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P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough,
North Carolina 27278
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246


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Clerk to the Board
(919) 245-2130
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January/February 2004

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2004

Contact: Muriel Williman
Solid Waste Management
(919) 968-2788,  email recycling@co.orange.nc.us  

ORANGE COUNTY RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

For Friday, February 27, 2004:

Curbside Recycling Routes have been cancelled.

Landfill will be open 12:00 noon-4:00pm.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection is cancelled.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will open at 1:00pm. They will stay open until 7:00pm, weather permitting.

For Saturday, February 28, 2004:

Curbside Recycling Routes normally scheduled for Friday will be collected, weather permitting.

Landfill will be open normal hours 7:30am-12:00 noon.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be open normal hours 7:30am-12:00 noon.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be open normal hours 7:00am- 5:00pm, weather permitting.

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department announces that all of Friday's curbside recycling routes are cancelled and will be collected Saturday, weather permitting. The curbside recycling contractor may choose not to collect certain roads if they are blocked by ice or other hazardous condition.

On Friday, Orange County landfill opens at noon and will close at 4pm.  The landfill will resume normal hours of operation on Saturday and be open from 7:30am-12:00 noon. 

Household Hazardous Waste will be closed on Friday.  It will resume normal hours of operation on Saturday and be open from 7:30am-12:00 noon. 

The Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be open 1:00pm – 7:00pm Firday and will be open Saturday, 7:00am- 5:00pm, weather permitting.

For further information call Orange County Solid Waste Management, 968-2788 or see our web page: www.co.orange.nc.us/recycling/news

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Weather

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2004

Contact: David Hunt
Information Specialist
(919) 245-2126

ORANGE COUNTY 
OFFICES OPEN AT NOON

Orange County Offices will open at noon on Friday, February 27, 2004 due to weather and travel conditions.

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Commission for Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February13, 2004

Contact: Josephine Holman-Long
Orange County Commission for Women
(919) 732-3183

ORANGE COUNTY 
CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

The Orange County Commission for Women will participate in this year’s National Women’s History Month by hosting a Luncheon Celebration on Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 11:30 a.m.  The event will be held at the Southern Human Services Center, 2505 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

“This year our theme is Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility,” says Josephine Holman-Long, Chair of the Women’s History Month Subcommittee.  “This theme celebrates the hope and sense of possibility that comes to our lives from the inspirational work of women.  We want to recognize the women in Orange County who have worked so hard to make our society better for us.  Our Luncheon Celebration will bring us all together to learn, honor, and appreciate the ties that bind us.”

The Commission for Women is a volunteer advisory board to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, dedicated to assessment, advocacy and research towards improving the quality of life for women in Orange County.  It has a twenty-nine year history of advocating for women, initiating and implementing programs that women need, including Wheels for Work.  The Commission is currently concentrating its efforts on researching affordable housing for women in Orange County.  

The Luncheon Celebration is free; however, reservations are required and must be made before March 10 by calling 245-2250.

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Human Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 9, 2004

Contact: James Spivey
Human Relations
(919) 245-2251

ORANGE COUNTY 
2003 PAULI MURRAY AWARDS

The Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners will award the 2003 Pauli Murray Awards on Sunday, February 22, 2004; 1:30 PM at the Little Theater of the New Hope Elementary School; located at 1900 New Hope Church Road, Chapel Hill, NC.  The recipients of the 2003 Pauli Murray Awards are Ms. Laura Williamson, Mrs. Mariah Ann McPherson, and Kelsey’s Café.

            The Pauli Murray Human Relations Award was originally established in 1990 to honor the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray, a distinguished African-American female who challenged discrimination, racism, and sexism throughout her life.  During a long career as a lawyer, professor, priest, poet and activist, she continued to spread the spirit of conciliation in human relations.  Dr. Murray’s family had deep roots in Orange County, where her grandmother was a slave and her great-grandfather was a slaveowner.

