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November/December 2007

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Human Rights 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 27, 2007

Contact: James Spivey, Orange County Human Rights and Relations, 968-2288

Orange County Celebrates Human Relations Month

February is Human Relations Month.  The Orange County Human Relations Commission, the Orange County Department of Human Rights & Relations and the Orange County Board of Commissioners will host a kick-off ceremony to acknowledge Human Relations Month in Orange County.  The Human Relations Month Kick-Off will take place at the Carrboro Century Center on Sunday, January 27, 2008 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM. 

As Orange County accepts its cultural and ethnic diversity, the ideology that all human beings should have the right to equitable health care will be the theme of this year’s Human Relations Month Kick-Off Event. 

The Kick-Off will include musical entertainment by the band, Big Much and a performance by the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble.   

The key speakers will be Shannon Fleg and Anthony Fleg.  Ms. Fleg is a proud Dine (Navajo) woman from Arizona who serves as a coordinator for the Native Health Initiative.  She is a social research associate for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  Mr. Fleg serves as a coordinator for the Native Health Initiative.  He recently earned a Masters in Public Health from UNC and will graduate from medical school in May 2008. 

Come and help celebrate Orange County’s diverse cultures.  The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information contact the Orange County Office of Human Rights and Relations, 919-960-3875. 

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Solid Waste 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2007

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management, 968-2788

Holiday Schedule for Recycling and Landfill Services

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day.  Routes that would normally be collected on that day will be collected the next Saturday, on December 29 instead.  

Have your recycling bins to the curb by 7:00am or put it out the night before to help ensure prompt service.

 

The Solid Waste Management Administration Office will be closed December 24, 25 and 26.  

 

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services including the hazardous waste collection, electronics recycling and mulch sales will close early at 2:00pm on Monday December 24 and will be closed Tuesday, December 25.  Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, December 26.

 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will will close early at 2:00pm on Monday December 24 and will be closed Tuesday, December 25.  Centers will be closed on Wednesday (as usual), December 26.  Centers will re-open for normal hours of operation on Thursday, December 27, 7:00am – 7:00pm

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Human Rights 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2007

Contact: James Spivey, Orange County Human Rights and Relations, 968-2288

Nominations Sought for the 2007 Pauli Murray Human Relations Award

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is currently soliciting nominations for the 2007 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards.  The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, an Orange County adult, and an Orange County business that served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all citizens.

Deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, January 11, 2008. For applications or more information please visit the Human Rights and Relations website: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/hrr/pmurray.asp or contact the Orange County Office of Human Rights and Relations at 919 960-3875.

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Agriculture 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2007

Contact: Karen McAdams, Cooperative Extension Agent, 245-2050

Noah Ranells, Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator, 245-2330

People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow

“This is your chance to farm!”

That is the motto of the PLANT @ Breeze program, a new farm enterprise incubator for the Piedmont Region.  The People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow (PLANT) program is an initiative of the Orange County Cooperative Extension Center and the Economic Development Commission, in collaboration with NC State University’s College of Agriculture & Life Science.

The 8 week training program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm during the months of January and February 2008 at the Cooperative Extension Food Lab in Hillsborough. The series will introduce apprentice farmers to the basic how-to’s of small scale, sustainable vegetable and fruit production. Sessions will include whole farm planning, marketing, pests, diseases, & weeds, planting & harvesting, soils, fertility, & crop rotations, building your business plan, recordkeeping, and integrating livestock into your farm. All session will have a mentor farmer present to help students experience farming from those who have done it.  Registration is $100 for the full series or $15 per session.

Once apprentice farmers complete the training in early 2008, they will submit a business plan and farm enterprise plan to be evaluated by the program staff. If the plan is satisfactory, apprentice farmers will be able to tend land in ¼ acre increments. Additional, certified hands-on training will enable apprentices to use equipment and tools provided by the PLANT @ Breeze program.

The field component of the farm enterprise incubator will be based at the WC Breeze Family Farm Agricultural Extension & Research Center in Northern Orange County at the intersection of Walnut Grove Church Road and Schley Road.  Colonel William C. Breeze and his family donated the farm to NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science and formally dedicated in Spring 2006.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this exciting program” said Dr. David Monks, Professor and Assistant Director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service and a member of the Breeze Farm Planning Committee. “It allows the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to continue to provide new opportunities for farmers as well as introduce farming to non-traditional farmers.”

