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November / December 2010

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 23, 2010

Contact: Ginger Holler, Orange County Main Library, (919) 245-2532

New Literacy Bags Available at Orange County Main Library

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Due to popular demand, more literacy bags are now ready for checkout at the Orange County Main Library! There are now more than eighty literacy bags on a variety of themes, and several of these are bilingual bags with books in both English and Spanish.

More early childhood education themed bags have been added to the collection, including: 1st Grade Readers, 2nd Grade Readers, 3rd Grade Readers, Butterflies, Camping & Vacation, Christmas, Circus & Fair, Eric Carle, Fall, Get Ready for Kindergarten, Halloween, Miniature Books, Numbers, Opposites, Princess, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and Winter. Each of these Literacy Bags contains ten books on a theme, but only counts as one item at checkout. Parents, daycares, civic groups or school teachers who want to teach children about opposites, winter, and many other topics can quickly check out ten books on that particular theme.

We have also added some Juvenile Fiction Literacy Bags that include: 39 Clues, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Fantasy, and Mystery. These literacy bags contain five books on a theme, but only count as one item at checkout.

A complete list of the Literacy Bag themes, along with the books each bag contains, is available at the OCML Children’s Services Desk. The loan period is three weeks with one renewal allowed, unless a “hold” has been placed on that particular bag. Stop by the Orange County Main Library Children’s Services Department, and check out a bag to take home and explore.

For more information, please visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/library/literacybags.asp online, stop by the Children’s Services Desk or call (919) 245-2532.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 20, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245- 2125

Orange County Seeks Applicants for Planning Board

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

Applicants are needed for the Orange County Planning Board in the Little River Township.

The Orange County Planning Board is a 12-member board.  This board:

  • Makes studies of Orange County and surrounding areas;
  • Determines objectives to be sought in the development of Orange County;
  • Proposes and recommends plans for achieving these objectives;
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Advises the Board of Commissioners concerning the use and amendment of means for carrying out plans;
  • Exercises such functions in the administration and enforcement of various means for carrying out plans as may be assigned by this or other ordinances of the County.

The County is always looking for new applicants for the Planning Board; however, the Board of Commissioners is focusing currently on one vacant seat in the Little River Township.   The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in planning and development issues.  General planning knowledge is preferred, but not required.  You may apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards .

Select "Orange County Planning Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 16, 2010

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

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Friday

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Based on continued precipitation, predicted overnight temperatures and the possibility of black ice on Friday morning, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Friday, December 17, 2010.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.  (This does not include the Orange County Court system.)

Recorded updates on operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County phone number at (919) 732-8181. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on snow and ice.  Allow extra travel time on Friday morning. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 15, 2010

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

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Thursday

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Based on overnight temperatures and predicted precipitation, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Thursday, December 16, 2010.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.  (This does not include the Orange County Court system.)

Recorded updates on operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County phone number at (919) 732-8181. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on snow and ice. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

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Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 10, 2010

Contact: Mike Lanier, NC Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center, 919-245-2063

PLANT Beginning Farmer Workshop Series

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Orange County Center and the Orange County Economic Development Commission announce the fourth annual PLANT (People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow) Farm Incubator Workshop Series beginning January 5th, 2011.  The workshop series was started as a result of the demand for more in-depth training for beginning farmers to serve the developing market for local food production in the Triangle.  The three-hour workshops are held weekly for eight consecutive weeks in January and February.

The workshops cover a broad range of topics needed by beginning farmers.  These topics include:  whole farm planning, business planning, recordkeeping, capital resources, enterprise development, transplant production, introduction to soils, soil fertility, cover crops, weed control, insect control, vegetable diseases, irrigation, equipment for small farms, post-harvest handling, food safety, and marketing.  Classes are taught by a combination of experienced market farmers, University professors, Extension agents, and others involved in the local food system.

Beginning farmers, who attend the classes and submit a business plan, are eligible to lease land at the Breeze Farm Incubator in northern Orange County.  The Breeze Farm Incubator provides raised beds, drip irrigation, optional plastic row covers, deer fencing, consultation with program advisers, and visits from experienced market farmers.

The cost of the series is $110 per applicant and each applicant can have a qualifying partner attend for half-price.

