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May 21
​Free Testing Available During Hepatitis Awareness Month

Walk-in clinics to be held on May 24

Did you know that up to 75 percent of people living with hepatitis C do not know they are infected?

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month. To recognize this month, Wake County will hold free walk-in hepatitis C testing clinics on May 24.

The effects of hepatitis C can go unnoticed for years or decades, while slowly damaging the liver. By the time symptoms appear, liver damage is often significant. In fact, it is the leading cause of liver transplants and can cause cirrhosis, cancer and even death.

“Hepatitis C is serious, but treatable in most cases,” said Dr. Kimberly McDonald, medical director at Wake County Human Services. “Diagnosis can be made with a simple blood test. Once diagnosed, residents can be connected with the right care and their best chance for a cure.”

Walk-in testing clinics will be held at two locations on May 24:

Wake County residents who cannot attend the May 24 walk-in clinics are encouraged to schedule an appointment for free at any of the following locations: 

Visit our website to learn more about hepatitis C and its risk factors.

May 18
Wake County Recommended Budget Public Hearings on Monday

​Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts about Wake County’s recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2019 with the Wake County Board of Commissioners at two public hearings on May 21.

The budget public hearings will be held at:

On May 9, County Manager David Ellis presented the Board of Commissioners with a $1.3 billion recommended budget that proposes historic investments in housing affordability and education, as well as investments in behavioral health care, county operations and community partnerships. The budget would require a 2.9-cent property tax increase, for a total proposed rate of 64.4 cents for every $100 of property value.

The board is expected to adopt a budget on June 4. Learn more about the recommended budget at wakegov.com/budget.


May 18
​College Basketball Player, Cardiac Arrest Survivor to Celebrate with Wake County EMS

Events Planned as Part of National EMS Week

Ty Solomon, the South Carolina State University basketball player who survived cardiac arrest during a basketball game against North Carolina State University in December, will return to Raleigh as part of the Wake County EMS “Code: Celebrate!” event on May 22. Solomon and his coach, Murray Gavin, will address other survivors and their first responders.

“This event provides an opportunity for survivors and responders to come together and share their stories,” said Dr. Jose Cabanas, director of Wake County EMS. “It’s inspiring for our EMS providers to talk with their former patients, meet their families and see the difference they’ve made in their lives.”

The Wake County EMS system has one of the most successful cardiac arrest survival programs in the nation. This year’s “Code: Celebrate!” celebrates a record 120 survivors of cardiac arrest in Wake County during 2017. It takes place at 7 p.m. at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum and is free and open to the public.

The event is part of National EMS Week, which runs May 20–26. Wake County EMS will launch EMS Week with an open house at Station 1 from 8 a.m.–noon on Monday, May 21.

Pete the Paramedic Panda will be there to teach people hands-only CPR and how to use a defibrillator. Attendees can also check out an ambulance and learn about EMS. Wake County Human Services staff will be on hand to provide blood pressure checks and share information on healthy living.

Station 1 is located at 331 McDowell St. in downtown Raleigh.

Wake County EMS responded to approximately 103,000 requests for service in 2017. The system marked 40 years of service in 2016. Learn more about Wake County EMS here.

For more information about Code: Celebrate! or the open house, contact Jeffrey Hammerstein, assistant chief, Wake County EMS, at 919-625-3260 or jeffrey.hammerstein@wakegov.com.


May 16
​Summer Reading Rocks Libraries

Wake County Public Libraries’ 2018 Summer Reading Program kicks off June 1—and this year, it’s going to rock!

Summer is a great time to read for pleasure and discover the free programs and events offered at your local public library. Special events and fun activities will be available for all ages at all regional and community libraries.

The Read-to-Me program is offered for preschool children. The theme for programs for school-aged children, teens and adults is “Libraries Rock!”

Children (birth through Grade 5): Grab a reading log at your local library, and earn stamps when you talk to librarians about a favorite book, bring in a bag to carry home more books or attend a program. Each week when you check out three or more books, you will receive a special summer surprise. 

Teens: You’ll be entered into our program and weekly prize drawings when you check out three or more books, attend a teen program at a regional library, open a new library account or participate in Teen Leadership Corps. Prizes include gift certificates to theaters, sporting events, amusement parks and more. 

Adults: You’ll be entered into our program and weekly prize drawings when you check out three or more books, attend an adult program at a regional library, open a library account or make an appointment to meet a librarian. Prizes include gift certificates to restaurants, entertainment venues and more. 

Summer reading will begin on June 1 and run through July 31. All regional and community libraries are planning celebrations to launch into summer reading. Join us on these special days sign up for Summer Reading, stay for performances and create a Sharpie tie dye bandana craft. 

