Man Arraigned in Rochester Hit and Run

Darren C. Moran, 27, the suspect in a February 20 single-car crash near 144 North Avenue in Rochester that critically injured a pedestrian, was arraigned on Monday afternoon at Wareham District Court and was being held in custody pending $10,000 bail.             Charges include leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in injury […] Read more »

CPC Pans over Project Requests

            In an introductory tour of applications that will become the subject of more decisive scrutiny on February 26, the Marion Community Preservation Committee met on February 12 via Zoom to run through 10 Fiscal Year 2022 funding applications.             “The real discussion will be two weeks from now. Bring a lunch; it’s likely to […] Read more »

BOS Laments Vaccine Accessibility

            Members of the Rochester Board of Selectmen on February 16 expressed disappointment and frustration over the commonwealth’s dissemination of seemingly constantly changing COVID-19 information and the lack of vaccine availability to municipalities.             Selectboard Chairman Paul Ciaburri said the Emergency Management’s COVID-19 team has had to return to a weekly meeting schedule because, he […] Read more »

Water and Sewer Retained Earnings Discussed

            Before beginning his FY22 budget proposal presentation during the February 11 meeting of the Mattapoisett Finance Committee, Mattapoisett Water and Sewer Superintendent Henri Renauld responded to a question from Chairman Pat Donoghue about rate increases. “Every year you come before us with expenses around 2 percent, then suddenly there are rate increases. How do […] Read more »

Solar Project Deals with Bad Surprise

            The Old Middleboro Road Solar array project came up for discussion in the Rochester Conservation Commission meeting held on February 16. Though the project has already entered the construction phase, development has come to a halt after issues relating to the ancient way bordering the site were raised.             Austin Turner, representing the project, […] Read more »

Updated Floats Garner Favor

            Marion Conservation Commission member Jeff Doubrava recused himself from his commission role for his February 10 public hearing as an applicant in a Notice of Intent to improve access from 47 East Avenue to the waters of Planting Island Cove, Sippican Harbor, and Buzzards Bay for recreational boating, fishing, and swimming by removing the […] Read more »

Residential Density Limits Heading Down

            Two important matters were addressed on February 16 by the Marion Planning Board, and neither was a public hearing, but in order to get an article reducing the allowable density in the Multi-Family District from 12 units per acre to six, there will be a minimum of two public hearings.             The matter was […] Read more »

State Denies Marion’s Latest Request for Vaccine

            The Town of Marion was unable to acquire another 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for its residents this week after the commonwealth denied the town’s request for more doses to continue its effort to vaccinate those over age 75.             Public Health Nurse Lori Desmarais told the Marion Board of Health on February […] Read more »

As Vaccinations Begin, Uncertainty Remains High

            On February 10, the Mattapoisett Board of Health received the good news that COVID-19 vaccines had been distributed to the first group of 100 residents lucky enough to have their application drawn from the first pool.             Public Health Nurse Emily Field and soon-to-be-retired Public Health Nurse Amanda Stone reported that the town had […] Read more »

Small Frontage Poses Big Problem

            Walter Hartley had a hard time convincing the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals that it is safe to build a house on 15 acres of property with only 16 feet, 8 inches of frontage during the board’s February 11 meeting. Nonetheless, Case No. 1160 was continued with plans for a site visit last weekend. […] Read more »