Ms. Laura Williamson shall receive the 2003 Pauli Murray Human Relations Youth Award; Ms. Mariah Ann McPherson shall received the 2003 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award; and Kelsey’s Café shall received the 2003 Pauli Murray Human Relations Business Award.  The award, originally established in 1990, is given to an Orange County resident who has served with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all citizens.

For further information contact:
James Spivey,
Human Relations
(919) 245-2251

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Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 9, 2004

Contact: Dr. Fletcher Barber, Jr.
County Extension Office
(919) 245-2050

SIXTH ANNUAL 
ORANGE COUNTY
AGRICULTURAL SUMMIT

The Sixth Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held on Monday, February 23, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall at the intersection of Schley Road and NC Highway 57 in northern Orange County. Registration will take place from 8:30-9:00 a.m. and refreshments will be available.

The Summit will provide agricultural producers in Orange County another opportunity to hear strategies for preserving their farms during this time of agricultural transition. This year’s keynote speakers will be Mr. Mac Baldwin of Baldwin Family Farms in Yanceyville, NC and Mr. Joe Lindley of Lindley Mills in Snow Camp, NC.

Also, several speakers will discuss marketing opportunities, organic grain production, agritourism and easements.

A sponsored lunch will be served. 

Please call North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Orange County Center at (919) 245-2050 to reserve your place.  Seating is limited, so please respond as soon as possible, and no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 20, 2004.

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Sponsoring agencies include:  the Orange County Board of Commissioners and North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Orange County Center, Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Agricultural Preservation Board, Orange County Economic Development Commission, Orange County Environment and Resource Conservation Department, Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District and Natural Resource Conservation Service.

For further information contact:
Dr. Fletcher Barber, Jr.,
County Extension Director
(919) 245-2050

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Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 6, 2004

Contact: Catherine LaSpaluto
Orange County Planning
(919) 245-2575,  email claspaluto@co.orange.nc.us  

NOTICE OF PLANNING BOARD SPECIAL MEETING

The Planning Board has added a Special Meeting to its schedule for the purpose of further discussion on the following item which is continued from the February 4, 2004 Regular Planning Board Meeting:

Comprehensive Plan Land Use Element Presentation

Land Use Element Community Outreach Presentation/Update

Date: TUESDAY, February 10, 2004, 7:00 P.M.

The meeting will be held in the Planning and Inspections Department Conference Room:

306F Revere Road
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278

For further information contact: 

Catherine LaSpaluto, Orange County Planning
(919) 245-2575
claspaluto@co.orange.nc.us

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Tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 6, 2004

Contact: Donna Baker
Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners
(919) 245-2130,  email dbaker@co.orange.nc.us  

COUNTY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON BOARD OF EQUALIZATION AND REVIEW

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting for Volunteers for the Board of Equalization and Review. There are three At-Large Regular positions and alternates. This board examines and reviews the tax lists of the County for the current year with the intent that all taxable property shall be listed on the abstracts and tax records of the County and appraised according to the standards required by the General Statutes of North Carolina.

The Board of Equalization and Review will meet up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, through June, 2004.

Citizens may apply online at www.co.orange.nc.us or download one in Adobe®.pdf format, by clicking on the "Volunteer Boards" icon.

Contact the office of the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners at (919) 245-2125, or by email to: dbaker@co.orange.nc.us for further information or an application.

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UNC Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 2, 2004

Contact: Donna King
Orange County Health Department
(919) 245-2400,  


Orange County Health Department's Findings
Regarding Norovirus at UNC

 

154 student surveys: 91 cases 63 controls

The statistics show the pattern of illness is consistent with a point source outbreak. "Point Source" being defined as a time-limited, common environmental exposure. There is no evidence that the point source is ongoing as evidenced by fewer students reporting vomiting, diarrhea and or nausea.

Based on the analysis of the survey data, students who ate in upper Lenoir on January 19th were 5.4 times more likely to have been exposed to and acquired the norovirus.

