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BOCC

Media Contact:

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

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 14, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this meeting making the event subject to open meetings laws.

The Elected Officials Library Work Group will meet on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Whitted Building in the BOCC Office, 300 W. Tryon Street in Hillsborough.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

 

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Recycle 25

Media Contact:

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste

Phone: 919.968.2788

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HONORING 25 YEARS OF RECYCLING IN ORANGE COUNTY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 14, 2014)— Twenty-five years ago this fall Orange County and its municipalities launched curbside recycling in all three towns – Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.  While there had been a drop-off site program and other publicly funded efforts for more than two years preceding the launch of curbside, 1989 could be said to mark our transition to ‘serious’ recycling joining the ranks of other early adopters of broadly based around the nation.

Thus we use this twenty-fifth anniversary celebration as a time to mark TWENTY-FIVE program accomplishments and benchmarks that we can celebrate as part of our success in reducing waste landfilled and making the transition towards a materials management program instead of just solid waste management.

  1. 1989 - Distribution of over 12,000 blue bins to all single family homes throughout Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough to launch the weekly curbside recycling program
  2. 1990 - First comprehensive waste composition study at the Orange County Landfill conducted to see ‘what’s in our garbage’
  3. 1992 - Pilot rural curbside recycling and downtown Chapel Hill ‘bar glass’ recycling programs began
  4. 1993 - Creation of County-wide system of staffed Solid Waste Convenience Centers for management of residential waste and recycling, closing 19 unstaffed ‘green box’ sites
  5. 1994 - Initiation of apartment complex recycling program and beginning of County-wide comprehensive solid waste planning process
  6. 1995 - Chapel Hill Solid Waste Management Department created to manage recycling program and landfill facilities
  7. 1995 - Pilot food waste recovery program contracted to two small hog farmers
  8. 1996 - Unlined landfill closed and modern lined landfill constructed and opened
  9. 1996 - Ban on landfilling commercial corrugated cardboard enacted in Orange County
  10. 1996 - Four-county (Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake) cooperative household hazardous waste program began and Orange County builds permanent hazardous waste drop-off site
  11. 1997 - Planning process results in County wide adoption of 61% waste reduction goal
  12. 1998 - Food waste collection expands using large scale composting contractor for collection
  13. 2000 - Orange County takes over operation of landfill and recycling from Town of Chapel Hill and creates inter-local agreement to manage program
  14. 2002 - Orange County achieves 45% waste reduction, the first County in North Carolina to surpass State’s goal of 40% waste reduction
  15. 2002 - Regulated Recyclable Materials Ordinance initiated to require solid waste plan of all new development and banning cardboard, scrap metal and clean wood from disposal
  16. 2002 - First electronics recycling drop-off events in Orange County
  17. 2003 - Conversion of Household Hazardous Waste collection from once a month to four days per week operation
  18. 2004 - Conversion of electronics recycling program to permanent drop-off site, eventually expanding to six locations county-wide
  19. 2004 - Three R recycling fee initiated to ensure comprehensive, predictable, and  equitable financing of recycling programs
  20. 2006 - Addition of mixed paper to curbside recycling and apartments, conversion to 2-stream recycling instead of source separated program
  21. 2006 - Corrugated cardboard banned from residential waste
  22. 2012 - Conversion to single stream recycling, leads to overall 16% increase in curbside recycling collection
  23. 2012 - County reaches 59% waste reduction, highest in the State
  24. 2013 - Orange County MSW Landfill closes, and landfill gas recovery program begins in conjunction with UNC
  25. 2014 - Conversion of urban curbside recycling to roll carts leads to 29% increase in recycling collection, and planning for (voluntary) conversion of rural program to roll carts begins

 

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Library Holiday Drive

Media Contact:

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ‘FOOD AND TOYS FOR FINES’
LIBRARY HOLIDAY DRIVE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 11, 2014)—Orange County Public Library (OCPL) invites customers to reduce or eliminate their library fines, while making the season bright for fellow County residents.

From November 17 - December 12, all OCPL locations will accept non-perishable food item and toy donations in exchange for reduced library fines.

For each non-perishable food item donated, $1 will be deducted from a customer’s library fine balance. Canned pet food may also be donated. Food donations will directly benefit County residents in need.

