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January 2014

 

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County to Host Spay Neuter Day

Media Contact

Sarah Fallin

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 224

sfallin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES TO HOST SPAY NEUTER DAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 31, 2014)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is working to combat pet overpopulation by hosting another “Spay Neuter Day.”  This event coincides with the national Spay Day USA event each February.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  The purpose is to raise awareness and help to eliminate the need for euthanasia as a means of population control. 

For the event, Animal Services has partnered with Spay Neuter Assistance Program or North Carolina (SNAP-NC) to offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of households that receive services from the Orange County Department of Social Services or who qualify by their combined income. 

“Animal Services hopes events such as this, along with other longer-term programs developed by this department, will increase the number of pets that are spayed and neutered in Orange County, and in turn help to eliminate the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation we face as a community,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.

Qualifying Orange County residents must sign up by February 11, 2014.

To register or determine if you qualify, please call Sarah Fallin at 919.942.7387 extension 224.

 

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County 4-H to Reschedule Community Forum

Media Contact

Sheronda Witter, Extension Agent

Orange County 4H Youth Development

Office: 919.245.2057

Cell: 919.218.3084

sheronda_witter@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY 4-H RESCHEDULES COMMUNITY FORUM

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 30, 2014)—Orange County 4-H is rescheduling the Community Forum originally scheduled for this evening, due to the inclement weather and the closing of the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools.

The Community Forum has been rescheduled to take place on Thursday, February 6, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at the Orange County Center. 

The purpose of the Community Forum is to identify the needs of youth in Orange County (Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough). Data gathered from the forum will be used to develop programs for kids ranging in age from five to 19-years-old. 

The Orange County Center is located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Sheronda Witter at 919.245.2057.

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County to Open on a Two Hour Delay

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO OPEN ON TWO HOUR DELAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 29, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the administrative offices will open on a two hour delay on Thursday, January 30.

Due to the extreme cold and black ice, offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. will open at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the situation. The staff is coordinating potential response and recovery efforts with appropriate stakeholders.  

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

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Solid Waste Weather Operations

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
WINTER WEATHER OPERATION CHANGES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 29, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Administrative Office is closed today, due to the Winter Weather Advisory.

The Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill is also closed today as well as the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

Curbside recycling will NOT be collected today, Wednesday January 29. Make up collection day will be on Saturday, February 1, for those routes that would have been collected today.

A determination of whether or not to delay Thursday's curbside recycling routes will be made at approximately 5:00 p.m. today.

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

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County Offices Closed

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY CLOSED TODAY DUE TO WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 29, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the administrative offices will BE CLOSED today on Wednesday, January 29.

Due to the Winter Weather Advisory, offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. will open at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the progression of the storm. The staff is coordinating potential response and recovery efforts with appropriate stakeholders.  

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

 

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County to Open on Two Hour Delay

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO OPEN TWO HOURS LATE
DUE TO WINTER STORM WARNING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the administrative offices will operate on a two hour delay on Wednesday, January 29.

Due to the Winter Storm Warning, offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. will open at 10:00 a.m.

Orange Public Transportation (OPT) will operate on a two hour delay, including its dialysis routes.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the progression of the storm as it approaches.  The staff is coordinating potential response and recovery efforts with appropriate stakeholders.  

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

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County Reschedules Buidling Futures Meeting

Media Contact

Kysha Thompson

Department of Social Services

Office: 919.245.2796

kthompson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING AT-RISK YOUTH FOR “BUILDING FUTURES”

An Education and Employment Assistance Program

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) is recruiting young people who are seeking assistance with school, employment and training services.

An informational session will be hosted at the Southern Human Services Center to introduce interested individuals to the program. The meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. An RSVP is due by Thursday, January 30.

DSS is using grant money to assist at-risk youth ages 16-21 to become successful in school and find employment.  Orange County Building Futures is a youth development program offering comprehensive year-round services to Orange County youth. 

