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County Flooding 6:00 p.m.

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

6:00 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY CLOSES CARRBORO SHELTER AND OPENS SHELTER AT

SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL IN CHAPEL HILL

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 30, 2013)—Orange County Emergency Services is reporting that displaced residents in the Century Center shelter in Carrboro are being relocated as the center is no longer being used as a shelter.

The new temporary Red Cross sheltering is available at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill. The school is located at 9201 Seawell School Road.

The shelter will accommodate residents and those with special needs. Pets can also be accommodated.

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County Flooding 5:50 p.m.

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

5:50 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES OPENS SHELTER:

SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL IN CHAPEL HILL

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 30, 2013)—Orange County Emergency Services is reporting that temporary Red Cross sheltering is available at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill. The school is located at 9201 Seawell School Road.

Residents in the Century Center shelter are being relocated to the middle school as the Century Center is no longer being used as a shelter.

The shelter will accommodate residents and those with special needs. Pets can be accommodated.

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County Flooding 5:40 p.m.

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

5:20 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES CONFIRMS FLOODING:

EAST GATE SHOPPING CENTER

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 30, 2013)—Orange County Emergency Services is reporting the parking lot is under water at East Gate Shopping Center in Chapel Hill.

Estes Drive in Chapel Hill is closed.

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County Flooding 5:20 p.m.

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

5:20 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES CONFIRMS FLOODING:

CHAPEL HILL AND CARRBORO

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 30, 2013)—Orange County Emergency Services is reporting flooding in Camelot Village in Chapel Hill, located at the intersection of Estes and Willow Drive.

Flooding in the Rocky Brook mobile home park in Carrboro has displaced approximately 25 residents. The Red Cross is coordinating with Orange County Emergency Services to provide shelter at the Century Center.

Two additional lines of storms are scheduled to hit Orange County this evening. Residents are reminded to be prepared and to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

To report flooding and other non-emergency activity, please call the phone bank at 919.245.6111.

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County Manager to Resign/Retire

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MANAGER ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION AND

INTENT TO RETIRE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 27, 2013)—Orange County Manager Frank Clifton has notified the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) of his plans to resign and subsequently retire effective September 29, 2013.

Mr. Clifton has served as the County Manager since 2009, placing emphasis on making decisions in the best interest of Orange County and its residents.

“Doing the public’s business is not without criticism.  The intent always focused on the best interest of the whole County and its future.  Together we faced difficult issues, with actions leading to successful outcomes,” stated Clifton in his Letter of Resignation. 

“I know I speak for the entire Orange County board of commissioners when I express our gratitude for the good work and strong dedication you have brought to the position of manager. Your knowledge and creative thinking have improved the function of county government, challenged assumptions, and advanced many of the goals articulated by the board. Orange County is in many ways a better place thanks to your leadership,” said BOCC Chair Barry Jacobs.

Clifton is looking forward to retirement and devoting more time to his family.

“My wife and I have decided to pursue challenges and opportunities that allow us to achieve goals we value together,” added Clifton.

In the interim, Mr. Clifton will manage the County’s daily operations and attend regularly scheduled meetings and work sessions of the Board through the end of September, continuing to assist the Board as required, during the remaining months of his tenure.

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County to Observe Fourth of July

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

FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 27, 2013)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the July Fourth holiday. Orange County extends a safe and Happy Fourth of July to all residents and visitors.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Friday, July 5, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Please be advised of the operating hours for the following Orange County departments or services.


Orange County Public Libraries

The Main Library in Hillsborough, the Cybrary and the Orange County Carrboro Branch will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and will re-open on Friday, July 5.

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 on July 4.

Parks

The Central Recreation Center Gym and the Efland Cheeks Community Center will be closed. The Little River Regional Park will operate during regular hours of 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on July 4. 

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be closed on July 4.

Orange Public Transportation will only operate the dialysis routes on July 4.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

Curbside recycling will be collected on Thursday, July 4, as regularly scheduled. If this is your normal recycling day, have your bins at the curb by 7:00 a.m. or put them out the night before.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on July 4. 

The Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill will be closed on July 4.  All services associated with the landfill, such as the Hazardous Waste Collection and mulch sales will also be closed.

