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Student Essay and Poster Contest

Media Contact:

James Davis, Interim Director

Housing, Human Rights & Community Development

Phone: 919.245.2488






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

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

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

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

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


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

About Pauli Murray

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


EMS Prepare for Ebola

Media Contact:

Jim Groves, Director

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6100




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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Ebola, please visit


Spooktacular Event

Media Contact:

Beth Young

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518





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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information and ticket pricing please visit:



Same-Sex Marriage License

Media Contact:

Deborah Brooks, Register of Deeds

Phone: 919.245.2675




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

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

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

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



Application Day

Media Contact:

Robert Gilmore

Human Services Supervisor

Orange County Dept. of Social Services

Phone: 919.245.2847





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

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

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

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

Hillsborough Location

Monday, October 20, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Orange County Department of Social Services

113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Chapel Hill Location

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Orange County Joblink/Career  Center

503 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Applications are being accepted for the following positions:

_ Assistant Deli Manager

_ Assistant Front End Manager

_ Assistant Grocery Specialist

_ Assistant Produce Manager

_ Baker

_ Bulk Specialist

_ Candy / Coffee Specialist

_ Cheese Specialist

_ Gift / Floral Specialist

_ Grocery Specialist

_ Meat Cutter

_ Seafood Specialist

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

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


Artist Reception

Media Contact

Erin Sapienza, Branch Librarian

Orange County Public Library – Carrboro Branch

Phone: 919.969.3006




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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact Nerys Levy, the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library art committee chairperson, at

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

For more information about arts in the Carrboro Branch Library, please visit


Little Free Library

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525





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

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

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

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

For more information about Little Free Libraries, please visit



Literary Hall of Fame

Media Contact

Martha Shannon

Orange County Arts Commission

Phone: 919. 968.2011





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

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

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

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

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

About the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame

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


Fire Prevention Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following checklist is recommended for homeowners with smoke alarms:

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


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

For assistance with developing a plan, please visit



Nominations for Governor's Service Awards

Media Contact

Janice Tyler, Director

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255




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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650




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

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

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

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

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


Early Voting Locations

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director

Orange County Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350






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

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

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

Carrboro Town Hall: 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro

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

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

Seymour Senior Center: 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Cybrary to Temporarily Close

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525




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

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

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

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


County to Host Environmental Summit

Media Contact

Beth Young, Communications Manager

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518





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

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

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

The summit will also feature the following presentations

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


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

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

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

The Commission for the Environment is a citizen advisory board comprised of 15 members, appointed by the Board of Orange County Commissioners. To obtain an application, please visit

For more information about the 2014 Environmental Summit, please call DEAPR at 919.245.2510 or visit


Commissioner Completes Leadership Program

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 29, 2014)—The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is pleased to announce Orange County Commissioner Renee Price successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) training class.

The course is offered by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in conjunction with the NCACC and the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

ALC is a weeklong, residential program designed to help municipal and county elected officials understand the broader challenges of governing, build personal leadership abilities, and learn how to lead and act collaboratively. Participants also receive individualized leadership coaching after completion of the course.

“The Advanced Leadership Corps is very comprehensive and an excellent resource for anyone serving in public office. I highly recommend this training to other elected officials,” said Commissioner Price. 

“This program is about supporting the leaders in our communities and providing them with some insight on how to engage with partners and constituents to achieve shared goals,” said NCACC executive director David F. Thompson. “There’s not a lot of training that can prepare you for the demands of public office. Programs like this one are designed to give commissioners the skills needed to resolve problems and to be effective leaders in their communities.”

The program, funded in part by Prudential Retirement, is in its second year and has trained 36 municipal and county elected officials from across the state.

The leadership skills developed through ALC are designed to encourage commissioners to become better leaders in their home counties, promote more engagement in the work of the Association, and inspire participants to seek higher public offices.


Falls Prevention Program

Media Contact

Mary E. Fraser, DSW

Aging Transitions Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 26, 2014)–Orange County is recognizing North Carolina Fall Awareness Week, which takes place September 22 - September 27.

One third of all persons over the age of 65 will fall each year.  According to the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among North Carolina citizens 65 years of age and older. 

Falls and the fear of falling can lead to depression, hopelessness, loss of mobility, and loss of functional independence.  Fortunately, injuries from falls are largely preventable.  

The Orange County Department on Aging and Orange County Emergency Services are working together to implement an initiative aimed at addressing and preventing falls among older adults and disabled residents called Stay Up and Active.