The program consists of the following aspects:

  1. Tutoring, study skills, training, and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling, including dropout prevention strategies.
  2. Alternative secondary school services.
  3. Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning.
  4. Paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing.
  5. Occupational skills training.
  6. Leadership development opportunities.
  7. Supportive services.
  8. Adult mentoring.
  9. Follow up services for not less than 12 months after the participant completes the program.
  10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol counseling and referral to counseling as appropriate to meet the needs of the participant.

In order to be eligible for Orange County Building Futures, applicants must be low income and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment:

  1. School dropout (individual is no longer attending any school and has not received a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent).
  2. Basic skills deficient.
  3. Pregnant or parenting.
  4. Homeless, runaway or foster child.
  5. Offender.

The Southern Human Services Center is located at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information, please contact Kysha Thompson at 919.245.2796 or Caraina Garris at 919.245.2795.

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County Office Close Early Due to Weather

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE/CANCEL EVENING SERVICES
DUE TO WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the closure and/or cancellation of evening services at 5:00 p.m. today.

Due to the Winter Weather Advisory that could result in freezing rain and an accumulation of snow in Orange County tonight, the following services will be closing early.

The Parks and Recreation Department has cancelled all programs for tonight.

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will close at 5:00 p.m. 

The Orange County Main Library, Orange County Cybrary Branch and Carrboro Branch will close at 5:00 p.m.

The Animal Services Department will close at 5:00 p.m.

The Orange County Health Department has cancelled all of the late clinics tonight.

The Skills Development Center will close at 5:00 p.m.

The Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill will open at 9:00 a.m.

The Solid Waste Administrative Office will open at 10:00 a.m.

The Hazardous Waste Collection will open at 10:00 a.m.

Curbside recycling will begin collection at 8:00 a.m. as road safety allows.  Any streets that remain uncollected at the end of the day (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, whose normal collection day is Wednesday, will be collected on Saturday, February 1.  Those streets will be listed on the Solid waste Management Departments “Inclement Weather Page” at http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp  

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

 

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Steel Magnolias Production

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES THE PUBLIC TO A PRODUCTION OF
STEEL MAGNOLIAS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging is pleased to announce the launch of the Orange Community Players  (OCP) 2014 season.

The Central Orange Senior Center will set the backdrop for a production of Steel Magnolias, from February 13 -16.

Steel Magnolias is the quintessential story of friendship and trust, serving up a southern slice of life that's as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie.  In the world of Truvy's local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip. 

From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination and perfectly coiffed hair.  When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy's salon where they seek the solace and support that carries them through. 

Tickets may be purchased at Central Orange Senior Center located at 103 Meadowland Drive, Hillsborough or through the OCP Web site at http://ocpnc.com/. 

For more information, please call 919.245.2015. This special production is co-sponsored by the Friends of Central Orange and Orange Community Players.

Performance Schedule and Admission Fees

Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets $15) Play Premier

Friday, February 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. (Tickets $35) Valentine’s Dinner/Play  

Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. (Tickets $35) Valentine’s Dinner/Play 

Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. (Tickets $20) Dessert Matinee   

 

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Affordable Care Act Assistance

Media Contact

Anne Pusey

Head of Adult and Teen Services

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2534

apusey@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TO OFFER AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2014—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Main Library, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Orange-Durham-Chatham and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, will offer free, public enrollment sessions for the Affordable Care Act.

Certified Application Counselors will be available in the library’s first-floor meeting room on the following dates:

Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, February 21, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Counselors will answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and assist residents with the registration process. Attendees planning on enrolling should bring their Social Security Number, income information and any current medical policy numbers.

Reservations and walk-in assistance will be available, with Spanish-speaking counselors available at each session.

For more information, to make an appointment or to learn about other library services, please call the library at 919.245.2536 or visit www.orangecountync.gov/library

 

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Agriculture Support Enterprises

Media Contact

Perdita Holtz, Planning Systems Coordinator

Planning and Inspections Department

Phone: 919.245.2578

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON
AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT ENTERPRISES  

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2014)—The Orange County Planning and Inspections Department is inviting residents to attend a Public Information Meeting about the “Agricultural Support Enterprises” program.

