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Six Sundays in Spring continues through May 31
Bring the kids, friends, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times! The 2015 Six Sundays in Spring concert series will be held on consecutive Sundays from April 26 through May 31.
Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS,these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. and are held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road. Please note: this year's concerts will not feature opening acts, so every performance begins at 5 p.m.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic.
Meet in the Street May 2
The 35th Annual Meet in the Street® festival will take place Saturday, May 2, at 10 am in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities. Admission is free.
Festivities will include dozens of artisans' booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. The event also will include multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden.
Volunteers are also needed throughout the day of the event. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Forbes.
Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour May 9
The Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring a free walking tour at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cemetery is located at 400 N. White St., less than a quarter-mile from downtown Wake Forest. The self-guided tour will celebrate the lives of the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny.
Docents will be stationed at various locations throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names. Representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans clad in Confederate uniforms and carrying Civil War-era firearms will also be on hand to share tales of soldiers who served in the War Between the States. Ladies in period costume from the same era will also participate, along with representatives of the Wake Forest-Rolesville Junior ROTC, under the direction of Colonel Dimitri Belmont.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the tour as a special handout will be provided highlighting interesting points of interest throughout the cemetery grounds. Designed to promote healthy interaction between a child and their parents or accompanying adult, the photos and sites highlighted in the handout will help educate visitors about the cemetery’s historical significance.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Celebrate Spring in Wake Forest!
Wake Forest loves spring - not only because wintry weather no longer has us trapped inside, but also because we have so many outstanding opportunities to celebrate this colorful, sunny season. All of these events are great for the entire family, and best of all - don't cost a thing! So check out our Celebrate Spring in Wake Forest! portal for information on everything from Six Sundays in Spring to the Wake Forest Charity Car Show.
Public Hearing on 2015-16 budget set for May 19
Interim Town Manager Roe O’Donnell presented the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget to the Board of Commissioners for consideration on Tuesday, May 5. The budget will serve as the town’s financial and spending plan for the period and, once adopted, will authorize resources and establish a direction for Wake Forest programs and services for the coming year.
The proposed budget includes a $0.52 tax rate ($0.52 per $100 of assessed property valuation), $0.14 downtown municipal service district tax ($0.14 per $100 assessed property valuation) and no change in electric rates.
The budget, which reflects the goals and strategies outlined in the town’s strategic plan, does not propose any new full-time positions but does include performance pay or merit funds, plus career ladders for eligible departments.
The public is invited to view a copy of the proposed budget in the town clerk’s office, located in town hall, from now until Tuesday, May 19. On that date, a public hearing is scheduled during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting to receive public comment. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the town hall board chambers, 301 S. Brooks St.
Interested citizens may also view a copy of the proposed budget, the town manager’s budget message, and the 2015-16 budget highlights by visiting the town’s website at
Final budget approval by the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for the June 16 meeting.
For more information, contact Finance Director Aileen Staples at email@example.com.
Movin' & Groovin' Walking Series starts May 6
Are you ready to get moving but need a little motivation? If the answer is “yes,” then the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department can help.
Beginning Wednesday, May 6, the PRCR will team with Wake County Human Services' Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention and 4-H Youth Development to offer a free “Movin’ & Groovin’ Walking Series” at E. Carroll Joyner Park. Each Wednesday, from May 6 through June 3, from noon to 1 p.m., children and adults in our area are invited to walk the trails and enjoy the outdoors at Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.
The “Movin’ & Groovin’ Walking Series” is designed to encourage area families and individuals to increase their physical activity in a free, fun and safe environment. The program also strives to raise public awareness about the importance of exercise and combat obesity.
To register, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/parks-recreation-cultural-resources.aspx and click on the link “Register for Movin’ & Groovin’.”
For more information, contact PRCR Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 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.
Greenway projects underway
Work is underway on two projects that will impact Wake Forest’s greenway system for the foreseeable future. On Nov. 3 the City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., began construction on the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP), while a contractor hired by the town started work repairing the Richland Creek Greenway.
Located entirely within the Town of Wake Forest service area, the SCIIP will install a new 30-inch sewer line of the Smith Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor (SCSSI) from the Smith Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to Lagerfeld Road. The initiative will also install a 24-inch line of the SCSSI from Lagerfeld Road to Heritage Height, and a 16-inch line from Heritage Height to Franklin Street.
The project will affect portions of the Town of Wake Forest Greenway System including the section of the Smith Creek Greenway from Burlington Mills Road to the Neuse River Bridge and Dunn Creek Greenway near Heritage Lake Road. These areas will be closed during periods of construction.
Signs announcing the Smith Creek Greenway closure are posted at the trail’s Burlington Mills entrance and atop the Neuse River Connector. Signage describing the Dunn Creek Greenway closure will be posted at the Smith Creek Soccer Center. Area residents are strongly urged to obey the posted signage and avoid these areas during periods of construction.
According to the current project schedule, the Smith Creek Greenway is expected to reopen in late spring 2015. The City of Raleigh has not announced when work will begin in the area of the Dunn Creek Greenway.
The Richland Creek Greenway, which begins at the Cottage at Olde Mill Stream, 901 Barnford Mill Road, has been closed for over a year due to potential safety risks associated with severe stream bank erosion and greenway undermining.
Since the greenway’s closure Wake Forest has been coordinating with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NC Division of Water Resources to relocate or repair the greenway.
The current effort to stabilize the stream banks and reopen the trail will involve relocating approximately 250 linear feet of Richland Creek away from the greenway trail and sewer lines. The plan also calls for the addition of log vanes to redirect the water flow as a means of reducing water velocities.
Weather permitting, the trail could re-open as early as mid-December.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.