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Animal Services announces Gofundme campaign to benefit rescued dogs

Orange County Animal Services (Animal Services) has partnered with MicroMass Communications for a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with the care of animals rescued from negligent breeders.

Animal Services rescued nearly 60 dogs of the bulldog and mastiff variety from negligent breeders in October 2019 and they now have almost 80 dogs due to several female dogs being pregnant when they arrived at the shelter. Their care, consisting of not only room and board but veterinary attention, has strained resources as Animal Services navigates the legal process required to rehome these dogs. You can help cover their costs of care by making a donation at

Presently, these rescued dogs are not available for adoption. Animal Services will provide ample public notice of the rehoming process once that information is determined. Please refer to the special statement on this web page for the most up-to-date information about the status of the dogs:

“We are grateful to the public for their patience and understanding as we work to care for these animals and prepare for their rehoming,” said Bob Marotto, Director of Orange County Animal Services. “We are so fortunate to have a community that truly cares about animals and their protection. Community support is what makes a large-scale rescue operation of this kind possible.”

MicroMass Communications is a marketing agency based in Cary. Their Senior Art Director and Group Associate Creative Director became aware of the rising costs for these dogs at Animal Services, and they kindly donated their time, skills and resources to create and manage a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the costs of care for these shelter animals.
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Orange County Public Transportation receives first solar-powered charging station

In partnership with the Orange County Sustainability Program, OCPT has received grant funding for a solar-powered charging station. This charging station is open to the public and can charge three vehicles at once.

The addition of a charging station will become a key asset for OCPT’s Mobility on Demand service, which will launch later this year. OCPT will utilize plug-in hybrid vehicles for this service and deploy them throughout the County similar to ridesharing programs Uber and Lyft.

"We believe this is a great step towards a more sustainable fleet," said Theo Letman, Orange County Transit Services Director.

The station is located at the Orange County Transit Services depot at 600 Highway 86 North and will be accessible during regular business hours.

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Orange County announces early voting schedule, new location for Super Tuesday

Voting by mail for the upcoming primary election starts Monday, Jan. 13. Ballot requests must be mailed or delivered by the voter, the voter’s near relative, or the voter’s legal guardian. Requests cannot be faxed or emailed.

Have you received a bright orange postcard from our office? If so, your voting location has changed. Please review the card and contact our office with any questions.

Early voting starts Thursday, Feb. 13. Orange County has added a new early voting location at University Mall (see the graphic above for dates, hours and locations).

In December, a Federal court temporarily blocked North Carolina's Voter ID law from going into effect, meaning no photo ID will be required to vote for the primary election.
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A Conversation about Substance Use and Aging

Our bodies change as we age, and so do the ways certain substances (prescription drugs, medications, alcohol, etc.) impact us. Join us for a discussion about substance use among older adults. What does it mean? How can we recognize a potential problem in ourselves and others? How do we talk about it, and with whom? What treatment options are available?
Experts will discuss these topics and more and be available to answer questions. Questions can be asked following the presentation, or submitted in writing.

  • Jena Ivey Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, from UNC at Chapel Hill
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Heather Griffin-Dolciney, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, from Freedom House
  • Sharon Reilly, MD, Medical Director from Piedmont Health SeniorCare PACE
  • Dr. Stuart Downie, MB ChB, Geriatric Psychiatrist from Duke

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22 • 5:30-7 p.m.
Register by: Friday, Jan. 17, call (919) 968-2070
Location: Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
Black History Month Brunch Featuring Fruit of Labor

Join us for a performance by Fruit of Labor followed by a delicious brunch. Their music was born out of the struggle of organizing African-American workers in the “Black Belt” region of N.C. and the South. They have created more than 60 songs and have performed before countless rallies, picket lines and marches, as well as concert halls, schools, colleges, workplaces, churches, communities, Juneteenth and Kwanzaa celebrations - and on radio stations nationally and internationally.
Cosponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation-Hargraves Center
Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill
Register by: Saturday, Jan. 25, call 919-968-2070

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Registration open for Family Valentine's Dance

Attention all Dads and Moms! Enjoy a special evening with your daughter or son as you dance to some of you and your child's favorite tunes at the Recreation Division's annual Valentine's Dance on Friday, Feb. 7.

Take this opportunity to make their first dance a memorable one. Fee includes light refreshments, DJ, and one 5-by-7 inch photo of you and your child to capture the evening for years to come. Due to this event's popularity, timely pre-registration is recommended, so sign up early.


  • Ages: All ages
  • Day: Friday
  • Date: February 7
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Minimum/Maximum: 10 to 100 participants
  • Registration: Dec. 15-Jan. 31 (online)
  • Fee: $8 per person
  • Location: Central Recreation Center
  • Program # : 812601-2020A
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