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Mattapoisett man arrested after New Bedford shooting
NEW BEDFORD — One man was shot and critically injured, another is dead and New Bedford Police arrested a Mattapoisett man after a shooting took place on Lafrance Street at around 10:21 a.m. on Nov. 27. According to the Bristol County District...
Nick’s Pizza staffer tests positive for covid, closed temporarily
MATTAPOISETT — Nick’s Homemade Pizza is temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus, the establishment said in a Nov. 27 Facebook post. “It has come to our attention that one of our staff has tested positive for Covid 19...
Craft a paintstick snowman, make cards for essential workers with the Mattapoisett Free Public Library
MATTAPOISETT — There’s a lot to do at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library for the month of December. For more information about these programs plus the link to register online, visit the events calendar at http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm...
Call for entries open for Marion Art Center winter members’ show
MARION — The Marion Art Center is looking for entries for the annual Winter Member’s Show, its first exhibit of the 2021 season. Any current MAC member is invited to enter up to two pieces for exhibition. All art must be original — of the artist’s...
Lightkeepers keep Ned’s looking on ‘point’ for the holidays
MATTAPOISETT — “What’s the old saying?” Assistant Lightkeeper Joe Dawicki said. “Tradition is the glue that holds families together. And our community is a family.” The United States Coast Guard Auxillary Flotilla 06-3 came out on a windy Nov. 24...
Rochester Council on Aging closed until Dec. 7
ROCHESTER — At the recommendation of the town’s health agent, the Rochester Council on Aging will be closed until Dec. 7. Coffee and conversation will resume on Dec. 7. The COA’s Outreach Coordinator and Shine Counselor will still be available by...
Marion research scientist honored for climate change work
MARION — Town native and climate scientist Jennifer Francis, PhD is the recipient of the 2020 American Geophysical Union award for climate communication for her work of getting out the word of the effects of climate change. “It’s breathtaking for me...
LED light switch to save town 80% in electric bills
MATTAPOISETT — Behold, the power of Light Emitting Diode lighting. At a Nov. 24 Selectmen’s meeting, Town Administrator Michael Lorenco gave a quick update on the process of switching out the light fixtures at different public facilities and on...
Town to match $25,000 for grant to repair Mattapoisett Neck Road culvert
MATTAPOISETT — Use it or lose it. It’s the situation the town is put in with an approximately $75,000 grant they received from the state’s Coastal Zone Management to repair a run down pipe under Mattapoisett Neck Road that connects a salt marsh to...
Winds shifting for new Harbormaster’s building plans
MARION — Tides are changing in plans for a new Harbormaster’s office on Island Wharf. Harbormaster Isaac Perry gave an update on the status of the new Harbormaster’s building at a Nov. 23 Marion Marine Resource Commission meeting, but the project...
Mattapoisett details plan for Industrial Drive bike path section
MATTAPOISETT — It’s like Creedence Clearwater Revival always says: “ Big wheels keep on turning.” The Mattapoisett Rail Trail bike path is making progress after the town revealed plans for the Industrial Drive section of the bikeway at a...
Bowlmor Lanes won’t reopen, to be demolished in winter
MATTAPOISETT — Bowl no “mor.” After three years of trying to work out renovation plans to reopen, the owners of the Bowlmor Lanes building have decided to demolish the bowling alley on Route 6 this upcoming winter. “We were trying to see if we could...
From the files of the Rochester Historical Society: 1974 pre-Thanksgiving service at First Congregational
The writer of this piece, Connie Eshbach, is the vice president of the Rochester Historical Society. This is part of a series of Rochester history briefs.
As we celebrate a Thanksgiving unlike any in most of our lifetimes, we can take a...
Rochester Historical Society selling town-themed gifts
ROCHESTER — While the Rochester Historical Society has been less visible this year due to the pandemic, it has many items for sale at the Museum at 355 County Road. Residents can pick up books on Rochester history, small wooden Rochester boxes,...
Snap a pic for the Buzzard Bay Coalition’s photo contest
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is celebrating the 2020 holiday season with an online contest to highlight the region’s lands, waters and wildlife from now through Dec. 12. Residents are encouraged to share up to three photographs of a favorite place on...
Buy a book bundle, support a good cause
MARION — Bernadette Kelly Realty Group has been hosting weekly “buck a book” sales to support local charities and give people a place to shop for books safely during covid. Now, the realty group is selling five books for $1 each Monday. The book...
