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Volunteers Needed for 2014 Tax Season

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 (September 30, 2013)—The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program is seeking volunteers who want to assist 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.

Individuals interested in learning more about the program should attend one of the following free orientation sessions:

 

  • Wednesday, October 23, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Central Orange Senior Center, Hillsborough
  • Wednesday, November 6, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Seymour Center, Chapel Hill
  • Wednesday, December 11, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Seymour Center

 

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.

RSVP will provide free training in January for all VITA volunteer assignments.

For more information or to volunteer call the RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program at 919.245.4240 or 919.245.4243

 

 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  

DENTIST NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 25, 2013)— Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues that affect the future of Orange County. 

Currently there is an opening for a Dentist to serve on the Orange County Board of Health. The Board of County Commissioners appoints representatives of specific health-related professions and the general public to this board.

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 policies and advising the Health Director on health needs. 

The Board of Health typically meets on the 4th Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m.  There are also occasional ad-hoc meetings that average less than 2 hours per month.  An appointment is for 3 years and a board member can serve two terms. 

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

For additional information call Dr. Colleen Bridger, Orange County Health Director (919-245-2412).

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

 

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Rabies Clinic - New Location

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY CHANGES LOCATON FOR LOW-COST
RABIES VACCINATION CLINICS

Orange County, NC (September 24, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is announcing that due to construction at the Public Market House, the location of the September 26 and October 10, low-cost rabies vaccination clinics has been moved next door to the parking lot of the Government Annex building in Hillsborough. 

The clinics taking place on September 28 and November 14 remain unchanged and will be held at the Animal Services Center on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. 

For event times and additional details, please call 919.942.7387or visit www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

 

 

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Unified Animal Control Ordinance

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER UNIFIED
ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 24, 2013)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, at the Department of Social Services building at Hillsborough Commons in downtown Hillsborough.

Among the agenda items, the Commissioners will consider a Unified Animal Control Ordinance, which the BOCC first received and discussed at its June 4, 2013, meeting. This will be another opportunity for the public to share comments if they wish to speak on the issue.

The proposed ordinance has been developed by County staff in coordination with town staff and the members of the Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board.

With approval by the BOCC, the unified ordinance is expected to be brought forward by the police departments in Chapel Hill and Carrboro for consideration by the elected officials in these towns.  With their approval it would become possible to unify the three existing ordinances for Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro to assure transparency and clarity and cost effective service delivery.  If that does eventually occur, the ordinance would apply throughout Orange County except that the Towns or County may still maintain or develop a unique ordinance in any area of concern.

The ordinance also includes a new fee structure for stray animal recoveries and a microchipping requirement for all stray animals that are recovered. Recovery fees will differ depending upon whether an animal is sterilized or reproductive in order to extend the County’s continuing effort to effectively manage pet overpopulation.

To review the Proposed Ordinance Draft and Inventory of Changes, please click on the ‘Quick Links’ tab of the Animal Services Web site at www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

 

 

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Fabric Art Workshop

Media Contact

Erin Sapienza

Orange County Public Library

(OCPL) - Carrboro Branch Library

Phone: 919.969.3006

esapienza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCPL CARRBORO BRANCH LIBRARY

TO HOST FREE FABRIC ART WORKSHOP

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 23, 2013)—The OCPL Carrboro Branch Library is inviting the public to a Fabric Art Workshop.

The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 6, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Professional textile artist Ali Givens will lead the workshop, where participants will cut and paste fabric onto canvas to create an original image.

The workshop is free and open to families and individuals age seven and older.

Participation is limited to 20 people, so please call the OCPL Carrboro Branch Library to register in advance. All supplies will be provided.

The OCPL Carrboro Branch Library is located in McDougle Middle School at 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information or to register for this event, please call 919.969.3006 or 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 BOCC MEETING CHANGE NOTICE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 20, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in their 2013 meeting calendar. 

On September 17, 2013 the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the following change in the 2013 meeting calendar for the Board. 