Students who ate at Lenoir and became ill were 4.3 times more likely to have eaten salad items. Raw foods are more apt to be vehicles for norovirus transmission because they are not cooked. No single salad item was implicated in this outbreak.

Typical vehicles of norovirus transmission in food borne outbreaks are:

· Food is contaminated before it arrives at the establishment

· Accidental contamination by a food handler at the establishment

· Accidental contamination by a person eating at the establishment (e.g., accidental contamination of utensils at a salad bar or food bar due to improper hand washing)

In this outbreak, the health department could not determine how the norovirus was introduced to individual food items.

OCHD has extensively reviewed all procedures used by UNC Dining services and found no procedural problems with sanitation and food handling processes. UNC Dining services staff fully cooperated with OCHD staff in investigating the outbreak. From interviews with staff there was no indication that any staff member was ill prior to the outbreak and within the incubation period. Two staff members actually experienced symptoms at the same time students became ill. " I reviewed the procedures and practices of UNC Dining Services in the immediate aftermath of the first wave of illness. I found no obvious problems and their operational standards were excellent " said Ron Holdway, Director of Environmental Health, Orange County Health Department.

Secondary infections are not unusual with Norovirus and occur with person-to-person contact. Students reporting to Student Health Services, January 26-30, are believed to be the result of such secondary infection. Orange County Health Department and Student Health Services are continuing to monitor this situation.

Response and prevention steps taken by the UNC and Orange County Health Department included:

¨ Student Health Services (SHS) promptly called Orange County Health Department as soon as an unusual number of students reported vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.

¨ Student Health Services, Orange County Health Department, UNC Environment Health and Safety and UNC Auxiliary Services met within 24 hours and began implementing surveillance and prevention measures.

¨ Student Health Services (SHS) immediately created a web page for students and parents with information on hand washing, recognizing illness, when to report, home care tips, etc. The after hours fee was waived and HealthLink and emergency department activity was monitored.

¨ Orange County Health Department served as the outbreak investigators-coordinated approximately 160 interviews with students, reviewed dining services operations, coordinated data analysis and specimen testing with the Sate Public Health Lab.

¨ Environment Health and Safety provided cleanup guidance for housekeepers, housing and residential education staff. Students, employees and faculty were provided with prevention measures and even a hand-washing poster was made available for download. Environment Health and Safety worked with Residential Life to conduct a 'dorm sweep'-students were provided prevention messages and screened for illness. A web page for all campus employees was created to provide education and prevention measures across the UNC Community.

¨ Auxiliary Services posted hand washing posters and table tents provided by the health department. Hand sanitizing stations were installed in all campus dining facilities.

¨ The Parents Office Listserve provided regular updates and links to campus resources for families.

Good hygiene, housekeeping and frequent hand washing is critical in resolving this situation.

Remember: wash hands after toilet visits and before preparing or eating food.

When ill, soiled clothing and bed linens should be washed immediately with hot water and soap.

Stool and vomitus should be flushed and soiled surfaces disinfected with a bleach-based household cleaner-do not forget flush handle, doorknobs and faucet handles.

Positive prevention steps by affected individuals are critical in resolving this situation and breaking the cycle of infection.

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BACKGROUND

Excerpts from U.S. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis or the 'stomach flu' in people.

CDC estimates that 23 million cases of acute gastroenteritis are due to norovirus infection, and it is now thought that at least 50% of all food borne outbreaks of gastroenteritis can be attributed to noroviruses.

Among the 232 outbreaks of norovirus illness reported to CDC from July 1997 to June 2000, 57% were food borne, 16% were due to person-to-person spread, and 3% were waterborne; in 23% of outbreaks, the cause of transmission was not determined. In this (CDC) study, common settings for outbreaks include restaurants and catered meals (36%), nursing homes (23%), schools (13%), and vacation settings or cruise ships (10%).

