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

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2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum 
Wake Forest residents will get the chance to vote on Nov. 4 on a $25.1 million bond that would help pay for projects such as new streets and sidewalks, the second phase of Joyner Park, expansion of the Northern Wake Senior Center and greenway improvements.

The bond referendum calls for three ballot questions that voters will consider separately: $6.3 million for street and sidewalk improvements; $14.2 million for parks and recreation facilities; and $4.6 for greenway improvements.

Though the bond itself would be $25.1 million, it would contribute to projects worth $56.6 million. Much of the difference between the amounts is made up by grants. The bond could require a property tax increase of 2 cents for every $100 of assessed value. However, an increase may not be necessary if the town’s revenues increase enough to absorb the costs.

To help voters understand the three bond financing questions, the town has created a 2014 Bond Referendum portal on its website. The mini-website provides detailed information about each of the bond items, their potential impact on the town’s tax rate and a list of frequently asked questions.

The deadline to register to vote is Friday, Oct. 10.


Tickets on Sale for
Another Evening with Marcus Anderson

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will commemorate its first year of bringing extraordinary and diverse cultural and performing arts experiences to the Wake Forest Community on Saturday, Nov. 1, during “Another Evening with Marcus Anderson.”

A fan favorite at Wake Forest's Six Sundays in Spring concert series and last November’s Celebration of the Arts, Anderson's explosive on-stage energy shows in all his live performances. Currently touring with Prince, Anderson has also made several high profile appearances at venues such as Jazz Fest West, The Capital Jazz Fest Jazz Alley in Seattle, Humphrey’s in San Diego and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City, Florida.

In addition to Anderson’s dynamic performance, the event will include a buffet dinner and cash bar.

Tickets for “An Evening with Marcus Anderson” are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event and include the buffet dinner. Tickets may be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre box office with cash, check or credit card. A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m.

Individual and company sponsorship opportunities are also available.


Celebrate Public Power Week Oct. 5-11
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining more than 2,000 other not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 5-11. As part of this annual week-long celebration, the town and Wake Forest Power are offering several special events and activities:

  • Customer Appreciation – Public Power Week is also Customer Appreciation Week. As Wake Forest’s way of saying “thank you” to its valued customers, town staff will serve popcorn each day in the lobby of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Employees will also be available to share useful information and answer questions about Wake Forest’s array of customer-friendly programs and services.
  • Energy Fair – On Thursday, Oct. 9, the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall will be the scene of an energy savings and electric safety expo featuring representatives and hands-on demonstrations from Wake Forest Power, Wake Electric, ElectriCities, Northern Regional Center, Resources for Seniors, ChurchNet and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The energy fair will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to attend and learn how to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your electric bill, avoid electric hazards and be safe around electricity.
  • Free Hot Dogs - Wake Forest Power will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 9, with free hot dogs and sodas. Wake Forest area residents are invited to come get them while they last.
  • Electric Safety Demonstrations - Also on Oct. 9, Wake Forest Power linemen will offer on-demand electric safety demonstrations in Centennial Plaza for groups of two or more. The creative program will teach children and adults smart electrical safety habits, demonstrate the power of electricity and show the potential hazards associated with unsafe actions around power lines, pad mount transformers and switchgear. Participants will also experience what it’s like to be a linemen and how they stay safe when working with electricity. By actually holding tools and safety equipment, visitors will have the chance to learn firsthand the importance of electrical safety. Wake Forest Power will also display a bucket truck and other equipment in the town hall parking lot for visitors to view and enjoy.
  • Read more about Public Power Week


Apply now to serve on town's advisory boards 
You can make a difference in our community by applying for one of the many upcoming vacancies on the town’s advisory boards. The boards were established to give citizens input into what happens in the community and to advise the Board of Commissioners on matters that affect citizens and their town government. Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 15, for appointments to the following boards and commissions:

Only residents who live in Wake Forest or within its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to fill seats on the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment. Candidates for the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) must reside in the Historic District, in Wake Forest, or within its ETJ. Professionals with historic preservation expertise are especially encouraged to apply for the HPC.

Applications are available in the town clerk’s office at town hall and on the town’s website. Completed applications may be mailed or delivered to the Wake Forest Town Hall, Attention: Town Clerk, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587, or faxed to 919-435-9419 and must be received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15.


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 10 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.

Tickets will go on sale later this month. Advance tickets will be available for purchase online and at several area locations. Tickets are $16 (including tax) in advance and $22 (including tax) on the day of the tour. 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.


Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony 
On Monday, Oct. 6, the Town of Wake Forest joined with American Legion Post 187, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and Marine Corps League 1257 to honor Walter “Ervin” Cole during the 1st Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony. Cole served his nation in the US Army in World War II and in later years American Legion Post 187 was named in his honor.

Several members of Cole’s family participated in the ceremony, including his son, Walter, and niece Betty Mabry Evans. Rev. Robert Faile, pastor of Glen Royal Baptist Church, led in the singing of the National Anthem. 

The service included a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising by members of the Wake Forest High School JROTC.