For more information or an application, visit http://www.orangecountyfarms.org/  or call the Orange Co. Cooperative Extension Service at 919-245-2050 or Orange Co. Ag. Economic Development at 245-2330.  Applications are due by January 2, 2008.

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Elections 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 12, 2007

Contact: Michael McGinnis, Orange County Personnel Director, 245-2550

Reams Announced As Orange County Elections Director

Tracy Reams of Nash County has accepted the position of Elections Director for Orange County.

Billie Cox, Chair of the Orange County Board of Elections, said that she and members of the board, Hank Elkins and John Felton, were very pleased that Ms. Reams had accepted this position.  

"Tracy has all the skills we were seeking," Cox said.  “In addition to her understanding of election laws, technology and organizational skills, she is well known and highly regarded in Nash County for her ability to work with staff, precinct officials, political parties, candidates, and the general public,” Cox added. 

Reams started work for Nash County in 1984, taking on Board of Elections duties in 1986.  She has served as the Elections Director for Nash County since 1998. 

The mission of the Orange County Board of Elections is to involve an ever-growing number of people in the electoral process and to assure citizens that their vote will be tabulated accurately and in a timely manner.   "Tracy shares our dedication to that mission," Cox added.

Reams will start work in Orange County in late January preparing for the 2008 elections.  She is replacing Barry Garner who left after the November elections to become a Deputy Director of Elections in Miami-Dade County, Florida. 

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Fire Marshal 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2007

Contact: Mike Tapp, Orange County Fire Marshal, 968-2050

Open Burning Ban Include Luminaries

The Orange County Fire Marshal reminds residents that the current open burning ban prohibits the use of open flames including luminaries, the popular holiday tradition that typically involves placing a lighted candle inside a paper bag. 

Mike Tapp, Orange County Fire Marshal said he has already received several calls from individuals and homeowner groups about the use of luminaries.  “The extreme drought situation and the presence of open-flame luminaries can present a significant fire hazard,” Tapp said.  For everyone’s safety, Tapp recommends using battery-operated lights in luminaries instead of candles.  “We understand holiday traditions, but fires under the current drought conditions can get out of hand quickly,” Tapp said.  Other factors taken into consideration include the diminished water supply and water table.  “Most of the rural fire departments depend on local ponds as a water source.  Many of those ponds are now dry or so low they are no longer a viable option for water,” Tapp added. 

Lack of rainfall, along with dry forest fuels, prompted the State of North Carolina’s Division of Forest Resources to ban open burning on Oct. 15.  By North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning statewide. 

Jacob Pressley, Orange County Forest Ranger also expressed concerns with residents burning leaves.  “The recent warm weather has been great for doing yard work.  Unfortunately, some individuals have decided to burn their leaves,” Pressley said.  Orange County 9-1-1 has received multiple calls almost every day for the past month on open burning violations.  Pressley added, “Since January 1 of this year Orange County has had 39 brush/woods fires burning over 360 acres.”   

For additional information, contact the Orange County Fire Marshal, 968-2050. 

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Human Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2007

Contact: 

Gwen Harvey, Orange County Government, 245-2307
James Harris, Town of Carrboro, 918-7319
Karen Rose, Town of Chapel Hill, 968-2873, ext 154

Human Services Agency Funding

Orange County and the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill announce the opening of the outside agency grant application for the budget year beginning July 1, 2008.

Historically the local governments have made available support funding through grants to eligible non-profits who address human services and needs in Orange County. 

Applications are now online for this open and competitive process.  The instructions, checklist and Grant Application Form are available on the Orange County web site at www.co.orange.nc.us/hsa.index.asp.

A formal Training and Orientation Session for agencies seeking county and town grant funding will be held on January 11, 2008.

Agency funding recommendations go to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen from the Carrboro Human Services Board, to the Chapel Hill Town Council from the Chapel Hill Human Services Advisory Board and to the Board of Orange County Commissioners from the Human Services Advisory Commission, for final approval in the annual budget.  

Completed applications are due to the County and/or the Towns no later than Monday, February 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM.

