Orleans News

Japanese Cuisine Coming To Orleans In May

By: Susanna Graham-Pye

ORLEANS – Orleans has a broad array of dining options likely to suit most any culinary craving. But one thing that’s been missing around here is Japanese cuisine. That will change with the arrival of Ten Yen, mainly a sushi bar but also serving a limited number of ramen bowls each day, according to owner-chef Michael Jacek. “We’re hoping to open in early- to mid-May,” Jacek said, explaining that renovations...

Study: Sharks And Humans Share The Same Shallows

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — A just-published study led by researcher Megan Winton of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy concludes that white sharks in local waters spend nearly half of their time in waters 15 feet deep or shallower. The research signals that, while rare, encounters between white sharks and people are a regular possibility. “These sharks are here and they spend a lot of time in shallow water when they ...

The $131 million renovation and expansion of Nauset Regional High School was approved by all four district towns in a special election Tuesday. Each town approved two separate questions, one authorizing the regional school committee to borrow the cost of the project, the other exempting each town's share from Proposition 2½. “The voters of the Nauset Region have spoken, resoundingly,” Christopher Easley, ch...

ORLEANS — One of the few things that proponents and opponents of the Nauset Regional High School building project agree on is that district-wide in-person voting will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 30. From discussions about addressing the needs of the 1970s school in Eastham begun nearly a decade ago to the current $132 million proposal before voters, there have been many efforts to inform and involve ci...

ORLEANS — The heavy cruiser FY 22 General Operating Budget is being readied for final review by town meeting in May. This year, it will be accompanied by five smaller vessels, a flotilla of enterprise funds with their own budgets running mostly on user fees. That change, intended to reveal more transparently the actual cost of services such as the transfer station and the beaches, is part of a draft warrant of...

ORLEANS — The consensus of the zoning board of appeals is that Pennrose, LLC, deserves a comprehensive permit to proceed with its plan to convert the former Cape Cod 5 operations center into 62 units of affordable rental housing. A formal vote is expected April 7. Before coming to that view at the board’s March 17 meeting, members heard from some of the West Road site’s near neighbors, including residents of...

ORLEANS — The elementary school committee voted March 15 to approve a $5,505,818 budget for the fiscal year beginning in July, a 1.47 percent increase that’s well within the cap that the town asked be observed. That decision was almost overshadowed by member Josh Stewart’s response to remarks by planning board member Brian Sosner, which Sosner made as a private citizen during public comment at the select boa...

ORLEANS — The Orleans Conservation Trust is reaching out to donors to help it embrace and preserve the ecological diversity of Henson’s Cove. OCT is just 3.74 acres – and $900,000 – away from completing a 23-acre Henson’s Cove Conservation Area, a long-sought goal. The 4 Braddock’s Way parcel, with 157 feet of saltwater frontage, “was ready to develop,” OCT Executive Director Stephen O’Grady said during a to...

ORLEANS — The goalposts for scoring a state contribution toward a Snow Library building project have been moved again. Estimates are that it will be fiscal year 2027 or 2028 before the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has the funds to initiate a new round of design grants, Snow Library facilities advisory committee chair Steve Gass told his colleagues March 3. “When I first joined the trustees...

ORLEANS — This was news, from the Orleans Record, in 1902: An automobile “came to the Hotel Shattuck and stopped over night, Friday week, and then passed down to East Orleans, opposite Mrs. Freeman’s dwelling, when it went back. Report says the party intended to go to Provincetown, but was discouraged on account of the sandy road.” Over the next century, that road and many others were paved and the region be...

ORLEANS — The Nauset Regional School Committee approved an assessment of $25,305,688 last week for the fiscal year beginning July 1, a 2.49 percent increase that “has the potential of meeting the desires of our sending selectmen and finance committees in terms of expectations for the budget,” Superintendent Tom Conrad said March 4. The budget, which includes expenditures for the middle school, high school, a...

ORLEANS — Is the Governor Prence Inn property the hill affordable housing advocates want to die on? In a joint meeting Tuesday night, the affordable housing committee and affordable housing trust board considered what advice to give the select board the following evening about acquiring the parcel for housing and other uses. By March 15, the select board must decide whether to ask this spring’s town meeting ...