Library customers can also donate a new, unwrapped toy in its original packaging in exchange for eliminating all library fines.  The toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots/Toy Chest program coordinated by the Orange County Department of Social Services. Food donations will also be distributed through this campaign.

OCPL will also gladly accept food items or toys from anyone, regardless of whether they have library fines.

Donated food or toys cannot be used to reduce fees associated with lost or damaged library materials.

For more information, please visit orangecountync.gov/library

OCPL Locations

  • OCPL Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
  • OCPL Carrboro Branch Library, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Carrboro

(Inside McDougle Middle School)

  • OCPL Cybrary, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

(Inside Carrboro Century Center)

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BOCC

Media Contact:

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

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 11, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this meeting making the event subject to open meetings laws.

A planning meeting has been scheduled for the 2015 Agricultural Summit.  The planning group will meet on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cooperative Extension Food Lab in the Environment and Agricultural Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

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BOCC

Media Contact:

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

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 10, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a closed session on Thursday, December 11, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Link Government Services Center, 200 S. Cameron St. in Hillsborough. 

The purpose of the meeting is “to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; or to hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee;” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6).

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Rogers Road Ribbon Cutting

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

                                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO RIBBON CUTTING:
ROGERS ROAD COMMUNITY CENTER

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 10, 2014)—The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) invites the community to the Ribbon Cutting for the much anticipated Rogers Road Community Center in Chapel Hill.

The ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15. Afterwards, members of the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association will host a Community Celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., including food and entertainment.

Residents, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, community leaders, County staff, and representatives from the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have been instrumental within the collaboration to bring this project to fruition. This new center offers the community a place to gather, while serving as a learning center and a supervised destination for the youth of the area.

The Rogers Road community has grown and changed with the addition of the Habitat for Humanity Phoenix Place subdivision of 50 homes. This has brought even more diversity to the area and more children who need a safe place to learn and play.

The Rogers Road Community Center is located off of Eubanks Road at 101 Edgar Drive and incorporates the five neighborhoods that make up the Rogers Road Neighborhood.

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Outside Agency Funding

Media Contact:

Clarence Grier, CFO

Financial & Administrative Services 

Phone: 919.245.2450

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:
2015-16 OUTSIDE AGENCY GENERAL FUNDING

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 7, 2014)—The Orange County Finance and Administrative Services Department encourages outside agencies, or non-profits, to submit applications for General Fund appropriations that support the delivery of vital community services.

Beginning on Monday, November 10, 2014, applications for the 2015-16 fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016), will be available online at http://www.orangecountync.gov/hsa

Orange County participates in a joint application process with the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill; however, each jurisdiction has its own submission process. 

Agencies are also invited to attend an Orientation Meeting that will provide an overview of the application materials and each jurisdiction’s funding process.  This meeting is optional and will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at The Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street in Carrboro.

Orange County recognizes and respects the strong network of services provided by non-profit partners.  Many of these organizations help to secure the social safety net for individuals and families stressed by the current economic environment. 

Agencies requesting funds from Orange County should electronically submit applications to the Finance and Administrative Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015

The Board of Orange County Commissioners will make all funding decisions by late June 2015. Submission instructions for the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill can be found in the Funding Checklist, located on the aforementioned Web site.

For more information, please call Finance and Administrative Services at 919.245.2151.

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Governor's Volunteer Awards

Media Contact:

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255      

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR
2015 NC GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 5, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging encourages the public to recognize an outstanding volunteer (including volunteer board members) with an award nomination for the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Award.

Qualifying nominees must have volunteered for the organization for at least one year. 

Both the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Awards use the same nomination form. The Volunteer of the Week, featured in the Herald Sun, is selected from these nominations.

Multiple nominations are encouraged; however, please do NOT nominate more than one volunteer in any one category. Through a selection process, 10 nominees from each NC county will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards event and one volunteer from all nominees will be selected for their outstanding community service.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is on Friday, November 7, 2014. 

Nomination forms are available at http://thevolunteercenter.org/tp42/page.asp?ID=171700 and can be mailed to the attention of Lenore Donaldson at the Volunteer Center, P.O. Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702. 

For more information, please contact Lenore Donaldson at lenore@thevolunteercenter.org or call 919.613.4515.  