For additional information contact:

Gwen Harvey, Orange County Government              (245-2307)

James Harris, Town of Carrboro                              (918-7319)

Karen Rose, Town of Chapel Hill                              (968-2873, ext 154)

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 4, 2007

Contact: Angela Thompson-Rockett, Assistant to the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners (919) 245-2125 

Recipients Announced for NC Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in Orange County

Hillsborough—The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2007 Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to 5 recipients from Orange County.  Award recipients are:  Ana Prothro, Carol Gunn, JoAnn Pitz, John Mathivet, and Berneta Lemon.

The North Carolina Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service was first awarded in 1979.  This year marks the 29th consecutive year of the award that honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

Ana Prothro – Duke Hospice - She is truly an advocate for her patients and committed to providing that extra bit of caring that makes such a difference.

Carol Gunn – Orange County Animal Services - She has a heart of gold and is not only dedicated to the shelter pets, but to the employees as well.

JoAnn Pitz – Duke Hospice - During the time that JoAnn has been a Duke Hospice volunteer, she has consistently and faithfully served the dying and bereaved of Orange County.

John Mathivet – Orange County Habitat for Humanity - His attention to detail and desire to produce a quality home has not gone unnoticed.

Berneta Lemon – Orange County Disability Awareness Council - Ms. Lemon is accomplished in many areas, despite many obstacles. Her music touches lives both emotionally and spiritually.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 4, 2007

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners (919) 245-2130 

Barry Jacobs Elected Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners

On Monday, December 3, 2007, during the annual Board organizational meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners elected Barry Jacobs as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2008.  Immediately afterwards, Valerie Foushee was elected Vice Chair. 

Commissioner Jacobs was first elected to the Board in 1998 and served as Chair of the Board for the years 2002, 2004 and 2006. 

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Emergency Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 30, 2007

Contact: Clint Osborn, Emergency Services (919) 968-2050 

Emergency Alert System Launch

The Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority and Orange County Government are implementing an automated telephone alert system called CodeRED. CodeRED is a geographic data-based system that uses street addresses to select phone numbers to receive emergency notification calls.

The system enables the local governments and OWASA to send pre-recorded emergency messages by telephone to selected areas or to the entire community about emergencies such as water service interruptions, missing children or severe weather conditions. During the October wildfires in Southern California a similar reverse 9-1-1 system was credited with saving lives when residents were awakened by a phone call in the middle of the night with evacuation instructions.

The CodeRED system can send 60,000 thirty-second messages per hour to telephones including answering machines, cell phones, Internet-based phones and TDD/TTY devices for people with impaired hearing. The system will make three tries to connect to any number in the system.

A test call on the system is planned for Thursday, Dec. 6. A CodeRED message will have caller ID number 999-911-9999. This is not a working number, and you cannot call this number for information. It is for identification purposes only. If you do not receive a test call, you are not in the telephone database and should register.

Most listed "landline" phone numbers are already included in the system, but people with unlisted numbers, recently changed numbers or who use a cell phone as a primary phone are especially encouraged to register their numbers if they wish to do so. Residents are encouraged to please register their phone number(s) at any one of the following websites or by calling one of the following telephone numbers:

* Town of Chapel Hill website: www.townofchapelhill.org or call (919)968-2743 

* Town of Carrboro website: www.townofcarrboro.org; or call (919) 942-8541 

* OWASA website: www.owasa.org or call (919) 968-4421 

* Orange County Government website: www.co.orange.nc.us; or call (919)968-2050.

Required information includes the resident's or business's first and last name, physical street address (not P.O. box), city, state, zip code, primary phone number and additional phone numbers (optional). The information will only be used for emergency notification purposes.

The Town of Hillsborough implemented the CodeRED system in early 2007, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have had a similar telephone notification system since 2004.

The first year costs of the CodeRED system, for Chapel Hill, Carrboro and OWASA will be $20,000. The cost for the unincorporated portions of Orange County is $20,000 under a contract with Emergency Communications Network Inc. of Ormond Beach, Fla., which operates the CodeRED hardware and software.

