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Digital Message Monitors

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY UNVEILS NEW PUBLIC INFORMATION TOOL

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 31, 2012)—The Orange County Public Affairs Office is introducing its Digital Message Monitor system as a new method of providing the public with pertinent details about Orange County news, programs and services.

The Digital Message Monitors are flat screen TVs that function as electronic bulletin boards. The initial deployment of the monitors can be viewed at the Orange County Main Library, Department of Social Services lobby in Hillsborough Commons, and the Gateway Center in both the Tax Administration and Register of Deeds offices.

“This project is a collaborative effort with the Information Technology and Asset Management Departments. The goal is to broaden the County’s public information efforts and make it convenient for residents to stay connected by viewing the announcements that include text, photos and graphics,” said Carla Banks, director of Public Affairs.

The announcements are displayed in a rotation, sharing the screen with a crawl feature, clock, current temperature, and traffic snapshots from I-40 and I-85. During times of an emergency or major weather alert, the details of that event will override the system and be displayed on the entire screen.  

Additional Digital Message Monitors will be installed in more facilities throughout the County as part of the 2013-14 fiscal years.

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 919.245.2302.

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Coyote Management Sessions

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST COYOTE MANGEMENT SESSIONS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 31, 2012)—The Orange County Animal Services, in conjunction with the Hillsborough, Carrboro and Chapel Hill Police Departments, is hosting both professional and public information sessions on Coyote Management.

The sessions will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, led by Lynsey White Dasher, Urban Wildlife Specialist from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). She will offer insights about how to humanely deal with coyotes, so they do not become more habituated and comfortable around humans and domesticated animals.

The free public session will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  Registration is not required to attend. 

“The County will host the professional session earlier in the day in an effort to assist policy makers and managers to better understand how to deal with emerging and existing coyote issues that may affect Orange County residents,” said Bob Marotto, Animal Services director.

Dasher travels across the country for HSUS, helping urban and suburban communities find effective and humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.  She specializes in species, such as coyotes, and her work includes research and data analysis for the Cook County Coyote project in Chicago, Illinois, the largest study of urban coyotes in the country to date.

 

For more information about the Animal Services Center, including directions to the facility, please go to www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

 

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Library Wellness Month

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY HOSTS “WELLNESS MONTH” IN JANUARY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 31, 2012)—The Orange County Main Library will kick off the New Year, focusing on health with a series of wellness-related events throughout January. 

Everyone is invited to take part in ‘Wellness Month’ by checking out books, DVDs, magazines and the Library’s other resources about healthy living and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle in 2013!

On Saturday, January 5, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dr. Jen will discuss how to achieve those New Year's resolutions as you Get Fit at Home without spending money on equipment or a gym membership.  Come as you are, this program is free and open to everyone.

Kids and their caregivers are invited to Move Your Body at story times on Wednesday, January 9, and Healthy Habits at story times on Wednesday, January 23.  Story times are for ages 1 - 2 at 10:00 a.m., and ages 3 - 5 at 11:00 a.m.

The Orange Partnership for Alcohol & Drug Free Youth will present The Teen Brain: Under Construction and on the GO on Wednesday, January 16, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This interactive and hands-on session for tweens, teens and parents is designed to help us understand the teenage mind, trends in the alcohol industry, and how alcohol and substances can impact the developing brain.

Teen Game Night returns on Wednesday, January 23, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This involves active gaming for ages 11 – 18, using the motion-sensitive Xbox 360 and Kinect and Wii.

On Saturday, January 26, at 2:00 p.m., licensed counselor DJ Pappas will present Keeping a Pulse on Your Health.  She will explain how to optimize communication with your doctor by asking questions, such as how can we be certain we are making the best decisions for our health? Do we understand our options? Have we asked the necessary questions?  Dr. Pappas will also discuss ways to have important medical conversations with your family members. 

These and other wellness-themed programs are available on the Library’s full event calendar http://bit.ly/ocplevents

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New Vehicle Registration Law

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Administration Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY INFORMS PUBLIC ABOUT CHANGES TO

VEHICLE REGISTRATION RENEWAL

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 28, 2012)—The Orange County Tax Administration Office is announcing that the North Carolina General Assembly passed a new law to create a combined motor vehicle registration renewal and tax collection system. 

Currently, vehicle registration and taxes are processed separately. First, a notice is sent to vehicle owners and then the vehicle registration is paid. Three months later, a notice is issued requesting payment for vehicle taxes. 

This occurs separately because the counties are responsible for managing vehicle taxes, and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for managing vehicle registration.

The new law is transferring the responsibility for motor vehicle tax collection from each county to the DMV. As a result, the DMV will issue a new combined notice that includes the vehicle registration fee and the vehicle tax, which will be paid at the same time.

For more information about the change to the Vehicle Registration process, please contact the Orange County Tax Office at 919.245.2100 or visit www.orangecountync.gov

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Public Meeting: Fire Districts

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 HOST PUBLIC MEETING: PROPOSED FIRE DISTRICTS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 27, 2012)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners is extending an invitation to the public to share their views on the proposed new fire districts. The objective of creating these districts is to improve fire insurance ratings, fire coverage and lower property insurance costs for homeowners.

Orange County is hosting an Informational Meeting from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013, to provide the public with an opportunity to review the possible creation of new fire service districts and the impact this might have on property owners. 

The meeting will take place at the Southern Human Services Center located at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. A presentation will be made at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Question and Answer session. 

Working with the State Fire Marshal’s office, the intent is to modify existing fire insurance districts and create the following new districts: South Orange Fire Service District, North Chatham Fire Service District and Greater Chapel Hill Fire Service District.

For more information about the public meeting, please contact Orange County Assistant County Manager, Michael Talbert at 919.245.2308.

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Solid Waste New Year's Schedule

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SOLID WASTE NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 27, 2012)—Orange County Solid Waste Management Department announces its operating hours for New Year’s Day.

 

Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.

The landfill will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, and will re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.

All Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, re-opening at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4.

There will be no curbside recycling on Tuesday, January 1. Make-up collection will be on Saturday, January 5. Bins should be out no later than 7:00 a.m. 

Change of schedule related to holidays or inclement weather events are posted on the County’s Solid Waste Web page at www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp and recorded phone message at 919.968.2788.

Christmas trees will be collected by the three Towns as part of regularly scheduled brush collection. All ornaments and decorations must be removed. Residents who live outside of Town limits can take trees to the Solid Waste Convenience Centers when they are open or simply leave them in the woods to decompose naturally.

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Seymour Center Free Movie Series

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEYMOUR CENTER TO SHOW FREE MOVIES IN JANUARY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 27, 2012)—The Orange County Department on Aging is partnering with Second Journey to show free feature films at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center.

The first film entitled, Kolya is a 1996 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film. It will be featured at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 3.

The next movie event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, featuring Central Station, a 1998 Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

The final film, Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31.

If time permits, audience discussion will follow each of the movies.

The film series is free and will take place at the Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

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SportsPlex Holiday Activities

Media Contact

Mary Katherine McKee

Membership Director

Phone: 919.644.0339      

www.trianglesportsplex.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SPORTSPLEX GEARS UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 21, 2012)—The Orange County SportsPlex invites all the boys and girls to visit with Santa. He will land his sleigh at the SportsPlex this weekend and spend the afternoon spreading holiday cheer from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22.

Santa will show off his ice skating skills and then pass out candy canes and listen to last minute requests of what kids hope to find under the tree.

