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Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. Residents are urged to set clocks forward one hour before bed Saturday evening. Clocks are set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3 a.m. local daylight time.
Draft PRCR Master Plan available for
public review & comment
The draft master plan for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is available online for public review.
Public comments will be accepted through Monday, March 9, at www.engage.wakeforestnc.gov and considered for the final master plan expected to be completed later this year.
“Play It Forward Wake Forest” is the name given to the town’s approach to developing a new PRCR Master Plan. Coordinated by the PRCR, the Recreation Advisory Board and GreenPlay, the master plan consultant, the initiative emphasizes community input as the cornerstone of the master plan process.
Bag leaves beginning March 16
The Town of Wake Forest’s loose leaf collection season ends Friday, March 13.
Beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, Sept. 25, all leaves and grass clippings must be bagged for collection or placed inside a garbage receptacle marked ‘YW’ (yard waste).
Wake Forest residents are urged to adhere to the following guidelines to help improve the collection process:
- Bags can be clear or opaque but they must be at least 13-gallons in size – the size of a standard kitchen garbage can liner;
- Do not put yard waste in grocery store shopping bags or inside 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. 28.
Celebrate Spring in Wake Forest!
Wake Forest loves spring - not only because wintry weather no longer has us trapped inside, but also because we have so many outstanding opportunities to celebrate this colorful, sunny season. All of these events are great for the entire family, and best of all - don't cost a thing! So check out our Celebrate Spring in Wake Forest! portal for information on everything from Wake Forest Outdoors and the Easter Egg Hunt to Six Sundays in Spring and the Wake Forest Charity Car Show.
Wake Forest Outdoors
Put away your snow shovel and bring out your trowels and spades. Wake Forest will welcome the return of spring with three outdoor events that focus on Mother Earth: Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Seedling Giveaway (March 21); Dirt Day (April 4); HerbFest (April 17-19 & April 24-26).
Arbor Day Expo & Tree Seedling Giveaway March 21
The Town of Wake Forest will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, March 21, in the vicinity of the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road. The Arbor Day festivities will feature a Tree Seedling Giveaway and Arbor Day Expo from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the Arbor Day ceremony at 11 a.m.
During the tree seedling giveaway, Urban Forestry Board (UFB) members, town staff and volunteers will distribute 1,600 blackgum, waxmyrtle, yellow poplar and mockernut hickory seedlings to area residents while supplies last. Volunteers will be available to help residents decide which seedlings grow best in their respective yard conditions.
The Arbor Day Expo is a family-friendly event featuring a variety of service-oriented civic groups, nonprofit organizations and other local associations that promote proper tree care, environmental stewardship and community service.
As part of the expo, UFB members will distribute reusable “Tree City” grocery bags and temporary tattoos for kids with the “Trees are Good” logo. In addition, expo attendees will be invited to participate in a soccer demonstration sponsored by Soccer Genome, learn about urban beekeeping and watch the release of a rehabilitated hawk back into the wild. Residents will also have the opportunity to learn about and sign up for the Wake Forest Tree Stewards Volunteer Program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various art activities as well as a special raffle prize drawing just for kids.
The day’s festivities will culminate with the Arbor Day Ceremony. During the program, Mayor Vivian Jones will accept Wake Forest’s 36th consecutive Tree City USA award and Urban Forestry Board Chair Anna Faatiliga Berg will announce the winners of the Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The Wake Forest Public Works Department and Wake Forest Power staff will also be presented with Wake Forest’s first Tree Line USA award.
Easter Egg Hunt March 28
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will sponsor its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.
Egg hunt times for different age groups will be announced in the coming days at www.wakeforestnc.gov/easter-egg-hunt.aspx.
2015 State of the Town Address now airing on WFTV 10
Mayor Vivian Jones’ 2015 State of the Town Address is now being re-broadcast three times daily on Wake Forest TV 10 (Digital Channel 97.5). The mayor’s 37-minute address will air each day throughout March at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.
Mayor Jones’ remarks are also provided in streaming video on the town’s website.
Special Writer's Night in the Forest - Exploring the History of Wake Forest
rescheduled for March 26
Wake Forest celebrated its 106th anniversary in February. Since its founding in 1909, the town has grown from a small college town to a thriving community with over 37,000 residents. On Thursday, March 26, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host a free community event to celebrate the town’s history and recognize the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 26 but rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Entitled “Writer’s Night in the Forest - Exploring the History of Wake Forest” - the event will feature a panel of guests including Carol Pelosi, author of “Connections: 100 Years of Wake Forest History.” Other panelists will include Ed Morris, Executive Director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum; Chip Russell, Wake Forest Planning Director; Durward Matheny, long-time Wake Forest resident; and Roy Lynam, Mill Village resident.
Suzanne Lucey, host of the Renaissance Centre’s “Writer’s Night in the Forest” series, will moderate the discussion at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
While tracing Wake Forest’s remarkable history from its early beginnings to today, panelists will share interesting trivia and humorous anecdotes about the town and some of its more prominent citizens.
Most people know golfing legend Arnold Palmer attended Wake Forest College when the college was still here in Wake Forest. But Palmer would have never gone on to become one of golf’s all-time greats had he taken the advice of a friend and member of the football team who once told him, “There’s no future in golf, so come play football.”