For more information about this news release:

Town of Chapel Hill: Robert Bosworth, Deputy Fire Chief: (919) 968-2781, rbosworth@townofchapelhill.org

Town of Carrboro: Travis Crabtree, Fire Chief: (919) 918-7349 or tcrabtree@townofcarrboro.org

OWASA: Greg Feller, Public Affairs: (919) 537-4267 or gfeller@owasa.org

Orange County: Clint Osborn, Emergency Management Specialist (919) 968-2050 or cosborn@co.orange.nc.us

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Social Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 30, 2007

Contact: Sharron Hinton, Department of Social Services (919) 245-2840 

Toys for Tots Toy Drives

ORANGE COUNTY- The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, in partnership with the Orange County Department of Social Services, will be holding toy drives at the Orange County Wal-Mart and Borders Books on the next two Saturdays.  The Wal-Mart Toy Drive will be held Saturday, December 1st from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Hillsborough Wal-Mart on Highway 86.  The Borders Toy Drive will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Borders Books on Fordham Boulevard in Chapel Hill.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters.

All of the toys collected at these events will go to Orange County children in need through the first annual Orange County Toy Chest.  The Toy Chest is a holiday store in which eligible parents can select 2-3 new toys per child to supplement their holiday.  The Toy Chest is designed to serve families at 200% of poverty that are not being served by another DSS holiday program.  There are many in Orange County who are not fortunate enough to be able to provide gifts for their families during the holiday season.  These families rely on these donations to make their holidays a joyous event. 

Making the holidays brighter for over 5,000 low-income children in Orange County will not be possible without the support of individuals and businesses in the community.  Please come out and support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and the Orange County Department of Social Services.  Together we can make the holidays a special time for all the children of Orange County.

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Water Conservation 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2007

Contact: David Stancil, Environment and Resource Conservation Director (919) 245-2590 

"Dealing with the Drought" Workshop

Orange County is holding a second informational workshop entitled “Dealing with the Drought,” about ways to cope with the drought for well water users in rural areas. This workshop will be held on November 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of New Sharon United Methodist Church, 1601 New Sharon Church Road, in northeastern Orange County. An initial workshop held in October attracted nearly 100 participants.

Speakers will present a current update and forecast on the drought situation, information about wells and water production in Piedmont North Carolina geology, how to use sustainable landscaping practices, as well as other basic tips and ideas on conserving ground water.

For more information, contact David Stancil, Environment and Resource Conservation Director, at 245-2590 or dstancil@co.orange.nc.us.

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Cultural Preservation 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 19, 2007

Contact:
Tina Moon,
 Orange County Solid Cultural Resources Specialist (919) 210-2595 
Jennifer Koach, Executive Director, Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County (919) 732-2201 
Renee Price, Chair, Orange County Historic Preservation Commission (919) 593-1904 

Preservation Photography Competition - Heritage Corridors

Trading paths established by Native Americans…Trails blazed by pioneers looking for adventure…Turnpikes built to carry wagon loads of people and goods to the new villages…Fords constructed that connected varying cultures and populations… Crossroads paved to form the infrastructure of cities and villages…

Looking forward to National Historic Preservation Month in May 2008, the Orange County Historic Preservation Commission and the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County, are inviting photographers of all ages, amateurs and professionals, to document this history with their film or digital cameras. 

The theme this year, Heritage Corridors, will allow entrants to highlight old roadbeds, scenic byways and street landscapes scenes throughout the villages, cities, crossroads, and unincorporated areas of the County—thus, bridging the past to the present and to the future.  Awards will be given in each division.

For over three centuries, residents, visitors and passers-by have been traveling through Orange County, situated in the piedmont of North Carolina, and as evidence, many historic rural byways and urban thoroughfares still remain.  The May 2008 Photography Competition will serve to recognize the significance and aesthetic quality of these heritage corridors, as well as the wealth of natural and cultural resources in Orange County.

Prospective entrants in the Photography Competition may want to begin taking images now, and continue through the changing seasons.  Brochures with further details for submitting entries will be ready in December 2007, and available at various sites.  The Orange County Historical Museum will be accepting entries beginning in mid-April 2008.  Winners will be announced on April 25, at the Hillsborough Last Friday Event, and then all photographs will be on display during May at the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough as part of the 2008 Preservation Month celebration. 

For further information, please contact: Tina Moon, Cultural Resources Specialist, Orange County Environment & Resource Conservation, at 919-969-8959, or Jennifer Koach, Executive Director, Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County, at 919-732-2201. 

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Solid Waste 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 16, 2007

Contact: Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management (919) 968-2788 

Thanksgiving Schedule for Landfill and Recycling Services

Curbside recycling will NOT be collected  on Thursday November 22, 2007 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The make-up day for Thanksgiving is SATURDAY, November 24.  Residents who would normally receive curbside recycling pick-up on Thursday, November 22 should have their recycling bin at the curb by 7:00 am on Saturday November 24, or put it out the night before. 