The SportsPlex is prepared to help folks ring in the New Year with a new fitness routine. Resolve to get in shape or keep on track with a healthy lifestyle by signing up for a group exercise class. The SportsPlex also houses a fitness center filled with state-of-the-art equipment. 

Kick start your New Year’s resolutions at the SportsPlex, by taking advantage of the Membership Drive. The event will take place from January 2 – January 6, 2013, the $49 initiation fee will be waived for new members. The SportsPlex is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

For more information about these and other events taking place at the SportsPlex, please call Mary Katherine McKee at 919.644.0339.

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County Saves One Million Dollars

Media Contact

Clarence Grier

Assistant County Manager – CFO

Phone: 919.245.2450      

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO SAVE MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS ON
DEBT SERVICE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 19, 2012)—The Orange County Financial and Administrative Services Department is announcing the County will save more than one million dollars, following this week’s competitive sale of $13,300,000 of General Obligation Refunding Bonds. The sale was done in effort to refund/refinance a portion of the County’s 2004A and 2005B General Obligations Bonds.

The County received the ratings of AAA and Aa1 on the general obligation refunding bonds from two of the three major debt-ratings agencies: Standard & Poor’s and Fitch and Moody’s. The rating of Aa1 from Moody’s is one step below Aaa, but with a positive outlook.

“The County’s Financial Services Department keeps a close watch on past debt issuances. This paired with the Board of County Commissioners approval to refund the bonds is what enabled the County to move forward in several areas over the past three years, without raising the tax rate,” said County Manager Frank Clifton.

“The County has done an excellent job of identifying when to take advantage of low interest rates, and then moving quickly. Each of these refinance opportunities improves the County's financial outlook, resulting in a successful outcome,” said Bob Jessup, who serves as the County’s bond counsel.   

Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. submitted the winning bid for the underwriting of the bonds, with a true interest rate of 1.8403%. The average life of the bonds is 7.92 years and will save the County approximately $1.1 million over the life of the issue. Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. sold most of the bonds at a premium, allowing the County to sell fewer bonds.

For more information, please contact the Financial and Administrative Services Department at 919.245.2450.

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Volunteer Receives Award

Media Contact

Patty Griffin, APR

Communications Director  

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Phone: 919.968.2063      

pgriffin@visitchapelhill.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY VOLUNTEER HONORED WITH PRESTIGEOUS AWARD

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 14, 2012)—The Orange County Visitors Bureau is pleased to congratulate Lee Pavao. He is the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award for his 30-years of volunteer service in Orange County. Pavao accepted the award last night at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.

In 1990, Lee joined forces with two other Chapel Hill leaders, Reverend Robert Seymour and Chapel Hill Councilman Alan Rimer. They designed a plan of action to introduce a new senior center to Chapel Hill.  They raised $500,000 in community donations, resulting in the Chapel Hill Senior Center, which is now called the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, serving seniors throughout Orange County.

“Being presented with this award is such a tremendous honor. From the onset I believed in the need to pursue a senior center in Chapel Hill and the community played a large part. It was a wise investment to make in the care of our growing senior population,” said Pavao.

Mr. Pavao is a former member of the Friends of the Seymour Center; current member of Orange County’s Visitor Bureau board and has been a longtime champion of tourism in North Carolina. 

“From dedication to improving the lives of our children and senior citizens, his leadership in advancing smart, sustainable economic development, to being a champion for our parks and recreational assets, Lee Pavao has been a strong representative for Orange County and North Carolina,” said Moses Carey, secretary of administration on Governor Beverly Perdue’s cabinet.

Established in the mid-1960s, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award is presented to residents in recognition of a proven track record of community service or similar notable achievement. The recipient receives a certificate and the privilege of proposing, at any time, the official North Carolina Toast:

Here's to the land of the long leaf pine, the summer land where the sun doth shine, where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, here's to "down home," the Old North State!

 

For more information, please contact the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau at 919.968.2063.

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County Holiday Closures

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 THE HOLIDAYS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 14, 2012)—Orange County will close its administrative offices from Monday, December 24 – Wednesday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Thursday, December 27, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The County offices will close again on Tuesday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. 

Library

The Orange County Main Library and the Orange County Carrboro Branch Library and Orange County Cybrary will be closed from December 24 - December 26. The libraries will close at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, and will remain closed on Tuesday, January 1.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed from Monday, December 24 – Wednesday, December 26, and will also be closed on New Year’s Day.  All 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Parks

Little River Park will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25. The park will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26. The park will also be open on New Year’s Day. Picnic shelters will be available to rent for use during the holidays.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Orange Senior Center will be open on Saturday, December 22 and the day after New Year’s Day.

Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes each day except on Tuesday, December 25. Service will be available on New Year’s Day.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

 

Christmas Schedule
Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed from December 24 - December 26, re-opening at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 27.

The Orange County Landfill will close at 12:00 p.m. Monday, December 24, remaining closed on December 25. The facility will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers at Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road will close at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24. The Centers at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Ferguson Road and High Rock Road are always closed on Mondays. All centers will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, but will re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, December 27.


There will be no curbside recycling on Tuesday, December 25.  Make-up collection will be on Saturday, December 28.  Bins should be out no later than 7:00 a.m.  

New Year’s Schedule

Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.

The landfill will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, and will re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.

All Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, re-opening at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4.

There will be no curbside recycling on Tuesday, January 1. Make-up collection will be on Saturday, January 5. Bins should be out no later than 7:00 a.m.  

Change of schedule related to holidays or inclement weather events are posted on the County’s Solid Waste Web page at www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp and recorded phone message at 919.968.2788.

Christmas trees will be collected by the three Towns as part of regularly scheduled brush collection. All ornaments and decorations must be removed. Residents who live outside of Town limits can take trees to the Solid Waste Convenience Centers when they are open or simply leave them in the woods to decompose naturally.

In the case of an overflowing recycling site, please do not leave recyclable items on the ground, instead report this by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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Inactive Registered Voters

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350

treams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY IDENTIFIES INACTIVE REGISTERED VOTERS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 13, 2012)—The Orange County Board of Elections is mailing No-Contact Voter Cards to registered voters who have made no contact, since the last two federal general elections. The Board of Elections has identified a total of 14,584 voter registrants who have had no such contact.

The cards will help to identify people who have moved outside of the County and who may no longer be eligible to vote using their existing voter registration record.

To ensure an accurate and current voter registrations roll, it is vital that recipients of the Voter Card do not throw it away if someone else’s name  appears on the card and that person does not reside at the address listed on the card. Simply write, “Not at this address” on the card and return it. No postage is necessary.

If the Non-Resident Voter Card is not returned via the U.S. Post Office, the non-resident will remain an active registered voter at that address.

In accordance with N.C. General Statute 163-82.14, List Maintenance is conducted each year following a federal general election to identify those active registered voters who have had no contact with the County board office, since the registration cut-off of the federal general election, prior to the last federal general election on October 8, 2010.

A Non-Fowardable Voter Card will be mailed to the address appearing on the current voter record.  If the card is not returned to the Board of Elections office, no further action is taken and the registrant remains on the list of active registered voters.  If the voter card is returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, the County Board shall mail to the voter a Forwardable Address Confirmation Notice to the address on the current voter record.

The Forwardable Address Confirmation Card includes a postage paid return card and requires a response from the voter.  If the Forwardable Address Confirmation Card is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, or the return card is not returned at all within thirty (30) days of the date the card was sent, the registrant will be listed as inactive.