That’s just one of the many stories that will be discussed, along with many others, including tales about the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, the first cataract surgery performed in the United States - that just so happened to take place in Wake Forest, the fires of the 1930s, the departure of the college in 1956 and much more.
The free event will include a reception and historical exhibit from 6:30-7 p.m. followed by the program from 7-8:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with a short question and answer session and a book signing by Ms. Pelosi.
3rd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony April 6
The public is invited to attend the 3rd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, April 6, at 11 am. The service will be held in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., to honor Roger “Marvin” Hockaday who served his nation in the U.S. Army during World War I.
Members of Hockaday’s family have been invited to participate in the ceremony which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising by members of the Wake Forest High School JROTC. After raising the American flag, the JROTC will raise the U.S. Army service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Hockaday served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout April.
Photographs and other remembrances of Hockaday will be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of April.
The April 6 ceremony will begin with the retirement of Benny Jackson’s colors, which will be presented to the Jackson family by Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones. Jackson was honored during the 2nd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Nov. 3.
Wake Forest unveils "Operation Bridge Exchange" website
The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled four bridge replacement projects in the Wake Forest area from January 2015 through August 2016. The four bridges are located along the following roads:
The Town of Wake Forest has named the four bridge replacement projects "Operation Bridge Exchange" or OBE. To help keep area drivers informed about these initiatives, the town has created a bridge replacement projects portal on its website. The OBE website is designed to connect area residents with comprehensive information about each of the four projects, including timelines, project maps and detours. By providing all of the information in one convenient location, the town aims to help reduce the impact of these projects on those who live in and travel through the affected areas.
Modern Western Square Dancing classes begin March 9
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer Modern Western Square Dancing for youth and adults on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. beginning March 9. The class will be held each week at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.
Town & Police partner with Nextdoor
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods. The integration with Nextdoor will enable the town and the police department to connect directly with residents in Wake Forest neighborhoods in a collaborative attempt to build safer communities, develop stronger relationships and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.
Free for both Wake Forest residents and the town, Nextdoor allows neighborhoods to establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites. Residents who join their neighborhood websites can share information about neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and more. Nextdoor also allows the town and the police department to post news advisories and emergency notifications and announcements about programs, services and special events to Nextdoor websites within Wake Forest.
Blasting & excavation operations underway on SCSSI Project
The City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., have begun blasting and excavation operations in the vicinity of the Smith Creek Greenway as part of the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP). Residents who live near the Smith Creek Greenway are advised that blasting will continue for several weeks. The blasting operations are expected to produce loud noises, but residents should not be alarmed.
The greenway is situated between Burlington Mills Road and the City of Raleigh Wastewater Treatment Plant - just off Ligon Mill Road.
Greenway projects underway
Work is underway on two projects that will impact Wake Forest’s greenway system for the foreseeable future. On Nov. 3 the City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., began construction on the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP), while a contractor hired by the town started work repairing the Richland Creek Greenway.
Located entirely within the Town of Wake Forest service area, the SCIIP will install a new 30-inch sewer line of the Smith Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor (SCSSI) from the Smith Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to Lagerfeld Road. The initiative will also install a 24-inch line of the SCSSI from Lagerfeld Road to Heritage Height, and a 16-inch line from Heritage Height to Franklin Street.
The project will affect portions of the Town of Wake Forest Greenway System including the section of the Smith Creek Greenway from Burlington Mills Road to the Neuse River Bridge and Dunn Creek Greenway near Heritage Lake Road. These areas will be closed during periods of construction.
Signs announcing the Smith Creek Greenway closure are posted at the trail’s Burlington Mills entrance and atop the Neuse River Connector. Signage describing the Dunn Creek Greenway closure will be posted at the Smith Creek Soccer Center. Area residents are strongly urged to obey the posted signage and avoid these areas during periods of construction.
According to the current project schedule, the Smith Creek Greenway is expected to reopen in late spring 2015. The City of Raleigh has not announced when work will begin in the area of the Dunn Creek Greenway.
The Richland Creek Greenway, which begins at the Cottage at Olde Mill Stream, 901 Barnford Mill Road, has been closed for over a year due to potential safety risks associated with severe stream bank erosion and greenway undermining.
Since the greenway’s closure Wake Forest has been coordinating with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NC Division of Water Resources to relocate or repair the greenway.
The current effort to stabilize the stream banks and reopen the trail will involve relocating approximately 250 linear feet of Richland Creek away from the greenway trail and sewer lines. The plan also calls for the addition of log vanes to redirect the water flow as a means of reducing water velocities.
Weather permitting, the trail could re-open as early as mid-December.
Flag-Raising Committee seeks names of deceased Wake Forest veterans
The Town of Wake Forest recently joined with several local veterans’ organizations to introduce a monthly flag-raising ceremony honoring the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families.The observances began on Oct. 6 with a service honoring Walter Ervin Cole, followed on Nov. 3 with a ceremony in honor of Benny Charles Jackson.
A committee comprised of representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League 1257, the Wake Forest High School JROTC and the Town of Wake Forest is soliciting the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies.
To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.
Friends or family members of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact the Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chair Dennis Mecum at 919-327-7887.
Beware of phone scams by IRS impersonators
The Wake Forest Police Department has received reports of attempted fraud committed by persons impersonating IRS investigators. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
Potential phone scam victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
It is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:
- Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
- Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
- Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
- If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
- If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
- You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media.The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe that you are a victim of this type of crime, report it to the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.