Sippican Woods

Sippican Woods in Marion

Sippican Woods to offer affordable homes

By Tanner Harding and Georgia Sparling | Jan 18, 2017

Photo by: Tanner Harding

MARION — More affordable housing is coming to Marion.

Following the completion of the Marion Village Estates apartments, Baywatch Realty is proceeding with its adjacent 36-house development named Sippican Woods. Nine of those homes will go to lower income families in a lottery to be held in February.

The development is part of the plan for 60 apartments and 36 homes approved five years ago to add “40B” affordable housing for residents. The “40B” regulation allows the developer to bypass local zoning restrictions if a percentage of homes are sold or rented at below-market costs to people who meet the income requirements, and if a town has not met the state-required 10 percent minimum  of affordable housing in its boundaries.

The apartments, all of meet the state’s requirement for affordable housing, were completed in August 2015 and are full, said Ken Steen of Baywatch Realty. Affordable housing takes into account the median income in an area.

Preliminary work for the houses is underway, and Steen said the first affordable houses will likely be completed by the end of this summer.

“How many qualified applicants we have will determine the rate at which we construct the affordable houses,” he said.

Each affordable home is approximately 1,600 square feet, will have three bedrooms and one and a half baths, and will cost $213,300. Homeowners Association fees are $45 a month.

The affordable homes will only be sold to households with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. The maximum allowable income starts at $46,000 for a single person and goes up to $76,250 for six people.

Everyone in the household must also qualify as a first-time homebuyer, and the household must be pre-approved for a mortgage.

The town also requires that preference be given to local residents for 70 percent of the homes, or six of the nine.

For this requirement, an applicant must be a current resident of Marion, have resided in Marion for at least five years, have a child who has lived in Marion the past five years, or be a full- or part-time town employee.

The remaining 27 homes are also generating a lot of interest. Though Steen said there isn’t a hard timeline for the project, some of the houses already have buyers.

He also said the project could take a year to finish or it could take three. It depends on demand.

“We started marketing them about four weeks ago,” he said. “There’s been a tremendous amount of interest.”

The deadline for the application to participate in the lottery is Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., and the lottery will be held Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Taber Library.

“We’re excited to get into the for sale portion of the project,” Steen said. “We look forward to completing it. We think it’s a great product. We think it’s something the town is in need of.”

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Digging out after the Storm

Tri-town residents dig out after storm

By Georgia Sparling | Jan 08, 2017

Photo by: Georgia SparlingThe fluffy flakes didn’t exactly make great snowballs, but Christian Monty of Rochester had a great time trying to throw it anyway.

Tri-town residents woke up Sunday morning to find a winter wonderland and lots of snow, but for many it was good to be outside again.

“He’s been dying for snow,” said Susan Hagan said of her son Griffin.

The pair did make the most of Saturday’s snowstorm from their Marion home.

“We went sledding, had a snowball fight, made some cornbread,” she said.

The pair also had a painting project, but first they had to find the paint, which was delivered sometime after the snow started to fall.

“We had to go dig it out of the snow,” Hagan said as she shoved out her driveway.

Across the street, firefighters made their rounds, shoveling out hydrants.

Marion Firefighter Joel Waters said there were 250 to 300 hydrants in town that needed to be cleared of snow, in case of an emergency. About an hour into the job, Waters said, “So far, so good.”

During the blizzard, he noted that there had been some accidents on 195 as people slipped on the road.

In Mattapoisett, Fire Chief Andy Murray said it was relatively quiet during the storm.

“Seems like everyone was well prepared and stayed off the roads for the most part,” he said.

Mattapoisett resident Joanne Lane just moved back to the area after spending the past 20 years in Arizona.

“I had to learn how to drive in the snow again,” she laughed. “The snow was beautiful and lightweight. It was the perfect first snow.”

Other residents seemed to agree that it was the perfect snow.

“This is my kind of blizzard,” Sandy Hering said.

People felt lucky that the storm happened on a Saturday, allowing them to stay inside and off the roads.

“It’s unavoidable, so this was a beautiful way for it to happen,” Don Bamberger said. “And nobody lost power.”

Now, let’s see how long it takes to melt!

Tim Bolick doesn’t let the cold weather or snow keep him from training. “It’s just my normal training routine,” he said. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The Dubreil kids have an adventure in Rochester. (Photo by: Heidi Dubreil)

Susan and Griffin Hagan enjoy the snow. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

This Mattapoisett snowman is the cat’s meow. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Joel Waters and Dylan Glavin of the Marion Fire Department dig out fire hydrants. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Sara Audette captured this photo of her niece Lila. (Photo by: Sara Audette )

Jim Wheeler and his dog Annie out for a walk after the storm. “We walked everywhere yesterday,” he said. “The roads were treacherous.” (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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Toys for Tots

Tri-town Toys for Tots

Tri-town students, police fill three cruisers

By Tanner Harding | Dec 14, 2016

Photo by: Tanner HardingA giant teddy bear takes up the last bit of space in the back of a Marion cruiser.

