Community Information: Oak Ridge

Community Information: Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, incorporated in 1998, has grown from an agricultural area to a bedroom community; it’s over 5,000 residents, many of whom live in developments on former family farms, primarily work in the nearby cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.

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Like other northwest-area towns. Oak Ridge is rich is history. It was aptly named for the stately oak trees that run along a natural ridge through the town. The Old Mill of Guilford can be traced back to the 1700s, and Oak Ridge Military Academy was founded in 1852.

The town built its 10.000-square-foot town hall in 2007, and in 2009, completed an 80-acre community park that has athletic fields, walking trails, a playground and picnic shelters.

In the last 10 years a central business district has sprung up in the town core, offering retail shops, grocery store, offices, medical practices and restaurants.

Many community and civic groups exist. The Oak Ridge Horse Show is a 65-year-old charity event, and groups such as the Merchants Association of Oak Ridge, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Preservation Oak Ridge and others participate in community events while preserving the area's heritage and natural beauty.

Town Council

Composed of five voting members; the mayor is chosen by the council and votes on all matters that come before the council.

Ray Combs (mayor)
668-4237
rayc...@triad.rr.com

Roger Howerton (mayor pro tern)
643-4755
rhow...@triad.rr.com

David Rowe
643-1746
hdpr...@aol.com

Jim Kinneman
644-8645
kinn...@triad.rr.com

Danny Yanusz
643-6424
grey...@bellsouth.net

Council meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Town Hall.

For committee meeting schedules and other town information, visit the town website.

TOWN HALL
8315 Linville Road, P.O. Box 374,
Oak Ridge, NC 27357 - (336) 644-7009
www.oakridgene.com
Bruce Oakley, town administrator boak...@oakndgenc.com
Heather Birch, town clerk hbi...@oakridgenc.com
Hours: 8:30 am - 4'30 pm Monday-Friday

Other Information

Incorporation date: 1998
Estimated population: 5.067
Size: Approx. 15 square miles
Tax rate: 8.63$ per $100 of property value (town), 73.74* per $100 (county), 8.25$ per $ 100 (fire department)

Town committees: Beautification; Board of Adjustment; Finance; Historic Preservation Commission; Ordinance Review; Oversight; Parks and Recreation Commission; Planning and Zoning Board; Water

Business Associations

Merchants Association of Oak Ridge

The Merchants Association of Oak Ridge meets at 7:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Oak Ridge Town Hall, 8315 Linville Road. Northwest-area business people are invited to join. Along with promoting member businesses, the group funds, organizes and sponsors several annual community events, including the Great Pumpkin Event, the Oak Ridge Christmas tree lighting and Ridge Fest MAOR also participates in the Adopt-a-Highway program. For more info, contact Patti Stokes, president, at 644-7035, ext. 13, or p...@nwobserver.com or visit www.merchantsofoakridge.com .

Civic/Service Groups

Oak Ridge Garden Club

Oak Ridge Garden Club meets the first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions) at 7 p.m. at various locations. For meeting location or other information, contact Nancy Stoudemire at 643-6516.

Oak Ridge Horse Show
The Oak Ridge Horse Show, a 65-year community charity event, is held every year on Easter weekend. Funds raised are returned to the community by way of donations to local organizations, including Scout troops, schools, youth groups and sports teams, and a scholarship is awarded annually to a local high school senior Meetings are held year-round. For more info, contact Sharon Smith at 643-1425.

Oak Ridge Lions Club
The Oak Ridge Lions Club meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Bill's Pizza, 1431 N.C. 68 North, Oak Ridge. New members and visitors are welcome. The club helps those who are sight or hearing-impaired and is involved in several community projects and participates in local events. The major fundraiser is the annual golf tournament. Brooms made by Industries for the Blind are sold year round, and old glasses are collected for recycling. It also collects used ink cartridges and is part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. For more info, call Carolyn Brown at 643-3447 or Debra Mays at 643-3832.

Preservation Oak Ridge
Preservation Oak Ridge, a nonprofit group committed to preserving the historic structures of Oak Ridge, meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Town Hall. It is currently involved in the restoration of the historic Ai Church on N.C. 68 in Oak Ridge. For more info, contact Doug Nodine at 209-1999.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, dial 911

Fire Department

Full-time paid and volunteer firefighters

www.oakridgencfire.com

Station 15- 643-3783
8325 Linville Road, Oak Ridge

Station 51- 662-8900
5219 Northwest School Road,
Greensboro

Burn permits and information on open burning can be obtained from local fire stations.

The Oak Ridge Fire Department also has an auxiliary that provides support to firefighters during a fire or other emergency, for contact info, call the fire department.

Residents of the Oak Ridge fire district can obtain burn permits end info on open burning at www.oakridgencfire.com .

Sheriff's Department

In case of emergency, dial 911

District l office
CapL Bob Gordon, district commander
5532 U.S. 220 North, Summerfield
643-2300
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Give/Get Assistance

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Association of America is a nationwide organization representing those who provide meal services to seniors in need. Its mission is to develop partnerships that will ensure the provision of quality nutritional services.

