Rochester History

Dear Friends,             We want to extend a sincere thank you to several people for their role in helping to make the town tour of Rochester possible for the third graders of Rochester Memorial School. Carol Hardy, Ann and Mike Cambra, Sharon and Woody Hartley, Lorraine Thompson, an anonymous donor, and the Friends of the Rochester […] Read more »

Gun Violence

To the Editor:             You have heard the statistics about deaths by gun violence. You have seen the stories in the news about school shootings; gun violence in churches, synagogues, and mosques; and everyday killings and suicides in every town across the United States. People are wearing orange and speaking out on National Gun Violence Awareness […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Cemetery Board of Trustees

To the Editor:             The Mattapoisett Cemetery Board of Trustees would like to thank the residents of Mattapoisett for approving the monies needed to finish our fencing project. With this grant, we will be able to sand, repair, and paint the antique fence, gates, and the small private plots that you see when you first drive […] Read more »

Annual Rochester Town Meeting

To the Editor:             The Annual Rochester Town Meeting on May 20thwas a spectacle that highlighted the worst of ill-equipped local government and mob rule in the Tri-Town. After waiting over three hours to share from my unique experience on the most controversial topic of the night, the “Restore ORR” proposal, I was not allowed to […] Read more »

8th Annual Touch a Truck

To the Editor:             The Marion Recreation Department would like to sincerely thank the many organizations and partners that helped make our 8th Annual Touch a Truck event on Saturday a great success. Members of various departments including Marion Police, Fire/EMS, Harbormaster, and DPW were all present and brought equipment and trucks to this great community […] Read more »

Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path

To the Editor:             Friends of Bike Path ask Town residents to attend Town Meeting on May 13th and support all Town Meeting Articles that impact road and safety infrastructure. Road networks must be upgraded periodically to meet economic, environmental, and safety conditions that arise every 20 to 50 years. Design work must be done first […] Read more »

RestoreORR Project

To the Editor:             I am writing in support of the RestoreORR project.  As President of the Friends of Old Rochester Drama, I would like to thank Hal Rood and the other members of the subcommittee for spearheading this plan. I can certainly attest to the needs of the lighting and sound updates that are so badly […] Read more »

ORR Restoration

To the Editor:             Along with public safety, education is the primary responsibility of any community. As a conversation with any college or university admissions officer will confirm, extra-curricular activities such as drama and athletics, are pivotal components of this education. They provide real-world experience in team work, self-sacrifice, problem solving, resiliency, and sportsmanship. These experiences, […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Fire Station

To the Editor:             In 1957 I was eleven years old. The Mattapoisett Fire Station was just six years old. We were both youngsters. Now we are both old. Neither of us can do what we once could. I can’t, for example, run to the fire station if the fire horn were to blow.             In those […] Read more »

Marion Town Meeting

To the Editor:             On May 13th Marion Town Meeting votes on three FY 2020 annual budgets totaling $29.1 million: Town operating budget $23.7 million funded by taxes; and the two enterprise funds funded by user fees: sewer $3.1 Million and water $2.2 million.              The sewer and water budgets reflect an increase of 5.79% and 2.13% […] Read more »