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative Office will be closed on July 4. Regular hours of operation will resume on Friday, July 5.

For more information, please contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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OC Public Library Book Signing

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold

Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY TO HOST LOCAL AUTHOR

DEBRA FLETCHER MELLO

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 25, 2013)—The Orange County Main Library is hosting a reading and book signing by local author Debra Fletcher Mello. The public is invited and encouraged to attend at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

Fletcher Mello’s first novel, Take Me to Heart, earned her a 2004 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Best New Author. In 2005, she received Book of the Year and Favorite Heroine nominations for her novel The Right Side of Love, and in 2008, she won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Series Romance for Tame a Wild Stallion. Her most recent romance novel, Passionate Premiere, was published earlier this year.

Fletcher Mello’s appearance is part of Downtown Hillsborough’s Last Friday events and will take place at 6:00 p.m. on June 28.  

This book signing and meet-and-greet is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library. Since this event is taking place after regular library hours, the public will need to enter through the library’s side door. Admission is free.

The Orange County Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library or call 919.245.2537.

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BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE PRESENTA AUTORA LOCAL DEBRA FLETCHER MELLO

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (25 de junio 2013)—La Biblioteca Principal del Condado de Orange presenta un evento con la autora local, Debra Fletcher Mello, quien leerá de su libro y firmará autógrafos. Se invita al público al evento empezando las 6:00 de la tarde el viernes, 28 de junio.

La primera novela de Fletcher Mello, Take Me to Heart, le ganó una nominación como mejor autora nueva en 2004. En 2005, ella recibió el premio de Libro del Año y Heroína Favorita por su novela, The Right Side of Love, y en 2008, ganó el premio para la mejor serie de romance por su novela Tame a Wild Stallion. Su novela de romance más reciente, Passionate Premiere, se publicó este año.   

Fletcher Mello viene al centro de Hillsborough como parte de los eventos del último viernes del mes (“Last Friday”) que será a las 6:00 de la tarde el 28 de junio.

El evento para firmas y para conocer a la autora es patrocinado por los Amigos de la Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Orange (“Friends of the Orange County Public Library”). El evento será después del horario normal de la biblioteca así que el público entrará por la puerta lateral. Es un evento gratis.

La Biblioteca Principal del Condado de Orange se ubica en el 137 W. Margaret Lane.

Para más información sobre este programa u otros programas bibliotecarios, favor de visitar a la página de web www.orangecountync.gov/library o llamar al 919.245.2537.

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Tax Bill Deadline

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT TAX BILL DEADLINE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 25, 2013)—The Orange County Tax Office is notifying taxpayers the last day to pay taxes this fiscal year is on Friday, June 28. 

Currently, the County is pursuing enforced collection actions against taxpayers with an outstanding balance.  These actions will add legal costs to the principal tax and interest already accrued. 

In order to avoid these fees and additional interest, taxpayers can make payments online at www.orangecountync.gov, select the Online Services options.  Payments are also accepted in person at the Hillsborough Tax Office, located at 228 S. Churton Street or at the Chapel Hill Town Hall.

For more information, please call the Orange County Tax Office at 919.245.2725.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE RECUERDA A LOS RESIDENTES DE LA FECHA LÍMITE PARA PAGAR EL IMPUESTO SOBRE LA PROPIEDAD

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (25 de junio 2013)—La Oficina de Impuestos del Condado de Orange (“Orange County Tax Office”) notifica a los residentes que el último día del año fiscal para pagar sus impuestos sobre la propiedad es viernes, el 28 de junio.

Actualmente, el Condado toma acción para hacer cumplir los pagos de impuestos contra los residentes que tienen un balance. Esto significa que habrá gastos legales más la cantidad del impuesto y los intereses acumulados. 

Para evitar estos gastos e intereses adicionales, los residentes pueden pagar sus impuestos sobre la propiedad en la página www.orangecountync.gov y escoger opciones para servicios online (“Online Services options”). Los pagos también se aceptan en persona en la Oficina de Impuestos, ubicado en el 228 S. Churton Street o en el Ayuntamiento de Chapel Hill.

Para más información, favor de llamar a la Oficina de Impuestos del Condado de Orange al 919.245.2725.

