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The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the June 2015 edition of E-News.

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Kip Padgett named new Wake Forest Town Manager 
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Kip Padgett as Wake Forest’s new town manager on May 19.

Padgett, who has been the city manager in Gainesville, Ga., since 2009, will succeed Mark Williams who retired in April. He is expected to begin working in Wake Forest on Monday, July 6. He will earn an annual salary of $145,000.

As Wake Forest Town Manager, Padgett will be responsible to the board of commissioners for implementing the services and policies it adopts. He will also recommend the annual budget and advise the board on policy and legislative matters.

Padgett, 44, started his career with the City of Gainesville in 2002 as the Director of Planning and Development and was named Assistant City Manager in 2007.

Prior to coming to Gainesville, he worked in local planning departments for Athens-Clarke County and Dawson County as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation.

A native of Cochran, Ga., Padgett received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Master’s of Science Degree in Administration from Georgia College and State University. He also earned a Certificate in Local Government Management from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

 

National Trails Day June 6
The Town of Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The free event will include an Environmental Education Expo featuring interactive environmental education stations. Set up throughout the park, the stations will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment.

As part of the expo, attendees will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at a variety of living things they might encounter on the trails: Examine bugs at an exhibit from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Learn how to identify song birds; See samples of native and invasive plants; Learn how to tell if a stream is healthy by identifying the bugs in the water; See camping exhibits, reptiles and more!

Several local organizations and businesses are scheduled to participate in the Environmental Education Expo, including Heritage High School, Wakefield High School, Wake Forest High School, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, the Boys and Girl Scouts, the Wake Forest Police Department, Gander Mountain, Home Depot, PetSmart and many more. 

 

Tickets on Sale for Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre "Lights, Camera, Murder"  
Tickets are on sale for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “Lights, Camera, Murder” on Saturday, June 6, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

If you enjoy the theater intertwined with a good murder mystery, then you'll love “Lights, Camera, Murder” performed by the Triangle-based theater troupe “It’s A Mystery.”

Come dressed in your best glitz, glitter and glamour for the “Gimme Awards” at the Renaissance Centre. Grab your camera and your autograph book and get ready for a taste of show business as you’ve never sampled before.

It's A Mystery’s interactive comedy mysteries offer fresh, creative and fun entertainment. The group’s original scripts, played out by talented actors, will challenge your brain and tickle your funny bone!

Tickets are $35 (plus tax) in advance and $45 (plus tax) on the day of the performance and include dinner.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre Box Office with cash, check or credit card. A processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m.

 

Blasting operations scheduled June 3-19 on SCIIP 
Park Construction of NC, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the City of Raleigh, is slated to conduct blasting operations June 3-19 from Foundation Drive to Rogers Road in the vicinity of the Smith Creek Greenway as part of the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).Residents who live near Heritage Elementary School, Heritage Middle School and Heritage High School can expect to hear loud noises but should not be alarmed.

 

Smith Creek Greenway reopens
The Smith Creek Greenway, which had been closed since January, reopened the last week in May. Trail users are reminded that parking is no longer permitted along Burlington Mills Road. Any vehicle found parked along Burlington Mills Road may be towed.

The Smith Creek Greenway is part of the 27.5 mile Neuse River Greenway Trail. Other trail access points in the Wake Forest area are located at 6100 Thornton Road, Raleigh; 200 Trailhead Lane, Raleigh; and 5956 Myakka Court, Raleigh. 

 

Town of Wake Forest joins SeeClickFix 
The Town of Wake Forest has introduced a web-based program that enables residents to report quality-of-life issues and request town services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, the place-based reporting platform encourages greater civic participation by allowing residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements alike, ranging from damaged sidewalks and potholes to graffiti and malfunctioning traffic signals.

 

"Swim for Life" June 8-11 at Holding Park Pool 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and the Kerr Family YMCA are partnering to offer “Swim for Life,” a free swim lesson program for qualifying families of all ages, June 8-11, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Swim for Life offers four days of evening swim lessons for swimmers of all ages, including beginners. Each participant will be evaluated at the start of the program, then placed with swimmers of similar ability and age.

 

Wake Forest Charity Car Show June 20 
Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. is sponsoring the Wake Forest Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Presented for the benefit of several area charities, including the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, Purple Heart Foundation of North Carolina and the Miracle League of the Triangle, this family-friendly event will be held along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Presented by Grand Sponsor Chris Leith Dodge/Ram and Gold Sponsor Ronnie White’s Towing and Tire, the free 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 vendors.

Admission to the car show is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the exhibit will be held on Saturday, June 27.

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.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WakeForestCharityCarShow?ref=hl or contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or lhayes@wakeforestnc.gov.

 

Malpass Brothers return to the
Renaissance Centre June 27

The Malpass Brothers will take to the stage at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

Steeped in traditional country music, the Malpass Brothers feature a smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship while performing in the styles of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and Hank Williams, Sr.