Community comes out for work day at Brainard Marsh
MARION — While the weather is still warm, the Sippican Lands Trust went out to Brainard Marsh on Nov. 21 to rid the property of a few invasive species. The Lands Trust allows community members to help out during work and cleanup days. President Alan...
Councils on Aging give away meals for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is going to look different this year, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of gratitude and giving is going away — quite the opposite. Marion and Rochester gave Thanksgiving meals to those in need at different events on Nov. 20. At the...
State covid numbers hold steady in towns
After a steady two weeks of covid news in the Tri-Town, state health data shows that Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have all remained the same in their risk designations and relatively same in case counts. Marion is still a high-risk community (...
Remote learning snow days are coming to ORR School District
Many remember snow days as times to bundle up and have snowball fights, drink hot cocoa and build a snowman. But for students in the Old Rochester Regional School District, those surprise days off might end up being remembered as just more time...
Southcoast Health President/CEO, Rochester resident honored by One Southcoast Chamber of Commerce
Rochester resident, and Southcoast Health President and CEO Keith Hovan accepted the Valcourt Outstanding Citizen Award on behalf of all 7,500 employees at the One SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 19. “In 2020, the Valcourt...
Mattapoisett Museum explores notable women in town’s history
MATTAPOISETT — An author of the first woman-written Great American Novel, a prolific writer with a sense of humor and connections including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy who founded the Mattapoisett Improvement Association, the...
Rochester threatens to get ‘ugly’ over Rte. 28 transfer station access
“The stepchild left out in the rain:” That’s how Rochester Town Counsel Blair Bailey described his town’s position as the host of the Rte. 28 transfer station and apparent afterthought for the leaders of the waste district. Although the transfer...
Read the Nov. 19 eEdition
The Nov. 19 eEdition of Sippican Week is live on our site. It looks and reads just like the print edition that you can find on stands wherever you normally pick up Sippican Week. Enjoy!
Mattapoisett using stabilization fund money to match grants for fire department, wharf renovations
MATTAPOISETT — Grant matching for capital projects was at the center of a Nov. 17 joint meeting between the Select Board, Finance Committee and the Capital Planning Committee. In the pipeline, the town has three upcoming projects that have grants...
Town clerks recount how the count went down
In a general election that has stayed in the headlines for weeks, Tri-Town Clerks said voting went just about as smoothly as could have. “Considering we had a huge turnout,” said Rochester Town Clerk Paul Dawson, “it went really, really well.” He...
Rise in Tri-Town covid cases continues
Residents of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester are going to have to keep covid in mind in their plans for the holidays, as cases continue to spike throughout the area. Marion was designated as a high-risk community by the state on Nov. 12, after...
Anti-racism, ‘intersectionality’ command virtual Q&A session
People have a lot of questions about race and racism in America, and Tri-town and Beyond Community Read put together a lecture and Q&A session on Nov. 17 to clear some of the air. To a remote crowd of 45, Rebecca Correia played an original song...
Wastewater lagoon project may run out of funds in December
MARION — The town’s wastewater treatment plant lagoon lining project was recently projected to cost $9.5 million instead of its original $8 million because the project’s engineer miscalculated how much sludge needed to be cleared from the bottom of...
Marion to give alcohol license discount to four restaurants
MARION — Regulations were tight on selling drinks at restaurants during the first peak of coronavirus across the state. So to make up for lost revenue from alcohol sales, the Marion Select Board voted to discount the 2020 alcohol license fee for...
Benson Brook Transfer Station sticker prices to increase
MARION — Marion is taking over the operations in the coming year at Benson Brook Transfer Station. To cover operation costs, Selectmen voted at a Nov. 17 meeting to increase sticker prices by $10 across the board. Normal sticker prices will now be $...
More home sales, lower property tax rate for 2021 in Rochester
ROCHESTER — At a Nov. 17 Selectmen’s meeting, Town Principal Assessor Charles Shea said that anywhere from 60 to 65 homes have been sold in the last year, a number that has been steadily increasing. Because of the sales and higher property value,...
Trucks, tractors triumph at Rochester Fall Town Meeting
ROCHESTER — With little discussion on any of the issues, Rochester residents passed every item on the Nov. 16 Town Meeting agenda. The Town Meeting threshold was lowered to 30 participants from its usual 50 in accordance with an option given by the...
