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March 2015

 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board - Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130 or Thom Freeman 919.245.2125

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION BOARD

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 20, 2015)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.    

Currently there are openings on the Orange Unified Transportation Board (OUTBoard).  This board provides information and comments on major transportation issues. The Board also provides recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in Orange County, including identifying and prioritizing the county’s roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding. The Board assists in development and review of the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan.

There are currently At-Large (applicants must reside in Orange County) openings to be filled on the OUTBoard.  Citizens with expertise or specific interests in the following areas will be considered for At-Large positions: Bicycle transportation; Pedestrian access and safety; Public Transit; Environmental issues; Economic Development; Planning; and Public Health.

Through the appointment process, the County will attempt to maintain a balance among the OUTBoard’s At-Large membership that captures as many of the aforementioned areas of expertise or specific interests as possible.

If interested, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards.

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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Rabies

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 221

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES 4TH POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2015

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 19, 2015)— Orange County Animal Services has received its 4th positive rabies test result of the year, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. This incident involved a raccoon.  The County recorded a total of 23 positive cases last year, a marked increase in the number from the two previous years which had 12 positive cases each. 

The case originated on Wednesday, March 18, when a Hillsborough resident was home with her dog and a friend’s dog.  After letting the dogs play outside, she spotted a raccoon walking from the nearby pond into the neighboring property.  The raccoon was behaving strangely, so the resident kept visual contact with the animal while calling Animal Control, who removed the raccoon for testing.  The dogs had no known contact with the raccoon, but they had been alone outside and potential contact could therefore not be ruled out.

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department will contact the two owners to evaluate whether either is at risk of rabies exposure. Of concern is the possibility of secondary exposure from the owners handling the dogs after the incident.  As is always the case, a decision about the post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies is based upon an assessment of all the factors involved in this type situation.

Fortunately, the dogs involved in this case were currently vaccinated against rabies.  One has already received a booster shot pursuant to North Carolina’s rabies laws, and Animal Services is working with the other dog’s owner to see that it also has a booster vaccine.  According to these laws, if there is “a reasonable suspicion of exposure,” a dog,  cat or ferret with a current vaccination must receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days).  By contrast, an unvaccinated animal must either be destroyed or quarantined for a period up to six (6) months.

“Pet owners need to be absolutely sure that their dogs, cats and ferrets are currently and continuously vaccinated against rabies,” said Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director.  “They need to take precautions to prevent their pets from having opportunities to come into contact with wildlife, but if this happens they need to report the incident immediately, track the location of the wild animal if possible, and do what they can to avoid direct contact with any of the animals.”

Raccoons are a host (or reservoir) species to rabies in our area and the region. Any other animal that becomes rabid in this area is likely the victim of the “spillover effect.” When an animal other than the dominant reservoir species, which is the raccoon in North Carolina, contracts the virus, it is called “spillover.” The other species that are most susceptible to getting rabies from raccoons are dogs and cats, groundhogs, skunks, and foxes.

The other host species of rabies in our own region and others is bats. Of the few cases of rabies in humans in our country in recent years, most have been traced to bats. If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, it is critical that citizens immediately contact their animal control program. If an incident involving a bat – or other rabies vector, such as a raccoon or skunk – should occur outside regular hours of service, an Animal Control Officer should be reached right away through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).

2015 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The next Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics will take place on Thursday, April 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.   The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.  Microchips will also be available at the next clinic for $25.

Clinic dates for the rest of 2015 are posted at http://orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices/rabies.asp

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is a law in North Carolina that dogs, cats and ferrets older than four 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 five 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 six months at the owner’s expense
  • 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 home even if there is no evidence of a bite.  

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 19, 2015)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in the meeting calendar. 

The Board  

• Added an Assembly of Governments meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (prior to the scheduled Joint Meeting with the Town of Chapel Hill) at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

• Re-scheduled the Joint Meeting between the Town of Hillsborough and the Board of Commissioners for Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitted Building, 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough, N.C.

• Added a closed session for the County Manager’s annual evaluation on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough.

 

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Swim Clinics

Media Contact

Sarah Chaires, Founder

Club Kick Start, LLC

919.593.4974

snelson75@hotmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER SWIM SPRING TUNE-UP CLINICS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 16, 2015)—The Orange County Sportsplex will set the backdrop for Club Kick Start and Hillsborough Aquatic Club to host the first ever spring tune-up clinics.

SWIM-BEST Clinics offer fiercely intensive and fun swim clinics. SWIM-BEST clinics are designed to prepare year-round swimmers for rapid advancement enhancing year-round training and will ready summer league swimmers for competition.

The curriculum equips swimmers with tools for optimal success. Swimmers will experience: one-on-one coaching, small group coaching, videography, and classroom technical advancement.

