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Lighting of Wake Forest Dec. 6
Area residents are invited to officially welcome the holiday season during the annual Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 6. Sponsored by Traditions at Heritage and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the event will get underway at 6 p.m. in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall.
This year’s ceremony will feature the lighting of a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the eagerly anticipated arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick.
The event will also include performances by local choirs and complimentary “Pictures with Santa” in the town hall lobby. Guests planning to have their picture taken with Santa Claus must pick up a time ticket in the town hall lobby beginning at 6 p.m. Designed to reduce wait times, each time ticket will indicate the time guests should arrive at the line-up to have their photo taken. Pictures can be viewed and purchased at the Wake Forest CVS, 245 E. Roosevelt Ave., beginning Monday, Dec. 9.
Downtown Holiday Open House Dec. 7
Area residents are also invited to visit historic downtown Wake Forest Saturday and experience a hearty dose of holiday cheer during the Downtown Holiday Open House.
The Downtown Holiday Open House will include special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants, horse and carriage rides and a wonderful array of fun-filled activities for kids and families.
Several special events and activities will be offered throughout the day at no cost, including the following:
- Face Painting
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
- Pictures with Santa
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Old Magnolia Trading Company, 213 S. White St.
- Horse & Carriage Rides
Noon to 3 p.m.
South White Street
Wake Forest Christmas Parade Dec. 14
Area residents are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the Wake Forest Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by the Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the event gets underway at 1 p.m.
This year’s Christmas parade will feature over 100 colorful floats and entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, as well as several high school marching bands and – of course - Santa Claus.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South White Street and continue north along South White Street before turning east onto Wait Avenue. It will then turn south onto South Brooks Street and continue until ending at the intersection of Brooks Street and Elm Avenue.
Calls from Santa Dec. 12
A phone call from Santa Claus is on every child’s wish list. The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department is making those wishes come true by offering “Calls from Santa” to kids ages 3-7 on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m.
Registration forms are now available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Christmas in Wake Forest App
Complete information about town-sponsored holiday events is provided through the "Holiday Events" function on the Town of Wake Forest app. Download the app and utilize the "Holiday Events" function for instant access to the Lighting of Wake Forest (Dec. 6); The Brightest Light (Dec. 8); the Wake Forest Christmas Parade (Dec. 14) 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.
SAVE THE DATE - Wake Mardi Gras Street Festival & Renaissance Ball March 1
Plans are underway for a fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest for both children and adults during the Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival & Renaissance Ball on Saturday, March 1. The event will invite area residents to visit the heart of Wake Forest and experience all that downtown and the new Wake Forest Renaissance Centre have to offer.
The street festival will feature live music and special performances, face painting and a children's parade. There will also be a King and Queen Costume Contest and other fun activities for the young and the young at heart.
The day-long festivities will conclude with a sensational evening of music and dancing during our Mardi Gras Renaissance Ball at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.
Attire is black-tie optional, but Mardi Gras masks are encouraged, so here's your chance to come out dressed to impress.
Set to begin at 7 p.m., the evening will include dinner, a cash bar, live entertainment and much more. Tickets are $55 per person and will go on sale Jan. 1.
Event proceeds will be used to support arts programming at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.
Bookmark our Wake Forest Mardi Gras web page and check back often for the latest information on this exciting event!
"Wake Forest Postcards from the Past" 2014 calendars now on sale
The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission’s 2014 fundraising calendar, “Wake Forest Postcards from the Past,” is now available for purchase for $15 each online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The calendar will also be sold at several Wake Forest locations.
Available for viewing online, “Wake Forest Postcards from the Past” includes an array of historic postcards from former town commissioner Frank Drake’s personal collection. The postcards feature several Wake Forest historic landmarks, including Wake Forest College’s Gore Gymnasium, President’s House and Lea Laboratory, as well as the W.L. Poteat Residence, Wake Forest Train Depot, Wake Forest High School, Shady Oaks and Faculty Avenue.
Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be used to renovate and maintain the Ailey Young House – an HPC project. For more information about the Ailey Young House, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/ailey-young-house.aspx.
Shop With a Cop
The Wake Forest Police Department’s 15th Annual Shop with a Cop holiday shopping spree is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19.
On that day approximately 30 area children will visit the Wake Forest Police Department where they will be paired with their police officer “partners.” The kids and their partners will then be transported by bus to the Wake Forest Walmart, where each child will be given $175 to spend on a winter coat and other items of their choice. Parents are encouraged not to accompany their children.
