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May 2013

 

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County Welcomes L-G-B-T Community

Media Contact

Janice Tyler, Director

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255

jtyler@orangcountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY WELCOMES L-G-B-T COMMUNITY

 

Orange County, NC (May 29, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites LGBT seniors to the Seymour Center as a welcoming place to gather for laughter and support.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 20, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This is intended to be the first of what will be a regular meeting schedule.

Complementary refreshments will be provided by Fosters Market-Chapel Hill. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Orange County Department on Aging and the Gay and Gray program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

An RSVP is appreciated by Monday, June 17.

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

For more information or to issue and RSVP, please send an e-mail to Janice Tyler at jtyler@orangcountync.gov or call 919.245.4255.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE DA LA BIENVENIDA A LA COMUNDAD HOMOSEXUAL

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (29 de mayo 2013)—El Departamento de Envejecimiento del Condado de Orange da la bienvenida a los gays, lesbianas, bisexuales, y transexuales mayores en el Centro Seymour, un sitio de reunión para reírse y recibir apoyo.

La reunión será el jueves, 20 de junio de las 6:00 de la tarde hasta las 7:30 de la tarde. Se propone como la primera reunión con el fin de crear un horario regular.

Foster’s Market-Chapel Hill ofrece una merienda gratis. La reunión es patrocinada por el Departamento de Envejecimiento del Condado de Orange y el Programa Gay y Lesbiana del Centro LGBT de Raleigh.

Si piensa asistir, se le agradece que mande un aviso para el lunes, 17 de junio.

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

Para más información o para avisar que viene, favor de mandar un email a Janice Tyler al jtyler@orangcountync.gov o llamar al 919.245.4255.

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Animal Services 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 SIXTH POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 29, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department received its sixth 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 Friday, May 24, when a resident and her dog were walking on the Eno River Trail in Durham.  Moments after hearing a noise from under a nearby tree, the two were aggressively approached by a raccoon.  The dog reacted defensively and was injured as a result of killing the raccoon. Since this happened on the Orange County side of the Eno trail, Orange County Animal Control responded and removed the raccoon 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 dog 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 animal owner to evaluate her risk of rabies exposure. At issue is whether there is the possibility of secondary exposure from the owner handling her own dog 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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CONDADO DE ORANGE RECIBE LA SEXTA PRUEBA POSITIVA DE RABIA EN 2013

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (29 de mayo 2013)—El Departamento de Servicios de Animales del Condado de Orange recibió su sexta prueba positiva de la rabia este año del Laboratorio Estatal de Salud Pública. El año pasado, el Condado recibió 12 casos positivos.

El caso ocurrió el viernes, 24 de mayo, cuando un residente caminaba con su perro en el Sendero del Río Eno en Durham. Después de escuchar un sonido que provenía de un árbol, se les acercó un mapache de forma agresiva. El perro reaccionó de forma defensiva y se hirió al matar al mapache. Como ocurrió en la parte del sendero que queda dentro de Condado de Orange, el Control de Animales del Condado de Orange respondió y llevó al mapache para hacer pruebas.

“Prevención es la mejor forma de controlar la rabia,” dijo Bob Marotto, director de Los Servicios de Animales. “Asegurándose que sus gatos, perros, y hurones reciben sus vacunas actuales contra la rabia es una de las responsabilidades más importantes de un amo de mascotas porque literalmente puede marcar la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte.”

Afortunadamente, en este caso le pusieron la vacuna actual contra la rabia al perro y recibió una dosis de refuerzo según la ley de Carolina del Norte. Según la ley estatal de la rabia, si existe “una sospecha razonable de exposición,” un perro o gato vacunado tiene que recibir una dosis de refuerzo dentro de 120 horas (5 días). A un animal que le falta la vacuna actual o tiene que ser sacrificado o estar en cuarentena durante 6 meses.

Una enfermera de enfermedades comunicables del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Orange se puso en contacto con la ama de la mascota para evaluar su nivel de riesgo al estar expuesta a la rabia. La cuestión es si existe la posibilidad de una exposición secundaria por haber tocado a su perro después del incidente. La decisión acerca del tratamiento que protege a la gente tras estar expuesta a la rabia se basa en todos los factores de la situación.

La rabia vive en ciertas especies como los mapaches y los murciélagos. Si existe ALGUNA posibilidad de exposición, uno debería llamar inmediatamente al Control de Animales o al 9-1-1.

HORARIO DE LA CLINICA DE BAJO COSTO PARA VACUNAS CONTRA LA RABIA

Comienzan las clínicas de bajo costo ($10) para las vacunas contra la rabia y la próxima será el sábado, 15 de junio desde las 9:00 de la mañana-12:00 mediodía en el Centro de Servicios de Animales en Chapel Hill. La vacuna cuesta $10. Para fechas de clínicas en el futuro, favor de visitar la página de web www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

Para más información, favor de llamar a los Servicios de Animales del Condado de Orange al 919.942.7387.

¿SABÍA UD.?

  • Es la ley de Carolina del Norte que a los perros, gatos, y hurones con más de 4 meses edad se les pone una vacuna contra la rabia que este actual y valida siempre.  
  • El reglamento del Condado de Orange también requiere que todas las mascotas tengan puesto una plaquita de identificación (“tag” en inglés) que incluye información actual sobre sus vacunas.
  • Mascotas con sus vacunas actuales contra la rabia que han sido expuestas a la rabia tienen que ser vacunadas de nuevo dentro de 5 días (120 horas) o se considerarán mascotas no vacunadas.
  • Mascotas no vacunadas que han sido expuestas a la rabia o tienen que ser sacrificadas o en cuarentena con un veterinario durante 6 meses pagado por el amo.
  • La rabia se puede transmitir a través de exposición secundaria también así que no toque a su mascota sin guantes si existe la posibilidad de exposición a la rabia.
  • Si el animal que posiblemente tenga rabia está vivo, no trate de capturar el animal. Mantenga el contacto visual con el animal hasta que venga el Control de Animales.
  • Si Ud. descubre un murciélago en su casa, no lo suelte pero sí quitase a Ud. y a cualquier animal del área donde está el murciélago.
  • Siempre llame al Control de Animales inmediatamente si Ud. encuentre un murciélago en su casa aunque no haya señales de una mordida.

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National Historic Preservation Month

Media Contact

Peter Sandbeck, Cultural Resources Coordinator

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2517  

psandbeck@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY CELEBRATES NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 28, 2013)–The Orange County Historic Preservation Commission is celebrating National Historic Preservation Month, encouraging residents to learn more about the County’s programs that promote the protection and preservation of its valuable historic resources. This year’s theme is, “See! Save! Celebrate!  

The public is invited to visit the Commission’s booth at the Last Fridays event in downtown Hillsborough on Friday, May 31. Interactive displays will include historic building tools and rare architectural books. Kids will have an opportunity to create artwork depicting historic buildings or places.

Commission members and staff will be available to discuss a wide range of subjects relating to historic preservation. Owners of historic houses should bring their questions or photos regarding restoration and preservation, with the possibility of trying to stump the experts. The public will have an opportunity to vote for the historic property, site or type of property in Orange County that they think is most important and/or is particularly endangered.

“Historic preservation has proven to be an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride, and maintaining community character,” said Todd Dickinson, chair of Orange County’s Historic Preservation Commission.

“It accomplishes all these things while promoting sustainable reinvestment in historic structures that utilize existing utilities, roads and other costly infrastructure already in place.”

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners issued a Proclamation recognizing the month of May as National Historic Preservation Month in Orange County, noting that the County has a long history of recognizing and protecting its rich historic and archaeological resources through the dedicated efforts of individuals, non-profit groups and municipalities.

The most notable historic attractions in Orange County include: Ayr Mount, Occoneechee Speedway Trail, Orange County Museum, Burwell School, Alexander Dickson House, Horace Williams House, UNC campus, or any of Chapel Hill’s five historic neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Historic Preservation Commission’s booth will be located in front of the Old Courthouse in Hillsborough, at the Last Fridays event from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Peter Sandbeck at 919.245.2517.  

