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ORLEANS — The train is ready to leave the station on some big town projects, but the track ahead is lengthy and has some twists. The first stop will be a completed community center feasibility study, where data and ideas will be taken on board to carry to the next destination: a point decision on whether to use the Governor Prence property for housing, a community center, a commercial attraction, or some com...

ORLEANS — That the community wanted a Fourth of July parade this year was never in question, but parade committee chair Jenn Allard wondered if the usual participants could summon the resources to participate following the pandemic. “I was really concerned that being in the parade, while enjoyable, might not be a priority,” she said. “I completely was proved wrong. There were more floats than in recent years, ...

ORLEANS — Late on the night of the day he rode as grand marshal of the Independence Day parade, Kevin Higgins was jolted awake by what sounded like a massive explosion outside his home across from Viking Point. “I thought somebody’s fireworks had all gone off at once,” he said in an interview with The Chronicle. “It was a cacophony of sound.” Higgins went down to his dock, where he saw a boat “pace back and...

ORLEANS — The town’s charter answers question about how to conduct the town’s business. The charter review committee asks questions about those answers and listens for better ones. The committee met last month with Fire Chief Geof Deering to hear his comments on how the charter can be more responsive and effective, and will entertain Police Chief Scott MacDonald at its next meeting on July 19 at 5:30 p.m. Heal...

ORLEANS — The controversy over awarding rights to negotiate a community host agreement to sell cannabis in town had its day in court July 1. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea took under advisement B\Well Holdings’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the town from acting on the select board’s decision to give those rights to Seaside Joint Venture or any other applicant that scored lower than...

Former Orleans Printery Could Make News Again

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — “Roll tape” may replace “roll the presses” at the former Cape Codder printery on Namskaket Road if Lower Cape Community Access TV opens a new headquarters there. The non-profit content and community access provider was to go before the site plan review committee yesterday (July 7) for informal review of its plan to build two studios (one with a working kitchen), an audio recording booth, and even a...

ORLEANS — Police Chief Scott MacDonald, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, remembers when “community policing” was more reactive. “When a problem arose, we would connect with the community and try to solve that problem,” he said last week. “Community policing was always on the periphery, not part of the fundamental foundation of law enforcement.” That had to change. “We can’t react after there’s a problem,”...

ORLEANS — The town has received a single proposal – from Housing Assistance Corporation – to develop and operate rental housing at 107 Main St. HAC CEO Alisa Magnotta wrote of plans to build 14 affordable rental apartments “in one structure designed in the style of a historic Cape Cod home, befitting the rich history of the property.” In an area of antique homes, the proposed building follows a traditiona...

ORLEANS — Clashing perspectives on Nauset Estuary were evident again at last week’s public forum on dredging the heavily-shoaled waters in Eastham and Orleans. To some, the condition of the estuary is a clear and present danger to the fishing fleet and recreational boaters and a hindrance to commerce. To others, such risks are known and do not outbalance the potential damage large-scale dredging could do to ...

ORLEANS — The forecast for Sunday, July 4, is for partly cloudy skies, a high of 71 degrees, and zero chance of rain. And although Weather Underground reports only on natural phenomena, it’s a good bet crowds will be gathering well before 10 a.m. to celebrate the return of the town’s Independence Day Parade. “The theme is America is Back!” parade committee chair Jenn Allard wrote in a recent email. “And we t...

ORLEANS — You might say Cecil Newcomb is keeping his own counsel in declining requests to explain why he resigned from the select board last week. Meanwhile, his former colleagues were planning to meet in executive session last night (June 23) to discuss a legal complaint filed by a cannabis company that was not invited to negotiate a host community agreement to open a retail marijuana dispensary. A hearing on...

ORLEANS — The recreation advisory committee is exercised (as in worried or perplexed). “Our committee right now is frustrated and disappointed by what we’ve not been able to improve with the rec department, especially when it comes to programming,” committee chair Tracy Murphy told the select board June 16. “It must be welcoming, low-cost, accessible to all ages, interests, and abilities, responsive to communi...