 “This innovative program is designed to connect older adults to the services and resources they need to safely age in their homes”, said Janice Tyler, director of the Orange County Department on Aging. 

“Each year, 1,000 Orange County residents call Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as the result of a fall,” said Jim Groves, director of Orange County Emergency Services. “Falls can cause a hip fracture or traumatic brain injury after which the individual may need to be placed in a skilled care facility.”

Residents who call 9-1-1, due to a fall or who are screened as being high risk of falling, will have the opportunity to receive a follow-up screening conducted by Orange County Paramedics.  They can also be referred for further evaluation and services through the Department on Aging.  Department on Aging services may include home safely education, home modifications, counseling, in-home services, referrals for healthcare or other resource referrals. 

The purpose of these services is to prevent further falls from happening.  EMS has screened more than 450 adults older than 60 as being “at-risk” and has been in touch with more than 70 of them for additional follow up.

For more information, please contact Kim Woodward at Emergency Services at 919.245.6133 or Mary Fraser at the Department on Aging at 919.968.2087.



Spirit of Holidays

Media Contact

Deborah J. Taylor, Extension Agent

Family and Consumer Sciences

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2055






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 24, 2014)—Orange County Cooperative Extension Services (CES) invites the community to the 20th anniversary celebration of its annual holiday program entitled, The Spirit of Elegant Holidays 2014. This year’s theme is “Best of the Best: 20 Years of Favorites!”   

With assistance from a committee of volunteers, the program will take place twice on Thursday, October 23, at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Hillsborough United Methodist Church, located at 130 W. Tryon Street. 

This year’s program will highlight 20 years of hosting this volunteer-driven program in Orange County.  Many of the favorite recipes and favorite crafts from the last 20 years will be showcased along with some new recipes, crafts and decorating ideas.  Volunteers who have worked with the program throughout the 20-year period will be recognized. 

Participants will have an opportunity to taste a mouthwatering array of dishes that will include hors d’oeuvres, side dishes, soups, breads, and desserts.  There will also be a special category of food gift ideas and food ideas for youth. 

During the final segment of the program, participants will be able to view crafts and listen to a presentation describing the items on display, all of which are reflective of a variety of experience levels.  Many of the craftsmen will be on hand to talk with participants at the conclusion of the program.

Pre-registration is required to be eligible for the reduced fee.  The early registration fee is $7.00, if paid by Thursday, October 9.  Afterwards, the fee will be $10.00. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Participants will also receive a copy of the program booklet or CD with instructions for the recipes, crafts, gifts, and decorating ideas, as well as recipes for all food items presented. 

In addition, the booklet will contain helpful information on ingredient substitutions, food safety during power outages, home safety tips during the holidays, and helpful tips for use of everyday items in creative and unexpected ways.


Make checks payable to Orange County CES, and mail to the following address:

NC Cooperative Extension

P.O. Box 8181

Hillsborough, NC  27278

Online register is available at holidays14

Registration can also be done by phone at 919.245.2050, or in person by visiting the CES offices located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.

For more information, please call Deborah Taylor at 919.245.2055.



Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 23, 2014) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions. 

There are openings on the Orange Unified Transportation Board for representation from the Cheeks Township, Cedar Grove Township, an economic development advocate, a planning advocate, a bicycle transportation advocate and a pedestrian access advocate.

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

If interested in serving, apply at

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



Food Council Meeting

Media Contact

Carl Matyac, Director

Orange County Cooperative Extension

Phone: 919.245.2050





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 22, 2014)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension is encouraging the public to attend the Food Council Public Interest meeting taking place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 29.

This is an opportunity for residents to meet with county agencies, local/regional businesses, non-profit groups, and everyday eaters to discuss the need for a food council in Orange County.  

Food councils address local and regional needs through a variety of methods by focusing on policy, commerce, health, access or other areas of interest to stakeholders.

Those who attend the public interest meeting will discuss the relevance for a Food Council in Orange County and take initial steps towards developing a council as a formal entity.

The public interest meeting will take place at the Southern Human Services Building located at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information or to RSVP, please visit



Fraud Seminar

Media Contact

Beverly Shuford
Information & Benefits Specialist

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4274 or 919.245.2023

Zhenzhen Yu, Social Worker

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4275





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 22, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to a free seminar entitled, “Don’t be a Victim of Financial Fraud, be Money Smart.”

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), “Older Adults are prime targets for financial exploitation,” which can result in, ‘the loss of the ability to live independently, decline in health, broken trust, and fractured families’.” 