 

  • The BOCC added a closed session meeting for Monday, October 7, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Solid Waste Administrative Office, 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

 

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

 

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EMS Supports Pink Heals Tour

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 JOINS NATIONAL

PINK HEALS TOUR

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 19, 2013)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department is among the list of first responder agencies to participate in the National Pink Heals Tour on Friday, September 20.

This tour consists of pink fire trucks and other emergency vehicles that will make stops at various points in Chapel Hill as a way to raise funds for the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC and raise awareness of cancer treatments and ongoing research. 

Orange County Emergency Services will have emergency vehicles on site at the University Mall from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. as part of the static display, featuring vehicles from other agencies.

The public is encouraged to stop by and show their support for cancer patients and survivors. One of the special aspects of the tour is recognizing the struggle of cancer patients and survivors by inviting them to sign their names on the pink fire trucks, using a permanent marker.

The National Pink Heals Tour is hosted by the Chapel Hill Fire Department, Lineberger Cancer Center, The Downtown Partnership, and University Mall.

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Parks Master Plan Public Meetings

Media Contact

Beth Young, Communications Manager 

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS:

PARKS & RECREATION MASTER PLAN

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 19, 2013)—The Orange County Parks and Recreation Council in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation  invites Orange County residents to participate in three public input sessions to assist with the updating of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. 

In recent months, nearly 850 residents completed a community needs assessment survey. The purpose of the input sessions is to allow residents the opportunity to review key survey findings, and discuss possible recommendations. The public is encouraged to share feedback about the findings, which will be incorporated into a revised draft of the Master Plan.

The draft master plan is expected to be presented to the Board of Orange County Commissioners later this fall.

Meeting Dates and Locations

Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall, 3416 Schley Road in Hillsborough. 

Thursday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Efland Community Center, located at 117 Richmond Road in Efland. 

Thursday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Union Grove United Methodist Church, located at 6407 Union Grove Church Road in Hillsborough.  

For more information about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/deapr/index.asp and click on the link entitled, ‘Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update’ located in the breaking news section.

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Aging Master Plan Public Meetings

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 HOST PUBLIC MEETINGS: MASTER AGING PLAN

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 19, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging and its Advisory Board will sponsor two Master Aging Plan public meetings in October.

Wednesday. October 2, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill

Thursday, October 3, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center

This will be an opportunity to learn what’s new with the Orange County Master Aging Plan and recognize several of the accomplishments made in the first year of the five-year plan.

Staff will outline what is being prioritized for implementation during the second year. Strategies to increase and improve transportation access, housing options, long-term care service quality, mental health awareness, outreach to diverse populations, falls risk reduction efforts, are among the topics to be reviewed and discussed. 

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call the Department on Aging at 919.245.4276.

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Aging in Stride 5K

Media Contact

Latonya Brown, Wellness Coordinator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4270

lbrown@orangecountync.gov

Jena Ivey Burkhart
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Director, Geriatric Specialty Residency Program
Geriatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, UNC Medical Center
Phone: 919.966.2626
ivey@unc.edu


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ‘AGING IN STRIDE’ 5K RUN/WALK

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 18, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting the public to participate in the ninth annual Aging in Stride 5K Run/Walk.

The event will kick-off at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, at the Bell Tower on the UNC campus, check-in will be at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Department’s Aging in Place Fund, which enables the County to pay for services or supplies for frail seniors who have exhausted all other resources.

The Aging in Stride 5K is sponsored by Project AGE (Advancing Geriatric Education) of the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Registration is open to all ages. Pre-Registration for those ages 65 and older = $8; Pre-Registration for those younger than 65 = $20; and Race-day Registration = $25. All participants will receive an event T-shirt and a chance to win prizes! 