The County is considering amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to adopt this program, which has been in development since 2001.

Residents can attend the meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, to learn more about the program and ask questions about the proposed amendments.

The purpose of the Agricultural Support Enterprises (ASE) program is to expand the types of activities farmers may pursue on their farms with the intent that generating additional farm-related income will help farmers be able to continue farming, thereby preserving an important part of Orange County’s heritage. 

The program would also potentially allow for additional farm-related and farm-support uses in Orange County’s planning jurisdiction (areas outside of Towns).  Information about the ASE program is posted on the Planning Department’s Web site at:  http://www.orangecountync.gov/planning/SpecialProjects.asp

The public information meeting will take place in the Food Lab of the Environmental and Agricultural Center located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.

The formal public hearing to hear public comments on the proposed amendments is scheduled for Monday, February 24.  Materials for the public hearing will be available on Friday, February 14, at http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/agenmenu.asp 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY BOCC WORK SESSION CANCELED

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2014)— Based on the Winter Weather Advisory and predicted afternoon and evening precipitation, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners has canceled the Work Session scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill. 

 

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Veterans Wall of Honor

Media Contact

Cydnee’ Sims

Senior Center Operations and Program Manager

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST WALL OF HONOR UNVEILING CEREMONY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 24, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting the public to celebrate the unveiling of its first ever Wall of Honor!

The ceremony will take place at the Seymour Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 27.

This wall will serve as a tribute to our veteran participants with a rotating portrait and brief description. The public can learn about the wall's inception and honor the heroic older adults of Orange County.

The Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

 

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Public Input Requested for Transporation

Media Contact

Abigaile Pittman, AICP

Transportation/Land Use Planner

Phone: 919.245.2567

apittman@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NCDOT SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

ORANCE COUNTY, NC (January 24, 2014)—The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments law.

Residents can take part in the process by making their suggestions during a 30-day public comment period which ends on Wednesday, February 12.

Division 7, which includes Orange County, will hold a meeting at its offices on Wednesday, January 29, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 1584 Yanceyville Street, in Greensboro. 

Signed into law by Gov. McCrory last summer, House Bill 817 “Strategic Transportation Investments,” overhauls the way North Carolina funds transportation improvements, allowing NCDOT to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.

The law establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to provide more flexibility in funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and division level with the goal of meeting the state’s top priorities while still addressing individualized local needs.

In the coming weeks, each of the 14 NCDOT Transportation Divisions across the state will submit its top transportation priorities to compete with other transportation improvements across the state for funding under the new formula. To help determine these priorities, each division is asking local residents to provide their thoughts on which transportation improvements are most important. Projects can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or traffic signal, and can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.

Each Transportation Division will host a public open house to meet with local residents and obtain feedback regarding transportation priorities. In addition, written comments can be submitted via email or regular. All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12.

This process provides an opportunity for additional input to the Strategic Transportation Investments process through the NCDOT Divisions.  Written comments can also be submitted to Division 7 through this form or by sending an e-mail to Ed Lewis elewis@ncdot.gov

For more information about the meeting times and locations, as well as the contact information for each division, please visit www.ncdot.gov

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING CHANGE NOTICE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 24, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in their 2014 meeting calendar. 

 

• The BOCC changed the official meeting start time of the BOCC retreat, scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., same location at the Solid Waste Administrative Offices, 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

• The BOCC changed the date of the Joint Meeting between the BOCC and Board of Health from April 8, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. to May 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. and changed the location of this meeting from Link Government Services Center to Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

The most current BOCC meeting schedule can be found at the link below.

http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/bocc2014.asp

 

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County Closes Services Early - Winter Weather

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE/CANCEL EVENING SERVICES
DUE TO WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 21, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the closure and/or cancellation of evening services.

