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November 2013

 

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Free IRS Tax Prep Service

Media Contact

Vicki Hill, Assistant Director

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Phone: 919.245.4241

vhill@orangecountync.gov

www.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS FREE IRS TAX PREPARATION SERVICE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 27, 2013)—Orange County encourages eligible residents to avoid unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on the RSVP-VITA tax preparation service. All VITA services are free, including electronic filing for both federal and state tax returns.

The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin its free service in early February 2014, in Orange and Chatham Counties. VITA is available to clients with low to moderate income, regardless of age or county residency, as long as eligibility guidelines are met.

For a listing of specific dates, locations, eligibility, what to bring and to make appointments online, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/aging/VITA.asp. Clients can also make appointments by phone after January 15, 2014. Allow two hours for each appointment. Additional information will be available in January at local libraries and online.

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

Appointment Locations

 

  • Orange County: 919.245.4242 (English)
  • Orange County:  919.245.2010 (Spanish)
  • Compass Center for Women and Families: 919.968.4610 (English only)
  • Chatham County: 919.542.4512 (Chris Carter)
  • Chatham County: 919.742.1448 (Spanish)

 

Orange County has provided VITA assistance for more than 30 years with support from the following local sponsors: Orange County RSVP Volunteer Program, Orange County Department on Aging, Chatham County Council on Aging, Chatham Community Library

Central Carolina Community College, the Compass Center for Women and Families, Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc., United Way of the Greater Triangle, Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, Carol Woods, The Cedars, Orange County Department of Social Services, and UNC Hospitals.

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

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Library Holiday Happenings

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

OCPL Main Library

Phone: 919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

Debbie Shreve, Head of Youth Services

OCPL Main Library

919.245.2531

dshreve@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 26, 2013)—Orange County Public Library (OCPL) is here to help its patrons prepare for and celebrate this holiday season with a wide variety of free activities, programs and services.

Throughout the month of December, visit the OCPL Main Library to DO, GIVE and ENJOY

Things to Do

  • Make a custom photo holiday card on Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Family Hanukkah Program with stories, songs, dancing and games on Tues., Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Meet local children’s author John Claude Bemis at the Friends of the Library Holiday Gathering on Sat., Dec. 7, at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
  • Listen to stories told by local authors at “The Storyteller’s Gift” program: Anne Clinard Barnhill, Natania Barron, Barbara Davis, James Maxey and Barbara Claypole White will each present an original work and discuss the importance of books and stories as gifts on Thurs., Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wrap gifts away from prying eyes at the free gift wrap station starting Dec. 12.
  • Take an imaginative, magical train ride on the Arctic Express as led by Conductor Steve. Families will learn about winter festivals around the world on Sat., Dec. 14, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Teens: attend the “Not-A-Holiday” Party on Wed., Dec. 18, at 6:00 p.m. to fold origami, roll sushi and sing karaoke!

 

Things to Give

  • Need a unique gift? Consider a personalized paver! The Friends of the Library Paver Sale runs through Friday, Dec. 20. The pavers will be installed in the front walkway of the OCPL Main Library and all monies raised support your library! www.orangecountync.gov/library/pavers.asp
  • Food and Toys for Fines: Reduce or eliminate your library fines while making the season bright for fellow Orange County residents. Through Fri., Dec. 13, all OCPL locations are accepting non-perishable food item (including pet food) and toy donations in exchange for reduced library fines.  Food items will be sent to Orange Congregations in Mission and toys will go to Orange County Department of Social Services’ Toy Chest.
  • Help OCPL build a video game collection this season by donating new or gently used video games.  Bring your donations to the collection box by the Teen Room.
  • Give back to the community by signing up to be a 2014 World Book Night book giver. More info at www.orangecountync.gov/library/wbn.asp.

 

Things to Enjoy

  • Attend the library’s Holiday Open House on Thurs., Dec. 12, at 5:00 p.m. Library celebrity and recent retiree Kevin Delaney will present a selection of acoustic seasonal songs and holiday treats will be served.  Youth Services will also host a holiday craft session from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the kids!
  • Soak in the seasonal decorations adorning the library’s walls. Thanks go to the creative efforts of the Hillsborough Garden Club and art students from Orange High School.  And check out the stunning photographs from Orange County Animal Services’ Home for the Holidays exhibit promoting adoption awareness.

 

Also in the month of December, the OCPL Main Library will host the following events:

Darn Good Yarn Knitting and Crochet Group - Come to knit, crochet a while, and enjoy the company of fellow yarn enthusiasts of all ages. All are welcome on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:00 p.m.

 

Drop-In Resume Review – A strong resume makes any job application better.

Volunteers are available to help you with tips for improving format, spelling, grammar and effectiveness. Don’t have a resume yet? We’ll help you get started! Sunday, Dec. 8 and 22, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Group Study Room on the second floor. All sessions are first-come, first-served. 

Computer Basics Classes – Join us Mondays at 6:00 p.m. for these helpful computer classes in the Group Study Room:

  • Intro to Microsoft Excel on December 9 – Learn about the different parts of a spreadsheet and accompanying toolbars, how to insert and format columns and rows, sort data, perform math functions, create charts and graphs, and how to work with multiple sheets in the same Excel file.
  • Computing Basics on December 16 – This is an introduction to computers and the Internet. Learn how computers work, then head online to explore the World Wide Web. This class is for beginners – no previous computer experience is necessary.
  • Open Computer Lab on December 30 – Bring questions from earlier classes or your tech-related quandaries. Library staff will assist with troubled documents, confusing webmail, tangled spreadsheets, empty e-readers, and other puzzling technology.

