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March 2013

 

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Tax Office ARIES Apple App

 

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RELEASES APPLE VERSION OF A.R.I.E.S. APP

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 28, 2013)—The Orange County Tax Office encourages the public to use the Apple version of its Address Related Information Electronic Search (ARIES) app. 

This customer service app is a Land Records and Geographic Information Systems tool that provides a variety of property-specific information.  The app can be found by typing  “Orange County NC” in the app store’s search engine. Once downloaded through the Android or Apple market, users can choose from two different options: 1) Use your current location or 2) Enter an address manually. 

The app uses the GPS in your phone or tablet to link back to property tax and GIS records. This can be beneficial for prospective home buyers, realtors, attorneys, developers and the like. The tool provides Orange County reports for tax assessment, parks, assigned schools, election districts, etc. 

“We plan to continually expand this tool as we discover more uses, and we hope to improve the product’s functionality and performance over time,” said Dwane Brinson, director of the Tax Office. “Credit goes to the Land Records/GIS staff for their hard work in making this vision a reality.” 

For more information or assistance with using the Apple version of the ARIES app, please visit www.aries.co.orange.nc.us or call the Orange County Tax Office at 919.245.2725.

 

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Orange County to Observe Good Friday

 

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
GOOD FRIDAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 27, 2013)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Friday, March 29, in observance of Good Friday and the Easter holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, April 1, 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 Main Library and the Orange County Carrboro Branch Library and Orange County Cybrary will be open during regular hours on Saturday, March 30. However, all three locations will be closed on Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be open on Saturday, March 30, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday, March 31. All 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule from Friday - Sunday.

Parks

Little River Regional Park and Natural Area will be open on Friday – Sunday from 8:00 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m. Beginning on April 1, the park hours will be from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be open during regular hours on Saturday, March 30. Both locations will be closed on Sunday, March 31.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on Friday, March 29, but will be open on Saturday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Orange Public Transportation will operate on Friday, March 29, and Saturday March 30.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

The Orange County Solid Waste Administrative Office, located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, will be closed on Friday, March 29.

There will be no change in the curbside recycling schedule for the Easter holiday.  If your normal recycling day is on March 29, Good Friday, please place your bins at the curb before 7:00 a.m. or take them out the night before. 

The Orange County Landfill, 1514 Eubanks Road, will be OPEN on Friday, March 29.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be OPEN on Friday, March 29.  They will be CLOSED on Sunday, March 31. 

 

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Animal Services Spring Adoption Event

 

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS ANIMAL ADOPTION SPECIALS THIS SPRING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 27, 2013)—Orange County Animal Services will offer reduced adoption fees for select cats and dogs, during the month of April. The fees will be nearly 50% less as part of the department’s second annual Spring Adoption event.   

As the weather begins to warm up and folks prepare to spend more time outdoors, Animal Services is inviting people to consider adding a new member to their family this spring. 

Select cats have been reduced to $50 and select dogs are available for $60. As always, these animals come fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and vet checked!  Optional microchips are available for an additional $25.

For added event-related fun throughout the month, volunteers have been asked to nominate their favorite eligible dogs and cats for Spring Queen and King.  A winning dog and cat will be crowned each Friday. Their photo will be shared on the Animal Services Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OCASpets

For more information about this and other events or to view photos and descriptions of adoptable animals, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices  Visits can also be made in person at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. 

 

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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 (March 25, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in their 2013 meeting calendar. 

On March 19, 2013 the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the following changes in the 2013 meeting calendar for the Board. 

  • Added a BOCC meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to jointly meet with the Town of Hillsborough, Town residents, Cultural Community representatives, and Orange County Schools members regarding the potential uses for the Whitted space. This meeting will be held at the at the Whitted facility, 300 West Tryon St. in Hillsborough.
  • Added a BOCC meeting (public hearing) for the Fire Service Districts on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Carrboro High School, 201 Rock Haven Road in Carrboro.