Following the shopping spree, the children and their partners will be treated to a pizza party.
Shop with a Cop was created to help less fortunate boys and girls in the Wake Forest area experience a joyous Christmas. Since its inception in 1999, the program has helped well over 350 local children.
The Wake Forest Police Department raises money for Shop with a Cop by sponsoring several fundraisers each year. The police department also accepts donations from area citizens, churches, civic groups and merchants. Any individual or organization wishing to make a contribution to this year’s Shop with a Cop should contact Detective K.C. Warren at 919-435-9613 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers sought for Adopt-A-Trail
The Town of Wake Forest is recruiting nature-minded individuals and groups to help maintain its system of greenways through the Adopt-a-Trail program.
The initiative encourages scouting organizations, civic associations, school and church groups, nature clubs and businesses seeking community service opportunities to adopt a section of trail and keep it clear of weeds, sticks, rocks and other debris for one year. Groups and individuals may also initiate and participate in a number of enhancement projects designed to improve the aesthetics or functionality of the town's greenways.
Meet in the Street applications now accepted
Here’s your chance to be a part of the 2014 Meet in the Street! The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for vendors, performers and downtown merchants for this highly-anticipated community event.
Applications are now available online and at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.
For sponsorship opportunities or to provide musical performances on our main stage, contact Corey Hutcherson at email@example.com.
Volunteers are also needed throughout the day of the event. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduled maintenance underway on Dunn Creek Greenway
Scheduled maintenance is underway on two trailheads along the Dunn Creek Greenway.
At Wilts Dairy Point, workers will install a 10-foot multi-use path pedestrian access, while at Heritage Greens Drive, crews will install safety railing on the switchback, reset the retaining wall paver caps and reestablish the grass in the area.
Weather permitting, these improvements will be completed by the end of January 2014.
Movoto Real Estate ranks Wake Forest second best city in North Carolina
Movoto Real Estate, an online real estate brokerage based in San Mateo, CA, recently conducted a study to find the best cities in North Carolina. After analyzing the state’s 50 most populous municipalities, Wake Forest rated second overall.
In recent months Movoto has been evaluating each state’s top cities. In order to determine its Top 10 list of cities in North Carolina, Movoto ranked the municipalities from one to 50 in each of the following six criteria:
- Cost of living (percent above or below state’s average)
- Crime rate
- Median household income
- Home value
- Amenities (including BBQ restaurants and churches)
According to Movoto, Wake Forest scored especially well in the amenities category earning high marks for some of the best weather in North Carolina and for offering parks and outdoor activities that allow residents to take advantage of the sunshine.
Road resurfacing continues
The Town of Wake Forest has resumed its road rehabilitation and resurfacing project. Over the next several weeks, Barnhill Contracting Company will perform full depth patching, roadway repairs and repaving on the following streets:
- East Sycamore Avenue
- Glencoe Drive
- Heritage Club Road
- Rayburn Drive
- South Franklin Street
Detour signs and flaggers will direct traffic around the work areas. Motorists in these areas are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
The work is expected to be completed by mid-December.
The Town of Wake Forest offers an interactive map that provides basic information about transportation projects in our area. The map highlights projects that have active construction sites, are in the process of being designed or permitted and/or are currently funded for future design/construction.
Active transportation projects are highlighted in orange and include construction and enhancements to roads, sidewalks, greenways, bridges, multi-use paths, bike lanes and other components of the transportation system.
Funded projects are shown in blue and indicate the town has been awarded a grant, but the project is not yet in the development stage.
Visitors to the site can click on a particular project and view the project type, as well as the date construction is scheduled to begin, the funding source, and links to additional information.
The Town of Wake Forest officially opened the new Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Nov. 14-16 during a one-of-a-kind “Celebration of the Arts.” Presented by CenturyLink and Imagenation Systems, the three-day extravaganza showcased the amazing diversity of artistic and cultural talent throughout our region while showcasing the new Renaissance Centre.
"Home Grown Power" video earns APPA's 2013 Audience Choice Award
A video tribute to Wake Forest Power’s linemen and line workers everywhere recently earned the 2013 Audience Choice Award at the American Public Power Association’s annual Customer Connections Conference in Portland, Oregon.
The Audience Choice Award is voted on by conference attendees each year during “The Year in Public Power TV Commercials” reception on the final night of the conference. Wake Forest Power’s video titled “Home Grown Power” received the most votes from among 10 submissions, including entries by Santee Cooper, ElectriCities of NC and Nebraska Public Power District.