Attendees will learn important information and tips for identifying and preventing fraud, identity theft and other types of elder financial exploitation. They will also receive a free participant/resource guide, Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Financial Exploitation, published by the FDIC and the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau.

The seminar will include presentations by the following experts in the field of consumer protection:

Caroline Farmer, Deputy Director
Victims and Citizens Section
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper's Office

John Maron, Director
Investor Education Program

NC Department of the Secretary of State, Securities Division

Stephanie Bias, Coordinator
Senior Medicare Patrol

NC Department of Insurance

Admission is free, however, participants are encouraged to register in advance. Contact the location of your choice to register.

Seminar Dates and Locations


Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Call 919.968.2070

Wednesday, October 2, 2014 (Presentation in Chinese)

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call the Chinese Helpline 919.259.0232

Central Orange Senior Center - 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Call 919.245.2015




Shred-a-Thon Event

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 19, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is sponsoring two free Shred-A-Thons at the end of October. This event is in cooperation with University Mall, local law enforcement and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

Orange County residents and small businesses (including those in the Town of Chapel Hill within Durham County), and local government employees who work for the County or the Town of Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough may securely destroy their personal confidential documents at no cost.  

Both events are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will take place at the following locations:

  • Thursday, October 23

University Mall, at Estes and Willow Drive in Chapel Hill. 

For safety reasons, this service will be “park and walk up” only!  Carts will be available however if you can bring your own hand-truck or cart it may be useful if you have more items than you can carry.


  • Saturday, October 25 
    Hampton Pointe 24-hour Recycling Drop-off Site, behind Home Depot, Hwy 86 in Hillsborough.  This service will be a “drive through.”

There is a limit of five “banker-box” sized boxes or five large bags of paper per person, and a limit of one trip per person or business.

Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the Shred-a-Thon, such as plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks or other electronic media.  Incidental paper clips or staples are OK. The shredded paper will be recycled, so we want to keep it clean!

Shredding takes place on-site in full view of the person delivering paper. 




Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 18, 2014) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

Currently there are several openings for the Orange County Housing Authority.  Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

Orange County Housing Authority members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  The goal of the Orange County Housing Authority board is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for the low and moderate income families in the County.  At least on member of the Board shall be a Section 8 holder.  Other board members may represent the following areas of interest:  real estate, development, affordable housing, municipal law and banking.

If interested in serving, apply at

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




Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 5, 2014) - Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting schedule changes. 

The start time has changed for the Joint Meeting with the Mebane City Council, scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014 and will now start at 5:30 p.m. for the dinner with the meeting to start at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Mebane Municipal Building at 106 East Washington Street in Mebane.

The date for the Assembly of Governments Meeting has been changed FROM Thursday, November 20, 2014 TO Wednesday, November 19, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitted Building, 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough. 




County Spay Neuter Day

Media Contact

Sarah Fallin

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 224




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 4, 2014)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is working to combat pet overpopulation by hosting “Spay Neuter Day.”  

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  The purpose is to raise awareness and help to eliminate the need for euthanasia as a means of population control. 

For the event, Animal Services has partnered with Spay Neuter Assistance Program or North Carolina (SNAP-NC) to offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of households that receive services from the Orange County Department of Social Services or who qualify by their combined income. 

“Animal Services hopes events such as this, along with other longer-term programs developed by this department, will increase the number of pets that are spayed and neutered in Orange County, and in turn help to eliminate the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation we face as a community,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.

Qualifying Orange County residents must sign up before Friday, September 19, 2014.

To register or determine if you qualify, please call Rachael Williamson at 919.942.7387 extension 223 or Sarah Fallin at extension 224.



County Moves Forward on Rogers Road

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 4, 2014)—The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the County can move forward with funding improvements slated for the historic Rogers Road community.

This, following the apparent conclusion of an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the opinion of the county attorney that the BOCC no longer needs to refrain from considering major expenditures for Rogers Road. 

While funding the improvements to the Rogers Road area is no longer inhibited by the EPA’s investigation, the County will be prudent in its actions, since the investigator’s decision is pending.

“The final decision of the EPA could substantially delay a project that may be no more risky than any other,” said County Attorney John Roberts. “The investigation remains open and proceeding with an appropriate level of caution is advised.”

According to the EPA’s investigator the agency is currently preparing its investigation report and decision letter and anticipates having a final resolution of the case shortly.


County Job Fair

Media Contact

Robert Gilmore

Human Services Supervisor

Orange County Dept. of Social Services

Phone: 919.245.2847





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 4, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking employers to participate in a Job Fair on Wednesday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00p.m.

