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Selectmen want answers on Simes House parking concerns

Selectmen want concerns about parking addressed before they’ll give their blessing to a Town Meeting warrant article that would change the zoning for the Simes House. Neighbors to the Simes House have expressed concerns about where visitors to the Simes House will park their cars. Manomet Village Commons President John Moody tried to offer some answers, and some apologies, during Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting. (more…) Continue Reading →

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School department presents plan to fund playing field lights

Town Meeting will be presented with a trio of articles at its fall session that make up the next step in the School Department’s plan to fund lighting for a pair of playing fields approved in the spring. During the original presentation for the fields, Superintendent Gary Maestas said the department planned to fund the lights via a deal to install solar panels. Tuesday night, he and Business Director Gary Costin explained how that would be achieved. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Zoning change may be needed for Simes House

Making the Simes House a sustainable operation will be next to impossible without a zoning change, Manomet Village Common Incorporated Chairman John Moody told the Board of Selectmen, Tuesday night. Manomet Village Common Inc., which was created by several prominent Manometians, was the sole bidder for the contract to manage the historic home. Moody described how the group planned to generate the funds needed to keep it operating. But, given the current zoning, the group is reluctant to commit to the planned five-year lease. He asked Selectmen to include a provision allowing MVCI to withdraw if a zoning change isn’t approved. Continue Reading →

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Pinehills restaurant denied license transfer due to unpaid back taxes

The Board of Selectmen decided to make an example of Cafe Roo, a restaurant in the Pinehills, during their meeting Wednesday. According to the Old Colony Memorial, the board voted to deny a license transfer for the business due to non-payment of back taxes. The owners of the company had requested a transfer of the common victualler’s license to a new company. However, the owners owe up to $6,242 in back taxes, according to Town Manager Melissa Arrighi. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Have coffee with selectman candidate Betty Cavacco

Candidate for selectman Betty Cavacco is holding “Coffee with the Candidate” events throughout the town of Plymouth over the next few weeks. She’ll be meeting with voters in the Manomet and Pinehills area at Cafe Roo on March 18 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., The Mirbeau Inn on April 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and at Stowell’s Cafe on Manomet Point Road on May 6 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen support new athletic fields at Plymouth South High School

Selectmen voted Tuesday to support borrowing $3.7 million dollars to pay for building new athletic fields at Plymouth South High School, a month after putting off a vote on the same request. Superintendent Gary Maestas said he anticipated that up to $1.8 million of the sum would be repaid from the Plymouth South High School building project’s contingency fund after it was officially complete. The school department is looking into a deal to install solar panels at the school to pay for the lights. The field would be used by the soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball teams.

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Selectmen back bid to bring power lines into Plymouth

Efforts to make Plymouth the last stop for a major hydroelectric cable got a boost from the Board of Selectmen, Tuesday. The board voted its support for a Special Town Meeting article that would transfer a parcel of land near the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which was taken by the town due to a tax issue, from the Town Treasurer to the Board of Selectmen. The board would then transfer the land to the Plymouth Economic Development Foundation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Selectmen think additional PSHS ballfield can wait

Selectmen voted to hold off on putting more money into the new Plymouth South High School. School department officials came before the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, asking that more money be borrowed for the project in order to build an artificial turf field, along with lighting and drainage. The field would be used by the soccer, baseball and softball teams.

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WICKED LOCAL: NRC declines invitation to come to Plymouth and explain the ‘inadvertent’ release of Pilgrim Station memo

They got their apology, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) declined the selectmen’s invitation to come to Tuesday night’s meeting and explain both the miscue that resulted in an internal document being released to the public and the suggestion – inferred from that document – that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was not being operated in a safe manner. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen want answers about Pilgrim Nuclear safety concerns after memo is leaked

The Board of Selectmen don’t just want to hear from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, they demand it. Selectmen were prompted to meet in an emergency session after a memo was leaked by an NRC official that described staff at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as being “overwhelmed by just trying to run the station.” The memo came to the board’s attention via an article in the Cape Cod Times. The memo was written to update NRC officials about the inspection currently taking place at the power plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Town needs to focus on economic impact of Pilgrim Station closing, economic development director says

Plymouth should focus more on the economic impact of the closing of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and less on safety concerns, Plymouth Economic Development Director Jessica Casey told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night. Casey was presenting the findings of a task force appointed by Town Manager Melissa Arrighi when she gave that assessment. Most communities that host a closed or closing nuclear power plant have focused on issues such as plant safety, fuel rod removal and emergency preparedness. However, Casey said, those are areas that host communities have little influence over. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Arrighi recommends cutting kitchen from Simes House

One of the major dispute between the directors of the Simes House Foundation was over the type of kitchen the historic home should have, with some arguing for a caterer’s kitchen and some wanting a commercial kitchen, complete with a fire suppression system among other features. In the end, it’s the kitchen itself that lost. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of January 3, 2016

Monday, January 4
Planning Board, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

7:05 pm Public Hearing: Pinehills LLC, Station Drive and Peddlers Way
7:15 pm Public Hearing: Amend Zoning Bylaw – Section 205-19, To allow School Information Display Boards at High Schools

Tuesday, January 5
Affordable Housing Trust, 8 a.m. at Town Hall

Review and discuss draft RFP for development of lot at 17 Cutter Drive. Update on April Town Warrant requesting transfer of ownership of tax title properties (2106 State Road, 31 Strand and 227 Long Pond Road) to the Affordable Housing Trust for purpose of creating additional affordable housing. Conservation Commission, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