Also, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools extended an invitation to the new County Commissioners to learn more about the school district. While their focus is to provide relevant information to new commissioners, they welcomed all other Commissioners who wanted to attend. The school system will share information about their budget, facilities, and priorities around instruction. They will also provide a brief tour of Chapel Hill High School. This session will be on Friday, April 19, 2013 starting at 3:00 p.m. and will last about 1 1/2 hours.  The session will be held at Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Road in Chapel Hill.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

The webpage link for the most current BOCC meeting schedule is linked below.

http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/bocc2013.asp

A single page color calendar for 2013 BOCC meetings is linked below. 

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/bocc2013c.pdf

 

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Community Giving Fund

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY INTRODUCES COMMUNITY GIVING FUND

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 22, 2013)–The Orange County Board of County Commission (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, March 19, set the backdrop for the unveiling of the County’s new Community Giving Fund.

The Orange County Community Giving Fund is intended to be an encompassing fund for Orange County government, so donations can be given to any department or County-sponsored activity through this fund.

All gifts will be tax deductible and used for the purpose for which they are given and acknowledged as such. Additionally, this fund is a framework for receiving a variety of donations, whether cash, stocks, bonds, or real property.

The fund is managed by the Triangle Community Foundation. All invested Orange County funds are subject to a minimum annual administrative fee of $300.

This fund gives the public an opportunity to designate a tax deductible donation, which supplements the County’s annual budget.

Orange County residents give back in a variety of ways, including designating part of their estate through the fund and specifying the purpose for which the gift will be used.

To learn more about the fund or to request an information packet, please contact Orange County Financial and Administrative Services Department at 919.245.2450 or the Triangle Community Foundation at 919.474.8370.

To make a donation online, please visit the Orange County Community Giving Fund Web site at www.ocncgiving.org

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Library Strategic Plan Survey

 

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY ISSUES STRATEGIC PLANNING SURVEY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 22, 2013)—The Orange County Main Library is inviting feedback from the public regarding the first draft of the library’s strategic plan. 

A survey will be conducted until April 10, 2013, and will take a few minutes to complete. The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/orangecountylibrarystrategicplansurvey 

Hard copies are being mailed to 1,000 randomly-selected County households and will also be available at the Main Library in Hillsborough. 

“This is an effort to ensure the County is meeting the community’s library needs,” said Library Director Lucinda Munger. “The public’s input plays a vital role in developing a plan that will take the library from where it is today to where the community envisions it for the future.”

The draft strategic plan was developed from surveys, interviews and community forums conducted in October 2012.  A final draft of the plan will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners in May 2013.

For more information about the survey or strategic plan, please contact the Orange County Main Library at 919.245.2525 or visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/deeproots.asp

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Library Self-Checkout

 

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

MEDIA ADVISORY - PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY LAUNCHES NEW

SELF-CHECKOUT SERVICE

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHAT: Self-checkout is now available at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough. The library will host a launch party for patrons and County officials. Library staff will demonstrate the self-checkout machines and attendees will have an opportunity to test them out firsthand. 

The Library will also be giving away re-usable grocery bags and hold a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card.

WHERE: Orange County Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough

WHY:  Since the Orange County Main Library moved to its current location in January 2010, the annual number of materials checked out by patrons has nearly doubled. By automating some of the everyday tasks, self-checkout will enable staff to devote more time to better serving library customers.   

 

For more information about the self-checkout option, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/selfcheckout.asp

 

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Positive Rabies Test of Fox

 

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES POSITIVE RABIES TEST RESULT FOR FOX

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 21, 2013)—The fox impounded by Orange County Animal Services on Wednesday, March 20, tested positive for rabies. Results are from the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory.  The fox was attempting to attack a person’s car when it was killed in the Dogwood Acres area of Chapel Hill midday on Wednesday.  

While Animal Services cannot say for certain that the fox impounded and tested is the same fox involved in two earlier human attacks that occurred the Tuesday before, there is a strong likelihood that it is.  No additional reports have been made by the public about sightings, since the impoundment.  People are still urged to exercise precaution until several days have passed without a sighting. 