Backyard Stream Repair Workshop Dec. 13
The Town of Wake Forest will host a Backyard Stream Repair Workshop on Friday, Dec. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at town hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Area residents interested in learning more about stabilizing their backyard streams, enhancing their property and improving the natural environment are encouraged to attend. The course is also appropriate for anyone seeking professional development units (PDUs) or continuing education units (CEUs) from any of the following:
- EnviroCert International, Inc. Division Certifications
- NC Environmental Education Certifications for Criteria I or II
- NC Rural Water Association
Participants will learn about the causes of stream bank erosion and how to utilize native plants to create a healthy streamside environment. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and acquire hands-on experience installing plants that stabilize and enhance an eroding stream bank.
The cost of the workshop is $25 per person and includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration is required.
Police Department Turkey Drive helps feed families in Wake Forest
The Wake Forest Police Department concluded its Seventh Annual Turkey Drive earlier on Nov. 25 by distributing over 700 turkeys to area families at the Wake Forest Community House.
The turkeys went fast during the first-come, first-served event scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
According to Det. M.W. Sattler, the founder and organizer of the annual Turkey Drive, several residents reported arriving as early as 5:30 a.m. to receive their frozen turkey.
“Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Turkey Drive,” said Det. Sattler.
“We provided just over 700 turkeys to people in need. The event would not be possible without the incredible assistance of area residents, businesses and other organizations whose generosity helped make the Thanksgiving holiday a little easier for hundreds of people and families.”
What Do You Think, Wake Forest?
The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Advisory Board wants your input. As a citizen advisory board, one of the board's primary goals is to promote parks and recreation throughout our community.
In 2014, the citizens of Wake Forest will be asked to vote on a bond referendum. A portion of the proposed bond will likely include the completion of additional phases at E. Carroll Joyner Park. As a result, the Recreation Advisory Board is inviting area residents to take a moment and respond to the following two questions:
- What specific features would you like to see added at E. Carroll Joyner Park?
- Overall, what parks and recreation improvements would you recommend?
Here's your chance to share your ideas concerning any features you'd like to see added at Joyner Park, as well as any recommendations you have concerning parks and recreation programs, services, facilities and events.
"Guide to Wake Forest" is now available
Have you ever needed the telephone number for a particular department in the Town of Wake Forest or an address for one of the town’s parks or other facilities? Have you ever been curious about Wake Forest’s history or wanted information about area schools or healthcare providers? Are you new to WakeForest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area?
If you are a Wake Forest resident and you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce have a special gift just for you.
In late October, the town mailed every Wake Forest resident who lives in the 27587 zip code a copy of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. This clever, all-in-one handbook provides useful information about all things Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, a description of town departments, a listing of annual community events and advertisements for several local businesses. The guide also contains important contact numbers, as well as comprehensive information about town programs and services, volunteer opportunities and local government. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more.
NCDOT's 40/440 Fortify Project underway
The North Carolina Department of Transportation project to fortify two of the Triangle's busiest roads began with preliminary work in October. The Fortify project involves removing and replacing an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 to address immediate safety concerns. Drivers will begin seeing nighttime lane closures in early November, with some additional daytime closures to follow in early December.
Town continues loose leaf collection
The Town of Wake Forest's annual loose leaf collection program is underway through mid-March.
When preparing leaves for collections, residents are urged to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Rake leaves into piles behind the curb so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.
- Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves. Public works’ vacuum equipment is only designed to pick up loose leaves. Your cooperation will help prevent mechanical breakdowns and collection delays.
- Place limbs and brush behind the curb in a pile separate from leaves. Limbs and brush larger than one inch but smaller than six inches in diameter must be no longer than six feet. Limbs and logs larger than six inches in diameter must not exceed two feet in length. Logs must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.
- Click here for more information
Keep alert for deer
With the arrival of the fall season, drivers on North Carolina roads need to be on the alert for an increase in the possibility of collisions with deer. About 90 percent of all reported animal-related crashes involve deer, and 50 percent of those crashes traditionally take place in the months of October through December.
A N.C. Department of Transportation study shows that in 2012, there were 20,181 animal-related crashes. That is the lowest number in three years, but helped boost the three-year total of crashes to 61,688, with 20 fatalities, nearly 3,500 injuries and more than $144 million in damages.