 

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services such as mulch sales and Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, but will resume normal hours of operation 7:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday, November 23.  

 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will also be closed for the holiday, but will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, November 23.

 

The Administrative office, now located at 630 Weaver Dairy Rd., Suite 103, will be closed November 22 and 23 and will resume normal hours, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, on Monday November 26.

 

Residents can recycle any day of the week, any time of day, at one of the County’s 24-hour Recycling Drop-off sites.  They are located at:

·         Carrboro Plaza, behind the ABC store, Carrboro

·         Cedar Falls Park, off of Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

·         Hampton Pointe, behind the Home Depot, Hwy. 86, Hillsborough

·         Meadowmont, behind the Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill

·         University Mall, off Estes Drive behind the Texaco Station, Chapel Hill

 

Residents can recycle all plastic bottles, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol spray cans, corrugated cardboard, magazines, mixed paper, newspaper and phonebooks, and glass bottles and jars at these locations.  Be sure to properly sort items into the labeled containers and remove plastic bags.  Empty corrugated cardboard boxes and break them down flat.  Bring packing peanuts to local packaging stores for reuse.  Do not leave any garbage or other items on the ground.  

 

The Department of Solid Waste Management goes to great effort to accommodate the extra volume of recyclables generated during the holidays.  If you happen to find a recycling site overflowing, please do not leave your recycling on the ground, but do notify our office of the problem.

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Social Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2007

Contact: Sharron Hinton, Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 245-2840 

Pajamas Donated for DSS Holiday Programs

ORANGE COUNTY- The North Carolina chapter of the Pajama Program has donated over 200 new pairs of children’s pajamas to the Orange County Department of Social Service’s holiday programs.

Marcey Cring and the Pajama Program have made sure that at least 200 Orange County children will be warm and cozy on December 26th.  The agency has donated 210 pairs of new pajamas to low-income, at-risk children in Orange County.  The Pajama Program is a national not-for-profit organization that provides new, warm pajamas and books to children in need in the United States and around the world.  By providing these pajamas, we hope to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable youngsters living under difficult circumstances.  We are simply trying to make the holidays a little bit warmer for needy children in our community,” stated Ms. Cring, Chapter President.

The Pajama Program is one of several organizations or individuals that have already answered the call for holiday donations.  However, there are more than 5,000 low-income children in Orange County in need this holiday season.  To try to meet these needs, the Orange County Department of Social Services continues to recruit sponsors and donors for the annual county holiday programs, the Orange County Toy Chest and Share Your Holiday.  The programs, sponsored by the Orange County Department of Social Services in partnership with Toys for Tots and Balloons and Tunes, provide new toys and clothing for low-income, at-risk Orange County children during the holidays.  The agency and its partners recruit donors and sponsors to provide toys, clothing and food to needy Orange County residents. 

Anyone interested in donating new children’s toys to the Toy Chest or sponsoring a family through the Share Your Holiday program is encouraged to contact Serena McPherson or Beachy Sanders at (919) 245-2800.  Corporate sponsors can contact Sharron Hinton at (919) 245-2840.  For more information, or to donate to the Pajama Program, please contact Marcey Cring at (919) 402-1363.

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Social Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2007

Contact: Gwen Phillips, Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 245-2878 

Yancey Rest Home Staff Honored

ORANGE COUNTY- The Orange County Department of Social Services will be holding a reception on November 16, 2007 to honor retiring administrators, Lillie Mangum and Debra Isley, of the Yancey Rest Home.   The reception will take place from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Richard E. Whitted Human Services Building on 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough.

The Yancey Rest Home is a family business that has provided quality care and service to elderly and disabled adults in Orange County for more than 50 years.  Founded by current administrator Lillie Mangum’s mother, the rest home has employed four generations of Hillsborough families.  It has recently been sold and the administrators are retiring.  Please join the Orange County Department of Social Services in thanking these administrators and their staff for the valuable services they have provided to the community. 

For additional information, please contact Gwen Phillips, Adult Homes Specialist, by telephone at 919 245-2878 or by email at gwen@co.orange.nc.us.

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Election 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2007

Contact: Debbie Cheshire, Orange County Board of Elections (919) 245-2350 

Election Recount

The Orange County Board of Elections has received a request from candidate Cam Hill for a recount of ballots cast in the Chapel Hill Town Council contest.