Norovirus disease is usually not serious, although people may feel very sick and may vomit many times a day. Most people get better within 1 or 2 days. However, sometimes people become dehydrated and need special medical attention. Dehydration is most serious for the very young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

Noroviruses are found in the stool or vomit of infected people. People can become infected with the virus in several ways:

* Drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus;

* Eating food contaminated with norovirus;

* Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus, then placing their hand in their mouth;

* Having direct contact with another person whom is infected with norovirus-caring for someone with illness, or sharing food or eating utensils with someone who is ill.

Noroviruses are very contagious and can spread easily from person to person. Both stool and vomit are infectious. People infected with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin to feel ill to at least three days after recovery. Some people may be contagious for as long as 2 weeks after recovery. Good Hygiene and proper hand washing are critical.

Currently, there is no antiviral medication that works against norovirus and there is no vaccine to prevent infection. Treatments consist of palliative care-medicines to reduce nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and oral rehydration fluids or rehydration therapy.

Prevention:

-Frequent hand washing, especially after toilet visits, changing diapers and before preparing foods.

-Carefully wash fruits and vegetables. Steam oysters before eating them.

-Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness-do not forget handles, door knobs or faucets.

-Immediately wash contaminated linens or clothing soiled after an episode of illness (use hot water and soap).

-Flush or discard any vomitus and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is kept clean.

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Media Contacts:

Orange County Health Department Donna King 812-2005 dking@co.orange.nc.us

University News Service Mike McFarland 962-8593 Mike_McFarland@unc.edu

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UNC Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 29, 2004

Contact: Donna King
Orange County Health Department
(919) 245-2400,  


Norovirus Identified at UNC

Background:

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis or the 'stomach flu' in people. Norovirus disease is usually not serious, although people may feel very sick and may vomit many times a day. Most people get better within 1 or 2 days. However, sometimes people become dehydrated and need special medical attention. Dehydration is most serious for the very young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

Noroviruses are found in the stool or vomit of infected people. People can become infected with the virus in several ways:

* Drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus;

* Eating food contaminated with norovirus;

* Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus, then placing their hand in their mouth;

* Having direct contact with another person whom is infected with norovirus-caring for someone with illness, or sharing food or eating utensils with someone who is ill.

Noroviruses are very contagious and can spread easily from person to person. Both stool and vomit are infectious. People infected with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin to feel ill to at least three days after recovery. Some people may be contagious for as long as 2 weeks after recovery. Good Hygiene and proper hand washing are critical.

Currently, there is no antiviral medication that works against norovirus and there is no vaccine to prevent infection. Treatments consist of palliative care-medicines to reduce nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and oral rehydration fluids or rehydration therapy.

Prevention:

-Frequent hand washing, especially after toilet visits, changing diapers and before preparing foods.

-Carefully wash fruits and vegetables. Steam oysters before eating them.

-Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness-do not forget handles, door knobs or faucets.

-Immediately wash contaminated linens or clothing soiled after an episode of illness (use hot water and soap).

-Flush or discard any vomitus and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is kept clean.

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* The rapid onset and short duration of the primary outbreak @ UNC indicates a point source. "Point Source" being defined as a time-limited, common environmental exposure. There is no evidence that the environmental exposure is ongoing. Though we have identified the cause of the illness, the mode of transmission is still under investigation.

* Secondary infection occurs with person to person contact and is not unusual. It is important to maintain good hygiene and proper hand washing.

* The early, positive prevention measures and education regarding proper housekeeping, hygiene and hand washing may have helped reduce the rate of secondary infection within the UNC community.

* Orange County Health Department, UNC Student Health Services, UNC Environment Health and Safety and UNC Auxiliary Services continue to promote prevention messages and measures. Positive prevention steps by the students are critical in resolving this situation and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

* The health of the students is our primary concern. Students are reminded to practice good hygiene, especially frequent hand washing. This is a great public health message for the community as a whole!

