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Rochester votes “no” on ORR restoration project
ROCHESTER — A $2 million restoration project at Old Rochester Regional (ORR) High School failed to pass a special election in Rochester on Wednesday, July 10 with a final count of 689 “no” votes and 575 “yes” votes. Of the 4,280 active registered...
Hazardous waste day announced for Rochester, Mattapoisett
A household hazardous waste collection day for Rochester and Mattapoisett residents will take place on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rochester Highway Department at 200 Ryder Road. The drive is only residential and does not include...
Mattapoisett to try reverse calling system
MATTAPOISETT — The town plans to adopt a reverse calling system to alert residents of emergencies. The emergency notification service can notify residents in specific areas, or throughout the entire community via call or text. The service will be...
Nemasket Group to hold charity golf tournament
MATTAPOISETT — The Nemasket Group Golf Tournament will be on Monday, August 26 at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett. It will feature a bramble style competition, an air cannon contest, putting contest, hole-in-one contest, lunch and a dinner reception...
Rochester Planning Board irons out details on solar project
ROCHESTER — Developers for a solar array on land that was once slated for a farm stand are inching along in their plans to generate power in the area. Craig Canning owns the land at 0 Marion Road, and approached the Planning Board in 2018 with plans...
Owner of Mattapoisett Diner applies for entertainment and alcohol licenses
MATTAPOISETT — Brian Vose, owner of Pandolfi’s Mattapoisett Diner, appeared before the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, July 9 for two new licenses to help his business to the next level. Vose applied for an Entertainment License and an...
Clerical position available for Town of Marion
The Town of Marion is seeking applicants for a clerk position in the Treasurer/Collector’s Office. The part time position will be 19 hours per week at a pay rate of $17.78 to $19.93 per hour for the fiscal year of 2020. Job responsibilities include...
Lands Trust to host historic walk
MATTAPOISETT — The Land Trust will hold a guided walk on the Pine Island Watershed lands north of Angelica Avenue and Crescent Beach at 10 a.m on Sunday July 21. The Mattapoisett Land Trust is working to preserve 120 acres of forests, streams,...
Mattapoisett Museum to host history talks, social events
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Museum will host lectures, walking tours and a social event this summer. Seth Mendell will offer three walking tours of historic Mattapoisett on July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 3 from 2 p.m. to about 3:15 p.m. Learn about...
Rochester library aims to take kids out of this world with events
ROCHESTER — The Joseph H. Plumb memorial library continues its “Out of this World”-themed summer reading program with a series of story, music and science events in July. Musician Nancy Sparkin will lead a preschool storytime, with music and...
Food, wares, entertainment to hit Mattapoisett for Harbor Days
MATTAPOISETT — Harbor Days is classic summer fun for a good cause. Mattapoisett Lions Club runs the event, and uses the funds that it brings in for service projects at the local, national and international levels. Lions club members from nearby...
[Photos]: Fourth of July Parade marches through Marion
MARION — Mattapoisett-based non–profit, the Friends of Jack Foundation, took home the Best in Parade award at the 2019 Marion Fourth of July parade. The parade took off from the baseball field next to the Town House at 8 a.m., giving competitors in...
Artists and artisans showcase their work in Marion
MARION — In downtown Marion on Saturday, art enthusiasts could view and buy ergonomic utensils, surreal photographs, upcycled clothing and colorful fiberware at the Marion Arts Center’s Arts in the Park Artists and artisans showcased a variety of...
Marion celebrates Independence Day
MARION — Celebrations for Independence Day took place on Friday, July 5 at Silvershell Beach complete with vendors, live music, and a fireworks display over the water. The Marion Concert Band began their performance with the National Anthem at...
Horses walk, trot, and canter through Washburn Park
MARION — At the Fourth of July Marion Horse Show riders in the trail classes were asked to maneuver their horses over bridges and around cones. But one “obstacle” was less a physical one and more about the feat of keeping their horses still while...
Don’t try these experiments at home
MARION — Chief Mad Scientist “Atomic Allen” Converse brought “fireworks,” an explosion and vanishing “juice” to the Marion Music Hall as part of a series of experiments, titled “Don’t Try This at Home” on Wednesday, July 3. The presentation from Mad...
