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ODX Public Meetings

Media Contact

Tom Altieri, Comprehensive Planning Supervisor

Orange County Planning & Inspections Department

Phone: 919.245.2579

taltieri@orangecountync.gov

             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES DURHAM-ORANGE LIGHT RAIL

NOVEMBER MEETING DATES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 29, 2014)—The Orange County Commissioners encourage all residents interested in the proposed  Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project to attend the scheduled meetings in November. Triangle Transit is the applicant and will be hosting the sessions.

The upcoming meetings will include information about the environmental work that’s underway on the 17-mile project. Allowing the public to share concerns will assist us as we complete the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will be published and available for public comment next spring. 

November Workshop Schedule: 

  • Tuesday, November 18, from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Durham Station Transportation Center,    517 W. Pettigrew Street in Durham

 

  • Tuesday, November 18, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill

 

  • Wednesday, November 19, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Marriott/Spring Hill Suites, 5301 McFarland Road at Patterson Place in Durham

 

  • Thursday, November 20, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street in Durham

 

The proposed light rail line will run from Chapel Hill to East Durham, serving UNC Hospitals and UNC, Mason Farm Road, Friday Center, Leigh Village, Patterson Place, South Square, Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, downtown Durham, and Alston Avenue/NC Central University.

In February, the Federal Transit Administration gave Triangle Transit the green light to enter Project Development.  The proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project is one of two light rail projects nationwide approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation this year.

The project cost is estimated at $1.34 billion dollars (in 2012 dollars).  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.

                                               

For more information, please contact Tom Altieri at 919.245.2479 or send an e-mail to taltieri@orangecountync.gov or Brad Schulz at Triangle Transit at 919.485.7434 or send e-mails to bschulz@triangletransit.org or visit

http://www.triangletransit.org/news/headlines/durham-orange-light-rail-transit-project-sets-november-meeting-dates

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BOCC

Media Contact

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

Phone: 919.245.2130

jadavis@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 28, 2014)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to an appreciation dinner with the Durham Tech Board of Trustees on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  The dinner will be held at the Carolina Club, 150 Stadium Drive in Chapel Hill, starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  A majority of the Board members may attend this event. 

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Women's Equality Day

Media Contact

James Davis

Housing, Human Rights & Community Development

Phone: 919.245.2488

jadavis@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECOGNIZES WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 26, 2014)—The Board of Orange County Commissioners has issued a proclamation, declaring today as Women’s Equality Day in Orange County.

In recognition of this day, the Human Relations Commission (HRC) is revealing the name of the book selected for the next Community Read.  This is an invitation for the community to read a book on a selected social justice or human rights topic and convene to discuss the book. 

The book, Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, takes a look into the oppression of female migrant workers in the U.S. and what has been called the “western feminism's dirty little secret.”

The book discussion is moderated by a subject expert.  The next Community Read is scheduled to take place during Women’s History Month (March 2015).  The actual date will be announced at a later date. 

To coincide with the Community Read, the HRC will host its annual Human Relations Month Forum on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  The topic of the Forum is “Voting Rights to Equal Rights: The Continuing Struggle.” 

The Forum panelists will include Orange County Commissioner Renee Price and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle.  They will discuss the struggle for women to obtain voting rights 95 years ago and the continuing struggle for equity.  Other topics of discussed will include female trafficking in North Carolina and unequal wages.

For more information, please contact the Human Relations Commission at 919. 245. 2488.

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Labor Day Observance

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 26, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Monday, September 1, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Tuesday, September 2, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Please be advised of the operating hours for the following Orange County departments or services.


Orange County Public Libraries

The Main Library in Hillsborough, the Cybrary and the Orange County Carrboro Branch library will be closed on Monday, September 1. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2, at 9:00 a.m. for the Main Library and Cybrary and at 3:30 p.m. for the Carrboro Branch.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed, but any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule on Labor Day. The after-hours drop off will be available and checked that day, as usual.

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department clinics and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, and will reopen and resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 2.

 

Parks

The Central Recreation Center Gym and the Efland Cheeks Community Center will be closed. The Little River Regional Park will operate during regular hours of 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Orange Senior Center will be closed on Labor Day.