Deer activity is on the increase as a result of the mating and hunting seasons. Crashes are most common between 5 and 8 a.m., and from 6 p.m. to midnight. That is when more vehicles are on the road, deer movement increases, and limited visibility makes it more difficult for motorists to see them on or near roadways.
Wake County leads all counties in the number of animal-related crashes for the 10th year in a row, although the 991 crashes reported last year was its lowest figure since 2006. Its high ranking is primarily the result of the large number of drivers and roadway mileage in the county, combined with the abundance of wooded areas.
Guilford County was a distant second at 668 crashes, followed by Pitt (619), Duplin (596) and Johnston (492) counties.
Counties in the far western section of the state, where there are considerably fewer roads and drivers, reported the lowest number of crashes. Graham County is at the bottom of the list with only seven crashes, just below Jackson (12) and Swain (9) counties.
NCDOT offers the following suggestions for motorists to avoid being in a deer-vehicle crash:
- Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon and evening;
- Statistics indicate most deer-vehicle crashes occur near bridges or overpasses., and they also follow railroad tracks, streams and ditches;
- Drive with high beams on when possible, and watch out for eyes reflecting in the headlights;
- Remember that deer often travel in groups, so do not assume that the road is clear if one deer has already passed;
- Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause you to lose control of the vehicle, flipping it over, veering it into oncoming traffic or overcorrecting and running off the road, causing a more serious crash;
- Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away;
- Increase the distance between your vehicle and other cars, especially at night. If the car ahead of you hits a deer, you may also become involved in the accident;
- Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belt;
- Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences or reflectors to deter deer as these devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle crashes; and
If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road if possible, and call 911.
Richland Creek Greenway closure explained
The Town of Wake Forest recently announced the closure of the Richland Creek Greenway due to potential safety risks associated with increased stream bank erosion and greenway undermining.
The town made the decision to close the greenway following a thorough greenway inspection by Wake Forest’s urban forester, the town’s engineering department and a team of creek restoration experts. Their assessment revealed a rapid increase in creek erosion along the greenway brought on by heavy rains during the spring and early summer.
The creek erosion resulted in the undermining of the greenway’s foundation. The erosion also caused a number of trees to fall over and left several others in danger of collapsing on both sides of the trail. These unstable trees continue to pose a significant threat to several electric lines and a large sewer pipe in the area.
Due to these immediate safety concerns, the town chose to close the greenway until further notice. The greenway will not reopen until staff determines the best means of stabilizing the stream and relocating the trail to ensure its safe use.
Attention HOA Representatives
The Town of Wake Forest recognizes and appreciates the important communications link Homeowners' Associations (HOAs) provide between the town and its many neighborhoods. However, in order for us to effectively utilize that link, it is critical that we maintain current information for a primary point of contact within each Homeowners' or Neighborhood Association.
If you are the primary point of contact within your Homeowners’ or Neighborhood Association, please take a moment to email Public Information Officer Bill Crabtree at email@example.com and provide the following information:
- Your name
- Your email address and telephone number
- The HOA/Neighborhood Association you represent
- Your HOA/Neighborhood Association’s meeting schedule
By providing this information, you will help us gather and distribute information that's important to you and your neighbors.
Transportation projects underway
Construction is underway on the Forestville Road sidewalk extension project and the Durham Road multi-use path project.
The Town of Wake Forest started construction on the Forestville Road sidewalk project on Aug. 12. The project entails construction of a five-foot-wide sidewalk along the east side of Forestville Road, extending from Heritage Station Shopping Center to Foundation Drive. Also, as part of the initiative, the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Forestville Road and Foundation Drive will be upgraded to include a pedestrian phase with push-button assembly. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed in October.
Grading on the Durham Road multi-use path project began on Aug. 26. The project includes construction of a 10-foot wide multi-use path on the south side of realigned Durham Road from the new NC 98 Highway/Dr. Calvin Jones Highway to Wake Union Church Road. Construction is expected to be completed in November.
Docents needed for Wake Forest Cemetery Tour
Do you have loved ones buried in the Wake Forest Cemetery? If so, we need your help in honoring them at the next Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour. This town-sponsored annual event is held the second Saturday in May and continues to grow in scope and content. Visitors overwhelmingly say the most compelling aspect of the tour is hearing stories about the people who made Wake Forest what it is today.
The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board would like to include the personal histories of unrepresented families to broaden the depth of this increasingly popular event. For more information, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. Highlights from last year’s tour are available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/cemeterytour.aspx.
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.
In recent days, vandals have struck several cars in Wake Forest. As a result, the police department is again urging 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.