For more info on local programs. Oak Ridge resident may contact Cherie Johanson at 643-2139.

Senior Resources of Guilford

P.O. Box 21993, Greensboro
373-4816 (Greensboro)
883-3586 (High Point)

www.senior-resources-guilford.org

Senior Resources of Guilford is a nonprofit organization that promotes the independent living of older adults in Guilford County. The United Way member agency serves adults age 60 and older and their families. Senior Resources of Guilford provides a wide range of community-based activities and supportive services, including home-delivered meals and volunteer opportunities. For information on monthly senior outreach programs in Oak Ridge, contact Arlene Holoman at 668-7103.

The Shepherd's Center of Kernersville
RO. Box 2044, Kernersville
996-6696
www.shepherdseenterkville.com

The Shepherd's Center of Kernersville is an interfaith ministries of volunteers that works to enrich the lives of older or disabled adults in the community. The organization helps individuals in the Kernersville, Oak Ridge, Colfax, Belews Creek and eastern Forsyth County and provides services such as respite care for chronically ill persons, a telephone reassurance ministry, transportation to medical appointments, medical equipment loan, bereavement support and counseling, and provides free labor for minor home repairs and yard work.

You can sign up to be an organ donor when you get a learner's permit or driver's license. For more info, visit www.argandonor.gov.

Miscellaneous

ABC Store
2207 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge (in Oak Ridge Commons shopping center)
788-7141
Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday

Parks & Recreation

Athletic Fields/Parks
Oak Ridge Town Park
6231 Lisa Drive
This nearly 80-acre park includes baseball/softball fields, a multipurpose field, a concession stand, restrooms, walking trails, picnic shelters, a playground, paved parking and a community events lawn. Picnic shelters and athletic fields are available for rental.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals, For more park information and rental rates, contact the town hall at 644-7009 or Terry Lannon, parks and recreation director, at tlan...@oakridgenc.com.

You can download Forms and get information on renting Facilities at the Oak Ridge Town Park at www.oakridgenc.com (click on Parks & Rec).

Post Office
8323 Linville Road
ZIP Code 27310
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon and I -4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday and 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday
800-275-8777 or www.usps.com

Schools (Public)

Northwest-area schools in this region are Oak Ridge Elementary, Stokesdale Elementary, Colfax Elementary, Pearce Elementary, Northwest Middle and Northwest High

Elementary Schools

Oak Ridge Elementary
2050 Oak Ridge Road. Oak Ridge
643-8410
Denise Francisco, principal,
fran...@gcsnc.com

Middle Schools
Northwest Guilford Middle
5300 Northwest School Road
Greensboro
605-3333
Misty Walker, principal,
waIk...@gcsnc.com

High Schools
Northwest Guilford High
5240 Northwest School Road
Greensboro
605-3300
Ralph Kitley, principal
kitl...@gcsnc.com

North west-area public schools consistently earn the highest levels of achievement and are rated among the best in Guilford County.

Senior Programs

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Association of America is a nationwide organization representing those who provide meal services to seniors in need. Its mission is to develop partnerships that will ensure the provision of quality nutritional services.

For more info on local programs, Oak Ridge residents should contact Cherie Johanson at 643-2139.

Senior Resources of Guilford

RO. Box2l993, Greensboro
373-4816 (Greensboro)
883-3586 (High Point)
www.seniorresources-guilford.org

Senior Resources of Guilford is a nonprofit organization that promotes the independent living of older adults in Guilford County. The United Way member agency serves adults age 60 and older and their families. Senior Resources of Guilford provides a wide range of community-based activities and supportive services, including home-delivered meals and volunteer opportunities. For information on monthly senior outreach programs in Oak Ridge, contact Arlene Holoman at 668-7103.

The Shepherd's Center of Kernersville
RO. Box 2044. Kemersville
996-6696
www.shepherdscenterkville.com

The Shepherd's Center of Kernersville is an interfaith ministries of volunteers that works to enrich the lives of older or disabled adults in the community. The organization helps individuals in the Kernersville, Oak Ridge, Colfax. Belews Creek and eastern Forsyth County, providing a wide variety of services.

The Shepherd's Center offers transportation to medical appointments, medical equipment loans and provides free labor for yard work.

Support Groups

AA and Al-Anon
Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church,
2614 Oak Ridge Road, holds AA support meetings on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Call 643-3452 for more info.

Youth Recreation

Oak Ridge Youth Association
Scott Parrish president
643-3029 or 601-0737
www.orya.org

The Oak Ridge Youth Association offers organized youth sports for boys and girls age 5-18, including spring and fall baseball, softball lacrosse, basketball and basketball cheerleading. The organization also is affiliated with Pop Warner Little Scholars and offers Pop Warner football and Pop Warner cheer-leading. Soccer programs are offered in cooperation with the Kernersville Soccer Association.

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