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Media Contacts:

Donna King or Judy Butler  -Orange County Health Department 245-2400 dking@co.orange.nc.us

Deborah Saine, UNC News Services 962-8415 deboarh_saine@unc.edu

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UNC Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2004

Contact: Donna King
Orange County Health Department
(919) 245-2400,  

Jan. 28 - Media Update for
UNC Student Illnesses

January 28, 2004 1:10 p.m.

Health Officials continue to investigate illness of unknown source on UNC campus.

* Case definition: UNC student who had an acute episode of nausea, vomiting and or diarrhea with onset of symptoms on or after 6:00 p.m., January 20, 2004.

* 1-24-04 > 8 students reported to Student Health Services with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

1-25-04> 5 students reported to Student Health Services with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

1-26-04> 4 students reported to Student Health Services with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

1-27-04> 5 students reported to Student Health Services with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Note: It is not unusual for Student Health Services to see an average of 3 students with nausea, diarrhea, and or vomiting on any given day.

Student Health services continues to see a significant decrease in visits for nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

* Specimens sent to the State Public Health Lab tested negative for Bacillus cereus and staphylococcus.

* The rapid onset and short duration of the illness still indicates a common source. No specific organism has yet been identified. Public health officials are waiting further test results for other organisms. The next phase of lab results are expected late Wednesday or mid-day Thursday.

* Health officials continue with the investigation. Orange County Health Department, UNC Student Health Services, UNC Department of Environment Health and Safety and UNC Auxiliary Services are following prudent public health practices and working together closely.

* The health of the students is our primary concern. Students are reminded to practice good hygiene, especially frequent hand washing. Students are encouraged to visit www.studenthealth.unc.edu for information regarding home care tips and when a visit to student health is indicated.

 

Media Contacts:

Donna King Orange County Health Department 245-2449 dking@co.orange.nc.us

Deborah Saine, University News Services 962-8415 deboarh_saine@unc.edu

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2004

Contact: Muriel Williman
Solid Waste Management
(919) 968-2788,  email recycling@co.orange.nc.us  

UPDATE ON CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE CHANGES
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Due to the continuing winter weather and poor road conditions, curbside recycling services scheduled to take place on Monday 1/26 and Tuesday 1/27 have been cancelled in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and unincorporated Orange County.  Make-up days will not be scheduled.  Service will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day.

Recycling collections scheduled for Wednesday 1/28, have been postponed until Thursday 1/29.

As road conditions allow, curbside recycling collection will begin to service Wednesday routes on Thursday 1/29.  It is anticipated that recycling collection will run at least one day behind throughout the rest of the week, Thursday routes serviced on Friday, and routes regularly scheduled for Friday 1/30 being serviced on Saturday 1/31.

For public safety reasons, the collection vehicles may choose to bypass roads and areas deemed unsafe for travel.  Citizens should exercise caution and common sense in choosing to place their container at the curb.  In order to ensure service, citizens should have their bin at the curb by 7 AM.

Citizens may take their recycling to any of Orange County's 24 hour recycling drop-off sites.  Due to collection cancellations, the volume of materials received at the drop-off sites may be high.  County staff is working diligently to keep up with collections.  We ask that citizens not aggravate problems by abandoning materials on the ground at overflowing locations.

The Orange County Landfill resumed normal hours of operation, 7:00am- 4:00pm, on Wednesday January 28.  The Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be open from 10:00am-5pm (closing one hour early), on Wednesday and will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday, 10:00am-6pm.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday January 29, 7:00 am- 7:00pm, closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm.

Thanks to all citizens for their patience and understanding during this time of severe weather. 

For additional information call Orange County Solid Waste Management at (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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Human Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2004

Contact: Milan Pham
Human Rights and Relations
(919) 245-2250

FEBRUARY IS HUMAN RELATIONS MONTH IN
ORANGE COUNTY

The Orange County Human Relations Commission and The Department of Human Rights and Relations will host events throughout February in celebration of Human Relations Month.  Events will include an Affordable Housing Panel, the  Community Dinner and the Annual Pauli Murray Awards.  In an effort to extend civil and human rights work throughout the year, the Department will be hosting on-going community book discussion groups about Dr. Trudier Harris’ book, Summer Snow beginning in March. 