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Board of Elections Filing Period

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director

Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350

treams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY OPENS FILING PERIOD: MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND
CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 25, 2013)—The Orange County Board of Elections is announcing the filing period in which candidates must file their notice of candidacy for their name to appear on the ballot for the November 5, 2013, Elections.

The filing period begins at Noon on Friday, July 5, and closes at Noon on Friday, July 19. 

The notice of candidacy must be filed with the Board of Elections office in which the voter is a resident and registered to vote. Notice of candidacy forms, along with the appropriate filing fee for Orange County residents must be received at the Orange County Board of Elections office no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19.

The Orange County Board of Elections office is located at 208 S. Cameron Street, in downtown Hillsborough.

The offices up for election and filing fees are as follows:

Town of Carrboro: Mayor – (1) Seat, Filing fee - $15;

                              Town Alderman – (3) Seats, Filing fee - $10

Town of Chapel Hill: Mayor – (1) Seat, Filing fee - $5;

                                 Town Council – (4) Seats, Filing fee - $5

Town of Hillsborough: Mayor – (1) Seat, Filing fee - $10;

                                    Town Commissioners – (2) Seats, Filing fee - $10

City of Mebane – City Council – (3) Seats, Filing fee - $6

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education – (3) Seats, Filing fee $5

For more information or to obtain the filing forms and the daily posting of candidate filings, please visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/ or call the Orange County Board of Elections at 919.245.2350.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE: PERIODO DE PRESENTACIÓN DE CANDIDATOS PARA ELECCIONES MUNICIPALES Y LA COMISARIA DE EDUCACIÓN DE CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (25 de junio 2013)—La Comisaria de Elecciones del Condado de Orange anuncia el periodo de presentación durante el cual personas interesadas deben presentarse para que su nombre aparezca en la papeleta de voto el 5 de noviembre 2013, el día de elecciones.

El periodo de presentación comienza al mediodía el viernes, 5 de julio, y termina al mediodía el viernes, 19 de julio.

La noticia de candidatura se entrega a la oficina de la Comisaria de Elecciones en donde el votante es residente y registrado para votar. La noticia de candidatura junto con el cobro apropiado para residentes del Condado de Orange se entrega a la Comisaria de Elecciones del Condado de Orange antes de las 12:00 mediodía el viernes, 19 de julio.

La Comisaria de Elecciones del Condado de Orange se ubica en el 208 S. Cameron Street en el centro de Hillsborough.

Elecciones y cobros de los cargos abiertos incluyen:

El Pueblo de Carrboro: Alcalde – (1) cargo, cobro - $15;

                                 Concejal del Pueblo – (3) cargos, cobro - $10

El Pueblo de Chapel Hill: Alcalde – (1) cargo, cobro - $5;

                                      Concejal del Pueblo – (4) cargos, cobro - $5

El Pueblo de Hillsborough: Alcalde – (1) cargo, cobro - $10;

                                         Comisionados del Pueblo – (2) cargos, cobro - $10

Ciudad de Mebane – Concejal de la Ciudad– (3) cargos, cobro - $6

La Comisaria de Educación de Chapel Hill-Carrboro– (3) cargos, cobro $5

Para más información o para obtener los formularios de noticia de candidatura y para las noticias diarias de los candidatos que se presentan, favor de visitar la página de web http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/ o llamar a la Comisaria de Elecciones del Condado de Orange al 919.245.2350.

 

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Library Improvements

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES EXPANDED HOURS AND SERVICES

Changes Take Effect July 1, 2013


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 20, 2013)— The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) will increase its Main Library hours of operation and extend loan periods on select materials beginning Monday, July 1, 2013.

The OCPL Main Library in Hillsborough, which already operates 7 days a week, will be open the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

“We are pleased to extend service to the public by four hours a week,” said OCPL Director Lucinda Munger. “The Main Library will be open one hour earlier Fridays and Saturdays.  And we are especially pleased to add two hours of service on Sundays, one of our busiest days.”

OCPL will also offer new lending terms on DVDs and Kindle e-readers.

Library customers will now be able to borrow as many as five DVDs at a time (up from three.)  The lending period will be increased to seven days (up from three.)