Orange Public Transportation (OPT) administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 1.  OPT will provide limited service, operating the in-county dialysis route only (Carolina Dialysis). Full service will resume on Tuesday, September 2. Trip requests for Tuesday, September 2, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28.  Trip requests for Wednesday, September 3, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29.

 

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on Monday, September 1, but will be open on Saturday, August 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative office located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will be closed Monday, September 1.

Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, September 2.

The Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers and the Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill, and all associated services, such as Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Mulch Sales will be CLOSED on Monday, September 1.

Curbside recycling will be collected as normally scheduled on Monday, September 1.  If this is your regularly scheduled recycling day, please have recycling containers out by 7:00 a.m. or place them out the night before.

For more information, please contact the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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Transit to Durham

Media Contact

Craig Benedict, Director

Orange County Planning & Inspections Department

Phone: 919.245.2575

cbenedict@orangecountync.gov

                                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INTRODUCES NEW TRANSIT SERVICE TO DURHAM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 25, 2014)—The Orange County Planning & Inspections Department is announcing a new weekday express service available to residents and commuters.

The Orange-Durham Express (ODX) is free to customers through Friday, September 19, and then the one-way fare will cost $3.00, beginning on Monday, September 22.

The ODX will serve Hillsborough, Duke University Hospital and Durham VA Medical Center, and the downtown Durham Station. There will be three pick-ups and drop offs, during the morning and afternoon commute.

In Hillsborough, the ODX park-and-ride location will be at the North Hills Shopping Center, located at Highway 70 and North Churton Street.

Triangle Transit begins seven-day service on these routes:      

Route 100 - serving RDU International Airport
Route 400 - serving Durham, New Hope Commons and Chapel Hill
Route 700 - serving Durham and the Regional Transit Center on Slater Road
Route 800 - serving Chapel Hill, Southpoint and the Regional Transit Center

Sunday service will run from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Saturday service is being extended to 11:00 p.m. Other routes are being adjusted to improve on-time performance.

The expanded service in Durham and Orange Counties is paid for in part by the voter approved one-half cent sales tax for transit.

Schedules for the ODX and expanded routes are available online at www.triangletransit.org  Customers can also call the GoTriangle Regional Transit Information Center at 919.485.RIDE (7433).

For more information, please contact Craig Benedict  at 919.245.2575 or Brad Schulz at Triangle Transit at 919.485.7434 or bschulz@triangletransit.org

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Housing Rehab

Media Contact

Renee D. Holmes

Housing Programs Coordinator

Human Rights and Community Development

Phone: 919.245.2495

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY AWARDED HOUSING REHABILITATION FUNDS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 22, 2014)—The Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department has recently been awarded $170,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

The 2014 Single-Family Rehabilitation Program provides funds to assist with the rehabilitation of moderately deteriorated homes that are owned and occupied by lower-income residents.  Typical repairs may include roof replacements, door and window replacements, and electrical and plumbing upgrades.

To be eligible, the household income must be below 80% of the area median income. For example, the annual income of a single person household cannot exceed $36,800 or exceed $42,050 for a two person household.

Additionally, the household must include an elderly (age 62+) or disabled person living in the home.  Non-elderly households with a child younger than six-years-old may be eligible ONLY IF the unit contains lead-based paint hazards.  All financial assistance is provided as a deferred, forgivable loan. 

Applications will be accepted beginning on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31.

Orange County residents who are interested in applying for assistance should contact Renee Holmes at 919.245.2495. 

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Writing Workshop

Media Contact

Martha Shannon

Orange County Arts Commission

Phone: 919. 968.2011

mshannon@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST 2014 PIEDMONT LAUREATE WRITING WORKSHOP

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 22, 2014)—The Orange County Arts Commission is pleased to announce short fiction author Carrie Knowles, the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, will lead a free Writing Workshop.

A “Sense of Place” will take place on Friday, September 5, from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough.

The 2.5 hour writing workshop will focus on the structure of fiction and how setting can shape the story. The workshop will begin with a brief tour of the Burwell School by one of its docents. Afterwards, Knowles will discuss the structure of narrative and how to use the sense of place and time to help build a story.

