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Reception to honor Mark Williams April 19
The Town of Wake Forest is inviting area residents to a public reception to honor retiring Town Manager Mark Williams on Sunday, April 19, from 3-5 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
The reception will include a brief program honoring Williams beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Williams is retiring after a 36-year career in public service, the last 22 as Wake Forest Town Manager. He announced his resignation in December, and his last day will be April 30.
Six Sundays in Spring begins April 26
Bring the kids, friends, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times! The 2015 Six Sundays in Spring concert series will be held on consecutive Sundays from April 26 through May 31.
Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS,these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. and are held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road. Please note: this year's concerts will not feature opening acts, so every performance begins at 5 p.m.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic.
Police Department's Carnival for the Kids April 7-12
The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual “Carnival for the Kids” begins Tuesday, April 7, and runs through Sunday, April 12. The carnival will be held in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Home Depot, 11915 Retail Dr.
The Carnival for the Kids promises fun and entertainment for the entire family, including rides, games and lots of food. Admission to the event is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday from 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-8 p.m.
Unlimited ride wristbands will be available for purchase at the carnival for $20 each. Coupons worth $2 off the wristbands are available in the lobby of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.; Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.; and the Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St. The coupons may only be used to purchase the wristbands on Tuesday evening, April 7, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, from 1-5 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds from the Carnival for the Kids will support the Wake Forest Police Department's youth programs, including the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, which teaches youth the importance of making healthy decisions and remaining drug-free, and Police Explorer Post 401.
Residents' opinions sought in online communications survey
The Town of Wake Forest is conducting an online survey to gather input from residents concerning what they want in the way of information - and how they want it. The survey asks residents how they currently receive information and how they would prefer to get news from the town. Additional questions inquire about the quality of information received, the effectiveness of various communications tools and input on future communications.
A link to the survey is available on the home page of the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov under “Hot Topics” through Friday, May 31. The survey is also available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/communications-survey.aspx.
Special Needs Resource Fair April 25
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will sponsor a free Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road.
The event will include an array of professional vendors that specialize in providing services to children and adults with special needs. The fair is designed to offer local families the opportunity to learn about dozens of programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.
Organizations and businesses that cater to or provide services to individuals with special needs are invited to apply as a vendor for the resource fair at no cost. For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or email@example.com.
Meet in the Street May 2
The 35th Annual Meet in the Street® festival will take place Saturday, May 2, at 10 am in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities. Admission is free.
Festivities will include dozens of artisans' booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. The event also will include multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden.
Volunteers are also needed throughout the day of the event. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Forbes.
Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour May 9
The Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring a free walking tour at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cemetery is located at 400 N. White St., less than a quarter-mile from downtown Wake Forest. The self-guided tour will celebrate the lives of the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny.
Docents will be stationed at various locations throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names. Representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans clad in Confederate uniforms and carrying Civil War-era firearms will also be on hand to share tales of soldiers who served in the War Between the States. Ladies in period costume from the same era will also participate, along with representatives of the Wake Forest-Rolesville Junior ROTC, under the direction of Colonel Dimitri Belmont.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the tour as a special handout will be provided highlighting interesting points of interest throughout the cemetery grounds. Designed to promote healthy interaction between a child and their parents or accompanying adult, the photos and sites highlighted in the handout will help educate visitors about the cemetery’s historical significance.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Wake Forest Power named "Tree Line USA" utility
Wake Forest Power has been named a "Tree Line USA” utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The award acknowledges Wake Forest Power’s national leadership in caring for the health of trees while removing branches and limbs that grow too to close to its power lines.
The Tree Line USA award was presented formally to Wake Forest Power during Saturday’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration at E. Carroll Joyner Park.
Wake Forest Power conducts an extensive year-round line-clearing program safely trimming trees and clearing brush from more than 70 miles of distribution lines and keeping vegetation-free the bases of nearly 1,400 distribution poles. Tree trimming is an integral part of complying with state and federal laws and providing increased service reliability to customers.
Vandalism & Trespassing reported at SCIIP construction site
The Town of Wake Forest has received several reports of vandalism and trespassing at the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP) construction site.
In the most recent incident, vandals broke several windows out of an excavator. Numerous individuals have also been observed walking and biking in the active construction zone where crews are conducting digging and blasting operations.
No trespassing signage is posted prominently throughout the work zone. Officials are once again strongly urging area residents to obey the posted signage and avoid these areas.
Anyone observing trespassers or witnessing other suspicious activity at the SCIIP construction site is urged to contact the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. Violators will be prosecuted.
Girls youth volleyball registration is underway
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will accept youth volleyball applications for girls ages 9-16 from today through Thursday, April 30.
A participant’s eligibility is determined by her age on Jan. 1, 2015. A birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-Wake Forest residents. Team practices will begin in May. From June through July teams will likely play two games per week, Monday through Saturday, at local school gymnasiums and the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.
Online registration is now available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/girls-volleyball.aspx.
Celebrate Spring in Wake Forest!
