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The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the February 2016 edition of E-News.

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Wake Forest Mardi Gras Feb. 6  
Join us for a fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 6, during the 4th Annual Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival. This family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Promising fun-filled activities for both children and adults, the Mardi Gras Street Festival will include face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and much more. Several participating downtown merchants will also offer exceptional discounts and activities throughout the day.

One of the day’s highlights promises to be the Mardi Gras Walking Parade. The lineup will begin at 12:45 p.m. in town hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., and the parade gets underway at 1 p.m. The parade route will extend from town hall, up East Owen Avenue, and north along South White Street before ending at the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St. More>>


2016 State of the Town Address & Dinner Feb. 15 
The 2016 Wake Forest State of the Town Address & Dinner is Monday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

Since 2009 the Town of Wake Forest has partnered with the Wake Forest Rotary Club to sponsor the State of the Town Address and Dinner annually on the third Monday in February. The occasion offers Wake Forest citizens the opportunity to reflect on the town's list of accomplishments during the previous year and learn about its goals in the coming months.

All area residents are invited to attend Wake Forest's annual State of the Town Address & Dinner. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card.  

Anyone not interested in eating dinner is welcome to attend the State of the Town Address without purchasing a ticket. However, non-ticket buyers should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. at the conclusion of the dinner portion of the program. The mayor's address is expected to begin between 6:45 and 7 p.m. More>>


"Friday Night on White" coming in April 
The Town of Wake Forest and Downtown Wake Forest, Inc., are pleased to introduce a new music series in downtown Wake Forest called "Friday Night on White."

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., "Friday Night on White" will take place along South White Street on the second Friday of each month from April through September beginning at 6 pm.

The concerts are free and will feature a variety of premier local bands. 

Come join your friends and family and enjoy the music of some of our area's finest musicians while taking in the great atmosphere of Downtown Wake Forest. All concerts are free and sponsorship opportunities are available. More>>


Tickets on sale for "Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience" 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will present “Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience” on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.

Audiences of all ages are invited to rock to the music of the Beatles in an all new interactive concert experience where the audience creates the playlist for the evening. With dead-on precision, Billy McGuigan and the band deliver the soundtrack of our lives.

Tickets are $15 (plus tax) in advance and $18 (plus tax) on the day of the event.


Bright Star Touring Theatre presents "Black History Hall of Fame" Feb. 13 
Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, will offer two free performances of “Black History Hall of Fame” on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The first performance will be at 1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., while the second show will be at 7 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.   

Join Bright Star for a fast-paced adventure through the Black History Hall of Fame. In just 45 minutes, audiences will be introduced to over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers that have largely contributed to shaping our nation's past, present and future. You'll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison - and that's just to name a few! 

Admission to each performance is free and everyone is invited.


"Rockin' the Forest" welcomes The Backsliders March 19 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre's "Rockin' the Forest" music series continues with The Backsliders on Saturday, March 19, at 8 pm.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. More>>


Special Needs Valentine Party Feb. 6
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host a Special Needs Valentine Party on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Featuring music, crafts, games, refreshments and prizes, this event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a safe and accepting environment.

The cost is $5 per child, but parents and caretakers are admitted free. Pre-registration is required no later than Monday, Feb. 1. To register, visithttp://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/.

For more information about the Special Needs Valentine Party, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 ormlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.


Dream League Baseball registration continues through Feb. 29 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will accept Dream League Baseball applications from special needs children ages five and older from Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, Feb. 29. Designed for both boys and girls, the adaptive baseball league will operate on Saturday mornings from late-April through early-June.

All Dream League participants must be at least five years old. A player’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2016, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-residents.

Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1 atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/dream-league-baseball.aspx. Registration information and league rules will also be available Feb. 1 online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.


Youth Baseball registration underway 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will accept applications for youth baseball, softball and T-ball for boys ages 5-17 and girls ages 5-15 from Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, Feb. 29.

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 fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-residents.

Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1 atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-athletics.aspx. Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules, will also be available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.


Adult Men's Spring Softball registration continues 
Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Men’s Spring Softball League will begin Monday, Feb. 1, and run through Monday, Feb. 29.

League play is scheduled to begin the week of March 14, and games will be played primarily on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Beginning Feb. 1, registration forms will be available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-athletics.aspx.

The entry fee is $550 per team, and the league is limited to Class E teams and lower.


Chief Leonard named NCDOA Executive of the Year 
Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard has been named the 2016 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year. The honor is a tribute to Mowery, a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief who started the D.A.R.E. program in Charlotte.

