Orleans News

ORLEANS – Cam and Tyler Hadfield spent every day this past summer at The Rail. The brothers, who co-own the East Orleans breakfast and lunch spot near the corner of Beach Road and Barley Neck Road, struggled with staffing, especially toward the end of summer as many seasonal workers went back to school. By late August, Cam said, the restaurant scaled back its hours of operation and closed on Thursdays. "We ...

ORLEANS – "This is going to be a challenge," John Kelly told the select board Oct. 13. The town administrator was referring to the trouble town officials have run into drafting regulations for outdoor entertainment licensing, specifically regarding live music. Neighbors of the Barley Neck Inn on Beach Road have pushed back on the select board's vote in March to permit the restaurant to offer outdoor live mu...

ORLEANS – At  107 Main St., a small abandoned building, formerly a Masonic Lodge, is set far back from the road. But if the Housing Assistance Corporation has its way, the property could be the site of a new farmhouse style building that better aligns with the historic character of the area. HAC officials presented plans and renderings for the 14-unit, 20-bedroom affordable housing development it is planning f...

ORLEANS – What's in a name? When it comes to the difference between a town administrator and a town manager, John Kelly says there is more than meets the eye. The select board on Oct. 13 held a joint hearing with the town's charter review committee, which asked the board for input on some possible changes it is exploring to the town charter. That includes a possible title change from town administrator to t...

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 ...