The attacks and sightings of a fox displaying aggressive and unusual behavior began on Tuesday, March 19, when a person was attacked while standing on a latter pruning trees in the Dogwood Acres neighborhood.  Animal Services immediately responded to the area, searching for the fox in question and distributed informational flyers to residents in the area, advising of the at-large and dangerous animal. 

Despite these efforts, a second attack occurred later that night in the Southern Village area, presumably by the same animal.  It was again able to escape and officials continued the search until Wednesday when the dead fox was impounded.  Earlier Wednesday morning, Animal Services coordinated with Emergency Services to issue a Code Red alert to the surrounding areas regarding the fox. 

The individuals involved in the attacks are receiving treatment and will be contacted by Orange County’s Health Department.  Animal Services is urging anyone who may have been in contact with the fox and has not yet reported this to call the Health Department immediately to speak with a Communicable Disease Nurse about risk factors for rabies.  The number is 919.245.2343.

Animal Services is also urging pet owners and others to report any incidents in which a companion animal may have had contact with a fox, during this time period.  Animal Services Director, Bob Marotto, says this case “is a powerful reminder to pet owners to keep their cats and dogs currently vaccinated for rabies.” 

Foxes, like dogs, contract rabies through exposure with a host (or reservoir) species for the disease.  In North Carolina, the dominant reservoir species is the raccoon, and when any other animal contracts the virus, it is referred to as the “spillover effect.”  The species that are most susceptible to getting rabies from raccoons in this area are dogs, cats, groundhogs, skunks, and foxes.

The other host species of rabies of concern in our own region and others is bats.  Of the few cases of rabies in humans in our country in recent years, most have been traced to bats.  If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, it is critical that citizens immediately contact their animal control program. If an incident involving a bat—or other rabies vector, such as a raccoon or skunk—should occur outside regular hours of service, an Animal Control Officer should be called immediately through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).

 

 

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BOCC Town Hall Meeting

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO HOST

TOWN HALL MEETING: WHITTED BUILDING USES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 21, 2013)–The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will be hosting an informal town hall-style meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

The BOCC, Town of Hillsborough, Orange County Schools, and the Orange County Cultural Center will discuss the potential uses of the second floor Whitted "A" Building located at 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough. 

The meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to speak on this topic is invited to do so.  The Whitted Building will be open at 6:00 p.m. for informal tours of the facility.

The intended outcome is to illustrate potential uses of this facility, provide a forum for public comment and discussion, and to provide the Orange County Board of County Commissioners with information as they continue to evaluate uses for the facility.

The draft meeting Agenda is as follows:

1.    Welcome and Introductions                          

2.    Facility Contemplated Uses Presentation        

3.    Orange County Cultural Center Presentation

4.    Typical Annual Boards Calendar Overview

5.    Town of Hillsborough Planning Staff - Description of Potential Review Processes

6.    Public Comment

7.    Elected Official Comments (Hillsborough, Orange County Schools, Orange County)

For more information, please contact the following Orange County staff members:

Jeff Thompson, director of Asset Management Department at 919.245.2625 or send an e-mail to jethompson@orangecountync.gov

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board at 919.245.2130 or send an e-mail to dbaker@orangecountync.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 SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR ORANGE COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 21, 2013)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on various County advisory boards and commissions.

Currently there are openings for volunteers on the Orange County Arts Commission. 

The arts have been defined as the employment of the human creative impulse.  If you use your creativity for any of the following, you may want to apply.

  • visual arts - drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and videography
  • literature - poetry, novels and short stories
  • performing arts - music, dance, theatre and film

Arts Commission members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  The Arts Commission consists of 15 Orange County residents who help to steer the Art Commission's future and provide suggestions to the Board of County Commissioners on arts & cultural issues.

The Arts Commission also acts as the granting panel for two annual funding programs available to individual artists and non-profit groups sponsoring arts projects in Orange County.

The Arts Commission meets on the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6:00 -7:30 pm.

The Orange County Arts Commission office is located in the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau office in Chapel Hill and is part of the Orange County Economic Development Department.  Additional information on the Arts Commission can be found on their website: http://www.artsorange.org .

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/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.

