New Member Joins Old Colony School Committee

The Rochester Board of Selectmen held a brief special meeting last Thursday, April 26, to appoint two Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District School Committee members and handle a few small agenda items. The selectmen, during the joint meeting with the Old Colony R.V.T.H.S. District Committee, re-appointed Shirley Bourque as a committee member […] Read more »

Bituminous Plant Receives Extension

On May 1, after years of appeals and one last review of relevant documents, the owners of the planned Kings Highway bituminous plant received an extension to an expired Order of Conditions from the Rochester Conservation Commission. The proposed project is planned for a five-acre site on Kings Highway with the regulated area being construction […] Read more »

Selectmen Honor Marion’s Best

Three men, three awards. The Marion Board of Selectmen on May 1 honored three men in Town and presented them with awards, as Selectmen Chairman Jody Dickerson acknowledged that this was his final meeting as a selectman. Dickerson started by presenting longtime Council on Aging employee Paul Garib with the board’s first ever Chairman Award. […] Read more »

Silvershell Beach is Going ‘Gaga’

Ever heard of ‘gaga ball?’ If not, you’re not alone because neither had the Marion Conservation Commission until aspiring Eagle Scout Jackson Saint Don on April 25 proposed installing a gaga ball pit at Silvershell Beach for his Eagle Scout project. “Is Lady Gaga gonna come play?” asked Conservation Commission Chairman Cynthia Callow. “No? Never […] Read more »

BOH Wants to Control Homegrown Marijuana

The Marion Board of Health wants to regulate and require a permit for private residents to grow recreational marijuana at home, and it approved the draft regulation during its April 24 meeting. The board has been under the advisement of its casual consultant, Cheryl Sbarra from the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, on possible municipal […] Read more »

Board Wants Stricter Solar Bylaw

The Rochester Planning Board has some upgrades it wants to add to the Town’s solar bylaw, and on April 24 board members discussed the best ways to go about bolstering the bylaw and making it a bit more restrictive. At the top of the list, the board wants to impose a 300-foot setback from any […] Read more »

New Housing Proposed Off Route 6

On April 23, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission began the process of reviewing a multi-structure project proposed off Marion Road/Route 6 by Stingray City Realty Corporation, William Bachant, for a parcel owned by Rahim Aghai. Representing the applicant in the Notice of Intent hearing was Robert Rego, River Hawk Environmental, who presented the project described as […] Read more »

Addition Approved For Ailing Patriarch

For one family, the April 18 meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals was like a Christmas morning, waking up to find you received what you had been dreaming of. Representing the 6R North Street Nominee Trust, Thomas Dugan, was Doug Schneider of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc. as they sought a Special […] Read more »

911 Transition On Track for May

The Town’s new regionalized 911 emergency response system will likely be online before the May 21 Annual Town Meeting, expected to start on May 15 as the newest participant in the Regional Old Colony Communications Center in Duxbury. In preparation for the switchover, ROCCC dispatchers have gone on over 20 ‘ride-alongs’ with Rochester officers to […] Read more »

Arrest Made in Stabbing Incident

On 04/27/2018, Mattapoisett Police arrested Cory Furtado, 18 years old of Acushnet. Mr. Furtado was arrested at his residence with the assistance of the Acushnet Police Department. Furtado is charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and attempted murder for the stabbing that occurred on Tuesday, April 24, at the Ned’s Point lighthouse. […] Read more »