Kindle e-readers, available at the Main Library, will now be available for renewal.  Previously, the library did not renew Kindles at the end of the 3-week lending period.

“DVDs are incredibly popular with library customers,” said Munger, “and as we continue to grow this collection, we are delighted to increase the lending period. Customers are encouraged to use the Express Checkout station located on the Main Library’s 2nd floor to borrow these and other library items.”

For additional information, call the Orange County Public Library at 919.245.2525. 

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BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE EXTIENDE SUS HORAS Y SERVICIOS

Cambios comienzan el 1 de julio 2013

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (20 de junio 2013)—La Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Orange (“OCPL” por sus siglas en inglés) va a extender su horario y el periodo de préstamo para algunos materiales empezando lunes, el 1 de julio, 2013.

La Biblioteca Principal en Hillsborough, que abre todos los días de la semana ahora tendrá el siguiente horario:

 

  • lunes a jueves: 9:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m.
  • viernes y sábado: 9:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m.
  • domingo: 12:00 p.m. a 6:00 p.m.

 

“Es un placer extender el servicio al público por cuatro horas a la semana,” dijo la directora de OCPL, Lucinda Munger. “La Biblioteca Principal estará abierta una hora más temprano los viernes y sábados. Y estamos especialmente emocionado poder añadir dos horas de servicio los domingos, uno de los días más ocupados.”

OCPL también cambia las reglas de préstamo para películas en DVD y Kindles (equipos electrónicos para leer).

Usuarios de la biblioteca ahora pueden sacar hasta 5 DVDs a la vez (antes eran 3.) El periodo de préstamo será aumentado a 7 días (antes eran 3.)

Ahora los Kindles, disponibles en la Biblioteca Principal, se pueden renovar. Antes, la biblioteca no hacia renovaciones con los Kindles al terminar el periodo de préstamo de 3 semanas.

“Los DVDs son bien populares con los usuarios,” dijo Munger, “y mientras crecemos esta colección, estamos contentos poder extender el periodo de préstamo. Usuarios pueden sacar DVDs y otros materiales ellos mismos usando la estación “Express Checkout” en el segundo piso de la Biblioteca Principal.”

Para más información, favor de llamar a la Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Orange al 919.245.2525. 

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Emergency Services Storm Fatality

Media Contact

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

919.245.6100

jgroves@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REPORTS FATALITY DURING THURSDAY EVENING STORM


CHAPEL HILL, NC (June 14, 2013)—The Orange County Emergency Services is reporting a 20-year-old female died, due to injuries received during the severe weather system that passed through Orange County yesterday evening. 

The woman was pinned under a large tree, toppled by the storm winds. This happened on the 300 block of East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.  Emergency Services 9-1-1 Communications dispatched the call at 5:19 p.m., with Orange County Emergency Services, Chapel Hill Fire Department and Chapel Hill Police Department responding. 

Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene at 5:24 p.m. and the patient was transported to the UNC Hospital Emergency Room arriving at 5:32 p.m.  She later died from the traumatic injuries sustained. 

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Library Juried Art Exhibit

Media Contact

Andrea Tullos, Assistant Director

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2529

atullos@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY SEEKS ENTRIES:

JURIED ART EXHIBIT


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 11, 2013)—The Orange County Main Library invites artists who live or work in Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Person, Chatham, Durham, or Wake Counties to submit entries to the library’s Fall 2013 juried art exhibit.

The theme of the exhibit is “Art and Tea” and will run from September 1, through October 31. Entries will be accepted through Monday, July 8, 2013.

The artist(s) who is selected will be notified in late July.

For complete details and submission instructions, please visit the Library’s Web site at http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/CallForArtEntries.asp

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BIBLIOTECA PRINCIPAL DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE SOLICITA OBRAS DE ARTE PARA EXPOSICIÓN CON JURADO


CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (11 de junio 2013)— La Biblioteca Principal del Condado de Orange invita a los artistas que viven o trabajan en los condados de Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Person, Chatham, Durham, o Wake a presentar obras de arte para la exposición con jurado de la biblioteca para el otoño de 2013.

El tema de la exposición es “Arte y Té” y será desde el 1 de septiembre hasta el 31 de octubre. Las obras se pueden presentar hasta el 8 de julio 2013.