Inactive voters whose address is not verifiable using the U.S. Postal Service, will remain on the list of registered voters for a period scanning two federal general elections.  If there is no contact from the inactive registrant during the inactive period through two federal elections, the registrant is removed from the list of registered voters.

For more information, please call the Orange County Board of Elections at 919.245.2350.

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Habitat Impact Fee Reimbursed

Media Contact:

David Hunt, Deputy Clerk 

Orange County Board of County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2126

dhunt@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

APPROVES HABITAT IMPACT FEE REIMBURSEMENT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 12, 2012)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to approve an impact fee reimbursement request from Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

The impact fee reimbursement will be in the amount of $104,720 for 11 homes recently constructed in the Phoenix Place subdivision in the Rogers Road neighborhood in Chapel Hill.

Habitat paid the impact fee for all 11 homes at the time the Certificate of Occupancy was issued. Subsequently, the houses have been sold to low-income homebuyers.

In 1995, the BOCC approved a policy to allow local non-profit organizations to receive an impact fee reimbursement as long as they met the established eligibility criteria. This policy was last revised on March 4, 1998.

“Local non-profit organizations developing affordable housing provide the County estimates of the anticipated need for impact fee reimbursements based on their construction plans. The County sets funds aside for this purpose based on the amount of money available in the budget,” said BOCC Chair Barry Jacobs.

 

Since 1995-1996, the County has approved $975,917 in impact fee reimbursements. The majority of these reimbursement requests have been submitted by the Community Home Trust and Habitat for Humanity.

All of the homes associated with this request have the required recorded Declaration of Restrictive Covenants that provides a 99 year long-term affordability provision.

Actual reimbursement will take place at the time that the County’s Impact Fee Agreement is executed by the Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC and recorded in the Orange County Register of Deeds Office.

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Triangle Tree Challenge

Media Contact

Rebekah Rapoza

Toy Chest Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.2869

rrapoza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TOYS-FOR-TOTS ENTERS

TRIANGLE CHRISTMAS TREE CHALLENGE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 12, 2012)—The Orange County Toys-for-Tots is a contender in the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge, which is a tree decorating contest among non-profit agencies in the community.

Orange County Toys-for-Tots needs the public to visit www.triangletreechallenge.com and enter an E-mail address, plus the group’s two digit tree number, which is 2 9.

Aside from voting online, the public can also TEXT a vote to 4 6 9 8 8 and enter “TREE29.”  

Voting will end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 20. During the voting period, the public may vote for their favorite tree—with a limit of one vote per day, per device or E-mail address.

The stakes are high: the third place prize = $1,000; second place prize = $2,500; and the first place winner will receive $5,000 for their non-profit group or organization.

The trees are on display at the Diamond View Park on the American Tobacco Campus. The number of each tree is posted next to the tree. Photos of the trees are on display at www.triangletreechallenge.com

For more information about how to cast a vote for the Orange County Toys-for-Tots Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge, please contact either Rebekah Rapoza at 919.245.2869 or Sharron Hinton at 919.245.2840.

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Public Workshops: Private RR Crossing Closures

Media Contact

Abigaile Pittman, AICP

Planner – Transportation and Land Use

Orange County Planning Department

Phone: 919.245.2567

abpittman@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES INFORMATIONAL WORKSHOPS:

PROPOSED PRIVATE RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2012)—The Orange County Planning Department is announcing that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is hosting a series of public workshops to discuss the proposed closures of private railroad crossings. Orange County Planning Department staff will also be present to hear public input.

On Monday, January 7, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. a combined, Open House-style public meeting will be held for both the proposed private railroad crossing closure along Gordon Thomas Drive (P-4405I) and the proposed private railroad crossing closure along Greenbrier Drive (P-44-5J). 

The meeting will take place at the Shared Visions Retreat Center (the old Murphey School) located at 3717 Murphey School Road, Durham, NC 27705.

On Monday, January 14, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. an Open House-style public meeting will be held for the proposed private railroad crossing closure on Byrdsville Road (P-4405K).

The meeting will also take place at the Shared Visions Retreat Center (the old Murphey School) located at 3717 Murphey School Road, Durham, NC 27705.

For more information about the proposed closures and related rail information, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/planning/RRCrossingClosure.asp or contact NCDOT Rail Environmental Engineer, Marc Hamel at 919.707.4045.

 

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Library Receives Award

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Library Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2528

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES STATE AWARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2012)—The Orange County Public Library is the recipient  of a programs award, presented by the North Carolina Public Library Director’s Association (NCPLDA) on Thursday, December 6, at the Hawthorne Inn in Winston-Salem.    

The program entitled, “Where do you get your ideas? A discussion on Inspiration,” took place last February and involved a discussion panel, featuring six local authors. The NCPLDA selected this program as the winner of the Medium Library/Adult Audience category.

Jessica Arnold, coordinator of the Teen & Adult Programming, along with Andrea Tullos, assistant Library Director, accepted the award on behalf of the library staff. The awards presentation took place during the NCPLDA’s annual meeting.

The discussion panel consisted of local authors John Claude Bemis (Nine Pound Hammer), A. J. Mayhew (The Dry Grass of August), Ed & Janet Howle (The Long Road to Paris), and Natania Barron (Pilgrim of the Sky), along with moderator James Maxey (Nobody Gets the Girl).  After the moderated discussion, the audience was invited to ask the panel questions, generating interesting conversation.  The program’s success is due to the generosity and candor of the authors as well as the audience.

The Main Library will host another multi-author event entitled, “Winter Tales” at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13.  The presenters: Alex Granados, Mur Lafferty, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Gray Rinehart, and James Maxey, will each share a seasonal story—created specifically for this program.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy some holiday treats along with the original literary offerings of these talented writers.

For more information about the programs offered at the Orange County Public Library, please visit the online Events Calendar at http://bit.ly/ocplevents

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Executive Team Applications

Media Contact

Jamie Rohe, Homeless Programs Coordinator

Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness

Phone: 919.245.2496

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING EXECUTIVE TEAM APPLICATIONS:

PARTNERSHIP TO END HOMELESSNESS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2012)—The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness is accepting applications for its Executive Team.

Membership is open to individuals who live and/or work in Orange County, are at least 18-years-old and who wish to volunteer their time and provide the leadership necessary to help achieve the County’s mission to end homelessness.

Members of the Executive Team serve a two-year term and meet monthly– typically the first Wednesdays, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The meetings will take place at the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Most members volunteer to participate on one or more subcommittees and are actively engaged in helping to accomplish the work of the Partnership, which is focused on ending and preventing homelessness.

For more information about the Executive Team or to obtain an application, please visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/housing/endinghomelessness.asp or call Jamie Rohe at 919.245.2496.

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Soccer Showcase

Media Contact:

Beth Young, Communications Manager 

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518

byoung@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY GENERATES ECONOMIC IMPACT:

SOCCER LEAGUE COLLEGE SHOWCASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 7, 2012)—The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation’s Eurosport Soccer Center (ESC) set the backdrop for the annual National Soccer Series College Showcase. This marks the first time the County hosted the event, sponsored by the Capital Area Soccer League.

The soccer tournament showcases high school boys and girls, in the 15 to 19-year-old divisions, representing the top soccer teams from Alaska to Florida.  The Showcase involves 900 players from more than 90 teams, as well as scouts, collegiate coaches and family members.