The program application is available at the following website http://www.orangecountyfarms.org/PLANTatBreeze.asp or call 919/245-2063. 

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Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 9, 2010

Contact: Tracy Reams, Orange County Board of Elections Director, 919-245-2350

Notice of Court of Appeals IRV Recount

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The State Board of Elections ordered that a statewide recount be conducted of the votes cast in the first choice, second choice and third choice for candidates Cressie Thigpen and Doug McCullough.  The State Board of Elections received the timely request for a mandatory recount from The Honorable Cressie Thigpen.

The Orange County Board of Elections shall conduct the recount of votes cast in Orange County on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The recount will be held at the Orange County Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough and is open to the public.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 7, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, 919-245-2130

BOCC Special  Meeting Notice

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following special meeting.   A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making it subject to open meetings laws.

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend a social event at the residence of the Orange County Manager, 3410 Stillwater Lane in Hillsborough on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 7, 2010

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

Children in Orange County Need Your Help for the Holidays

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Department of Social Services is in need of donations of new toys, books, children’s clothing, and non-perishable food items for the Orange County Toy Chest.  The Toy Chest is a program, sponsored by the Orange County Department of Social Services in partnership with Toys for Tots and Balloons and Tunes, that provides new toys and clothing for low-income, at-risk Orange County children during the holidays.  The program also helps to provide food for the family.  While any donation is appreciated, there is a critical need for toys, games and clothing for children ages 6-12 and food items.   

The fourth annual Toy Chest is set to open its doors on Saturday, December 11th.  During the four-day program, more than 5,500 children are expected to receive toys.  Due to the current economic climate, more families than ever are in need of help and support during the holiday season. 

In 2009 the Orange County Department of Social Services was able to provide gifts to more than 4,000 children through the Toy Chest program. 

To make a monetary donation, please contact Donna Hall at the Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 245-2800.  Checks or toys can be dropped off at either building location, Southern Human Services on 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill or the Hillsborough Commons at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.  Checks can also be mailed to the Orange County Department of Social Services at 113 Mayo Street, P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278.  For more information on the program, including additional toy drop-off locations, please go to the website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/holidayprogram/index.asp .

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 7, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, 919-245-2130

Bernadette Pelissier Elected Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – On Monday, December 6, 2010, during the annual Board organizational meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners elected Bernadette Pelissier as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2011.  Immediately afterwards, Steve Yuhasz was elected Vice Chair.  Both were elected unanimously. 

Both the new Chair and Vice Chair have served on the Orange County Board of Commissioners since 2008. 

Prior to the organizational meeting vote, Earl McKee was sworn in as a new Orange County Commissioner filling a seat vacated by Mike Nelson.  Re-elected Commissioners Barry Jacobs and Alice Gordon were also sworn in. 

Valerie Foushee and Pam Hemminger continue to serve on the Board.

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 6, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, 919-245-2130

BOCC Special  Meeting Notice

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following special meetings.   A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend these events making the events subject to open meetings laws.

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend an economic development presentation at UNC on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in room 102, New East on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. 

Also, members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend the Justice United Community Effort Fall Delegates Assembly on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Street in Chapel Hill. 

 

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Emergency Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: December 1, 2010

Contact: Clint Osborn, Orange County Emergency Services, 919-245-6100

Dangers of Alternative Heating Methods

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Cold weather is here and nighttime temperatures are dropping below freezing.  With a focus on keeping warm, safety often becomes a secondary thought, if a thought at all.  Sadly, improper heating materials result in house fires that are responsible for deaths each year. 

This winter help prevent senseless deaths and injuries by following these fire safety tips. 

  • If you plan to use a fireplace as an alternative heating method have the fireplace inspected and cleaned to ensure safety.
  • Never use a charcoal grill or camp stove inside the house as an alternative heating method.  This is extremely dangerous and can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or a house fire.
  • If you decide to use an alternative heating method be sure to adhere to all safety guidelines for each method. 
  • Be cautious when using candles either as a holiday decoration or an alternative lighting method.  Candles can be knocked over or create a fire hazard if placed too close to curtains. 
  • If generators are used during power outages, be sure to keep them outside the garage or enclosed areas and away from the house.   Generators can produce a carbon monoxide buildup if not handled properly.  If connected directly to the home, check that the generator has been wired properly. 