Marion reminds residents about privilege stickers
MARION — The Town of Marion has issued a reminder to residents that privilege stickers are required for parking at several locations in the town. Stickers are required at all times to park at Old Landing Wharf, Silvershell Beach, Planting Island...
Shellfishing to resume at Aucoot Cove
MARION — The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that no further testing will be needed, and shellfishing will be allowed to resume at Aucoot Cove on Thursday, July 11. An employee at the Marion Wastewater Treatment Plant...
Disposal District Committee members decide to hold a new hazardous waste day in fall
By Nadya Korytnikova and Chloe Shelford In the wake of a disastrous hazardous waste day in June, with long lines and many turned away, the Carver Marion Wareham Waste Disposal District Committee decided on Wednesday night to try to hold another day...
Walk and munch with the Sippican Lands Trust
MARION — The Sippican Lands Trust has invited edible plant expert Russ Cohen to hold a foraging walk at Brainard Marsh on July 31 at 10 a.m. Participants on the free walk will explore wild strawberries, beach plumbs and many other plants. Cohen...
Rochester ORR vote is final step for project
ROCHESTER — Rochester voters will go to the polls on July 10 to cast the decisive vote on a $2 million Old Rochester Regional fields and auditorium restoration project that has been four years in the making. The special election, with polls open...
St. Philip’s Church to resume services
MATTAPOISETT — For 135 years, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Mattapoisett has held summer-only services for parishioners. Each Sunday through Labor Day, visiting clergy from Massachusetts and beyond conduct services, using the 1928 Book of Common...
Mattapoisett church transitions to summer services
MATTAPOISETT — Starting July 7, Mattapoisett Congregational Church, UCC, will worship Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in Reynard Hall. The summer theme is “Sacred Rhythms,” celebrating the holy balance of all of life’s activities. All the usual worship...
Watershed Ride will come to town again
On Oct. 6 Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride participants will whizz through Rochester on their way to Woods Hole, as part of a tradition that started in 2006. The Watershed Ride supports clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 200 cyclists participate in...
History walk series wraps up in Rochester
ROCHESTER — A new walking series hosted by the Healthy Tri-Town Coalition was there and gone in June, wrapping up with a final walk on June 29. Coalition Co-Founder Elise Frangos (recently retired as Old Rochester Regional District's Assistant...
Marion Art Center announces updated schedule, details for events
MARION — The Marion Art Center has announced an updated schedule during the ArtStart summer camp as well as information on several summer events. Regular hours during ArtStart (June 22 to July 22) will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday...
Opening Marion’s trails to all
MARION — The Sippican Lands Trust held a groundbreaking ceremony at Osprey Marsh on Point road in Marion to celebrate the construction of an 1,800 foot accessible boardwalk on Saturday, June 29. Shovels officially dug into the ground after a few...
Mattapoisett Cruise Nights summer season begins
MATTAPOISETT — Car enthusiasts gathered at the Mattapoisett Town Wharf for the first cruise night of the summer on Friday, June 28. Jim Babineau brought his 1935 Chevrolet sedan. He said he has owned the car for at least 25 years, and drives it...
Lifeguards on duty at Silvershell Beach
MARION — Silvershell Beach, located at the end of Front Street in Marion, has officially opened for the 2019 season. Lifeguards will be on duty seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of August. This year Eli Spevack, EMT, and Mason...
Mattapoisett Library to host teen crafts, movie night this summer
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Public Library is hosting Bingo for its summer reading program. Students complete a variety of library-related activities to check off bingo squares. These may include reading, but also include things like checking...
Marion asks for resident input
MARION — The town is seeking feedback from residents on the color of new waste and recycling bins and grants for the Marion Cultural Council. Surveys for both topics have been posted to the town’s website. The new curbside waste and recycling pickup...
Rochester looks to fix drainage issues on 105
ROCHESTER — Highway Surveyor Jeffrey Eldridge has approached the state about a problem drainage area on Route 105 near Plumb Corner. Because Route 105 is state highway, Eldridge cannot fix the issue himself, only bring it up to the state. Planning...
Children explore the night sky in inflatable planetarium
MARION — Children learned about the night sky and myths about constellations in the first event of a weekly series called “A Universe of Stories” hosted by the Elizabeth Taber Library on Wednesday, June 26. Maria Patrone, Starlab educator of the...