 

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CONDADO DE ORANGE CELEBRA EL MES NACIONAL DE LA CONSERVACIÓN HISTÓRICA

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (28 de mayo 2013)—La Comisión de la Conservación Histórica del Condado de Orange celebra el Mes Nacional de la Conservación Histórica, cuando los residentes pueden aprender más acerca de sus programas que protegen y conservan los recursos valiosos e históricos. El tema de este año es “ᵢVer! ᵢConservar! ᵢCelebrar!”

Se invita al público a visitar al quiosco de la Comisión en el evento de “Last Fridays” en el centro de Hillsborough el viernes, 31 de mayo. Muestras interactivas incluyen herramientas históricas y libros antiguos de arquitectura. Los niños tendrán la oportunidad de crear dibujos de edificios u otros sitios históricos.

 Miembros de la Comisión y personal estarán disponibles para hablar de una variedad de temas relacionados con la conservación histórica. Dueños de casas históricas deben de traer sus preguntas o fotos acerca de la restauración y conservación con la posibilidad de tratar de dejar perplejos a los expertos. El público tendrá la oportunidad para votar para la propiedad histórica del Condado de Orange que se considera el más importante y/o corre el mayor riesgo de ser descuidado.

“La conservación histórica se ha demostrado como una herramienta para manejar el crecimiento, la revitalización de los barrios, fomentando el orgullo local, y manteniendo el carácter de la comunidad,” dijo Todd Dickinson, presidente de La Comisión de la Conservación Histórica del Condado de Orange. “Cumple con todas estas cosas mientras promueve una reinversión sostenible en los edificios históricos que utiliza servicios, calles, y otra infraestructura cara que ya está disponible.”

La Comisión del Condado de Orange reconoce el mes de mayo como el Mes Nacional de la Conservación Histórica en Condado de Orange, notando que el Condado tiene una larga historia de reconocer y proteger su patrimonio histórico y arqueológico a través de los esfuerzos de individuos, organizaciones no gubernamentales, y los municipios.

Los sitios históricos más populares en el Condado de Orange incluyen a Ayr Mount, Occoneechee Speedway Trail, Orange County Museum, Burwell School, Alexander Dickson House, Horace Williams House, el campus de UNC, o cualquier de los cinco barrios históricos de Chapel Hill que están en la lista del Registro Nacional de Sitios Históricos.

El quisco de La Comisión de la Conservación Histórica estará delante del antiguo palacio de justicia en Hillsborough en el evento “Last Fridays” desde las 6:00 de la tarde - 8:30 de la tarde.

Para más información, favor de contactar a Peter Sandbeck al 919.245.2517

  

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Hurricane Preparedness Week

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 RECOGNIZES

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 28, 2013)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department is reminding residents to be prepared this hurricane season.  The department is offering life saving tips and recognizing Hurricane Preparedness Week.

The State Climate Office of North Carolina calculated that 21% of all hurricanes over the last 150 years have affected North Carolina for a total of 358 hurricanes. As seen through Hurricane Irene that struck in 2011, hurricanes can cause massive damage through storm surges, high winds, flooding, and tornadoes.

The hurricane season generally lasts from June 1 - November 30, but hurricanes and tropical storms can be formed or hit as early as April or as late as December. The 2013 season is not officially underway and already there are two potential tropical storms forming south and west of Mexico.

Throughout Hurricane Preparedness Week the National Weather Service's Web site (www.weather.gov) will feature information to help residents prepare for a hurricane.

The video and audio segments are available in English and Spanish at www.ready.gov or www.hurricanes.gov/prepare 

Tuesday, May 28 - Winds 
Wednesday, May 29 - Inland Flooding 
Thursday, May 30 - Forecast Process 
Friday, May 31 - Get a Plan 
Saturday, June 1 - Take Action

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

Before a Hurricane:

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

 

During a Hurricane:

  • 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 hurricane 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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SERVICIOS DE EMERGERNCIA DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE RECONOCE SEMANA DE PREPARACIÓN PARA HURACANES

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (28 de mayo 2013)—El Departamento de Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange le recuerda a los residentes que se preparen para la temporada de huracanes. El Departamento ofrece varios consejos que le puede salvar la vida y reconoce la Semana de Preparación Para Huracanes.

La Oficina Meteorológica del Estado de Carolina del Norte calcula que el 21% de los huracanes de los últimos 150 años han afectado a Carolina del Norte con un total de 358 huracanes. Como el Huracán Irene demostró en 2011, los huracanes pueden causar tremendo daño a través de los olajes, vientos, inundaciones, y tornados.

La temporada de huracanes suele durar desde el 1 de junio-el 30 de noviembre pero huracanes y tormentas tropicales pueden ocurrir tan temprano como en el mes de abril y tan tarde como diciembre. La temporada de 2013 no ha comenzado oficialmente y ya ha habido 2 tormentas tropicales con nombres.

Durante la Semana de Preparación Para Huracanes la página web del Servicio Meteorológica Nacional (www.weather.gov) tendrá información para ayudar a los residentes a prepararse para un huracán.

Grabaciones de video y audio están disponibles en inglés y español en la página de web www.ready.govwww.hurricanes.gov/prepare

martes 28 de mayo - Viento 
miércoles 29 de mayo – Inundaciones al interior 
jueves 30 de mayo – El proceso de pronosticar  
viernes 31 de mayo – Formar un Plan  
sábado 1 de junio - Actuar

Hay cosas que tanto los ciudadanos como las compañías pueden hacer antes y después de un huracán:

Antes de un huracán:

  • Preparar un kit de emergencia
  • Llenar el tanque del carro con gasolina
  • Preparar la casa podando los árboles y otras plantas y limpiando los deagües 

 

Durante un huracán:

  • Escuchar la radio o ver la televisión para noticias o avisos
  • Apagar los servicios cuando se le avisa
  • Asegurarse de que haya suficiente agua potable para tomar y para la higiene 

 

Para una lista completa de consejos, favor de visitar a la página de web del Departamento de Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange http://www.readyorange.org   

Para las noticias meteorológicas más recientes para el Condado de Orange, síganos en la página de Servicios de Emergencia de Twitter en www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

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Youth Fishing Rodeo

Media Contact

Lynn Hecht, Recreation Manager

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2660

lhecht@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY CONTINUES YOUTH FISHING RODEO TRADITION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 24, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation (DEAPR) will host the annual Youth Fishing Rodeo for kids from age three to 15-years-old.

The rodeo will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Bob Strayhorn Farm located at 2103 New Hope Church Road in Chapel Hill.

Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. and the fishing rodeo will be followed by a hot dog lunch at 11:15 a.m.  Several prizes will be awarded in each age division for categories, such as Most Creative Fishing Hat, First Fish Caught, Shortest Fish, longest Fish, and Biggest Fish. 

The Fishing Rodeo provides an opportunity to introduce children to the joys of fishing.  The rodeo is co-sponsored by Orange County DEAPR, the Carrboro Parks and Recreation Department and the Orange County Cooperative Extension 4-H.

For more information about the Youth Fishing Rodeo, please call 919.245.2660. 

In the event of inclement weather, please call the Weather line at 919.245.2669. 

Visit our Facebook page at Orange County Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation or follow us on Twitter @OCDEAPR 

The rain date for the rodeo is Sunday, June 2, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

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CONDADO DE ORANGE SIGUE LA TRADICION DEL “RODEO DE PESCA”

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (24 mayo 2013)—El Departamento del Medio Ambiente, Agricultura, y Parques y Recreación (DEAPR por sus siglas en inglés) presenta el evento anual del “Rodeo Juvenil de Pesca” para niños de tres and 15 años de edad.

El rodeo será a las 9:30 de la mañana el sábado, 1 de junio en la Granja Bob Strayhorn en 2103 New Hope Church Road en Chapel Hill.

Registración comienza a las 9:15 de la mañana y después del rodeo de pesca, habrá un almuerzo de salchichas (hot dogs) a las 11:15 de mañana. Se reparten varios premios para cada edad en las categorías de Sombrero de Pesca Más Creativo, Primer Pez Pescado, El Pez Más Corto, El Pez Más Largo, y el Pez Más Grande.

“El Rodeo de Pesca” ofrece una oportunidad para que los niños conozcan el placer de la pesca. El rodeo es patrocinado por DEAPR del Condado de Orange, El Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Carrboro, y la Extensión Cooperativa 4-H del Condado de Orange.

Para más información acerca del “Rodeo Juvenil de Pesca,” favor de llamar al 919.245.2660. 

