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The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the July 2016 edition of E-News.

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Friday Night on White continues July 8 with Stone Age Romeos
The Town of Wake Forest continues its free outdoor music series on Friday, July 8, with Stone Age Romeos. 

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St., and along Owen Avenue, including Bulkogi, Charlie’s on Wheels, Cockadoodlemoo, King’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Sarge’s Chef on Wheels, Smokehouse Blues, VFW Chuckwagon, Virgil’s Jamaica, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s, and Sweet Traditions.

Other bands scheduled to perform during Friday Night on White include The Remedy on Aug. 12 and Crush on Sept. 9. More>>


More volunteers needed for Friday Night on White
Due to the overwhelming success of the first three Friday Night on White concerts, the Town of Wake Forest is seeking additional volunteers for the remaining concerts.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., the Friday Night on White outdoor music series takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Well over 4,000 area residents turned out to see the Magic Pipers Band on April 8, followed by an estimated 9,000 on May 13 to see Brickhouse, and 10,000 for the Will McBride Group on June 10. Now that warmer weather is here, even larger crowds are expected to attend the remaining concerts featuring Stone Age Romeos on July 8, The Remedy on Aug. 12, and Crush on Sept. 9.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during each of these performances and may work two-hour shifts. However, they are not required to check age identification.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit our website or contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes.


Rogers Road Bridge Replacement Project is underway 
Work began Monday, June 27, on replacing the Rogers Road Bridge that spans Smith Creek.

The initiative 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 Rogers 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 two-lane bridge with a five-lane bridge and widen from two to five lanes the portion of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road. Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during school rush hours. 

The closure, which is projected to last until early November 2016, will send the motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Heritage Lake Road, the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass and South Main Street.

Area residents are reminded that although the bridge is closed, businesses in the vicinity remain open. More>>


Vendor applications accepted for Wake Forest Home & Garden Show 
The Town of Wake Forest is accepting applications from vendors and sponsors for the inaugural Wake Forest Home & Garden Show. The show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Showcasing the latest in home improvement and gardening products and services, the event will include a variety of exhibits by local home builders, contractors, specialist vendors, landscape designers, and realtors. The show will also include several free workshops.

Booth spaces are available both indoors and outdoors. Indoor booth spaces are offered in increments of 8 x 8 ft., while outdoor spaces are 10 x 10 ft.

Vendors who wish to participate in the Home & Garden show can reserve booth space by completing the online form or by contacting Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through Friday, July 15. More>>


Work set to begin on Smith, Sanford & Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project 
Starting Monday, July 11, Fred Smith Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will begin construction on the Smith Creek, Sanford Creek and Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project.

The initiative entails the construction of a continuous pedestrian facility consisting of approximately 3.8 miles of greenway trail – including boardwalk and bridges - and 0.8 mile of sidewalk, along with a multi-use path in the vicinity of Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle, and Heritage High Schools. Once completed, the project – which will introduce new wayfinding signage - will connect the major activity centers throughout Wake Forest. More>>


Holding Park Pool to remain closed in 2016 
Due to the discovery of significant structural issues, Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., will not open in 2016.

The pool opening, which typically takes place over the Memorial Day weekend, had been delayed because of a serious leak. While working to repair the leak, contractors discovered major problems related to the integrity of the pool walls.

According to the contractor, the walls were “found to be in poor shape” marked by uneven plaster and mortar behind the plaster that is crumbling and falling apart. Those findings eliminated any chance of opening the pool this summer.

The total cost to repair the pool is not yet known, but commissioners plan to discuss potential options during their mid-year retreat in August.

In the meantime, all pool-related activities scheduled for this year have been canceled, including swim lessons. However, PRCR officials are in discussions with local organizations concerning possible swim alternatives for the general public.


Taylor Street entrance to town hall

Town launches online permit request program 
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the successful launch of a new online permit request program. The initiative allows contractors and homeowners to request electrical, mechanical, and plumbing trade permits online and receive them via email.

Anyone wishing to request a trade permit online should visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/inspections.aspx and click on the Trade Permit Application link. Complete and submit the form online, and an Inspections staff person will respond by email with a permit number and cost.

Contractors who pay online will receive a copy of the permit via email. Homeowners are required to pay at the Inspections Department, located in the ground floor of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact Inspections Director JJ Carr at 919-435-9519.


13th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony July 11 
Area residents are invited to attend the 13th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, July 11, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The July 11 service will honor Dalton Bailey who served his nation in the U.S. Army. Members of Bailey’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. Following the raising of the American flag, the U.S. Army service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Bailey served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout July.

Photographs and other remembrances of Bailey will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of July.

Presented by local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are held in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. typically on the first Monday of each month from April through October. The July observance will take place on the second Monday due to the Fourth of July holiday. More>>


Police Department celebrates one-year anniversary of "Operations Safe Sale" 
The Wake Forest Police Department recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of “Operation Safe Sale.”

Introduced in May 2015, Operation Safe Sale encourages Wake Forest residents who are selling or purchasing items advertised online to come to the police department, 225 S. Taylor St., to complete their transaction. Transactions may be made in the police department parking lot or inside the lobby, either with or without an officer present.

