Giving Back to Cape Ann

Fishing Industry:

Attorney Orlando, born and raised in Gloucester, MA, has worked to give back to his community.In the 1980s, Attorney Orlando was a member of the St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee, and oversaw the four day feast of the patron saint of fishermen.

Joseph M. Orlando and Joseph M. Orlando, Jr., walk in the 1989 St. Peter's Fiesta parade.

Joseph M. Orlando and Joseph M. Orlando, Jr., walk in the 1989 St. Peter’s Fiesta parade.

 

Attorney Orlando, in back, second from left, with the Fiesta Committee in the early 1980s.

Attorney Orlando, in back, second from left, with the Fiesta Committee in the early 1980s.

Upon his resignation from being an active member in the late 1980s, he has continued to offer free legal service to the Fiesta Committee, as it works to keep this tradition alive.  

In 1986, as the Federal government sought to restrict fishermen’s rights to collect settlements when injured, Attorney Orlando testified in Washington about this abuse by marine insurance companies.

House sinks marine insurance bill
Gloucester Daily Times, August 14, 1986

City of Gloucester:

Attorney Orlando returned to live in his hometown of Gloucester in 2000.  In 2011, Joseph M. Orlando, Esq. was appointed by the Mayor of Gloucester, Carolyn Kirk, to the City of Gloucester’s Planning Board, where he voluntarily serves his community.

Manchester:

As a resident of Manchester for 11 years, Attorney Orlando led the fight for a Prop 2 ½ override to fund the public school systems, drawing support and thanks from the Manchester Teachers’ Union.

Letter From Timothy Averill, President of the Manchester Teacher’s Associates, dated October 24, 1990

Manchester Approves Override
Salem News, October 23, 1990

He also worked to garner support for the school choice program, to give all families choices in the education of their children.

A Success From Every Side
Boston Globe, June 21, 1992

Attorney Orlando, who has had a lifelong passion for baseball, noted upon his arrival in Manchester that it lacked a competitive league for its youngsters.  Towards that end, he founded the Manchester Essex Little League organization, and created the team logo, which is still used in those communities today. One of his greatest honors is that he was the first person inducted into the Manchester Essex Little League Hall of Fame.JMO.MEHallofFame

Manchester-Essex Little League All Star Team, 1997

Manchester-Essex Little League All Star Team, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton:

Prior to moving back to Gloucester, during the years that he and his wife owned a home in Hamilton, Attorney Orlando, Jr. was an elected official of the Town of Hamilton Planning Board.

Attorney Orlando, Sr. also served on the board of directors of the Josh Quince Foundation, which helped to raise money for teens struggling with mental illness.

North Shore:

Joseph M. Orlando, Jr., Esq. serves on the board of directors for the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization known as “Everyday Heroes,” which benefits the families of public safety and military officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty. Find the charity at www.supporteverydayheroes.org.

He and his wife, Jamie  Orlando, volunteer every year at the Special Olympics, helping to coordinate the transportation and events for these hardworking athletes.

Attorney Orlando, Jr. also began a collaboration with Nicastro’s Driving School in Gloucester, to give lectures to new drivers on the importance of adequate automobile insurance and valuable information on how to proceed should there be an accident.  He, along with Jennifer L. Stonage, also offer free legal services to each Cape Ann Town, once per year at a “Lawyer for the Day” program at the local libraries.

Orlando & Associates and Nicastro’s Driving School

The program was so successful that it has expanded to the Danvers branch run by Nicastro’s, and Attorney Stonage joined to give lectures at that school.