As a result, more than $2 million bolsters the local economy, including hotel accommodations, car rentals, food, shopping, etc. Eight hotels in Orange County reserved more than 700 rooms and participants are required to stay at the designated hotels in the community.

“Nearly 10,000 people visited Orange County to participate in this event, which was run very smoothly by County staff. We hope the Capital Area Soccer League will consider using the Eurosport Soccer Center each year and that the crowds will grow even larger,” said David Stancil, director of the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation.

The Boys Showcase (November 16 – 18) consisted of 78 games, attracting a crowd of more than 5,500 spectators. The Girls Showcase (November 30 – December 2) consisted of 50 games, attracting a crowd of more than 3,600 spectators. Both showcases generated nearly $8,000 in field rental fees and concession sales. 

To view more images from the event, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/deapr/index.asp and click on the link entitled, ‘CASL National Soccer Series Showcase’ located in the breaking news section.

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Library Kindle Fire Winner

Media Contact: Jessica Arnold

Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY ANNOUNCES WINNER OF KINDLE FIRE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 4, 2012)–The Orange County Public Library is pleased to announce the winner of the drawing for a Kindle Fire e-Reader.

Kathryn Flynn is one of hundreds of residents who participated in the Library’s online Community Needs Assessment survey in October. Flynn, lives in Hillsborough, and is a regular patron of the Library. Orange County Library Director Lucinda Munger did the honors of presenting Kathryn with the Kindle as she visited the Main Library in downtown Hillsborough.  

“This is such a pleasant surprise and just in time for the holidays. This will make a wonderful gift I can share with my husband,” said Flynn.    

In addition to the survey, residents were invited to attend a series of public input sessions, also in October. The results from those sessions as well as the surveys will be announced in January.

“These activities are the first steps toward developing a strategic plan for the Library’s future, and the Library will continue to seek input from County residents throughout the process to ensure the components of the strategic plan are on target,” said Munger.

For more information about the Community Needs Assessment, please contact the Main Library at 919.245.2525.

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130      

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BARRY JACOBS ELECTED CHAIR OF ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 4, 2012)— On Monday, December 3, 2012, during the annual Board organizational meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners elected Barry Jacobs as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2013.  Immediately afterwards, Earl McKee was elected Vice-Chair.  Both were elected unanimously. 

Chair Jacobs was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 1998 and served as Chair in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.  Vice-Chair McKee was elected to the Board in 2010.  

Prior to the organizational meeting vote, Mark Dorosin, Renee Price and Penny Rich were sworn in as new Orange County Commissioners filling seats vacated by Pam Hemminger, Steve Yuhasz and Valerie Foushee.  Re-elected Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier was also sworn in. 

Commissioner Alice Gordon continues to serve on the Board. 

Additional information about the Board is available on the Orange County Web site at  http://orangecountync.gov/occlerks/bocc.asp

All Board members may be reached using the single e-mail address, ocbocc@orangecountync.gov

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County Hires Emergency Services Director

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY HIRES DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 3, 2012)— The Orange County Manager’s Office is pleased to announce Mr. Jim Groves has been selected as Orange County’s new Director of Emergency Services. He is replacing Frank Montes de Oca, who will retire in January, after five dedicated years of successful service.


Groves, who is a Chapel Hill resident, will assume his position with the County beginning on January 22, 2013. As the Director of Emergency Services, Mr. Groves will lead a departmental staff of 119; direct the emergency medical, telecommunications, Fire Marshal’s Office, and emergency management activities; as well as coordinating with local, state and federal agencies, during large scale emergencies and catastrophic events.


He will also be tasked with prioritizing and implementing the Emergency Medical Services/Telecommunications Strategic Plan recently approved by the Board of County Commissioners.


“I am excited about working in this new capacity and partnering with the agencies and organizations within Orange County as well as with our residents. My primary goal is to foster a whole community environment by developing and providing innovative and quality services in the most effective and efficient manner, relying on the County’s strategic plan as a roadmap,” said Groves.


“The County is excited to welcome Jim to the team. More than 100 people applied for the position. Jim brings many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, along with a connection and true understanding of the community, which will be an added benefit for our residents,” said County Manager Frank Clifton.


Since October 2006, Mr. Groves has been a Senior Manager with ICF International in Durham, which specializes in advising federal, state and local governments in emergency service response programs inclusive of emergency communication, resource coordination, and inter-agency collaboration during significant emergency situations and events.


Prior to working with ICF, Mr. Groves served as Emergency Services Director in Lee County, NC. He also served as a member of Durham County’s Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, achieving the rank of Assistant Chief.


For media interviews and photo opportunities, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 919.245.2302.

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County Seeks Holiday Sponsorships

Media Contact

Jonathan Yeomans

Phone: 919.245.2885

jyeomans@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING SPONSORS FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 29, 2012)—The Orange County Department of Social Services is once again hosting the Share Your Holiday program. The County is seeking sponsors to be paired with a family in need and fulfill a wish list of gifts requested by the family.

For some parents in Orange County, the holiday season can be a difficult time. Many live on limited incomes and have difficulty providing gifts for their families. Last year, a single mother of three endured multiple surgeries that limited her mobility and depleted her bank account. She had little hope for a happy holiday until a social worker referred her to the Share Your Holiday program.

“The sponsorship program was a very positive experience,” said the resident. “My kids were so happy and surprised. At one point we just sat down and cried together because it was so great.”

This year, Social Services hopes to continue providing struggling families with an opportunity to enjoy the holidays. The County is seeking sponsors for the Share Your Holiday Program, as well as donations and volunteers for its annual Toy Chest event, where families throughout the County select toys for their children.

Last year, the Toy Chest— coordinated in partnership with the Marine Corps Reserves Toys-for-Tots program and local community donors, collected more than 8,300 toys for more than 3,300 children. Given the current economic climate, the department anticipates an even greater need this holiday season.

There are several ways the community can get involved:

  • Place a new, unwrapped toy in one of the Toys-for-Tots drop boxes located at businesses and organizations throughout Orange County
  • Make a monetary donation online
  • Sponsor a child, family or senior through the Share Your Holiday program.

 

For more information about Toy- for-Tots box locations and monetary donations, please visit  http://hillsborough-nc.toysfortots.org

For more information about Share Your Holiday sponsorships, please visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/holidayprogram/index.asp

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BOCC Recognizes 9-1-1 Telecommunicator

Media Contact

Captain Dinah L. Jeffries, ENP

Communications Operations Manager

Phone: 919.245.6123      

djeffries@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC TO RECOGNIZE 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATOR

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 30, 2012)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners will join Richard Taylor, NC 9-1-1 Board Chair, in recognizing one of the 9-1-1 Telecommunicators from the County’s Emergency Services Department.

During the Board of Commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, Tommy Holmes, Jr. will be recognized for the outstanding level of service he provided over the phone on November 7, 2012, when he assisted with the delivery of a baby in Chapel Hill. The incident happened near a bus stop located at the busy intersection of Cameron and Columbia.

Additionally, Holmes will be the guest of honor for an award presentation hosted by the North Carolina 9-1-1 Board at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012, at the Time-Warner Corporate Office, 4200 Paramount Drive in Morrisville.

“Tommy is well deserving of this honor and he is an excellent representative of Orange County Emergency Services, demonstrating the composure and high level of service displayed by all 9-1-1 Telecommunicators across the nation,” said Captain Dinah Jeffries, the County’s communications operations manager.