“It is fabulous, that highly successful swimmers, Carolina’s best, want to give back to the youth swim community,” said Sarah Chaires founder of Club Kick Start, LLC. “There is no better time to gear up for summer swim league or advance your year-round training.”

Register today. Spots are limited: http://www.clubkickstart.org

Clinic Schedule

Orange County Sportsplex

Saturdays - April 18 and May 9

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Coaches:

Vinny Pryor, Head Coach, Hillsborough Aquatic Swim Club, former UNC Men’s Swim Team member.

Jesse Mendes, Club Kick Start, LLC, Co-Captain of the UNC Men’s Swim Team 2011-2012. Long distance Freestyler and Open Water specialist.

Graham Williams, Club Kick Start, LLC, former UNC Men’s Swim Team member was a middle to long distance Freestyler.

Ted Steinkamp, Club Kick Start, LLC, former UNC Men’s Swim Team member and Special Olympics Volunteer.

David Speese, Club Kick Start, LLC, former UNC Men’s Swim Team member and two-time Olympic Trial Qualifier and Participant.

For more information, please visit http://www.clubkickstart.org

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Genealogy

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST “GET STARTED WITH GENEALOGY”


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 12, 2015)—The Orange County Public Library’s Main Branch, located in Hillsborough, is offering a series of free, introductory  genealogy classes to individuals interested in learning how to research their family history.

Get Started with Genealogy will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., beginning on Monday, March 30.

Meeting and Topic Schedule

  • Monday, March 30, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Getting Started

 

  • Monday April 13, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

           Research Basics

 

  • Monday April 27, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Census

 

  • Monday May 11, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

           State and Local Resources

 

  • Monday May 25, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Online Sources and Strategies

This program is developed by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University and the Government and Heritage Library of the State Library of North Carolina. It aims to be helpful to researchers of all skill levels and is available at the Main Branch or online at www.bit.ly/RootsMOOC.  Participants may attend all sessions, or select the sessions that are of interest to them.

“Libraries have always provided information,” said Kim Sholar, reference librarian. “We still do that, but we also teach our customers how to sift through the information that is beyond our walls.”

In this series, attendees not only will learn about different resources available online and in state and local libraries, they can create a community of researchers who can share tips and experiences with one another. 

The Orange County Public Library’s Main Branch is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. Free parking is available in the parking deck and along the streets.

For library hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library

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New Event List Serve

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County                

Phone: 919.245.2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS NEW SUBSCRIPTION OPTION FOR
SPECIAL EVENTS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 12, 2015)—The Orange County Public Affairs Office is promoting a new subscription list for residents to receive announcements about County-sponsored events.

The announcements will be e-mailed to the Inbox of your choice. To subscribe to the mailing list go to http://www.co.orange.nc.us/email/subscribeform.asp

Enter your e-mail address in the designated box and check the box entitled, Event List.

The page includes a list of all Orange County mailing lists, so more than one box can be selected. Once the desired mailing lists have been selected, scroll to the end of the page to click on the Subscribe button.

Subscribers will receive a confirmation e-mail for each list you subscribe to. Please enable your spam filter to allow e-mail messages from list.co.orange.nc.us

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Identity Theft

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020    

maustin@orangecountync.gov

                            

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY WARNS RESIDENTS ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 10, 2015)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend the “Identity Theft and Current Scams” program at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, at Central Orange Senior Center.

Personal information is hard to keep personal, but it's important that you do! Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in America. 

The program will be led by Carol Young, outreach specialist with the Victims and Citizens Services Section of the NC Department of Justice. Young will share information on identity theft and other types of scams that target older adults. 

Become scam smart by learning the facts and easy tips to avoid becoming a victim to scam artists! 

The program is free; however, participants must register by Friday, March 20.

Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough, adjacent to the Orange County Sportsplex.

For more information or to register, please call 919.245.2015.

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Death and Dying Series

Media Contact

Pam Tillett, MSW, CIRS-A

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4278     

ptillett@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST PART TWO: DEATH AND DYING SERIES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 10, 2015)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to participate in a series of conversations about death and dying.

The department is hosting the second of a three-part discussion series entitled, “Let’s Talk about Death and Dying.” The series will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.

Part two features a panel discussion exploring the question “How do we die?” Prepare for approaching death by understanding the physiological, mental and social dimensions of the dying process. Following the panel discussion there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The series concludes on Thursday, April 2, the topic will be Mindful Dying– learning to practice mindful acceptance as we approach the end of life.

 

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

The series is free and open to the public, registration is not required.

For more information, please call the Aging Helpline at 919.968.2087.

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Juried Art

Media Contact

Andrea Tullos, Assistant Director

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2529

atullos@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKS ENTRIES FOR JURIED ART EXHIBIT


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 10, 2015)—The Orange County Public Library’s Main Branch invites artists who live or have an art studio in Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Person, Chatham, Durham or Wake counties to participate in the Library’s Juried Art Exhibit, this summer.