Los artistas seleccionados para participar en la exposición serán notificados a finales de julio.

Para detalles completos e instrucciones para presentar una obra, favor de visitar la página de web de la biblioteca al http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/CallForArtEntries.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

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR CHAPEL HILL LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO REPRESENT ORANGE COUNTY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 10, 2013)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County appointed advisory boards and commissions.

Currently there is one opening for a volunteer to serve on the Chapel Hill Library Board of Trustees representing Orange County.

The Chapel Hill Library Board of Trustees is a nine-member Town advisory board. Membership includes eight Chapel Hill residents appointed by the Town Council and one at-large Orange County resident appointed by the County Board of Commissioners.

Duties and responsibilities of the Library Board of Trustees include the following:

(a) Advise the Chapel Hill Town Council, Town Manager, and Library Director concerning all matters relating to the operation of a public library system for the town, taking into consideration the needs and attitudes of library users and staff.

(b) Advise the Chapel Hill Town Council, Town Manager, and Library Director as to the use and daily operation of library services and facilities.

(c) Work cooperatively with the friends of the library in support of the library.

(d)  Make recommendations to the Town Council concerning the construction and improvement of buildings and other structures for the library system.

(e) Advise the Chapel Hill Town Council, Town Manager, and Library Director concerning the annual budget of the library system.

(f) Monitor gift and memorial donations and endowments of the library, and advise the council on the expenditure of these funds.

(g) Recommend a schedule of fines and charges for the late return of, failure to return, damage to, and loss of library materials, and take other measures to protect and regulate the use of such materials.

(h) Advise the Chapel Hill Town Council on the extension of privileges to and use of the library by nonresidents of the town and any fees associated therewith.

(i) Advise the Town Manager concerning the appointment of the Library Director.

(j) Make an annual report on the operations of the library to the Chapel Hill Town Council and make an annual report to the department of cultural resources as required in N.C.G.S. 125-5.

 

Trustees serve staggered, four-year terms, and shall not be eligible for more than two consecutive four-year terms

If interested, please apply at http://orangecountync.gov/boards .  For additional information call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 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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County Launches Facebook and Twitter

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY LAUNCHES FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 7, 2013)—The Orange County Public Affairs Department is adding social media to its list of communication tools being used to disseminate the latest County news and information.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to “Like Us” on Facebook and “Follow Us” on Twitter. Both social media outlets will provide followers with news releases, updates on County projects, photos, County-sponsored events, and electronic bulletin announcements.

“The County is excited to join the ranks of social media and provide this option for folks who are more likely to access updates from Facebook and Twitter. These accounts will serve as the official social media platform for Orange County government,” said Carla Banks director of Public Affairs.

The Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages are accessible by typing OCNCGov in the search box of either social media site or clicking on the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/OCNCGov/341349435993438

https://twitter.com/OCNCGOV

For more information, please contact the Public Affair Office at 919.245.2302.

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Medicare Preparation Program

Media Contact

Beverly Shuford, Information and Benefits Specialist

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4274

bshuford@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS MEDICARE PREPARATION ASSISTANCE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 7, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is announcing that more than 120,000 North Carolinians will turn 65 this year. The department is offering SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program.

Turning 65 is a lot like turning 16. A 16-year-old doesn’t automatically get a driver’s license; instead he/she takes an exam and proves they are a safe driver. The specific order and procedure for getting a driver’s license is the same for enrolling in Medicare. Seniors must plan for becoming a Medicare beneficiary.

SHIIP assists those who are 65 and older to understand their options regarding Medicare. The program is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and provides free, unbiased information about Medicare and other insurance-related issues.

Seniors are encouraged to contact SHIIP prior to Medicare enrollment, so as to avoid making decisions at the last minute.

Medicare choices depend on several factors, such as:

 

  • Are you retired, or will you or your spouse continue to work?
  • Will you have access to medical and/or prescription drug coverage through an Employer Group Health Plan? 
  • How does your Employer Group Health Plan compare with Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Advantage plans?

There are other things to consider when determining your Medicare options. SHIIP has created a handout entitled, “The Road to Medicare.”  It navigates the Medicare system and outlines the various options that are available.