Following the initial discussion, participants will have one hour to write. Carrie will be available during that hour to answer any questions one-on-one. Participants will also have an opportunity to read one page of their story and receive feedback.

Attendees are asked to bring a fully charged laptop/notebook or pencil and paper and be prepared to work!

To register for this free Writing Workshop with Carrie Knowles, please contact Martha Shannon at mshannon@orangecountync.gov or 919.968.2011 or www.artsorange.org

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Income Tax Volunteers

Media Contact

Kathy Porter

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Phone: 919.245.4240

www.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR 2014 TAX SEASON

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 21, 2014)—The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program is seeking volunteers who want to assist low to middle-income clients with preparing their tax returns, in turn making a difference in their lives.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free IRS service for eligible clients offered at sites in Orange and Chatham Counties.

Individuals interested in learning more about the program should attend one of the following FREE orientation sessions:

 

  • Thursday, October 23, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Seymour Center, Chapel Hill
  • Saturday, November 8, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Seymour Center, Chapel Hill
  • Wednesday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Central Orange Senior Center, Hillsborough
  • Thursday, December 4, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Seymour Center, Chapel Hill

 

The VITA tax program provides a broad range of volunteer opportunities: IRS-trained and tested volunteers serve as tax preparers to electronically prepare and file tax returns at no charge; telephone operators schedule appointments using software; tax room managers administer the client check in/out process; and computer assistants handle minor troubleshooting.

RSVP will provide FREE training in January for all VITA volunteer assignments.

For more information or to volunteer, please call the RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program at 919.245.4240 or 919.245.4243.

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Catalyzing Communities

Media Contact

Mary Fraser

Aging Transitions Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4276

mfraser@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PRESENTS CATALYZING COMMUNITY:

AN EVENING WITH DIANA LEAFE CHRISTIAN

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 20, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to Catalyzing Community – and the “Burning Souls” Who Did It, an evening with Diana Leafe Christian.

This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, at the UNC Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive in Chapel Hill.

Boomers are hardwired for community. No one knows this better than Diana Leafe Christian, who has not only chronicled this creative ferment in American culture, but has actively aided and abetted it.

As kickoff speaker for this second year of Aging in Community forums, she will share slides and tell stories of five ground-breaking community experiments and the pioneers — the “burning souls,” most of them elders — who asked, “Why not?”

The author of Creating a Life Together and Finding Community, and the former editor of Communities magazine, Christian is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator. She discusses the following topics: Creating and living in intentional communities, organized neighborhoods, and non-residential communities — and the governance and decision-making methods that contribute to their success.

Diana has the ability to inspire people to consider community as a possibility, and to make the steps of creating and living in community simple and clear. She is a long-time member of Earthaven Ecovillage in western NC.

Admission: $10 per person; scholarships available upon request.

Register on-line at www.charleshouse.org or by calling the Orange County Department on Aging Helpline at 919.968.2087.

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Library Card Month

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH

AT ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 19, 2014)—Is a trip to the library long overdue? Do you have a library item that’s past its due date? Fall back into the library routine this September!

A library card is the smartest card you can carry.  In Orange County, it literally gives you free access to more than 100,000 books, movies, CDs, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, not to mention internet/WiFi access and a multitude of online resources.

Orange County Public Library (OCPL) wants you to Bring back a book! Bring back yourself! and is celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month by:

 

  • Offering free replacement library cards during the entire month of September
  • Not charging fines on overdue materials returned between September 15 and 28

 

Whether you’ve lost your library card or it’s simply seen better days and you’d like a new one, come to any of the three OCPL locations. Receive a keychain/wallet-sized card combination that makes using your library card simple and handy.

From Monday, September 15 through Sunday, September 28, OCPL will waive fines on any overdue materials returned to the library.  This includes items for which a customer has already been billed. This promotion does not include waiving replacement fees for items not returned to the library, or any previous fees on an account.

The library is a welcoming place where beloved classics and new titles are waiting to be discovered. There are also storytimes, family movies, weekly afterschool activities and friendly librarians happy to assist with homework research or school projects.