MATTAPOISETT — Old Rochester Regional National Honor Society students teamed up with the Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester Police Departments for a good cause this holiday season.

On Wednesday morning, students and police officers collected toy donations to support Toys for Tots, filling three police cruisers.

The cruisers sat in the parking lot and parents, teachers and other donators were able drop off any gifts they had.

The ORR Honor Society has done this event for the past four years, but this is the group’s first time working with the police, teacher Sarabeth Morell said.

“[Mattapoisett officer] Matt McGraw is the student resource officer here, and decided he wanted to help,” Morell said. “He was able to help get the police departments on board.”

Collections will continue through Dec. 16 at the school during business hours.

The Rochester cruiser also had a furry friend in the back seat. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

All three cruisers were stuffed full with donations. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Students stood at Route 6 in front of the school to draw attention to the toy drive. (Courtesy of: Sarabeth Morrell)

The cruisers had their lights on so there was no confusion as to where the toy drive was.(Courtesy of: Sarabeth Morrell)

Sgt. Teddy Bear reporting for duty. (Photo by: Sarabeth Morrell)
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Christmas Events in the Tri-town

ChristmasHard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner. The Tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have many events planned to celebrate the holidays.  Check them out.


MATTAPOISETTThe Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will bring Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” to the stage.

Performances are at the ORR auditorium and will be at Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

The cast has more than 100 students and stars Paul Kippenberger, Jack Roussell, Sara Achorn, Alice Bednarczyk, Kelly Bruce, Nicholas Claudio, Cammi Kidney, Kate MacLean, Michaela Mattson, Adam Perkins, Christopher Savino, Grace Stephens, Sienna Wurl and Damion Alton as Tiny Tim.

The adaptation and set design is by Director Paul Sardinha, and the costumes are by Helen Blake.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for the general public. They are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For information and ticket reservations, call 508-951-5302.

Rochester-The Friends of Plumb Library are holding their annual Holiday Fair from. There will be a Silent Auction offering handmade items, gift baskets and gift certificates, a bake sale, the Rochester Historical Society selling shirts and books on local history, essential oils, Pampered Chef, Avon and a visit from author Nancy Cote. There will be entertainment throughout the day, including a visit from Santa from 11-12:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER Rochester’s Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Town Hall on Constitution Way.

The tree lighting will begin at 6:30 pm

All in attendance will be treated to music by the Rochester Memorial School band.  Santa will be arriving to the holiday event by way of a fire engine.

Following the ceremony, free refreshments are available in Town Hall.

MATTAPOISETTThe Holiday in the Park activities begin in Shipyard Park at 3 p.m., so why not begin your celebration at the library?

The Mattapoisett Library will have a variety of holiday activities on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m.

For children, there will be a gingerbread story time at 1 p.m. with Mrs. Burke, followed by a craft. Adults and teens will decorate ornaments with baubles and gems. Supplies will be provided.

Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Everyone can dip into a grab bag of books and take one home, too.

This year once again the library is collecting new children’s books and pajamas in all sizes to donate to local shelters. Collection boxes are located in both the children’s and adult departments.

The library is located at 7 Barstow St. Call 508-758-4171 for more information or to sign up for the adult craft.

Mattapoisett’s annual Holiday in the Park and tree lighting will be held on Dec. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at Shipyard Park.

There will be a chance to meet Santa, sample food from local eateries and participate in family activities.

Marion  The Sippican Woman’s Club will host its 30th Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10-4 p.m.

Under the leadership of Jeanne Bruen and a group of club members, this year’s “A Coastal Christmas” theme will be displayed at Handy’s Tavern and throughout town with five Marion homes open to tour-goers.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available in Marion at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall and the General Store, and in Mattapoisett at Isabelle’s in the Ropewalk. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Those purchasing tickets and those who already have them should begin at Handy’s Tavern, 152 Front St.

All proceeds from the tour go toward scholarships for eligible Marion high school seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

The following day, Sunday, December 11th is the Village Stroll and Tree Lighting starting at 3 pm and Handy’s Tavern will be open from 3-5 p.m. for hot cider and cookies.

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Thanksgiving in the Tri-Town

ThanksgivingThanksgiving in the Tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester is almost here.  Here are some local events.

The Marion Council on Aging has tickets available to the yearly Old Rochester Regional Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be held on Nov. 23. The doors open at 11:15 a.m. and students serve dinner at noon. Call the Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 if you need a ride. Meals will be delivered to homebound elders.

6th Annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K

This 5K is on a fairly flat course along Sippican Harbor. This is a timed event, and results are available for all runners. All runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, and top finishers in each age group will receive medals. Register prior to Nov. 19 for $18 online at or register in-person the day of race for $20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. It starts and finishes at Tabor Academy.