To obtain a free copy of this handout, please call SHIIP at 1.800.443.9354 or visit SHIIP’s Web site at www.ncshiip.com

Appointments with a SHIIP volunteer counselor can be made at either the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill or Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowland Drive, in Hillsborough.

For more information, please call 919.968.2070 or 919.245.2015.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE OFRECE AYUDA PARA LA APLICACIÓN DE MEDICARE

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (7 de junio 2013)—El Departamento de Envejecimiento del Condado de Orange anuncia que más de 120,000 residentes del estado cumplirán los 65 años este año. El departamento ofrece el Programa de Información Sobre el Seguro Médico Para Mayores (SHIIP por sus siglas en inglés).

Cumplir los 65 años es parecido a cumplir los 16 años. Un adolescente de 16 años no consigue automáticamente su licencia para manejar sino que tiene que aprobar un examen para mostrar su capacidad. El proceso de conseguir una licencia es lo mismo que inscribirse en el programa Medicare.

El Programa SHIIP ayuda a los que tienen 65 años o más a entender sus opciones con Medicare. Este programa es una división del Departamento de Seguro de Carolina el Norte y provee información imparcial sobre Medicare y otros asuntos relacionados con el seguro.

Los mayores de edad pueden contactar SHIIP antes de inscribirse en Medicare para poder evitar decisiones de último momento.

Decisiones acerca de Medicare se basan en varios factores, por ejemplo:

 

  1. ¿Esta Ud. jubilado o seguirá trabajando Ud. o su esposo/a?
  2. ¿Tendrá Ud. acceso a un plan médico o a un plan que cubre los gastos de los medicamentos a través de su empleador?
  3. ¿Cómo compara el plan de su empleador con los planes de Medicare o Medicare Advantage?

Hay otras cosas que considerar cuando uno escoge sus opciones para Medicare. El Programa SHIIP tiene una hoja de información “El Camino a Medicare.” Esta información explica el sistema de Medicare y las opciones.

Para obtener una copia gratis de ésta información, favor de llamar SHIIP al 1.800.443.9354 o visitar a la página de web www.ncshiip.com  

Citas con un consejero voluntario de SHIIP se puede hacer en el Centro Seymour, 2551 Homestead Road en Chapel Hill, o en el Centro de Mayores de Orange Central, 103 Meadowland Drive en Hillsborough.

Para más información, favor de llamar al 919.968.2070 o al 919.245.2015.

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Summer Art & Jazz Program

 

Media Contact

Cydnee’ Sims

Senior Center Operations and Program Manager

Phone: 919.245. 4250

www.orangecountync.gov/aging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST SUMMER ART & JAZZ PROGRAM

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 7, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging will host the Summer Art & Jazz program at the Seymour Center.

Dave Otto’s “In the Spirit’’ Exhibition will be on display on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, July 11, at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center.

An opening reception will take place on Monday, June 10, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., featuring a live performance by Marie Vanderbeck’s Jazz Trio.

To view Dave Otto’s body of work, please visit www.daveottophtography.com

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

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Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PRESENTA EL PROGRAMA VERANO DE ARTE Y JAZZ

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (7 de junio  2013)—El Departamento de Envejecimiento del Condado de Orange presenta el programa Verano de Arte y Jazz en el Centro Seymour.

La Exposición “En el espíritu” de artista Dave Otto se puede disfrutar desde el 10 de junio-11 de julio en el Centro Seymour (Robert and Pearl Seymour Center).

El estreno será el lunes, 10 de junio desde las 5:30 de la tarde-7:00 de la tarde con música en vivo del Jazz Trio de Marie Vanderbeck.

Para ver más obras de Dave Otto, favor de visitar a la página de web www.daveottophtography.com

El Centro Seymour se ubica en el 2551 Homestead Road en Chapel Hill.

 

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County Reports Rabies Case

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmoratto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES SEVENTH POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 6, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department received its seventh positive rabies result of the year, from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. Last year, the County recorded 12 positive cases.

The case originated on Wednesday, June 5, when a Carrboro resident’s daughter returned from school and heard squealing outside.  The girl soon found the family cat with at bat in its mouth. The cat dropped the animal and the resident called Orange County Animal Control to remove it for testing.