Plumb Library gets literary-inspired reading area
ROCHESTER — Already bursting with books and programs for kids, Rochester’s Plumb Library now has another thing to draw them in, thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate Colin Mackin: a little outdoor reading area named after the 100 Acre Woods in Winnie the...
Marion sailboat racing program to start in July
MARION — The Town of Marion Recreation Department has launched a community sailboat racing program for summer 2019. Events will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 13 to August 31. Participants will compete in timed races in the...
Mattapoisett Friends to hold yard sale
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Friends Meeting will hold a fundraising yard sale on Saturday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. There will be be several vendors in addition to donated yard sale items. The historic Quaker meeting house at 103 Marion...
Developer plans for 96-unit Marion housing complex
MARION — A landowner for a plot on 78 Wareham Road who had previously worked with solar company ZPT Energy Solutions to install a solar array on the property has sold the land to a developer who plans to build a 96-unit housing complex. ZPT Energy...
Rochester to vote July 10 on ORR renovation project
ROCHESTER — A special election will be held on Wednesday, July 10 asking voters whether or not to approve a renovation project for the track, football field, and auditorium at Old Rochester Regional High school. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8...
A magical start to summer reading
MARION — A magic show with Scott Jameson included juggling, scarf tricks, and a trick with a hat. But it also included space facts, egg on the floor, and a (lightweight) tube that got unexpectedly thrown into the audience. The Elizabeth Taber...
Elizabeth Taber library is fine with no fines
MARION — For two months (and longer for the children’s and young adult material) the Elizabeth Taber Library is fine with not having fines. The library recently completed a project to make its physical doors more accessible. In the wake of that work...
Signing off on an Eagle Scout project
ROCHESTER — After fundraising, planning and putting in the labor to clean up the entrance to Dexter Park Ball Field Eagle Scout Candidate Dominic Mattera signed off on the project with a Sign Signature Ceremony on June 24. The town removed twelve...
Marching, galloping, running, exploding
After months of fundraising, the Marion Fireworks committee raised enough money to host the nighttime spectacle. Here are a few events in the days leading up the the July 5 show.
Marion Horse Show
The Fourth of July will start off...
Marion fireworks scheduled for July 5
MARION — The Independence Day fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m on July 5 at Silvershell Beach. The Marion Fireworks Committee advises guests to bring a blanket and take advantage of the high tide at noon. Food trucks will be set up...
Mattapoisett awarded grant for climate change preparedness
BOSTON — Mattapoisett has been awarded an Action Grant with a recommended funding of $960,000 for the Pine Island Pond Watershed Lands Project. The grant is part of a statewide effort to prepare for climate change. Governor Charlie Baker and...
Look out for threatened turtles
The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NEWCA) has asked residents of Marion and Mattapoisett to be on the lookout for Diamondback Terrapin Turtles during their nesting season of June and July. The threatened species of marsh turtle is...
Accesible boardwalk to be built in Marion
MARION — The Sippican Lands Trust plans to start construction of an accessible boardwalk on the 20 acre Osprey Marsh Property on Point Road later this month. The 1,800 foot boardwalk is designed to provide accessibility for infants in strollers,...
Updates on Marion, Mattapoisett shellfishing closures
The Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, and Marion Town Administrator James McGrail have issued updates on June 14 swimming and shellfishing closures after a sewage release from the Marion Wastewater Plant. As of Thursday, June 20, Aucoot Cove remains...
Local authorities recognized for emergency planning
MARION — Marion Fire Chief Brian Jackvony and Police Chief John Garcia were recognized on Thursday, June 20 for their commitment to handling emergency situations and hazardous materials. Douglas Forbes of the Massachusetts Emergency Management...
Selectmen revive 2013 infrastructure plan
MARION — Selectmen returned to a 2013 infrastructure plan, and elected to move forward with a second phase of the project, where the design work is mostly complete to improve sewer, water, drainage, and resurface roads and sidewalks on Front St.,...
Housing development proposed in Marion
MARION — Selectmen will represent the interests of the town as Steen Realty and Development Corporation, the developer of Marion Village Estates, looks to construct another development. The proposed development would be built in the vicinity of 78...
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