 

Summer Reading Launches at Regional Libraries

​Date ​Location ​Contact
​June 2, 1:30–4 p.m. Cameron Village Library ​919-856-6710
​June 3, 1:304 p.m. East Regional Library ​919-217-5300
June 3, 1:304 p.m. Eva Perry Regional Library ​919-387-2100
June 3, 1:304 p.m. North Regional Library ​919-870-4000
​June 3, 1:304 p.m. Northeast Regional Library ​919-570-7166
​June 3, 1:304 p.m. Southeast Regional Library ​919-662-2250
​June 3, 1:304 p.m. West Regional Library ​919-463-8500
 

Summer Reading Celebrations at Community Libraries

​Date ​Location ​Contact
​June 2,
2:304:30 p.m.
Athens Drive Community Library ​919-233-4000
​June 2,
3–5 p.m.
Cary Community Library 919-460-3350
​June 2,
3–5 p.m.
Duraleigh Community Library ​919-881-1344
​June 2,
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Fuquay-Varina Community Library ​919-557-2788
June 2,
2–4 p.m.
Green Road Community Library ​919-790-3200
June 3,
2–4 p.m.
Holly Springs Community Library 919-577-1660
June 2,
2–4 p.m.
Leesville Community Library ​919-571-6661
​June 2,
2–4 p.m.
Middle Creek Community Library ​919-890-7400
​June 2,
2–4 p.m.
Richard B. Harrison Community Library ​919-856-5720
​June 2,
2–4 p.m.
​Southgate Community Library ​919-856-6598
​June 2,
2–4 p.m.
Wendell Community Library ​919-365-2600
​June 2, 2–4 p.m. Zebulon Community Library ​919-404-3610
 

Rock out this summer with Wake County Public Libraries! For more information, contact your local public library or visit our website.

May 15
​Longleaf Festival Features Exhibits, Express Wagon Ride

Celebrate the importance and history of one of North Carolina’s unique ecosystems at the ninth annual Longleaf Festival on Saturday, May 19. This free event runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

“The Longleaf Festival is a great way for families to get out and enjoy a Saturday afternoon,” said Jackie Trickel, assistant park manager. “Learn how fire plays an important role in the survival of the longleaf pine, and climb aboard the Longleaf Express wagon to ride through our 60-acre forest with the N.C. Forest Service as your guide.”

Tickets for the wagon ride are available for free at the event, but they are limited.

More than 40 agencies and organizations will offer interactive, educational exhibits, including live animals, nature-themed activities and games, children’s crafts and a scavenger hunt. Enjoy munchies from food trucks and music from local bands. 

This event takes place rain or shine. Visit the Longleaf Festival web page for a complete list of participants and to find out how to get a ticket for the Longleaf Express. For more information, call Harris Lake County Park at 919-387-4342, or contact Jackie Trickel at jackie.trickel@wakegov.com or 919-387-4344.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.


May 09
Wake County Presents $1.3 Billion Recommended Budget for FY19

Includes historic investments in housing affordability, education

Wake County Manager David Ellis on Wednesday, May 9, proposed historic investments in housing affordability and education as he presented to the Wake County Board of Commissioners a $1.3 billion recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which runs from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

“Through this budget, we can truly make a difference in the lives of our residents—especially those living on the margins,” Ellis said. “It provides an opportunity for us to make real progress in our board’s goal areas, particularly housing affordability, behavioral health and education.”

During his presentation, Ellis recommended investing an additional $15 million a year to build and preserve housing in Wake County that working families can afford. This recurring funding would also support a county commitment to effectively end veteran homelessness by December 2021.

In addition, Ellis proposed providing an additional $30.1 million in operating funds to the Wake County Public School System. This would bring the county’s total annual investment in the school district to a record-setting $461 million and result in the highest per-pupil funding ever.

Ellis recommended funding these historic investments in education and housing affordability with a 2.9-cent property tax increase, which would bring the county’s property tax rate to 64.4 cents for every $100 of property value. The tax increase would generate about $41.6 million in FY19.

Under this proposal, a property owner would pay an extra $29 in property taxes for every $100,000 of assessed value; therefore, the owner of a $300,000 home, for example, would pay an additional $87 in property taxes.

The recommended budget also includes:

  • Funding for Wake Technical Community College to hire faculty and staff for its new RTP campus, which is scheduled to open for regular classes in August;

  • Program funding to better coordinate access to mental health and psychiatric services for people with behavioral health needs, including school-aged children;

  • Investments in county operations to honor financial commitments, meet growing demands for services and programs, mitigate risks and address emerging needs. Efforts include opening new libraries, adding ambulances to Wake County EMS, enhancing the county’s cybersecurity and supporting a comprehensive water supply study; and

  • Support for 10 nonprofit organizations that positively affect the community in areas such as early childhood education, food security, and arts and culture.