Due to the Winter Weather Advisory that could result in freezing rain and an accumulation of snow in Orange County tonight, the follow services will close early today.

The County has cancelled all Parks and Recreation programs tonight.

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will close at 6:00 p.m. 

The Orange County Main Library, Orange County Cybrary Branch and Carrboro Branch will close at 6:00 p.m.

The Animal Services Department will close at 6:00 p.m.

The latest updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

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County to Host Aging in Community Series

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

Paul Klever, Executive Director

Charles House

Phone: 919.967.7570

paul@charleshouse.org   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST “AGING IN COMMUNITY” SPRING SERIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 14, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting Orange County residents to explore alternative housing options for seniors as part of its Master Aging Plan.

Beginning in February, the department is hosting a three-part lecture and discussion series in the Spring entitled, “Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future.” The series will be held on the third Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.   

The kick-off event on Tuesday, February 18, will feature developer and social entrepreneur, Tim Carpenter, who will present Aging Artfully. His presentation will highlight his experience of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a model of Aging in Community that he originated.  Winner of the 2011 James Irvine Leadership Award, Tim has been transforming the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning and creativity.

Part two is on Tuesday, March 18 when Dave Wann will present Sensible Lives, Sustainable Neighborhoods, outlining his prescriptions for transforming existing neighborhoods into sustainable communities. Instead of simply remodeling our homes to “age in place,” Dave speaks about remodeling a neighborhood so that it can, both physically and culturally, support the aging process. David is an author, filmmaker and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs.

The series concludes on Tuesday, April 8, with Paul Klever, executive director of Charles House. He will present Eldercare Homes: Aging in Community When We Need Care. This topic will address the common question: What happens when I need help to manage my daily routines?  Even when we may be at our most frail, being part of the community can maintain our quality of life and feelings of connection. Paul will outline a framework for thinking about the last years of our lives and describe Eldercare Homes, the pioneering model for neighborhood-based assisted living.

This series is $10/person or $25/person for all three sessions. For a limited time a discount is available for $40 early registration, which covers admission for two for the entire series. The discount expires on Sunday, February 2, and tickets can be purchased online at www.charleshouse.org

The Friday Center is located at 100 Friday Center Drive in Chapel Hill.

Space is limited to 200 seats, so early arrival is highly recommended.

This event is being sponsored by the Orange County Department on Aging, Charles House and Second Journey, with support from Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows Retirement Communities.

To register, please visit www.charleshouse.org and click on the link entitled, “Aging in Community” or call the Department on Aging Helpline at 919.968.2070.

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County Library to Host Art Exhibit

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST FOLK ART EXHIBIT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 14, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Main Library in Hillsborough will host an exhibition of folk art from January 24 - March 24.

“Road Trip: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck” is a 20-piece collection of works from self-taught artists as curated by Hillsborough residents Greg and Karen Mack of the virtual gallery Mike’s Art Truck.

“Road Trip” showcases a sampling of works from a variety of Southern folk artists.

“Although the styles and materials used vary widely, each artist represented is responding to a unique internal drive to create,” said Karen Mack.

A reception will take place on Saturday, February 1, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the OCPL Main Library. The Macks will discuss the art and artists, and be available to answer questions.

The Macks, long-time collectors of “outsider art” and friends of many artists, founded Mike’s Art Truck to promote and sell the work of self-taught living artists. Mike’s Art Truck has no physical gallery location. Artwork is shown through cooperation with other galleries and businesses, and displayed and sold online at www.mikesarttruck.com

Just as there is no real gallery, there is no real truck, only an imaginary one driven by their cat Mike.

The Orange County Public Library is committed to supporting the arts, sharing ideas and strengthening the Orange County community through the regular exhibition of local artwork. Each spring, the Main Library displays artwork from the Orange County Schools, as well as four to five additional juried exhibitions throughout the year.