For additional contributions to the Aging in Place Fund, please make checks payable to: Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students, or CAPS and mail to: Jena Ivey Burkhart, CB 7574 Beard 115H, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

For more information, to volunteer or obtain an entry form, please send an e-mail to aginginstride@gmail.com  or visit aginginstride.weebly.com  

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County to Host Medicare Part D Review

Media Contact

Beverly Shuford, Information and Benefits Specialist

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4274

bshuford@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH MEDICARE ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 18, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is providing trained Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors to evaluate Medicare Part D prescription drug plan options and help residents to make any necessary changes.

Beginning January 1 each year, most Medicare Part D prescription drug plans change what medications they cover, as well as their premiums. This may mean higher drug costs and/or premiums if patients stay with their current plan for 2014. 

Find out if your current Medicare Part D plan will offer you the best prescription drug coverage, and be the most cost-effective. Call now to schedule an appointment with a SHIIP counselor to receive a FREE Medicare Part D check-up from October 15 – December 7.

Additionally, SHIIP counselors will determine who is eligible for a low-income subsidy to help pay for prescription drug plan premiums and co-payments.

 

Take advantage of this brief annual open enrollment period, from October 15 – December 7, when changing to a different Medicare Part D prescription drug plan can be done without a penalty. Also find out if you’re eligible for a subsidy and counselors will be on hand to answer Medicare health insurance questions.

To schedule an appointment with an Orange County SHIIP counselor, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070 in Chapel Hill or call the Central Orange Senior Center at 919.245.2015 in Hillsborough.

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BOCC Names Interim County Manager

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NAME INTERIM COUNTY MANAGER

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 18, 2013)—The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) announced who will assume the interim County Manager role, following the retirement of County Manager Frank Clifton.

The board made the announcement during its Tuesday, September 17, regular board meeting. Assistant County Manager Michael Talbert has entered into a six month contract to serve as interim County Manager, effective on Monday, September 30.

“The commissioners are confident Mr. Talbert has the skills, experience, temperament, and knowledge of Orange County to keep our work on track while the board undertakes a formal search process to select the most qualified candidate to permanently fill the County Manager’s position,” said BOCC Chair Barry Jacobs.

Talbert joined the County’s administrative team in 2010, touting extensive experience in financial services and management, serving as the Finance Director of Catawba County and County Manager of Polk County, both in North Carolina.

“Orange County is experiencing some significant changes. I am prepared to make the transition as seamless as possible by providing guidance to the Board of County Commissioners and support to the employees, while maintaining strong ties with the Towns, schools and other key agencies within the community,” said Michael Talbert interim county manager.    

In June 2013, Mr. Clifton announced his plans to retire effective September 29, 2013, after serving four dedicated years of service to Orange County.

 

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Northern Orange Community Resource Fair

Media Contact

Carla Banks

Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Cell: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO PARTICIPATE IN NORTHERN ORANGE

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 16, 2013)—Orange County will be among the list of exhibitors at the annual Northern Orange Community Resource Fair (NOCRF).

The event will take place on Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Big Barn Convention Center in Hillsborough.

The NOCRF’s mission is to connect the rural community of Northern Orange County with services and resources that will decrease socio-economic disparity and increase service opportunities.

The following Orange County departments and divisions will have a booth with exhibits and handouts to promote the wide range of programs and services offered by the County:  

4-H

RSVP 55+ Program

Solid Waste Management

Department on Aging

Partnership to End Homelessness

Emergency Services

Health Department

Cooperative Extension

Animal Services

Housing, Human Rights and Community Development

Orange County Public Library

Additionally, a host of non-profits and service providers, such as Orange County Schools, UNC Hospitals, Legal Aid, the VA, Sportsplex, Ronald McDonald House, etc. will be on hand to share information, provide health and wellness screenings, offer giveaways, and more.

For more information, please contact the event organizer Lisa Bachman at

lisabachman@gmail.com or 919.451.4256.

 

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County Hosting Three-Part Race Series

Media Contact

James E. Davis, Jr.

Civil Rights Specialist

Phone: 919.245.2487

housinghumanrightscd@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST THREE-PART SERIES

RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 16, 2013)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission invites the public to attend a three-part series and discussion about race.

