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ORLEANS – Three months out from October's special town meeting, the select board still has plenty of work ahead of it in crafting a short-term rental bylaw for voters' consideration. The board has been working with Town Counsel Michael Ford in recent months to craft a bylaw to better regulate the operation of short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. Of particular concern is the increased commercializat...

Orleans Task Force To Address Gun Violence

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – About a week after the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 students and two teachers were killed, Gussy McKusick came before the select board with a call to action. "I'm here tonight because I'm tired of crying myself to sleep," she said. "I am grieving about what happened in Uvalde, but now I'm frustrated and I'm angry." Encouraging the town to "think globally and act lo...

ORLEANS – Lower and Outer Cape residents now have an urgent care option closer to home. On Saturday, Cape Cod Healthcare opened the doors of its newest urgent care center at 42 Route 6A in Orleans. The new center, located at the site of the former Lobster Claw restaurant, is the provider's sixth urgent care facility, joining others in Falmouth, Sandwich, Hyannis, Harwich and Osterville. Two days before its ...

ORLEANS – Sitting on a tree-lined stretch of South Orleans Road near downtown, the French Cable Station Museum blends in with its quaint, small town surroundings...almost too well. The museum's unassuming look disguises its unique historical significance. The station, built in 1891, served as the end point for a telegraph cable that allowed communication between the United States and France. The existing build...

ORLEANS — During the planning board's meeting last week, George Meservey, the town's director of planning and community development, called attention to an ad on the online rental website VRBO soliciting renters for a property at Sea Mist Drive and Barley Neck Road. The property features two homes, one fronting Sea Mist Drive and the other fronting Barley Neck Road, as well as an in-ground pool, volleyball cou...

ORLEANS — A community center could include any number of different features and programming. But members of the town's community center feasibility task force are adamant about the need for a future building to house one thing in particular. The Lower Cape sorely needs a gym, members said at their June 23 meeting, and any plan for a community center in town should include one. Apart from Nauset Regional Mid...

ORLEANS – On a warm early June morning earlier this month, James Rosato walked through his garden plot in the back of Putnam Farm alongside 5-year-old James Oringer. A few plots over, young James' mother, Catherine Larkey, watched with a smile. "James loves to hang out with him," Larkey said of Rosato, an Orleans resident who is in his fifth summer at the farm. "That's the best part, that they get to have time...

ORLEANS – The local use of fertilizers and their impact on the town's water resources has been a subject of discussion among Orleans officials for years. Select board members last week said the time has come to take more forceful action. Following the lead of officials on Nantucket, the board voted 4-0 June 15 to draft an article for the special town meeting in October requesting that the town petition the sta...

Special Permit OK’d For Orleans Pot Shop

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – One of two businesses authorized to operate a recreational marijuana establishment in town won approval from the zoning board of appeals last week. After some discussion about whether or not it could begin its review, the zoning board voted unanimously June 15 to award a special permit to Seaside Joint Ventures, Inc., which plans to operate under the name Seaside Cannabis Co. on Lots Hollow Road. ...

ORLEANS - What might a new Snow Library look like, and how does the town plan for a new community center around it? Recognizing the potential for an overlap in programming between the two buildings, the town's community center feasibility task force recently met with library officials to see how both projects might coexist. The task force is working through the results of an online survey that sought inform...

ORLEANS – Transports are up at the Orleans Fire Department, and with the impending opening of a new urgent care center next month on Route 6A, the trend is expected to continue. But to accommodate the additional call volume, Fire Chief Geof Deering said something needs to be done to boost the department's staffing levels. In his report to the select board June 1, Deering said ambulance transports went from ...

ORLEANS – There's no shortage of volunteer board and committee members in town. But the select board last week said more needs to be done to mentor and coach those members along into leadership roles. The town currently limits members to serving no more than two terms, but it's a policy that's not always adhered to. As a result, other members don't grow as readily into chairmanship positions on boards and comm...

Looking back, Scott MacDonald realizes how fortunate he was to have bought his home in Brewster in 1999. "We paid just under $180,000 for that home, and I'll tell you, we worked really hard," said MacDonald, Orleans' chief of police. "We're very proud we were able to pay our mortgage and raise a wonderful family there." But the cost of housing has reached unprecedented heights on the Cape, and many police o...

Orleans Remembers Its Fallen Veterans

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Smith has lost count of the number of times he drove by the small park at the intersection of West Road and Skaket Beach Road. Alan Walker Square, as it is called, is dedicated to the memory of one of Orleans' fallen war heroes. Smith, an Orleans resident who served as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve from 2003 to 2010, wanted to know more. "Ala...

ORLEANS – In midst of questions concerning his time as athletic director at a Rhode Island high school, Keith Kenyon resigned last week as principal of Nauset Regional Middle School. Kenyon was hired in 2010 as athletic director and football coach at Nauset Regional High School. He was later named interim principal at the middle school, a post he assumed full time in November. Read our previous st...

ORLEANS – A Nauset school administrator is denying allegations in a lawsuit that he was negligent in his oversight of a coach accused of inappropriate conduct during their tenure at a Rhode Island high school. Keith Kenyon, principal of Nauset Regional Middle School, is one of several defendants named in the civil suit, which was filed April 19 in Bristol County Superior Court. See updates to this story...