So, whether it’s been awhile since you last visited the library, you have a book or movie that’s long overdue, or you can’t find your card, come to the library to get and use the smartest card in your wallet.

OCPL library cards are free to:

  • residents of Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham and Person counties, and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro;
  • all local government employees;
  • all employees of public, private and charter schools.

 

Orange County Public Library serves the community from three locations. The OCPL Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough is open 7 days a week and can be reached at 919.245.2525. The OCPL Carrboro Branch Library inside McDougle Middle School at 900 Old Fayetteville Rd. in Chapel Hill and the OCPL Cybrary inside The Century Center at 100 W. Greensboro St. in Carrboro offer complementary hours to serve southern Orange County. Call the Carrboro Branch at 919.969.3006 and the Cybrary at 919.918.7387. Visit OCPL online at www.orangecountync.gov/library or www.facebook.com/OCNCLibrary

 

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Loss and Grief Workshop

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

AGING WITH ARMS STRETCHED WIDE IN WELCOME

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 15, 2014)— Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend “Aging with Arms Stretched Wide in Welcome,” a conversation with John Sullivan and Bolton Anthony on Thursday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m., at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

Later life may often seem like a season of loss: loss of roles and identity, diminishment of vitality and passion. In this free-flowing conversation, Sullivan and Anthony will explore with the audience the deeper lessons beneath the experience of loss. What are you learning about living in the moment? What are you letting go of? What do you find abides with ever deepening richness? How are you making friends with unknowing? How do you “keep the music playing”? The answers to these intriguing and complex questions will be discussed.

John G. Sullivan is Powell Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Elon University and the author of five books, including The Spiral of the Seasons: Welcoming the Gifts of Later Life.

Second Journey founder Bolton Anthony is the editor of the recently published anthology Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life.

The program will include a special tribute to Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a beloved teacher and spiritual leader who helped pioneer a hopeful new vision of aging.

For more information, call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

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Literacy Volunteers

Media Contact

Judy Mathias, Senior Education Corps Coordinator

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Phone: 919.245.4243

www.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING LITERACY VOLUNTEERS FOR

ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 15, 2014)—The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program is seeking older adult volunteers who want to help students to improve their reading skills.

Tutor training will be available on Tuesday, September 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for new and returning RSVP volunteers serving the Orange County Schools.

The training will take place at the Orange County School Annex, 1914 New Hope Church Road in Chapel Hill, next to New Hope Elementary School.

This is an excellent opportunity for older adults to bridge the generation gap by partnering with students in Orange County Schools (OCS). The training will be facilitated by OCS literacy coaches and will consist of assessments for reading partners, hands-on activities, and door prizes.

Lunch will be provided at no charge for those who pre-register by Friday, September 5.

For more information or to pre-register, please call Judy Mathias at 919.245.4243.

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Senior Center Month

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020

maustin@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL SENIOR CENTER MONTH

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 14, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the community to learn more about its programs and services, during National Senior Center Month.

As a new generation of older adults looks to redefine retirement, there is a growing focus on wellness, work, and volunteerism. When it comes to finding tools for staying healthy and involved or information about benefits, senior centers are the place to start.

Join us throughout September at Central Orange Senior Center and the Seymour Center, to celebrate this year’s theme Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well. A host of engaging activities has been planned, including Dance to be Fit, Live the “Lite” Life Potluck and Zentangle Workshops.

“The people coming into our center have deep ties to the community and are excited about sharing their diverse skills and talents,” said Janice Tyler, director of Orange County Department on Aging.

Orange County Department on Aging senior centers provide financial and benefit counseling, congregate meals, volunteer placement, health screenings, and more. The centers also offer innovative activities and programming, such as Tai Chi, computer classes and wellness workshops.

“Our goal is to provide the tools, resources, and opportunities to help them manage their health and finances and find new ways to contribute to the community and stay independent,” added Tyler

The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough, and the Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

To learn more about Central Orange Senior Center, call 919.245.2015 or call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070 or visit www.orangecountync.gov/aging

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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 ARTS COMMISSION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 5, 2014) – 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.

Currently there are several vacancies open on the Orange County Arts Commission. 

