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Marion seeks volunteer members for Zoning Board of Appeals
MARION — The town’s Board of Selectmen is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The board’s former Chair Marc LeBlanc and member Tad Wollenhaupt both submitted letters of resignation. The regulatory board is responsible for...
Congregational Church may move on from land deal with Rochester
ROCHESTER — The First Congregational Church of Rochester may not sell the town two acres of its land to pay for repairs after all. The Chairman of the church’s Board of Trustees, Richard Cutler said that Town Counsel Blair Bailey approached the...
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Mattapoisett Town meeting to tackle the financial essentials
MATTAPOISETT — Postponed twice due to coronavirus and budget uncertainty, Mattapoisett’s Annual Town Meeting is set to take place on Aug. 17, and will ask voters to approve a number of administrative matters and easements for two major projects. The...
Marion Council on Aging presents plan for community center park
MARION — The land between Route 6 and the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center is largely wide open. Council on Aging Board Chairperson Harry Norweb presented plans at an Aug. 11 Selectmen’s meeting to create a park in that space. Norweb hopes to...
Marion Selectmen question cemetery burial fees
MARION — It costs about $1,000 to bury a loved one in a cemetery in Marion, but about $51,000 yearly to maintain the grounds of the five cemeteries throughout town. Selectmen heard from Parks and Tree Committee Chair Margie Baldwin, Department of...
Marion gets new Democratic Town Committee
MARION — The town now has a new Democratic Town Committee with 30 members. The group’s mission is to “support issues that create a just and sustainable society, as well as to elect Democratic candidates who will work toward these goals.” The new...
Marion’s role in the women’s suffrage movement
On Aug. 18, it will have been 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. However, women weren’t “given” the right to vote, they campaigned for over 50 years for equality and the right to vote. The 19th...
State to begin aerial spraying for mosquitoes Aug.10
The state will be conducting aerial mosquito spraying beginning on Monday, Aug. 10, and continuing for several nights, dependent on weather conditions. Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester will be sprayed, along with 22 other towns in Plymouth and...
From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society - Black lives and suffrage through a Rochester lens
ROCHESTER — With the protest marches of the Black Lives Matter movement taking place now, it is interesting to look back at the years of similar marches, protests, and arrests that resulted 100 years ago in women gaining the right to vote. For all...
Mini unicorn trots by Plumb Library for storytime
ROCHESTER — Children in Rochester got to see (and pet) a miniature horse dressed as a unicorn at a Plumb Library story time. The library hosted 4H club member Elsie Woodland and her mini therapy horse, Blanka. Woodland started her talk by telling...
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Mattapoisett Congregational Church seeks donations for little library
MATTAPOISETT — During the height of the pandemic in April, a brand new church opened up in town. Kind of. The Mattapoisett Congregational Church opened their own Little Free Library that is a miniature-sized replica of the chapel that has stood in...
Marion feels the impact of medical supplies shortage
MARION — The shortage of medical supplies has started to impact the town directly, as a company that had guaranteed its supplies was unable to provide them. Town Health Nurse Kathy Downey said at an Aug. 4 board of health meeting that she placed an...
Marion makes offer to new public health nurse
MARION — In the face of a pandemic, the Marion Board of Health opted to hire more experienced public health nurse Lori Desmarais to fill the shoes of retiring health nurse Kathy Downey instead of a less-experienced but enthusiastic applicant. The...
Rochester may look into public safety compound
ROCHESTER — Selectmen tentatively set fall Town Meeting for Nov. 16 and discussed presenting voters with a request to begin planning for a new public safety complex or fire station. Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar said at an Aug. 3 meeting one...
Rochester gets good news on state aid
ROCHESTER — After making adjustments to its budget to account for projected changes in state aid, Rochester received word that the state would keep its aid at the same levels as 2019 for two key categories. Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar said...
Developer seeks to build homes off Crystal Springs Road
MATTAPOISETT — Rochester developer Ryan Correia wants to build eight residential lots on 21.63 acres of land that he purchased in 2019. But before he makes any more moves, he went before the Planning Board on Aug. 3 to see what it would want out of...
