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Aging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 21, 2010

Contact: Frank Clifton , Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

Janice Tyler Named as Orange County Interim Aging Department Director

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, announced the appointment of Janice Tyler as the interim Department on Aging Director for Orange County starting July 1, 2010.

As interim Aging Director, Tyler will be responsible for directing and supervising the operation of the Department.  She will oversee the operations of the two county senior centers, serve as support staff to the Orange County Advisory Board on Aging and interact with county departments, community agencies, and the general public. She will report to Gwen Harvey, Assistant County Manager.

Janice Tyler has worked for the Department on Aging for over 23 years as the Senior Centers Administrator and is the managing editor of the department’s Senior Times.  She graduated from UNC-CH, completed advanced study in aging and is a graduate of the N.C. Division of Aging’s Ann Johnson Senior Center Institute. Tyler currently serves as chair of the Senior Centers Alliance, a program section of the North Carolina Association on Aging.

“We greatly appreciate Janice’s willingness to take on this additional responsibility and know she will do an excellent job as interim Aging Director,” said Frank Clifton.  “She is well known and respected in the community and has extensive knowledge of program operations of all department divisions.”

Tyler stated that she is “looking forward to the professional opportunity to serve older adults in this new capacity and to continue to provide many excellent programs of the Department established under Jerry Passmore’s past leadership.” 

Tyler is replacing Jerry Passmore as Aging Director.  Passmore is retiring on June 30th after 30 years of service.

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 9, 2010

Contact: Felicia McLean-Torry, Department of Social Services, (919) 245-2884

Orange County Updating Special Needs Registry in Preparation for Hurricane Season

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Department of Social Services is currently accepting applications for inclusion in the Disaster Special Needs Registry in preparation for hurricane season.

The registry is a confidential database maintained by the Department of Social Services and used to contact individuals with special needs who may need assistance in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or ice storm. 

Generally, those eligible do not require hospital care but may need assistance beyond what is provided in a standard Red Cross Shelter.  This may also include individuals who are homebound. 

Individuals with any of the following should consider submitting an application:

  • Minor health or medical conditions which require observation or monitoring ordered by a physician
  • Contagious health conditions requiring minimal precautions or isolation
  • Chronic conditions requiring assistance with activities of daily living, but not hospitalization
  • Medication and vital sign monitoring with professional assistance
  • Mental health or developmental problems that could not be handled by Red Cross Shelter Staff

The program will assist county staff in providing information vital to the safety and well being of registered individuals prior to or during a disaster.  Items in the database include contact information and health requirements.  Registered participants may be directed toward a facility or shelter that is most suited to meet their needs or provided with other arrangements for their care and safety.  The program will assist emergency services personnel and volunteers in providing support when time could be critical. 

Participation in the Disaster Special Needs Registry is voluntary and individuals will only be included with their permission.  Eligibility for the registry is determined on a case-by-case basis, and is not guaranteed.  Individuals on the registry decide whether to accept assistance and/or remain responsible for themselves in the event of a disaster.

For more information, please contact Felicia McLean-Torry at the Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 245-2884.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 9, 2010

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

Orange County Cable Channel 265 Moves to 180

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The cable TV channel for Orange County Government will change from 265 to 180 on June 16, 2010. 

Time Warner Cable is in the process of rearranging their digital channel lineup to group common programming themes.

On June 16, 2010, residents of Orange County who have watched Board of County Commissioners’ regular monthly meetings on Time Warner Cable digital channel 265 will need to shift to channel 180. 

Regular meetings held at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill (usually once a month) are live.  Regular meetings held at the DSS Center (Old WalMart) in Hillsborough will air on the following day.  Meetings from both locations will be replayed on a regular basis at noon and 7:00 p.m. until replaced by the next meeting.

Between meetings, a bulletin board provides current county information. 

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Animal Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 9, 2010

Contact: Robert A. Marotto, Director, Orange County Animal Services, (919) 968-2287

Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Orange County’s Animal Services Department has scheduled and posted its $5 low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for 2010.  Authorized by North Carolina State law, such clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations and provide pet owners with substantial savings.

This year, Animal Services is offering ten 1-year vaccination clinics that will run from February to October. 

The next clinic will be held Tuesday, June 15th from 1– 4 p.m. at the Animal Services Center at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. 

The vaccination fee is $5.00.  Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.  Animals that may be nervous or unsettled should be kept in a vehicle for their vaccination.