The Orange County Arts Commission recommends strategies to promote the artistic and cultural growth of Orange County, advises the Board of Commissioners on matters involving the arts, and acts as the granting panel for two annual funding programs available to individual artists and non-profit groups sponsoring arts projects in Orange County.

For more information about the Arts Commission, visit www.artsorange.org

If interested in serving, 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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River Park Closure

Media Contact

David Stancil, Director

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation (DEAPR)

Phone: 919.245.2510

dstancil@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF RIVER PARK

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 31, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) is announcing the temporary closure of River Park effective on Friday, August 1.

This closure is due to the need for construction crews to make repairs on the Churton Street Bridge above the Eno River in downtown Hillsborough.

River Park will be closed for up to two weeks and signs will be posted to alert visitors to the area. The Farmers Market Pavilion will remain open.

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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-PERSON-CHATHAM OVERSIGHT BOARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 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.    

Currently there is an opening on the Orange-Person-Chatham (OPC) Oversight Board. 

The OPC Board supports a behavioral healthcare organization focused on helping access services for people with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use/addiction conditions.  The Board of County Commissioners appoints Orange County representatives to this board and applicants must reside in Orange County. 

The OPC Board is responsible for advising the Regional Executive on the evaluation and hiring of the Community Operations Center Executive Director; recommending priorities for expenditure of state/county funds for development of the annual budget; determining local priorities for inclusion in the area-wide strategic plan, as possible; identifying community needs and concerns, monitoring resolution of issues; monitoring performance at the local level to include: access to care; financial status and expenditures; service delivery; provider network size and composition; outcomes; and consumer satisfaction.

Applicants can be a wide variety of individuals who:

  • Have an interest in the publicly funded mental health, substance abuse and intellectual or developmental disabilities (MH/SA/I/DD) system
  • Have themselves or a family member who has accessed services through the public system
  • Have the flexibility to participate in evening and occasional daytime meetings
  • Have specific knowledge, skills or abilities which could improve MH/SA/I/DD services in our local communities
  • Have served on public boards or advocacy organizations such as NAMI, Mental Health of America of the Triangle, The Arc of Orange, Smart Start etc.
  • Are not current providers of MH/SA/I/DD services

 

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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Tax Bills Available Now

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2100      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY 2014 TAX BILLS NOW AVAILABLE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 28, 2014)—The Orange County Tax Office is notifying taxpayers to check their mailbox for their 2014 tax bill. The bills will begin arriving in the mail later this week. Residents can also access their tax bill electronically, via the County’s Web site at http://bit.ly/payOCNCtax

The 2014 property tax for real and personal property (excluding registered motor vehicles) is due on Monday, September 1, 2014, and may be paid without interest through Monday, January 5, 2015. 

In order to avoid late fees and additional interest, taxpayers can make payments online at www.orangecountync.gov, select the Online Services options.  Payments are also accepted in person at the Hillsborough Tax Office, located at 228 S. Churton Street or at the Chapel Hill Town Hall.

For more information, please call the Orange County Tax Office at 919.245.2100.

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Emergency Services Training

Media Contact

Kirby Saunders

Emergency Management Coordinator

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6135

ksaunders@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST TRAINING EXERCISE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 25, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is staging an emergency training exercise for first responders on Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30,

The training will take place in Chapel Hill at Phillips Middle School and East Chapel Hill High School.  The County will partner with the neighboring municipalities and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

As a result, there will be an increased presence of emergency vehicles as first responders participate in a series of staged scenarios. While the exercise is in progress, loud noises will be heard in the vicinity of both schools.  Impacted areas include:

 

  • Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill between Sunrise Road and Erwin Road
  • North Estes Drive between Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Franklin Street
  • Residential areas and streets that may be adjacent to highways in the areas listed above

 

These events help to enhance response capabilities in the community.  For security purposes, this exercise will not be open to the media or general public in order to ensure public safety and maintain the integrity of the staff’s training.  

 

AGAIN, THIS IS ONLY AN EXERCISE.

For more information, please call Kirby Saunders at 919.245.6135.

