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ORLEANS — On a cool, sunny late April morning, Veterans Memorial Park is largely quiet. Cars buzz by the triangular lot of land in all directions, but apart from Brian Sosner and Kevin Higgins, there's no one to be seen. The two Orleans residents hope to change that. If things come together as planned, Higgins can envision people stopping by to visit the park on their way out of the United Methodist Church acr...

ORLEANS – Sitting at her desk Friday on her first official day as the Lower Cape Outreach Council's new CEO, Katie Wibby is well aware that there is much to be done. First hired in January as the council's chief operating officer, Wibby now sits at the helm of an organization that for years has helped provide emergency financial relief and other resources to families in need on the Lower and Outer Cape. "We...

ORLEANS – Clarke Doody hasn't had a paycheck in three years, and he's never been happier. In 2018, he left his job in corporate America behind and relocated from his native New York to Harwich, where he traded in the comfort of a steady job and good paycheck for the chance to make a life out of pursuing his passions, namely music and art. "You wouldn't have recognized me," Doody, 39, said of his former life...

EASTHAM – Nauset school officials are sticking with School Choice for the coming 2022-2023 school year, even though the number of additional students attending school in the district through the program remains to be seen. The Nauset Regional School Committee voted unanimously April 14 to support the district's School Choice projections, which call for between 105 and 125 more students. School Choice is a s...

ORLEANS – Could lowering the quorum for future town meetings help the biannual sessions move along more smoothly? The town's charter review committee thinks so. The committee is bringing 12 proposed charter amendments to the annual town meeting on May 9, including one to lower the town meeting quorum from 200 voters to 100. The proposal also calls for lowering the quorum to zero over concurrent nights once the...

ORLEANS – With a draft economic development plan in hand, the town's planning board now wants to hear from residents. A virtual public presentation of the plan, developed in partnership with Streetsense Consulting, is scheduled for April 26. Those attending via Zoom are invited to ask questions and offer comments following the presentation. The planning board has been working with Streetsense since November...

ORLEANS – The pathway along Weeset Point has been used by the public for years. But with the installation of new fencing last week, some property owners hope to put a stop to it. Stephen Brodeur, who owns property at the end of Weeset Proprietors Way, installed two fences, one at the far end of the point and another closer to Tonset Landing, prohibiting those who don’t live on the private way from accessing...

ORLEANS – You never forget the first time someone asks you to go to France. Beverly Fuller still remembers when her husband, Jon, asked when they first met in 1980. “ I said ‘Wow, this guy’s romantic. I need to get my passport,’” she recalled. “He said ‘It’s with the boys varsity basketball team.’ Not the romantic weekend I was thinking of.” But 42 years later, the Orleans couple is still using basketb...

ORLEANS – Residents voted four years ago to partially fund the installation of a traffic signal system outside the fire department headquarters. Now a petition article has been drafted to get the town to change it. The article included as part of the special town meeting warrant for May 9 asks the town to “alter” the system on Eldredge Park Way so that it is not functional at all times. “ This article w...

ORLEANS – There's no argument about the need to sewer Mill Pond. The question for the select board April 6 was when and how. The board discussed a petition last week directing the town to begin the process of planning for the Mill Pond area to be sewered. The article is set to go before voters at the annual town meeting on May 9. The town is nearing the point of construction on the second phase of sewering ...

ORLEANS – When Hannah Greene was in the third grade, she wrote a poem about one day becoming a police officer. A Yarmouth native, she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her cousin, a New York state trooper. "I think just the job itself, being looked up to by so many people, being the one to help people, the person that people look up to for answers to any of their problems," Greene, 26, said of what initiall...

EASTHAM – Court Watson took an art history class as a sophomore at Nauset Regional High School. But nothing he learned in the classroom could have prepared him for the things he saw in Rome up close. One of 17 Nauset High students who went on a trip to the ancient city over the school's February break, Watson, now a senior, recalled a visit to a museum in a house built upon layers of the city's past history. ...