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

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Public Power Week offering Wake Forest Power customers
chance to win free electricity & other prizes

The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining more than 2,000 not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 4-10. As part of this annual week-long celebration, the town and Wake Forest Power are offering several special events and activities:

  • Public Power Week Word Search Contest – From now through Wednesday, Oct. 7, Wake Forest Power residential electric customers can enter to win free electricity in October by participating in the Public Power Week Word Search Contest. The winners will be announced during the evening Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 8. Click here to download the word search puzzle and registration form.
  • Customer Appreciation – Public Power Week is also Customer Appreciation Week. As our way of saying “thank you” to our valued customers, town staff will serve popcorn each day in the lobby of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Staff will also be available to share information and answer questions about Wake Forest’s array of customer programs and services.
  • Energy Expo – On Thursday, Oct. 8, the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall will be the scene of an energy savings and electric safety expo featuring hands-on demonstrations and representatives from Wake Forest Power, ElectriCities, Northern Regional Center, Resources for Seniors, ChurchNet, Wake County Human Services and more. The energy fair will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to attend and learn how to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your electric bill, avoid electric hazards and be safe around electricity. During the energy expo participants can also register to win a variety of special prizes donated by several local merchants, including Well-Bean, Sweeties Candy Shop, The Purple Door Day Spa, Usborne Books & More, PDQ, Golden Corral, Jumpin Beans, Tan Elegance, The Wake Forest Weekly, Flying FroYo, Pet ‘n Nanny, County Line Auto Service, La Foresta, The Skin Spa of Wake Forest, Next Consignment, Gladwell Orthodontics, ACE Hardware of Rolesville, Dirty Dogs Spa, Heritage Cleaners, Total Deck Care, Lily Mae’s and many more. To view the complete list of sponsors, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/public-power-week.aspx.
  • Free Hot Dogs - Wake Forest Power will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 8, by offering free hot dogs and sodas beginning at 11 a.m. Wake Forest area residents are invited to come get them while they last.
  • Electric Safety Demonstrations - Also on Oct. 8, Wake Forest Power linemen will offer on-demand electric safety demonstrations in Centennial Plaza for groups of two or more. The creative program will teach children and adults smart electrical safety habits, demonstrate the power of electricity and show the potential hazards associated with unsafe actions around power lines, pad mount transformers and switchgear. Participants will also experience what it’s like to be a lineman and how they stay safe when working with electricity. By actually holding tools and safety equipment, visitors will have the chance to learn firsthand the importance of electrical safety. Wake Forest Power will also display a bucket truck and other equipment in the town hall parking lot for visitors to view and enjoy. Read more>>


Loose leaf collection resumes Oct. 5
The Town of Wake Forest’s annual loose leaf collection program resumes Monday, Oct. 5, and will continue through mid-March. Read more>>


Police Department Turkey Drive is underway
The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 21, as part of its ninth annual Turkey Drive.

Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase additional turkeys. Checks should be written to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Donations of frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The police department will distribute the turkeys while they last on Monday, Nov. 23, from 9-11 a.m., at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this year’s Turkey Drive should contact Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270.


West Oak Avenue Bridge Replacement scheduled to begin Oct. 26 
Work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 26, on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on West Oak Avenue that spans Richland Creek. A message board announcing the closure will be erected on site approximately two weeks before work begins.

The project is part of the NCDOT’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

The West Oak Avenue Bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structure remains safe to use, it has required constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridge was built to design standards that are no longer in use.

The closure, which is expected to last until mid-April 2016, will send the motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Harris Road and North Main Street. The lengthy closure is the result of changing the start of the project to the fall construction season which limits the amount of work that can occur prior to the onset of winter weather. Although the  demolition of the current bridge and construction of the new bridge is scheduled to begin  during the fall of 2015, grading and paving operations cannot begin until the end of winter 2016.


2015 Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 22
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will sponsor its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. Admission is free.

This year’s festivities will include a costume contest, face painting and cupcake walk, along with a variety of other ghostly games and activities, and free pumpkin giveaways - while supplies last.

Costumes are optional, but best costumes will be featured on the town’s website.


Free wall calendar now available 
The Town of Wake Forest is making it easier than ever for area residents to keep track of popular town events thanks to a new 14-month wall calendar.

Soon to be available at several area locations, the free calendar offers a comprehensive listing of town events scheduled between November 2015 and December 2016. The calendar also lists the various holidays the Town of Wake Forest will observe throughout the period.

The calendar is filled with dozens of photos featuring area residents enjoying local festivities ranging from the Mardi Gras Street Festival and Meet in the Street to the Halloween Spooktacular and Wake Forest Christmas Parade - and everything in between. Read more>>


Come dressed as your favorite superhero during Oct. 2 First Friday Flix
First Friday Flix returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.

First Friday Flix movie screenings are free and open to the public. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, are available for purchase.

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 Oct. 2 movie: it’s a PG-13 rated 2014 American superhero film based on a fictional league of Marvel Comics characters. It is the seventh installment in the series starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.

In celebration of this month’s movie, the Renaissance Centre is extending a special invitation to all superheroes. Everyone who comes dressed as their favorite superhero will receive a free box of popcorn.

To obtain the titles of this movie and future films offered at the Renaissance Centre, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.


New Wake County digital flood maps available for review 
Area residents and business leaders will have the opportunity to review and discuss Wake County’s latest flood hazard and flood risk data during a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The event will have an open house format and will be held in town hall’s ground floor meeting room which is most easily accessed via the facility’s Taylor Street entrance.