En caso de mal tiempo, favor de llamar a la línea telefónica del tiempo al 919.245.2669. 

Visita a nuestra página en Facebook  Orange County Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation o síganos en Twitter @OCDEAPR 

En caso de lluvia, el rodeo será el domingo, 2 de junio 2013 de las 2:00 de la tarde hasta las 4:00 de la tarde.

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Solid Waste Landfill to Close

Media Contact

Gayle Wilson, Director

Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

gwilson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE SOLID WASTE LANDFILL ON JUNE 30, 2013.

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 24, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing that as of June 30, 2013, the County’s Municipal Solid Waste Landfill will close. 

This facility will no longer accept household waste or any other putrescible garbage from residents or businesses.  Household and business waste must be taken to a permitted transfer station or landfill that can accept those materials. Tipping fees and recycling/preparation policies may vary by facility.

The following properly separated materials will also continue to be accepted at the Orange County Solid Waste Management Facility on Eubanks Road:  

  • Yard waste
  • Tires
  • Scrap metal
  • Clean (unpainted, untreated) wood waste
  • Large appliances
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Oyster shells
  • Electronics (up to ten units per trip)
  • Mattresses and box springs (no other upholstered furniture) 
  • Hazardous waste (220 pounds/month limit for businesses)

The Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D) Landfill will continue to accept waste from construction, remodeling and demolition projects subject to the County disposal bans on corrugated cardboard, scrap metal and clean wood waste. Those materials must be separated to be accepted.

Mulch and compost sales will also remain active.

Residential services for garbage and recycling collection will continue uninterrupted at all five of Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout Orange County.  No commercial or other non-residential use is permitted at these locations.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE CIERRA EL VERTEDERO DE BASURA EL 30 DE JUNIO 2013

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (24 de mayo 2013)—El Departamento de Basura Sólida del Condado de Orange anuncia que el 30 de junio, 2013 se cierra el vertedero municipal de basura sólida.

Esta instalación ya no aceptará ninguna clase de desechos ni basura de los residentes ni de las compañías. Basura de las casas y las empresas se tiene que llevar a un puesto de transferencia o a un vertedero donde se acepta esos materiales. Tasas y políticas para el reciclaje pueden variar dependiendo de la instalación.

Los siguientes materiales, si se separan de una forma adecuada, siguen siendo aceptados en la Instalación de Basura Sólida del Condado de Orange en Eubanks Road:

  • Desechos de jardinería
  • Llantas
  • Chatarra
  • Desechos de madera limpia (no pintada, no tratado con ningún producto químico)
  • Electrodomésticos grandes
  • Cartón ondulado
  • Conchas de ostras
  • Productos electrónicos (hasta 10 unidades por viaje)
  • Colchones y colchones de muelles (ninguna otra clase de mueble)
  • Desechos peligrosos (límite de 220 libras al mes para las compañías)  

El Vertedero de Desechos de Construcción y Demolición sigue aceptando basura de la construcción, remodelación, y proyectos de demolición que, según las reglas del Condado, están prohibidos tirar cartón ondulado, chatarra, y desechos de madera limpia. Estos materiales se tienen que separar para ser aceptados.

Las ventas del mantillo y compost siguen.

Los servicios residenciales para la recolección de la basura y el reciclaje siguen sin interrupciones en los cinco Centros de Conveniencia de Basura Sólida en el Condado de Orange. No se permite usar los centros para usos comerciales ni ningún uso no residencial.

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Library to Host Artist 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 EXHIBIT BY

LOCAL ARTIST RUTA SCHULLER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 24, 2013)—Orange County Main Library will host an exhibition by local artist Ruta Schuller.

More than 20 works of art will be displayed from June 3 through August 24. The exhibit coincides with the library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer program and is a collection of nature-themed mixed media art pieces. 

“Using different media, such as watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink, I apply patterns, line textures and shapes where I connect my observations on nature and past experiences,” said Schuller.

Prior to the exhibition, an artist meet-and-greet will take place on Friday, May 31, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Schuller will discuss her art and answer questions.

Schuller, a retired librarian and former museum archivist, resides in Chatham County. She completed an “Artist at Work” certificate in drawing at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, in addition to the Botanical Illustration and Art Certificate Program at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. She is a member of several local artist organizations and has participated in juried exhibitions. Her works can also be found in private collections.

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/artpolicy.asp

 

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Retirement Community Discussion

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Orange County Aging Transitions Administrator 

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.968.2070

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST: RETHINKING RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

A Discussion on Self-Directed Intentional Community

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 24, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is hosting a discussion for the growing number of older adults and boomers who are thinking about how they want to spend their later years.

Older adults and care givers are invited to attend a forum on Tuesday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center r. The group will discuss Elder Self-directed Communities (ESC). ESCs are planned residential communities, often organized as co-housing communities or housing cooperatives, intentionally designed to provide a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork.

This forum, facilitated by Mary Fraser, Orange County Aging Transitions Administrator, and Paul Klever, Executive Director of Charles House, is an opportunity for anyone interested in ESCs or Co-Housing to gather and talk about what is being developed elsewhere and explore the interest in forming more of these self-directed intentional communities in Orange County.

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

For more information or to register, please call the Central Orange Senior Center at 919.245.2015.

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REINVENTANDO COMUNIDADES DE LA TERCERA EDAD:

Una charla acerca de una comunidad auto-dirigida e intencional

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (24 de mayo 2013)—El Departamento de Envejecimiento patrocina una charla para el grupo de adultos acercándose a la tercera edad que está pensando en que forma quiere vivir esa etapa de la vida.

Se invita a adultos mayores y a los que cuidan a mayores para un foro el jueves, 11 de junio, a las 6:00 de la tarde en el Centro de Mayores de Orange Central (Central Orange Senior Center). El tema es el de las comunidades auto-dirigidas. Comunidades auto-dirigidas suelen ser cooperativas, diseñadas intencionalmente para ofrecer una sensación fuerte de comunidad y apoyo mutuo.

Este foro, facilitada por Mary Fraser, administradora de la transición a la tercera edad, y Paul Klever, director ejecutivo del Charles House, presenta una oportunidad para cualquier que está interesado en las comunidades auto-dirigidas a juntarse y hablar de lo que se está desarrollando en otros sitios y a dar a conocer el nivel de interés en éstas comunidades intencionales en el Condado de Orange.

Centro de Mayores de Orange Central (Central Orange Senior Center) se ubica en el 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough.

Para más información o para registrarse, favor de llamar el Central Orange Senior Center al 919.245.2015.

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Pesticide Disposal Collection Day

Media Contact

Carl A. Matyac, Ph.D.

Director, Cooperative Extension Service 

Phone: 919.245.2051

carl_matyac@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST PESTICIDE DISPOSAL COLLECTION DAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 21, 2013)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension invites all farmers, landscapers and homeowners to responsibly and correctly dispose of any pesticides.

The Cooperative Extension will host a Pesticide Disposal Collection Day from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Agriculture Building located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.   

This FREE event will focus on the proper collection of ANY PESTICIDE, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc., that are in original containers and are clearly labeled. Containers with unknown contents that are not labeled or products not in pesticide containers—cannot be accepted.

For more information, please call the Cooperative Extension Service at 919.245.2050.

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DIA DE COLECCIÓN DE LAS PESTICIDAS EN EL CONDADO DE ORANGE

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (21 de mayo 2013)—La Extensión Cooperativa del Condado de Orange invita a todos los granjeros, trabajadores de paisajismo o “landscaping” y amos de casa a deshacerse de sus pesticidas de forma responsable.

La Extensión Cooperativa tendrá un Día de Colección de las Pesticidas desde las 10:00 de la mañana hasta las 2:00 de la tarde el miércoles, 29 de mayo, en el Edificio de Agricultura (Agriculture Building) en el 306 Revere Road en Hillsborough.  

Este evento GRATIS se enfoca en la colección y eliminación correcta de CUALQUIER PESTICIDA incluyendo insecticidas, fungicidas, herbecidas, etc. que están en el contenedor original con etiqueta. Contenedores con contenidos no conocidos sin etiqueta o productos en contenedores no para pesticidas no pueden ser aceptadas.

Para más información, favor de llamar al Servicio de la Extensión Cooperativa al 919.245.2050.

