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Follow boat waste pump-out procedure in Mattapoisett
MATTAPOISETT — Harbormaster Jill Simmons has advised boat owners to follow procedure when using the town’s boat pump-out station. The station is located at the Town Dock under the swordfish weathervane. It is free to use on a self-service basis from...
Rochester, Mattapoisett hold hazardous waste collection day
ROCHESTER — About 30 to 40 cars lined up at the Rochester Highway Department on 200 Ryder Lane by 9 a.m. to dispose of materials at the Town’s hazardous waste collection day on Saturday, July 27. “You don’t want this stuff to end up in the...
Food, games, merchandise come to Marion’s Main Street
MARION — Volunteers brought food, games, and merchandise to Main Street in Marion to help fundraise for The First Congregational Church on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's annual summer fair featured a food court, carnival-...
Kids reach for the stars with space banners
MATTAPOISETT — After some inspiration from Art Lab Director Benares Angeley, children ages four through ten used their imaginations to create outer space-themed banners out of fabric and various art supplies at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library...
Listening devices installed at Marion Town House
MARION — New assisted listening devices for those who are hearing impaired have been installed at the Marion Town House. The new system from Listen Technologies has four receivers that can be used with earbuds and headphones, and will be available...
Rochester man seeks permit for firearms and tactical training area
ROCHESTER — Steven Morrell, of Fox Den Solutions, appeared before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals for a special permit to create a range backstop and place a Conex storage container on his property for firearms and tactical training Thursday,...
Trailer flips in Marion, no injuries
MARION — Around 1:15 p.m. a truck driver pulling a trailer with cars on it attempted to make a left turn off Spring Street onto Route 6. In the process, the driver flipped the trailer attached to the truck. There were no injuries in the July 24...
Marion Fire Department receives drinking water donation
MARION — The Marion Fire Department received 288 cases of drinking water from Anheuser-Busch on Tuesday, July 23 as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to keep firefighters across the country hydrated during training and while responding to...
Open meeting law in the age of social media
MARION — Social media can make for an easy violation of the open meeting law, Marion committee members learned Tuesday. Town Administrator Jay McGrail invited Town Counsel Barbara Huggins Carboni to present on the law on July 23, after the town got...
Toto the ‘tornado cat’ visits Plumb Library
ROCHESTER — Children at Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library were visited by an unlikely pair of guests. A paramedic, turned children’s author and a cat who survived a tornado, walks on a leash, and became the topic of two books shared their story at...
Budget OK gives Marion COA money
Dean of the Senate Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) announced Monday, July 222 that the Massachusetts Legislature passed its Fiscal Year 2020 budget, including provisions that give money to the Marion Council on Aging. The budget provides $130,000 for...
Library to host cooking demonstration
MATTAPOISETT — Join chef Liz Barbour at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a discussion and cooking class using an instant pot. Barbour will demonstrate two recipes. Following her demonstration, she...
Wareham assistant harbormaster offered Mattapoisett position
MATTAPOISETT — Mattapoisett Selectmen on Monday offered Jamie McIntosh, Wareham’s Assistant Deputy Director in the Department of Natural Resources, the town Harbormaster position. Mattapoisett recently elected to make its harbormaster position full-...
Mattapoisett taps Wareham man as harbormaster
MATTAPOISETT — Selectmen on Monday offered Jamie McIntosh, Wareham’s Assistant Deputy Director in the Department of Natural Resources, the town Harbormaster position. The town recently elected to make the harbormaster position full-time. Current...
Marion alters recycling schedule for July, August
MARION — Due to the truck failure last week, the following changes have been made to the curbside recycling collection for the month of August, until Waste Management takes over in September. Wednesday, July 24, will be curbside recycling collection...
Marion lifeguards keep up with training
MARION — On Thursday, July 18 the Marion Recreation Department Lifeguards conducted a training drill at Silvershell Beach. Each week the lifeguards conduct weekly training drills throughout the summer season. This particular drill was conducted with...
Marion changes location of Harbormaster’s office
MARION — Effective Monday, July 22, the Harbormaster's Office at the Marion Town House will now be located in the rear of the building in the former Council on Aging office. All Harbormaster-related business as well as all privilege stickers, guest...