Fires are a real danger particularly during the winter and holidays.  Please visit the Orange County Emergency Services’ website, www.readyorange.org, for more information about how to protect your home and family this winter.  From everyone at Orange County Emergency Services, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

 

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 30, 2010

Contact: Lucinda Munger, Orange County Library Director, 919-245-2528

Orange County Library Fines Free Opportunity for the Holidays

Orange County, NC – From November 29 to December 10, 2010, the Orange County Public Library will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and clothing for the Orange County Holiday Program sponsored the Orange County Department of Social Services.  “The library sees this as a way to encourage people to donate and help brighten the holiday season for families in need.  We will waive late fees for individuals who bring in new, unwrapped toys, clothes or food for the drive”, said Lucinda Munger, Orange County Library Director.  Donations will be accepted at library locations in Hillsborough and in Carrboro at the Carrboro-McDougle Middle School and the Cybrary at the Century Center.

A can or box of unexpired, non-perishable food will be good for $1 off any late fees.  A new unopened and unwrapped toy or article of clothing will be good for the entire balance of library late fees in the donator’s account.

For more information about the Orange County Holiday Program and Toy Chest, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/holidayprogram.

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 30, 2010

Contact: Gwen Harvey, Orange County Assistant Manager, 919-245-2307

Orange County Outside Agency Funding

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Each year Orange County invites outside agencies or non-profits to submit applications for general fund appropriations to support the delivery of vital community services that benefit County residents. Orange County Government recognizes and respects the strong network of services provided by non-profit partners.  Many of these organizations help secure the social safety net for individuals and families stressed by the current economic environment. 

Orange County will host an overview and orientation session on the FY10-11 application process and budget cycle for the executive directors of outside agencies on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  The session will take place at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill in the downstairs auditorium.

The County Manager and Financial Services Director will provide a preview of the FY10-11 budget prospects and budget cycle. Orange County will also provide further information on the "guiding philosophy" for funding outside agencies recently adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.

Applications are projected to be available on the Orange County website by mid-December. 

Completed applications and supporting materials are to be submitted electronically to Orange County Financial Services no later than Monday, January 17, 2011. 

For additional information contact Gwen Harvey, Assistant County Manager, 919-245-2307. 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 30, 2010

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

Orange County Toys for Tots Partners with UNC Women's Basketball

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – When the 14th ranked North Carolina Women’s Basketball team takes on Iowa on Thursday night, December 2nd, fans will have an opportunity to support more than just the Heels.  The UNC Women’s Basketball team has partnered with Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need in Orange County.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child age 0-12 and put it in any of several boxes that will be located around Carmichael Auditorium.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Donations to Toys for Tots help to support the Orange County Toy Chest, a holiday program for low-income children.  The fourth annual Toy Chest is set to open its doors on Saturday, December 11th.  During the five-day program, more than 5,500 children are expected to receive toys.  Due to the current economic climate, more families than ever are in need of help and support during the holiday season. 

The game begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are still available to support the Heels and kids in need in Orange County.

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Emergency Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 29, 2010

Contact: Clint Osborn, Orange County Emergency Services, 919-245-6100

Winter Storm Preparedness - Driving Tips

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – According to the National Weather Service in Raleigh “seventy-five percent of all winter weather related deaths occur on the road”.  If severe winter weather is possible, you are encouraged to stay home.  If, however, you must get on the road, follow these tips to help protect yourself and your family.

First, ensure your car has a full tank of gas and is in good working condition – from the windshield wipers and defrost setting to the brakes and engine.  Second, keep a spare blanket and a snack kit in an easily accessible place in the event you are stranded in your car for several hours.  Have a first aid kit and some salt or sand as well in the event of an emergency.  Third, play it safe and always remove any snow, ice or debris from your car that may reduce your visibility when driving.   Finally, listen to your local radio stations to stay informed about the weather conditions.  Winter weather conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly – do not be caught unprepared.