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Tornado Safety Tips

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 PROVIDES RESIDENTS WITH TORNADO SAFETY TIPS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 21, 2013)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department is reminding residents to be prepared in the event of a tornado.

The following recommendations should be considered in the event of an emergency:

  • Be aware of upcoming forecasts and take appropriate actions well in advance of a tornado
    • Secure outside furniture, lights, trampolines, etc. so they do not become projectiles
  • Have a functional NOAA Weather Alert Radio in order to receive immediate warnings
  • Develop an emergency preparedness kit (flashlight, blanket, water, medicine, radio, etc.) and have it handy

 

    • If a Warning is issued, get your emergency preparedness kit and take shelter immediately
    • When sheltering, go to the lowest floor (basement if possible)
    • Move as close to the center of the building as possible in order to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible
    • An inside stairwell is a good choice
  • When the All Clear is provided, watch out for hazards (electrical, gas, debris, etc.)

 

Although Orange County uses a reverse 9-1-1 system referred to as CodeRed, it is not the fastest method of warning residents of a rapidly moving event.

Instead, residents should either invest in a weather radio or sign up for text alerts from the National Weather Service (iNWS) as the best ways to receive weather notices.

For a complete list of disaster 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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CONSEJOS DE SEGURIDAD EN CASO DE TORNADO DE LOS SERVICIOS DE EMERGENCIA DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (21 de mayo 2013)—Los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange le recuerda a sus residentes a prepararse en el caso de un tornado.

Tomar en cuenta las siguientes recomendaciones en caso de una emergencia:

 

  • Prestar atención a los pronósticos del tiempo y preparase antes de la llegada de un tornado
    • Amarrar objetos afuera como muebles, luces, o trampolines para que no se conviertan en proyectiles
  • Tener una radio de emergencia que funciona y emite alertas inmediatas de NOAA (Ministerio Meteorológico de Washington, DC)

 

  • Desarollar un kit de emergencia (linterna, agua, medicina, radio, etc.) y tenerlo a la mano
    • Si suena una alerta, buscar refugio inmediatamente y llevar el kit de emergencia
    • Buscar refugio en el piso más bajo (en el sótano si posible)
    • Moverse al centro del edificio para poner más paredes entre Ud. y el exterior
    • Una escalera interior también sirve como refugio

 

  • Cuando suena el alerta “all clear” que significa que pasó el peligro, tener cuidado con cosas peligrosas (eléctricas o de gas, escombros, etc.)

 

Aunque el Condado de Orange utiliza un sistema inverso de 9-1-1 conocido como “CodeRed,” no es el método más rápido de alertar a los residentes a un evento que mueve con rapidez. Residentes deberían comprar una radio de emergencia o registrarse para alertas en la forma de textos al celular del Servicio Nacional del Tiempo (“National Weather Service” o “iNWS”) como las mejores formas de informarse sobre emergencias climáticas.

Para una lista completa de consejos para prepararse para una emergencia, favor de visitar a la página de web de Los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange en http://www.readyorange.org

Para los últimos pronósticos para el Condado de Orange, siga la página de Twitter de los Servicios de Emergencia en www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

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Community Job and Resource Fair

Media Contact

Shanika Williams

Department of Social Services

Phone: 919.245.2822

swilliams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST JOB AND RESOURCE FAIR

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 21, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) encourages members of the community to print their resume, dress for success and prepare to make a positive impression with more than 40 potential employers at the Job and Resource Fair.

The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Department of Social Services located at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

The Job and Resource Fair is open to the public and door prizes will be awarded. The Greensboro Vet Center will be among the long list of participants.  The mobile outreach van will be onsite to assist veterans with various services.  The Mobile Vet Center vehicle has space for confidential counseling and transports Vet Center counselors and outreach staff to events and activities in surrounding areas. 

This marks the second community Job Fair sponsored by DSS.  At the April 2011 event, more than 40 employers served 600+ residents who were seeking employment opportunities. 

For more information, please call Shanika Williams at 919.245.2822 or Randy Haynes at 919.969.3032 ext. 278.

 

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FERIA DE TRABAJO Y RECURSOS DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (21 de mayo 2013)—El Departamento de Servicios Sociales (DSS) del Condado de Orange invita a miembros de la comunidad a imprimir su currículum vitae, vestirse bien, y causar una buena impresión con más de 40 posibles empleadores en La Feria de Trabajo y Recursos.

El evento será desde las 10:00 de la mañana hasta las 3:00 de la tarde el miércoles, 22 de mayo, en el Departamento de Servicios Sociales en 113 Mayo Street en Hillsborough.

La Feria de Trabajo y Recursos es para todo el público y se regalarán algunos premios. El Centro Veterinario de Greensboro será uno de los empleadores presente. El centro social móvil estará para ofrecer varios servicios a los veteranos. El automóvil que sirve como el Centro Veterinario Móvil tiene espacio para consejos en privado y transporte personal a los eventos y a las actividades en las zonas alrededor.

Es la segunda Feria de Trabajo patrocinado por DSS. En el evento de abril 2011, más de 40 empleadores sirvieron a más de 600 residentes buscando trabajo.

Para más información, favor de contactar a Shanika Williams al 919.245.2822 o a Randy Haynes al 919.969.3032 ext. 278.

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Local Business Hosts Toys-for-Tots Event

Media Contact

Rebekah Rapoza

Department of Social Services 

Phone: 919.245.2869

rrapoza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO SUPPORT “RIDE TO PROVIDE” EVENT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 21, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Social Services is inviting the public to support or participate in the “Ride to Provide” event being hosted by the Renegade Motorcycle Outlet in preparation for the County’s annual Toy Chest event.

The Renegade Motorcycle Outlet is coordinating the “Ride to Provide” event, which benefits Toys-for-Tots. The ride will take place on Saturday, June 8. Registration is $20/biker and will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Renegade Motorcycle Outlet is located at 120 U.S. Highway 70 East in Hillsborough.

The 80 mile ride will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. The bikers will end the ride at the Social Services office located at Hillsborough Commons on Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

For more information about “Ride to Provide,” please contact Armando Angus at the Renegade Motorcycle Outlet at 919.245.1287.

For more information about the Toy Chest and Toys-for-Tots, please contact Rebekah Rapoza with the Department of Social Services at 919.245.2869.

About the Toy Chest

The Toy Chest is hosted annually by the Orange County Department of Social Services.

The event benefits low income families, allowing them to provide toys for their children during the Christmas holiday.

 

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CONDADO DE ORANGE INVITA APOYO PUBLICO PARA EL EVENTO “RIDE TO PROVIDE”

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (21 de mayo 2013)—El Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Orange invita al público a apoyar o a participar en el evento “Ride to Provide,” un paseo en motocicleta patrocinado por el Renegade Motorcycle Outlet en preparación para “Toy Chest,” el evento anual del condado para colectar juguetes para niños.

El Renegade Motorcycle Outlet coordina “Ride to Provide” que beneficia a la Fundación de Toys-for-Tots. El paseo en motocicleta es el sábado, 8 de junio. La registración será desde las 9:00 de la mañana hasta las 10:00 de la mañana y vale $20 para cada persona que anda en motocicleta. El Renegade Motorcycle Outlet se ubica en el 120 U.S. Highway 70 East en Hillsborough.

El paseo de 80 millas empieza a las 10:15 de la mañana en punto. Las motocicletas terminan su paseo en la oficina de los Servicios Sociales en el Hillsborough Commons en Mayo Street en Hillsborough.

Para más información sobre el paseo en motocicleta, favor de contactar a Armando Angus del Renegade Motorcycle Outlet al 919.245.1287.

Para más información sobre “Toy Chest” y la Fundacion de Toys-for-Tots, favor de contactar a Rebekah Rapoza del Departmento de Servicios Sociales al 919.245.2869.

Acerca de “Toy Chest”

“Toy Chest” es patrocinado por el Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Orange cada año. El evento beneficia a familias de bajos ingresos, permitiéndolas a regalar juguetes a sus hijos durante las fiestas navideñas.

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County Selling Farm-to-Fork Tickets

 

Media Contact

Carl A. Matyac, Ph.D.

Director, Cooperative Extension Service 

Phone: 919.245.2051

carl_matyac@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY SELLING TICKETS: FARM-TO-FORK PICNIC

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 21, 2013)—Orange County’s  W.C. Breeze Family Farm near Hurdle Mills, will set the backdrop for the 2013 Farm-to-Fork Picnic taking place from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9.

