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The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the December 2014 edition of E-News.

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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.

 

Holiday happenings easy to find on town's website 
Wake Forest comes alive in December with a variety of holiday events and activities for the entire family.

From the Lighting of Wake Forest and the Christmas Historic Home Tour to the Christmas Parade and the Renaissance Centre’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, the holiday season is jam-packed with fun-filled happenings guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.

To help inform Wake Forest area residents about all their holiday options, the town has created a Christmas in Wake Forest portal on its website. The web page provides detailed information about our area’s most popular holiday events. Offering dates, times, locations, event descriptions and more, “tis the season” to mark your calendars, so you don’t miss a thing.

 

Wake Forest Christmas Parade Dec. 13
Area residents are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the Wake Forest Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 13. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the parade gets underway at 1 p.m.

This year’s procession will feature well 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 procession 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 Elm Avenue intersection. 

 

Lighting of Wake Forest Dec. 5   
Area residents are invited to experience the wonder and magic of the holiday season at the “Lighting of Wake Forest” on Friday, Dec. 5. Sponsored by Traditions at Heritage and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the festivities 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 the town’s 30-feet-tall Christmas tree by Mayor Vivian Jones, followed by the exciting arrival of Santa Claus aboard a Wake Forest fire truck. The event will also include performances by local choirs and free hot cocoa, along with a children’s craft activity and complimentary “Pictures with Santa” in the town hall lobby.

Guests planning to have a photo taken with Santa Claus must pick up a time ticket in the town hall lobby beginning at 5:30 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. 8.

 

Christmas Historic Home Tour Dec. 6
The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Wake Forest Woman's Club will present their biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1-7 pm.

The Christmas Historic Home Tour is only offered in even-numbered years, but this year’s edition promises to be one of the biggest and best ever. Approximately 13 historic Wake Forest homes and other buildings will be decorated for the holidays and open for viewing as part of the self-guided tour. The event will also feature free bicycle rickshaw and horse drawn carriage rides, wonderful Christmas music and more.

Advance tickets are on sale now for $16 (including tax) both online and at several area locations. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the day of the tour for $22 (including tax) at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. Well-mannered children under 12 will be admitted free.

For more information visit the Christmas Historic Home Tour website or contact Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516.

 

Downtown Holiday Open House Dec. 6
Kick off the holiday season and discover historic downtown Wake Forest’s unique array of shops and restaurants during the Downtown Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec.6, beginning at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the Downtown Holiday Open House will include special offers and complimentary refreshments at participating shops and restaurants, live entertainment, horse and carriage rides, and fun-filled activities for kids and families.

A number of special events and activities will be offered at no cost, including the following:

  • Face Painting; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Jones Plaza, 110 S. White St.
  • Pictures with Santa; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St.
  • Horse and Carriage Rides; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; South White Street

The Downtown Holiday Open House is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or lhayes@wakeforestnc.gov.  

 

Tickets on sale for "Christmas in New York" with Franc D'Ambrosio 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will present Christmas in New York with Franc D’Ambrosio on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m.

Best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera, D’Ambrosio’s new show, “Christmas in New York,” celebrates the magic and wonder of the holiday season. His rich tenor caresses each song in an embrace he does not relinquish until his final bow. 

As a special treat, D’Ambrosio will conclude his concert by performing several holiday songs with the Wake Forest Elementary School Choir.

Advance tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $12 for children 12 and under.

 

Tickets & VIP sponsorships on sale for New Year's Eve celebration "Living the Dream in 2015"
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is inviting area residents to stay close to home and ring in 2015 with friends and neighbors during a special New Year’s Eve celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Featuring live entertainment by the EG Peters Band, Living the Dream in 2015 will also offer a delicious buffet dinner, decadent desserts and midnight snacks by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille, along with a top shelf open bar and spacious dance floor.

VIP sponsorship packages for groups of eight are available for businesses, homeowners associations and other organizations.