7:20 PM Alan Cohen, 71B Taylor Avenue, Parcel ID 045C-000-036-000. A Notice of Intent to upgrade a septic system within a coastal dune system and a FEMA velocity zone of White Horse Beach. 7:25 PM Constance O’Reilly, 69B Taylor Avenue, Parcel ID 045C-000-128-000. Continue Reading →

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Muratore pushes support for Manomet Youth Center

With a November 21 deadline looming, the Friends of the Manomet Youth Center brought out the big guns at Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting in pushing its raffle for a new Jeep. State Representative Matt Muratore told selectmen that 500 tickets had been sold so far, putting them halfway to selling the 1,000 tickets they need for the raffle to go forward. Muratore said things have been looking up for the Manomet Youth Center, with some 270 children now using it. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Selectmen take back the Simes House

The fate of the Simes House is now in the hands of the town and town meeting. In a 3-1 vote, the Board of Selectmen voted to take the historic home back from the foundation which had worked to restore it. The Community Preservation Committee will come before fall town meeting to ask for $1.1 million to finish the project, according to Chairman Bill Keohan. The foundation, he said, still has $700,000 in its account, which would be used to install a fire suppression system, he said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of May 24, 2015

Tuesday, May 26
Plymouth South Middle School Council, 5:30 p.m. at Plymouth South Middle School

Board of Selectmen, 6 p.m. at Town Hall

Licenses:  COMMON VICTUALLER (NEW LOCATION) – Vanatiel Inc d/b/a Cappy’s Pizza – Vasilis Triantafillou; COMMON VICTUALLER (NEW LOCATION) – The Happy Camper d/b/a Cappy’s Pizza – Melissa Griffin and Barbara Dailey;  Amplified Music Permit (New) – Hayley Sabella – Barn Show music series – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m – 6/20, 7/18, 8/8, 9/6

Thursday, May 28
Manomet Village Steering Committee, 6:30 p.m. at Plymouth Police Station

3rd of July event Public Safety & Planning
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Selectmen, Planning Board looking for committee volunteers

The Board of Selectmen is looking for volunteers to serve on a number of town boards and committees. Positions include a seat on the Manomet Village Steering Committee, a White Horse Beach representative on the Natural Resources and Coastal Beaches Committee and three seats on the Nuclear Matters Committee. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Loss of good jobs and revenue among effects of Pilgrim Station closure, report says

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts laid out the challenges Plymouth will face when Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station closes at Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. The presentation was part of a trio of reports that, Selectmen Chairman Ken Tavares said, would provide information on how the town should prepare for Pilgrim Station’s closing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Saturday is Election Day

Saturday, May 9 is election day in Plymouth. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Incumbent Ken Tavares is being challenged by Eric Dykeman for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. Manomet residents Betty Cavacco and Harry Salerno, along with Pinehills resident Shelagh Joyce,  are running against Kevin Canty and David Malaguti for a one-year term on the board. That seat became available when Matt Muratore was elected to the State House. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CANDIDATE ANSWERS: Kevin Canty, candidate for Plymouth Board of Selectmen (one-year term)

The Manomet Current recently posted a series of questions for the candidates for school committee and the board of selectmen. They will be presented in the order they are received. What steps would you take to fix the town’s infrastructure, such as roads and bridges? The infrastructure of our town, much like that of the rest of America, is in need of serious attention. It has been decades since our country’s infrastructure was given the attention it deserves, and Plymouth’s infrastructure is no exception to this national problem. Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of May 3, 2015

Monday, May 4
Memorials Advisory Committee,  6 p.m. at Town Hall

6:45 P. M.   Review and discussion of Memorial Application for a granite bench to be located at The Point, Manomet to honor Stuart Cameron   date of death July 6, 1985. School Committee, 6 p.m. at Manomet Elementary School

7:40 p.m. School Improvement Plans: Manomet Elementary School

Planning Board, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

B581 – Waverly Oaks RDD – Plan and Covenant Endorsement
7:30 p.m. Public hearing:  Roads Advisory Committee/Ship Pond Road Paving
7:40 p.m. ZBA 3783 – Susan Higgins, 9 Highland Ave, Map 46, Lot H-W, Special permit to waive rear setback requirements in order to replace an existing garage

Tuesday, May 5

Board of Selectmen, 5:30 p.m. at Burial Hill and Town Hall

7:25 p.m. Joint meeting – Building Committee and Plymouth South High School
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CANDIDATE ANSWERS: Betty Cavacco, candidate for Plymouth Board of Selectmen (one-year term)

What steps would you take to fix the town’s infrastructure, such as roads and bridges? First I would get the excise money out of the general fund and put it back into our roads and infrastructure. We collect $7 million from excise taxes. We have a system that prioritizes each road. It’s time we start using all “our” tools in the toolbox! Continue Reading →

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CANDIDATE ANSWERS: Harry Salerno candidate for Plymouth Board of Selectmen (one-year term)

The Manomet Current recently posted a series of questions for the candidates for school committee and the board of selectmen. They will be presented in the order they are received. What steps would you take to fix the town’s infrastructure, such as roads and bridges? First, I believe that we need to develop a comprehensive plan to address the full scope of this issue. It is important to include the DPW, Town Manager, and Board of Selectmen in this planning process. Continue Reading →

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