] Read more »

Barrows Voted onto JSC

The Mattapoisett School Committee met on Monday night for the sole purpose of filling a vacancy on the Superintendency Union #55 side of the Old Rochester Regional Joint School Committee and wasted no time in voting Karin Barrows as its representative to the JSC.             “Thank you very much for stepping forward,” said Mattapoisett School […] Read more »

Rochester Halts Update to Masking Requirements

            The August 18 meeting of the Rochester Board of Health found Glenn Lawrence and Chairman David Souza on one side of updating masking requirements in the community, and member Sarah Eby, Public Health Nurse Connie Dolan, and Health Director Karen Walega urging stronger language.             The discussion became more of a debate on the […] Read more »