The series entitled, “RACE: The Power of an Illusion” will take place on Saturdays in October from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Orange County Main Library in downtown Hillsborough. Admission is free.

Part 1: The Difference Between Us will take place on Saturday, October 12, facilitated by Dr. Marguerite W. Parks, Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Dr. Parks will examine the contemporary science, including genetics, that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Part 2: The Story We Tell will take place on Saturday, October 19, facilitated by Dr. Preston Scott Phillips, Programs and Operations Manager for the Duke University Center for Civic Engagement. Dr. Phillips will uncover the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. This topic provides an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as being "natural."

Part 3: The House We Live In will take place on Saturday, October 26, facilitated by Ingrid Schmidt, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of Study Abroad at NC State University. This topic asks, if race is not biology, what is it? The final part of the series uncovers how race resides not in nature, but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status, and wealth to white people.

For more information, please call Housing, Human Rights and Community Development at 919.245.2487 or send an e-mail to housinghumanrightscd@orangecountync.gov

 

 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION BOARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 13, 2013)— Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues that affect the future of Orange County. 

There are currently openings on the Orange Unified Transportation Board.  The OUT Board will advise the Board of County Commissioners and provide information and comments on major transportation issues; and will also provide the commissioners with recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in the County, including:

  • Identify and prioritize the County’s roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding
  • Assist in recommendations to the Board regarding Federal and State legislation affecting transportation in Orange County; and
  • Explore and make recommendations on innovative techniques and methods to improve the efficiency and capacity of existing and future transportation systems.

 

Applicants are needed to represent the following areas:

  • Cheeks Township
  • Hillsborough Township
  • Eno Township

 

If interested, please apply at http://www.orangecountync.gov/boards .

 

For additional information look under “Boards and Commissions Listing” select "Orange Unified Transportation Board" or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 20 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

 

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Aging in Community Series

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

Paul Klever, Executive Director

Charles House

Phone: 919.967.7570

paul@charleshouse.org   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST “AGING IN COMMUNITY” SERIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 11, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting Orange County residents to explore alternative housing options for seniors as part of its Master Aging Plan.

The department is hosting a three-part lecture and discussion series in the Fall entitled, “Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future.” The monthly series, hosted by the Orange County Department on Aging, Charles House and Second Journey, will be held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The kick-off event on September 17, will take place at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chapel Hill—featuring acclaimed author, architect, and visionary Sarah Susanka, who will speak about her own journey from architect to advocate for the integration of home, community and self, and will offer some tools for making all three a better fit, by making room for what really matters.

Susanka’s Not So Big message has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding—not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives.

The more engaged and present people are in the process of making a community, the more alive, regenerative and sustainable that community will be.  The development of a collective vision for a type of community that’s beautiful, inspiring, and vital is the first step toward the realization of this new way of living. Signed copies of Susanka’s book will be sold between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  

Part two is on Tuesday, October 15, at the Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough, featuring Marianne Kilkenny, founder of the Women for Living in Community Network. She challenges audiences around the country to create supportive models for living and aging in community. Kilkenny’s presentation will focus on shared housing, as popularized by the TV series The Golden Girls. Kilkenny, who lives in a collaborative house in Asheville, NC will be discussing the benefits of the shared home model. Linda Williams, a co-founder of their home, will be joining her in the presentation and the follow-up discussion.

The series concludes on Tuesday, November 19, at the Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough, 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.

This series is free and open to the public—doors open at 5:45 p.m. Because space is limited, especially for the kickoff event, early arrival is recommended; overflow seating will be available.

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

This event is being sponsored by Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows Retirement Communities.

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

 

 

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Food Truck Rodeo

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims, Seymour Center Operations Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST FOOD TRUCK RODEO AT THE
SEYMOUR CENTER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 11, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging will set the backdrop for a Food Truck Rodeo.