Sippican Lands Trust to host bird walk
MARION — The Sippican Lands Trust and the Nasketucket Bird Club are pairing up to offer a Summer Bird Walk around Marion on Saturday, July 27 starting at 9 a.m. from the Island Wharf parking lot in Marion. The trip will be led by Justin Barrett,...
Plumb Library to host art, science activities
ROCHESTER — The Joseph H. Plumb Memorial library will encourage children to get involved in music and science with its August programs. On two Tuesdays in August Rochester Memorial School teachers will visit Plumb library with activities for...
Tri-town businesses out in force for Harbor Days
MATTAPOISETT — To get funache, pick up a specially-bred daylily, and discuss a custom piece of furniture with John Nadeau of JNJ Woodworking, a customer would normally need to cross town lines. Not so at Mattapoisett’s Harbor Days, which brought a...
Crafts, food, entertainment continue through heat wave
MATTAPOISETT — Despite temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, celebrations at Harbor Days continued for the seventh straight day with a craft fair featuring over 100 exhibitors, live music in the gazebo at Shipyard Park, and a LobsterFest dinner...
Marion to implement new trash and recycling service
MARION — The Town of Marion will implement a new automated curbside residential trash and recycling pick up program through Waste Management on Sept. 2. "We are excited to announce the details of the new trash and recycling pickup program with Waste...
Yogis persevere through the heat at ‘Namasté Day’
MATTAPOISETT — Yoga practitioners persevered through 86 degree heat to celebrate mindfulness and generosity at “Namasté Day” with a free workout, music and prizes early Saturday morning, July 20 at Ned’s Point. The event was led by Anchor Yoga...
Harbor Days continues with fish fry and rock music
MATTAPOISETT — Harbor Days celebrations continued on Friday, July 19 with fresh food and rock music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the Oxford Creamery Fish Fry. Liz Ackerman, owner of Oxford Creamery, and James Nadeau, President of the Mattapoisett...
Gala benefits Marion Garden Group
MARION — Supporters of the Marion Garden Group came together at the home of Liz and Josiah Hatch to socialize, eat, drink, and compete in a backyard golf tournament to raise funds for beatification projects in the town. The Gala style event took...
Marion Selectmen endorse housing complex
MARION — The Board of Selectmen unanimously endorsed a 96-unit housing complex on a 13-acre land plot at 78 Wareham Road following a presentation from its developer, Steen Realty and Development Corporation, on Thursday, July 18. The proposed Heron...
Marion officials work to add clarity in town government
MARION — Town Administrator James McGrail met with the Board of Selectmen and Marion Town Counsel Jon Witten to get some clarity about his job responsibilities, and guiding principles for governing the town at the Marion Town House at noon on...
Mattapoisett starts process to pick Town Adminstrator
MATTAPOISETT — With the clock ticking down to a mid- or late-October departure date for Town Administrator Michael Gagne and 25 applications on the table, his screening committee was eager to start contacting candidates for interviews. But first it...
Lions’ shortcake still a hit, even without tunes
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Lions’ strawberry shortcake and concert event was a bit quieter than usual, after the rain made them cancel the music portion of the July 17 event. But the food was still a draw. The event is part of the leadup to the...
Marion trash truck broken
MARION — The Town of Marion sent out a notice that the curbside recycling collection on July 17 was unable to be completed because the recycling/rubbish truck is out of service. The town said it will provide an update on Thursday, and directed...
Mattapoisett Police find missing senior
MATTAPOISETT — After six hours of searching, the Mattapoisett Police successfully found a senior with Alzheimer’s disease who had gone missing on July 17, thanks to a resident tip. At about 5:40 a.m. the police received a call that the 83-year-old...
Marion Coastal Explorers take to the water
MARION — The Marion Natural History Museum's Coastal Explorations group explored Marion’s watershed last week at a variety of spots across town. Explorers turned over logs, caught frogs and took a close look at soils in the woods at Washburn Park...
T.U.R.F meets to discuss ORR restoration
MATTAPOISETT — After a $2 million restoration project at the Old Rochester Regional High school to improve safety conditions on athletic facilities, and auditorium equipment was voted against in a special election in Rochester, supporters of the...