If you find yourself stuck in severe winter weather conditions, remember these following tips.  First, drive slowly and defensively – being late for an appointment is never as important as your life.  If you do begin to skid, steer your front tires in the same direction as the skid.  Remember, when trying to prevent skidding – never hit your brakes, rather, decelerate slowly and turn your car in the same direction as the skid.  Second, if you find yourself stranded in your car, then try to make yourself as visible as possible.  For example, hanging a piece of cloth outside your window or tying it to your antenna are two ways to draw attention to yourself.  Do not get out of the car to seek shelter elsewhere unless you can see the shelter from inside your car.  It is easy to become disoriented and lost during severe winter weather.  Finally, turn your car on intermittently, but remember to crack a window and clear the exhaust (if possible) to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

Take these extra precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of your family this winter.  Please visit www.readyorange.org for more information.  Remember to stay informed to stay safe. 

 

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Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 23, 2010

Contact: Tracy Reams, Orange County Board of Elections Director, 919-245-2350

Orange County Board of Elections Meeting Notice

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Orange County Board of Elections shall begin the Instant Run-off Vote Second Round Count for the Court of Appeals contest on Monday, November 29 at 8:00 a.m. at the Board of Elections Office.  The second round count votes will only be considered for candidates Doug McCullough and Cressie Thigpen.

The Elections Board shall meet on Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. to canvass the second round count.

The count and meeting will be held at the Orange County Board of Election office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough and are open to the public.

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 23, 2010

Contact: Ginger Holler, Orange County Main Library, 919-245-2532

Holiday Events at the Orange County Main Library

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Get into the holiday spirit at the Orange County Main Library! Stop by the library anytime to see the hand-made decorations, compliments of the Teens’ group and the Friends of the Library.

Holiday programs begin on Tuesday, December 7th at 3:30 p.m. when Carolina Navigators present “Sinterklaas: Santa Claus in the Netherlands” for 6-11 year olds. Kids should bring a shoe to fully experience this multicultural holiday presentation.

On Wednesday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m., Bright Star Touring Theatre performs “A Dickens Tale.” The entire family is invited to join Scrooge and Bob Cratchit in this production based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

Children of all ages are invited to Max Preston’s holiday puppet show, “Oh no, Rudolph is sick” on Wednesday, December 15th at 10:30 a.m.

More information about these holiday festivities and other library events are available by calling the library at (919) 245-2532, as well as on the Orange County library website events calendar at http://web.co.orange.nc.us/LibraryEvents/index.aspx.

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 23, 2010

Contact: Ginger Holler, Orange County Main Library, 919-245-2532

Autism Presentation at Orange County Main Library

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – What is Autism? Autism Spectrum Disorder affects a person’s ability to understand what they see, hear and otherwise sense. It is the second most common developmental disability. Every year, 1 out of 110 children is diagnosed with autism.  In North Carolina, 50,000 families are affected by this neurobiological disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. Currently, there is no known cause or cure.

The Autism Society of North Carolina will present an informational session about autism on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Orange County Main Library meeting room. Learn about the signs and symptoms of autism, how it is diagnosed, the broad range of developmental disabilities, opportunities to learn techniques for teaching new skills, and the resources and services available.

This special presentation is for parents, caregivers, teachers, and others seeking to understand this disorder.

For more information, please visit www.autismsociety-nc.org, or contact Sheila Knapp, Parent Advocate at The Autism Society of North Carolina, at 919-865-5092 or email sknapp@autismsociety-nc.org.

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Emergency Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 23, 2010

Contact: Clint Osborn, Orange County Emergency Services, 919-245-6100

Winter Storm Preparedness

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Winter is approaching and it is time to begin to prepare for winter storms.  Winter weather conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly.  In order to best prepare your family and home for a winter storm, first you need to understand the information you hear on the radio or TV.  Some terms you may hear this winter include: winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.  Winter storm watches are issued when at least 3” of snow and/or ¼” of ice or more is possible over the next 1-2 days, while warnings are issued “when at least 3” of snow or ¼” ice or more are likely within 24 hours”.    An advisory is issued when 1-3” of snow or less than ¼” of ice is likely to occur within 24 hours.  Understanding these basic winter terms allows you to understand the implications for you and your family.