Now available digitally, preliminary flood hazard information can be layered on top of the county’s parcel data thereby enabling property owners to better determine potential risks to their land.

Residents may also access the flood hazard data online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/. Digital flood hazard data can also be obtained by calling the Wake County Environmental Services Department at 919-856-7541, or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) at 919-825-2341.  

The Oct. 8 public meeting will offer residents the opportunity to see the results of the revised studies and new flood hazard areas. County and municipal employees will be on hand to help attendees locate particular properties from the flood hazard data and determine their level of flood risk. Read more>>


Renaissance Centre offering "flix4kidz" & "Free at 3" Oct. 12 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is offering a variety of free movie showings on Monday, Oct. 12. Starting at 10:30 a.m. the Renaissance Centre will host “flix4kidz,” followed at 3 p.m. by “Free at 3.”

Featuring only G or PG-rated children’s and family films, “flix4kidz” offers free family-friendly movie showings at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday morning of each month.

Designed for adults ages 50 and over, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will also be available for purchase.

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 titles of each month’s films. However, you can obtain the movie titles of films offered at the Renaissance Centre by signing up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier or by calling the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

For more information, visit the Renaissance Centre website or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.


Renaissance Centre presents "Defamation" Oct. 13 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will present the nationally acclaimed courtroom drama Defamation on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

Defamation explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with an exciting twist - the audience is the jury.

More than a play, Defamation offers a unique opportunity for community members to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $12 plus tax for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior “day of” admission tickets. Read more>>


PRCR hosting barn dance Oct. 16 
Put on your dancing shoes for an evening of family fun as the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department hosts a Barn Dance on Friday, Oct. 16, from 7-9 p.m. The dance will be held inside the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

The event promises fun for the entire family and all ages are welcome. The cost is $5 in advance and $6 at the door.

Online registration is available at http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/.  To register in person, visit the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., or the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. Read more>>


Royal Princess & Pirate Tea Oct. 24
Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will host a Royal Princess & Pirate Tea at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

All Wake Forest area princesses and pirates ages 3-10 are invited to attend dressed in their best royal attire, be it princess or pirate, and accompanied by their parents or fairy guardians.

Promising a delightful afternoon of comedy and confections, the “Royal Princess & Pirate Tea” will include a theater production of “Juan Bobo” by Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences. Juan Bobo is a folklore tale from Puerto Rico that is rich in tradition and spans several world cultures.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and $2 per child’s “day of” admission tickets. Advance tickets can be purchased online at the Renaissance Centre box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Read more>>


Applications now accepted for 2015 Wake Forest Christmas Parade  
Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2015 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Applications are available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested participants may submit their application online or by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., P.O. Box 78, Wake Forest, NC 27588. Entries postmarked by Thursday, Oct. 15, will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entries needed for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified via email no later than Saturday, Oct. 31.

Payment for entry must be received by Saturday, Nov. 14, to secure a position in the parade. Parade packets for accepted participants will be mailed Friday, Nov. 27. The packet will include vehicle passes, parking information and other pertinent details for the event. 

Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. Read more>>


Blasting continues near Dr. Calvin Jones Highway
The City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., are conducting blasting and excavation operations along the Dunn Creek Greenway in the vicinity of the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98. The work is part of the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).  

Residents who live near the 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.

Situated between the Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road, and the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass, the Dunn Creek Greenway will be closed until the SCIIP is complete. Read more>>

9th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony Oct. 5 
Area residents are invited to attend the 9th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. The service will honor James R. Weiss who served his nation in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War and will be held in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Members of Weiss’ 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. Following the raising of the American flag, the U.S. Navy service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Weiss served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout October.

Photographs and other remembrances of Weiss will be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of October. Read more>>


Camp Gladiator moving to Joyner Park
Camp Gladiator has moved its Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions to E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

In late May the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department partnered with Camp Gladiator to launch Camp Gladiator (CG) evening sessions at Flaherty Park, 1226 N. White St. Due to popular demand, Camp Gladiator in September began offering back-to-back evening sessions at Joyner Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. - rain or shine.

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. Read more>>


Forestville Road Bridge replacement continues on schedule 
Work is continuing on schedule on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on Forestville Road that spans Sanford Creek. 

The project is part of the NCDOT’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

The Forestville Road Bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structure remains safe to use, it has required constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridge was built to design standards that are no longer in use.

NCDOT will replace the existing structure with a three-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. 

The closure, which is expected to last until early December 2015, is sending the motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Rogers Road, South Main Street and Burlington Mills Road. Read more>>


Emerald Ash Borer quarantine restricts movement of firewood
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services announced recently that Wake and Franklin counties have been added to the list of counties under an emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine after ash borers were confirmed in both counties. Quarantine rules restrict the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials.

The emerald ash borer is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees across the country. First detected in Michigan, the pest has spread to North Carolina threatening all species of ash including white, green, black, blue, Carolina and pumpkin. The half-inch-long insect kills ash trees of all sizes whether they are healthy or weak. Read more>>


Report non-emergency issues with 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.


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 offers "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 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 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. Read more>>


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 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! Read more>>

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. Read more>>​


Flag-Raising Committee seeks names of deceased Wake Forest veterans
The Town of Wake Forest has joined with several local veterans’ organizations to introduce a monthly flag-raising ceremony honoring the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families.

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.

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 offers 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.

NCDOT's 40/440 Fortify Project
The North Carolina Department of Transportation project to fortify two of the Triangle's busiest roads began with preliminary work in October 2014. The Fortify project involves removing and replacing an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 to address immediate safety concerns. 


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 & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561.


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.