 

The library has 6 computers available for class participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Evening Book Club – All are welcome to participate in the monthly evening book club.  This month, Fannie Flagg’s A Redbird Christmas will be discussed and holiday treats will be served on Wednesday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m.

 

As always, OCPL offers all events, services and materials to the Orange County community free of charge.

More details about these events and other holiday happenings are available at www.orangecountync.gov/library.

Visitors are always welcome!

The library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough.  Free parking is available in the Eno River Parking Deck behind the library.

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Library Extends Brick Paver Sales

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY EXTENDS

PAVER FUNDRAISER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 27, 2013)—The Friends of the Orange County Public Library (FOCPL) is announcing the brick paver fundraiser has been extended to Friday, December 20.

“A personalized paver is a wonderful and unique gift to give this holiday season,” said OCPL Director Lucinda Munger. “It’s a meaningful way to commemorate a special occasion, honor a loved one or pet, feature a favorite quote, show your organization’s support of the library, and more.”

The personalized brick pavers will be installed at the entrance of the OCPL Main Library in Hillsborough in the first quarter of 2014.

“Individuals, businesses, churches or community organizations are encouraged to show their support of the library by purchasing a paver,” said FOCPL President Janet Flowers. “The proceeds will be used enhance the library’s collections and services.”

Pavers may be ordered online at www.orangecountync.gov/library/pavers.asp Brochures and order forms are also available at the OCPL Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane.

For more information about the Friends of the Orange County Public Library, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library/friends.asp

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County to Host Antique Appraisal

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims

Robert and Pearl Seymour Center Operations &Program Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO ANTIQUE APPRAISAL AT SEYMOUR CENTER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 27, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is hosting an Antique Appraisal at the Seymour Center on Wednesday, December 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..

Find out if an old family heirloom or items stashed away in the attic are actually something of value. The public is invited to find out what any old collectibles are really worth by bringing up to two items to be evaluated. Appraisers will not be able to accommodate a third item, so please abide by the two item limit. 

Verbal appraisals will be given by appointment only and provided by the directors of Leland Little Auction Gallery.  Items may include quilts and textiles, dolls, fine and decorative arts, furniture, Persian and oriental rugs, military items, antique firearms, Civil War artifacts, nautical items, primitives, architectural items, toys, paintings, prints, glassware, brass, tin, coins, silver, watches, ceramics, musical instruments, jewelry, and clocks.

Guns are NOT permitted for this event.

This event is limited to 16 participants. Please be on time or you will lose your appointment.  If you decide to cancel, please cancel within two days of the event. Anyone on the waiting list will be given a chance to participate.

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

For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

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County to Host Senior Prom

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims

Robert and Pearl Seymour Center Operations &Program Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST A “SENIOR PROM” FOR
THE YOUNG-AT-HEART

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 25, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging and the Hannah Ruth Foundation invite seniors to attend a “Senior Prom.” The theme is: An Enchanted Evening Under the Stars.

 

This enchanted evening will take place at the Seymour Center on Saturday, December 7, from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

This will be an opportunity for the age 55 and older crowd to get dressed up and celebrate being young-at-heart. It’s no problem for those who don’t have a date– dance partners will be in full supply. The evening will also include entertainment and dinner. This is a great way to make new friends and visit with old ones.

This special event is co-sponsored by the Hannah Ruth Foundation (HRF), a non-profit, community-based initiative created to offer gracious friendship and assistance to the elderly and youth by providing them with enrichment opportunities.

There is no charge to attend, however, registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 919.968.2070.

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County Offers Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Media Contact

Jason B. Shepherd

Orange County Fire Marshal

Phone: 919.245.6151

jshepherd@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY  

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 26, 2013)—Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the cold weather and reminding residents to review their “fire safety” checklist for the home.

Many homes in Orange County rely on wood or fossil fuel as heat sources. Hidden danger can exist when these fuels are used incorrectly or the heating equipment is in need of maintenance.

Heating with wood is common, but when the chimney or woodstove hasn’t been regularly cleaned or inspected, there is potential for a fire to spark. Prior to burning the first fire each season, it’s important to inspect the chimney for creosote. Creosote is the distillation of tar in the free burning process of improperly seasoned wood.

This is important to know because when wood has high moisture content, the wood itself doesn’t have the capability to generate enough heat to burn clean, so the moisture escapes and the heavier products that don’t burn stick to the chimney walls. After time, this narrows the chimney flue and since the creosote is tar-based, it can and will ignite.

Always inspect the wood burning stove to ensure it is free from cracks, properly installed and vented to the exterior. When in doubt, always call a professional installer.

Natural gas is lighter than air and will rise if there is a leak in your home. Propane is heavier and will collect along the floor. Appliances that use these fuels should be inspected annually by a qualified technician. Additionally, if there is incomplete combustion, carbon monoxide can be produced and cannot be detected unless there is a detector in the home.