Tickets are on sale for the highly attended event, which pairs local farmers with chefs from the Triangle area to create special dishes with seasonal, local ingredients. This has been coined, “The country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.

The Farm-to-Fork Picnic is co-hosted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), Friends of Breeze Farm, Slow Food Triangle, and the North  Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

Proceeds from the event support new farmer training programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the Breeze Farm. The most recent agriculture census reported that North Carolina tied for being first in the nation in loss of farmland, and the average age of farmers is now 59.

For more information about the Farm-to-Fork Picnic, the list of this year’s farmer/chef pairings, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.farmtoforknc.com

 

About CEFS

CEFS, a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, helps develop and train new farmers through a variety of programs. Through the farm apprentice program, participants learn to manage a small-scale diversified integrated certified organic farm at the CEFS Small Farm Unit in Goldsboro. They also obtain hands-on experience with a variety of other crop and animal systems, including a pasture-based beef and dairy operation.   

CEFS also supports a summer intern program, where students spend eight weeks at CEFS working with faculty members and others on weekly classroom learning activities, hands-on farming experiences, community projects, and research. CEFS is also partnering with six county governments and municipalities across the state developing new incubator farms, where new farmers have access to land to learn and develop their business.

About The Breeze Farm

The Breeze Farm is an enterprise incubator, where new farmers can lease land to gain farming experience.  The farm also offers an educational program to teach basic skills to new farmers. The PLANT Farm Enterprise Incubator seeks to revitalize agricultural activity in the Piedmont Region through training on small scale sustainable farming techniques.  The program also incorporates evening workshops in the winter months covering a range of topics important to the success of new farmers. Following the workshop and completion of a business plan and crop plan, farm apprentices can lease land and utilize equipment provided by the PLANT @ Breeze Program.

 

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EL CONDADO DE ORANGE VENDE ENTRADAS: EL PICNIC “DE LA GRANJA HASTA EL TENEDOR”

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (21 de mayo 2013)—La Granja Familiar “W.C. Breeze” cerca de Hurdle Mills en el Condado de Orange será el sitio del Picnic “De La Granja Hasta El Tenedor” de las 4:00 de la tarde hasta las 7:00 de la tarde el domingo, 9 de junio.

Se venden entradas a este evento popular que junta granjeros locales con chefs del Triangulo para cocinar platos especiales hechos de productos locales de la temporada. La revista Bon Appetit lo describió como “el mejor banquete en el país de todo que uno puedo comer.”

El Picnic “De La Granja Hasta El Tenedor” es patrocinado por el Centro de Sistemas Agrícolas Ecológicos, Los Amigos de la Granja Breeze, Slow Food Triangle, y la Fundación Agrícola de Carolina del Norte.

Las ganancias del evento apoyan a programas de entrenamiento para nuevos granjeros en el Centro de Sistemas Agrícolas Ecológicos (CEFS en inglés) y la Granja Breeze. El censo agrícola más reciente muestra que Carolina del Norte empata como el estado que más terrenos agrícolas se están perdiendo y la edad media de sus granjeros es 59 años de edad.

Para más información sobre el Picnic “De La Granja Hasta El Tenedor,” la lista de las parejas de granjeros y chefs, oportunidades para patrocinar el evento, o para comprar entradas, favor de visitar la página de web www.farmtoforknc.com

Acerca del Centro de Sistemas Agrícolas Ecológicos (CEFS en inglés)

CEFS, una colaboración entre NC State University, NC A&T State University, y el Departamento de Agricultura y Servicios al Consumidor de Carolina del Norte, desarolla y entrena nuevos granjeros a través de varios programas. A través del programa de aprendiz, participantes aprenden como manejar una granja orgánica a pequeña escala que es diversa e integrada en Granjas de Pequeñas Unidades de CEFS en Goldsboro. También ganan experiencia con una variedad de sistemas de cultivos y ganado, incluyendo la crianza a base de pasto de vacas de carne y vacas de leche.

CEFS también tiene un programa de práctica de verano, donde estudiantes trabajan durante ocho semanas con la facultad de CEFS y otras actividades semanales, proyectos comunitarios, e investigación. CEFS trabaja junto con seis gobiernos locales para desarollar nuevas granjas de aprendizaje donde nuevos granjeros pueden aprender y desarollar su negocio.

 

Acerca de la Granja Breeze

 

La Granja Breeze es una granja de aprendizaje donde nuevos granjeros pueden alquilar terrenos para agarrar experiencia. La granja también ofrece un programa que enseña habilidades básicas para granjeros nuevos. La empresa “PLANT Farm Enterprise Incubator” busca revitalizar actividades agrícolas en la región central de Carolina del Norte (“piedmont”) a través de entrenamientos a pequeña escala usando técnicas sostenibles. El programa también incorpora talleres por la noche durante el invierno acerca de varios temas que son importantes para el éxito de nuevos granjeros. Después del taller y al cumplir un plan de negocio y un plan de cultivos, aprendices pueden alquilar terrenos y utilizar el equipo del Programa “PLANT @ Breeze.”

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County Offices to Close Memorial Day

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 FOR MEMORIAL DAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 21, 2013)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Tuesday, May 28, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 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 library will be closed on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27.

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 Memorial Day.

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. 

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Orange Senior Center will be closed on Memorial Day.

Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes only on Monday, May 27.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

Curbside recycling will be collected on Monday, May 27, 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.

The Orange County Landfill will be closed on Monday, May 27.  All services associated with the landfill, such as the household hazardous waste collection and mulch sales will not be available.

 The Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers located at Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road will also be closed on Monday, May 27.  The other three centers are normally closed on Mondays.

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative office located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will be closed Monday, May 27.

Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

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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EL CONDADO DE ORANGE CIERRA SUS OFICINAS PARA LA FIESTA DE MEMORIAL DAY

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (21 de mayo 2013)—El Condado de Orange cierra sus oficinas administrativas para el lunes, 27 de mayo, debido a la fiesta nacional de Memorial Day.

Las oficinas del Condado de Orange se abren de nuevo y todos los empleados vuelven el martes, 28 de mayo, y operan con el horario normal de las 8:00 de la mañana hasta las 5:00 de la tarde.

Favor de fijarse en el cambio de horario para los siguientes departamentos del Condado de Orange.

Bibliotecas Municipales del Condado de Orange

La Biblioteca Principal en Hillsborough, el Cybrary y la Biblioteca del Condado de Orange en Carrboro cierran el domingo, 26 de mayo y el lunes, 27 de mayo.

Servicios de Animales

El centro de Servicios de Animales cierra pero llamadas al 9-1-1 para servicios urgentes relacionados con animales serán contestadas durante las 24 horas de Memorial Day.

Parques

El Gimnasio del Centro de Recreo Central y el Centro Comunitario de Efland Cheeks cierran. El Parque Regional de Little River mantiene su horario normal de las 8:00 de la mañana hasta las 8:00 de la tarde.

Centros de Tercera Edad

El Centro Seymour y el Centro de Tercera Edad de Orange cierran para Memorial Day.

El Transporte Público de Orange opera solamente las rutas de diálisis el lunes, 27 de mayo.

Reciclaje, El Vertedero de Basura, y los Centros de Conveniencia de Basura Sólida

El reciclaje se recoge el lunes, 27 de mayo con el horario normal. Si es su día normal para reciclar, favor de tener sus contenedores en la acera antes de las 7:00 de la mañana o pónganlos afuera la noche anterior.

El Vertedero de Basura cierra el lunes, 27 de mayo. Ningún servicio asociado con el vertedero de basura, como la colección de residuos peligrosos de casa y la venta de mantillo, estará disponible.

Los Centros de Conveniencia de Basura Sólida en Eubanks Road y Walnut Grove Church Road cierran el lunes, 27 de mayo. Los otros tres centros normalmente están cerrados los lunes.

La oficina de Administración de Basura Sólida del Condado de Orange en 1207 Eubanks Road en Chapel Hill cierra el lunes, 27 de mayo.

La oficina vuelve a su horario normal el martes, 28 de mayo.