This marks the first time the Seymour Center will host the event, which will take place on Thursday, October 10, from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

The Food Trucks Rodeo will showcase a variety of foods, offering something for everyone. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and prepare to enjoy an evening of live entertainment, games, Disc Jockey, and more. Dog owners must keep their dog on a leash.

The list of Food Truck vendors includes: American Meltdown, Mama Dukes, Parlezvous Crepes, Baguettaboutit, Old North State BBQ, and Tarheel Creamery.  Food prices range from $5 - $10.  The Seymour Center will provide eating stations equipped with tables and chairs. Parking assistance will also be available, due to limited parking at the center.

Although registration is not required, it will be helpful to gauge how many people to expect to attend. RSVP by calling 919.968.2070 by Thursday, October 3.

 

 

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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 (September 11, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in their 2013 meeting calendar. 

On September 5, 2013 the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the following changes in the 2013 meeting calendar for the Board. 

  • A joint meeting between the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the City of Mebane scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2013 has been canceled.
  • The BOCC added a closed session meeting for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

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

 

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Convenience Center Hours

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW OPERATION HOURS:  
EUBANKS ROAD AND WALNUT GROVE CHURCH ROAD SOLID WASTE CONVENIENCE CENTERS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 6, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing that beginning on Thursday,  September 12, the Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be open on Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. These are the County’s two busiest centers.

The new operating hours are in response to requests by citizens to expand the hours of operation. Operation hours for the other three sites will remain the same.

A full schedule, including the new expanded hours, is as follows:

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers Hours of Operation (September 12, 2013)

Location

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Eubanks Rd.

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

Walnut Grove Church Rd.

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

Bradshaw Quarry Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

Ferguson Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

High Rock Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

 

All centers will continue to be closed on Wednesdays, and all centers will be open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Only the convenience centers at Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road will be open on Mondays and Thursdays.  

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County to Host Movie in the Park

Media Contact

Beth Young

Communications Manager

Phone: 919.245.2518

byoung@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO A MOVIE IN THE PARK

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 6, 2013)—The Orange County Recreation Division is hosting a Movie-in-the-Park at River Park on Saturday, September 7, at

8:00 p.m.

Movie goers can watch the previews at 7:45 p.m. followed by the animated family comedy movie "Escape from Planet Earth".  Admission is free.  Concessions will be available for purchase. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.

River Park is located at 140 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.

For more information, please call at 919.245.2660.

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County to Offer Rabies Clinic

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINICS
In Recognition of World Rabies Day

Orange County, NC (September 6, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is offering two low cost rabies vaccination clinics, during the last week in September.

This is in recognition of the 7th annual World Rabies Day.  The low-cost clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations, while providing pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations. 

World Rabies Day is on Saturday, September 28, and is sponsored by the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among other partner organizations.  The event is designed to raise global and local awareness about rabies and promote prevention efforts.

Orange County will offer two $10 clinics the week of World Rabies Day.  Both clinics will offer 1-year vaccinations and will be take place on the following dates:

 

Thursday, September 26, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Public Market House, 144 East Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

(Cash only for this clinic)       

 

Saturday, September 28, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Orange County Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill

           

Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.  Fractious animals should remain in the car and the vet will vaccinate them there. 

For more information about World Rabies Day, please visit http://www.worldrabiesday.org 

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, including rabies vaccination clinic requirements, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov /animalservices or call 919-942-PETS (7387).

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County Library Offers New Youth Programs

Media Contact

Debbie Shreve

Head of Youth Services

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2531

dshreve@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (OCPL)

ANNOUNCES NEW YOUTH PROGRAMS AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 3, 2013)—The OCPL Main Library in Hillsborough will offer a new schedule of youth programs and storytimes beginning on Tuesday, September 10.  The Fall 2013 youth programs will run through November 21.

Storytimes

Storytimes are interactive programs for children and their caregivers that promote early literacy. The storytimes incorporate age-appropriate books, rhymes, music, and movement.

