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The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the April 2014 edition of E-News.

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Wake Forest Police Department
Wake Forest Police Department launches new social media sites
The Wake Forest Police Department is pleased to announce the official launch of its new Facebook page and Twitter account. The department will utilize these social media sites to post important news, alerts, advisories and crime prevention tips, as well as human interest stories. 

The police department’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/WakeForestPoliceDepartment, and the department’s Twitter name is @WakeForestPD. Area residents are encouraged to “like” the Facebook page and “follow” the police department on Twitter to receive newsfeeds and stay up to date on current information. 

Dirt Day comes to downtown April 5 
Join your friends and neighbors in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, April 5, for a special event designed to celebrate the return of weather suitable for enjoying the great outdoors. 

Free and open to the public, Wake Forest's inaugural ‘Dirt Day’ will be held along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event promises something for the entire family. Kids will have a blast in the Children’s Village featuring a giant shark’s tooth gravel pile and yard games, including hopscotch, hula hoops, jump ropes, a beanbag toss, sidewalk chalk art and more. Boys and girls will also have the chance to play in an oversized sandbox, make wheatgrass containers for home windowsills and enjoy other arts and crafts activities.

Adults will have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques in gardening and composting, check out the newest in outdoor activity and camping gear, enjoy a beekeeping demonstration and visit with a variety of vendors offering a wide range of products and insight. Master Gardeners and outdoor educators from the NC Museum of Natural History will also be on hand.

Renaissance Centre offers 'icy' First Friday Flix April 4 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host what might be described as an ‘icy’ First Friday Flix on Friday, April 4. 

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to publicize the title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the April 4 movie: it’s a family-friendly, 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. 

To obtain the title of this movie and future films offered at the Renaissance Centre, call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428. 

Easter Egg Hunt April 5
The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 5, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Children ages 3 and younger will hunt for eggs beginning at 10 a.m.; ages 4-6 will begin at 11 a.m.; ages 7-9 get underway at 1 p.m.; and ages 10-12 get started at 2 p.m. Event organizers will hide over 10,000 eggs. Kids who discover the rare golden eggs will receive a special prize. 

Carnival for the Kids begins April 8 
The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Carnival for the Kids begins Tuesday, April 8, and runs through Sunday, April 13. The carnival will be held in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Home Depot, 11915 Retail Dr. 

The Carnival for the Kids promises fun and entertainment for the entire family, including rides, games and lots of food. Admission to the event is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday from 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-8 p.m. 

Unlimited ride wristbands will be available for purchase at the carnival for $20 each. Coupons worth $2 off the wristbands are available in the lobby of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and the Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St. The coupons may only be used to purchase the wristbands on Tuesday evening, April 8, and Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Meet in the Street needs volunteers  
The 34th Annual Meet in the Street festival is nearly one month away. Scheduled for Saturday, May 3, the event has grown to encompass three downtown streets, including Taylor Street, Brooks Street and South White Street. 

Due to the expansion, Meet in the Street volunteers are needed now more than ever. On the day of the event individuals are needed for a variety of roles in two-hour shifts from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are also available on Friday, May 2. To view a complete list of volunteer job descriptions, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/volunteer-1.aspx. 

Anyone interested in serving as a Meet in the Street volunteer is encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Gonzales at wfmeetinthestreet@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, April 9. A training session for Meet in the Street volunteers will be offered in late April. 

Renaissance Centre welcomes the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra  April 12 
The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will present ‘Cabaret’ at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Saturday, April 12, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. 

Offering an incredible evening of music, wine and dancing, Cabaret will feature works by The Free Spirits Ensemble, tangos by Astor Piazzolla, Tangueros by Jason Laughlin and Cecilia Pagani, and singing by D. Anthony Pender. 

Tickets are $25 per person plus tax and include hors d’oeuvres and wine. Advance tickets can be purchased online through the Raleigh Symphony website at http://raleighsymphony.org/. On the day of the event tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. 