These events are intended to increase awareness of civil and human rights issues in addition to increasing community dialogue on issues such as racism, sexism and homophobia.  Dr. Barbara Holland Chapman, Chair of the Human Relations Commission, said, “Our commitment to working against xenophobia and oppression should extend beyond one particular day or one particular month.  We should be doing our work every day and every month.  Seeking and asking how do I contribute to oppression and how can I contribute to equality?”

Human Relations Month follows:

Sunday February 1, 2004 2:00p.m.
Carrboro Century Center
Human Relations Month Kick-off
Affordable Housing Panel

Sunday February 8, 2004 1:30 p.m.
McDougal Middle School Cafetorium
Community Dinner Celebrating Diversity

Sunday February 22, 2004 1:30 p.m.
New Hope Elementary School Auditorium
Pauli Murray Awards

All events are free and open to the public. 

For more information please call 245-2250. 

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2004

Contact: Muriel Williman
Solid Waste Management
(919) 968-2788,  email recycling@co.orange.nc.us  

CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE CHANGE
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Due to the winter weather and poor road conditions, curbside recycling services scheduled to take place on Monday 1/26 were cancelled.  Service will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day.

Recycling collections scheduled for Tuesday 1/27, have been postponed until Wednesday 1/28.

As road conditions allow, curbside recycling collection will begin to service Tuesday routes on Wednesday 1/28.  It is anticipated that recycling collection will run at least one day behind throughout the rest of the week (Wednesday routes serviced on Thursday, Thursday routes serviced on Friday, etc.), with routes regularly scheduled for Friday 1/30 being serviced on Saturday 1/31.

For public safety reasons, the collection vehicles may choose to bypass roads and areas deemed unsafe for travel.  Citizens should exercise caution and common sense in choosing to place their container at the curb.  In order to ensure service, citizens should have their bin at the curb by 7 AM.

Citizens may take their recycling to any of Orange County's 24 hour recycling drop-off sites.  Due to collection cancellations, the volume of materials received at the drop-off sites may be high.  County staff is working diligently to keep up with collections.  We ask that citizens not aggravate problems by abandoning materials on the ground at overflowing locations.

The Orange County Landfill will resume normal hours of operation, 7:00am- 4:00pm, on Wednesday January 28.  The Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be open from 10:00am-5pm (closing one hour early), on Wednesday.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday January 29.

Thanks to all citizens for their patience and understanding during this time of severe weather. 

For additional information call Orange County Solid Waste Management at (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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UNC Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2004

Contact: Donna King
Orange County Health Department
(919) 245-2400,  

Media Update for
UNC Student Illnesses

Health Officials continue to investigate illness of unknown source on UNC campus.

* Case definition: UNC student who had an acute episode of nausea, vomiting and or diarrhea with onset of symptoms on or after 6:00 p.m., January 20, 2004.

* 100 confirmed cases (students that meet case definition).

* 185 self-reports--through the dorm sweep and calls to Student Health Services in response to the media attention that have not been confirmed, but report having similar symptoms.

* Only 8 students reported to acute care at Student Health Services as of 3:00 p.m. 1-23-04. Student Health Services (SHS) reports a significant decrease in visits for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

* Health officials continue with the investigation. Orange County Health Department, UNC Student Health Services, UNC Department of Environment Health and Safety and UNC Auxiliary Services are following prudent public health practices and working togther closely.

*Preliminary data suggest that the illness maybe food related. The rapid onset and short duration of the illness indicates a common source. No specific location or specific food item has been identified. Continued analysis of the questionnaires will help further define the source.

* Specimens have been sent to the State Public Health Lab. Results are not expected until sometime Monday-1-26-04.