Photographs and other remembrances of Cole were displayed during the ceremony and will be exhibited in the town hall lobby through the end of October. 

The Nov. 3 flag-raising ceremony honoring Benny Jackson will commence with the retirement of Walter E. Cole's colors which will be presented to the Cole family by Mayor Vivian Jones.  


Tickets on sale for "The Princess & The Pea" 
Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will host “The Princess & The Pea Tea” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

All Wake Forest area princesses ages 3-10 are invited to attend dressed in their favorite princess costume and accompanied by their parents or fairy guardians. Promising a delightful afternoon of comedy and confections, “The Princess & The Pea Tea” will include a theater production of the classic children’s tale by Rags to Riches Theatre.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and $2 per child’s “day of” admission tickets. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx and at the Renaissance Centre box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567 or cgouge@wakeforestnc.gov


Renaissance Centre hosting Classical Series
in October 

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest ARTS are presenting a four-part classical music series in October including the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, pianist David Kim and guitarist Edward Burke. All of the performances will be held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The first concert was held on Sunday, Oct. 5, and featured the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra.

On Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. pianist David Kim, winner of several musical and academic prizes, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the concert.

Wake Forest native Edward Burke will perform a solo guitar concert on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. The works will include Fantasie on Themes from Verdi’s La Traviata, Five Impromptus by Bennet, Fantasie Chevaleresque, OP 15 by Coste and Selections from 24 Caprichos de Goya by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Tickets are $8.

The series’ final concert will be on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The Free Spirit Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will return to present ‘Folk Tunes Revisited,’ classic folk tunes in new forms. Featured works include arrangements by Nofinofo and Lind plus several works by Copland. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx and at the Renaissance Centre box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.  


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!


Repair Work About to Begin on Richland Creek Greenway  
Plans are underway to hire a contractor and repair the Richland Creek GreenwayThe 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 repair or relocate the greenway. Late last year crews attempted to re-grade and strengthen the stream bank with coir matting, native non-invasive live stakes and container plants. The effort proved unsuccessful after an unusually wet spring weakened and eroded the repaired stream bank.  

The latest 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.


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.


Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 23
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is sponsoring a Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

The Halloween Spooktacular is a free, family-oriented festival for children ages 12 and younger.

This year’s festivities will include a costume contest, face painting, a haunted maze and cupcake walk, along with a variety of other ghostly games and activities, and free pumpkin giveaways - while supplies last. The event will also feature two new tasty vendors as Jay’s Italian Ice and Oscar William’s Cotton Candy will be on site selling yummy treats throughout the evening.

Costumes are optional, but best costumes will be featured on the town’s website. 



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. 


Christmas parade applications
accepted through Oct. 15

Applications are being accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 15, for participation in the 2014 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Applications are available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Interested participants should submit their application by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., P.O. Box 78, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

Entries postmarked by Oct. 15, will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entries needed for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified via email by Friday, Oct. 31.

Payment for entry must be received by Friday, Nov. 14, to secure a position in the parade. Parade packets for accepted participants will be mailed Wednesday, Nov. 26. The packet will include vehicle passes, parking information and other pertinent details for the event. 

Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or lhayes@wakeforestnc.gov.


Northern Wake Senior Center Health Fair Oct. 9
The Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Ave., will host a free Health Fair for area seniors on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Resources for Seniors, Inc., the health fair will offer free flu shots, Body Mass Index and balance assessments, blood pressure checks and ear scans. One-on-one counseling sessions will also be provided, along with glucose, dental and vision screenings, hand, foot and shoulder massages, facials, Healthy BINGO, door prizes and more. 

Representatives from several area organizations, including Resources for Seniors, the Northern Wake Senior Center and Meals on Wheels of Wake County, will be on hand sharing information on a variety of topics, such as balance and fall prevention, living healthy with chronic diseases and diabetes and healthy eating.

Area seniors are also invited to meet the members of the Wake Forest Senior Center Advisory Board and Wake County Aging Plan Health Issue Team and share their ideas for programs and services they want offered at the senior center and in Wake County.

For more information about the Northern Wake Senior Center, call 919-554-4111 or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/northern-wake-senior-center.aspx


Jennifer Rall is town's new Urban Forester 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is pleased to announce Jennifer Rall as the town’s new Urban Forester. She will begin work on Tuesday, Oct. 7.  

As Wake Forest’s Urban Forester, Rall will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing and managing the town’s urban forestry program. In this capacity, she will oversee the planting, removal and maintenance of trees and other vegetation located on public property and rights-of-way. She will also be charged with promoting public education initiatives through community-wide landscaping projects and informative seminars.

A North Carolina native, Rall was born and raised in Goldsboro. After graduating from Southern Wayne High School in Dudley, NC, she attended NC State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management – Ecosystem Assessment. Rall joined the NC Forest Service in 1999 and has served as the Urban & Community Forestry Program Assistant since 2004.  In December of 2012, she completed the requirements to become an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.