Girls' Youth Volleyball registration is underway 
The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department will accept youth volleyball applications for girls ages 9-16 through Wednesday, April 30. A participant’s eligibility is determined by her age on Jan. 1, 2014. A birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-Wake Forest residents. 

Team practices will begin in May. From June through July teams will likely play two evening games per week, Monday through Saturday, at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. 

Online registration will be available beginning April 1 at www.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-athletics.aspx. Registration forms will also be available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.  For more information, contact Athletic Program Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562.

Town Hall closed April 18 
The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday. Police services and curbside garbage and recycling collection schedules will not be affected. However, Wake Forest bus service and yard waste collection will be suspended.

During the week of April 14, yard waste normally collected on Friday will be collected Thursday. Residents are encouraged to place their yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. Thursday to ensure collection.

Wake Forest Bus Service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will not be provided April 18 but will resume its normal schedule Monday, April 21.

Town offices will re-open April 21 at 8 a.m. 

Android and iPhone users can have a guide to the town’s holiday operations schedule in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s "Holidays" function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to the holidays the town will observe in 2014, the function includes information concerning holiday garbage and recycling collection schedules, links to current press releases, important contact information, and more. IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

Information about the town’s holiday operations is also available on the towns’ website

Mardi Gras Photo Contest winners announced
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Mardi Gras Photo Contest.

Open to amateurs and professionals, the photo contest invited photographers to capture and submit images that tell the story of this year’s Mardi Gras Street Festival. Submitted photos were judged on creativity, photo quality and by how well the image captured the spirit of the festival according to five categories: Royalty, Flavors, Selfie, Kids and Colors.

After reviewing hundreds of photo submissions, a panel of judges selected the following winners:

  • Royalty –David Gaines and Nancy Jo Lee
  • Flavors – Nancy Jo Lee and Randy Blaustein
  • Selfie – Glenn Brown
  • Kids – Michelle Gerringer, David Gaines, Nancy Jo Lee and Randy Blaustein
  • Colors – David Gaines and Randy Blaustein

To view the winning photos, visit the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/mardi-gras-photo-contest-winners.aspx and Facebook page.

Good Friday holiday schedule 
The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday. Police services and curbside garbage and recycling collection schedules will not be affected. However, Wake Forest bus service and yard waste collection will be suspended.

During the week of April 14, yard waste normally collected on Friday will be collected Thursday. Residents are encouraged to place their yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. Thursday to ensure collection. 

Wake Forest Bus Service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will not be provided April 18 but will resume its normal schedule Monday, April 21. 

Town offices will re-open April 21 at 8 a.m.

NCDOT announces changes to bridge replacement schedule 
The N.C. Department of Transportation is scheduled to replace four bridges throughout Wake Forest from 2014-2016. Those bridges are situated along Purnell Road, West Oak Avenue, Rogers Road and Forestville Road. 

Construction on the Purnell Road bridge will begin during the fall of this year, while work on the West Oak Avenue bridge will commence in the fall of 2015. 

NCDOT was also scheduled to replace the Rogers Road bridge next year and widen the road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road within the next 10-15 years. Original plans called for the replacement of the Forestville Road bridge in 2016. 

In an effort to reduce road closure times and lower construction mobility costs, the Town of Wake Forest requested that NCDOT expedite the Rogers Road widening project to coincide with the bridge replacement project. NCDOT informed the town in March that due to the additional right-of-way acquisition necessary to widen the road it could accommodate the request by swapping the Rogers Road and Forestville Road construction schedules. 

According to the revised schedule, NCDOT will replace the existing bridge on Forestville Road in 2015 with a two-lane bridge that includes a sidewalk on the Heritage High School or western side of the structure, as well as a pedestrian underpass to accommodate users wishing to access the Smith Creek and Sanford Creek Greenways. 

During the Rogers Road bridge replacement and road widening project, now scheduled for 2016, NCDOT will replace the existing two-lane bridge with a five-lane bridge and widen from two to five lanes the portion of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road. Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during school rush hours. 