Carbon monoxide is lighter than air and if there is a leak, it will fill the room from the top down. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on each level of the home, closer to the ceiling and not plugged into the outlets near the floor. If the house isn’t equipped with an outlet near the ceiling, an electrician can properly complete the installation.

Many people enjoy serving fried turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but one wrong step could result in a fire hazard.

The following safety tips should be followed when frying a turkey:

  • Never fry a turkey that is frozen or partially frozen
  • To measure the oil, place the turkey in the empty pot, cover with water, remove turkey and note the level of the water. This mark will determine the amount of oil to put in the pot.
  • Always have a minimum of a 5LB ABC fire extinguisher available. Do not use water to suppress a grease fire.
  • Always fry the turkey at a minimum of 20 feet away from any structure.

For more information about holiday fire safety, please call Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6151.

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County to Offer Arborist Certification

Media Contact

Carl Matyac, Director

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2050

 carl_matyac@ncsu.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION TO OFFER

INTERNATIONAL ARBORIST CERTIFICATION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 22, 2013)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension will be sponsoring a training workshop for International Arborist Certification.

The workshop will take place from Wednesday, December 11- Thursday, December12, 2013 at the Guilford County Extension office. 

This is ideal for anyone who ever wanted to climb and prune trees for a living or simply wants to learn more about trees?

The training will include two days of lectures, lunch and a copy of the Arborists Certification Guide.  The study guide is available in Spanish or English.

Dr. Carl Matyac, director of Orange County Extension will be teaching the section on tree disease. 

For more information or to register, please visit www.isa-arbor.com or call 217.355.9411.

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County to Assist with Medicare

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims

Robert and Pearl Seymour Center Operations &Program Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

COUNTY OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 22, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the staff of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) are reminding Medicare beneficiaries of a very important deadline.

The annual Election Period to review, compare and select Medicare prescription drug coverage ends on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to call SHIIP at 1.800.MEDICARE or 1.800 (443.9354) to obtain free and unbiased help in selecting a drug plan. Beneficiaries may also call the Orange County SHIIP office to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a trained SHIIP counselor.

There are 29 Part-D prescription drug plans available in North Carolina for 2014. Drug plans vary from year-to-year, so it is important that Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers explore their options, during each annual Election Period.

Many Medicare beneficiaries who have called the SHIIP office will save several hundred to several thousand dollars in the coming year because they are changing their prescription drug plan. It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare, but this doesn’t have to be done alone. Representatives from Medicare and SHIIP are available to help.

About SHIIP

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and can assist anyone with questions about Medicare Part-D coverage information and enrollment. Trained SHIIP counselors are available for one-on-one counseling sessions in all 100 North Carolina counties.

For more information, please contact SHIIP at 1.800.443.9354 or visit www.ncshiip.com

To schedule an appointment with an Orange County SHIIP counselor, please call 919.245.2015 to meet in Hillsborough or 919.968.2070 to meet in Chapel Hill.

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County to Host Book Signing

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims

Robert and Pearl Seymour Center Operations &Program Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

COUNTY TO HOST BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR PANSY DODSON

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 22, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to meet author Pansy Dodson and her sister Madeline Sparrow.

Dodson will discuss and sign copies of her book, Blessings and Hugs from the Sisters on Wednesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 11.

The book is inspired by encouraging messages that she and her sister, Madeline sent to friends and shut-ins over the years. Dodson used this inspiration to create poems of encouragement for older adults to stay active and to seek God’s purpose for their lives.

Book Signing Schedule

Seymour Center, Chapel Hill

Wednesday, December 4, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To register by December 2, please call 919.968.2070

Central Orange Senior Center, Hillsborough

Wednesday, December 11, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To register by December 4, please call 919.245.2015

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County Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

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 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 21, 2013)—In preparation for the holiday season, Orange County will close its administrative offices on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, December 2, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Library

The Main Library will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, and will remain closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29. The Carrboro Branch will continue to operate from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.  The Main Library will re-open on Saturday, November 30, at 9:00 a.m., and the Cybrary will re-open on November 30, at 10:00 a.m.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be open during regular business hours on Saturday, November 30.  Any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule on Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.

Parks

Little River Park and the picnic shelters will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will re-open on Friday, November 29.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be open on Saturday, November 30.

Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes on Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Thursday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day for Thanksgiving will be on Saturday, November 30. Recycling bins should be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 30. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and will re-open Friday, November 29, for regular operating hours.

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29.  Regular hours of operation at the landfill will resume on Saturday, November 30, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  

The County’s 24-Hour Recycling Drop-Off sites are available at the following locations:

  • Carrboro Plaza, behind the ABC store in Carrboro
  • Cedar Falls Park, off of Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill
  • Hampton Pointe, behind the Home Depot, HWY 86 in Hillsborough
  • Meadowmont, behind the Harris Teeter in Chapel Hill
  • University Mall, off Estes Drive, across from A Southern Season in Chapel Hill

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

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County Share Your Holiday Program

Media Contact

Jonathan Yeomans, Management Analyst

Department of Social Services

Phone: 919.245.2885

jyeomans@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY IN NEED OF SPONSORS:

ANNUAL ‘SHARE YOUR  HOLIDAY’ PROGRAM

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 21, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Social Services is inviting the community to participate in the Share Your Holiday program. The County is asking residents to sponsor a family in need and fulfill a wish list of gifts being requested by the family.