 

For more information about arts in the library, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/library/mainart.asp

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County 4-H to Host Community Forum

Media Contact

Sheronda Witter, Extension Agent

Orange County 4H Youth Development

Office: 919.245.2057

Cell: 919.218.3084

sheronda_witter@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY 4-H INVITES PUBLIC TO ATTEND COMMUNITY FORUM

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 14, 2014)—The Orange County 4-H is hosting a Community Forum, which the public is encouraged and invited to participate.

The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, at the Orange County Center and dinner will be served. 

The purpose of the Community Forum is to identify the needs of youth in Orange County (Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough). Data gathered from the forum will be used to develop programs for kids ranging in age from five to 19-years-old. 

The Orange County Center is located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Sheronda Witter at 919.245.2057.

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County to Host Anniversary Celebration

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
CENTRAL ORANGE SENIOR CENTER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 13, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend an anniversary celebration, marking five years since the grand opening of the Central Orange Senior Center.

The free event will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31.

On January 29, 2009, Orange County Department on Aging hosted a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting recognizing the establishment of a permanent, state-of-the-art center devoted to meeting the needs and enriching the lives of seniors in northern Orange County.

To date, the center continues to be a thriving hub of activity where seniors and the community assemble for fun, education, exercise, programs, services, and special events.

The anniversary celebration will consist of light hors d’oeuvres, music as well as feature a special performance by the Prime Time Players senior actors group. 

The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough.

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County Promotes Building Futures Program

Media Contact

Kysha Thompson

Department of Social Services

Office: 919.245.2796

kythompson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING AT-RISK YOUTH FOR “BUILDING FUTURES”

An Education and Employment Assistance Program

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 13, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) is recruiting young people who are seeking assistance with school, employment and training services.

DSS is using grant money to assist at-risk youth ages 16-21 to become successful in school and find employment.  Orange County Building Futures is a youth development program offering comprehensive year-round services to Orange County youth. 

The program consists of the following aspects:

  1. Tutoring, study skills, training, and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling, including dropout prevention strategies.
  2. Alternative secondary school services.
  3. Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning.
  4. Paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing.
  5. Occupational skills training.
  6. Leadership development opportunities.
  7. Supportive services.
  8. Adult mentoring.
  9. Follow up services for not less than 12 months after the participant completes the program.
  10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol counseling and referral to counseling as appropriate to meet the needs of the participant.

In order to be eligible for Orange County Building Futures, applicants must be low income and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment:

  1. School dropout (individual is no longer attending any school and has not received a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent).
  2. Basic skills deficient.
  3. Pregnant or parenting.
  4. Homeless, runaway or foster child.
  5. Offender.

Two informational sessions will be hosted to introduce interested individuals to the program. An RSVP is due by Friday, January 17.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. 
Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. 
Orange County Social Services, 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough

For more information, please contact Kysha Thompson at 919.245.2796 or Caraina Garris at 919.245.2795.

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County Accepts Conservation Easements

Media Contact

Rich Shaw, Land Conservation Manager

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation

Phone: 919.245. 2514

rshaw@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTS CONSERVATION EASEMENTS TO PROTECT
TWO PROPERTIES  

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 10, 2014)—The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) agreed on December 19, to accept two conservation easements on more than 40 acres of land for natural resource conservation purposes. 

Conservation easements are written agreements that permanently protect land for its natural or cultural resource values, while leaving it in private ownership. The two projects were accomplished through the County’s Lands Legacy program. 

“Thanks to the vision of these two families, we’ve been able to protect 47 acres of significant natural resource land in Orange County,” said BOCC Chair Barry Jacobs. “The conservation easements allow them to retain control of their property and to preserve their quality of life, yet assure protection of their sensitive acreage from development pressures and other degradation.

Michael Hughes and Dale Morgan donated a conservation easement that will protect an

11-acre portion of their land in southwestern Orange County.  The forested site includes 1,200 linear feet of Collins Creek, which is on the State of North Carolina’s 303d list of “impaired” streams. 