The award was presented to Chief Leonard at the 25th Annual N.C. D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association (NCDOA) training conference in Atlantic Beach, NC, on Jan. 14.

Chief Leonard received the award due to his longstanding support for the D.A.R.E. program in Wake Forest and across the state.

Also during the NCDOA Conference, Officer Scott Graham was sworn in as NCDOA President for 2016.

A Wake Forest Police Officer since 2005, Graham has taught and graduated over 1,500 elementary school students during his tenure as a D.A.R.E. instructor in Wake Forest-area schools. As a D.A.R.E. mentor, he also trains other police officers to become D.A.R.E. instructors. Since 2010 he has assisted in the training of over 90 new D.A.R.E. officers in North Carolina.


Kearney earns ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist Certification 
he Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce Tree Trimming Supervisor Jimmie Kearney has successfully completed the certified arborist utility specialist examination administered by the local chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

Kearney earned his certification after recently passing a stringent 115-question ISA exam. The exam content is divided into the following five areas of knowledge: electric utility pruning, program management, integrated vegetation management, electrical knowledge and customer relations.

The objectives of the certification program are to improve technical competency of personnel in the tree care industry; create incentives for individuals to continue their professional development; and provide the public and those in government with a means to identify professionals who have demonstrated through a professionally developed exam that they have thorough knowledge and skill in tree care practices.

Kearney’s ISA certification is valid for three years. He will be required to obtain 36 continuing education units (CEUs) during that time to maintain his certification. In addition, as a member of the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, he will enjoy access to free or reduced rate workshops and conferences where he can obtain CEUs. More>>


Caddell Street Improvement Project underway 
Barnhill Contracting Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has begun the Caddell Street Improvement Project.

Caddell Street is currently a single lane unpaved street. Upon completion of the project, it will be a two-lane paved road with curb, gutter and sidewalk.

Weather permitting, the initiative will be completed in mid May.

During construction, Caddell Street will be closed to through traffic but access to existing residences will be maintained.

Project funding is provided by the Wake County Housing and Community Revitalization Program and the Town of Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Planning Director Chip Russell at 919-435-9511 orcrussell@wakeforestnc.gov.


"Official Guide to Wake Forest" is here 
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>>


Meet in the Street vendor applications now accepted 
Here’s your chance to be a part of the 2016 Meet in the Street! The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for arts and crafts vendors, non-profits 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.

The 36th Annual Meet in the Street® festival will take place Saturday, May 7, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented annually 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.

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.

For sponsorship opportunities or to provide musical performances on the main stage, contact Corey Hutcherson.


Water Line Replacement Project underway along Durham Road 
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) and Park Construction of NC, Inc., began work to replace existing water lines along Durham Road/NC 98 Business on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The initiative is part of the Richland Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project.

As part of the initiative, the portion of Durham Road/NC 98 Business from Richland Drive to South Wingate Street is reduced to one lane with alternating two-way traffic on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Although the contractor will maintain entrances and exits to local residents and their properties, delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible. More>>


Residents urged not to rake leaves into street 
Wake Forest’s annual loose leaf collection program began in October and continues through mid-March. When preparing leaves for collection, residents are urged to rake leaves into piles behind the curb - not into the street or gutter - so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.

In recent days Wake Forest officials have noted dozens of incidents in which residents raked or blew leaves out of their yards and into the street and gutter. Raking leaves into the streets can lead to clogged storm drains which can cause flooded streets and yards.

The practice of raking leaves into the gutter is also harmful to the environment. Rain runoff carries leaves and other yard waste in streets, ditches and storm drains through the stormwater drainage system into streams and lakes. Yard waste contains nutrients that feed unwanted algae and harm aquatic life. 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" Feb. 8 
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, Feb. 8.

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.


Blasting continues near Dr. Calvin Jones Highway
The City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., are conducting blasting and excavation operations along the Dunn Creek Greenway in the vicinity of the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98. The work is part of the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).  

Residents who live near the greenway are advised that blasting will continue for several weeks. The blasting operations are expected to produce loud noises, but residents should not be alarmed.

Situated between the Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road, and the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass, the Dunn Creek Greenway will be closed until the SCIIP is complete. Read more>>


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.


Operation Bridge Exchange
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 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"
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. Read 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. Read more>>​


Flag-Raising Committee seeks names of deceased Wake Forest veterans
The Town of Wake Forest has joined with several local veterans’ organizations to introduce a monthly flag-raising ceremony honoring the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families.

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.


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. 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.

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 offers 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.

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. The police department urges 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 utilizes 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.

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 & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561.


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.



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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.