Para más información, favor de contactar al Departamento de Basura Sólida del Condado de Orange al 919.968.2788 o mandar un email a recycling@orangecountync.gov

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RSVP Tax Volunteers Needed

 

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 SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR 2014 TAX SEASON

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 20, 2013)—The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program is seeking volunteers who want to help low to middle-income clients with preparing their tax returns, in turn making a difference in their lives.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free IRS service for eligible clients offered at sites in Orange and Chatham counties. Interested volunteers can attend a free orientation session in the fall. The date and time will be announced by the end of summer.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the program.  Orientation will take place at the Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

The VITA tax program provides a broad range of volunteer opportunities: IRS-trained and tested volunteers serve as tax preparers to electronically prepare and file tax returns at no charge; as telephone operators to schedule appointments using software; as tax room managers to administer the client check in/out process; and as computer assistants to assist with minor troubleshooting. Free training starts in January.

 

For more information about the free orientation session, please call 919.245.4240.

 

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EL CONDADO DE ORANGE BUSCA VOLUNTARIOS PARA LA TEMPORADA DE IMPUESTOS DE 2014

CONDADO DE ORANGE, NC (20 de mayo 2013)—Se busca voluntarios para el Programa Voluntario RSVP 55+ del Condado de Orange para ayudar a clientes de ingresos bajos o ingresos medios con la preparación de los documentos para los impuestos sobre la renta y así impactar a sus vidas.

VITA (ayuda voluntario para los impuestos sobre la renta) es un servicio gratis del IRS para clientes que reúnen ciertos requisitos en los condados de Orange y Chatham. Los voluntarios interesados pueden asistir a una sesión de orientación en el otoño. La fecha y la hora se anunciarán a finales del verano.

Es una oportunidad para aprender más sobre el programa. La sesión de orientación será en el Seymour Center en el 2551 Homestead Road en Chapel Hill.

El programa VITA ofrece varias oportunidades para ser voluntario: voluntarios entrenados en el sístema del IRS sirven para prepar los documentos de los impuestos electrónicamente de forma gratuita; sirven como operadores telefónicos para hacer citas usando software; sirven como gerentes de salón donde la gente se registra al entrar y salir; y sirven como asistentes de computadoras para resolver problemas menores. El entrenamiento gratis comienza en enero.

Para más información sobre la sesión de orientación gratis, favor de llamar a Kathy Porter a 919.245.4240.

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Animal Services Open House

 

Media Contact

Sarah Fallin, Program Coordinator

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext 224

sfallin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO ANIMAL SERVICES OPEN HOUSE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 20, 2013)—Orange County Animal Services will be hosting its fourth annual Open House on Saturday, June 1, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

The event will feature tours of the facility, videos of spay/neuter surgeries, canine demonstrations, free food, scavenger hunts, face painting, a kissing booth, and a host of other activities.  CLAWS, Inc. will feature select birds of prey. A number of other animal organizations will also be on site. 

The Open House sets the backdrop for the official kick-off to Cat Adoption Month, which will run for the entire month of June and feature adoption specials for select cats and kittens.

The Open House will take place at the Animal Services Center located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  The Center will remain open for regular Saturday hours (including during the Open House) and adoptable animals will be available. 

Those visiting the Center between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and not picking up or dropping off an animal, should plan to park in the Eubanks Road Park & Ride lot. 

 

For more information about this and other events, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices/events.asp or call 919.942.7387. 

 

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Budget Documents 2013-14 Available Online

 

Media Contact

Clarence Grier, CFO

Financial & Administrative Services 

Phone: 919.245.2450

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

                                                

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY POSTS 2013-14 BUDGET DOCUMENTS ONLINE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 20, 2013)—The Orange County Financial and Administrative Services Department has posted the County’s budget document and capital investment plan online for the public to review.

The financial documents for fiscal year 2013 – 2014 are available at

http://orangecountync.gov/finance/budget.asp

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners will hold two public hearings regarding the County Manager’s Recommended Fiscal Year 2013-14 Annual Operating Budget and Capital Investment Plan.

The first hearing will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street, in Hillsborough. 

The second hearing will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill.

The Commissioners invite residents who wish to speak about the budget or capital investment plan to provide written or oral comments at one of the public hearings. Those who cannot attend the public hearings may submit written comments via e-mail at dbaker@orangecountync.gov or by postal mail:

Orange County Board of County Commissioners

P.O. Box 8181

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Copies of the recommended operating budget and capital investment plan will be available for public inspection beginning on Wednesday, May 22, during regular operating hours in the following locations:

 

  • County Finance and Administrative Services Office, Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough
  • Office of the Clerk to the Board, Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough
  • Orange County Main Library, 137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
  • Carrboro Branch Library located at McDougle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill
  • Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

 

For more information, please contact Clarence G. Grier at 919.245.2453 or send an e-mail to cgrier@orangecountync.gov

 

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Library Dig Into Reading Program

 

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programs

 jarnold@orangecountync.gov

Debbie Shreve, Youth Programs

dshreve@orangecountync.gov

Orange County Main Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

 

Samantha Thorne, Carrboro Programs

sthorne@orangecountync.gov

OCPL Carrboro Branch Library

Phone: 919.969.3006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY INTRODUCES ‘DIG INTO READING’

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 17, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) invites youth, teens and adults to participate in the “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program in Hillsborough and Carrboro. Registration begins on Saturday, June 1 and programs will continue through the end of July.  

With a large selection of books and e-books, as well as performances, programs and prizes, the summer reading program offers something for everyone.   The only requirement to participate is a current Orange County Public Library (OCPL) card, which is free to Orange County residents.

Summer reading is not complete without great prizes and OCPL is offering a variety of prizes this year.  Children can earn bookmarks, stickers and small prizes.  Teens and adults can enter drawings for books, gift certificates and the chance to win one of two Kindle Fire e-reader tablets, donated by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library.

Read more about OCPL’s summer reading program at

http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/summerreading2013.asp or review the library’s complete calendar of events at http://bit.ly/ocplevents

 

For youth (ages 1 - 11):

The summer reading program kicks off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Main Library located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Local author and Piedmont Laureate John Claude Bemis will lead a conversation with four of the Triangle's most exciting children's book writers: Clay Carmichael, Frances O'Roark Dowell, Kelly Starling Lyons, and Cate Tiernan. The authors will share stories about why they became writers, what books have inspired them and they will share advice for writers.

“Dig Into Reading” youth participants are invited to attend age-appropriate programs and performances on a first-come, first-served basis. This includes story times, LEGO programs, live animal programs, magic shows, a puppet show, a theater performance, and a musical performance!

Children who join the summer reading club can keep a record of the books they read during the summer, and bring their reading record to the library each week to receive prizes. In lieu of receiving prizes, children can also submit “Book Bucks” and choose a book to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House or Orange Congregations in Mission Samaritan Relief program. All children who read to give a book will have their name and “Book Buck” posted on a special scroll in the Orange County Main Library.

 

For teens (ages 12 - 18):

From crafts, to gaming, to movies, there are lots of summer activities for teens to “dig into” at OCPL.

Among the planned programs, teens are invited to get their hands dirty at two Crafts That Rock events. Message stones will be made out of cement on June 19, at 3:00 p.m. and jewelry-making from found rocks will take place on July 24, at 3:00 p.m. 

The ever-popular Teen Game Day returns July 19, at 3:00 p.m., with a Wii, Xbox, 360 Kinect, board games, cards, and more.

And the Teen Book Club will meet at 6:00 p.m. on June 12 and July 10.

For adults (ages 18 and older):

Ever heard of geocaching? It’s a real-world treasure hunt that uses GPS coordinates to uncover hidden containers. With 50 geocaches located within three miles of the Main Library, come try this fun activity on June 3, at 6:00 p.m.

Learn how to go from garbage to garden in the Get Started with Composting workshop on June 18, at 6:00 p.m., then join Edible Books, a potluck book talk on June 26, at 6:00 p.m. where people will share dishes inspired by books.

Finally, is history one of your interests? Dig into North Carolina history with a talk on July 29, at 6:00 p.m. about the experiences of women and civilians in North Carolina during the Civil War. 

 

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

 

Media Contact

Sheronda Witter

Cooperative Extension Service 

Phone: 919.245.2057

 sheronda_witter@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FOR

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 17, 2013)—The Orange County 4-H Cooperative Extension Service in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA invites residents to participate in the Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training.