Should the Board of Elections conduct the recount, it will be on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. at 500 Valley Forge Road in Hillsborough. 

The Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the EDC conference room, 110 East King St. in Hillsborough to canvas the November 6, 2007 municipal and school board elections and consider the recount request. 

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Budget 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2007

Contact: Donna Coffey, Budget Director (919) 245-2151 

CIP Public Hearing

The Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing to receive citizen comments regarding the County Manager’s Recommended 2008-2018 Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for County and school projects.  The meeting on November 15, 2007 starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

Copies of the County’s capital plan and Schools’ identified needs are available in the following locations:

During the public hearing, staff will provide a brief presentation highlighting major components of the ten-year plan.  Following the public comment period, staff will be available to respond to citizen and commissioner comments or questions.  Community members are also invited to submit written comments and questions regarding the county’s long-range capital plan to the following address:

  • Postal Mail:  Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Post Office Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • E-Mail County Budget Director:  dcoffey@co.orange.nc.us
  • Email Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners:  dbaker@co.orange.nc.us

All written comments will be shared with the Board of County Commissioners.

The table below summarizes identified capital funding needs for the County, Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools.

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BOCC 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2007

Contact: Rod Visser,  (919) 245-2300 

Orange County Commissioners Seek Volunteers for Local Revenue Options Education Advisory Committee

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the Orange County Local Revenue Options Education Advisory Committee in preparation for the May 6, 2008 Referendum. 

The Options Education Advisory Committee will become familiar with the history that led to the 2007 General Assembly granting counties the authority to enact new local revenue options of either a .4% land transfer tax or an additional ¼ -cent sales tax.  Committee members will develop factual informational materials for the general public.  They will assist with planning informational meetings for local civic groups and associations regardless of their position for or against the referendum.  The committee will also encourage all eligible voters to participate in the May 6, 2008 referendum. 

The committee will have up to 20 members with specific representation requirements including school parents, chamber members, town residents and at-large.  

 All interested Orange County citizens are encouraged to apply.  An application may be completed online, by clicking on the “Volunteer Boards” icon from the Orange County homepage www.co.orange.nc.us. You may also contact the office of the Clerk to the Board at (919) 245-2125 or email athompson-rockett@co.orange.nc.us to request an application, or for more information.

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Social Services 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 5, 2007

Contact: Sharron Hinton,   Department of Social Services (919) 245-2840 

Orange County Department of Social Services Seeks Sponsors and Donors for Holiday Programs

ORANGE COUNTY- The Orange County Department of Social Services is currently recruiting sponsors and donors for the annual county holiday programs.  The programs, sponsored by the Orange County Department of Social Services in partnership with Toys for Tots and Balloons and Tunes, provide new toys and clothing for low-income, at-risk Orange County children during the holidays.  The agency and its partners recruit donors and sponsors to provide toys, clothing and food to needy Orange County residents.  This year, these combined efforts will try to provide toys to over 5,000 Orange County children.

There are many in Orange County who are not fortunate enough to be able to provide gifts for their families during the holiday season.  These families rely on gifts and food donated through the Orange County Department of Social Services to make their holidays a joyous event.  Referrals for the program come from the school systems, non-profit organizations, and other county agencies.

This year, the Orange County Department of Social Services is operating two holiday programs.  Share Your Holiday is a program, in partnership with Balloons and Tunes, that pairs families served by the agency with sponsors from the community.  Families submit wish-lists that often include coats, shoes, and other clothing items, as well as toys for the children.  Donors may choose to sponsor a family or give money that will be used to purchase items for families that do not get sponsored.

The Orange County Department of Social Services is also partnering with Toys for Tots to organize the first annual Orange County Toy Chest.  The Toy Chest is a holiday store in which eligible parents can select 2-3 new toys per child to supplement their holiday.  The Toy Chest is designed to serve families at 200% of poverty that are not being served by another DSS holiday program.

Making the holidays brighter for over 5,000 low-income children in Orange County will not be possible without the support of individuals and businesses in the community.  Anyone interested in donating new children’s toys to the Toy Chest or sponsoring a family through the Share Your Holiday program is encouraged to contact Serena McPherson or Beachy Sanders at (919) 245-2800.  Corporate sponsors can contact Sharron Hinton at (919) 245-2840.

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