Advance tickets to the Malpass Brothers June 27 performance are $15 (plus tax) and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx. Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the concert tickets can be purchased at the door for $18 (plus tax). A $2.95 processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card.

 

Holding Park Pool is open
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department opened Holding Park Pool May 23-25 for the Memorial Day weekend. The pool will remain open on weekends only through June 6-7. Beginning Saturday, June 13, the pool will be open weekdays and weekends through Sunday, Aug. 23.

Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., is one of the area’s largest outdoor public swimming pools. The 50-meter pool is open during the summer months and offers swimming to the general public, as well as swim lessons and parent/toddler swim times.

Open swim times are 1-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Daily admission fees are $1 for children ages 2 and under; $3 for children ages 3-12, and $4 for patrons ages 13 and over.

Open swim passes are now available for individuals only and may be purchased at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The fee is $40 per person for Wake Forest (in-town) residents and $65 per person for non-residents.

Wake Forest PRCR is also offering a punch card pass good for 20 visits. The punch card costs $50 and can be used by multiple pool patrons.

 

Swim Lesson registration is underway 
Registration for the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department’s 2015 Summer Swim Lessons began Monday, June 1.

For the first time, PRCR is offering online registration only. To register online, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/swim-lessons.aspx and click on the link to “Register Online.” Payments can be made with debit card, MasterCard and Visa.

Anyone wishing to register who does not have internet access is invited to register using the kiosks in the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Swim lesson registration is first-come, first serve and will be open until all of the slots are filled. The cost is $35 for Wake Forest residents who reside within the town limits and $70 for non-Wake Forest residents.

 

Fourth of July Celebration begins July 3
Wake Forest's popular Fourth of July celebration gets underway this year with the annual Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, July 3, followed on Saturday, July 4, with the Children's Parade and Art & Games in the Park.

The Town of Wake Forest has created a page on its website that provides a portal to complete details about all of the Fourth of July festivities. This information is also provided through the "July 4" function on theTown of Wake Forest app. Download the app for instant access to information about the Fireworks Spectacular, Children's Parade, Art & Games in the Park and more! IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the 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.

A popular annual event since 1973, Wake Forest’s Fourth of July celebration is organized and produced by the Fourth of July Planning Committee. The planning committee is an all-volunteer organization formed for the purpose of coordinating and producing Wake Forest’s annual Fourth of July celebration. The event is funded by gate receipts from the previous year’s celebration, along with the generous contributions of area businesses and the Town of Wake Forest.

 

Wake Forest Cemetery now offering new ways to honor loved ones
The Wake Forest Cemetery is now offering two new ways to say goodbye to loved ones who have passed away.

The cemetery’s new niche columbarium is designed for friends and family who wish to be cremated. Constructed of limestone, the two-sided structure stretches approximately eight feet long and features five horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of niches on each side.

The Town of Wake Forest is now selling columbarium niches for $400 each. Measuring 6.75 inches by 6.75 inches and 14.75 inches deep, each niche will hold two polished, sheet bronze urns which are included in the purchase price.

The town has also introduced a new memorial wall to honor friends and family members who may be interred elsewhere. The two-sided memorial wall features six horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of memorial facing stone on each side.

Engraved memorial wall placards cost $250 each and include the person's name, birth date, date of death and options for religious symbols.

For information about how to purchase a columbarium niche or engraved memorial wall placard, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

 

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.

 

Wake Forest Energy Fair June 18 
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining forces to help area residents manage their electric costs by hosting a series of free monthly energy fairs. The next scheduled energy fair is Thursday, June 18, from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

All area residents are invited to attend and learn about several simple ways to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your electric bill. Wake Forest staff will also share useful information about the town’s array of utility payment options, including “Pay as You Go,” and energy saving tools. Wake Forest Power customers will also have the opportunity to schedule a free residential energy audit.

 

PRCR partners with Camp Gladiator
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department partnered with Camp Gladiator to launch a Camp Gladiator (CG) evening session on May 26, at 6:15 p.m. at Flaherty Park, 1226 N. White St. The on-going four-week program will be held at Flaherty Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6:15 p.m.

As a special bonus for Wake Forest residents who live in the 27587 zip code, PRCR and Camp Gladiator have designated week two of every four-week camp cycle as Town of Wake Forest and CG Fitness Week. During the second week of camp, all participants who reside in the 27587 zip code may take part in any Camp Gladiator at any Wake Forest location at no cost.  

Created by American Gladiator Grand Champion Ally Davidson, Camp Gladiator has become the fastest growing and most dynamic fitness program in the nation. According to its website at http://campgladiator.com/, Camp Gladiator is a four-week adult fitness boot camp that promises a motivating and challenging environment where men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Campers should expect a total body workout. A typical session could include interval training, sprint and agility drills, stations, plyometrics, body weight strength drills, cardio mix, and much more.

Camp Gladiator is designed to increase your functional strength, speed, stamina and - most importantly - deliver results.