At the request of either party, a police officer will be available to check the serial number to determine whether the item has been entered through state or national databases as stolen property.

Since the program’s inception area residents have requested a police presence on 17 occasions. Anyone wishing to have an officer present is required to schedule an appointment by calling 919-554-6150.

The Wake Forest Police Department does not make any representations or warranties regarding the goods or services transferred between parties. Any item found entered as stolen through a state or national database will be subject to seizure and criminal charges may result.

Operation Safe Sale aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community and Objective F: Enhance the sense of safety in the town.


Men's Fall Rec & Open Co-Rec Softball registration is underway 
Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Men’s Fall Recreational and Open Co-Recreational Softball Leagues began Friday, July 1, and continues throughout the remainder of the month.

Online registration for both leagues is available at online. Registration information is also provided at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The registration period for these leagues ends Sunday, July 31, at 5 p.m.

The Men’s Fall Recreational Softball League is limited to Class E teams and lower. League play is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 15, and games will be played on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

The Open Co-Recreational Softball League will also begin the week of Aug. 15, with games on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

For more information, contact Athletics Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457.


Neck of the Woods returns to Renaissance Centre July 15 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts welcomes the return of the Neck of the Woods performance series on Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Presented and sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, Neck of the Woods is a variety performance series featuring emerging local artists. Each show is different and may consist of several performing arts acts, including actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers and spoken word artists.

The July 15 installment of Neck of the Woods will feature the Blue Moon String Quartet; old-time bluegrass band DryBread Road; storyteller Ken Grant; and singer/musician Pat Tyler. 

Tickets are $5. More>>


Tickets on sale for Murder Mystery Dinner "Country Fried Caper" 
Tickets are on sale for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “Country Fried Caper” on Saturday, July 23, 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 “Country Fried Caper” performed by the Triangle-based theater troupe “It’s A Mystery.”

Designed for patrons ages 18 and older, this crime-solving theatrical production will include a “Killer Buffet Dinner.” Provided by Cook Shack Catering, the buffet will feature a chef salad, barbecue chicken and roast beef, roasted veggies and garlic mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, peach cobbler and Swiss chocolate cake, tea, water, and coffee.

A variety of beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and dinner will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.

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 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. More>>


Renaissance Centre to host 2016 Forest of Wake Storyfest Aug. 6 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the 2016 Forest of Wake Storyfest on Saturday, Aug. 6. Featuring three professional storytellers, along with entertaining workshops and concerts for children and adults, the festival will bring the art of storytelling to the Wake Forest community and celebrate one of humanity’s oldest art forms.

Audiences of ages 6 and older are sure to relate to the colorful, humorous and inspirational stories shared by the lineup of storytellers, including Wake Forest’s Daniel Blaisdell, Durham’s Donna Washington, and Charlotte’s Lona Bartlett.

The Forest of Wake Storyfest will begin at 11 a.m. with a free storytelling hour for special needs children. A variety of workshops and performances will follow beginning at 1 p.m.

The day-long festival will conclude at 7 p.m. with a two-hour evening concert featuring performances by all three storytellers.

A variety of ticket options are available, including a full festival concert pass for $15. Tickets for each event and workshop may be purchased online or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. More>>


HRC seeks nominations for "Good Neighbor of the Year" 
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is soliciting youth and adult nominations for the 7th Annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize Wake Forest residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking recognition for their efforts.

Nominees are sought in two divisions: adult and youth between the ages of 13 and 18. In order to qualify a nominee must be a Town of Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016. Employees of the Town of Wake Forest are not eligible.

Nominations forms are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and may be downloaded from the town's website. Completed forms may be mailed to Town of Wake Forest, c/o Virginia Jones, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Email nominations will be accepted at hrc@wakeforestnc.gov. Forms may also be submitted via fax to 919-435-9497. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. More>>


Register now for Girls Lacrosse Camp
Registration is underway for two sessions of the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Girls Lacrosse Camp.

Open to girls ages 8-13 years-old, the first session will take place Monday - Friday, July 18-22, while the second session will be offered Monday – Friday, July 25-29. Both are scheduled from 5-7 p.m. each day at the Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road.

These camps will introduce the fundamental skills of women's lacrosse. Participants will focus on catching, throwing, cradling, dodging, and shooting. Campers will also participate in small-sided scrimmages to better understand the rules of lacrosse and game situations.

The cost is $75 per camper and includes a T-shirt for anyone who registers by July 7.

Registration for both camps is available online. Registrations for the July 18-22 session will be accepted through Thursday, July 14, at 5 p.m. The registration deadline for the July 25-29 camp is Thursday, July 21, at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563.


"No Parking" now enforced near several greenway entrances 
The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of installing “No Parking” signage along several roads located near town greenway entrances. The new signage is intended to alert motorists to a town ordinance designed to offer maintenance crews and trail users easier, safer greenway access.

Approved by the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners in July 2015 after two public hearings, the sign ordinance is outlined in Chapter 30 Article VI: Traffic Schedules Section 30-241 of the town’s Code of Ordinances. More>>


Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park continue July 30
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is offering Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park once a month through August. Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest, the remaining outdoor movie showings are scheduled for July 30 and Aug. 13. The movie showings are free and showtime is 8:30 p.m. 