 

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County Searching for Rabid Fox

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Clarification: 12:00 p.m.

 

A fox has been impounded by Animal Services after being killed. It is being tested for rabies, with results expected later this week. 

It is important to note that there is a strong likelihood that this may be the fox in question, but residents should remain alert until there is more information available.  There is no way to know with certainty at this time that this is the only fox displaying aggressive behaviors in the area or that this is indeed the fox involved in the reported attacks.

 

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.   

A fox has been impounded by Animal Services after being killed. It is being tested for rabies, with results expected later this week. 

It is important to note that while officials believe this to be the fox in question and the only fox displaying such behaviors, residents should remain alert until it is confirmed to be the case.

ORANGE COUNTY IN SEARCH OF POTENTIALLY RABID FOX IN CHAPEL HILL

** Call Animal Services ONLY to report a SIGHTING - Otherwise Refer to Web site for Updates **

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 20, 2013)— On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Orange County Animal Services responded to a fox attack in the Dogwood Acres neighborhood in Chapel Hill. The fox is believed to be rabid.

Despite an exhaustive search and immediately alerting the neighborhood residents, the fox was unable to be captured, resulting in another person being attacked near Southern Village later that evening.  At this time, the fox remains at large and is considered extremely dangerous to people and pets.

Residents in surrounding areas are asked to immediately call 9-1-1, if the animal is spotted.  The fox is described as grey and is slightly larger than an average house cat.  It is considered to be on the move and may be capable of traveling great distances in a short period of time. 

Until the animal is captured, residents should take the following steps to ensure their safety:

 

  • Do not leave children or pets outside or unsupervised.  Pets should only be taken out only on leash and both should remain inside as much as possible during this time.

 

  • If a fox is spotted from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., please call Animal Services immediately at 919.942.7387, ext. 1. If it is after hours, please call 9-1-1 and the on-call Animal Control Officer will be paged.

 

  • Be sure everyone is aware of the animal’s presence and that it is considered dangerous and aggressive

 

  • Be sure your pets’ vaccines are up-to-date.  An unvaccinated dog or cat that is suspected of having contact with a rabid animal must be quarantined for six months or destroyed.

 

For more information about dealing with wildlife in general or about rabies and rabies requirements, please visit the Animal Services Web site at www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

 

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Animal Services Presents Award

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES PRESENTS AWARD TO

HILLSBOROUGH ELEMENTARY


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 18, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department presented Hillsborough Elementary principal, Steven Weber, with an appreciation award during the school’s awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 18. 

Weber received a plaque from Bob Marotto and Sarah Fallin, on behalf of the County’s Animal Services Department and the Animal Services Advisory Board, for being a leader in community partnerships with Orange County Animal Services.

Mr. Weber expressed his gratitude and emphasized how the award belonged to the school itself.  He noted the values of Hillsborough Elementary and thanked everyone for their effort to make this a successful partnership.

Hillsborough Elementary has had a longstanding partnership with Animal Services, ‘adopting’ the department annually for several years and collecting donations for the animals housed at the Animal Services Center.  Students have also hosted a yard sale and helped to sell calendars, with proceeds going to the department. 

The school has also provided a caring and compassionate environment for therapy dogs, promoting the importance of the human-animal connection.  Hillsborough Elementary will also focus on humane education through a pilot program for 4th graders entitled, Kids-4-Kindness.

 

 

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Egg Hunt Event

Media Contact

Beth Young

Communications Manager 

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO ANNUAL COMMUNITY EGG HUNT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 14, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) invites the public to participate in the annual Community Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon.


The FREE event is geared towards egg hunters from age two to 10. The day will include live entertainment, games, and prizes. The Easter Bunny will stop by and visit with the kids at Anderson Park in Carrboro.

Sandbox Kids and Family Fun Band will provide family entertainment.  Sandbox is a five-piece kids' and family music band from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, that plays rockin’, rootsy music for children of all ages – songs that moms and dads will enjoy as much as the kids! 

For interactive fun, The Home Depot will be on hand with a building activity and Kidzu Children’s Museum will be hosting craft activities and games – all in celebration of spring.  Concessions will be available.