The Forestville Road and Rogers Road projects are expected to require road closures and traffic detours lasting approximately five months. Town staff is working with NCDOT, the bridge contractor and a consultant to reduce the impact the schedule changes will have on the community. NCDOT officials will also confer with representatives from Wake County Public Schools to review the schedule changes. 

The Town of Wake Forest has launched an interactive map on its website that provides useful information about current and scheduled transportation projects in our area. The map highlights projects that have active construction sites, are in the process of being designed or permitted, and/or are currently funded for future design/construction. To view the interactive map, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/transportationmap.aspx.  

For more information, contact Senior Planner Candace Davis at 919-435-9513. 

Wake Forest Charity Car Show June 14 
The Downtown Revitalization Corporation is sponsoring a free Classic and Antique Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Presented for the benefit of several area charities, including Wounded Warriors of Wake County, Hospice of Wake County and the Miracle League of the Triangle, this family-friendly event will be held along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest. 

Sponsored by Chris Leith Dodge/Kia, the exhibit will showcase vehicles of all makes and models, including muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic and antique autos, street rods and trucks. The car show will also feature a ‘Take-Apart-T’ Model T assembly demonstration, the Leith Kia Monster Truck on display, live music, and food and retail vendors. 

Admission to the car show is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the show will be held on Saturday, June 21. 

Anyone wishing to enter a vehicle in the car show may register on the day of the event between 8 and 11 a.m. The registration cost is $20 per vehicle. 

Learn more about the Wake Forest Charity Car Show

Bag your leaves and grass clippings

The Town of Wake Forest’s loose leaf collection season ended Friday, March 14. From Monday, March 17, through Friday, Sept. 26, all leaves and grass clippings must be bagged for collection or placed inside a garbage receptacle marked ‘YW.’

Please follow these guidelines to help improve the collection process: 

  • Bags must be at least 13-gallons in size – the size of a standard kitchen garbage can liner
  • Do not put your yard waste in grocery store shopping bags or inside your town-issued rollout garbage or recycling carts
  • Do not mix in sticks, trash, rocks or other debris
  • Place your bagged leaves and grass clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal yard waste collection day.

Loose leaf collection will resume Monday, Sept. 29.

For more information, visit our website or call 919-435-9570. 

Renaissance Centre launches Special Events Hotline 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is dedicated to providing quality events and entertainment our entire community can enjoy. Now the Renaissance Centre is making it easier for area residents to stay informed about its exciting array of programs and activities through a new Special Events Hotline. 

Available by calling 919-435-9428, the hotline guides listeners through a menu of upcoming events and provides important information about each one. 

'Operation Medicine Drop' a huge success 
Dozens of area residents stopped by the Wake Forest Town Hall on March 15 to safely dispose of their unused or old prescription and over-the-counter medications as part of Operation Medicine Drop. 

Scheduled on the eve of National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22), the four-hour disposal event resulted in over 37,500 total dosage units of medication being collected, including 3,521 controlled substances, 18,747 prescription medications, and 15,278 over-the-counter and veterinarian medications. A dosage unit is defined as one pill, one suppository or one ounce of ointment or cream. 

Wake Forest Community Calendar

The Wake Forest Community Calendar is a comprehensive listing of upcoming local events submitted by non-profit groups and organizations in our area. The Town of Wake Forest provides the Community Calendar as a free service and invites local non-profits, including churches, civic clubs and other community organizations, to submit their events for inclusion on the calendar - according to our detailed submission guidelines. The Community Calendar is typically updated each week on Thursday or Friday. Event announcements received at least one week prior to the event will be included for publication in The Week Ahead. For more information, visit our website.  

Mark you calendar for the following upcoming town events:

Day Park Summer Camp registration underway
The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department will accept applications for its Day Park Summer Camp from Monday, March 3, through Friday, April 11. 