Next steps
Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the proposed budget at two public hearings on May 21. The first will take place during the 2 p.m. Board of Commissioners meeting at the Wake County Justice Center; the second will be held at 7 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on adoption of the county’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget at its 5 p.m. meeting on June 4.

More information and recommended budget materials are available at wakegov.com/budget.

May 09
Ellis to Present Recommended FY19 Budget Today

Wake County Manager David Ellis will present the recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2019 to the Wake County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. The meeting will take place in Room 2700 of the Wake County Justice Center, located at 301 S. McDowell St. in Raleigh.

Anyone who is unable to attend is invited to watch the presentation live online or on Raleigh Television Network (RTN) channel 11.

The recommended budget documents will be available at wakegov.com after the presentation is over.​

May 07
​Get Ready to Vote in the Primary Election

Primary elections for the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties will be held in Wake County on Tuesday, May 8. Voters will choose which candidates will appear on ballots for the general election in November. 

On May 8, you should vote at your assigned polling place to make sure you receive a ballot that contains all the races for which you are eligible to vote. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

View your voter information, polling place and sample ballot here. 

Availability of Unofficial Election Results
Unofficial election results will not be available as quickly Tuesday evening as they have been in previous elections. 

At the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Wake County will manually collect unofficial results from voting machines instead of receiving that data through modem transmission almost immediately after the polls close.  

This process will require the voting machines from Wake County’s 204 polling places to be securely transported to a central location so staff can retrieve results from the machines’ data cards. The Wake County Board of Elections anticipates collecting all of the voting machines by around 10:30 p.m. Unofficial results will be available online as they are collected.

For more information, contact the Wake County Board of Elections at 919-856-6240 or visit ReadytoVote.com.

May 03
​Open Your Heart to a Child in Need

There are currently more than 660 children in foster care in Wake County, yet there are less than 175 foster parents licensed by Wake County Human Services. Wake County is looking for families interested in opening their hearts and homes to children and teens in need of foster care.

May is National Foster Care Month. During this month and throughout the year, Wake County encourages residents to consider changing a child’s life by becoming a foster parent.

“Wake County’s foster parents represent all walks of life, all races, all economic backgrounds and all religions,” said Kenisha Hinton, Wake County’s Foster Care program manager. “You don’t have to be perfect to be a foster parent. You just need to be willing to provide love and support to a child in need. Our staff provide classes to make sure foster parents are prepared and our children are in safe, loving homes.”

Wake County is looking for foster parents who will:

  • Help keep families together by welcoming siblings into their homes;
  • Be positive role models for teens who are learning to navigate life; and
  • Keep kids in their own schools and communities to provide a sense of stability during a turbulent time.

Are you ready to open your heart and home to a child in need? Visit our website to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

May 02
​Local Authors Offer Inspiration, Insight

Events held throughout May at Wake County Public Libraries

Writers and readers can take advantage of several opportunities for inspiration in May. A series of talks and workshops at Wake County Public Libraries will feature successful authors and tackle topics like character development and graphic novel creation.

 

Piedmont Laureate Provides Insight
Nancy Peacock, 2018 Piedmont Laureate and local author, will explore the writing process, technique and her own work at a series of talks and workshops.

Write It! Fictional Characters
Monday, May 14, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Northeast Regional Library
Peacock will lead a writing workshop designed to help you bring your characters to life. Learn how to build fictional characters using clothing as a writing prompt. Registration is requested

Write it! Fictional Characters
Working with Characters’ Emotions
Monday, May 21, 7–8:30 p.m.
West Regional Library
How do you keep your characters from falling flat on the page? Join Peacock for this workshop, and learn how to create characters whose emotions are truly felt by readers. Registration is requested

Meet the Author: Nancy Peacock
Thursday, May 31, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Cameron Village Regional Library 
Peacock will read from her most recent novel, “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson.” She’ll then discuss her book, life, characters and writing process. Registration is requested

 

Graphic Novelist Gives Tips
Are you interested in creating a graphic novel of your own? Curious how writers combine a script with illustrations? Meet a local graphic novel writer, and learn about the process of fashioning these unique books that merge words and illustrations. Events will be held at each of the regional libraries, and registration is requested. 

Thursday, May 10, 6–7 p.m.
Cameron Village Regional Library
Register

Tuesday, May 15, 6:30–8 p.m.
North Regional Library
Register

Wednesday, May 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
East Regional Library 
Register

Sunday, May 20, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Southeast Regional Library
Register

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Eva Perry Regional Library
Register

Wednesday, May 30, 6–7 p.m.
Northeast Regional Library 
Register

Thursday, May 31, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
West Regional Library
Register

 

For more information about these events, contact Elena Owens at elena.owens@wakegov.com or visit the Library Events page.

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