Sippican Healthcare Center reports 11 additional new covid cases
MARION — As of Nov. 16, there are now 55 residents or staff who have tested positive for covid at Sippican Healthcare Center, an addition of 11 cases to a recent outbreak in the long-term healthcare facility. According to Kathryn Soderberg, chief...
Computer use now available at Elizabeth Taber Library
MARION — Need to use a computer? The Elizabeth Taber Library now has in person computer sessions available every Thursday. Sessions are 45 minutes long for one person per session. Masks are required. Call the library or visit elizabethtaberlibrary...
Get festive with the Mattapoisett Women’s Club pop-up sale
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Woman’s Club will hold “A Holiday Greens Sale,” a pop-up event on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bowl Mor parking lot on Route 6 in Mattapoisett. The sale features a variety of decorated fresh wreaths and...
Marion Town House now open by appointment only
MARION — Due to the increase of covid cases in the community and for the protection of town employees and residents that conduct business with them, Marion Town Offices will be open by appointment only beginning Monday, Nov. 16 until further notice...
Girl Scout Troop 67047 takes aim at archery lessons
Archery turned out to be a sure shot for Girl Scout Troop 67047 on Nov. 15. The troop took a short trip to camp Wind-in-the-Pines in Plymouth, where they learned how to load the teeth of their arrow onto the string of their bow, to look at their...
Marion designated as ‘high-risk’ community after covid cases rise
Marion was designated as a high-risk community by the state on Nov. 12, after case rates quadrupled in the past two weeks. According to a press release from the town, 43 new cases were discovered in the past two weeks. Current population-based...
An ‘eye’ on hurricane history with author Eric Dolin
MARION — From Hamilton to Hemingway, hurricanes have had an impact on American history for centuries. And in a Sippican Historical Society virtual lecture, Author Eric Dolin ran through the impact, both physical and cultural, that hurricanes have...
Cases reported at Sippican School, district building
The 16th and 17th covid cases related to the Old Rochester Regional School district were reported on Nov. 12 in press releases from the district. It’s not clear whether the people who tested positive are students, faculty or staff. One case was...
Buy some popcorn to help the Lions Club
MATTAPOISETT — Carnivals aren’t a thing right now because of covid, but this is pretty close. The Mattapoisett Lions Club is selling Cape Cod Wicked Good Kettle Corn as a fundraiser from the club for $8 from now until Nov. 19 Orders can be placed by...
Mattapoisett veteran honored at small ceremony
MATTAPOISETT — Even though most Veterans Day ceremonies were cancelled due to covid, the Mattapoisett American Legion Florence Eastman Post 280 found a way to honor veterans at a small gathering outside the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. At the...
Read the Nov. 12 ‘paper’ online
The Nov. 1 eEdition of Sippican Week is live on our site. It looks exactly the same as if you were reading it in print. Physical copies are still available wherever you would normally find Sippican Week in the Tri-Town. Enjoy!
Veterans reflect on trials, triumphs of war
It’s been 70 years since the start of the Korean War, and 65 years since the start of the Vietnam War. The Tri-Town won’t be able to honor its veterans in-person this year due to coronavirus regulations, so Sippican Week talked with those who fought...
Here’s what’s on the warrant for the Rochester Nov. 16 Town Meeting
ROCHESTER — With Mattapoisett foregoing its fall Town Meeting, Rochester is the only town left to have its residents vote on major town purchases and decisions. The Rochester Town Meeting is set for Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., and includes nine warrants...
Rochester apartment complex nearing approval
ROCHESTER — Plans for a 208-unit apartment complex at the corner of Cranberry Highway and Route 28 are nearing approval from the town’s Planning Board. Steen Realty and Development Corporation , the project overseers, came before the board at a Nov...
Shipyard Park will be decorated despite covid
MATTAPOISETT —Covid has taken away a lot this year, but holiday decorations at Shipyard Park will not be among the casualties. Mattapoisett Selectmen agreed to go on decorating Shipyard Park this year, despite worsening covid numbers at a Nov. 10...
Five new covid cases reported in Mattapoisett schools in three days
MATTAPOISETT — Four new cases of covid have been reported in Mattapoisett schools over the last two days according to Old Rochester Regional School District press releases put out on Nov. 8, 9 and 10. There are three cases at Center School, one case...
Rochester’s solar array bylaws, explained
ROCHESTER — With large solar array projects coming to the town in the future, Chair Arnold Johnson and Town Planner Steven Starrett took the time at an Oct. 17 meeting to go over the town’s solar bylaws to clear up any confusion. Starrett said that...
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