You should also be aware of the different types of hazardous weather conditions during the winter.  Freezing rain will accumulate on and freeze onto any surface, from roads to stairs, and form treacherous layers of ice, endangering drivers and pedestrians.  Sleet is frozen rain that can accumulate on, not necessarily freeze to, any surface.  Snow plus winds of 35 mph or greater can reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile (white-out conditions) resulting in a blizzard according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh, NC.  In contrast, flurries are a light snow merely dusting the ground and buildings.  They generally appear for a short period of time, but can cause slick roads.  Remember, freezing rain and sleet should not be underestimated – they are harder to spot than piles of snow and can make roads just as dangerous.

North Carolina is vulnerable to severe winter weather, so you should prepare for a winter storm every winter.  First, keep non-perishable foods and 1 gallon of water per person for each day in case you are forced to stay home due to weather conditions.  Second, use salt or sand to minimize slippery driveways and porches.  Third, keep your car fully gassed.  Finally, have a weather radio, flashlight and batteries to ensure that you know the latest news in the event of a winter storm.  Finally, know your alternative heating solutions and have a supply of heating fuel readily available.  You can visit www.readyorange.org for information about safe alternative heating solutions.  Never bring a grill inside the home.  Stay informed, stay safe and have a wonderful winter.  Happy holidays from everyone at Orange County Emergency Services.

 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 22, 2010

Contact: Nancy Coston, Orange County Director of Social Services, 919-245-2802

Orange County DSS Seeks Sponsors and Donors for County Holiday Programs

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – 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 7,000 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.  “There are many families in our community that are struggling financially right now, and the extra burden of the holidays is just too much for them,” said Nancy Coston, Director of the Orange County Department of Social Services, adding “It can be really difficult for parents to explain why there are no gifts to give.”  

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 third 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 7,000 low-income children in Orange County will not be possible without the support of individuals and businesses in the community.  Anyone interested in donating to the Toy Chest is encouraged to contact Sharron Hinton at (919) 245-2840.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a family through the Share Your Holiday program should contact Serena McPherson at (919) 245-2871.  More information is available at www.orangecountync.gov/holidayprogram/index.asp

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 11, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners, 919-245-2130

Orange County Board of Commissioners Change in Meeting Notice

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following change in their meeting calendar.   

The Orange County Board of Commissioners’ meeting previously scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2010 at the Department of Social Services building will be held at the Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

A reception to honor outgoing Commissioner Mike Nelson and welcome Commissioner-Elect Earl McKee will be held prior to the meeting starting at 6:15 p.m.

A listing of all BOCC meetings for 2010 can be found on the Orange County website.

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/bocc2010.asp

 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 8, 2010

Contact: Sharron Hinton, Department of Social Services, 919-245-2800

Orange County Department of Social Services Veterans' Services Office Honors Local Veterans

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Department of Social Services will host the second annual Orange County Veterans Day Program Celebration on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event will be held at the Orange County Social Services Center located in the Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina.

The program will recognize all Orange County veterans who have served the United States of America.  It will include a “Special Salute” to all the veterans currently working in Law Enforcement in each of the local municipalities for having served and continuing to serve the citizens of this county. 

The Orange County Department of Social Services also has the privilege of hosting a Naturalization Ceremony as part of the 2010 Veteran’s Day Program. Twenty of the country’s active duty military service members will be granted American Citizenship upon taking the Oath of Allegiance. 

Please join the Department of Social Services as we welcome and honor local veterans, and extend congratulations to our newest citizens.  For more information about the event, please call Lois Harvin-Ravin at (919) 245-2890.

 

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DEAPR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 4, 2010

Contact: David Stancil, Director Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation, (919) 245-2522; Steve Averett, (919)245-2510 or Beth Young (919)245-2518

Orange County Interactive Parks Amenities Locator

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – A new website that will allow the public to search for parks and recreation facilities within Orange County based on amenities has just been released.  This project was a joint effort of Orange County, the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Mebane, and members of Intergovernmental Parks Work Group (IPWG). The new website will help the public easily locate parks and  recreation facilities throughout the County, regardless of provider, and can be viewed from the Online Services tab at www.orangecountync.gov under the link Park locator. The Map will also be accessible from each of the municipal websites.

The new Parks Locator Map incorporates “Google Maps” into Orange County’s website, allowing users to search for parks and recreation facilities based on types of facilities or amenities.  It was designed to allow users to enter up to three amenities in their search, as well as providing driving directions to the facility, and contact information for each facility.

