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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration is also available at campgladiator.com/Raleigh.
For more information, contact Bethany Stillwaggon, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer at 724-301-3557 or email@example.com or Recreation Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.