The fair will take place at the DSS offices located in Hillsborough Commons at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. The Job Fair is an opportunity to directly connect businesses with potential employees. The County is seeking participation from employers to make this a worthwhile and successful event for those in need of employment.

The Job Fair will be open to interested job applicants with a variety of skill sets, from entry level to experienced professionals. Orange County’s goal is to provide an atmosphere where each employer leaves with several qualified candidates for hire.

Booth space (including tables), parking, Internet access, and private offices for on-site interviews will be provided at no charge. There will also be access to a computer lab with 20 computers for applicants to complete employment application online.

A seminar and continental breakfast will be available from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., detailing available federal tax incentives for hiring managers.  Additionally, a complimentary lunch will be included for participating employers.

Employers who are interested in participating in the Job Fair should contact Randy Haynes at 919.245.4343 or send an e-mail to  or John Cooley at 919.245.2821 or send an e-mail to

For more information about the Job Fair, please contact Robert Gilmore at 919.245.2847.



Rabies Clinics

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287



In Recognition of World Rabies Day

Orange County, NC (September 2, 2014)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is offering two low cost rabies vaccination clinics, during the last week in September, marking the eighth year for World Rabies Day. 

The low-cost clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations, while providing pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations. 

World Rabies Day is on Sunday, September 28, and is sponsored by the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among other partner organizations.  The event is designed to raise global and local awareness about rabies and promote prevention efforts.

Orange County will offer two $10 clinics the week of World Rabies Day.  Both clinics will offer 1-year vaccinations and will be take place on the following dates:


Thursday, September 25, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Public Market House, 144 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough

(Cash only for this clinic)       


            Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Orange County Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill

(Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for an additional $25)


Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Fractious animals should remain in the car and the vet will vaccinate them there. 

For more information about World Rabies Day, please visit 

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, including rabies vaccination clinic requirements, please visit /animalservices or call 919-942-PETS (7387).



National Emergency Preparedness

Media Contact

Kirby Saunders

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6135



National Preparedness Month


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 2, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is recognizing Emergency Preparedness Month throughout September.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2012 National Survey, 46% of respondents believed that a natural disaster will occur in their community; however, nearly 70% of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise in the past two years.

As a proud supporter of National Preparedness Month, Orange County Emergency Services wants to share important information that will help residents be better prepared in case of a disaster.

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, community-based campaign designed to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. Organizations will participate in hazard-specific drills, group discussions, exercises, etc.

Orange County Emergency Services has set the following goals:


  • Understand which disasters could happen in the community;
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage;
  • Practice drills and share information to better prepare your employees, affiliates, and the communities you serve; and
  • Participate in community resilience planning


To reach these goals, Emergency Services staff will host the following activities:

  • September 15 – Preparedness Booth from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Department of Social Services in Hillsborough


  • September 16 – Skywarn Weather Spotter Training from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the West Campus Office Building in downtown Hillsborough, room 004 on the ground level


  • September 22 – Pet Preparedness Seminar from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Animal Services Center at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill


  • September 23 – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Orange County Emergency Services at 510 Meadlowlands Drive in Hillsborough


  • September 30 – National #PrepareAthon! Day – Social media exercise asking pet owners to take a #petselfie and hashtag #OCprep


For more information about National Preparedness Month and how to develop a plan, please visit

To request for a presentation to made to your group, please contact Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6100 or send an e-mail to



Aging Film Series

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 2, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to explore the Heart’s Desire and to re-discover and re-invent itself through season four of the popular film series entitled, “Heart’s Desire: Films for Later Life. The series opens at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18.

The film series is hosted by Bolton Anthony, founder of Second Journey and a social change activist. He will be joined by Kay-Robert Volkwijn. She was born in South Africa and is a retired Presbyterian minister with an avid, lifelong interest in films.

The series opens with the Academy Award-winning Dutch film. This will be follow by two more films exploring the call in later life “To come home to who you really are.”

Antonia's Line- Thursday, September 18

Wadjda- Thursday, October 2

As it is in Heaven- Thursday, October 16.

The second trio of films celebrates “The dance of spirit in later life.”

Monsieur Ibrahim- Thursday, November 6

Gloria on Thursday, November 20.

Zorba the Greek- Thursday, December 4, starring Anthony Quinn.

The film series is free and open to the public – each showing starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

The series is sponsored in partnership with Second Journey.

For more information, please visit

To register, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.