For some parents in Orange County, the holiday season can be a difficult time since they live on limited incomes, which makes it challenging to provide gifts for their family. Last year, a single mother of three endured multiple surgeries that limited her mobility and depleted her bank account. She had little hope for a happy holiday until a social worker referred her to the Share Your Holiday program.

“The sponsorship program was a life saver,” said the resident. “My kids were so happy and surprised to receive all the gifts that were on their wish list. At one point we just sat down and cried because it was so wonderful.”

This year, the Department of Social Services hopes to continue providing struggling families with an opportunity to celebrate the holidays. Currently, more than a dozen children and elderly County residents are in need of a sponsor.  

Residents can also make donations and volunteer for its annual Toy Chest event, where families throughout the County select toys for their children.

Last year, the Toy Chest — coordinated in partnership with the Marine Corps Reserves Toys-for-Tots program and local community donors collected more than 10,000 toys for more than 3,100 children. Given the current economic climate, the department anticipates an even greater need this holiday season.

There are several ways the community can get involved with the Toy Chest and Share Your Holiday programs:

 

  • Place a new, unwrapped toy in one of the Toys-for-Tots drop boxes located at businesses and organizations throughout Orange County
  • Make a monetary donation online
  • Sponsor a child, family or senior through the Share Your Holiday program.

 

For more information about Toy- for-Tots box locations and monetary donations, please visit http://hillsborough-nc.toysfortots.org

For more information about Share Your Holiday sponsorships, please visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/holidayprogram/index.asp

For more information about these programs, please call Jonathan Yeomans at 919.245.2885 or Rebekah Rapoza at 919.245.2869.

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County Seeks Toy Chest Donations

Media Contact

Rebekah Rapoza, Toy Chest Coordinator

Department of Social Services

Phone: 919.245. 2869

rrapoza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKS COMMUNITY DONATIONS: ANNUAL TOY CHEST

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 21, 2013)–The Orange County Department of Social Services is requesting donations from the community for its annual Toy Chest. This marks the sixth year the department will partner with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

The 2013 Toy Chest will take place at the Department of Social Services office from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Saturday, December 14 – Monday, December 16.

 

This event provides low income families with an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season by providing their children with new toys, thanks to the support and generosity of fellow Orange County residents. Toy donations are needed for kids ranging in age from infants to 18-years-old.

Collection boxes will be placed at various locations throughout Orange County, beginning today and the public can drop off donations, until Friday, December 13.

Other ways the community can support the effort include: signing up to be a volunteer, establishing a collection site, hosting an event that benefits the Toy Chest, or making a cash donation.

The Department of Social Services is located next to the Dollar Tree in the Hillsborough Commons shopping plaza at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

For more information, please visit hillsborough-nc.toysfortots.org or call 919.245.2869.

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Cooperative Extension Listening Session

Media Contact

Carl Matyac, Director

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2050

 carl_matyac@ncsu.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION TO HOST

PUBLIC LISTENING SESSIONS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 19, 2013)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension will host a Listening Session at the Schley Grange Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10.

This is one of 12 sessions taking place in November and December being hosted by the NC Cooperative Extension Service as part of its centennial celebration. The organization will officially turn 100 on May 8, 2014.

Cooperative Extension, which provides educational programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Community Development to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking public input as the organization launches a strategic planning initiative for the future.

Cooperative Extension in North Carolina has experienced recurring federal and state budget cuts of approximately $20 million since 2000, leaving nearly 90 positions unfilled – mostly at the county level – over the past four years. The listening sessions and strategic planning process were implemented to help the organization adapt accordingly to the economic environment and resulting impacts going forward.

Dr. Joe Zublena, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service director, will be in attendance at each session to update participants on progress and to engage in a discussion about the organization’s future.

“I cannot state enough the importance of this endeavor and the need for participation and feedback from the public. At Cooperative Extension’s core are people and communities, and it’s their input we need to ensure another century of educational services for the people of North Carolina,” said Zublena.

The full list of Listening Sessions is available online at www.ces.ncsu.edu/vision-initiative/listening-sessions

Register for the Listening Session online at  http://go.ncsu.edu/2013_ncces_listening_sessions

        

For more information, please call Cooperative Extension–Orange County Center at 919.245.2050.

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New Temporary Carrboro Hours

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY

CHANGE OF HOURS FOR CARRBORO BRANCH

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 19, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) announced today a reduction in weekday hours of operation for its Carrboro Branch location.

Until further notice, the OCPL Carrboro Branch will operate Monday – Thursday from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Typically the branch—located in McDougle Middle School at 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill is open until 8:00 p.m.

Lights in the school’s parking lot are currently out of service, necessitating the change in hours.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” said OCPL Director Lucinda Munger. “The branch will close early during weekdays, until the parking lot lights are restored. This is to ensure the safety of all library customers and staff.”

The OCPL Carrboro Branch will continue to operate from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. 

Library customers in the area are encouraged to utilize the OCPL Cybrary in The Century Center in downtown Carrboro.

Cybrary Operating Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Duke Power are coordinating the restoration.