Designed for boys and girls ages 6-12, the Day Park Summer Camp is a full day recreational summer camp program designed to enhance your child’s summer experiences through arts and crafts, education, nature, and recreational and sporting activities. 

The camp will operate for a nine-week period from June 16 through Aug. 15, at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. The camp is offered Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early drop-off is 7:30 a.m. and late pick up is 6 p.m. 

What Do You Think, Wake Forest?
The Town of Wake Forest has introduced an online forum for civic engagement called 'What Do You Think, Wake Forest?' The forum encourages area residents to share their thoughts and opinions important topics affecting Wake Forest. Participation is voluntary and town officials will consider the input along with all channels for participation.

Town introduces 'Wake Forest 411' video series
The Town of Wake Forest has introduced a new video series designed to educate residents on a variety of useful topics. Entitled 'Wake Forest 411' the video shorts are typically less than one minute long and concisely address a myriad of subjects ranging from proper tree care to home energy saving tips.

Available on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-411.aspx and shown on Wake Forest TV 10 , the videos offer useful information about assorted topics of interest while also introducing residents to town staff responsible for managing many town services. For example, Wake Forest 411 currently features Urban Forester Evan Keto offering tips on proper tree pruning and proper tree mulching; Energy Auditor Ronald “Skip” Parker discusses how to save money by lowering your thermostat, using space heaters wisely, and the importance of regularly placing your air filter; and Senior Human Resources Analyst Mitzi Franklin addresses the town’s employment application process.

The current menu of videos is only a small sample of what will eventually be a comprehensive video library addressing important subjects from every town department. Stay tuned as future videos on other topics will be added in the coming weeks. 

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre launches new website
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the launch of a website dedicated exclusively to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/renaissance-centre.aspx, the site is designed as a full service portal for patrons, clients and guests to Wake Forest’s newest cultural arts and event venue. 

The website includes a sleek design and user-friendly features to enhance each visitor’s experience. Useful information is systematically organized and provided in a convenient drop-down menu that includes the following topical headings: 

The homepage features a prominent slideshow spotlighting several recent Renaissance Centre guests and special events, as well as the venue’s beauty and versatility. The site makes it easy to find information on the Centre’s mission, cultural programming and venue rental fees and charges, as well as opportunities to volunteer and provide individual and sponsorship support. In the coming days rental documents, downloadable floor plans and technical specifications for anyone planning an event will also be provided, along with a comprehensive listing of amenities.

NCDOT bridge replacement projects 
The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has announced plans to improve four bridges in Wake Forest, one on Purnell Road that spans Horse Creek, another on West Oak Avenue that spans Richland Creek, one on Rogers Road that spans Smith Creek, and another on Forestville Road that spans Sanford Creek.

Kids in Parks TRACK Trails program
offered at Joyner Park

The Town of Wake Forest recently introduced the new Kids in Parks TRACK Trails program at E. Carroll Joyner  Park, 701Harris Road.

Kids in Parks provides a network of self-guided, kid-friendly hiking trails, called TRACK Trails, that connect various public lands in an attempt to get kids “unplugged,” outdoors and reconnected with nature. Each TRACK Trail provides a series of brochure led quests designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. Each TRACK Trail location is linked through the Kids in Parks website at www.kidsinparks.com. Kids who participate in the program and register their hikes on the website earn incentives designed to keep them motivated to explore nature. 

Community events photo gallery now offered on the town's website
Wake Forest is known far and wide for its wonderful array of community events. From last year's Meet in the Street and Classic Car Show to the Celebration of the Arts and the Lighting of Wake Forest, there's no shortage of fun and exciting things to do in our community.

Now we're offering you the chance to experience those memorable occasions - and many more - all over again at our special events photo gallery. Take a look and check back often as we'll continue adding galleries of photos of future events.

Get your 'Official Guide to Wake Forest'
Have you ever needed the telephone number for a particular department in the Town of Wake Forest or an address for one of the town’s parks or other facilities? Have you ever been curious about Wake Forest’s history or wanted information about area schools or healthcare providers? Are you new to WakeForest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area? 