“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.  “Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death.” 

Fortunately, the cat in this case was currently vaccinated against rabies and will receive a booster shot pursuant to North Carolina statute.  According to the state’s rabies law, if there is “a reasonable suspicion of exposure,” a dog or cat with a current vaccination must receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days).  By contrast, an unvaccinated animal must either be destroyed or quarantined for a period of six (6) months.

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department is contacting the family to evaluate the daughter’s risk of rabies exposure. At issue is whether there is the possibility of secondary exposure from the girl handling their cat after the incident.  A decision about the post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies is based upon an assessment of all the factors involved in this type situation.

Rabies is rooted in reservoir species, such as raccoons and bats. If there is any possibility of exposure, citizens should immediately call Animal Control or 9-1-1.

 

 

2013 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The 2013 Low-Cost ($10) Rabies Vaccination Clinics are underway and the next clinic will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill.  The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.  For future clinic dates, please visit www. orangecountync.gov/animalservices 

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is a law in North Carolina that dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times
  • Orange County’s ordinance also requires that all pets wear a rabies vaccination tag
  • Pets with current rabies vaccinations that may have been exposed to rabies must be revaccinated within five days (120 hours) or they will be treated as unvaccinated pets
  • Unvaccinated pets that may have been exposed to rabies must either be destroyed or quarantined at a veterinary office for six months at the owner’s expense
  • Rabies can be transmitted through secondary exposure as well, so do not touch your animal without gloves if it has had any possible exposure to a rabies vector
  • If a rabies suspect is alive, do not attempt to capture the animal.  Keep visual contact with the animal until Animal Control arrives. 
  • If you discover a bat inside your house, be sure not to release it, but do remove yourself and any animals from the area
  • Always call Animal Control immediately if you find a bat in your home even if there is no evidence of a bite.  

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Emergency Services Prepares for TS Andrea

 

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES PREPARES FOR

TROPICAL STORM ANDREA

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 6, 2013)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department is monitoring and preparing for Tropical Storm Andrea.

Orange County is expected to get moderate rain and some light winds as a result of the tropical storm. Residents are reminded to be prepared for tropical storm and hurricane activity. 

Hurricane season started on June 1 and will end on November 30. However, hurricanes and tropical storms can be formed or hit as early as April or as late as December.

There are actions both citizens and businesses can take before and during a storm:

Before a Hurricane or Tropical Storm:

  • Prepare an evacuation or emergency kit
  • Fill up your gas tank
  • Prepare your house by landscaping, trimming trees and cleaning gutters

 

During a Hurricane or Tropical Storm:

  • Listen to a radio or TV station for updates
  • Turn off utilities as instructed
  • Make sure enough clean water is available for drinking and sanitary uses

 

For a complete list of storm preparation tips, please visit the Orange County Emergency Services Web site at http://www.readyorange.org

For the latest Orange County weather updates, follow us on the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

 

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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 OPENINGS ON ADVISORY BOARDS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 6, 2013)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting citizen volunteers for the following advisory boards:

Adult Care Home Committee                             4 vacancies

Advisory Board on Aging                                    1 vacancy                 

Affordable Housing Advisory Board                     6 vacancies

Carrboro Board of Adjustment                           2 vacancies for  ETJ resident

Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment                        1 vacancy for ETJ or JPA resident

Chapel Hill Library Board of Trustees                  1 vacancy for Orange County resident

Hillsborough Board of Adjustment                      1 vacancy for ETJ resident

Human Relations Commission                            2 vacancies, 1 for Carrboro resident & 1 at-large

Mebane Board of Adjustment                             1vacancy for Orange ETA

Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee    4 vacancies

Orange County Parks & Recreation                     1 vacancy for Little River Township                                                           

Please visit the Orange County Web Site at www.orangecountync.gov/boards/apply.asp to see a complete list of advisory boards and vacancies.  You may complete an application online or download an application.  For additional information, contact the office of the Clerk to the Board:

Jeanette Jones at (919) 245-2125, (jjones@orangecountync.gov)  or

Donna Baker at 245-2130,  (dbaker@orangecountync.gov).

With over 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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