The exhibit will run from May 15 - August 1, 2015. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Details and submission instructions are online at http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/CallForArtEntries.asp

“This is the fourth time we have invited community artists to participate in a juried exhibition,” said Andrea Tullos, assistant library director. “The library exists for the public’s enjoyment and education. Displaying art on our walls is an excellent way to support our community’s enjoyment and to share the world of art with them.”

The Orange County Public Library’s Main Branch is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. Free parking is available in the parking deck and along the streets.

For library hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library

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Affordable Housing

Media Contact

Audrey Spencer-Horsley, Director

Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development

Phone: 919.245.2490

aspencerhorsley@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETINGS & RESIDENT SURVEY:
AFFORDABLE HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS

 ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 6, 2015)—The Orange County Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development invites the public to join the discussion and voice opinions about affordable housing and community development needs and how to eliminate barriers to fair housing choices.  

The meetings will be hosted by the Orange County HOME Consortium, which consists of the County and the Towns of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Carrboro.

Meeting Dates and Locations
Tuesday, March 10, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 
Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson Street in Chapel Hill

Wednesday, March 11, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       
Whitted Human Services Building, 300 W. Tryon Street, Room 250 in Hillsborough

Wednesday, March 11, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.       
Whitted Human Services Building, 300 W. Tryon Street, Room 250 in Hillsborough

Thursday, March 12, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Seymour Senior Center (Auditorium), 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

The Orange County HOME Consortium and the Town of Chapel Hill are preparing the FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY 2015 Annual Action Plan for use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

In order to determine the most pressing needs and to develop effective strategies to meet those needs, HUD requires a Consolidated Plan.  By attending these meetings, the public can help to identify priority needs and strategies in the areas of affordable housing, homelessness, special needs and community development and how funds are used over the next five years to help address needs identified.  

The Plan details housing needs of very low income, low income and moderate-income families, and population groups with special needs in addition to outlining the strategies and plans for addressing those needs.  The Plan can also serve as a foundation for the development of a long-range, strategic affordable housing plan for the participating communities. 

As part of the planning process, a survey is available online to obtain more public input in identifying the needs and ideas on how residents would like to see funds budgeted to address needs with CDBG and HOME funds received, as well as identifying and addressing any impediments to fair housing choice. 

Click on the link to take the confidential survey (en Español). 

For more information, please contact the Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development at 919.245.2490.

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Tiny Houses

Media Contact

Mary Fraser, Aging Transitions Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276     

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY AGING IN COMMUNITY SERIES:
“TINY HOUSES”

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 5, 2015)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend a presentation on “Tiny Houses” as part of the Aging in Community speaker series.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 25, at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.

A small idea in housing is grabbing the public’s imagination and provoking a robust discussion about quality of life, living space and sustainability.  The “Tiny House Movement” is a growing phenomenon that proposes a way to live small, affordably and comfortably, without the burden of an excessive mortgage or high monthly utility bills. 

Tiny Houses appeal to many groups; young people just starting out, people who are transitioning from homelessness, people who are environmentally conscious, caregivers providing assistance to family members, and older people who want safe and easy to maintain homes.

Father-son team Teal and Gerry Brown have been building things together since Teal was a child. Last year they created Wishbone Tiny Homes in Asheville, NC and have been busy making tiny homes a reality for people ever since. 

They will speak on design, comfort, safety, zoning, and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance.  A tiny house will be on site for tours, prior to the presentation. Representative from local planning department will also be on hand to answer questions about regulations for these houses. 

Program Schedule

Tiny House Tour: 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. 

Presentation: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

SoomSoom Pita Pockets Food Truck on Location: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration is required and there is a $10 fee.

To register online, please visit the Charles House Web site at www.charleshouse.org or call the Aging Transitions’ Help Line at 919.968.2087. 

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County Operations Closed

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Updated: 2:45 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY OPERATIONS CLOSED TONIGHT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 5, 2015)–Due to tonight’s forecast of winter precipitation and frigid temperatures, all Orange County Public Library locations will close at 5:00 p.m. The Animal Services Center will close at 6:00 p.m. All Orange County recreation activities are canceled tonight.

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the weather and continues to coordinate preparedness efforts with each of our community stakeholders.

People are encouraged to stay off the roads, until they are safe to travel.

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Board Meetings Canceled

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Updated: 1:35 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD MEETINGS CANCELED TONIGHT 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 5, 2015)–Due to the forecast of winter precipitation and frigid temperatures, tonight’s Board of County Commissioner Work Session and joint meeting with the Department of social Services Advisory Board are canceled and will be rescheduled. 

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the weather and continues to coordinate preparedness efforts with each of our community stakeholders.

We encourage people to please stay off the roads until they are safe to travel.

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