 

"First Friday Flix" moves to second Friday in December 
Due to the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 5, the next installment of “First Friday Flix” will not take place on the first Friday of the month. Instead, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a special “Second Friday Flix” on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. as part of “Art After Hours.”  

Area residents are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy two extraordinary downtown Wake Forest events - all in one night.

Sponsored by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., Art After Hours is a popular Wake Forest tradition featuring downtown’s unique array of shops, galleries and dining establishments. Offered on the second Friday of each month from 5-9 p.m., AAH is a chance for local merchants to showcase their establishments, along with a variety of art forms, including paintings, photography, street artists and musicians.

The Renaissance Centre introduced First Friday Flix in March. Typically offered on the first Friday of the month at 7 p.m., the event features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art, children’s and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.

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 title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the Dec. 12 movie: it’s a PG-rated 2000 American fantasy comedy based on a book by Dr. Seuss. Directed by Ron Howard, the film stars Jim Carrey and is narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

 

Register now for Calls from Santa 
A phone call from Santa Claus is on every child’s wish list. The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is making those wishes come true by offering “Calls from Santa” to kids ages 3-7 on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6-8 p.m.  

Registration forms are now available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Completed forms must be received at the parks and recreation office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. Telephone registrations will not be accepted.

There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local.

For more information, call 919-435-9560 or email Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton.

 

Lower water & sewer rates now in effect 
Nine years after the Town of Wake Forest and the City of Raleigh merged their water and sewer systems, most Wake Forest residents will soon be paying lower water and sewer rates. According to the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD), the lower rates will take effect Dec. 1 when all the costs related to the 2005 merger are paid off. When that happens, Wake Forest customers will be switched to the same water and sewer rates as Raleigh, Garner and Rolesville customers.

CORPUD officials expect Wake Forest residential water and sewer customers to enjoy a monthly savings of $8 to $15.

To assist customers in preparing their budgets for the new rate schedule, CORPUD has introduced a rate calculator on its website. A link to the calculator is also provided on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/water.aspx. The calculator allows customers to input their monthly consumption and meter size and receive an estimate of the amount they can expect to pay once the new rates take effect.

Wake Forest customers will note a few differences between their current rate schedule and the new rates, including a tiered-rate structure for water consumption for single-meter residential customers, an administration fee that increases based on meter size and the addition of a Watershed Protection charge. Non-residential customers with meters larger than 5/8” will likely see an increase in their monthly bill since the administration fee is based on meter size.

 

Police department gives away over 700 turkeys  
The Wake Forest Police Department concluded its Eighth Annual Turkey Drive on Nov. 24 by distributing 725 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 Officer M.W. Sattler, the founder and organizer of the annual Turkey Drive, several residents reported arriving as early as 4 a.m. to receive their frozen turkey.

“A sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Turkey Drive,” said Officer Sattler. “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 happier for hundreds of people and families in our community.”

Officer Sattler organized the police department’s first Turkey Drive in 2007. Since then, the department has distributed over 4,000 turkeys to needy families in our area.

 

Beware of water & sewer billing scam 
Three hotels in the Raleigh area have recently received bogus phone calls from persons impersonating City of Raleigh Utility Billing employees. The callers claiming to be from the City of Raleigh tell intended victims their utility bill payment is past due and must be made immediately or service will be interrupted. The calls are being made from a toll free number.

Please be aware that these calls are not being made by any City of Raleigh employee, nor are there any companies contracted by the city to collect on their behalf. The City of Raleigh does not call customers regarding delinquent bills but rather mails notification letters directly to the customer.

To verify your water and sewer account information, contact Utility Billing Services at 919-890-3245 and use the automated system or speak with a customer service representative.

Any Wake Forest resident or business owner who believes they may have been targeted in this scam is urged to contact the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. If the caller threatens you or your business in any way, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

 

Beware of phone scams by IRS impersonators  
The Wake Forest Police Department has received reports in recent days 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.