The training class will take place on Thursday, May 30, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Food Lab located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.  

Stewards of Children is a free, three-hour training designed to educate adults about how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, while placing emphasis on child safety.  

The goal of the training is to educate and prepare the community to deal with and prevent child sexual abuse. It is the only nationally available program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.

This revolutionary program is geared toward responsible adults who care about the welfare of children. It is also appropriate for sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, children's clubs, church groups, etc. A total of three training hour credits are available. 

To register for this training, please contact Sheronda Witter at 919.245.2057 or send an e-mail to sheronda_witter@ncsu.edu.

For more information about Stewards of Children or Darkness to Light initiatives, please visit www.CHCYMCA.org/D2L

 

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Public Hearings: 2013- 14 Budget

 

Media Contact

Clarence Grier, CFO

Financial & Administrative Services 

Phone: 919.245.2450

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING: 2013-14 BUDGET

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 16, 2013)--The Orange County Board of County Commissioners will hold two public hearings regarding the County Manager's Recommended Fiscal Year 2013- 14 Annual Operating Budget and Capital Investment Plan.

The first hearing will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street, in Hillsborough. 

The second hearing will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill.

The Commissioners invite residents who wish to speak about the budget or capital investment plan to provide written or oral comments at one of the public hearings. Those who cannot attend the public hearings may submit written comments via e-mail at dbaker@orangecountync.gov or by postal mail:

Orange County Board of County Commissioners

P.O. Box 8181

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Copies of the recommended operating budget and capital investment plan will be available for public inspection beginning on Wednesday, May 22, during regular operating hours in the following locations:

 

  • County Finance and Administrative Services Office, Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough
  • Office of the Clerk to the Board, Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough
  • Orange County Main Library, 137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
  • Carrboro Branch Library located at McDougle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill
  • Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

 

The budget document and capital investment plan will also available online beginning on Wednesday, May 22, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/hottopic.asp

For more information, please contact Clarence G. Grier at 919.245.2453 or send an e-mail to cgrier@orangecountync.gov

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Health Department Strategic Plan

 

Media Contact

Stacy Shelp

Communications Manager 

Orange County Health Department

Phone: 919.245.2462

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECEIVES PERFECT SCORE FOR

STRATEGIC PLAN

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 14, 2013)—The Orange County Health Department is proud to announce its 2013 Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Plan received a perfect score of 100, during this year’s annual review.  

The review is based on more than 90 points of criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and State Division of Public Health. This plan is updated and maintained by the County’s public health preparedness coordinator.

“Receiving this score speaks to the hard work and dedication required to develop the SNS Plan. Achieving this would not be possible without the support and participation of several County departments and inter-government agencies,” said Pat Gentry Orange County’s public health preparedness coordinator.

The process involves a collaborative effort between the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Chapel Hill Police Department, Carrboro Police Department, Orange County Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Orange County Emergency Services.  

“Working together we have been successful in building a stronger more prepared community,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the Orange County Health Department.

For more information about the Strategic National Stockpile Plan, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/stockpile.htm

 

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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 (May 13, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meetings.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

 - - - CANCELED - - -

Orange County staff will be providing a parks tour for new BOCC members on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., starting at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event.

Orange County Schools staff will be providing a schools/facilities tour for BOCC members on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  The tour will start at the Orange County Schools Board of Education Office, 200 East King Street in Hillsborough.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event.

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Measles in Orange County

 

Media Contact

Stacy Shelp, Public Information Officer

Phone: 919.245.2462

sshelp@orangecountync.gov

POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURE AT YOUTH BASEBALL GAMES IN HILLSBOROUGH, NC

Orange County, NC (May 9, 2013)—The Orange County Health Department is reporting that people attending two Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) baseball games may have been exposed to measles. 

One game was on Friday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Park (Field #2) in Cedar Grove, NC.  The other game was at the Exchange Club Park in Hillsborough, NC on Saturday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m.  

A person attending these games developed symptoms of measles on Sunday, May 5.  This would mean that he/she may have been contagious while at the games on Friday and Saturday.   This person had been fully vaccinated and had no reason not to be in public.  While fully vaccinated persons are considered to be more than 99% protected, persons that are fully vaccinated can develop disease in rare cases.

Measles is a viral illness that is spread through respiratory droplets.  Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash that begins on the head and moves down. 

Persons born before 1957 are likely immune due to having had the disease as a child.   Most others are protected due to having received a measles-containing vaccine (MMR).  One dose of MMR has been required for childcare, school and university entry for many years.  Two doses of MMR are recommended and have been required for childcare, school and university entry in North Carolina for anyone entering after July 1, 1994. Most people who have measles recover without complications, but it is especially dangerous for pregnant women, infants and persons with other health conditions that would be complicated by measles.

If you attended the games on May 3 or 4, please be alert for symptoms that could occur anytime between May 10 and May 25.  If you develop symptoms, stay home and CALL your medical provider to be tested. 

If you were born 1957 or later and do not have confirmation of having received two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR), it is recommended that you consult your medical provider or local health department to receive the vaccine.  Getting vaccinated now will not provide protection for this specific exposure, but would provide future protection.

For more information about measles, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/measles/

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Cooperative Extension Summer Camp

 

Media Contact

Shelia Beasley

4-H Cooperative Extension Service 

Phone: 919.245.2056

shelia_beasley@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY 4-H ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FOR

SUMMER SIZZLE CAMP

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 9, 2013)—The Orange County 4-H Cooperative Extension Service is accepting registration for its annual five week Summer Sizzle Camp.

The summer camp is available Monday - Friday from 7:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., beginning the week of June 17 - July 19. Parents can register for camp on a weekly basis.

The program offers action-packed activities for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Each week will feature field trips and hands-on activities in areas, such as Arts & Crafts, Sports, Cooking, and Health & Wellness. The campers will explore science, technology and math, while also participating in bowling, skating, swimming, and much more. 

Participants must be willing to take part in outdoor activities, attend field trips and function in a group setting.

Registration is $100/week for the full day program. No pro-rated fees accepted.  A one-time $50.00 deposit is required to sign-up, regardless of the number of weeks selected.

The deposit will go toward the payment of the participant’s first week of camp. If the participant does not attend on the week registered, the deposit is non-refundable.

The registration fee covers supplies, supervision, entrance/activity fees, accident insurance, transportation to field trips, and camp T-shirts. The program does not include lunch or transportation to and from camp.

For more information or to register, please contact Shelia Beasley at 919.245.2056, send an e-mail to shelia_beasley@ncsu.edu or visit www.orange.ces.ncsu.edu

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status. In addition, the two universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and

local governments cooperating.

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Sheronda Witter, 4-H Agent, at 919.245.2057 or sheronda_witter@ncsu.edu or fax 919.644.3067, or

in person at the County Extension Office at least 10 days prior to the event.

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Pocket Neighborhoods Presentation

 

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PROMOTES POCKET NEIGHBORHOODS:

SMALL SCALE COMMUNITIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 9, 2013)–The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend a presentation about Pocket Neighborhoods. This will be presented by Ross Chapin, an architect and author from the Pacific Northwest.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Pocket Neighborhoods are small clusters of houses or apartments with a shared common area. The scale and attentive layout fosters interaction among neighbors, while preserving personal privacy. These communities connect neighbors in a web of care and support, while promoting a personal sense of belonging and safety, laying the foundation for resilient communities.

Chapin’s Pocket Neighborhoods presentation is geared towards professionals and the general public. He will share stories about communities from around the world, their historic precedents and the key design principles that give them vitality.

Space is limited. To make a reservation, please call the Department on Aging at 919.968.2070.

About Ross Chapin

Ross Chapin, FAIA, an architect, land planner and author from Seattle, WA, has pioneered the Pocket Neighborhood approach for 15 years. He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans for developers across the U.S. and Canada, and has been a development partner for six pocket neighborhoods, several of which have received national housing awards.  His book, Pocket Neighborhoods, was featured in USA Today, AARP Bulletin and Planetizen’s 2012 Top 10 list of urban planning books.

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National Travel & Tourism Week

 

Media Contact

Laurie Paolicelli

Director, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Phone: 919.968.2060

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECOGNIZES NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 8, 2013)—The Orange County Board of Commissioners presented a Proclamation on Tuesday, May 7, to recognize the week of May 4-12, 2013, as National Travel and Tourism Week in Orange County.

