Orleans News

ORLEANS -- Det. Sgt. Andrew McLaughlin has been investigating cybercrime for the Orleans Police Department for the past five years, and he says the job isn't getting any easier. If anything, he said, it's only gotten harder as perpetrators continue to find different ways of committing crimes online. "I try to stay on top of it as much as I can," said McLaughlin, who works with other Cape police departments ...

ORLEANS -- When Jessica Shiever was given the keys to her new home at 15 Quanset Rd. last week, she held her future in her hands. Two years earlier, Jessica, 32, was a working, single mother struggling to find affordable housing for herself and her daughter, Willow. The lease on her small studio apartment in Provincetown was due to run out, so she turned to the Homeless Prevention Council for help. There sh...

ORLEANS - We all grow up learning about the story of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving. But Way Yin Yuen never could have guessed as a child that his own ancestors played a part in the settlement of America. Way, a Harwich resident, was raised in Brewster and graduated from Nauset High School in 1996. Growing up, his family operated the Double Dragon Inn on Route 6A in Orleans. "I've al...

CPC Criticized For Main Street Housing Vote

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – What looked on paper to be a simple committee reappointment evolved into a discussion about the future makeup of the town's community preservation committee last week. The select board ultimately voted 4-0 Oct. 6 to reappoint Sue Christie to the committee, but not without some discussion about what some members saw as the need for new voices on the CPC. The CPC has received criticism in recent wee...

ORLEANS - As town assessor, Brad Hinote is in regular conversation with buyers, sellers, real estate agents and other assessors from across the Cape. When it comes to the local real estate market over the past 18 months, the response from everyone he’s talked to has been consistent. “We’ve never seen anything like it.” The ongoing real estate boom has turned the local housing market on its ear, and Hinote p...

Hackers Bring School Building Meeting To A Halt

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS - A virtual meeting of the Nauset High School Building Committee came to an abrupt end last week after hackers interrupted and took control of the proceedings. The meeting, which was held via Zoom Sept. 29, was adjourned after less than 10 minutes when hackers took control of a presentation on plans for the high school renovation project. Representatives from Daedalus/CHA, the owner’s project manage...

Canning Retires As Orleans’ First Health Agent

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — Wednesday, Sept. 29 was by any measure a typical day in the Orleans Health Department. Employees answered phones and helped customers, while Bob Canning, the town’s longtime health agent, sat at his desk in his office overlooking the parking lot outside of town hall. Of course, when Canning was hired in 1984, none of this existed. Looking back on his career in town, he can recall in vivid detail his ...

Cape Cod Chronicle publisher Henry C. Hyora this week announced the hiring of former Falmouth Enterprise and Cape Cod Times reporter and editor Ryan Bray as the paper's new Orleans reporter. Bray will cover Orleans full time beginning this week. He began covering the town in late summer after the retirement of Ed Maroney, who originated the Orleans beat for The Chronicle. “Ryan has been able to step in and ...

Main Street Housing Article Dropped From Warrant

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — Lacking the support of the community preservation committee, an article to secure $1 million for a proposed 14-unit affordable housing project at 107 Main St. will not go before voters at next month’s special town meeting. Alan McClennen, chairman of the affordable housing trust board, asked the select board Sept. 22 to withdraw the article from the warrant for the Oct. 25 session. The affordable hou...

ORLEANS — The select board on Sept. 22 gave their approval to rate and fee increases for the town’s water and recreation departments, including a 4 percent water rate increase. Under the new water rates, which will go into effect Oct. 1, users will be issued a basic service charge of $54 per quarter, up from the current basic quarterly rate of $52. Assistant Water Superintendent Susan Brown said that apart ...

Orleans Select Board Endorses New Sewer Regulations

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The select board voted 4-0  Sept. 22 to recommend in favor of sewer use rules and regulations, although board members pressed Tom Daley, the town’s public works director, to provide more specific information for residents preparing to connect to town sewer. The board of water and sewer commissioners voted to adopt the rules and regulations ahead of the select board’s meeting. The rules and regulation...

ORLEANS – The community preservation committee last week declined to support bonding $1 million of its funding for the 107 Main St. project, leaving the select board to decide the source of the money needed to meet the town's share of the cost of converting the former Masonic Lodge to affordable housing. The board's options include placing a general borrowing article on the Oct. 25 special town meeting warrant...