Orleans News

Clenchy Named New Nauset Superintendent

By: Ryan Bray

EASTHAM – The Nauset Regional School District has its new superintendent. The Nauset Regional School Committee and Nauset School Union 54 on Friday each unanimously voted to remove the interim tag from Brooke Clenchy's title, making her the district's new full-time superintendent, pending contract negotiations. Clenchy, who was tapped as interim superintendent last spring in anticipation of Thomas Conrad's ...

ORLEANS – If Orleans wants to boost its economic profile, it needs to make better use of its waterfront and downtown areas. That's according to the consulting firm Streetsense, which the town hired in the fall to steer its economic development plan. The planning board was updated on the firm's findings to date at its Jan. 25 meeting. Streetsense's work began in November with a tour of the town's downtown ar...

ORLEANS – Water quality experts say that sewering is likely the best option for treating phosphorus loading in Baker Pond. The marine and fresh water quality committee was presented Jan. 24 with a draft final study on the 28-acre pond, which is on the Orleans-Brewster town line. The pond is the last of four waterways in town the committee has identified for study, with management plans already underway for Unc...

ORLEANS – By most accounts around town, the planned renovation of the Main Street Community Center represents a noticeable improvement to the existing building. But the Orleans Historical Commission has more specific concerns, namely whether the proposed work constitutes a historic restoration of the property. Commission members voted 5-0 Jan. 26 to find that they lacked the information needed to make a recomm...

Clenchy Named New Nauset Superintendent

By: Ryan Bray

EASTHAM - The Nauset Regional School District has its new superintendent. The Nauset Regional School Committee and Nauset School Union 54 on Friday each unanimously voted to remove the interim tag from Brooke Clenchy's title, making her the district's new full-time superintendent, pending contract negotiations. Clenchy, who was tapped as interim superintendent last spring in anticipation of Thomas Conrad's ...

ORLEANS – Is it a boat, or is it a sign? The zoning board of appeals on Feb. 2 will again take up the status of the boat out in front of Atlantic Workshop, even though the business' owner already won an appeal of an order calling for its removal in 2020. Scott Feen, who owns and runs the business out of his home at 94 Main St., is appealing a letter he received in November from the town's building commissio...

ORLEANS – If the town wants to move ahead with dredging the Nauset Estuary, some important questions need addressing. Questions include the location of the town boundary in the project area separating Orleans from Eastham, and can the boundary be moved? Town Counsel Michael Ford summarized for the select board Jan. 19 where things stand regarding the boundary as it relates to plans to follow through on the dre...

Orleans Due State, County ARPA Funds

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Between state and federal COVID-19 funding and anticipated revenue from two recreational marijuana shops due to open in town, more money is coming to Orleans. But town officials need more guidance on how to spend it. The select board on Jan. 19 had a preliminary discussion on what the town can expect from state and county COVID-19 relief funding and tried to get a sense of how that money can and cann...

ORLEANS – Town officials want to have all of the information they need in place if and when the time comes to demolish the existing Governor Prence Inn buildings. The select board and the affordable housing trust board, which together co-own the 5.5-acre property on Route 6A, voted during a joint meeting Jan. 18 to begin the process of undertaking site reconstruction and a topological survey, funding for which...

NORTH EASTHAM – The energy and excitement was reminiscent of what you would expect during the final moments of a tense sporting event in a school gymnasium rather than the usually quiet confines of the library. For four days spread across two weeks, Nauset Regional High School’s library served as a battlefield, as the school welcomed Dennis-Yarmouth and Falmouth High School students to compete in the Cape Cod ...

ORLEANS – The select board wants clarity on the town's insurance policy on the Governor Prence Inn buildings, which Town Administrator John Kelly said the town could be at risk of losing. Kelly told the board Jan. 12 that he received communication from Lloyd's of London, which is insuring the building, that the town has 45 days to make needed repairs to the property, otherwise it could risk losing its $1 milli...

ORLEANS – A new urgent care facility is on schedule to open its doors this spring at the site of the former Lobster Claw restaurant on Route 6A. Ground broke last month on the yet-to-be-named facility, which will be located at 42 Route 6A. The 6,500-square-foot center is being built as part of an extensive $125 million capital campaign announced by Cape Cod Healthcare Jan. 4. Plans for the new center show a...