More than 25,000 eggs containing prizes and candy will be hidden in three locations for the following age groups: two to four; five to seven; and eight to 10. The first hunt with the youngest age group starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. with the second oldest group beginning at 10:45 a.m., and the oldest egg hunters commence their search at 11:00 a.m. Children should bring a basket and prepare to fill it with colorful eggs!  Prizes will be awarded to those who find the numbered and gold-colored eggs.

Rain date: Sunday, March 24, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Hunt only). For confirmation, please call the hotline at 919.932.0408.

Anderson Park is located at 302 Highway 54, west of Carrboro past the Carrboro Plaza, on the right.

For more information about this and other recreation events, please call DEAPR at 919.245.2518.

 

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Commission Meeting Preview

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS SOUTHERN LIBRARY BRANCH AND INTRODUCE FIRST-EVER COMMUNITY GIVING FUND

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 14, 2013)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Southern Human Services Building in Chapel Hill.

Among the Agenda items, the BOCC will hear a presentation regarding the future home of the Orange County Southern Branch Library. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen selected three potential properties in December 2012 for the County’s consideration based on a BOCC-approved set of guiding principles and comprehensive site selection criteria. The sites are all located in the Carrboro area:  301 W. Main Street, 401 Fidelity Street and 1228 Hillsborough Road.

Orange County staff recently completed the first phase of a two-part technical review component of the site selection process. Phase I of the review, to be presented on Tuesday, focuses on technical considerations for the site, including location, land use requirements, site constraints, access, and general cost considerations.

The Commissioners will also recognize Carol Woods, during Special Presentations. The retirement community has been a fixture in Orange County for more than 30 years. Situated on 120 acres, Carol Woods is an accredited, not-for-profit continuing care facility that attracts active, independent retirees from across the country. The BOCC will acknowledge Carol Woods’ contributions to the community.

Orange County is partnering with the Triangle Community Foundation to launch the first-ever Orange County Community Giving Fund. This is a framework for receiving a variety of donations that can be given to any Orange County department or County-sponsored activity. The BOCC will be provided with an overview of the fund and how the donations from the community will be managed. The Commissioners will also be presented with the official marketing materials that will be used to promote the fund.

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

The Agenda is available by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to each regular meeting, for a copy please go to www.co.orange.nc.us/occlerks/agenmenu.asp

 

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Reminder: Free Tax Preparation

Media Contact

Kathy Porter

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Phone: 919.245.4240

www.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 14, 2013)—Orange County encourages all residents to avoid high interest loans and unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on the RSVP- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). The services are free, including electronic filing.

Appointments are filling up quickly for this IRS-sponsored program available in Orange and Chatham counties. VITA is open to clients with low to moderate income, regardless of age or county and who meet eligibility guidelines.

Clients can make appointments online at www.orangecountyvita.org. Call or visit the Web site to learn about eligibility and what to bring to the appointment. Some sites accept walk-in clients, but all clients must meet eligibility requirements.

For appointments in Orange County, please call 919.245.4242 or the Compass Center for Women and Families 919.968.4610; (English only).

For appointments in Chatham County, please call 919.542.4512 (Chris Carter); Spanish 919.742.1448.

IRS-certified volunteers are trained to prepare computerized federal and North Carolina tax returns for eligible clients. Returns are filed electronically at no charge. Each return is reviewed for accuracy and to determine if the return is complete with all applicable deductions and credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Clients with lengthy returns may have to go to a paid preparer. Non-English-speaking clients must bring an interpreter with them.

Orange County has provided VITA assistance for more than 30 years with support from the following local sponsors: Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program, Orange County Department on Aging, Orange County Department of Social Services, Chatham County Council on Aging, the Compass Center for Women and Families, MDC Carolinas Inc, United Way of the Greater Triangle, Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, Carol Woods, The Cedars, UNC Hospitals.

Federal sponsors include the IRS and the Corporation for National and Community Service-Senior Corps.

For more information, please call 919.245-4240.