 

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 with a ceremony in honor of Benny Charles Jackson.

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.

 

Experience the Renaissance 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre offers a variety of cultural arts programming in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting. From performances by the Carolina Puppet Theatre and Forest Moon Theater to Writer's Night in the Forest and First Friday Flix, there's something for all ages and interests. So check us out and "Experience the Renaissance." You'll be glad you did!

Two vehicle electric charging stations installed at town hall
The Town of Wake Forest has installed two new charging stations for electric vehicles in the public parking lot in front of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The charging stations are available for electric vehicle owners to use at no cost.

Wake Forest obtained the new stations thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in conjunction with the NC State University Solar Center.

According to Deputy Town Manager Roe O’Donnell, the availability of electric charging stations is especially vital as greater numbers of electric cars take to our streets and highways.

“As the popularity of electric vehicles grows, the accessibility of electric charging stations in public places gives communities an economic and environmental one-two punch,” said O’Donnell. “First, these stations provide drivers an incentive to come into town where they can easily charge up while shopping, sightseeing or dining - and ultimately drive longer distances. Second, because electric cars don’t pollute as much as gas-powered cars, they’re much better for our state’s overall air quality.”

For more information, contact O’Donnell at 919-435-9412 or rodonnell@wakeforestnc.gov.

 

Loose leaf collection has begun  
The Town of Wake Forest’s annual loose leaf collection program is underway and will continue 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. The town’s 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.
  • Keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.

Wake Forest limits the amount of yard waste and leaves it collects weekly at each residence to four cubic yards (approximately one pickup truck load), so residents are urged to plan their cleanup accordingly. The town does not collect stumps or clearing debris from lots and will not pick up debris placed at the curb by private contractors.

Leaf collection is performed weekly according to the town’s yard waste collection schedule, but the schedule may be affected by leaf volume and weather conditions. 

 

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 phishing@irs.gov.

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.

 

Wake Forest introduces online engagement website  
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the launch of a new comprehensive community engagement website where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with decision makers and other residents on the future of our community. Developed by MindMixer, the site is called ‘Engage Wake Forest’ and can be accessed at www.engage.wakeforestnc.gov.

The goal of Engage Wake Forest is to encourage area residents to participate in the planning process for a variety of town initiatives. Along the way, the site will be used as an online tool to generate new ideas and feedback from citizens through an interactive and accessible platform.

Feedback from the engagement website will be used by town officials and staff in order to lay out plans on a variety of projects.

 

"Play It Forward Wake Forest" Parks & Recreation Master Plan process has started 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is pleased to announce a new initiative designed to encourage public participation in its long-range planning efforts.

“Play It Forward Wake Forest” is the name given to the town’s approach to developing a comprehensive Master Plan. Coordinated by the PRCR, the Recreation Advisory Board, and GreenPlay, the master plan consultant, the initiative will offer residents a variety of innovative ways to get involved and offer their input.

The Master Plan reflects the town’s vision of a vibrant community that responds to the needs and desires of its residents, friends, and visitors for fun, healthy, exciting and diverse activities. The purpose of the plan is to look at where we are now, what the anticipated needs are for the future and how we can improve and upgrade our existing facilities and programs to effectively serve residents and visitors in years to come. Upon completion, the master plan will establish a 10-year vision for future parks, greenways, programs and facilities.

 

Wake Forest transitions to Nixle
to improve emergency preparedness & communication 

The Town of Wake Forest is now utilizing the Nixle town-to-resident phone notification service. Wake Forest implemented the Nixle service to provide town officials the ability to communicate with residents regarding time-sensitive incidents, which may include planned and unforeseen public safety matters.

The Nixle service allows officials to record, send and track personalized voice messages to thousands of Wake Forest residents, businesses and local agencies in just minutes, through a single phone call. The town can also deliver messages to subscribed residents via email and/or cell phone text message.