Three green projects to save Marion $22,000 a year
MARION — Town Planner Gil Hilario outlined for Selectmen three goals that the town is working on as part of its green community designation. Hilario last updated Selectmen in March and appeared before them with another update on July 16. He said the...
Crowd lines up for food, live music at Shipyard Park
MATTAPOISETT — Guests lined up a half hour in advance at the Mattapoisett Town Wharf to try a selection of food from local restaurants and listen to live musical performances at the 16th annual “Taste of the Town” hosted by the Mattapoisett Woman’s...
Rochester opens up new community meeting spaces
ROCHESTER — Starting July 15 Rochester residents or organizations will have two new spaces to meet in Town Hall. Selectmen received a request at their Monday meeting from the Rochester Eagle Scout Board to use the Town Hall Conference Room for a...
Rochester enters energy-saving contract
ROCHESTER — After research by the Town Administrator, Town Counsel, a Town Meeting approval and additional work to finalize the language, Rochester Selectmen approved a contract with a company called Good Energy that would allow Rochester residents...
Summer storywalk makes a submarine a star
MARION — Sippican Lands Trust’s Summer StoryWalk® at Peirson Woods features “Flying Deep” written by Michelle Cusolito and illustrated by Nicole Wong. Flying Deep will be displayed at the Peirson Woods property from Monday, July 15 to Thursday, Aug...
Downton Abbey fans at the Mattapoisett COA take a trip
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Council on Aging hosted a trip to experience the Downton Abbey Exhibition in Boston. A group of twenty-four from Mattapoisett and the surrounding towns visited the exhibition, located at the Castle at Park Plaza on...
Marion’s Wells Gas considers bigger building
MARION — Owners at the Wells Gas Station are considering changes that would shift the fuel pump locations, add a diesel pump and rebuild their current building to add more space for retail or service at the station. Bill Madden with GAF Engineering...
Fall River dominates 2019 Cranberry Brawl
ROCHESTER — Old Rochester Youth Baseball team played well in the Cranberry Brawl tournament, with the 9-years-old and under team making it all the way to the championship game before losing to Fall River’s Maplewood League. The Maplewood league won...
Art, oils, jewelry for sale at Shipyard Park
MATTAPOISETT — Curious shoppers could browse a variety of products that are usually on sale only at their vendors’ homes at Shipyard Park on July 14. Some merchants served as local representatives for larger companies. But others had products that...
Rochester Council on Aging announces summer events
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Council on Aging has announced events for the month of July and reminded the public of several regularly held events. The Friends of Rochester Senior Center will hold a chicken barbecue fundraiser on Thursday, July 18 at 5:...
Marion working out trash transition details
MARION — Selectmen, the Town Administrator and Waste Management will work to inform the town about trash pickup changes by mail, meetings and a videocast as the town works to transition its solid waste disposal to a private collector. Finance...
Marion to look into cemetery upkeep
MARION — The Cemetery Commission wasn’t at a meeting with department heads that the Selectmen held on July 11, but by the end of the meeting Selectmen might have wished they could have asked the commission for input. Casey Barros, a member of the...
Environmental lawsuit against Marion dropped
MARION — The Buzzards Bay Coalition dropped its suit against Marion on July 11 after a state environmental group required them to line the two sewer lagoons that the it was looking to have lined. The Buzzards Bay Coalition had opened the case in...
Paul Kitchen to leave school business administrator position
School Business Administrator of the Old Rochester Regional School District Paul Kitchen has stated that he will resign from his position after working with the school district for less than a year. Kitchen started working at his current position on...
Alewives Anonymous presents 2019 herring count
The number of herring in the Mattapoisett River has increased substantially from 5,241 herring last year to 18,156 this year, according to Alewives Anonymous and local herring inspectors. The inspectors said that counting conditions were ideal this...
Mattapoisett Free Public Library to hold more summer events
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Free Public Library has announced several events for children during the months of July and August. On Saturday, July 20 the library will host a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing featuring...
Marion Finance Committee to start tri-town effort
MARION — After years with little insight into how the Old Rochester Regional school district runs its budget, and concerns about growing budget gaps, the Marion Finance Committee resolved to look into the school’s finances. The Committee gathered to...
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