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Artists' Salon

Media Contact:

Martha Shannon

Orange County Arts Commission

Phone: 919. 968.2011

mshannon@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ARTISTS’ SALON

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 4, 2014)—The Orange County Arts Commission will sponsor the next Artists’ Salon on Friday, November 21, 2014.

The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Light refreshments will be served.

Artists’ Salons are free, for artists of all kinds – performing, visual, literary, whatever! This is an opportunity for artists to meet, network and build a better arts environment for all Orange County artists.

November’s topic is “Growing an Art Business Takes Money – Community Financing Can Help.” The guest presenter will be Carol Peppe Hewitt, a pioneer in local financing.

Carol Peppe Hewitt is a business owner, social entrepreneur and life-long activist. She is cofounder of Slow Money NC, which works to finance North Carolina’s sustainable food and farming economy by connecting individuals committed to building local food systems with entrepreneurs who have compelling needs for capital.

Hewitt is the author of Financing our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Show Money. She has vast experience with the business side of the arts, through her association with W.M. Hewitt Pottery in Pittsboro.

The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. The Orange County Arts Commission works to not only bring the artistic community together but to facilitate closer ties between artists and the general community. One of the goals of the Orange County Arts Commission is to better serve the needs of artists. Artists often work in isolation and salons can serve as a place to get feedback from peers as well as to share all of the problems and pleasures of being an artist.

The Orange County Arts Commission would like to thank The ArtsCenter for the use of its space for this series.

Please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919.968.2011 or send an e-mail to arts@orangecountync.gov

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Free Memory Screenings

Media Contact:

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255      

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR
2015 NC GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 5, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging encourages the public to recognize an outstanding volunteer (including volunteer board members) with an award nomination for the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Award.

Qualifying nominees must have volunteered for the organization for at least one year. 

Both the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Awards use the same nomination form. The Volunteer of the Week, featured in the Herald Sun, is selected from these nominations.

Multiple nominations are encouraged; however, please do NOT nominate more than one volunteer in any one category. Through a selection process, 10 nominees from each NC county will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards event and one volunteer from all nominees will be selected for their outstanding community service.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is on Friday, November 7, 2014. 

Nomination forms are available at http://thevolunteercenter.org/tp42/page.asp?ID=171700 and can be mailed to the attention of Lenore Donaldson at the Volunteer Center, P.O. Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702. 

For more information, please contact Lenore Donaldson at lenore@thevolunteercenter.org or call 919.613.4515.  

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Light Rail Meetings

Media Contact:

Brad Schulz, Communications Officer

Triangle Transit/Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority

Durham Area Transit Authority

P: 919.485.7434

F: 919.485.7441

 bschulz@triangletransit.org

 

PROPOSED LIGHT RAIL PROJECT NOVEMBER PUBLIC MEETINGS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 31, 2014)—Triangle Transit is announcing the dates for public meetings on the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project, which will provide key information on the 17-mile project between Chapel Hill and Durham.

“These meetings are a crucial step toward completing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will be published and available for public comment next spring,” said David King, general manager of Triangle Transit.

The topics for review at the meetings will include upcoming key decisions on alignment and station location alternatives as well as how those decisions will be made. Attendees will be able to see conceptual station site plans, results from a public survey of alternatives and potential locations for a Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. 

Public Meeting Schedule:

 

  • Tuesday, November 18,  from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Durham Station Transportation Center
    517 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham
  • Tuesday, November 18, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    UNC Friday Center
    100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill
  • Wednesday, November 19, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Marriott/Spring Hill Suites
    5301 McFarland Road at Patterson Place, Durham
  • Thursday, November 20, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Hayti Heritage Center
    804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham

 

The project cost is estimated at $1.34 billion dollars (in 2012 dollars) or $1.8 billion (with inflation).  Voters in Durham and Orange counties approved a one-half cent sales tax to fund the local share of the light rail project along with new and expanded bus service.  Additional funds are expected from state and federal sources.

Earlier this year, the Federal Transit Administration gave Triangle Transit the go-ahead to enter Project Development.  The proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project is one of only two light rail projects nationwide which were allowed to proceed by the US Department of Transportation in 2014.