Assorted food vendors will be on hand selling snacks and beverages.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, we are not permitted to announce the title of each month’s film to the general public. However, we may publicize movie titles through our Special Events Hotline and The Week Ahead which is part of the town's email subscription service. To obtain the title of each month's featured film, sign up for The Week Ahead or call 919-556-7063. More>>


Town unveils Waste Wizard to help residents recycle 
The Wake Forest Public Works Department recently unveiled an interactive Waste Wizard to help residents get disposal tips on hundreds of household items. From aluminum cans to zip lock bags, the quick and easy search tool provides users with details on what items go into the recycling bin or the trash can. 

Residents can also use the tool to learn their garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up day.

The Waste Wizard is also available on the town's app.


Final phase of work set to begin on Dunn Creek Greenway
In June Park Construction of NC, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD), began the final phase of work on the Dunn Creek Greenway between Heritage Greens Drive and the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass. The greenway has been closed since October 2014 when CORPUD began the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).

The final phase of work entails removing sections of existing asphalt, regrading areas that were disturbed by the recent sewer line installation, and installing stone shoulders and new asphalt. The contractor will then dress out the shoulders, seed and straw the entire project, pull all excess materials, and remove the silt fencing and equipment. More>>


Wake County reminds residents to be mosquito safe 
Summer is here, so now's the perfect time for Wake County residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Aside from being itchy and annoying, the bite of an infected female mosquito can lead to the spread of disease.

It is important for residents to start implementing prevention tactics now to help control the mosquito population.

“Zika has not yet been detected in mosquitos in the United States, but that could change at any point in the future,” said Dr. Sue Lynn Ledford, Public Health Division director. “It’s our job to ensure we’re prepared and ready for that possibility, which is why we’re asking residents to be proactive and protect themselves from mosquitos as summer approaches and they spend more time outdoors.” 

All Wake County residents play a role in this effort. More>>


Flaherty Park Tennis Courts' resurfacing is underway 
The Flaherty Park tennis courts are closed for resurfacing and repair. The courts are located at 1226 N. White St.

The town has contracted with Court One to perform the work which will include the following:

  • Cleaning and scraping of the courts of all dirt, debris, foreign matter and loose material

  • Removal of grass and weeds

  • Sealing cracks

  • Application of acrylic resurfacer, one sand-filled coat, and one sand-filled Laykold Colorcoat finishing coat.

  • Refurbishing the net posts

  • Addition of 10 & under, quick-start lines on courts 1 & 2

  • New courtside benches and message boards

  • Repair of defective surface on court 4

Weather permitting the courts will re-open later this month. More>>


DMV's Mobile Driver's License Unit returns July 18
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, July 18. The mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new compact mobile office is part of Governor Pat McCrory’s initiative to improve customer service and reduce wait times at the DMV.  Featuring two driver license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.


Wake Forest LIVE details live music events
In case you haven’t noticed, Wake Forest is rapidly becoming known as a hotbed for live music. What began with the annual Six Sundays in Spring music series and occasional concerts in the park, has expanded to include Friday Night on White, Rockin’ the Forest and Music at Midday. 

In an effort to keep you informed about these and other live music events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, we’ve created Wake Forest Live – your one-stop source for information.

We've also created a Wake Forest Live page on Facebook. Be sure to check it out and "Like Us" so you can stay informed about the latest and greatest live music events coming to Wake Forest! More>>


Board of Commissioners seeks groups to lead Pledge of Allegiance at meetings
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners is inviting local youth and adult community organizations to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each board meeting.

Board of Commissioners meetings are scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and take place in the Wake Forest Town Hall Board Chambers. The chambers are located on the second floor of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest-area sports teams, church groups, civic clubs, and other community organizations are encouraged to sign up for a meeting.

To sign up, contact Commissioner Jim Thompson at 919-417-4217. 


Flag-Raising Committee seeks names
of deceased Wake Forest veterans
The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee is soliciting the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during upcoming 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 relatives of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chair Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018.

The Town of Wake Forest joins with representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, and the Wake Forest High School JROTC to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families during monthly flag-raising ceremonies from April through October. The services take place in town hall’s Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. More>>


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 Wake Forest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area?

If you’re 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 December every Wake Forest resident who lives in the 27587 zip code should have received their own 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. More>>


Beware of IRS-Related scams 
The Wake Forest Police Department is warning area residents not to be fooled by scammers impersonating IRS investigators. 

In recent days the police department has received numerous reports from residents about callers claiming to be from the IRS telling the intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a credit card, bank account draft, 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. More>>


Renaissance Centre hosts "flix4kidz" & "Free at 3" July 11
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is offering free movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on Monday, July 11.

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 be available for purchase during both events.

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 at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or by calling the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.


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 introduces 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.


Wake Forest Power offers "Pay-As-You-Go"
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. 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. More>>​



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.


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.


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.




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.


Whatever the weather...Call the "Weather Line!"
The Town of Wake Forest 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.