If you are a Wake Forest resident and you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce have a special gift just for you.

In October, the town mailed every Wake Forest resident who lives in the 27587 zip code a copy of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. This clever, all-in-one handbook provides useful information about all things Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, a description of town departments, a listing of annual community events and advertisements for several local businesses. The guide also contains important contact numbers, as well as comprehensive information about town programs and services, volunteer opportunities and local government. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more. 

NCDOT's 40/440 Fortify Project underway
The North Carolina Department of Transportation project to fortify two of the Triangle's busiest roads began with preliminary work in October. The Fortify project involves removing and replacing an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 to address immediate safety concerns. Drivers will begin seeing nighttime lane closures in early November, with some additional daytime closures to follow in early December. 

Richland Creek Greenway closure explained 
The Town of Wake Forest recently announced the closure of the Richland Creek Greenway due to potential safety risks associated with increased stream bank erosion and greenway undermining.

The town made the decision to close the greenway following a thorough greenway inspection by Wake Forest’s urban forester, the town’s engineering department and a team of creek restoration experts. Their assessment revealed a rapid increase in creek erosion along the greenway brought on by heavy rains during the spring and early summer.

Attention HOA Representatives
The Town of Wake Forest recognizes and appreciates the important communications link Homeowners' Associations (HOAs) provide between the town and its many neighborhoods. However, in order for us to effectively utilize that link, it is critical that we maintain current information for a primary point of contact within each Homeowners' or Neighborhood Association. 

If you are the primary point of contact within your Homeowners’ or Neighborhood Association, please take a moment to email Public Information Officer Bill Crabtree at bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov and provide the following information:  

  1. Your name
  2. Your email address and telephone number
  3. The HOA/Neighborhood Association you represent
  4. Your HOA/Neighborhood Association’s meeting schedule

By providing this information, you will help us gather and distribute information that's important to you and your neighbors. 

Docents needed for Wake Forest Cemetery Tour

Do you have loved ones buried in the Wake Forest Cemetery? If so, we need your help in honoring them at the next Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour. This town-sponsored annual event is held the second Saturday in May and continues to grow in scope and content. Visitors overwhelmingly say the most compelling aspect of the tour is hearing stories about the people who made Wake Forest what it is today.

The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board would like to include the personal histories of unrepresented families to broaden the depth of this increasingly popular event. For more information, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov. We look forward to hearing from you. Highlights from last year’s tour are available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/cemeterytour.aspx.

Police urge residents to help prevent vehicle break-ins
The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the community’s help with reducing motor vehicle break-ins.

In recent days, vandals have struck several cars in Wake Forest. As a result, the police department is again urging area residents to lock your unoccupied vehicles at all times, remove your valuable items and any extra set of keys from the vehicle, and double check to make sure your car is locked before going to bed at night.

Most of the break-ins in our area involve vehicles that were unlocked or show no sign of forced entry. In many instances, the owner left valuables, such as GPS devices, electronics equipment, iPods, handbags, cash, cell phones, computers and weapons visible to thieves. Owners who take the extra precaution of locking their doors and removing valuable items can significantly reduce their chances of becoming a victim of a vehicle break-in. If an item can’t be removed, then its best to make sure it is out of sight to potential crooks looking for an easy target.

"Like" us on Facebook
The Town of Wake Forest has a profile on the popular social networking site Facebook to assist with its outreach and communication efforts. Wake Forest's Facebook profile offers an innovative way of sharing information with area residents who are linked in to the site. 

Anyone who is interested can "Like" the Town of Wake Forest and allow information to come directly from the town to their own Facebook profile. "Fans" of the Town of Wake Forest are positioned to find out about upcoming events, learn about important town news, and check out photos from around the community. Current Facebook users who want to "Like" the Town of Wake Forest can search for the Town of Wake Forest profile on the site, and click the "Like" icon.