Rochester Senior Center approved to reopen on a limited basis
ROCHESTER — After months of keeping the building closed, the Senior Center will reopen to no more than 15 participants, staff and volunteers in its coffee and conversation program when the weather does not allow for outdoor gatherings. Senior Center...
Rochester Selectmen hear from anti-racism group about school efforts
ROCHESTER — Anti-racism group Tri-Town Against Racism has seen the Old Rochester Regional School District make progress on addressing prejudice in its schools, leaders told Rochester Selectmen on Aug. 3. One of the group’s founders, Alison Noyce,...
Mattapoisett reimbursed for $185,000 of covid expenditures from county
MATTAPOISETT — To offset the cost caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the town applied for and received $185,000 of aid from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act through Plymouth County. Rather than have the state dole out...
Rochester changed to high risk for mosquito borne virus
ROCHESTER — The state declared the town at high risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis on Aug. 3 because mosquitoes in two surrounding towns and a Middleborough boy under the age of 18 tested positive for the disease. Carver and Middleborough both had...
Rochester Pan Mass Challenge participants start ride with kids
ROCHESTER — It would have been a lot for Calib LaRue and Andrew Revell to ask kids to ride with them for the 25 or 50 miles that they rode for the Pan Mass Challenge this weekend. But to give them something special to do, the two riders invited...
From the files of the Rochester Historical Society: George Henry Randall
The writer of this piece, Susan LeFleur, is the Recording Secretary and Librarian for the Rochester Historical Society. This is the first piece is a series of Rochester history briefs.
Rochester has a number of monuments scattered throughout...
New Town of Rochester website goes live
ROCHESTER — Residents can save a trip to Town Hall or an email or phone call to officials thanks in part to the town’s new website which launched last week. The site swap was announced by Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar in a July 8 meeting with...
Shining Tides area to reopen for shellfishing
MATTAPOISETT — Shellfishing will reopen at dawn on Aug. 3 in the Shining Tides area of the Mattapoisett Harbor after an examination by the state showed that the area meets the requirements for harvesting. Harvesting will be allowed from the eastern...
Marion starts serious preparations for Hurricane Isaias
MARION — Town officials are preparing to evacuate Planting Island and part of Point Road if Hurricane Isaias looks like it will hit Marion. They would evacuate Planing Island because a storm surge breaching the island’s causeway will cut it off from...
Roofing helps Habitat for Humanity home project roll on
MATTAPOISETT — When plans fell through on July 27 for getting the roof done on the Buzzard’s Bay Area Habitat for Humanity’s Mattapoisett home project, Executive Director Christine Lacourse made a call to Gibbs Roofing in Marion. That same day, the...
Waste district to have household hazardous product collection day
On Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, Marion residents can dispose of hazardous household material at the Benson Brook Road Transfer Station. Note that on Aug. 22, all regular household trash must be taken to the transfer station on Route 28 in...
Marion may again look to exit waste district
Nine months after deciding to stay with the Carver Marion Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District if it ceased operations, it seems that Marion may again be looking to split off from the district. The waste district was formed in 1973 by an...
Rochester church to sell some of its land
ROCHESTER — The First Congregational Church of Rochester will sell two acres of its land to the town to finance much-needed building repairs. The congregation needs to pay for $150,000 of repairs to its 1837 building. These include repairs to the...
Mattapoisett Town Meeting to go outdoors
MATTAPOISETT — Tent sale? No. Circus? No. Town Meeting? Yes. At a July 28 Selectmen’s meeting, Town Administrator Michael Lorenco detailed how Town Meeting will go down on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at Old Rochester Regional High School under a tent in the...
Acushnet Road Bridge project faces covid-related delays
MATTAPOISETT — Originally planned to start in July, the Acushnet Road Bridge project will wait longer to start due to the pandemic slowing down the availability of supplies and shutting down work. Town Administrator Michael Lorenco said at a July 28...
Selectmen discuss how to hold events safely at Ned’s Point
MATTAPOISETT — Town Administrator Michael Lorenco said at a July 28 Selectmen’s meeting that he received requests for weekly yoga sessions and six weddings at Ned’s Point Lighthouse in August. While they normally wouldn’t be an issue, the event...