Updates regarding the OCPL Carrboro Branch will be released as they are available and posted online at www.orangecountync.gov/library

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Household Hazardous Waste Temporarily Closed

Media Contact

Muriel Williman, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TEMPORARILY CLOSES HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 15, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing Household Hazardous Waste is temporarily closed this afternoon and will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 18.

The Hazardous Waste Collection facility located at the Orange County Landfill, 1514 Eubanks Road is experiencing an electrical issue that could prevent the fire suppression system from functioning properly. 

It is anticipated that the Hazardous Waste Collection will re-open on Monday, during regular operating hours from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In the interim, residents can take their household hazardous waste to the Solid Waste Convenience Center on Walnut Grove Church Road on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit the Solid Waste Management Web site at www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp or call 919.968.2788.

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Library Holiday Fines Forgiveness

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

‘FOOD AND TOYS FOR FINES’ HOLIDAY DRIVE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 14, 2013)—Orange County Public Library (OCPL) invites customers to reduce or eliminate their library fines, while making the season bright for fellow County residents.

From November 18 - December 13, all OCPL locations will accept non-perishable food items and toy donations in exchange for reduced library fines.

“Our goal is to promote the spirit of giving this holiday season by encouraging library customers to give back to the community and return overdue materials," said OCPL Director Lucinda Munger.

For each non-perishable food item donated, $1 will be deducted from a customer’s library fine balance. Canned pet food may also be donated. Food donations will be delivered to Orange Congregations in Mission to benefit County residents in need.

Library customers can also donate a new, unwrapped toy in its original packaging in exchange for eliminating all library fines.  The toys will be donated to the Toys-for-Tots campaign coordinated by the Orange County Department of Social Services.

OCPL will also gladly accept food items or toys from anyone, regardless of whether they have library fines.

Donations cannot be used to reduce fees associated with lost or damaged library materials.

For more information, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library/fooddrive.asp

OCPL Locations

  • OCPL Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
  • OCPL Carrboro Branch Library, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Carrboro

(located inside McDougle Middle School)

  • OCPL Cybrary, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

(located in the Carrboro Century Center)

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Part III: Aging in Communites

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

Paul Klever, Executive Director

Charles House

Phone: 919.967.7570

paul@charleshouse.org   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST FINAL PART OF “AGING IN COMMUNITY” SERIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 13, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting Orange County residents to attend the final installment of discussions that explore alternative housing options for seniors as part of its Master Aging Plan.

The department is concluding a three-part lecture and discussion series entitled, “Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future.” The discussion will be held at the Central Orange Senior Center on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m., featuring Dene Peterson, founder and developer of ElderSpirit Community in Abingdon, Virginia.

This is one of the first elder co-housing projects in the United States and home to 44 mixed-income units of housing. Ms. Peterson, a former Glenmary nun, has won national recognition for her work. In 2006 she was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures and in 2011 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Cohousing Association of the U.S.

The series kicked-off event in September with the discussion led by acclaimed author, architect and visionary Sarah Susanka.  Last month, she was followed by Marianne Kilkenny, founder of the Women for Living in Community Network.

This series is free and open to the public—doors open at 5:45 p.m. Because space is limited, early arrival is recommended.

The series is hosted by the Orange County Department on Aging, Charles House, Carol Woods, Carolina Meadows Retirement Communities and Second Journey.

The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive (attached to the Sportsplex) in Hillsborough.

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

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Solid Waste Thanksgiving Schedule

Media Contact

Muriel Williman, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 13, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing that curbside recycling will not be collected on Thursday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The make-up day for Thanksgiving will be on Saturday, November 30.  Residents who would normally receive curbside recycling pick-up on Thursday, November 28 should have their recycling bins at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, or put them out the night before. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers and the Orange County Landfill will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Convenience Centers will all be open on Friday, November 29, during regular operating hours. The landfill will be closed on Friday, November 29. All associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collections will be closed those two days as well.

Regular Saturday hours of operation for the landfill will resume on Saturday, November 30, from 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Weekday hours will resume on Monday, December 2, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  

The Administrative office at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, NC will be closed on November 28 and November 29. Employees will return and resume regular office hours, on Monday, December 2, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Residents can recycle any day of the week, any time of day, at the County’s 24-hour Recycling Drop-Off sites, which are available at the following locations:

         Carrboro Plaza, behind the ABC store in Carrboro

         Cedar Falls Park, off of Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill

         Hampton Pointe, behind the Home Depot, Highway 86 in Hillsborough

         Meadowmont, behind the Harris Teeter in Chapel Hill

         University Mall, on Estes Drive, across from A Southern Season, Chapel Hill

  

The Solid Waste Management Department goes to great lengths to accommodate the extra volume of recyclables generated during the holidays.  Please report an overflowing recycling site as opposed to leaving recycling items on the ground!

 

Problems can be reported by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov 

 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board

Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

Thom Freeman 919.245.2125

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR CHAPEL HILL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 13, 2013)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The Board of County Commissioners appoints a representative to fill one position on the CHAPEL HILL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.  This individual represents and must reside in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and/or the Joint Planning Area of Chapel Hill.

The Board of Adjustment, through the process of appeal and review may determine that variances to the zoning regulations of the Town be permitted.  It may also reverse any order, requirement, decision, or determination of the administrative official charged with enforcement of the Land Use Management Ordinance.  It may serve as an appeals board for other matters assigned to it under the Town Code of Ordinances.  The Board of Adjustment has been granted the power to act independently of the Town Council in most instances but on occasion serves in an advisory capacity to the Council.

