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OCPEH seeking help for homelessness count

On Wednesday, January 30, Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness (OCPEH) staff and volunteers will fan out across Orange County to locate and count every person living unsheltered. This is part of the annual homeless Point-in-Time count, a way to track the numbers of people experiencing homelessness and their demographics. The OCPEH is soliciting volunteers and donations to help with this year’s count.

Each year, the Partnership uses volunteers to help with the count – there are morning, afternoon and evening shifts available between January 30 and February 5 and training is provided. Each person experiencing homelessness is given a bag with toiletries and other supplies, and folks can donate these as well. Sign up to volunteer or donate on the Partnership website.

“We are grateful to the Orange County residents who donate their time and resources to help people in a housing crisis,” said Corey Root, Homeless Programs Coordinator for Orange County. Orange County has an array of service providers and programs, including shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing that serve people experiencing homelessness.
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NCDOT announces date for public info session on I-40 widening

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed widening of 11.4 miles of I-40 between I-85 and the Durham County Line in Orange County.

The interstate would be widened by one lane in each direction to bring the highway up to three lanes each way, improve traffic flow along that corridor and relieve heavy congestion that develops during commuter times. The project would also improve the N.C. 86 exit and sections of that highway for several hundred feet both north and south of the interchange.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Passmore Center-Great Hall located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough from 4-7 p.m. The public may attend at any time during the meeting hours. Please note there will be no formal presentation.

Maps of the proposed plans and project team members will be available to answer questions and receive feedback. All comments will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting.

As information becomes available, it may be viewed at the NCDOT Public Meeting Webpage.

Activities from the Department on Aging

Becoming a Creative Genius (again)! - Aging in Community Series

Did you know that 98 percnt of us are born with abilities that NASA labels as “creative genius?” However, only 2 percent perform at that level by the age of 25. Neuroscientists have recently identified three important changes in the aging brain that, taken together, make later life the best time to reclaim our creative genius.

For nearly 20 years, Carl Nordgren has been helping entrepreneurs, design professionals, and students grow their creative and entrepreneurial talents. He has adapted proven content into a fast paced highly interactive two-hour workshop.

This workshop will help you leverage the changes taking place in your brain to reclaim that creative genius for your next big project, and to add new dimensions to your personal life. You will leave with a Creative Genius Growth Plan.

Register: Call 919-968-2070


Location:  Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 29. at 6:30 – 8:30 PM
The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind is a personal documentary memoir by filmmaker Diana Newton that captures her family’s journey of conflict, loss, and adaptation in response to her younger sibling’s transgender change. It is a searing look at a Southern family wrestling with each other and their beliefs, exposing the shadow landscape of the culture wars at play as they seek a new normal.

While the film foreshadows today’s bathroom politics, it is far less a “transgender” story than a complex family story that weaves together a portrait of their imperfections and the love that remains intact even so.

This film has been at many film festivals and featured on this year’s PBS Online Film Festival. After the film, there will be Q&A time with Diana.

Register by: Wed, Jan 23, call 919-968-2070


Location: Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

DateWednesday, Jan. 30, at 2 – 3:30 PM

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County Finance Department releases Popular Annual Financial Report

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is an annual presentation of Orange County's financial condition on June 30, the end of the county's fiscal year. A CAFR provides a statement of net assets, statement of activities, statement of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balances, notes to the financial statements for the County along with individual fund statements.

As a companion to the CAFR, the county releases a Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) that provides detailed financial information about the county's fiscal health in an easy-to-read format for the public. This publication is available as a free download from the county's website.

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Nominations being accepted for 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards, which are presented annually to an Orange County youth, adult, and business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all citizens.

The Pauli Murray Awards are presented to those who embody the attributes and spirit of Pauli Murray by encouraging diversity in the workforce, promoting and participating in community activities related to social justice issues, or demonstrating positive roles in human relations.

Nomination forms are available online:

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019. Individual (over 18) and Youth (full-time student in grades 6-12 or a college student 18 or younger) nominees must reside in Orange County. Business nominees must operate or conduct business within Orange County. For additional information, contact the Human Relations Commission at (919) 245-2487 or
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