 

Police Department announces limit to weekly fingerprinting service    
The Wake Forest Police Department offers live scan fingerprinting as a courtesy to the general public on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. The live scan fingerprinting, also known as electronic fingerprinting, is performed at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St.

Fingerprinting service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited each week to the first 12 people to arrive.

The cost is $10 for Wake Forest residents and $15 for non-residents. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted, but payment must be made at the Wake Forest Town Hall customer service window before the fingerprinting service will be rendered. A valid picture ID is required for identification.

 

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.

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Facebook & Twitter 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is now utilizing Facebook and Twitter to expand its outreach and communications efforts. According to Renaissance Centre Manager Pamela Stevens, the popular social media sites offer an effective means of communicating directly with Wake Forest residents and non-residents alike concerning events and activities taking place at the cultural arts and event venue.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to connect with the Wake Forest community and beyond via Facebook and Twitter,” said Renaissance Centre Manager Pamela Stevens.

“Social media offers us an excellent way to engage people and encourage them to learn more about all the Renaissance Center has to offer as a venue for meetings, performances and cultural arts programming.”

Anyone interested in receiving regular updates about events and activities taking place at the Renaissance Centre is encouraged to “Like” the facility on Facebook and “Follow” it on Twitter. The Renaissance Centre’s Facebook page is located at www.facebook.com/WFRenaissanceCentre, while its Twitter name is @WFRenCen.

 

Town of Wake Forest joins SeeClickFix
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce a new web-based program that will enable 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.

 

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.

 

Renaissance Centre launches Special Events Hotline 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is dedicated to providing quality events and entertainment our entire community can enjoy. Now the Renaissance Centre is making it easier for area residents to stay informed about its exciting array of programs and activities through a new Special Events Hotline. 

Available by calling 919-435-9428, the hotline guides listeners through a menu of upcoming events and provides important information about each one. 

 

Wake Forest Community Calendar 
The Wake Forest Community Calendar is a comprehensive listing of upcoming local events submitted by non-profit groups and organizations in our area. The Town of Wake Forest provides the Community Calendar as a free service and invites local non-profits, including churches, civic clubs and other community organizations, to submit their events for inclusion on the calendar - according to our detailed submission guidelines. The Community Calendar is typically updated each week on Thursday or Friday. Event announcements received at least one week prior to the event will be included for publication in The Week Ahead. For more information, visit our website.  

 

Town introduces 'Wake Forest 411' video series 
The Town of Wake Forest has introduced a new video series designed to educate residents on a variety of useful topics. Entitled 'Wake Forest 411' the video shorts are typically less than one minute long and concisely address a myriad of subjects ranging from proper tree care to home energy saving tips.

Available on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-411.aspx and shown on Wake Forest TV 10 , the videos offer useful information about assorted topics of interest while also introducing residents to town staff responsible for managing many town services. For example, Wake Forest 411 currently features Urban Forester Evan Keto offering tips on proper tree pruning and proper tree mulching; Energy Auditor Ronald “Skip” Parker discusses how to save money by lowering your thermostat, using space heaters wisely, and the importance of regularly placing your air filter; and Senior Human Resources Analyst Mitzi Franklin addresses the town’s employment application process.

The current menu of videos is only a small sample of what will eventually be a comprehensive video library addressing important subjects from every town department. Stay tuned as future videos on other topics will be added in the coming weeks. 

The homepage features a prominent slideshow spotlighting several recent Renaissance Centre guests and special events, as well as the venue’s beauty and versatility. The site makes it easy to find information on the Centre’s mission, cultural programming and venue rental fees and charges, as well as opportunities to volunteer and provide individual and sponsorship support. In the coming days rental documents, downloadable floor plans and technical specifications for anyone planning an event will also be provided, along with a comprehensive listing of amenities.

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 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 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. 

 

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 bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov and provide the following information:  

  1. Your name
  2. Your email address and telephone number
  3. The HOA/Neighborhood Association you represent
  4. 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. 

 

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.

"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.