If interested, apply online at www.orangecountync.gov/boards.

If you need to verify if your residence is located in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or the Joint Planning Area, please contact Thom Freeman at 919-245-2125. 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board

Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

Thom Freeman 919.245.2125

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 13, 2013)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

Currently there is an opening on the Orange County Board of Health for an At-Large board member and a dentist.  The Board of County Commissioners appoints representatives of specific health related professions and the general public to this board.  Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

The Board of Health is the primary policy making, rule-making, and adjudicatory body for the Health Department and is charged to protect and promote the public health of Orange County.  This function may include allocating resources, planning programs, enacting public health-related polices and advising the health director on health needs.

The Board of Health typically meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.  There are also occasional ad-hoc meetings that average less than two hours per month.  An appointment is for three years, and a board member can serve two terms.

If interested, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards.

For additional information, call Dr. Colleen Bridger, Orange County Health director, at 919-245-2412.

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Library Hosts Interntional Games Day

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold

Teen and Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST

INTERNATIONAL GAMES DAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 8, 2013)—The Orange county Public Library (OCPL) will celebrate the sixth annual International Games Day on Saturday, November 16, by hosting free game tournaments and the kick-off of a video game collection drive.

From 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., all ages (younger than 10 with parents) are invited to the OCPL Main Library in Hillsborough to play in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Just Dance, Minecraft, Mario Kart, and Scrabble tournaments.

“Orange County Public Library is excited to show that libraries are fun places for everybody—from kids to grandparents,” said OCPL Director Lucinda Munger. “Gaming is an example of how the library is more than just an educational resource for our community. This is a place where people of all ages are welcome to gather together.” 

Board games, checkers, chess, and cards will also be available for non-tournament play and those who prefer traditional games.

Gently used video game donations will also be accepted beginning on November 16. Anyone who donates a game during the International Games Day event will receive a free library tote bag.  Tax receipts will be provided for the donations.

This video game drive is organized by the OCPL Teen Advisory Board (TAB), a group of teen volunteers who plan and host teen activities at the library. 

International Games Day is an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities to their libraries through the educational, recreationaland social value of all types of games. More than 1,000 libraries from around the world will participate in 2013.

The OCPL Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane. Free parking is available in the Eno River Parking Deck behind the library. 

For more information, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library/

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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 SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT ON MANAGER SEARCH

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 8, 2013)— Do you have an interest in the future of Orange County and how the County operates? The Orange County Board of Commissioners has retained Springsted Incorporated to assist them in recruiting candidates for the position of County Manager.

An important part of the selection process involves obtaining public input concerning what qualities, qualifications and experience you believe are important characteristics for the County’s next County Manager to possess. 

If you would like to know more about what the County Manager’s responsibilities are, why their selection is important to the County and provide your opinions concerning the qualities, qualifications and experience that the Board of Commissioners should consider when selecting the County’s new Manager you are invited to attend one of two (2) meetings with Springsted representatives on:

 

  • Wednesday, November 20, in the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road Chapel Hill from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26, in the Orange County Main Library, 137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, Main Meeting Room from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact  John Anzivino, Senior Vice President of Springsted at 804.726.9750

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Holiday Craft Show & Sale

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

Terry Colville, Operations Manager

Central Orange Senior Center

Phone: 919.245.2016

tcolville@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST A HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW AND SALE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 8, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Central Orange Senior Center will host a Holiday Crafts fundraiser.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center, showcasing a variety of holiday crafts including jewelry, pottery, quilts, leather work, wood work, art and more! In addition to the crafts, hot dogs and drinks will also be sold.

If you are a crafter and would like to display and sell your crafts, please contact Terry Colville at 919.245.2015, on or before Saturday, November 9.

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

The Friends of the Central Orange Senior Center is a volunteer non-profit organization that supports the programs and services provided by the Orange County Department on Aging.

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Emergency Food and Shelter Funds

Media Contact

Lindsey Shewmaker

Department of Social Services

Phone: 919.245.2817

lshewmaker@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY

FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAMS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 7, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) has been awarded $47,874 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs provided by the County.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and, United Way of America. 

A Local Board made up of the directors of Orange Congregations in Mission

(OCIM), Joint Orange Chatham Community Action (JOCCA), Orange County DSS, American Red Cross, and the Inter-Faith Council will determine how the funds awarded to Orange County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. 

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

1) Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government

2) Have an accounting system

3) Practice nondiscrimination

4) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs

5) If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. 

Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.

Orange County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with OCIM, JOCCA, Orange County DSS, American Red Cross and the Inter-Faith Council.  These participating agencies were responsible for providing tens of thousands of meals and hundreds of nights of lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in obtaining and submitting an application for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can contact Joyce Lee at 919.245.2811. 

The application deadline is on Monday, November 25, 2013.

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Outisde Agency General Funding Applications

Media Contact

Clarence Grier, CFO

Financial & Administrative Services 

Phone: 919.245.2450

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING 2014 - 2015 OUTSIDE AGENCY

GENERAL FUNDING APPLICATIONS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 7, 2013)—The Orange County Finance and Administrative Services Department encourages outside agencies, or non-profits, to submit applications for General Fund appropriations that support the delivery of vital community services.