These low-cost clinics, along with public education, outreach, investigations and rabies enforcement are critical given that Orange County continues to be affected by the epidemic of "eastern raccoon rabies" that began in the latter half of the 1990s.  There were 26 positive cases in Orange County in 2006, 19 positive cases in 2007, and 20 positive cases in 2008.  2009 had only 12 positive rabies cases, but this does not necessarily mean that Orange County will experience another year so low.  The trend has shown ups and downs, suggesting that 2010 may show numbers closer to that of prior years.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is a law in North Carolina that dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of 4 months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times.
  • Orange County’s ordinance also requires that all pets wear a rabies vaccination tag.
  • Pets with current rabies vaccinations that may have been exposed to rabies must be revaccinated within 5 days (120 hours) or they will be treated as unvaccinated pets
  • Unvaccinated pets that may have been exposed to rabies must either be destroyed or quarantined at a veterinary office for 6 months at the owner’s expense.
  • Orange County had twelve (12) positive rabies cases during 2009 and twenty (20) positive cases in 2008.
  • Rabies can be transmitted through secondary exposure as well, so do not touch your animal without gloves if it has had any possible exposure to a rabies vector
  • If a rabies suspect is alive, do not attempt to capture the animal.  Keep visual contact with the animal until Animal Control arrives. 
  • If you discover a bat inside your house, be sure not to release it, but do remove yourself and any animals from the area
  • Always call Animal Control immediately if you find a bat in your residence even if there is no evidence of a bite.  

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Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: June 8, 2010

Contact: Tom Altieri, Orange County Planning Supervisor, (919) 245-2579

Orange County UDO Input Sessions

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County is in the process of preparing a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).  A UDO compiles property development regulations into one cross-referenced document.  Examples of existing ordinances to be included in the UDO are: zoning, subdivision, flood damage and erosion control. 

The Orange County Planning and Inspections Department is inviting the public to attend upcoming Public Input Sessions.

June 14, 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

     Orange County West Campus Office Bld., Lower Level

     131 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough

June 16, 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m.             

     Southern Human Services Center

     2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill

The purpose of the meetings is to review the document’s layout and certain sections of the first draft of the UDO including: parking, signage, outdoor lighting, stream buffers, conditional use and landscaping and tree protection. 

The meetings will be identical in format and content so the public may attend the most convinient session.  Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions or additional information please contact the Orange County Planning and Inspections Department at (919) 245-2575.  Information is also available on the Department’s website at: www.co.orange.nc.us/planning

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 25, 2010

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300 or

Michael Talbert, Deputy Financial Services Director, (919) 245-2153

Orange County Public Hearing on 1/4 Cent Sales Tax

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 during its regularly scheduled meeting at the Department of Social Services Office, 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.  The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. 

The Public Hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on a potential November 2, 2010 referendum on a one-quarter cent (1/4¢) additional sales tax in Orange County. 

During the 2007 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly granted county boards of commissioners the authority to levy, subject to voter approval, an additional one-quarter cent county sales and use tax. 

It is projected the one-quarter cent county sales and use tax would generate approximately $2,300,000 for Orange County on an annual basis.  If the voters approved the referendum on November 2, 2010 implementation would not start until April 1, 2011 generating approximately $575,000 for the remainder of FY 2010-11. 

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DEAPR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 21, 2010

Contact: Chris Mackey, NC Office of the Governor, 919-733-5612

or Willie Best, Orange County Assistant County Manager, 919-245-2308

Recovery Act Funds Aid Orange County Energy Efficiency

RALEIGH, NC – Gov. Bev Perdue announced that an additional $4.9 million in federal Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency block grants has been awarded to 58 projects in 52 local governments to help save on utility and fuel bills and create jobs. The grants mark the last distribution of money from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program in North Carolina, for a total of about $11.9 million to 104 local governments, public school systems and community colleges. 

“Investing in green energy and creating green jobs is one of my top priorities,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “These federal recovery funds will create jobs, reduce energy consumption and save taxpayers money on county and municipal utility bills.”

The grants program is administered by the North Carolina Energy Office, part of the state’s Department of Commerce, to encourage energy conservation and economic investment in counties, municipalities, community colleges and public schools. A total of $7.2 million is available to local government agencies and $6.3 million to public schools and community colleges.

The grants have been awarded as follows:

Orange County -- $225,675 to install a ground source heat pump, solar hot water system

and high efficiency hand dryer at the Emergency Services facility; improve lighting,

install a solar water heater and other improvements at the Triangle Sportsplex; and

improve lighting, upgrade heating and air conditioning, install a solar hot water heater

and other energy-saving improvements at the Piedmont Food & Agriculture Center.

Total cost of the projects is $451,350.

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Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 12, 2010

Contact: Tracy Reams, Orange Elections Director, 245-2351


Orange County Board of Education Runoff Request

HILLSBOROUGH , NC - The Orange County Board of Elections received an official request today from Laura Nicholson for a runoff for the Orange County Board of Education.  The Board of Education runoff election will be between Anne Medenblik and Laura Nicholson.

The runoff will be held on June 22, 2010 at the same time as the previously publicized U.S. Senate runoff. 

A copy of the letter from Ms. Nicholson is available upon request. 


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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: May 3, 2010

Contact: Ginger Holler , Orange County Public Library Children's Services, 245-2532


Orange County Public Libraries Invite You to "Make A Splash...Read!"

ORANGE COUNTY , NC - Kids of all ages are invited to “Make a Splash…Read!” at Orange County Public Libraries in Hillsborough and Carrboro this summer. Get your library card, read, and enjoy performances, programs and prizes!