Holmes has been a member of the Orange County Emergency Services team since 2007.

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County Receives AAA Bond Rating

Media Contact

Tonya Walton

Budget and Management Analyst

Phone: 919.245.2153

twalton@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY EARNS ‘AAA’ BOND RATING

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 30, 2012)—The Orange County Financial Administrative Services Department has been assigned an ‘AAA’ rating by Fitch, Inc.

This is the highest possible bond rating the County can obtain. 

The Triple-A rating applies to the following Orange County bonds:

 

  • $13.7 million General Obligation (GO) refunding bonds, series 2012.

 

The bonds are scheduled to sell on December 19, 2012, via competitive sale. Proceeds will be used to redeem all or a portion of the County’s GO public improvement bonds series 2004A, 2004B and 2005A for debt service savings.

“This exceptional rating is the result of several very positive steps taken by the Board of County Commissioners, such as establishing sound fiscal policies, limiting unfunded liabilities, acting prudently to reduce debt financing costs—in turn, improving economic conditions and maintaining sufficient reserves to ensure cash flow and the ability to respond to unexpected financial demands,” said Clarence Grier, the County’s Chief Financial Officer.

In addition, Fitch affirms the following ratings:

Orange County

-- $95.52 million general obligation (GO) bonds at ‘AAA’;

-- $15.45 million Certificates of Participation (COP)

(Orange County improvement projects), series 2006A at ‘AA+’.

Orange County Public Facilities Company

-- $92.329 million in outstanding Limited Obligation Bond (LOB) at ‘AA+’. The Rating Outlook is Stable.

The County's GO bonds are secured by the full faith, credit and unlimited taxing power of the County. The LOB and the COP represent proportionate and undivided interests in installment payments to be paid by the County to the issuer pursuant to a financing contract, subject to annual appropriation. As additional security, debt holders’ interests in essential government properties are secured by deeds of trust.

The following is a list of key rating drivers (refer to attachment for full description):

  • Sound Reserve and Budgetary Flexibility
  • Robust Economy
  • Positive Socio-Economic Indicators
  • Modest Debt Burden
  • Appropriation Lien on Essential Assets
  • Credit Profile
  • Healthy Financial Performance
  • Conservative Fiscal 2013 Budget
  • Well-Managed Long-Term Obligations

In addition to the sources of information identified in Fitch’s Tax-Supported Rating Criteria, this action was also influenced by information obtained from Creditscope, University Financial Associates, S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, IHS Global Insight, and National Association of Realtors.

For more information, please visit www.fitchratings.com

 

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Non-Profit Funding Applications

Media Contact

Tonya Walton

Budget and Management Analyst

Phone: 919.245.2153

twalton@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
NON-PROFIT FUNDING REQUESTS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 27, 2012)—The Orange County Manager’s Office invites non-profit agencies to submit applications for funding appropriations that will supplement the delivery of vital community services.


Orange County recognizes and supports the strong network of services provided by the various non-profit partners within the community. Many of these organizations help to provide a safety net for residents who are facing hardship caused the downturn in the economy. 


Applications for the 2013-14 fiscal year (July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014), will be available online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/hsa, beginning on Wednesday, November 28.


Agencies should submit the electronic application to the Finance and Administrative Services Department by the close of business on Monday, January 28, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. The Board of Orange County Commissioners will make all funding decisions by the end of June 2013.


For more information, please contact Tonya Walton at 919.245.2153.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 27, 2012

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

Orange County BOCC Appointments

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 27, 2012) – On November 8, 2012, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the following citizen volunteers to County advisory boards and commissions:

 

Volunteer Name                                                     Board Name

 

Mr. Todd Dickinson                     Historic Preservation Commission

Ms. Tiki Windley                         Human Relations Commission

Mr. Robert Ireland                       Human Relations Commission

Dr. Li-Chen Chin                         Human Relations Commission

Mr. Gerald Ponder                       Human Relations Commission

Mr. Joseph Polich                        Human Relations Commission

Mr. Geoffrey Hathaway                Orange County Arts Commission

Mr. Sanuel Yellen                       Orange County Commission for the Environment

Ms. Terri Buckner                       Orange County Commission for the Environment

Dr. Herman Staats                      Orange County Planning Board

CDR Alexander Castro, Jr.           Orange Unified Transportation Board

Rev. Susie Enoch                        Orange Unified Transportation Board

Mr. Sam Lasris                            Orange Unified Transportation Board

Mr. Paul Guthrie                          Orange Unified Transportation Board

Mr. Bryant Warren                       Orange Unified Transportation Board

Mr. Ted Triebel                           Orange Unified Transportation Board

Mr. Jeff Miles                              Orange Unified Transportation Board

 

On November 20, 2012, the Orange County Board of Commissioners appointed the

following citizen volunteer to a County advisory board and commission:

Mr. Matthew Prentice                  Human Relations Commission

 

Congratulations!  The Board of Commissioners appreciates your willingness to serve your community.

 

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 27, 2012

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

Orange County BOCC Special Meeting Notice

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 27, 2012) – Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following event.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will host an in-house reception to recognize the three incoming Commissioners: Mark Dorosin, Renee Price and Penny Rich.  The event will be on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. 

This event is prior to the BOCC regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the same location. 

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Asset Management Director

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR

OF ASSET MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 26, 2012)—Orange County Manager Frank Clifton is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Thompson as the new Director of the County’s Asset Management Services Department.


Mr. Thompson has more than 25 years of experience in capital project development, construction and facilities management, both in the public and private sectors. 

Mr. Thompson and his staff will oversee the acquisition, development, maintenance, and disposition of the County’s physical assets, as well as sustainability initiatives related to the County’s physical assets. 


Jeff began working with Orange County as a Contract Construction Manager in 2005. He managed several major building projects for the County, such as the Justice Facility expansion, the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, the Central Orange Senior Center, the Animal Services Facility, the Solid Waste Operations Center, and many others. 


“Jeff is an integral part of the County’s administrative team. This promotion is a representation of Jeff’s strong leadership skills and ability to balance multiple complex projects, resulting in successful outcomes,” said County Manager Frank Clifton.


Jeff was hired as the County’s Value Engineer in 2009, where he continued to oversee capital projects, assisted in County fleet operations, and served as a principal member of the utility conservation team and related sustainability initiatives within the County.


“We’re proud to have Jeff leading this important element of Orange County Government,” said Michael Talbert, assistant county manager.  “Jeff’s focus on consistent and effective delivery of facilities and fleet operations, capital project development and customer service is a primary enabler of good government.”


Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Animal Services Holiday Events

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Director of Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287   

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES: ‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS’ EVENTS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 26, 2012)–Orange County Animal Services has several upcoming events and community activities scheduled, as a part of its annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ campaign. This is an opportunity to raise shelter awareness during the holiday season, both for those missing a lost pet and those choosing to add one to their family.

Among the most notable of the events is the Canned Pet Food Drive, collecting donated cans of cat and dog food for pet owners in need.  Cans of food can be donated to the Animal Services Center between November 19 and December 21, and will be delivered by Orange Congregations In Mission (OCIM) and Chapel Hill Meals on Wheels. 

In addition, the 2013 calendars from the News & Observer’s ‘Most Adorable Pet Contest’ are now on sale for $5 at the Animal Services Center.  The calendar features the 13 contest winners and proceeds will benefit the Animal Services Department.