The site contains natural communities and diverse forest habitat and for a variety of native plants and wildlife.  The conservation easement prohibits future subdivision and limits future improvements to the construction of nature trails and bridge crossings.  Commercial timbering is prohibited; however some trees may be cut down to prevent personal injury and property damage, and to remove non-native species. 

Katherine Bliss and Brian Dobyns granted a conservation easement of their 35-acre property located southwest of Hillsborough. The property includes the family’s residence surrounded by a mixed hardwood forest that borders the County’s Seven Mile Creek nature preserve.  The Bliss-Dobyns land drains to Sevenmile Creek and eventually to the Eno River. 

The conservation easement prohibits future subdivision and limits future development to the one existing home site and associated residential and agricultural uses of the property.  Nature trails and hunting are allowed, but commercial timbering is prohibited. 

The County compensated the landowners with $117,000 equal to 75 percent of the fair market value of the development rights that were removed from their property. 

The owners of both properties intend to take advantage of the NC Conservation Tax Credit program—available for easement donations that occurred prior to December 31, 2013.  They will also pursue enhanced federal tax deductions available for qualified easement donations, which also expired at the end of 2013.   

“These easement purchases are further testament to the success of our Lands Legacy program,” added Jacobs.

With these acquisitions, the Lands Legacy program has conserved 3,078 acres of land for a variety of public purposes, including new parkland, nature preserves, watershed buffers, and farmland conservation.  More than four million dollars in Federal and State grant funds have been used to match County land conservation funds in order to accomplish these projects.

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County Employee Receives Service Award

Media Contact

Carl Matyac, Director

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2050

 carl_matyac@ncsu.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION AGENT RECEIVES SERVICE AWARD AT STATE CONFERENCE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 10, 2014)—Orange County Cooperative Extension congratulates Deborah J. Taylor, who is the recipient of the Service Award for 30 years of service to NC Cooperative Extension and to the state of North Carolina.

Taylor is a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the Orange County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. She was honored at the Cooperative Extension state conference in Raleigh.  

Deborah began her career with Extension in 1982, and reached her 30-year service milestone in 2012. Taylor comes from the Vance County Center of NC Cooperative Extension, where she remained until 1992. 

“It is an extreme honor to be recognized by the state for three decades of service. NC Cooperative Extension is a wonderful place to work and I could not do all that I do without the support of my colleagues and the leadership of director Carl Matyac,” said Deborah Taylor, family and consumer sciences extension agent.

During the course of her career, Deborah has received numerous awards and recognition for her program accomplishments, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2000, and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Foundation Search for Excellence Award sponsored by the North Carolina Grange in 2010.

About NC Cooperative Extension

North Carolina Cooperative Extension provides practical educational information to help people businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Extension serves citizens of the state’s 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, providing education and technical assistance based on research from North Carolina’s land-grant universities, North Carolina State and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical universities.

 

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County to Observe Dr. King Holiday

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES IN OBSERVANCE OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 9, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Monday, January 20, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Tuesday, January 21, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, exceptions apply to the following County departments or services.

Library

The Orange County Public Library’s Main Library, Carrboro Branch and Cybrary will be open during regular hours on Saturday, January 18, and on Sunday, January 19. The Cybrary is closed on Sunday and all three locations will be closed on Monday, January 20.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed, but any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule.

Parks

Little River Regional Park and Natural Area will be open from 8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be closed.

Orange Public Transportation will only operate the Chapel Hill dialysis routes on Monday, January 20.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

The Orange County Solid Waste Administrative Office, Solid Waste Convenience Centers, the Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill and associated services, such as mulch sales and the hazardous waste collection will be CLOSED on January 20. 

There will be NO CHANGE in the curbside recycling schedule.  If your normal recycling day falls on Monday, January 20, please have your bins to the curb before 7:00 a.m.

  

In the case of an overflowing recycling site, please do not leave recyclable items on the ground, instead report this by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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Village Elders Lecture Series

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST VILLAGE ELDERS LECTURE SERIES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 7, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend The Village Elders Lecture Series beginning  on Friday, January 17, at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill. 