The national theme for this year is “Travel Effect.” In 2011, travel and tourism generated more than $150 million in Orange County as residents and tourists visited restaurants, shops, hotels and recreational venues.

National Travel and Tourism Week was established in 1983 when the U.S. Congress adopted a joint resolution designating the week to be celebrated in May each year.

The week is designated to promote greater public awareness of the powerful economic, social and cultural importance of travel and tourism through local events and celebrations.

“Along with its economic benefits, travel and tourism has the power to improve relationships and to create lasting family memories. The Visitors Bureau encourages everyone to be a tourist in their own backyard and appreciate the wide range of tourism opportunities in Orange County,” said Laurie Paolicelli, director of the Visitors Bureau.

The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, a division of Orange County, is located at 501 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

For more information about the points of interest and tourism opportunities in Orange County, please visit www.orangecountync.gov or call 919.968.2060.

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Cooperative Extension Workshop

 

Media Contact

Deborah J. Taylor

Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences

 Phone: 919.245.2055

deborah_taylor@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

TO CO-HOST ASSISTIVE DEVICES CLASS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 6, 2013)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension will be co-hosting a class with the Orange County Extension and Community Association entitled, "Assistive Devices" on Thursday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m.

The class will meet at the Food Lab of the Environment and Agriculture Building, located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough. The deadline to register is on Monday, May 13.

The purpose of the class is to showcase a variety of low-tech and low cost gadgets and/or devices that are available to make daily activities (i.e. cooking, cleaning, hobbies, and taking care of personal needs) easier to perform and more manageable.  

Registration is available online at http://go.ncsu.edu/assistivedevices

For more information or to register by phone, please call Karin Cousineau at 919.245.2053.

 

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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 (May 6, 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.

The meeting location has changed for the library strategic planning focus group session for this evening, Monday, May 6, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m.  The session that was to be held in a private residence in Cedar Grove has been relocated to the Environment and Agricultural Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough, in the Cooperative Extension classroom.   

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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 (May 3, 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.

 

A library strategic planning focus group session has been scheduled for Monday, May 6, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m.  The session will be held in the home of Ms. Hattie Vanhook, 5608 Green Pine Road in Cedar Grove.

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Walnut Grove Convenience Center

Media Contact

Gayle Wilson, Director

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO RE-OPEN WALNUT GROVE CHURCH ROAD

SOLID WASTE CONVENIENCE CENTER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 3, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing the successful completion of the remodeling, site improvements, new equipment installation, new signage, and final paving at the Solid Waste Convenience Center on Walnut Grove Church Road in Hillsborough. 

The gates will open at 7:00 a.m. on Friday May 10, providing full service to Orange County residents.

                                                                                                

The Walnut Grove Solid Waste Convenience Center includes the following amenities:

 

  • Fully paved surfaces to control dust, mud and runoff
  • Compactors with low loading height for household waste, bulky items, corrugated cardboard, and single stream recycling
  • Dropped-level containers for yard waste, tires, scrap metal, bulky waste, and large appliances for easier disposal
  • Separate routing for County trucks, plus improved entry and exit for added safety
  • Household Hazardous Waste collection for paint, pesticides, chemicals, fluorescent lights, and other toxic items found in the home
  • Food waste collection for composting (the first residential food waste drop-off in NC)
  • Used cooking oil collection, which will be converted into biodiesel
  • Plastic bag and plastic film recycling
  • Clothing and shoes drop-off for charities
  • Lumber Salvage – an annex to the Salvage Shed for sharing solid sawed lumber  

Orange County made these changes to improve efficiency and safety of disposal and collection, while expanding recycling opportunities for County residents.  The overall plan concept adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2010 includes two larger district Centers and three neighborhood centers.

Improvements to the remaining convenience centers will take place in phases over the next several years.  The Walnut Grove site was chosen because the County owns the property, and it will provide improved recycling and waste collection services for the residents in the northern part of the County.

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Sr. Games Ambassador

 

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SENIOR GAMES INTRODUCES NEW AMBASSADOR

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 2, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging and the Orange County Senior Games introduce Sharon Roggenbuck as the new Senior Games Ambassador.

Roggenbuck ran her first triathlon in 1981, when triathlons were gaining in popularity. She borrowed one of her children’s bicycles and didn’t have a formal swim technique.

“I realized if I am going to continue to do this, I better get a bike of my own and learn how to swim,” said Roggenbuck. She competes in 10 - 14 triathlons a season, successfully completing three Ironman triathlons, which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike race and 26.2 mile run.

Roggenbuck has participated in the Orange County Senior Games, qualifying for the state competitions, and advancing to the National Senior Games three times. 

“There is a lot of camaraderie. It’s more about people getting together and doing stuff. It’s not really that competitive. They have so many different events that there is an opportunity for everyone,” said Roggenbuck.

The Orange County Senior Games is sponsored by the Orange County Department on Aging, and the Parks and Recreation Departments of the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

The Department on Aging offers year-round health and wellness classes and aging transition programs at the senior centers in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. 

For more information about the Aging programs and services available in Orange County, please call 919.968.2070 in Chapel Hill or 919.245.2015 in Hillsborough.

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Older Americans Month

 

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECOGNIZES OLDER AMERICANS MONTH

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 2, 2013)–The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to its annual juried art show this month at the Seymour Center. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday, May 29.

May marks Older Americans Month and the Senior Games/SilverArts competitions highlight the many talents and contributions made by the elders in our community.

One of the featured artists this year is 79-year-old Orange County native Hattie Vanhook, who won second place in the Heritage Arts basket-weaving category. She has participated in this competition for the past 10 years. In addition to baskets, Hattie has made dresses for children in third world countries. 

The Department on Aging strives to provide older adults with the necessary tools to aid in self-expression and self-reliance.  “SilverArts addresses both of these goals by allowing the seniors to display their art and take pride in creating their own brand, which distinguishes him or her from the competition,” said Myra Austin, administrator of Orange County senior centers. 

The Senior Games, SilverArts exhibit and host of classes and events offered by the Department on Aging allow older adults to identify their weaknesses and expand upon their strengths, which ultimately results in an increase in self-confidence and efficacy. The goal is to decrease the level of dependence seniors have on others. 

For more information about the Aging programs and services available in Orange County, please call 919.968.2070 in Chapel Hill or 919.245.2015 in Hillsborough.

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County to Host ReUSe Rodeo

Media Contact

Muriel Williman; Education and Outreach Coordinator

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

muriel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

           ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST FIRST EVER OFF CAMPUS REUSE RODEO

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 1, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is inviting the public to its ReUse Rodeo Student Move-out week!

The event will take place from Tuesday, May 7- Friday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Hargrave’s Center Mitchell Lane parking lot in Chapel Hill. This marks the first off-campus Reuse Rodeo to be held during Student Move-out week.

 

“Student move-out is a notorious period of wastefulness where some residents just dump and run. Before you ride out of town, we hope you will look through your belongings and choose to donate, instead of contributing to the landfill! The goal is to reduce move-out waste and help support reuse in our community,” said Muriel Williman, event coordinator.

Whether you are moving out or cleaning up, take advantage of this special collection! Local non-profits will be on hand to accept materials that you don’t need, but perhaps someone else in our community could use. 

The following items are requested to be in GOOD CONDITION:

PTA Thrift Store

  • Clean clothing, belts, bags, and shoes
  • Furniture and shelving
  • Working housewares - toasters, coffee pots, dish sets, microwaves, lamps, area rugs, sheets, etc.

 

Back-to-school at the Hargrave’s Community Center

  • Blank notebooks
  • Unused paper of all colors and types
  • Lightly used book bags
  • Binders
  • Pens,  pencils, erasers, glue sticks and other unused school supplies

 

The Inter-Faith Council

  • Unopened food
  • Unopened personal care products
  • Clean, reusable cloth bags

 

Compass Center for Women and Families

  • Cell phones (with chargers if possible)

 

Job Training Programs

  • Working computers and accessories

If an item is not on this list, do not bring it to the Rodeo!  Non-profits reserve the right to turn away items that are not in good and working condition. 

The event is sponsored by the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department in cooperation with the above referenced non-profits, the Town of Chapel Hill, and the Hargraves Community Center.

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