Reduced budget to go before Mattapoisett Town Meeting
MATTAPOISETT — Amidst concerns over state aid to towns revenue loss due to the pandemic, the town’s Finance Committee recommended a new budget for the fiscal 2021 year that cuts $668,000 from the original allocation. The new budget will go before...
Mattapoisett transfer station changes hours
MATTAPOISETT — The town’s transfer station, located at 60 Tinkham Hill Road, has changed the days that it is open. Its new operating days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. starting on July 27.
Mattapoisett celebrates military centenarian
MATTAPOISETT — Not every birthday celebration for a centenarian features a full salute from a group of active and former Marines. But Paul Brown’s did. Brown was a former Marine who served during World War II and turned 100 on July 24. His family...
Marion Zoning Board brings up septic, aesthetic concerns on development
MARION — A proposed 96-unit housing development would significantly add to Marion’s available and affordable housing, but that’s only if major sewer concerns and smaller aesthetic complaints don’t hinder the project. Those were the primary problems...
The not so itsy-bitsy spider stirs up chatter in the Tri-Town
Inspired by a Dartmouth Week article on the sighting of a Northern Black Widow spider in June, or by large summer spider sightings of their own, Tri-Town residents have set social media buzzing with spider chatter. Shown some of the photos that have...
Read this week’s ‘paper’ online
The July 23 eEdition of Sippican Week is now live on our site. It's a pdf version of this week's edition — looking just like the paper version. Our papers are still available at all regular distribution spots that remain open in this pandemic period...
Marion Board of Health gets updates on two serious viruses
MARION — The Board of Health got updates on two serious viruses on July 21: coronavirus and eastern equine encephalitis. Public Health Nurse Kathy Downey said that the number of coronavirus tests has increased 20%, likely due to the Stop the Spread...
Rochester Town Administrator gives updates on county covid aid
ROCHESTER — At a July 20 Selectmen’s meeting, Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar spoke about the town’s options for allotting school funding using the town’s $480,000 aid allotted by the county. Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and...
Marion Natural History Museum to reopen with limited capacity
MARION — Beginning the week of July 27th, the Marion Natural History Museum will open by appointment only with limited exhibits. Access to the museum is limited to individuals or one family at a time. Health screening forms must be filled out and...
Mattapoisett applies for grant to extend bike path to Route 6
MATTAPOISETT — The town has applied for a $300,000 state grant for a bike path extension, though a number of questions about the proposed project remain to be answered. Town Administrator Michael Lorenco said at a July 20 Planning Board meeting that...
Mattapoisett to resume work on master plan
MATTAPOISETT — The Planning Board will start work on the town’s Master Plan again after a several months hiatus. The master plan surveys a variety of departments and stakeholders and make plans for how Mattapoisett will grow in the next years,...
Protest signs now part of town’s historical record
MATTAPOISETT — Mattapoisett Museum has started on two projects to document the town’s reaction to race, both in the past and with the events of 2020. The museum’s Board President Kyle DeCicco-Carey recognized the historical significance of the June...
Onset man arrested in Mattapoisett for selling drugs
MATTAPOISETT — Onset man Alberto “Berto” Velasquez was arrested June 20 in Mattapoisett for selling drugs out of a room at the Hillside Motel on Route Six. Velasquez was charged with possession of a Class A substance, resisting arrest, and...
Acushnet Road bridge construction delayed to August
MATTAPOISETT — The Acushnet Road bridge construction projected, once slated to begin on July 27, is now delayed to a date that is yet to be determined in August. In an email to Sippican Week, Assistant to Town Operations Christine Richards said that...
Sippican Lands Trust cuts the ribbon for Osprey Marsh Boardwalk
MARION — Though the rain hampered the skies, good spirits prevailed at the July 17 ribbon cutting of the Sippican Lands Trust’s Osprey Marsh Accessible Boardwalk. The elevated pathway is handicap accessible and can be used by people with mobility...
Rochester Senior Center steps up food distribution
ROCHESTER — The Senior Center has increased the distribution of food significantly with help from community partners and hard working volunteers. Food for distribution is obtained through various community partners. Criteria varies by organization...
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