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Start date for Rogers Road Bridge Replacement
pushed back to June 27
Due to the impact of wet weather on a separate job site, the contractor responsible for replacing the Rogers Road Bridge that spans Smith Creek has announced it must delay the start of the project until Monday, June 27. The N.C. Department of Transportation initiative had been scheduled to begin June 13.
The Rogers Road Bridge Replacement 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 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 late October 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.
Electronic message boards announcing the Rogers Road Bridge closure will be set up on Monday, June 13. 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 at www.wakeforestnc.gov/goodneighborday.aspx. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms may also be submitted via fax to 919-435-9497. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. More>>
Wake Forest Charity Car Show June 11
Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. is sponsoring the Wake Forest Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This family-friendly event will be held along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.
This year's charity car show benefits Tri-Area Ministry, Wake Forest Optimist Club, Wake Forest Kiwanis Club, Wake Forest Woman's Club, and the Wake Forest High School JROTC. Donations of peanut butter and jelly will be accepted during the car show to benefit Tri-Area Ministry.
Presented by Grand Sponsor Chris Leith Dodge/Ram, 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, and the Wake Forest Fire Department's Jaws of Life demonstration. Food vendors will also be on site.
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 18. More>>
"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>>
Vendor applications being accepted for Wake Forest Home & Garden Show
The Town of Wake Forest is now accepting applications from vendors and sponsors for the inaugural Wake Forest Home & Garden Show. The show will run on 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 at www.wakeforestnc.gov/step-2-book-your-booth.aspx or by contacting Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at email@example.com.
Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through Friday, July 15.
A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, including the Outdoor Presenting Sponsor. The Indoor Presenting sponsor is Mitchell Heating & Cooling.
For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Home & Garden Show.”
Friday Night on White continues June 10 with The Will McBride Group
The Town of Wake Forest will continue its free outdoor music series on Friday, June 10, with local favorite The Will McBride Group.
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 Arepa Culture NC, Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels, Virgil’s Jamaica, Cockadoodlemoo, Bulkogi, Sarge's Chef on Wheels, Kona Ice, Lumpy's Ice Cream, and Sweet Stacey Cakes.
In addition to offering great entertainment and delicious food, the June 10 Friday Night on White will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs. During the concert intermission, Mayor Vivian Jones and the members of the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners will formally recognize the legendary family-owned business that opened in 1916 and operates in its original location along South White Street.
Other bands scheduled to perform during Friday Night on White include The Will McBride Group on June 10, Stone Age Romeos on July 8, 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 two Friday Night on White concerts on April 8 and May 13, 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. Now that warmer weather has settled in across our area, even larger crowds are expected to attend the remaining concerts featuring The Will McBride Group on June 10, 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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/volunteer-fnow.aspx or contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes.
Wake Forest Fourth of July Celebration July 3-4
Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more await you at Wake Forest’s 2016 Fourth of July Celebration. Now in its 43rd year, this community extravaganza is Wake Forest’s most eagerly-anticipated summer-time event serving up two days worth of fun and excitement for the entire family.
The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, July 3, at Wake Forest High School’s Trentini Stadium, 420 W. Stadium Dr. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. Children age six and under are admitted free.
Tickets will go on sale in mid-June.
The revelry continues on Monday, July 4, with the Children’s Parade along North Main Street. Area youngsters are invited to hop on their bicycles and be a part of their very own “walking parade.” The lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest College Birthplace. The procession will get underway at 10:30 a.m. Participation in the Children’s Parade is free, but bicyclists are encouraged to wear their helmets.
The festivities will conclude at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave., and R.H. Forrest Field, 123 W. Owen Ave., with Art & Games in the Park. Starting at 11 a.m., children of all ages can create a variety of colorful arts and crafts projects and join in a slew of games and activities that include a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack races and tug-of-war - just to name a few.
The Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park are free and open to the public.
Swim lesson registration begins June 27
Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department’s 2016 Summer Swim Lessons begins Monday, June 27, at 8 a.m.
The start of this year’s swim lesson registration is later than normal due to the ongoing repairs to Holding Park Pool. The work is expected to be completed in late June, and the pool is scheduled to open July 1.
The PRCR has transitioned to online swim lesson registration only. To register, 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. More>>
Music at Midday comes to a close June 9
Area residents have one last chance to listen to great music, dine outside, and enjoy the spring season during the Town of Wake Forest’s Music at Midday concert series.
Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the free music series concludes Thursday, June 9, with Justin Fouts. Scheduled from 12:15-1:15 p.m., the concert will take place in Centennial Plaza, the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch - either from home, a local restaurant, or one of the food and refreshment trucks that will be on site - relax, and enjoy the entertainment.
Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park continue June 25
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 free, outdoor movie showings are scheduled for June 25, July 30, and Aug. 13. 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.
Register now for Youth Wrestling Camp
Registration is underway for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s first-ever Youth Wrestling Camp.
Open to boys ages 7-14 years-old, the wrestling camp will take place Monday, June 13, through Thursday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.
The camp is designed for young athletes interested in the sport of wrestling and other grappling martial arts. Campers will learn effective drilling techniques and develop the mental edge for competition. Everyday campers will drill offensive and defensive moves, learn effective pinning combinations, and wrestle live.
The cost is $75 per camper and includes a T-shirt. The camp director is Heritage High School Wrestling Coach Thomas Durham.
Online registration is available at http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/. The deadline to register is Friday, June 10, at 5 p.m.
Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball registration is underway
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting team registrations for Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball from now through June 30.
League games will be played on weeknights and Sundays from July through late August.
Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/co-rec-kickball.aspx.
The entry fee is $225 per team, and the league is limited to participants ages 18 and older.
For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457.
Register for Youth Fall Baseball & Softball
Registration is underway for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s youth fall baseball and softball.
Applications for boys and girls ages 6-16 will be accepted through Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2016, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The in-town registration fee is $40 and the out-of-town fee is $80.
Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/fall-baseball-softball.aspx. Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules are also provided online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Players in every league except “Rookie League” must participate in a draft to determine team placement. The parks, recreation and cultural resources department will conduct drafts for each league in August and in July will contact all registrants with draft/placement information.
For more information, contact Athletics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562.
Final phase of work set to begin on Dunn Creek Greenway
Starting Wednesday, June 1, Park Construction of NC, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD), will begin 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).
Expected to be completed in late June, the final phase of work will entail 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
With summer time quickly approaching, 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
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 June 20
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, June 20. 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" June 13
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, June 13.
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 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.
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>>