Popular community events featured on Wake Forest app
The Town of Wake Forest is utilizing its app to make it easier than ever for you to get important information about popular local events.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android users who have downloaded the town's app have enjoyed instant access to information about Six Sundays in Spring and the Fourth of July Celebration (July 3-4) - just to name a couple. Future events will also be featured on the app.

To download the app, search for "Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store or in the Android Market. You can also download the app by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx and scanning the appropriate QR code.

 

Phone Book Recycling
Area residents may dispose of their old phone books throughout the year in their rollout recycling carts or in the brown "commingled" dumpsters located at the Public Works Operations Center, 234 Friendship Chapel Road.

Wake Forest Power

 

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. 

 

Smoking banned in Wake Forest parks & greenways
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners has approved a smoking ban in all Town parks and greenways, except in specifically designated areas. The board adopted the ordinance Tuesday evening during its regular monthly meeting, joining a growing number of communities that have forbidden smoking in public parks. The smoking ban is designed to help curb exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce litter.

The ban takes place immediately and includes a possible $50 fine. Signage will be posted throughout the Town’s parks and greenways informing visitors about the new ordinance.

Enforcement will take the form of requesting voluntary compliance. However, if a smoker does not extinguish a smoking product, park staff will remind them of the new policy and could request exiting the property if they choose to continue smoking. For more information about the smoking ban, contact Parks & Recreation Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

 

A guide to addressing the board of commissioners
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners is interested in the concerns of all residents and welcomes their input on the issues facing our community. In order to provide for an effective, orderly airing of opinion, certain rules are employed by the board concerning the manner in which citizens may make their views known.

The Town of Wake Forest has created a new page on its website to summarize those rules and serve as a guide for anyone wishing to come before the board. Entitled "Addressing the Board" - the new web page highlights the primary ways residents can bring an issue before the board, explains the difference between "public hearing" and "public comment," reveals what happens during a closed session, provides tips on speaking to the board, and more.

For more information on addressing the board of commissioners, contact Town Clerk Deeda Harris at 919-435-9413 or dharris@wakeforestnc.gov


Public Hearings Procedure
Wake Forest has also created a new webpage that provides an overview of the town's procedure for joint public hearings during planning board meetings. Also provided is a downloadable brochure entitled "A Citizen's Guide to the Special Use Permit Process" that explains this quasi-judicial process.


Town's burial records available online
Family members, friends, and others with an interest in researching family histories can now access and view the Town of Wake Forest’s more than 2,100 burial records online from any computer connected to the Internet by visiting the Town’s new online burial record search service located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/residents-publicworks_cemetery.aspx. In the past, the Town’s cemetery records were available for review at Town Hall and the Public Works Operations Center only. Now, the burial information can be located with the click of a mouse.

The self-service nature of Wake Forest’s online burial search helps reduce the staff time spent on fielding inquiries from the general public. In addition, genealogists and others with an interest in tracing family histories can now research burial and grave information any time of the day or night without leaving the comfort of their homes. Besides providing information about grave occupants, the service also has the ability to display family history information if it is known. Site visitors can contribute additional family details via a special online submission form that displays on each grave record’s page he explained.

For more information about Wake Forest’s new online burial search service, contact Public Works & Utilities Director Mike Barton at 919-435-9571 or mbarton@wakeforestnc.gov.


Connections...100 Years of Wake Forest History Now on Sale for $20
This beautiful 8.5” x 11” hardcover limited edition volume is a treasure trove of pictures, original artwork and stories recording the people, places, and events of the past 100 years. Throughout the pages of this book, you will enjoy the rich history of Wake Forest and learn how it has grown from a small college town to a thriving community of more than 30,000 residents. Be a part of this historic endeavor by purchasing your copy for only $20/each. Preview Connections...100 Years of Wake Forest History below and order yours online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/2009centennial_connections.aspx.

 

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.


Call the "Weather Line"
The Town of Wake Forest now 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.