Open Skate at Tabor Academy

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Marion Recreation announces fall and winter programs

fall/winterMarion Recreation announces fall and winter programs

Nov 11, 2016

MARION — Registration is now open for several fall and winter Marion Recreation programs.

Youth wrestling: Marconi Station Wrestling Club is now in its fourth year and will open its doors to the public for interested participants. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade can stop in and see what goes on in a typical wrestling practice on Monday, Nov. 7 from 6:30–8 p.m. at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive. In addition, more information and registration is available at

6th annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K: Held on Sunday, Nov. 20, this 5K is on a fairly flat course along Sippican Harbor. This is a timed event, and results are available for all runners. All runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, and top finishers in each age group will receive medals. Register prior to Nov. 19 for $18 online at or register in-person the day of race for $20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. It starts and finishes at Tabor Academy.

Open Skating at Tabor Academy: This annual event takes place most Sundays from 12–2 p.m. Grab your ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy from Nov. 20–March 5. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit for more information.

Winter Musical Theater: Children will learn the basics of putting together a production. In this class, boys and girls will audition for a role in the musical “Jasmine’s Medley Excerpts.” This play has been rewritten along the theme of the original “Aladdin.” Children will sing, dance and act their way into a world of excitement. The cost is $130 and classes run Wednesdays, beginning January 25th – March 22nd. There is no class the week of February vacation. Visit for more information.

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Tri-town Residents Early Voting

Tri-town residents embrace early voting

By Georgia Sparling | Nov 01, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingCathy Roberts, left, gets her ballot from Mattapoisett  Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger.

No one was quite sure how many people would take advantage of the state’s new early voting option, offered from to Oct. 24 to Nov. 4 for the November election, but tri-town clerks have seen a steady stream of residents who want to cast their ballots before Election Tuesday.

“We’ve been putting [the ballots] in the sealed up tote, and that sucker is getting heavy,” said Rochester Town Clerk Naida Parker.

She hasn’t counted the number of early voters yet, but said there is often a line as people wait to enter one of four voting booths at the Town Hall.

Some have expressed concern that their votes won’t be counted and that their votes aren’t secure.

Town Clerks say the votes will indeed be tabulated on Nov. 8, not before, and that they are kept in a secure, locked location.

For many voters, that hasn’t been an issue.

In Marion, Asst. Town Clerk Michele Bissonnette had seen 452 voters come through by Monday afternoon.

“That’s a lot of people out of the mix,” she said. “I think it will help the lines tremendously [on Election Day].”

Mattapoisett has seen even more voters, around 150 a day with 913 by the end of Saturday.

Mattapoisett Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger said she doesn’t expect the early voting numbers to affect the overall voter turnout, which is always high for presidential elections.

“I think the people that are coming here would have voted anyway,” she said. “People love the convenience of it.”

Mattapoisett resident Judith Shaw voted early on Monday and had only good things to say about it.

“I think it’s absolutely great,” she said. “I hope they continue it.”

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Old Rochester Regional High School Football

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Field Hockey: Varsity Game 2016-10-27 3:30pm Dartmouth @ Dartmouth Bus: 2:15pm
Football: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 3:30pm Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS Bus: 2:15pm
Field Hockey: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm vs. Brockton @ Old Rochester Regional High School
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Cape Cod Regional Tech @ Cape Cod Regional Tech Bus: 2:15pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Cape Cod Regional Tech @ Cape Cod Regional Tech Bus: 2:15pm (Cancelled)
Volleyball: JV Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
Volleyball: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
Field Hockey: JV Game 2016-10-27 5:00pm Dartmouth @ Dartmouth High School Bus: 2:15pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game 2016-10-27 5:30pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
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Clown Sighting in Marion

Kids report clown lingering near Sippican School in Marion

By Georgia Sparling | Oct 13, 2016

MARION — Creepy clowns sightings are happening all over the country, and now they’ve made it to Marion.

On Wednesday afternoon, two Sippican School kids reported to police that they saw a clown in the ball field behind the Town House. Both children were on the same bus, and the reports were made after they got home.

“Whether they thought they saw something or they actually saw something somebody playing a prank, it is cause for concern,” said Lt. John Garcia of the Marion Police Department.

Police spoke with construction workers at the Marion Art Center who were working outside as well as others in the area, but none of them saw a clown. A search of streets in Marion Village also turned up nothing.

Garcia said this is the first report of anyone dressed as a clown in town, and that police will be in the Sippican School area over the next few days to keep an eye out.

He also said it’s not illegal to dress as a clown, unless it’s done with the intent of causing alarm.

“I suspect throughout the region it’s probably going to get a little worse between now and Halloween,” Garcia said of the clown sightings.

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