 

  • Tiny Tots Storytime—infants and children up to age two

Tuesdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

 

  • Preschool Storytime—children ages three to five

Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

School-Age Programs

Two new 45-minute programs for elementary and middle school students debut this fall with an emphasis on exploring art, science, books and more through hands-on, age-appropriate activities.

 

  • Kids Explore—children ages five to eight
    Tuesdays, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

 

  • Kids Discover—children ages nine to 12
    Thursdays, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

For more information about Youth Services the OCPL Main Library, located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/youthservices.asp

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County Library to Host Local Artist

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (OCPL) TO HOST FALL EXHIBIT BY LOCAL ARTIST JOE DI BONA

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 3, 2013)—The OCPL Main Library will host a 20-piece exhibition by local artist Joe Di Bona. The artwork will be displayed in downtown Hillsborough from September 7 through October 3.

Di Bona creates “outsider art” featuring bold colors and images that are meant to provoke the viewer’s thoughts and challenge conventions.

The public is invited to attend an artist meet-and-greet, which  will be hosted on Saturday, September 7, from 3:00  p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library, where Di Bona will discuss his art and be available to answer questions.

Di Bona, who resides in Timberlake, is a self-taught artist. He’s an associate professor emeritus of education at Duke University and has traveled the world extensively.

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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County to Host Shred-a-Thon 2013

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST SHRED-A-THON 2013 IN OCTOBER

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 3, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department will sponsor two free Shred-A-Thon events in cooperation with University Mall, the Chapel Hill Police Department, and the Partnership for a Sustainable Community.

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

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

  • Thursday, October 10 -- University Mall on Estes Drive in Chapel Hill, near Dillard’s.
  • Saturday, October 12 -- Hampton Pointe Shopping Center on Highway 86 in Hillsborough at the 24-hour recycling drop-off site located behind Home Depot.  

There is a limit of five “banker-box” sized boxes or 10 large bags of paper per person, and a limit of one trip per person or business. Note that this is reduced from 10 boxes in the past.

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

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

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County to Host Composting Class

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Phone: 919.968.2788

muriel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
TO HOST A COMPOSTING CLASS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 3, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is inviting the public to attend a FREE composting class on Saturday, September 7.

The class will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center Learning Garden located on Estes Drive in Chapel Hill.  

Attendees will be taught the basics of indoor composting, using worms and outdoor composting using a variety of containers and recipes. Composting can be done in a yard, apartment or condo! 

Seasoned composting expert, Muriel Williman, of Orange County Solid Waste Management will teach the class, demonstrating how anyone can compost, anywhere.

For more information, please call Solid Waste Management at 919.968.2788.

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County Seeking Recycling Volunteers

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

muriel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY IN NEED OF RECYCLING VOLUNTEERS THIS FALL

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 3, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is encouraging the public to serve as a recycling volunteer for two community events taking place this fall.

Volunteers are needed for the Carrboro Music Fest on Sunday, September 29. Shifts are from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00p.m; 3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.; and 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (the coveted cleanup shift).  This FREE event features local musicians who perform in venues around town, which generates hundreds of drink bottles. Volunteering at this event is a great way to help Carrboro keep it clean!

Festifall on Sunday, October 6, has recycling volunteer shifts from 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and; 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Festifall is the Chapel Hill festival of Music and Art. This year there will be “extreme waste diversion” of compositing as well as recycling, but The Town can’t do it alone! Volunteers are needed to help to get Chapel Hill closer to being trash free.

Both events are eligible for service learning hours for high school and college students, and all volunteers will receive a free event T-shirt. 

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County Offers Needle Disposal Tips

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Solid Waste Management Department

Phone: 919. 919.968.2788

muriel@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT REMINDS PUBLIC TO

PROPERLY DISPOSE OF NEEDLES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 3, 2013)— The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is reminding the public to safely dispose of syringes/needles. 

The way needles are discarded has a major impact on sanitation workers and their families. Each accidental needle stick requires HIV and hepatitis testing, not to mention the stress of waiting for test results.

