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November 2014

 

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County Observes 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 OFFICES FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 24, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, December 1, 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 (OCPL)

The OCPL Main Library and Carrboro Branch will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. All Orange County Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28.

Animal Services

The Animal Services Department will be closed on Thursday and Friday, but any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule on those days. The after-hours drop location will also be open and checked throughout both days, as usual.  The Animal Services Center will be open for regular business on Saturday, November 29.

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department clinics and administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, and will reopen and resume regular hours on Monday, December 1.

 

Parks

All Orange County Parks and Recreation facilities are closed Thanksgiving Day.  The Central Recreation Center Gym will be closed November 24 - December 5, and will reopen on December 8.  Little River Regional Park will reopen on Friday, November 28, at 8:00 a.m.     

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28. Both centers will reopen and resume regular hours on Saturday, November 29.

Orange Public Transportation (OPT)

OPT administrative and dispatch offices are closed on Thursday and Friday.  OPT will operate limited service serving the in-county dialysis route only (Carolina Dialysis) on Friday, November 28, and Saturday, November 29. Full service will resume on Monday, December 1.

Trip requests for Monday, December 1, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25. Trip requests for Tuesday, December 2, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, but will be open on Saturday, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day.  The make-up day for Thanksgiving is on Saturday, November 29.  Residents who would normally receive curbside recycling pick-up on Thursday, November 27, should have their recycling bins and carts at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, or put them out the night before. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on November 27.  Normal hours of operation will resume on Friday, November 28.  

The Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill, and all associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Eubanks Road will be closed on November 27 and 28. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 29.

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative office located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will be closed November 27 and 28.Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, December 1.

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BOCC

Media Contact:

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

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

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

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

 

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Recycle 25

Media Contact:

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste

Phone: 919.968.2788

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HONORING 25 YEARS OF RECYCLING IN ORANGE COUNTY

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

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

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

 

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Library Holiday Drive

Media Contact:

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit orangecountync.gov/library

OCPL Locations

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

(Inside McDougle Middle School)

  • OCPL Cybrary, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

(Inside Carrboro Century Center)

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BOCC

Media Contact:

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

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

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

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

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BOCC

Media Contact:

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

919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING NOTICE

 

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

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

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

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Rogers Road Ribbon Cutting

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

                                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Outside Agency Funding

Media Contact:

Clarence Grier, CFO

Financial & Administrative Services 

Phone: 919.245.2450

cgrier@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Governor's Volunteer Awards

Media Contact:

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255      

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artists' Salon

Media Contact:

Martha Shannon

Orange County Arts Commission

Phone: 919. 968.2011

mshannon@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ARTISTS’ SALON

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Memory Screenings

Media Contact:

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255      

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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