The meeting sites are accessible to persons with disabilities.  Accommodations for people with disabilities or translations and ASL services can be arranged by calling 800.816.7817. Please call at least one week before each meeting.

For information on bus routes to the meetings, please call 919.485.RIDE (7433). 

An updated video flyover of the proposed project and more information is available at www.ourtransitfuture.com

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. 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 COUNTY

BOARD OF HEALTH

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 30, 2014)— 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.    Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for a pharmacist position on the Orange County Board of Health.  Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

The Board of Health is the primary policy making, rule-making, and adjudicatory body for the Health Department and is charged to protect and promote the public health of Orange County.  This function may include allocating resources, planning programs, enacting public health-related polices and advising the health director on health needs.

The Board of Health typically meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  There are also occasional ad-hoc meetings that average less than two hours per month.  An appointment is for three years, and a board member can serve two terms.

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

For additional information, call Dr. Colleen Bridger, Orange County Health director, at 919.245.2412.

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Student Essay and Poster Contest

Media Contact:

James Davis, Interim Director

Housing, Human Rights & Community Development

Phone: 919.245.2488

jdavis@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING YOUTH ESSAYS, POSTERS AND

NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 PAULI MURRAY AWARDS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 15, 2014)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission is accepting essays and poster submissions from students throughout the County. 

The poster contest is open to all students in grades K-5, based on the theme “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”©. The theme for the 2014 essay contest is gender equity and the contest is open to middle and high school students.  Additional information is available online at http://orangecountync.gov/housing/HRC.asp

The Commission is also accepting nominations for the 2014 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards in the youth category for middle and high school students. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014. The nomination form is available online at http://orangecountync.gov/housing/pmurray.asp 

Each year, the Human Relations Commission extends opportunities for youth to participate in activities that promote civil rights and social justice. 

The poster and essay contest winners will be recognized during the Pauli Murray Awards ceremony in February, 2015. Pauli Murray Award recipients will receive a special accolade for serving the Orange County community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all residents.

 

For more information, please contact the Human Relations Commission at 919.245.2487.

About Pauli Murray

Established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Award commemorates the remarkable life of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a distinguished and trail blazing woman who confronted discrimination, racism and sexism in her own life.

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EMS Prepare for Ebola

Media Contact:

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100

jgroves@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES PREPARED TO RESPOND TO CALLS REGARDING EBOLA VIRUS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 15, 2014)— Orange County Emergency Services wants to assure the community that first responders are better preparing to answer calls about the Ebola virus.

In light of recent cases, residents may start hearing news reports regarding how different Emergency Services and 9-1-1/Emergency Responders are handling medical calls related to symptoms and travel.

The Orange County 9-1-1 Communication Center is currently reviewing recommended practices by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch and following the direction of the Orange County Medical Director.

Individuals who call 9-1-1 will be asked additional questions when certain flu-like symptoms are presented. For example: Have you travelled to any of the Ebola affected areas, such as certain West Africa countries?

Orange County Emergency Services encourages all people to follow guidance from Orange County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Orange County Emergency Services will be hosting a 9-1-1 User Group Meeting next week to collaborate with all of its partners to further develop and refine an integrated community emergency response to Emerging Infectious Diseases.

For more information about Ebola, please visit

http://www.orangecountync.gov/health/ebola.asp

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Spooktacular Event

Media Contact:

Beth Young

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518

byoung@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 14, 2014)— The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation will host the annual Halloween Spooktacular event on Saturday, October 25.

The ghoulish activities will take place from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Central Recreation Center, 302 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough.   

Halloween costumes are encouraged.  Free activities include a Costume Contest, with cash prizes and arts and crafts for the kids. Other activities require a ticket.

Ticket prices range from fifty cents to $4.00.  Face painting, carnival games, cake walks, pumpkin bingo, and bounce houses are just a few of the activities for the entire family to enjoy. 

Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will also be available to purchase.     

Ticket sheets and wristbands can be purchased in advance online at a discounted rate until October 17 and in person at the Central Recreation Center until October 24.  Full priced tickets will be sold at the event.     