Sign up for Summer Reading begins May 5 at 3:00 p.m. Registration is on-site only, no phone calls please. At 5:00 p.m. at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough, enjoy listening to the old time and bluegrass music of Hooverville’s Greg Hanson and John Bemis, who is also the author of the children’s fantasy novel, The Nine Pound Hammer.

Programs begin the week of June 14. During the first week, the Orange County Main Library will offer a Lapsit Storytime for babies 1-2 years, a puppet show for ages 3 years and up, and an art class for ages 6-11 years; the Cedar Grove Library Branch will kick off their summer with a ventriloquist-magician; the Carrboro Branch Library will offer a Storytime for ages 1-6 years. The fun continues through July with puppet shows, magic shows, children’s theater, kid’s rock & roll, hands-on art programs, live animal shows, story telling and more!

Teens entering grades 6-12 can sign up for a creative writing class, manga drawing workshop, trash-to-treasure art project, and a photography contest.

UNC Morehead Planetarium/GlaxoSmithKline will present Science in the Summer “Water & Our Oceans” for grades 2-5 at the Cedar Grove Library Branch and grades 2-8 at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough. Registration for Science in the Summer is online only and begins at 9:00 a.m., June 7. Space is limited and registration is available at: www.moreheadplanetarium.org under the outreach tab.

A complete list of Summer Reading programs, dates and their various locations is listed below, available at Orange County Public Libraries, and also available on the website:  http://www.co.orange.nc.us/library.

To receive the monthly Orange County Main Library Children Services e-newsletter, visit: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/email/SubscribeForm.asp.


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Orange County Main Library

137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough (919) 245-2532

 

Tuesday, June 15

• Lapsit Storytime for babies 1-2 years, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

• Abrakadoodle presents “Sun Umbrella Doodle,” ages 6-11, registration required, space limited, 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 16

• Grey Seal Puppets presents “Bathtub Pirates,” 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 23

• Fish the Magish Magic Show, 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Thursday-Friday, June 2425

• UNC Morehead Planetarium/GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer “Water & Our Oceans,” space limited, Rising 6, 7 & 8 graders 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. Online registration only begins June 7 @ 9:00 a.m. under Outreach tab @ www.moreheadplanetarium.org

Tuesday, June 29

• Lapsit Storytime for babies 1-2 years, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

• NC Museum of Natural Sciences presents “Wetlands,” ages 6-11, registration required, space limited, 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 30

• Bright Star Theatre presents “The Ugly Duckling,” 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 1

• “Trash to Treasure” recycled art project for 6-12 graders, registration required, 3:00 p.m.4:30pm

Tuesday, July 6

• Lapsit Storytime for babies 1-2 years, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

• Abrakadoodle presents “Fish Doodle,” ages 6-11, registration required, space limited, 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 7

• Baron Von Rumblebuss presents kid’s music that rocks! 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 8

• Manga Art for 6-12 graders, registration required, 10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Monday-Friday, July 1216

• UNC Morehead Planetarium/GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer “Water & Our Oceans,” space limited Rising 2 & 3 graders 10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m. Rising 4 & 5 graders 2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m. Online registration only begins June 7 @ 9:00 a.m. under Outreach tab @ www.moreheadplanetarium.org

Monday, July 19  

• “Creative Writing” for 6-12 graders, registration required, 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20

• Lapsit Storytime for babies 1-2 years, 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

• Abrakadoodle presents “Tattoo Doodle,” ages 6-11, registration required, space limited. 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21

• Rags to Riches Theater presents “Stone Soup,” 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

 

 

Cedar Grove Branch Library

5800 NC HWY 86 North, Hillsborough (919) 732-9211

Tuesday, June 15

• Darryl Pebbles, ventriloquist & magician, presents “Make a Splash at the Library,” 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 22

• Rags to Riches Theater presents “Frog Prince,” 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Tuesday June 29

• Fish the Magish ~ Mike Fisher Magic Show, 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 6

• Bright Star Theater presents “The Ugly Duckling,” 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 13

• Fred Motley presents “African American Tales,” 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.

Monday-Friday, July 19-23

• UNC Morehead Planetarium/GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer “Water & Our Oceans,” space limited, Rising 2 & 3 graders 10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m. Rising 4 & 5 graders 2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m. Online registration only begins June 7 @ 9:00 a.m. under Outreach tab @ www.moreheadplanetarium.org

 

Carrboro Branch Library

900 Old Fayetteville Rd (McDougle School), Chapel Hill; (919) 969-3006

Saturday, June 19

• Storytime for ages 1-6, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 20

• Baron Von Rumblebuss presents kid’s music that rocks! 3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

• Storytime for ages 1-6, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 27

• Abrakadoodle presents “Tattoo Doodle,” ages 6-12, registration required, space limited, 3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

• Storytime for ages 1-6, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 10

• Storytime for ages 1-6, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 11

• Abrakadoodle presents “Froggy Doodle,” ages 3-5, registration required, space limited, 3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 17

• Storytime for ages 1-6, 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 18

• Birdman Dave returns! 3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

 

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