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ORLEANS - The town’s board of health stopped short of issuing a masking order last week, opting instead to get behind an advisory modeled after guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The board voted 5-0 in favor of the advisory, which urges people to wear masks "whenever indoors on the premises of a business, club, or place of assembly, including but not limited to retail establishments...

ORLEANS - The town is ready to partner with Housing Assistance Corporation to bring affordable housing to the site of the former Masonic Lodge on Main Street. But how it comes up with its share of the money to do so has yet to be decided.  The affordable housing trust fund board voted 8-0 Aug. 17 to accept Town Administrator John Kelly’s recommendation that the town partner with the Hyannis-based nonprofit to ...

Orleans Officials Say New Fire Station Needed

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- What began as a plan to renovate the town’s fire station on Eldredge Park Way has become one to build a brand new facility. There is $5 million in capital improvement funding earmarked for Fiscal Year 2023 to make necessary upgrades to the existing building. But an Aug. 11 update to the select board from town officials made clear that a bigger project is needed to adequately bring the aging station ...

ORLEANS - What will Orleans look like in 20 years? It’s a big question to tackle, but the planning board hopes that an economic development study will help put it on the right path toward shaping the town’s future. Board members talked with members of the finance committee Aug. 10 about the plan, how it should be formulated and what they thought the town needs to plan for moving ahead. The planning board...

ORLEANS - Despite noise and parking complaints from some abutters, the select board will not amend the Barley Neck Inn’s existing license authorizing outdoor music this season. Failing to find a way to properly define what does and does not constitute “amplified” music, the select board on Aug. 11 instead opted to allow the inn to operate as permitted through Sept. 19. The inn’s license allows for outdoor m...

ORLEANS – A Barnstable Superior Court judge has denied a request for an injunction prohibiting the select board from moving forward with host community agreements with two recreational marijuana businesses. B/Well Holdings, Inc., which operates a retail marijuana business in Provincetown, filed the injunction June 16. In it, the company claims that the select board erred when it chose to move forward with n...

ORLEANS – Outside long-dormant Bayberry Square, grass sprouts up in patches through cracks across the expansive pavement. Meanwhile, the building itself screams vacancy. The storefronts are all abandoned, save for one sign on the building’s far end near Nell’s Way proclaiming “We’ve moved” in florescent green. The unsightly state of the square, better known as the Underground Mall, has left many Orleans reside...

ORLEANS - Neal Ahern put the question plainly to George Meservey, the town’s director of planning and community development, Aug. 4. How long will it take before the Governor Prence Inn is again put to use? Speaking during a joint meeting of the select board and the affordable housing trust board, Meservey said it would be a minimum of two years before the inn, the purchase of which town meeting voters auth...

ORLEANS – Plans to renovate the community center on Main Street are moving forward. The select board on Aug. 4 voted 4-0 to authorize Town Administrator John Kelly to enter into a contract with ICON Architecture of Boston, which will prepare a final design for the project. In January, the select board charged the community building renovation task force with reviewing past studies on the center, i...

ORLEANS – Steven Schenfeld doesn't need to look at a clock to know when it's 5 p.m. Four days a week, the Beach Road resident says he can hear, and feel, the noise coming from outdoor music played at the nearby Barley Neck Inn. "This is an invasion of my use of my private property," said Schenfeld, who told the Orleans Select Board last week that he could feel the bass from the music through the walls of hi...

ORLEANS – A plan is in the works to convert the former Masonic Lodge on Main Street into affordable housing, but it would come at a cost to the town. The Housing Assistance Corporation has submitted a plan to the town's affordable trust fund board to build 20 bedrooms across 14 rental units at the site of the lodge at 107 Main St. The town is donating the land to the Hyannis nonprofit, which is also asking it ...

ORLEANS — It’s easy to understand why – perhaps this summer more than ever – people are strolling the shoreline, hiking in the woods and flocking to the beaches. But neighbors say some of those outdoor enthusiasts are trespassing on private property, clogging side streets with parked cars, and causing environmental damage to pathways and coastal banks. Stephen Brodeur, who lives at the end of Weeset Point, s...