* The health of the students is our primary concern. Students are encouraged to visit www.studenthealth.unc.edu. for information regarding home care tips and when a visit to student health is indicated. Students are reminded to practice good hygiene, especially frequent hand washing.

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 22, 2004

Contact: Muriel Williman
Solid Waste Management
(919) 968-2788,  email recycling@co.orange.nc.us  

ORANGE COUNTY REACHES 45% WASTE REDUCTION
FOR 2002-03,
HIGHEST IN NORTH CAROLINA

During fiscal year 2002-03, Orange County's waste reduction rate per person was 45%.   That means, compared to the base year of 1991-92, waste landfilled per person in 2002-03 in Orange County dropped from 1.36 tons to 0.748 tons.  This is the highest verifiable waste reduction rate in North Carolina according to Paul Crissman, Branch Head of the North Carolina Waste Management's Office of Planning and Program Management.  "Orange County has consistently made great progress in waste reduction due to the commitment of its elected officials, citizens and staff in meeting these important environmental goals", Crissman said.

During 2001-02, Orange County reached a 40% waste reduction rate, which was the statewide goal for that year. Orange was the only county in the state to verifiably achieve that goal.  The additional 5% decrease in waste during 2002-03 can be attributed largely to the County's new and innovative Regulated Recyclable Materials Ordinance that requires recycling of scrap metal, clean wood and cardboard, most of which are generated from construction activity.  Since the ordinance came into effect, construction and demolition waste landfilled dropped by 23% while the amount of wood and metal reported as recycled increased 900% from 2001-02 to 2002-03.

Orange County's long-term waste reduction goal remains at 61% per capita. Achieving this goal will require additional recycling efforts as well as more waste reduction at the source.

Waste reduction rates are determined yearly by the State Division of Waste Management for each County by adding together all waste known to have come from each County, dividing by current population and comparing to the same statistic for a base year. Waste is counted in the calculation whether it was landfilled at the County's landfill or reported by private haulers as coming from that County, but landfilled elsewhere.  Thus for Orange County, 77,156 tons were buried at the Orange County landfill and 12,391 tons reported as generated within the County were landfilled at private facilities elsewhere.

"Orange County sets the waste reduction standard for North Carolina and gives people excellent recycling opportunities and service. Its wide array of programs leaves no waste stream untouched.  We'd be a lot farther down the road of protecting North Carolina's environment if everyone achieved this standard.', said Scott Mouw Chief of Community and Business Assistance for Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance.

For additional information call Orange County Solid Waste Management at (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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Budget

The following press release was provided to Orange County by the Government Finance Officers Association.  

Government Finance Officers Association
203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois 60601

PRESS RELEASE
December 31, 2003

For Further Information Contact - Stephen J. Gauthier (312) 977-9700 or Donna Dean (919) 245-2151

Chicago—The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is please to announce that Orange County, North Carolina has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. 

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity.  It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

            - a policy document

            - a financial plan

            - an operations guide

            - a communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories to receive the award. 

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award.  This has been presented to Donna H. Dean, Budget Director. 

Since the inception of the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984, approximately 900 entities have received the Award.   Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. 

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 14,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.  The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. 

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Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 8, 2004

Contact: Muriel Williman
Solid Waste Management
(919) 968-2788,  email recycling@co.orange.nc.us  

NO CHANGE IN ORANGE COUNTY RECYCLING
FOR
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

Curbside recycling will be collected according to the regular schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  If your recycling day falls on Monday, January 19, 2004 be sure to have your bin out to the curb by 7:00 am or bring it out the evening prior to collection as usual. 

The Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road, and all associated services such as the electronics collection and mulch sales will also maintain normal business hours, 7:00 am-4:00 pm on Monday, January 19.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be open as usual on the holiday from 7am-7pm, closed from 12noon-1pm for lunch.

For additional information call Orange County Solid Waste Management at (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@co.orange.nc.us

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