Other Holiday Events:

  • Adoption Specials for select dogs ($60) and cats ($50).  Selected animals will be featured online and a special announcement will be posted on their kennel cards.

 

  • Adoptable dogs will be representing Animal Services on Saturday, December 1, at the Hillsborough Holiday Parade and on Saturday, December 8, at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Holiday Parade.

 

  • K9 Kindness Pet Training Class will be held at the Animal Services Center on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $5.

 

  • Pictures with Santa at the Durham/Chapel Hill Petsmart on Sunday, December 9, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Proceeds go to the Animal Services Department.

 

  • Pictures with Santa at the Animal Services Center on Saturday, December 15, from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is four or more cans of donated food to the Canned Pet Food Drive.

The Animal Services Center is located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  For a full listing of events and to see pictures of animals that are either lost or available for adoption, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices  or Facebook at www.facebook.com/OCASpets

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Commissioners Approve Smoking Ban

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVES

SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC PLACES RULE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 21, 2012)–During its meeting on Tuesday night, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of approving a Rule to ban smoking in public places.

The ban applies to property owned by Orange County and the municipal governments, including parks and sidewalks. Smoking would also not be allowed on private property where the public is invited. The UNC campus and other state governed facilities will continue operating under their existing smoking ordinances and will not be affected by this new rule.

“This is about education and empowerment. What we really want to make sure is that we’re helping people understand where smoking is allowed and where smoking isn’t allowed,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the Orange County Health Department.

A $25 fine will be issued to any violators, but the emphasis is being placed on awareness of the consequences of secondhand smoke and reversing people’s behavior in an effort to improve the County’s overall quality of life.

“It is a big win for creating a healthier environment for all who live in, visit, and work in Orange County,” added Bridger.

“I am just grateful that the citizens of Orange County will have fresh air to breath when they are in public places,” said Commissioner Steve Yuhasz.

The idea of a smoke-free public places ordinance in Orange County originated two years ago when a group of County high schools students approached the Board of Health, requesting they consider adopting such a rule. The Rule was brought to a vote following a public hearing on October 24, 2012, and passed 10-1.

The next step is for the Rule to go into effect with an educational period beginning on January 1, 2013. Full enforcement of the Rule would go into effect beginning on July 1, 2013.

To view the Rule and additional data, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/health/smoke-freepublicplaces.asp

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Free Tax Preparation

Media Contact

Vicki Hill

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Phone: 919.245.4241

www.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                       

 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION FOR ALL AGES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 20, 2012)—Orange County encourages all residents to avoid high interest loans and unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on RSVP-VITA for tax preparation.

The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will begin its free service on February 4, 2013, in Orange and Chatham counties. VITA is a free tax service for clients with low to moderate income, regardless of age or county and who meet eligibility guidelines.

For the first time, clients can make appointments online at www.orangecountyvita.org Call or visit the Web site after January 22, 2013, to learn about eligibility, what to bring and to make an appointment. Allow two hours for your appointment. Additional information will be available in January at local libraries and online.

IRS-certified volunteers are trained to prepare computerized federal and North Carolina tax returns for eligible clients. Returns are filed electronically at no charge. Each return is reviewed for accuracy and to determine that the return is complete with all applicable credits and deductions. Clients with lengthy returns may have to go to a paid preparer. Non-English-speaking clients must bring an interpreter with them.

For appointments in Orange County, please call 919.245.4242 (English) or 919.245.2010 (Spanish) or the Compass Center for Women and Families 919.968.4610 (English only).  For appointments in Chatham County, call 919.542.4512 (Chris Carter); Spanish 919.742.1448.

Orange County has provided VITA assistance for more than 30 years with support from the following local sponsors: Orange County RSVP Volunteer Program, Orange County Department on Aging, Chatham County Council on Aging, the Compass Center for Women and Families, MDC Carolinas Inc., United Way of the Greater Triangle, Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, Carol Woods, The Cedars, Orange County Department of Social Services, UNC Hospitals.

Federal sponsors include the IRS and the Corporation for National and Community Service-Senior Corps.

 

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Pauli Murray Awards

Media Contact

Tara L. Fikes, Director

Housing, Human Rights & Community Development

Phone: 919.245.2490

tfikes@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS:

2012 PAULI MURRAY HUMAN RELATIONS AWARDS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 20, 2012)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 2012 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards.

Each year, the Pauli Murray Award is presented to an Orange County youth, Orange County adult and business owner in Orange County. Each recipient is recognized for serving the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all residents.

Nomination information is available at the Housing, Human Rights & Community Development office, online at http://orangecountync.gov/housing/pmurray.asp and at the Orange County public libraries. The deadline to submit nominations is on Friday, December 21.2012.

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

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Main Library Photography Exhibit

Media Contact

Andrea Tullos, Assistant Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2529

atullos@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY SHOWCASES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 19, 2012)—The Orange County Public Library presents a photography exhibit entitled, “Rust Never Sleeps,” which is on display at the Main Library through January 1, 2013.

“Rust Never Sleeps” is a series of color and black and white photographs depicting old cars rusting quietly in the yard of a Clayton, NC man. The photos were taken between March and September, 2011, and completed in early 2012 by Cary, NC photographers Teresa Pigeon and Scott Mais. 

Some of the photos were captured at night using assorted lights and flashlights to fill and paint various parts of the car, with exposure times lasting as long as three minutes.  The digital images were printed and developed through a photographic process on metallic paper.

About the Photographers
Scott Mais was born in 1953 in Neenah, Wisconsin.  His early influences included his father and grandfather, both of whom loved to travel and to photograph every trip and event.  His first camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye at age 12.  He received his first award, an Honorable Mention in 1975, for “Sunrise Above the Clouds” in Ft. Collins, CO.  He works as an Electro-Mechanical Design Engineer. (www.scottmaisphotography.com)

“I like to photograph the world around me: the common and the uncommon, everyday people and places; places we see and the places we don’t see,” says Mais. “I am still fascinated with each image – capturing a moment in time to be viewed for all eternity.  I most enjoy looking at older, vintage photos, early photographs that document the temporal events of the day.  I appreciate an image’s ability to ‘age’ and gain distinctions not apparent when it was originally made.”

Teresa Pigeon was born in Raleigh, NC, attending school at NC State. Her interest in photography began as a child, and continued until becoming a primary focus in 2004.  She has always worked in the printing industry, while continuing to photograph the people and places around her. Currently a student at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Teresa can often be found around town, camera in hand – looking for her inspiration in the ordinary.  Her photos have been displayed in various exhibits and galleries and in private and public collections, including the Umstead Hotel in Cary, Buku (restaurant in downtown Raleigh) and CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. (www.pigeongallery.com)

“Photography,  can preserve a moment, a glance, an action, a place, even an emotion exactly as it was. This has fascinated me since I first picked up a camera as a child, and I continue to enjoy discovering the beauty in the ordinary through photography,” says Pigeon. “However, the art of photography is much more than simply capturing an image; it can be one of the most personal and revealing art forms. Looking at someone’s photographs, you are forced to see the world from their perspective - a glimpse into the things that have inspired the life of that artist.  I find my inspiration in nature, and in capturing the magic of the people, places and things in our daily lives.”

About the Main Library Art Gallery

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. Each year, the Main Library displays artwork from the Orange County Schools in April and May, as well as four to five additional juried exhibitions.