To register for the four-week evening camp that begins May 26, contact Bethany Stillwaggon, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer at 724-301-3557 or bethanystillwaggon@campgladiator.com. Online registration is also available at campgladiator.com/Raleigh.

For more information, contact Bethany Stillwaggon, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer at 724-301-3557 or bethanystillwaggon@campgladiator.com or Recreation Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or mlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.

 

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. 

 
Experience the Renaissance 
​The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre offers a variety of cultural arts programming in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting. From performances by the Carolina Puppet Theatre and Forest Moon Theater to Writer's Night in the Forest and First Friday Flix, there's something for all ages and interests. So check us out and "Experience the Renaissance." You'll be glad you did!
 

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.

 

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 and April 6 with ceremonies in honor of Benny Charles Jackson and Roger "Marvin" Hockaday, respectively. 

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 phishing@irs.gov.

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.

 

Police Department announces limit to weekly fingerprinting service    
The Wake Forest Police Department offers live scan fingerprinting as a courtesy to the general public on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. The live scan fingerprinting, also known as electronic fingerprinting, is performed at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St.

Fingerprinting service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited each week to the first 12 people to arrive.

The cost is $10 for Wake Forest residents and $15 for non-residents. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted, but payment must be made at the Wake Forest Town Hall customer service window before the fingerprinting service will be rendered. A valid picture ID is required for identification.

 

Inspections Department offering 'Express Residential Plan Review'
The Wake Forest Inspections Department is pleased to introduce Express Residential Plan Review (ERPR). A real-time permit application review program for specific residential additions and renovations, ERPR may also be used for accessory structures, such as decks, covered porches, sunrooms, sheds and garages.  

The ERPR process is designed to bring together the town’s plans examiner and the applicant to actively review projects and discuss, revise and make changes to drawings in person to ensure zoning and building code compliance. Projects are considered for ERPR by appointment only on Thursday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Kevin Hester at 919-435-9525.

 

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Facebook & Twitter 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is now utilizing Facebook and Twitter to expand its outreach and communications efforts. Anyone interested in receiving regular updates about events and activities taking place at the Renaissance Centre is encouraged to “Like” the facility on Facebook and “Follow” it on Twitter. The Renaissance Centre’s Facebook page is located at www.facebook.com/WFRenaissanceCentre, while its Twitter name is @WFRenCen.

 

E-Billing offers added convenience for Wake Forest Power customers
Wake Forest Power is offering customers the chance to help protect the environment and save time and money through its paperless billing option. Customers who sign up for the free e-billing service receive an email notification whenever their electric bill is ready to be viewed on the town’s website. Customers who receive their bills through email enjoy greater convenience and enhanced security, while also reducing clutter and helping the environment.  

The convenience factor is magnified when customers combine e-billing with the town’s online bill pay service. Besides the added convenience, customers who pay online also save money because they don't have to pay for stamps, envelopes or checks.

 

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. 

 

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.  

 

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. 

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.

 

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 2013, 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. 

Additional copies of the Guide to Wake Forest are still available. Be sure to pick up your copy today!


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. 

 

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. The police department urges 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 utilizes 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.

 

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.

 

A guide to addressing the board of commissioners
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners is interested in the concerns of all residents and welcomes their input on the issues facing our community. In order to provide for an effective, orderly airing of opinion, certain rules are employed by the board concerning the manner in which citizens may make their views known.

The Town of Wake Forest has created a new page on its website to summarize those rules and serve as a guide for anyone wishing to come before the board. Entitled "Addressing the Board" - the new web page highlights the primary ways residents can bring an issue before the board, explains the difference between "public hearing" and "public comment," reveals what happens during a closed session, provides tips on speaking to the board, and more.

For more information on addressing the board of commissioners, contact Town Clerk Deeda Harris at 919-435-9413 or dharris@wakeforestnc.gov


Public Hearings Procedure
Wake Forest has also created a new webpage that provides an overview of the town's procedure for joint public hearings during planning board meetings. Also provided is a downloadable brochure entitled "A Citizen's Guide to the Special Use Permit Process" that explains this quasi-judicial process.


Town's burial records available online
Family members, friends, and others with an interest in researching family histories can now access and view the Town of Wake Forest’s more than 2,100 burial records online from any computer connected to the Internet by visiting the Town’s new online burial record search service located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/residents-publicworks_cemetery.aspx. In the past, the Town’s cemetery records were available for review at Town Hall and the Public Works Operations Center only. Now, the burial information can be located with the click of a mouse.

The self-service nature of Wake Forest’s online burial search helps reduce the staff time spent on fielding inquiries from the general public. In addition, genealogists and others with an interest in tracing family histories can now research burial and grave information any time of the day or night without leaving the comfort of their homes. Besides providing information about grave occupants, the service also has the ability to display family history information if it is known. Site visitors can contribute additional family details via a special online submission form that displays on each grave record’s page he explained.

For more information about Wake Forest’s new online burial search service, contact Public Works & Utilities Director Mike Barton at 919-435-9571 or mbarton@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.

 

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.


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.