 

RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program of Orange County

2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516       

Kathy Porter, Director, kporter@orangecountync.gov, 919.245.4240

Vicki Hill, Assistant Director, vhill@orangecountync.gov, 919.245.4241

FAX: 919.968.2093

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Volunteer Training

Media Contact

Judy Mathias

Senior Education Corps Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.4243

jmathias@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS VOLUNTEER TRAINING:  

 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LITERACY PROGRAM 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 12, 2013)–The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program is extending an invitation to older Americans who are interested in a volunteer opportunity with the Orange County Schools.

Training for this financial literacy program will take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, in the conference room at the Central Orange Senior Center. Volunteers are asked to please bring your lunch.

Volunteers are needed to assist an AmeriCorps representative in conducting a financial literacy project with the 4th and/or 5th grade students in Orange County. This program has a Pre-Test and Post-Test component.

“There’s always a need for volunteers in our schools. We welcome new volunteers to join us and find out how they can make a difference,” said Judy Mathias, Senior Education Corps (SEC) coordinator with the Orange County Department on Aging.

The training session will provide details about the literacy program and give prospective volunteers an opportunity to ask questions. The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

For more information, please contact Judy Mathias at 919.245.4243.

About SEC

Since 2000, SEC volunteers have served in schools and community non-profits that focus on helping young people have positive experiences in school and then in their future. SEC is an intergenerational partnership linking the talents and experiences of older adults with the curiosity and energy of children of all ages. It is administered through the Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program, a branch of the Orange County Department on Aging. RSVP recruits volunteers at least 55-years-old. SEC is funded by Orange County Government, the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, and the Corporation for National & Community Service.

 

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Library Focus Groups

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON LIBRARY STRATEGIC PLAN

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 12, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library is developing a strategic plan for the next three to five years, which requires feedback from various segments of the community.

Three focus groups will take place on Monday, March 25, for older adults, and members of the County’s Latino and refugee communities. The focus group participants will spend one hour evaluating a draft of the strategic plan.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please contact the following representatives:

Older Adults Focus Group

Contact: Myra Austin, Orange County Department on Aging – 919.245.2020

  • 9:00 a.m. – Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill
  • 11:00 a.m. – Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough

 

Immigrant and Refugee Focus Group

Contact: Judith Blau, Human Rights Center – 919.428.6615

  • 6:00 p.m. – Human Rights Center, 107 Barnes Street in Carrboro

(Spanish, Burmese and Karen interpreters will be present.)

 

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Tax E-mail Notification

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TAX OFFICE OFFERS E-MAIL NOTIFICATION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 12, 2013)—The Orange County Tax Office is inviting the public to register for e-mail notifications as a way to obtain the latest information about what’s happening in the Tax Office.

Registration is free and available on the Orange County Web site. From the home page, the public can click on the tab entitled, “Online Services,” then look for the header “Government.” Click on the link entitled, “Subscribe to a County E-mail Distribution Group.”

A list of various distribution groups will appear, including one for Tax Administration. Check the box next to Tax Administration and enter the e-mail address of the Inbox the notifications should be sent to.

“This is an opportunity for the Tax Office to create a direct line of communication to the public—keeping residents informed about critical deadlines, new services or events.

We also encourage the public to follow us on our new Twitter page,” said Dwane Brinson, director of the Orange County Tax Office. 

For information about subscribing to the e-mail distribution list, please call the Tax Office at 919.245.2100 or go to Twitter.com/OCNCTAX

 

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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 SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 12, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in its 2013 meeting calendar. 

On March 7, 2013 the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the following changes in the 2013 meeting calendar for the Board. 

  • Moving the Clerk/County Attorney Evaluation Meeting FROM Tuesday, March 26, 2013, TO Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron St., Hillsborough. 
  • Adding a closed session meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 7:00 p.m. regular BOCC meeting) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. 

The Web page link for the most current meeting schedule is linked below.

http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/bocc2013.asp

A single page color calendar for 2013 BOCC meetings is linked below. 

