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ORLEANS – As athletic director at Nauset Regional High School, John Mattson has plenty on his plate. But in addition to scheduling and rescheduling games as needed for the school's 12 varsity and junior varsity fall programs, he's taken upon himself the added task of trying to help recruit bus drivers. The Cape Cod Collaborative, which handles bus transportation for Nauset, Monomoy and four other Cape district...

ORLEANS – Remote and hybrid meetings have moved to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they might stay there in the long term. Governor Charlie Baker in June extended Open Meeting Law provisions allowing hybrid and remote meetings through April 1. But Town Administrator John Kelly said the usefulness of Zoom and the internet in conducting government meetings could factor into the town’s future plan...

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 – 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...

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 ...

NORTH EASTHAM – Unlike the seniors who came before them, Nauset Regional High School’s class of 2021 did not have the luxury of forging its own legacy. They did not choose to be the seniors who attended Nauset during a pandemic. They did, however, choose to make the most of their situation. They will always be remembered as Nauset’s COVID Kids — as the senior class that withstood a global pandemic and made ...

Imagine watching your children or grandchildren play a game of catch with a future big-league pitcher in your backyard, or serving a hamburger to baseball’s next great slugger during your family’s summer barbecue. Those are a few examples of the experiences host families have when they welcome Cape Cod Baseball League players into their homes during the summer months. America’s top collegiate summer basebal...

Local children from Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will be able to experience somewhat-normal activities this summer when all three towns resume their summer recreation programs after canceling the 2020 lineups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re so excited to move forward and give the kids some semblance of normalcy,” said Chatham Youth Service Coordinator Sharon Stark. Although COVID-19 remains a very real...

Brian Porter still recalls how he felt when he began his first job in the boatbuilding shop at Arey’s Pond Boat Yard while he was attending Nauset Regional High School. “I was like, ‘This is awesome. It’s like woodshop all day and I’m getting paid for it,’” recalls Porter, who also spent a couple of his teenage years interning for the now defunct Pleasant Bay Boat and Spar Company in his hometown of Orleans. “...

ORLEANS — The town charter lays out how the town works – but is it working for everyone? Every seven years, a charter review committee takes a look at the document (readable and searchable at ecode360.com/14345881). Under the chairmanship of former selectman Jon Fuller, the current committee is determined to reach out not only to department heads, elected officials, and appointed board members but also to th...

It was Christmas Day and Andrea Spence was starting to prepare dinner when she received a call about 20 stranded dolphins. She quickly left her home in South Orleans and headed for Brewster, where she weathered heavy rain with other members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team. Spence and her colleagues were met with a dire situation: 11 live dolphins were stran...