The culmination of this project completes a priority for the IPWG, a multi-jurisdictional parks coordination board including County and municipal elected officials and staff.  It also includes representatives from area universities, parks and conservation organizations.  

The site was developed by Orange County Information Technology and includes links to and from all municipal parks websites. The map will be maintained by the Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) . 

For additional information, contact Steve Averett (919)245-2501 saverett@co.orange.nc.us or Beth Young (919)245-2518  byoung@co.orange.nc.us

 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 4, 2010

Contact: Nancy Coston, Orange County Department of Social Services, (919) 245-2800

Orange County Department of Social Services Celebrates Successful Subsidized Employment Program

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Department of Social Services would like to recognize and thank the local employers and participants that contributed to the success of the Subsidized Employment Program.

The Department of Social Services applied for and received funds from the state to establish a temporary subsidized employment program in Orange County.  Funding for the program was provided through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Under this program, the county utilized state funds to match employers with a qualified employee and paid 100% of the salary for that employee through September 30th, 2010.  Employers were required to sign a contract with Orange County and agreed to help coach employees.  The goal of the program was to provide work history and work experience for employees that could help them secure full-time paid employment once the grant ended. 

In total, seven employers participated in the program, many of whom hired several subsidized employees.  A Southern Season was the largest private employer, and successfully placed five employees in jobs.  Two of the participants are currently working for the Emergency Services Department in Orange County and have successfully passed the test required for becoming an Emergency Medical Technician. 

In Orange County, twenty-six participants were placed in the subsidized employment program.  These participants were hired into a variety of jobs including Animal Care Technician, Warehouse Associate, Accounting Clerk, and Customer Service Representative. 

When the program ended on September 30th, fourteen of the participants were hired into full-time positions.

For additional information, please contact the Orange County Department of Social Services at 245-2800.

 

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Solid Waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 3, 2010

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

Rigid Plastics Recycling Dumpster to be Removed from Hampton Pointe Recycling Site

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – As of November 12, 2010, the big purple dumpster for recycling the #2 and #5 non-bottle rigid plastics will be removed from the recycling site behind Home Depot at the Hampton Pointe Shopping Center in Hillsborough. Due to ongoing contamination and illegal dumping of waste into that particular recycling container, the service will be discontinued. All other recycling services will remain at that site. Purple recycling dumpsters for recycling these non-bottle plastics will continue to be available at the other four unstaffed County recycling drop-off sites and the five Convenience Centers.

The County regrets removing the container for recycling these plastics. Those residents who wish to recycle cups, tubs, buckets, toys, lawn furniture and other plastic items #2 and #5 t may take them to one of the other nine locations where these materials are accepted.

Recycling programs manager Cody Marshall states, “This new plastics recycling program has been in place since last February.  It’s been a public education challenge, but with rigorous outreach efforts, contamination and garbage going into the purple containers at all the sites have decreased to acceptable levels -- except the site behind Home Depot at Hampton Pointe. The purple dumpster at that site continues to collect more garbage than recyclable materials. It is unfortunately used for dumping everything from household waste and construction debris to large old televisions stripped of their copper wiring along with the proper plastics. We have not had this problem in any other containers at this site, or to this degree in the purple dumpsters at any other site, staffed or unstaffed. This level of illegal dumping is unacceptable.  It is unsafe and costly for the County and, as much as we don’t want to do it, we believe that removing this container is the most effective way to solve the problem.”  Any persons whose contaminating materials can be identified are notified and requested by County staff to collect and properly dispose their materials. They are also subject to civil penalties and potential criminal penalties.

Orange County is committed to providing a broad variety of recycling services easily accessible to as many residents as possible and the new program for #2 and #5 was added last winter after we identified reliable domestic markets.  Users have enthusiastically embraced the program for non-bottle #2 and #5 rigid plastic items, even though it has been challenging to properly define and educate users to properly sort for this very specific grouping of plastic materials.  For the most part, those using this program at dropoff sites have responded well. Contamination rates are well below 10% at staffed sites and have dropped to less than 25% at the unstaffed sites, except in Hillsborough.  Incoming material to this program averages 15 tons a month. The contents of each container are dumped, and contaminants removed by Orange County recycling staff before being baled for shipment and sale to the recycling industry.

 

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