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/bocc2013c.pdf

 

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EGGStravaganza

 

Media Contact

Cydnee’ Sims

Senior Center Operations and Program Manager

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT SEYMOUR CENTER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 11, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is taking a unique approach to Easter festivities by hosting an Eggstravaganza egg sale.

The FREE event will take place at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center on Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., featuring more than 100 stone eggs for sale, showcasing various minerals and colors. 

The eggs range in size from humming bird to duck. These beautiful stones can be used as paper weights or artistic conversation pieces.

Other clubs participating in the Eggstravaganza include the Seymour Center’s Creative Crafters, who will display a variety of egg-shaped jewelry, and the Arts and Crafts Marketplace vendors, who will have a host of egg crafts as well.

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

For more information, please call 919.968.2070.

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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 SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 8, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

Orange County staff will be providing a new BOCC member orientation session on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., starting at the Emergency Services Office, 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.  The session will involve both presentations at the office and tours of County facilities in Hillsborough. 

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Library

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Main Library

Phone: 919-245-2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES SCHEDULED AT ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (March 7, 2013)—The Orange County Main Library will host a series of three computer classes in the Main Library's first-floor meeting room, beginning on Thursday, April 11. The first class will cover "Computer Basics," followed by "Intro to the Internet" on April 18 and "Intro to Word" on April 25. Each session will begin at 10:00 a.m. 

If you are new to computers or would like to learn more about using one...this is the right place for you! The classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required, but the library only has seven laptops available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Orange County Main is located at 137 West Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.

Anyone with a laptop is encouraged to bring it. If you have questions about the classes stop by the Library's information desk, call us at 919.245.2536, or check the full schedule online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/library/computerclasses.asp

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Solid Waste

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919-968-2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORNAGE COUNTY TO HOST SHREDATHON 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 7, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department will sponsor two free “post tax” Shred-A-Thons in cooperation with University Mall, the Chapel Hill Police Department, and the Partnership for a Sustainable Community.

Orange County residents and businesses, including those in Chapel Hill in Durham County, and local government employees that work within Orange County may securely destroy their personal confidential documents at no cost.  

Both events are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will take place at the following locations:

  • Thursday, April 25 -- University Mall, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, near Dillard’s.
  • Saturday, April 27 -- Hampton Pointe Shopping Center, HWY 86, Hillsborough at the 24-hour recycling drop-off site located behind Home Depot.  

There is a limit of 10 “banker-box” sized containers or 10 large bags of paper/person, and a limit of one trip/person or business.

Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the Shred-a-Thon, such as plastic bags, plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks, or other electronic media.  The shredded paper will be recycled and these materials are contaminants as well as being potentially harmful to the shredder blades. 

Shredding will take place on-site in full view of people delivering paper. 

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Solid Waste

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

muriel@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 


ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFERS SPRING COMPOSTING CLASSES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 7, 2013)—Spring gardening season is here and so are the County’s free composting classes. Led by seasoned composting expert, Muriel Williman, of Orange County Solid Waste Management, these classes teach the basics of indoor composting using worms and outdoor composting using a variety of containers and recipes. Anyone can compost, anywhere. 

Sessions will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Solid Waste Administrative Office, 1207 Eubanks Road inChapel Hill

Wednesday, March 27, 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. at the Carolina Campus Community Garden, Wilson Street (off Cameron) in Chapel Hill


Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center Learning Garden on Estes Drive in Chapel Hill

 

These classes are FREE. No registration is necessary and children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.


Williman will also lead a "Worm Bin Make and Take" on Thursday, March 21, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin Steet in Durham. The workshop is $35.  Participants will make their own tidy and efficient indoor vermicomposting bin specifically designed for composting in apartments, classrooms, offices, or other indoor spaces. The workshop includes materials to construct a bin, including worms, and instructions for how to recycle your food waste, care for your worms, harvest the compost, and feed your plants.  Public school teachers receive a $10 discount!  

Worm bins make great gifts, so each attendee can make and take two worm bins for an additional $20. Ages 16+ and kids are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.

To register, please call 919.213.1278, send an e-mail to events@scrapexchange.org or register online at http://scrapclass2013-016.eventbrite.com/#

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