For more information about exhibiting art at the library, please refer to the Art Policy at http://orangecountync.gov/library/artpolicy.asp

For more information about the photographs showcased in “Rust Never Sleeps,” please contact the photographers at scottmais@gmail.com  teresa@pigeongallery.com

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Financial Statement Audit Rating

Media Contact

Clarence Grier

Assistant County Manager – CFO

Phone: 919.245.2453      

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES HIGHEST RATING FOR FINANCIAL AUDIT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 19, 2012)—The Orange County Financial and Administrative Services contracted Martin Starnes and Associates, CPAs, P.A., an independent accounting firm, to perform the audit for Orange County, NC for the most recent fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

According to Crystal Waddell, an accountant with Martin Starnes and Associates, CPAs, P.A., Orange County received an unqualified opinion on its financial statements, which is the best opinion that can be given in an independent audit.

Waddell discussed some of the financial highlights for fiscal year 2012 to the Board of County Commissioners, including information on property taxes, fund balance and current year revenues and expenditures.

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Employee United Way Campaign

Media Contact

Shannah Sayers

Employee Giving Campaign Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.2499      

ssayers@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY EMPLOYEES SURPASS UNITED WAY FUNDRAISING GOAL

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 16, 2012)—The Orange County Employee Giving Campaign surpasses last year’s fundraising efforts and the pledge expectations for 2012.

The campaign ran from October 4 – 25, involving 195 participants who pledged a total of $33,514 in support of the United Way of the Greater Triangle. This far exceeds this year’s $29,000 goal and last year’s County pledge total of $30,223.

“Each employee’s donation is truly appreciated. This pledge is a testament to the spirit of teamwork. Together we are making a real difference in our community,” said Shannah Sayers, coordinator of this year’s campaign.  

United Way distributes the contributions to the various charities in the area. Employees selected more than 50 local and state-level charities to make donations to, with approximately $6,000 going directly to the United Way.  

This marks the highest total in the County’s campaign history, which dates back more than 10 years. Also for the first time, there was employee representation from each of Orange County’s 23 departments.

To learn more about United Way of the Greater Triangle and its umbrella charities in the community, please visit www.unitedwaytriangle.org

                                            

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Main Library Holiday Festivities

Media Contact

Ginger Holler, Children’s Programs: 919.245.2532

Jessica Arnold, Teen/Adult Programs: 919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY TO HOST HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 16, 2012)–The Orange County Main Library invites the community to get into the holiday spirit at the library!


The month of December will showcase an array of beautiful ornaments created by members of the Garden Club and the Library’s Teen Advisory Board. Visitors of all ages can celebrate the season by participating in family ornament making, Hanukkah song and dance, children’s Tea Time, a visit from Scrooge, and a puppet show.


The Friends of the Orange County Public Library will host author Moreton Neal from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, celebrating another successful year in support of the Library. Neal will talk about the second edition of her book, Chapel Hill Food Lover’s Guide with Carrboro and Hillsborough (hot off the press). This would be an ideal gift for the food lovers on your list. Copies will be on sale for $10.


The Library will deck the halls with an Ornament Making activity from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2. This coincides with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough’s Candlelight Tour. Families are invited to stop by and unleash their artistic talents as they create handmade ornaments.


Back by popular demand, Marv Axelrod will share Hanukkah stories, songs and dance at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4. This is designed for ages six to 11-years-old.


Wear your favorite dress and tiara or shirt and tie for a special Holiday Tea Time. The gathering will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. This fancy, fun event is geared toward families and kids age 3 – 6-years-old.


Bright Star Theater will present “A Dickens Tale” at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11. Everyone is invited to join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim for this heartwarming retelling of the Charles Dickens classic.


Grey Seal Puppets will return to the Library at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, to present a Holiday Cabaret for all ages.


The ArtsCenter Stage invites the public to a short musical performance of "All is Calm." This will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12. Afterwards, the audience is encouraged to join the cast for a conversation about the play, which tells the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914.


A variety of local authors will share ‘Winter Tales’ at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13. The guest authors include: Alex Granados, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Gray Rinehart, Mur Lafferty, and James Maxey. Their storytelling is designed just for this evening’s program. Stop by and enjoy some refreshments along with the original literary offerings of our hometown writers.


The Library is hosting a family holiday movie at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. This PG rated animated movie reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?'


For more information about these festivities and other library events, please call the Main Library at 919.245.2532 or visit the Orange County Library online at www.orangecountync.gov/library

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SportsPlex SilverSneakers Designation

Media Contact

Mary Katherine McKee

Membership Director

Phone: 919.644.0339      

www.trianglesportsplex.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SPORTSPLEX EARNS SILVERSNEAKERS ACCREDITATION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 16, 2012)—The Orange County SportsPlex completed an exhaustive accreditation process, resulting in the facility being awarded the prestigious designation of being a fully accredited SilverSneakers location.

SilverSneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults to take greater control of their health through physical activity and social events. Seniors can unlock the door to greater independence and healthy living with SilverSneakers. Health insurance plans offer this award-winning program to people who are eligible for Medicare.

SilverSneakers will provide a full SportsPlex fitness center membership to eligible seniors, in the area, at no cost to them. The benefits and logistics are as follows:

  • SilverSneaker members will gain access to the  Orange County Sportsplex pool, fitness center, any group exercise classes offered to members, as well as special Silver Sneaker classes

 

  • SilverSneaker classes are designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living

 

  • Hand-held weights, elastic bands and balls are offered for resistance and chairs are used for seated and/or standing support

 

  • SilverSneakers memberships offer activities for all fitness levels

To qualify, participants must be a Medicare-eligible member of a health plan that partners with the SilverSneakers program. Those who are SilverSneakers eligible can simply take their SilverSneaker Member ID card to the front desk at the SportsPlex and start the membership. Otherwise, seniors can bring their health plan ID card to the SportsPlex to verify eligibility. Interested seniors can also visit www.silversneakers.com  or contact their health insurance company to determine if they are a SilverSneakers partner.

For more information or to enroll in SilverSneakers, please call the Sportsplex at 919.644.0339.

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9-1-1 Operator Recognized

Media Contact

Captain Dinah L. Jeffries, ENP

Communications Operations Manager

Phone: 919.245.6123      

djeffries@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATOR TO BE RECOGNIZED BY STATE BOARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 12, 2012)—The Orange County Emergency Services Department is honored to have one of its 9-1-1 Telecommunicators be the guest of honor for an award presentation hosted by the North Carolina 9-1-1 Board.

Tommy Holmes will be presented with an award in recognition for the outstanding level of service he provided over the phone on November 7, 2012, when he assisted with the delivery of a baby in Chapel Hill. The incident happened near a bus stop located at the busy intersection of Cameron and Columbia.

The Chair of the 9-1-1 Board will make the presentation at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012, at the Time-Warner Corporate Office, 4200 Paramount Drive in Morrisville.

“This is an honor for all of us at Orange County Emergency Services, as well as for all 9-1-1 Telecommunicators across the nation,” said Captain Dinah Jeffries, the County’s communications operations manager.

Holmes has been a member of the Orange County Emergency Services team since 2007.

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County Offices Closed- Thanksgiving

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 FOR THANKSGIVING

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 12, 2012)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, November 26, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

However, Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24, 2012.

 
Library

The Main Library and the Carrboro Branch library will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, and will remain closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be open during regular business hours on Saturday, November 24.  Any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule on Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.