For more information and ticket pricing please visit: http://orangecountync.gov/recparks/halloween_spooktacular.asp

 

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Same-Sex Marriage License

Media Contact:

Deborah Brooks, Register of Deeds

Phone: 919.245.2675

dbrooks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS ISSUES FIRST
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 13, 2014)—The Orange County Register of Deeds signed and issued the County’s first same-sex marriage license at 8:30 this morning.

The Register of Deeds Office is prepared to assist couples seeking a same-sex marriage license as a result of an order that came from the federal district court in Charlotte at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10.

According to the court order, “The issue before this court is neither a political issue nor a moral issue. It is a legal issue and it is clear as a matter of what is now settled law in the Fourth Circuit that North Carolina laws prohibiting same sex marriage, refusing to recognize same sex marriages originating elsewhere, and/or threating to penalize those who would solemnize such marriages, are unconstitutional.”

“In response to this court order our office has modified the marriage application to reflect Applicant 1 and Applicant 2. We are prepared to uphold the law as it relates to this matter no differently than we do for any other matter,” said Register of Deeds Deborah Brooks.

 

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Application Day

Media Contact:

Robert Gilmore

Human Services Supervisor

Orange County Dept. of Social Services

Phone: 919.245.2847

rgilmore@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST APPLICATION DAY FOR THE FRESH MARKET

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 8, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) is hosting two Application Days for The Fresh Market.

The company is bringing another of its old-world, European-style specialty grocery stores to Durham. They are looking for individuals to help create a special shopping adventure for their customers.

The Fresh Market is now accepting applications in advance of an Interview Day. Interested applicants who would like assistance applying online prior to the Interview Day, can visit the Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS).

DSS staff will be holding Application Days on the following dates for that purpose:

Hillsborough Location

Monday, October 20, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Orange County Department of Social Services

113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Chapel Hill Location

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Orange County Joblink/Career  Center

503 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Applications are being accepted for the following positions:

_ Assistant Deli Manager

_ Assistant Front End Manager

_ Assistant Grocery Specialist

_ Assistant Produce Manager

_ Baker

_ Bulk Specialist

_ Candy / Coffee Specialist

_ Cheese Specialist

_ Gift / Floral Specialist

_ Grocery Specialist

_ Meat Cutter

_ Seafood Specialist

The Application Day is open to everyone. Please bring a copy of your resume to upload to the application. Proper attire is required.

Applicants who cannot attend the Application Day, may apply online at careers.thefreshmarket.com and search jobs using keyword 205.

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Artist Reception

Media Contact

Erin Sapienza, Branch Librarian

Orange County Public Library – Carrboro Branch

Phone: 919.969.3006

esapienza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST RECEPTION FOR STUDENT ART SHOW

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 8, 2014)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Carrboro Branch will host a reception to meet the artists behind “Our Identity.”

This is a ceramic arts exhibit featuring the work of Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) students.  The reception will be held at the Carrboro Branch Library from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.

This show, the third of four in the library gallery’s 2014 exhibition calendar, features senior-year student artists whose two and three-dimensional ceramic pieces explore their various cultural and ethnic identities.

Through the medium of clay, CHHS ceramics teacher Hollie Novak Taylor has helped many of her students to explore their cultures. This exhibition will also contain some of her art work.

“Our Identity” is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library and the Orange County Arts Commission.

The reception to meet the artists will be held at the OCPL Carrboro Branch located at 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill, inside McDougle Middle School.  This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, please contact Nerys Levy, the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library art committee chairperson, at rilevy@mindspring.com

The Orange County Public Library is committed to supporting the arts, sharing ideas and strengthening the Orange County community through the regular exhibition of local artwork.

For more information about arts in the Carrboro Branch Library, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/library/cbart.asp

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Little Free Library

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY DEDICATES LITTLE FREE LIBRARY IN CEDAR GROVE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 8, 2014)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) and Department of Environment, Agriculture and Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) hosted a dedication ceremony to mark the unveiling of the County’s first “Little Free Library.”

This library was donated to the Cedar Grove Park by Mrs. Arthrelle Sanders, a longtime 82-year-old northern Orange County resident, whose love for reading began at age five. Mrs. Sanders’ daughter sent her the library kit two years ago as a birthday gift. The staff from DEAPR assembled and painted the library, prior to installing it at the park.

“The concept of a Little Free Library is a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place, where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where residents are encouraged to stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share,” said Lucinda Munger, director of OCPL. 