The Village Elders Lecture Series has been bringing scholars together with the community for more than 25 years.  Come and take full advantage of these lectures and the rich educational opportunities they offer. 

Sharon A. Hill, author, speaker and MBA, will kick off the series at 10:30 a.m.  Hill spent more than 20 years as a development and marketing manager at Fortune 500 giant IBM. While handling her global management position, she was elected Chairman of the Raleigh/RTP Black Diversity Network Group, a position she held for five years at IBM’s largest site.

Hill, a Toastmasters International award winner, displays mastery and confidence speaking for diverse audiences. She teaches, writes, speaks, and coaches individuals and companies about the skills necessary to become grounded in all human interactions, while leveraging the advantages of technology. She offers learning combined with a keen sense of humor to enhance and complement each experience.

As a Certified Etiquette Trainer (CET), Sharon will share with the group skills that we can use to better our community and may help you talk to your children or grandchildren about “necessary” etiquette we have forgotten.

The series continues on Friday, February 21, with Valerie Foushee, State Senator District 23, who will discuss her former role as NC House Representative and more recently her appointment to the NC Senate and share some of her plans and goals moving forward in this new role.

On March 21, Jeremy Purvis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will present “A day in the life of a biomedical research lab.” 

Purvis explains, “We often hear news reports about groundbreaking medical research, but are rarely told what scientists do on a day-to-day basis or how they make discoveries.”  In this lecture, the public receives a glimpse into how research is performed using specific examples from Purvis’ own laboratory at UNC.

For more information about the series, including future lecture dates and topics, please call Myra Austin at 919.245.2020.

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Boards and Commissions

Media Contact

Donna Baker, 919.245.2130

Thom Freeman, 919.245.2125

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 6, 2014) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.    

Currently there are openings on the following advisory boards and commissions for At-Large board members as well as those with specific requirements such as residence location or skill sets.  Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

Affordable Housing Advisory Board– The Affordable Housing Advisory Board prioritizes affordable housing needs, assesses and monitors project proposals and local housing programs.  The Board also explores new funding opportunities, assists in the investigation of County residential segregation patterns, and assists with other housing-related items as identified by the Board of County Commissioners.  There are currently At-Large positions open.

Agricultural Preservation Board– The Agricultural Preservation Board encourages the voluntary preservation and protection of farmland, recognizing the importance of agriculture to the economic and cultural life of the County.  There are currently needs for representation in the Voluntary Agricultural Districts of White Cross, Schley-Eno, and New Hope-Hillsborough.

Arts Commission– The Arts Commission recommends strategies to promote the artistic and cultural growth of Orange County, advises the Board of Commissioners on matters involving the arts, and acts as the granting panel for two annual funding programs available to individual artists and non-profit groups sponsoring arts projects in Orange County. 

Board of Health – The Board of Health seeks representation from specific health related professionals and the general public.  The board makes policy and is charged with protecting and promoting the public health in Orange County.  There are positions open for an At-Large resident and a dentist.

Historic Preservation Commission – The Historic Preservation Commission is charged with undertaking an inventory of properties of historical, pre-historical, architectural, and/or cultural significance.  It recommends areas to be designated or removed as “historic districts” and reviews and acts upon proposals for alterations, demolition, new construction, etc.  Applicants must have related background.  There is an opening for an At-Large position.

Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee – This committee helps to maintain the intent of the Residents’ Bill of Rights, promotes community involvement, and provides public education on long-term care issues.  The committee needs applicants with nursing home administration background.

Orange County Board of Adjustment – The Board of Adjustment hears and decides on variance applications, appeals submitted related to official decisions/determinations made by the Planning Director, reviews and takes action on Class B Special Use Permit applications, as well as matters required to pass by the Unified Development Ordinance.   There is an opening for an At-Large position.