Popular community events featured on Wake Forest app
The Town of Wake Forest is utilizing its app to make it easier than ever for you to get important information about popular local events.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android users who have downloaded the town's app have enjoyed instant access to information about Six Sundays in Spring and the Fourth of July Celebration (July 3-4) - just to name a couple. Future events will also be featured on the app.

To download the app, search for "Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store or in the Android Market. You can also download the app by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx and scanning the appropriate QR code.

Phone Book Recycling
Area residents may dispose of their old phone books throughout the year in their rollout recycling carts or in the brown "commingled" dumpsters located at the Public Works Operations Center, 234 Friendship Chapel Road.

Smith Creek Soccer Center Field 1 closed for maintenance
Smith Creek Soccer Center, Field 1, located at 690 Heritage Road, is closed for maintenance through August 2014.

The Town of Wake Forest has contracted with Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc., to install an in-ground irrigation system, regrade the field surface and install Bermuda sod.

Maintenance on Field 2 is proceeding as scheduled and is expected to be completed in August 2013.

Wake Forest Power

Wake Forest Power offers 
"Pay-As-You-Go" payment option

Wake Forest Power has unveiled a new payment option that allows residential customers to pay for electricity in advance. Known as “Pay-As-You-Go” electricity, the initiative utilizes advanced metering technology that also enables customers to more closely monitor their energy usage.  

Under the Pay-As-You-Go program, residential customers have the flexibility and control to pay for electricity when they want in the amount they want. By paying for electricity before they use it, pre-pay customers never pay a late fee and are never charged disconnect and reconnect fees if their account runs out of credit.

Customers also have the opportunity to more closely monitor how much energy they use. Instead of appearing on a traditional paper bill that is generated once a month, electricity usage is calculated daily and the cost is deducted each day from the pre-paid account. As a result, customers have the opportunity to observe in real time what happens when they adjust the thermostat a few degrees or turn off an extra light. 

Smoking banned in Wake Forest parks & greenways
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners has approved a smoking ban in all Town parks and greenways, except in specifically designated areas. The board adopted the ordinance Tuesday evening during its regular monthly meeting, joining a growing number of communities that have forbidden smoking in public parks. The smoking ban is designed to help curb exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce litter.

The ban takes place immediately and includes a possible $50 fine. Signage will be posted throughout the Town’s parks and greenways informing visitors about the new ordinance.

Enforcement will take the form of requesting voluntary compliance. However, if a smoker does not extinguish a smoking product, park staff will remind them of the new policy and could request exiting the property if they choose to continue smoking. For more information about the smoking ban, contact Parks & Recreation Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.


Download the town's app
The Town of Wake Forest's smartphone app provides instant access to useful information about Wake Forest and encourages two-way communication between the town and its residents. Among its many functions, the Wake Forest app allows iPhone, iPad, Android, and html users to: 
  • receive breaking news messages and updates about local events
  • receive notifications about parks and recreation game cancellations
  • contact the town for prompt action on street maintenance, lights, potholes and graffiti, using the app to send a photo and exact location of the problem
  • locate town parks using Google maps
  • access youth athletics information
  • link to job listings

The Town of Wake Forest app is free and available for download at iTunes, the App Store, or the Android Market. It can also be downloaded by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx and scanning the appropriate QR code. 

The Town of Wake Forest app was developed in conjunction with Purple Monkey Apps, a Wake Forest company specializing in app development. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

Connections...100 Years of Wake Forest History now on sale for $20
This beautiful 8.5” x 11” hardcover limited edition volume is a treasure trove of pictures, original artwork and stories recording the people, places, and events of the past 100 years. Throughout the pages of this book, you will enjoy the rich history of Wake Forest and learn how it has grown from a small college town to a thriving community of more than 30,000 residents. Be a part of this historic endeavor by purchasing your copy for only $20/each. Preview Connections...100 Years of Wake Forest History below and order yours online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/2009centennial_connections.aspx.