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Skywarn Spotter Training Class

Media Contact

Josh Hollingsworth

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6138

jhollingsworth@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST SKYWARN SPOTTER TRAINING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 21, 2014)—Orange County and the National Weather Service office in Raleigh will be hosting a Skywarn Spotter training class this fall.   

This training will take place on Tuesday, September 16, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the West Campus Office Building in Room 004.  

Skywarn is a program designed to train volunteers to identify and report severe weather to local weather offices.  The information received from residents adds value to alerts that are issued by the local forecast office, such as severe thunderstorms or flash flood warnings, and it helps residents to take more timely and appropriate actions when severe weather strikes.  

This training is FREE and open to the public. No pre-registration is required and there are no prerequisites for the class.  Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.  

The West Campus Office Building is located at 131 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough.

For more information about Skywarn, please visit http://www.weather.gov/rah/skywarn

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Health Department Achievement Award

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 21, 2014)–Orange County is proud to announce the Orange County Health Department and Board of Health have been named a 2014 Achievement Award Winner by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the County’s Smoke-Free Public Places policy.

The NACo Achievement Awards program recognizes counties from across the United States for innovations that modernize county government and increase services to residents. There are 21 categories and applications are judged on their own merits, not against other applications. Orange County received its award for the implementation of one of the nation’s most comprehensive smoke-free public places policies in the nation.

“We are thrilled with this award. It is wonderful that Orange County is being recognized as a national leader in the quest for healthier communities,” said County Manager Bonnie Hammersley.

Orange County’s smoke-free public places rule prevents smoking on sidewalks, at bus stops, and in other public places – both indoor and outdoor. The goals of the rule are to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke and provide an environment that is supportive of smokers who want to quit.

To assist in these goals, the rule was implemented in conjunction with new, robust tobacco cessation support services for County employees and residents, which include: free evidence-based tobacco cessation group classes for residents and County employees; free individual counseling by a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist for County employees; free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for those who receive any of the cessation services; and promotion of the QuitlineNC.

Hazards of Secondhand Smoke

Tobacco use and secondhand smoke remain the leading causes of preventable illness and death in North Carolina and the nation. Research indicates that, during active smoking, outdoor levels of secondhand smoke may be as high as indoor levels and may pose a health risk for people in close proximity.

For more information about tobacco cessation support services, please contact the Orange County Health Department at 919.245. 2480.

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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

ADULT CARE HOME COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 21, 2014) – 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.  Currently there are openings on the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. 

The committee works to maintain the intent of the Adult Care Home Residents’ Bill of Rights for those residing in licensed adult care homes.  The members of this committee also promote community involvement and cooperation with these homes to ensure quality care for the elderly and disabled adults.  This board has an initial one-year training term with subsequent eligibility for three additional two-year terms.  There are currently openings for an Eno Township resident representative and an At-Large representative. Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

If interested in serving, 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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Elections

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director

Orange County Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350

treams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO DISCUSS ONE-STOP EARLY VOTING FOR THE 2014 GENERAL ELECTION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 16, 2014)— The Orange County Board of Elections will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 22, at 11:15 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive public input on the One-Stop Early Voting hours and locations for the 2014 General Election.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough.


For more information, please call the Elections office at 919.245.2350.

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Master Gardener Classes

Media Contact

Carl Matyac, Director

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2050

 carl_matyac@ncsu.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER MASTER GARDENER CLASSES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 10, 2014)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension Service is accepting applications for its Master Gardener program. This is ideal for anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about growing plants or is interested in fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, or lawns.

Master Gardener is a horticulture program, designed to provide horticultural training for selected home gardeners. Master Gardener is a title given to individuals who receive 40 hours of in-depth horticultural training from County Extension Agents and in return, agree to devotee 40 hours of volunteer service to assist local county Extension programs.

Master Gardener training will take place at the Orange County Extension Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in September thru January 2015.

Training will cover topics, such as basic plant botany and physiology, entomology, plant pathology, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, turf management, interior plants, pest control, basic landscaping and identification, and usage of common landscape plants.

After completing the training, Master Gardeners answer phone calls in the Extension office, troubleshoot plant problems, build community gardens, hold plant clinics at farmers markets, and work with youth in 4H.