Beginning Monday, November 11, applications for the 2014-15 fiscal year (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015), will be available online at http://www.orangecountync.gov/hsa

Agencies are also invited to attend an Orientation Meeting that will provide an overview of the application materials and each jurisdiction’s funding process.  This meeting is optional and will take place on Thursday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Carrboro Century Center.

Orange County recognizes and respects the strong network of services provided by non-profit partners.  Many of these organizations help to secure the social safety net for individuals and families stressed by the current economic environment. 

Agencies should electronically submit applications to the Finance and Administrative Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014. The Board of Orange County Commissioners will make all funding decisions by late June 2014.

For more information, please call Finance and Administrative Services at 919.245.2450.

 

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BOCC Approves Library Strategic Plan

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY

2013-2016 STRATEGIC PLAN

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 6, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) is pleased to announce the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) approved its 2013-2016 strategic plan, during the Tuesday, November 5, regular BOCC meeting.

“This is an historic moment for the library,” said OCPL Director Lucinda Munger. “Though the library has been in existence for more than 100 years, this is our first strategic plan.  And it’s a clear, workable plan created expressly to improve library services for the residents and visitors of Orange County.”

The plan’s adoption is the culmination of more than one year’s worth of work.

The strategic planning process began in September 2012 with a community needs assessment conducted by State Library of North Carolina consultant and University of North Carolina at Greensboro Library and Information Studies professor, Dr. Anthony Chow.

“A great community like Orange County deserves and expects a great library,” added Munger. “But the notion of what constitutes a great library is changing in the 21st Century as new technologies emerge, information consumption patterns evolve and user expectations shift. This strategic plan will guide our work over the next three years, sharpen our focus on customers, and extend our services into the community.”

With considerable input from the public, library customers, Orange County Government management and staff, community leaders and library staff, a draft plan was completed in April 2013.

The draft strategic plan was then shared with the public and elected officials in May 2013. Feedback on the initial vision and mission statements, as well as goals and objectives, were collected via focus groups and surveys.

Based on this round of feedback, library leaders revised the plan from June through August 2013 to ensure it reflected Orange County’s needs.  Lydian Altman of the UNC School of Government and Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the Orange County Health Department, provided valuable guidance during the revision process.

The BOCC reviewed the updated plan at a September 2013 Work Session, prior to the adoption and approval on November 5.


 


The plan identifies new vision, mission and values statements, as well as four strategic priorities, for OCPL. 

The library’s vision and mission statements are as follows:

Vision Statement

We empower people by providing a place and a face to explore, enjoy, and engage.

Mission Statement

Orange County Public Library aims to be the heart of the community by:

 

  • Being a welcoming gathering place for all
  • Having a clear focus on the future and responding with creativity and innovation
  • Offering relevant services, programs, collections and technologies
  • Serving the entire community through collaborative efforts with organizations, educational institutions, and town and County governments
  • Providing free and equal access to the resources and materials community members need to be informed and engaged

 

OCPL’s values are commitment to public service, inclusiveness, fostering fun and lifelong learning, collaboration, and respect.

The plan centers on the following four strategic priorities:

 

  • Library Collections and Materials
  • Community Connections
  • Service and Community Space
  • Technology Tools and Training

 

Each priority is comprised of specific focus areas with related action steps.

To review the full plan, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/library/documents/OCPL_Strategic_Plan.pdf

 

Orange County Public Library serves the community seven days a week from the following three locations:

 

  • OCPL Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough
  • OCPL Carrboro Branch Library (inside McDougle Middle School) at 900 Old Fayetteville Rd. in Chapel Hill
  • OCPL Cybrary (inside The Century Center) at 100 N. Greensboro Street in downtown Carrboro

 

OCPL is always open online at www.orangecountync.gov/library

 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919-245-2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING CHANGE NOTICE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 6, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in their 2013 meeting calendar. 

  • The BOCC changed the location of the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013, from the Central Orange Senior Center to the Department of Social Services building, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. 

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

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

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

http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/bocc2013c.pdf

A single page color calendar for 2014 BOCC meetings is linked below. 

http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/bocc2014c.pdf

 

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County Fair Survey

Media Contact

David Stancil, Director

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2510

dstancil@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO TAKE SURVEY ABOUT

POSSIBLE COUNTY FAIR

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 6, 2013)—The Orange County “County Fair Working Group” invites the public to take a survey that explores the possibilities for an Orange County Fair. The group held a public input session on October 30.

The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/orangecountyfair

The public can also issue comments, suggestions or questions by sending an e-mail to countyfair@orangecountync.gov  

The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) appointed the Working Group to explore the possibility of organizing a County Fair, likely in 2015. Residents and interested groups or organizations are encouraged to share their ideas by taking the online survey.

The BOCC is scheduled to discuss the findings from the working group’s October meeting, during its Work Session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12. The meeting will take place downstairs in the Link Government Services building, located at 200 S. Cameron Street in downtown Hillsborough.

The basis of a county fair would celebrate Orange County’s historic, cultural, farming and artistic identity, while providing all residents and their families with an opportunity to celebrate the community.

The event could showcase food, crafts, agricultural activities, games, and local music groups.  

