Harding Family Donates Playground ‘Whirl’

            The Rochester School Committee on June 6 graciously accepted the donation of a playground whirl presented by the Harding family on behalf of their daughter, Chloe Harding.             Chloe, a Rochester Memorial School second-grader, passed away on February 17 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.             Chloe’s mother, Lindsay, formally presented the donation to the […] Read more »

Schools Reflect on First Year of 5-Year Plan

            Superintendent Doug White gave a mid-cycle review of the Tri-Town schools’ five-year strategic plan, summarizing all that has occurred according to the plan’s timeline and what is still to come as year two starts in September.             On June 4, White went over each of the goals of the strategic plan – 21stcentury learning, social-emotional learning, […] Read more »

Tree Spared the Ax

No one can say that Mattapoisett doesn’t try its best to protect and defend trees, especially those that are on town property or public easements. That truth was demonstrated on June 3 when the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room filled for the continued public hearing of the Form C Definitive Subdivision application filed by Scott […] Read more »

Electricity Aggregation to Begin in 2020

            The process to save Rochester residents money on their electric bills through a community electricity aggregation program approved at the May 20 Town Meeting is moving forward, and residents should expect to see results come January 2021.             John O’Rourke of Good Energy updated the Board of Selectmen on June 3 on what is to come […] Read more »

Historic Long Wharf Repairs Coming

            During the May 30 meeting of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board (MAB), members were starting to smile as they heard from Chairman Carlos DaSousa that Long Wharf repairs have not been forgotten.             The condition of the historic wharf, built in the 1800’s at the height of the boat building era, has been a concern for […] Read more »

BOS Carefully Considers ZBA Candidates

Candidates seeking reappointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals were back for another round of interviews on June 4 before the Marion Board of Selectmen who is exercising diligence in its search to appoint one new full member and one new associate member.             The board is considering the interest of three candidates: Ethan Gerber, William […] Read more »

Beach Access, Boat Insurance, Shellfish Regs

            All things related to recreating in and around the fair shores of Mattapoisett were discussed when the Board of Selectmen met on June 4.             During his report Town Administrator Mike Gagne said that, given the uptick in questions to town hall about whether or not the beach and parking area at the end of Reservation […] Read more »

2019 Keel Awards

            The Wandereris pleased to announce that we are soliciting nominations for our 26thannual “WandererKeel Awards.” The yearly community service honor, presented to one Tri-Town resident from each of the three central towns in our circulation area, will be announced in our July 25 edition, and each winner will be the subject of a short feature […] Read more »

Residents Challenge ORR to Address Racism

            Barbara Sullivan and Danielle Lopes have more in common than their darker skin tones. The two spoke before the Old Rochester Regional School Committee on May 22 to talk about young people they love very much who have experienced racial discrimination at a young age in their own community – the Tri-Town community.             “I grew […] Read more »

ZBA Seeks to Increase Fees

            The cost to file an application with the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) might soon increase slightly.             The ZBA discussed its desire to increase fees, with Chairman David Arancio stating on May 23 that research shows Rochester’s fees are amongst some of the lowest in the area.             The current fee to file for a […] Read more »