Orange County Parks and Recreation Council – The Parks and Recreation Council consults with and advises the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation, and the Board of County Commissioners.  The council covers matters affecting recreation policies, programs, personnel, finances, and the acquisition and disposal of lands and properties related to the total community recreation program.  The council also provides input on long range planning for recreation.  There is an opening for a resident from the Cheeks Township.

Orange County Planning Board – The Planning Board studies Orange County and surrounding areas to determine objectives in the development of the County.  It prepares and recommends plans to achieve that development, including the suggesting of policies, ordinances, and procedures.  The Planning Board currently needs a representative from the Hillsborough Township.

Please visit the Orange County Web Site at www.orangecountync.gov/boards  to see a complete list of advisory boards and vacancies.  Some vacancies have specific requirements such as residence location.  You may complete an application online or download an application.  For additional information, contact the office of the Clerk to the Board: Thom Freeman at 919.245.2125, (tfreeman@orangecountync.gov)  or

Donna Baker at 919.245-.130, (dbaker@orangecountync.gov)

With more than 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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Prime Time Players Production

Media Contact

Joan Ontjes, Production Director

Prime Time Players

Phone: 919.219.5128

troyent@mindspring.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO PRIME TIME PLAYERS PERFORMANCE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 6, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging and the Prime Time Players invite the public to attend “Wally's War Time Hit Parade." This musical production is set during a 1944 radio show.

Meet Wally, the host of the radio show, who is about to ship off to Basic Training as well as Wally’s cast and crew. They will take you back to the days of “live” radio as they dance and sing to old favorites, such as “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Sentimental Journey,” and other nostalgic selections.

The Prime Time Players are senior performers from the Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough and the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.  Prime Time Players’ performances help to support the services and programs offered by the senior centers.

A suggested donation of $7.00 would be appreciated, but is not required.

Performance Schedule

Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

Central Orange Senior Center - 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough

Friday, January 31, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

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Heating Safety Tips

Media Contact

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100

jgroves@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT HEATING AND ELECTRICAL PRECAUTIONS   

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 6, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is

reminding residents when power to your home or business is disrupted there may be unrecognized hazards that can happen when emergency power or heating sources are used.  

Orange County Emergency Services suggests residents take note of the following safety tips to get through the potential cold weather:           

  • Do not heat your home with a cooking stove
  • Do not use a gas grill in the house
  • Do not use charcoal as an emergency heating source as burning charcoal can create deadly amounts of carbon monoxide when burned indoors
  • Generators should be outside when running.  Do not fill generators with fuel while in operation or hot.  They should be always cool.
  • Use proper gauge electrical drop cords rated to supply heaters that are fed by a generator. Proper amps should match the appliance and drop cord when matching.
  • Have a carbon monoxide detector in the home when using fossil fuel heating sources.  Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed at the highest point in the home for early detection. The potential for loss of life is greater when occupants are asleep.
  • When using a wood burning appliance, make sure the fire is tended and disposal of ashes and coals are away from the house.  Do not dump ashes directly in the woods or near other combustible material as the hot coals can lurk in the ashes for several days.
  • Propane space heaters are a quick reliable source of heat, but precaution should be used to prevent injury.  Never place the heater near loose combustibles, such as drapes, sheets or other similar fabrics.  Always place heaters on a non- carpeted floor at least six feet away from any combustible material.  There is a potential for carbon monoxide if the burner is not in proper working order.
  • If emergency power or heat is not an option, consider bundling families together in homes, instead of independent living. When it is extremely cold, the entire family (including pets) can group in one room where all drafts have been sealed to benefit from the combined body heat.  Choose a small, well insulated room with few windows as the emergency living quarters.
  • Have a good supply of blankets, toboggans and warm clothing.  Put on several layers, instead of one or two big bulky garments.  
  • Eat plenty of food.  The body burns food to produce calories, which keeps you warm. Use non-perishable food that does not require cooking and make sure everyone eats something.
  • Have a battery powered radio and make sure cell phone batteries are charged

For shelter information and other emergency alerts, watch the news or follow the Orange County Emergency Services Twitter feed @OCNCemergency

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