On hand to share remarks about the significance of this project was Board of Orange County Commissioners Chair Barry Jacobs, Commissioner Earl McKee, Commissioner Renee Price, and State Senator Valerie Foushee.

For more information about Little Free Libraries, please visit http://littlefreelibrary.org

 

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Literary Hall of Fame

Media Contact

Martha Shannon

Orange County Arts Commission

Phone: 919. 968.2011

mshannon@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT TO BE INDUCTED INTO
NC LITERARY HALL OF FAME

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 7, 2014)—The Orange County Arts Commission is pleased to announce Orange County resident Jaki Shelton Green will be inducted into the 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame (NCLHOF). She is the 2009 Piedmont Laureate, and lives in Mebane.

The induction will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines. Ms. Green is one of four poets (including Betty Adcock, Ronald H. Bayes and Shelby Stephenson) to be honored.  They will join the 53 inductees currently enshrined.

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. Inductions are held every other year. A list of inductees, as well as samples of their work and video clips of past inductions, can be found online at www.nclhof.org

Jaki Shelton Green is a writer and activist. She received the North Carolina Award for Poetry in 2003. She has published four books of poetry through Carolina Wren Press: Dead on Arrival (1977, and reprinted in 1983 and 1996), Conjure Blues (1996), singing a tree into dance (2003), and Breath of the Song: New and Selected Poems (2005).

Her works have been choreographed and performed by many renowned dance companies. She is a lifelong human services advocate; she has worked with Legal Services on issues such as domestic violence. She is an advocate for women, children and the mentally ill. Additionally, Green has used poetry and art as a healing and empowerment tool for disenfranchised populations, such as the homeless, the newly literate and incarcerated women.

About the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame was founded in 1996, under the leadership of poet laureate Sam Ragan, and is a program of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. Since 2008, the Network and the Weymouth Center collaborate with the North Carolina Center for the Book, the North Carolina Humanities Council, and the North Carolina Collection of the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill to host the induction ceremony and to promote the NCLHOF and North Carolina’s literary heritage.

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Fire Prevention Week

Smoke Alarms… an Inexpensive Lifesaver
By: Jason Shepherd, Orange County Fire Marshal

Fire Prevention Week: October 5, 2014 – October 11, 2014

The history of fire prevention dates back to October 9, 1871, sparked by the Great Chicago Fire. That tragedy burned more than three square miles, displaced 100,000 people and resulted in 300 deaths.

Several years later, the National Fire Protection Association’s membership of the Fire Marshals Association of North America sponsored the first full week of fire prevention as a reminder to the public about its importance.

Sponsored by the President in 1925 through a proclamation and continued annually each year, the first week of October is always recognized as National Fire Prevention Week.  Although the campaign is nationally recognized by the U.S. government for one week, in contrast, fire prevention is the focus of the Orange County Fire Marshal’s Office and the local fire departments on a daily basis.

The 2014 theme selected by the National Fire Protection Association is, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month.” Every house should have a home escape plan and working smoke alarms.

The following checklist is recommended for homeowners with smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom, sleeping area, on every level of the home and in the basement
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10-years-old

 

As Orange County Fire Marshal, I encourage you all to participate in this campaign, develop a home fire safety plan and practice it.

For assistance with developing a plan, please visit http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/For%20consumers/Escape/escape_plan.pdf

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Nominations for Governor's Service Awards

Media Contact

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255      

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR
2015 NC GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 2, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging encourages the public to recognize an outstanding volunteer (including volunteer board members) with an award nomination for the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Award.

Qualifying nominees must have volunteered for the organization for at least one year. 

Both the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Awards use the same nomination form. The Volunteer of the Week, featured in the Herald Sun, is selected from these nominations.

Multiple nominations are encouraged; however, please do NOT nominate more than one volunteer in any one category. Through a selection process, 10 nominees from each NC county will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards event and one volunteer from all nominees will be selected for their outstanding community service.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is on Friday, October 31, 2014. 

Nomination forms can be mailed to the attention of Lenore Donaldson at the Volunteer Center, P.O. Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702. 