Parks

Little River Park will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will re-open the day after. Picnic shelters will be available to rent for use during the holidays.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Orange Senior Center will be open on Saturday, November 24.

Orange County Transportation will operate the dialysis routes on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24, 2012.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

Curbside recycling will NOT be collected on Thursday, November 22. The make-up day for Thanksgiving is on Saturday, November 24.  Recycling bins should be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 24. 

The Orange County Landfill and all associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed on Thanksgiving. Regular hours of operation will resume on Friday, November 23.  

  

Solid Waste Convenience Centers are closed on Thursdays.

The County’s 24-Hour Recycling Drop-Off sites are available at the following locations:

  • Carrboro Plaza, behind the ABC store in Carrboro
  • Cedar Falls Park, off of Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill
  • Hampton Pointe, behind the Home Depot, HWY 86 in Hillsborough
  • Meadowmont, behind the Harris Teeter in Chapel Hill
  • University Mall, off Estes Drive, across from A Southern Season in Chapel Hill

In the case of an overflowing recycling site, please do not leave recyclable items on the ground, instead report this by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR HOLIDAY COOKING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC. (November 12, 2012)—The Orange County Emergency Services Department reminds residents that cooking fires continue to be the most common type of fire to happen in U.S. households.

This is even more apparent during the holidays. There is an increased incidence of cooking fires on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of fire injuries. These fires are preventable by simply being more attentive to the use of cooking materials and equipment.

Cooking Safety Tips
The kitchen can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the home if safe cooking behaviors are not followed. The Emergency Services Department offers the following tips to help residents avoid becoming a casualty of a cooking fire:

• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn the stove off.
• If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you're cooking
• Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you feel drowsy.
• Keep anything that can catch fire—potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from the stovetop
• Keep the stovetop, burners and oven clean
• Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
• Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.

Frying a Turkey Safely
• Use turkey fryers outdoors and a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials
• Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck
• Make sure fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping
• Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
• Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
• To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer
• Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
• Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix; water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
• The National Turkey Federation recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight
• Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.

Responding to a Cooking Fire
• When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1, or the local emergency number after you leave.
• It is advisable NOT to attempt fighting the fire.  Leave that to the professionals.
• Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool.
• In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing
• If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet.
• After a fire, both ovens and microwaves should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.

For more information about holiday cooking safety, please call Emergency Services at 919.245.6100.

 

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Buckhorn Road Infrastructure

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY EMBARKS ON MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FUNDED BY QUARTER-CENT SALES TAX

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 9, 2012)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously voted in favor of awarding the bid and approving a construction contract for the second phase of the Buckhorn-Mebane water and sanitary sewer system.

J.F. Wilkerson Contracting of Morrisville, NC submitted the winning bid in the amount of $4,016,546. This contract is being funded by the quarter-cent sales tax initiative, which passed the November 2011 voter referendum.

“Our unanimous decision represents our commitment to the voters and proof we are serious and ready to move forward with economic development in Orange County,” said Commission Chair Bernadette Pelissier.


The County has been working in partnership with the City of Mebane for the past several years to bolster the utility service in the area. The first phase was Gravelly Hill Middle School, followed by the neighborhoods and churches located in the Buckhorn Road area and now infrastructure will be added to the economic development district.


“The addition of a water and sanitary sewer system will increase the economic development prospects for Orange County—by adding office, light industrial, manufacturing, and retail opportunities in turn, diversifying the County’s tax base,” said Steve Brantley director of Orange County’s Economic Development Department.

“We've been working for years to bring quality jobs and services to the Buckhorn economic development district. This infrastructure project, made possible by a citizen-supported sales tax and strong partnership with Mebane, marks a major step in that direction,” said Commissioner Barry Jacobs.


The construction zone is part of the 3,000 acre Efland/Buckhorn/Mebane Utility Planning Area and comprises 800+ acres of economic development land use. Additionally, 16” water mains will be installed to support another 900 acres with water supply and fire flow.

Proactive rezoning approved by the BOCC has made this location more competitive when vying for targeted business and industry interested in the Triangle region.

“This land is located between the Triangle and the Triad, bordering the southern part of I-85 and I-40, which makes this area unique, giving businesses a reason to locate in Orange County,” said Commissioner Alice Gordon.


Within less than a year after the voter referendum, Orange County has successfully entered in to two major inter-local utility agreements with the cities of Mebane and Durham.

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Library Food/Toy Drive Program

Media Contact: Steve Lorenz

Circulation Department

Phone: 919.245. 2527

slorenz@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY USHERS IN HOLIDAY SEASON WITH
ANNUAL FOOD/TOY DONATION PROGRAM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 8, 2012)–The Orange County Public Library will once again host the Food-for-Fines and Toys-for-Fines events.

The events will take place from Monday, November 19, through Friday, December 14, giving patrons an opportunity to reduce or eliminate library fines, while making the season bright for fellow County residents.

The County’s three library locations will accept toys and non-perishable food items in exchange for reduced library fines or a reduced rate for a replacement card. Each food item, results in one dollar being deducted from a library fine balance. The food donations will be delivered to Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM), to distribute to County residents in need.

The library will also accept cans of pet food in lieu of paying library fines. OCIM will provide County residents with the pet food, if they have household pets.

The Main Library also is participating as a drop-off location for the County’s fifth annual Toy Chest event taking place on December 15-17. Patrons can donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Toy Chest in exchange for eliminating “all” library fines. Patrons who do not have fines are also encouraged to bring in toys and place them in the Toy Chest box.

The Orange County Library branch locations include: Main Library West Campus in downtown Hillsborough; Cybrary in the Carrboro Century Center and the Carrboro Branch Library in the McDougle Middle School.

Donated food or toys will not replace lost or damaged library materials. These must be paid for by cash or check.

For more information about these events or a library account, please call the Main Library 919.245.2525.

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BOCC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: November 8, 2012

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

Orange County BOCC Special Meeting Notice

 

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

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will host an in-house reception to recognize the three outgoing Commissioners, Valerie Foushee, Pam Hemminger and Steve Yuhasz for their years of service to the people of Orange County.  The event will be on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room D of the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

This event is prior to the BOCC regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the same location. 

 

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Toy Chest Benefit

 

Media Contact: Rebekah Rapoza

Toy Chest Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 2869

rrapoza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO TOYS-FOR-TOTS BENEFIT CONCERT


ORANGE COUNTY, NC
(November 7, 2012)–The Orange County Department of Social Services invites the public to attend a Toys-for-Tots benefit concert, featuring performances by Joe Hero, Endless Nameless and On the Record.

The event will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at the Motorco Garage Bar, which is located at 723 Rigsbee Avenue in Durham.


Admission at the door is $5. Anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy will get in FREE.

The 2012 Toy Chest will take place at the Department of Social Services office from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Saturday, December 15 – Monday, December 17.

This event provides low income families with an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season by providing their children with new toys, thanks to the support and generosity of fellow Orange County residents. Toy donations are needed for kids ranging in age from infants to 18-years-old.

Collection boxes will be placed at various locations throughout Orange County for the public to drop off donations, until Friday, December 14.

Other ways the community can support the effort include: signing up to be a volunteer, establishing a collection site, hosting an event that benefits the Toy Chest, or making a cash donation.

The Department of Social Services is located next to the Dollar Tree in the Hillsborough Commons shopping plaza at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

For more information about the benefit, please visit
http://motorcomusic.com/toys-for-tots or call 919.245.2869.

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