Through her work with the NC Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program, she administered the Tree City USA, Tree Line USA and Tree Campus USA programs; administered  the Arbor Day poster and state photo contests; and assisted with the administration of the Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program. A beneficiary of this program, Wake Forest received grant monies in 2013 to help start the Wake Forest Volunteer Tree Nursery.

Rall has also presented workshops and conducted training sessions across North Carolina on a variety of urban forestry-related topics. In her new position she will continue to advocate for educating the public, staff and resource professionals for the betterment of the town.


Police Department Turkey Drive  
The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 22, as part of its eighth annual Turkey Drive. Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase additional turkeys. Checks should be written to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Donations of frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The police department will distribute the turkeys while they last on Monday, Nov. 24, from 9-11 a.m., at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this year’s Turkey Drive should contact Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270. Officer Sattler organized the police department’s first Turkey Drive in 2007. Since then, the department has distributed over 3,000 turkeys to needy families in our area, including over 700 turkeys last year.


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.


Wake Forest officials take 'wait and see' approach
to Duke Progress announcement 

Wake Forest officials are “cautiously optimistic” the town’s public power customers could benefit under a bid by Duke Progress Energy to buy out 32 eastern North Carolina towns’ share of power plants valued at $1.2 billion. But it likely will be 12-18 months before anyone knows for sure whether Wake Forest Power customers will see lower electricity bills – and just how much they’ll save.

Federal and state regulators must approve the deal, a process that could take well into 2015 or longer. After that, the 32 municipalities that form the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) must each vote to accept the agreement as well. Under the terms of the deal announced July 28, Progress would take full ownership of the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in Wake County along with four other power plants that local governments have partially owned since 1982.

Wake Forest Power serves 6,100 residential and 300 commercial customers - primarily in older parts of the town.

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 Centreon 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.


Sales tax increase on electricity now in effect  
Effective July 1, 2014, the sales tax on electricity increased and a new sales tax on natural gas was implemented. The changes in sales taxes affect all electric and natural gas customers in North Carolina and are the result of the North Carolina Tax Simplification and Reduction Act (House Bill 998) which became law in July 2013. Adjustments to the sales tax are just one of many changes in tax law initiated by the Act. 

The new sales tax on electricity will appear on the bills of Wake Forest Power customers because the Town of Wake Forest is required to collect the tax in accordance with state law. The taxes on electricity are imposed by the state, and collected by the town. North Carolina sales taxes collected by the town on behalf of the state are sent to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. 

The process is similar to the way customers pay sales tax when shopping at any retail establishment. The retailer collects the tax, and the tax is remitted to the state.


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.

Police stress greenway safety 
Wake Forest Police are urging greenway users to be cautious and follow these safety tips when using our local nature trails:

  • Walk or ride with a buddy or group of people
  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep friends and family informed of your whereabouts
  • Carry a cell phone at all times and call 911 immediately if you see something suspicious or feel you are in danger
  • Don’t stop to talk with strangers asking for directions or other types of help as this can be a ploy to get close for an attack.
  • If grabbed, fight back and make as much noise as possible

For additional information on greenway rules and safety, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/rules-safety.aspx.


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.


NCDOT announces changes to bridge replacement schedule  
The N.C. Department of Transportation is scheduled to replace four bridges throughout Wake Forest from 2014-2016. Those bridges are situated along Purnell Road, West Oak Avenue, Rogers Road and Forestville Road. 

Construction on the Purnell Road bridge will begin during the fall of this year, while work on the West Oak Avenue bridge will commence in the fall of 2015. 

NCDOT was also scheduled to replace the Rogers Road bridge next year and widen the road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road within the next 10-15 years. Original plans called for the replacement of the Forestville Road bridge in 2016. 

In an effort to reduce road closure times and lower construction mobility costs, the Town of Wake Forest requested that NCDOT expedite the Rogers Road widening project to coincide with the bridge replacement project. NCDOT informed the town in March that due to the additional right-of-way acquisition necessary to widen the road it could accommodate the request by swapping the Rogers Road and Forestville Road construction schedules. 

According to the revised schedule, NCDOT will replace the existing bridge on Forestville Road in 2015 with a two-lane bridge that includes a sidewalk on the Heritage High School or western side of the structure, as well as a pedestrian underpass to accommodate users wishing to access the Smith Creek and Sanford Creek Greenways. 

During the Rogers Road bridge replacement and road widening project, now scheduled for 2016, NCDOT will replace the existing two-lane bridge with a five-lane bridge and widen from two to five lanes the portion of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road. Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during school rush hours. 

The Forestville Road and Rogers Road projects are expected to require road closures and traffic detours lasting approximately five months. Town staff is working with NCDOT, the bridge contractor and a consultant to reduce the impact the schedule changes will have on the community. NCDOT officials will also confer with representatives from Wake County Public Schools to review the schedule changes. 

The Town of Wake Forest has launched an interactive map on its website that provides useful information about current and scheduled transportation projects in our area. The map highlights projects that have active construction sites, are in the process of being designed or permitted, and/or are currently funded for future design/construction. To view the interactive map, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/transportationmap.aspx.  

For more information, contact Senior Planner Candace Davis at 919-435-9513. 


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.