            

For more information about the survey, please call the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation at 919.245.2510.

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Volunteers Needed for Income Tax Preparation

Media Contact

Vicki Hill, Assistant Director

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4241

vhill@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RSVP VOLUNTEER PROGRAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 5, 2013)—Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is seeking volunteers to help low-to-middle income individuals with their taxes.

Volunteers are needed to prepare Federal and North Carolina income tax returns. In addition, VITA volunteers are needed to help with intake and telephone teams.

VITA Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, November 6 and Wednesday, December 11

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

To learn about the benefits of volunteering or for personal assistance in finding your niche, please call Orange County RSVP at 919.245.4241 or visit www.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp

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Property Tax Relief Evaluator

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY INTRODUCES ONLINE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF EVALUATOR  

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 5, 2013)—The Orange County Tax Office has partnered with the Information Technologies Department to develop a Property Tax Relief Evaluator

This computer application allows Orange County taxpayers to interactively answer a few questions and determine their status with regard to the most popular property tax relief programs. This product is highly accurate and user-friendly. 

“Our goal is to have as many residents as possible try this new product,” said Dwane Brinson, director of the Orange County Tax Office. “Even if a college student wishes to try the Property Tax Relief Evaluator, he or she may not qualify, but in turn the student will learn about available programs and share that information with family and friends.” 

Routinely the Tax Office conducts presentations around the County to educate residents about various property tax relief programs. Having this Web-based Property Tax Relief Evaluator available will help to increase public outreach. 

Patrons of our libraries and senior centers can conveniently access the Property Tax Relief Evaluator and try a fun, interactive method of learning about property tax relief programs and their eligibility. 

This online feature is another example of how the Tax Office is meeting the Board of County Commission’s mission to provide exceptional customer service to the residents of Orange County. 

The Property Tax Relief Evaluator is available online at http://orangecountync.gov/assessor/exemption.asp

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Free Memory Screenings

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO PROVIDE FREE MEMORY CHECK UPS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 4, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging would like anyone concerned about memory loss to take advantage of a FREE confidential Memory Screening on Tuesday, November 19.

That date, marks National Memory Screening Day, which focuses on early detection and intervention.

“Memory screenings are important, as they can be a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem,” said Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions administrator for Orange County. 

A screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional.  It can check a person’s memory and other thinking skills and can indicate if someone might benefit from a more complete medical visit.

It is very important to identify the cause for any memory loss. That is why following up for a complete checkup with a qualified healthcare professional is recommended.  Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. 

Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.  In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions.

“Memory Check Up” Times and Locations:

Seymour Center

10:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m.

2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Central Orange Senior Center

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough  

To register for a screening at either location, please call 919.968.2070.

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Library Delayed Opening - November 19

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATIONS TO DELAY OPENING ON NOVEMBER 19

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 4, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Main Branch and the OCPL Cybrary will open at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, instead of the regular opening hours of 9:00 a.m. The library will be conducting staff development, resulting in the delayed opening.

OCPL is always open online at www.orangecountync.gov/library. Browse the library’s extensive catalog of books, ebooks, movies, music, and more.  Place holds and renewals, and access numerous databases with your library card.

The OCPL Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. The OCPL Cybrary is located in The Carrboro Century Center at 100 N. Greensboro Street. 

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Affordable Care Act Information Session

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

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INFORMATION SESSION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 4, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) will host an overview of the Affordable Care Act at its Main Branch on Monday, November 11, presented by the League of Women Voters.

The 45 minute presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Representatives from the League of Women Voters will explain the law in a factual, comprehensive and unbiased way, including the law's impact on North Carolinians.

Tips on accessing the Health Insurance Marketplace Web site and ways to receive enrollment information more efficiently will also be shared.

There will be time for questions to be asked following the presentation.

The League of Women Voters is a 93-year-old nonpartisan political organization that takes positions on issues, but never on candidates or political parties.

The OCPL Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. Free parking is available behind the library in the covered parking deck.

For more information about this and other library programs, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library or call 919.245.2525.

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Deer Hunting with Dogs

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY EDUCATES PUBLIC ABOUT DEER HUNTING WITH DOGS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 4, 2013)–Orange County Animal Services is preparing for hunting season for deer by promoting awareness of the legal requirements and responsibilities of using dogs and guns to hunt deer.

The season opens on Saturday, November 16, and ends on January 1. At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, County staff hopes to mitigate health and safety concerns through public outreach.

An Orange County informational brochure is available that provides general information about using dogs to hunt deer. This is lawful in northern Orange County--specifically, the portion of the County north of Interstate 85.  The brochure also describes the process for reporting concerns or issuing complaints about unlawful hunting practices.

It is important to note that hunters, residents and landowners all have rights and responsibilities.  Responsible conduct by all parties can minimize conflict and ensure public health and safety, during the upcoming gun hunting season.

One responsibility is that written permission must be obtained to hunt on someone’s private property.  In Orange County, written permission is required whether or not private property is posted as “No hunting.”   This differs from other counties in North Carolina, which requires written permission only when hunting on posted property.

For more information about deer hunting with dogs in Orange County, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices/DeerDogHunting.asp

A sample written permission form provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission is available online at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/WheretoHunt/PrivateLands.aspx

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