Orleans News

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...

ORLEANS — What if Cape Cod as a whole was a mindful community? With that thought in mind, Fiona Jensen started Calmer Choice in 2010. Now, 11 years later, the nonprofit’s founder is ready to hand over the reins to a new CEO at the beginning of the year. Calmer Choice, based in South Yarmouth, has brought emotional and wellness support programming to more than 35 schools in the state over the past decade, in...

ORLEANS – Is it possible to learn some new information about an event that happened nearly 400 years ago?  When it comes to the vessel Sparrow Hawk, shipwrecked in 1626 on Nauset beach off the Old Inlet in Orleans, there is definitely more to learn.  Dr. Calvin Mires, a maritime archaeologist and research associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will be on hand on Thursday night, Sept. 30 at 7 p....

Rare Orange Lobster Found Off Nauset

By: Tim Wood

How rare are orange lobsters? Paul Davis has been a commercial lobsterman for 12 years, and the orange lobster he pulled out of a trap just east of Nauset Beach Sept. 7 was the first time he'd seen one of that color. “I've never seen anyone else catch one,” he added. Orange isn't the rarest color found in lobsters – that would be white or albino lobsters, which strictly speaking is a lack of color – but ...

Orleans Art Exhibit Memorializes 9/11

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

ORLEANS – Orleans artist Florence Adams had a personal and visceral reaction to the unfolding and catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Her son David is an officer in the New York Police Department Emergency Services unit.  He was on duty that morning at the World Trade Center and she and her family spent agonizing hours not knowing if he had lived or died. Although David survived, many of his friends did not...

ORLEANS – The Housing Assistance Corporation has asked the town to contribute $1,876,624 toward the development of 14 rental units at the former Masonic Lodge at 107 Main St. Town officials are more than willing to do that, but a disagreement has developed over exactly where the money should come from. HAC needs a commitment from the town for the subsidy amount to apply for a $1.5 million state grant as well a...

Celebrate Our Waters Returns After COVID-19 Hiatus

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- Water quality continues to be a cornerstone issue on Cape Cod, and for almost 20 years, the Orleans Pond Coalition has been doing its part to try and improve the region’s waterways. From piloting programs to conducting research into new ways to help keep the town’s ponds clean, the coalition has taken numerous approaches to addressing the issue of water quality since it began in 2003. Part of the co...

ORLEANS -- An article to expand universal pre-kindergarten options in town is expected to go before voters at a special town meeting next month. The select board on Sept. 1 voted 3-0 to create an article requesting the expanded programming for inclusion on the warrant for the fall session on Oct. 25. The Orleans School Committee is specifically seeking $495,000 through an override of Proposition 2½ to fund the...

ORLEANS -- For Jamie Demitri, the Finch Skate Park is more than just a place for kids to recreate. It’s an emblem of hard work. “Your community built that,” Demitri, who manages the Pump House Surf Shop in town on Route 6A, told the select board Sept. 1. “They came together and they volunteered their time, their money, their equipment, their workers.” Demitiri, along with other skate park advocates, express...