For those who use syringes, please be aware of safe disposal methods.  Use a hard-wall plastic container with tight lids, such as laundry detergent, bleach bottles or peanut butter jars, etc. A thicker wall makes the container safer to use.

Needle users should avoid using thin plastics, such as soda bottles as they are easily pierced. Glass containers are also not recommended because these can break and cause a greater hazard. Never throw loose needles in the garbage. Protruding or falling needles endanger trash collectors.

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

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County Recruits Japanese Company

Media Contact

Steve Brantley, Director

Economic Development Department

Phone: 919.245.2325

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SUCCESSFULLY RECRUITS WORLD-CLASS

INTERNATIONAL COMPANY, ADDING JOBS TO COUNTY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 3, 2013)—The Orange County Economic Development Department is announcing the successful recruitment of Japanese manufacturer Morinaga & Co., Ltd., and its U.S.A. subsidiary Morinaga America, Inc.

The confectionary and candy maker has selected a manufacturing site in the Buckhorn Economic Development District for the firm’s first American manufacturing operation. Morinaga manufactures the fruit-flavored chewable snack called Hi-Chew, which is the top seller in Japan.

The company will invest $48 million in a new, state-of-the-art 120,000 sq. ft. clean USDA-spec manufacturing facility, creating 90 jobs with health and retirement benefits for local residents to be employed by the Company. These jobs will be created over three years, offering competitive salaries with an average of more than $38,000 a year.

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’(BOCC) commitment to preparing the County’s Economic Development Zones with utilities, zoning, incentives, and strategic use of the quarter cent sales tax for economic development, played a pivotal role in recruiting Morinaga & Co., Ltd.

“We are pleased and humbled that the good people of Morinaga and Company have decided to locate their American headquarters in Orange County,” said BOCC Chair Barry Jacobs. “We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership. We are grateful for this affirmation of our efforts to bring quality jobs and good corporate citizens to our community.”

The City of Mebane and the State of North Carolina are among several key players in securing the commitment from the Japanese candy maker. The City of Mebane has partnered with the County to support the vision for the Buckhorn Economic Development District. The project also includes involvement by Durham Technical Community College and the site selection consultant InSpec Group.

 “The addition of this well respected company to our business base will enhance our ability to attract other top tier companies to Orange County,” said BOCC Vice Chair Earl McKee.

The County also recognizes the State’s role in recruiting Morinaga, specifically Governor McCrory, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, NC Department of Commerce, NC Department of Transportation, and the NC Community Colleges System.

“A comprehensive set of incentive offers were used to recruit Morinaga to Orange County, including performance grants from the County and City of Mebane, State incentives, NCDOT road access, and assistance and technical training of Morinaga’s new employees at the Hillsborough campus of Durham Technical Community College,” said County Manager Frank Clifton.  “Morinaga’s decision to select Orange County is contingent upon the successful negotiation of these items with the State, County and City of Mebane.” 

The County’s proposed incentives to Morinaga will be discussed at a Public Hearing and approved at a regular meeting of the County Commissioners to be scheduled later this fall.

 

About Morinaga & Co.

Morinaga & Co., which was founded 114 years ago in 1899 in Tokyo, Japan, is a major international confectionary & candy maker.  With $1.75 billion in global sales revenue comprised of 53% in chocolates, caramel & biscuits, 19% in ice cream & frozen foodstuffs, 16% in health products, and 12% in cocoa/cake mix foodstuffs, the firm is Asia’s equivalent to a Hershey’s, Mars or Nestle. The Company has more than 40 different product lines and holds the #1 Japanese domestic market-share for candy. 

About Morinaga America, Inc.
Established in 2008 as a sales company, Morinaga America, Inc. started distribution of Hi-Chew in the West Coast, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, expanded its distribution gradually, and has covered the East Coast area such as New York.  Morinaga America, Inc. will complete establishment of distribution network by the end of March 2014. To tap into growing demand of the product, Morinaga America, Inc. decided to set up a manufacturing company and purchase a factory site in North Carolina. Production is expected to start in mid-2015.

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