For more information or to request or submit a nomination form, please contact Lenore at lenore@thevolunteercenter.org or call 919.613.4515.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES COMMUNITY TO ATTEND
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS EVENT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 3, 2014)—The Orange County Health Department, and the Orange County Department on Aging are partnering with the North Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Branch to host “Living longer, Living Stronger.”

This breast cancer awareness event will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17, at the Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough.

In addition to wearing varying shades of pink, women who have triumphed over their battle with breast cancer will share their message of hope and inspiration. This will also be an opportunity to learn about advancements in treatments, exams and resources available for those who have been diagnosed.

Admission is free and the community is encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. A special welcome will be delivered by Mayor Tom Stevens.

For more information about this event, please refer to the flyer or visit

http://orangecountync.gov/health/livinglongerlivingstronger.asp

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Early Voting Locations

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director

Orange County Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350

treams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO OPEN FIVE

ONE-STOP EARLY VOTING SITES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 2, 2014)—The Orange County Board of Elections is preparing for the General Election. Orange County residents who wish to vote early in the November 4, 2014, General Election may choose from one of five sites. 

The sites include: Carrboro Town Hall, Master’s Garden Preschool (former St. Mary’s School), N.C. Hillel, Seymour Senior Center, and the Board of Elections office.

The Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough will be open Thursday, October 23 - Saturday, November 1, from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.

Carrboro Town Hall: 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro

Master’s Garden Preschool (former St. Mary’s School):
7500 Schley Road, Hillsborough

N.C. Hillel located at 210 W. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill

Seymour Senior Center: 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

These locations will be open Thursday, October 23 - Saturday, November 1, as follows:

Monday - Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fridays: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday – October 25: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Saturday – November 1: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The registration deadline to vote at a one-stop site and on Election Day is on Friday, October 10, 2014

On Election Day, November 4, all polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For sample ballots, candidate lists and other election information, please visit www.orangecountync.gov\elect or call 919.245.2350.

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Cybrary to Temporarily Close

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY CYBRARY LOCATION TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 1, 2014)—The Orange County Public Library Cybrary location will temporarily close on Wednesday, October 15, to allow for a software upgrade on all computers. 

Once upgrades are complete, customers will experience a new and improved reservation and printing system.  The Cybrary will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 16.

Public computers at the Carrboro Branch Library, located in McDougle Middle School at 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill, will not be affected by this work and will be available to all OCPL customers from 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15.

OCPL is always open online at www.orangecountync.gov/library. Browse the library’s extensive catalog of books, E-books, movies, music, and more. Place holds and renewals, and access numerous databases with your library card.

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County to Host Environmental Summit

Media Contact

Beth Young, Communications Manager

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518

byoung@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST 2014 ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 1, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) is inviting the public to attend the 2014 Environmental Summit.

The FREE event is hosted by the Orange County Commission for the Environment and will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, at Maple View Agricultural Education Center, located at 3501 Dairyland Road, northwest of Carrboro.

The Keynote Address will be delivered by Norm Christensen, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Dean Emeritus of the Nicholas School of the Environment (Duke University).  His topic is entitled, “Environmental Sustainability in a World of Change: Lessons from the Land.”

The summit will also feature the following presentations

  • Orange County’s 2014 State of the Environment Report
  • The Future of Jordan Lake, Donald Francisco, PhD
  • Controlling Invasive Plants: Working Smarter – Not Harder, Johnny Randall, PhD
  • Closing Remarks, Barry Jacobs, Chair Orange County Commissioner

 

The summit will feature the release of the County’s fifth State of the Environment report since 2000. The report uses a set of key environmental indicators to evaluate the status of the natural environment and offers recommendations for helping Orange County implement more effective environmental policies.   

The Commission for the Environment advises the Orange County Board of County Commissioners on matters affecting the natural environment. This responsibility generally includes: advising on environmental policy, making recommendations on environmental initiatives, promoting education of the public and local officials on environmental issues, and conducting special environmental studies and projects.

Refreshments will be available along with a tour of the Maple View Agricultural Education Center.  

The Commission for the Environment is a citizen advisory board comprised of 15 members, appointed by the Board of Orange County Commissioners. To obtain an application, please visit www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/apply.asp

For more information about the 2014 Environmental Summit, please call DEAPR at 919.245.2510 or visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/deapr/index.asp

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