"Our Town" newsletter available through E-Notifier
Our Town is Wake Forest's bi-monthly newsletter. Published every other month, it's mailed to all Wake Forest residents in the 27587 zip code. Our Town is also the newest addition to the E-Notifier subscription service. If you'd like an electronic copy of Our Town sent directy to your inbox, click HERE and type OUR TOWN in the subject box. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at any time. Recent editions of Our Town are also available online.

Register for E-Notifier
If you want to keep up to date on what's happening in the Town of Wake Forest, then be sure to register for E-Notifier - our FREE email subscription service. E-Notifier allows you to subscribe to five specific information categories and receive an email notification whenever we post new information on the website related to your chosen categories. Our goal is to help you receive the information you want as quickly and efficiently as possible.

E-Notifier alerts subscribers to the availability of Board of Commissioners and Planning Board meeting agendas; RecConnect - the Parks & Recreation Department’s program brochure; a monthly update of new businesses coming to Wake Forest; and - our newest offering - the Our Town newsletter!

E-Notifier is a free service provided by the Town of Wake Forest and your email address will only be used to deliver the information you request. Signing up is quick and easy! To learn more, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Your email address is protected
Local governments in Wake County, including the Town of Wake Forest, now have the authority to deny requests for copies of subscriber email lists. Passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010, House Bill 1921 states that email address lists are open to public inspection for those who want to come to Town Hall to see them but are no longer required to be provided. The law also states that governments may only use the lists for the purpose for which the citizen subscribed to them or for emergency communications. To read the new law, which is now in effect, visit http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2009/Bills/House/PDF/H1921v6.pdf.

Wake Forest TV 10 programming
Wake Forest TV 10 is the Town of Wake Forest's government access channel serving the residents of Wake Forest. WFTV 10 is produced by the Town of Wake Forest Communications Department and is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Time-Warner Cable TV service. The information channel operates 24 hours per day and provides a variety of information about programs, services, upcoming meetings, and special events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest. Channel 10 is also an excellent source for information about programs and classes offered by the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department.

The Town of Wake Forest broadcasts Planning Board meetings live on WFTV 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings are then re-broadcast daily over the next two weeks at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m. In addition, Board of Commissioners meetings are broadcast live at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month and then re-broadcast daily throughout the remainder of the month at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m.

WaterSense Toilet Rebate Program
Stop flushing money down the toilet! Toilets can use up to 30 percent of indoor domestic water usage and older toilets can use up to seven gallons in just one flush! The City of Raleigh is offering WaterSense toilet rebates to all City of Raleigh water and sewer customers, including customers in Wake Forest. Rebates up to $100, to cover the cost of each new toilet, will be given for replacing an old toilet with a new EPA WaterSense labeled toilet. Installation fees are not covered.

Customer Service Central
Wake Forest is pleased to provide a one-stop site site for residents requiring information about town services. Bookmark our Customer Service Central webpage and enjoy instant access to everything you need from electric bill payment options and service requests to energy saving tools and inclement weather information.

Park in the direction of traffic flow
The Wake Forest Code of Ordinances mandates that parking on all streets within the corporate limits of Wake Forest “must be established in the direction of traffic flow.” Previously, only vehicles parked in the business district were restricted from stopping with their “left side to the curb” but now the restriction applies to the entire town. Any vehicle parked along a town street facing the opposite direction from the flow of traffic is subject to a $25 fine.

Call the "Weather Line"
The Town of Wake Forest now offers a hotline residents can call whenever inclement weather threatens to cancel or postone a Town-sponsored program or event. Wake Forest residents are encouraged to call 919-435-9569 for information concerning changes to the Town's regular schedule, including Parks & Recreation games and practices, as well as concerts, festivals, and other special events. When a decision is made to cancel a Town-sponsored event or alter the Town's regular schedule, the Communications Department will place a message on the Weather Line stating the specific changes to the Town's schedule. For more information, visit /weatherline.aspx.