There is a limited number of openings in the class. Applications are being accepted at the County Extension office until Friday, August 1.  The program is open to anyone wishing to attend regardless of race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin.

For more information about the Master Gardener program, please contact Carl Matyac at 919.24502051 or send an e-mail to carl_matyac@ncsu.edu

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Library: Financial Education Series

Media Contact

Anne Pusey

Adult and Teen Services

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2534

apusey@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONTINUES

FINANCIAL EDUCATION SERIES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 9, 2014)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Main Library, in partnership with the Compass Center for Women and Families, is pleased to announce the Financial Education Series will resume in July with the three-part AARP Foundation Finances 50+ series.

The AARP series—which is free and open to all ages—will kick-off on Thursday, July 17, with Your Finances: Where You Are, Where You Want to Go and How to Get There.

This first workshop establishes the foundation for the three-part program. Obtain a realistic assessment of your financial standing, set goals and learn about budgeting. Each participant will receive a workbook with simple, easy-to-apply ways to make measurable progress toward your financial goals.

On Thursday, August 21, the second workshop entitled, Taking Control of Credit and Debt, is dedicated to helping assess credit and debt, while offering guidance for improving credit scores and paying down debt.

 

The series concludes on Thursday, September 18, with Building and Protecting Your Assets. This workshop will cover a variety of topics, such as how to save more money, how to prepare for retirement and how to safeguard against identity theft.

All classes will be held on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Advance registration for the series is required, with preference given to those able to attend all three sessions. To register, please call 919.245.2536.

For more information about this workshop and other library services, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library

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County Offers CERT Training

Media Contact

Josh Hollingsworth

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6138

jhollingsworth@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES FALL TRAINING DATES: CERT PROGRAM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 7, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services reminds residents that the next disaster cannot be predicted, but being prepared is the key! 

All neighborhoods should be ready. Emergency Services is hosting a comprehensive Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course.  The nine week training will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning on September 23. 

The course is offered free of charge to those who live in Orange County, and all course materials will be provided.  The training will be held at the Orange County Emergency Services office located at 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. All residents are encouraged to participate, but those younger than 18-years-old, must obtain parental or guardian permission to attend this important and valuable training.

The Orange County CERT program teaches residents basic skills on how to deliver emergency response in their neighborhood for the first 72 hours following a disaster. These residents are encouraged to form a community-based team that will be able to work together in times of disaster. 

Topics covered in the CERT Basic Course include:  disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic disaster medical operations, along with several other important modules designed to assist communities in disasters.  Anyone who lives in Orange County is encouraged to become part of the Orange County CERT program.

Along with acquiring valuable skills to use in local communities, team members will also have the option to participate in volunteer opportunities around Orange County. Following the basic course, additional training will be made available to those who want to advance their skills. CERT members also have opportunities to participate in meetings, disaster simulations and drills with others in the community.

For more information about this training, please visit www.readyorange.org and click on the CERT Program link on the left side of the page. This features the training calendar, enrollment forms, etc. 

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Early Voting Site

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 EARLY VOTING SITE: SECOND PRIMARY ELECTION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 1, 2014)—The Orange County Board of Elections is announcing qualified Orange County residents who wish to vote early in the July 15, 2014, Second Primary Election, may do so at the Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough. 

There is a countywide Democratic election for Sheriff and a Republican election for U.S. House District 6.

The Board of Elections office will open for one-stop voting on Thursday, July 3, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

The office will be closed on Friday, July 4, in observance of the July 4th holiday.  The office will reopen for early voting on Monday, July 7 through Saturday, July 12.  The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On Election Day, July 15, all polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Voters who voted a Republican or Democratic ballot in the May Primary must vote the same party ballot in the Second Primary. 

Any registered Republican, Democrat or Unaffiliated voter who did not vote in the May Primary may vote in the Second Primary, if eligible to do so.  Democrats and Republicans must vote the ballot of the party with which they are registered.  Unaffiliated voters may choose.

Any voter who voted a Libertarian ballot or a Non-Partisan ballot in the May Primary is not eligible to vote in the Second Primary.

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

 

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