Wake Forest loves spring - not only because wintry weather no longer has us trapped inside, but also because we have so many outstanding opportunities to celebrate this colorful, sunny season. All of these events are great for the entire family, and best of all - don't cost a thing! So check out our Celebrate Spring in Wake Forest! portal for information on everything from Six Sundays in Spring to the Wake Forest Charity Car Show.
Tree removal along Stadium Drive to begin April 15
Weather permitting, Wake Forest Power will remove seven maple trees along Stadium Drive, in the vicinity of McDowell Drive, Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The work is not expected to impact traffic.
Scheduled as the first phase of a utility line upgrade project, the removal of the trees is necessary due to their close proximity to several power lines. Trees growing too close to electric lines are the single largest cause of power outages but more importantly endanger the lives of utility workers and the public.
The utility line upgrade project will require the installation of new cross-arm braces for the existing distribution poles. The cross-arm design increases the distance between power lines making it safer for crews to work on the lines and make repairs.
Wake Forest unveils "Operation Bridge Exchange" website
The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled four bridge replacement projects in the Wake Forest area from January 2015 through August 2016. The four bridges are located along the following roads:
The Town of Wake Forest has named the four bridge replacement projects "Operation Bridge Exchange" or OBE. To help keep area drivers informed about these initiatives, the town has created a bridge replacement projects portal on its website. The OBE website is designed to connect area residents with comprehensive information about each of the four projects, including timelines, project maps and detours. By providing all of the information in one convenient location, the town aims to help reduce the impact of these projects on those who live in and travel through the affected areas.
Wake Forest Power offers "Pay-As-You-Go" payment option
Wake Forest Power has unveiled a new payment option that allows residential customers to pay for electricity in advance. Known as “Pay-As-You-Go” electricity, the initiative utilizes advanced metering technology that also enables customers to more closely monitor their energy usage.
Under the Pay-As-You-Go program, residential customers have the flexibility and control to pay for electricity when they want in the amount they want. By paying for electricity before they use it, pre-pay customers never pay a late fee and are never charged disconnect and reconnect fees if their account runs out of credit.
Customers also have the opportunity to more closely monitor how much energy they use. Instead of appearing on a traditional paper bill that is generated once a month, electricity usage is calculated daily and the cost is deducted each day from the pre-paid account. As a result, customers have the opportunity to observe in real time what happens when they adjust the thermostat a few degrees or turn off an extra light.
Wake Forest Energy Fair April 16
After a brutal winter, most area residents are anxious to embrace warmer weather. But over the next several months, the spring and summer heat will likely bring higher electric bills.
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining forces to help area residents manage their electric costs by hosting a free energy fair on Thursday, April 16. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
All area residents are invited to attend and learn about several simple ways you can make your home more energy efficient and save money on your electric bill. Wake Forest staff will also share useful information about the town’s array of utility payment options, including “Pay as You Go,” and energy saving tools. Wake Forest Power customers will also have the opportunity to schedule a free residential energy audit.
Town & Police partner with Nextdoor
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods. The integration with Nextdoor will enable the town and the police department to connect directly with residents in Wake Forest neighborhoods in a collaborative attempt to build safer communities, develop stronger relationships and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.
Free for both Wake Forest residents and the town, Nextdoor allows neighborhoods to establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites. Residents who join their neighborhood websites can share information about neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and more. Nextdoor also allows the town and the police department to post news advisories and emergency notifications and announcements about programs, services and special events to Nextdoor websites within Wake Forest.
Greenway projects underway
Work is underway on two projects that will impact Wake Forest’s greenway system for the foreseeable future. On Nov. 3 the City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., began construction on the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP), while a contractor hired by the town started work repairing the Richland Creek Greenway.
Located entirely within the Town of Wake Forest service area, the SCIIP will install a new 30-inch sewer line of the Smith Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor (SCSSI) from the Smith Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to Lagerfeld Road. The initiative will also install a 24-inch line of the SCSSI from Lagerfeld Road to Heritage Height, and a 16-inch line from Heritage Height to Franklin Street.
The project will affect portions of the Town of Wake Forest Greenway System including the section of the Smith Creek Greenway from Burlington Mills Road to the Neuse River Bridge and Dunn Creek Greenway near Heritage Lake Road. These areas will be closed during periods of construction.
Signs announcing the Smith Creek Greenway closure are posted at the trail’s Burlington Mills entrance and atop the Neuse River Connector. Signage describing the Dunn Creek Greenway closure will be posted at the Smith Creek Soccer Center. Area residents are strongly urged to obey the posted signage and avoid these areas during periods of construction.
According to the current project schedule, the Smith Creek Greenway is expected to reopen in late spring 2015. The City of Raleigh has not announced when work will begin in the area of the Dunn Creek Greenway.
The Richland Creek Greenway, which begins at the Cottage at Olde Mill Stream, 901 Barnford Mill Road, has been closed for over a year due to potential safety risks associated with severe stream bank erosion and greenway undermining.
Since the greenway’s closure Wake Forest has been coordinating with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NC Division of Water Resources to relocate or repair the greenway.
The current effort to stabilize the stream banks and reopen the trail will involve relocating approximately 250 linear feet of Richland Creek away from the greenway trail and sewer lines. The plan also calls for the addition of log vanes to redirect the water flow as a means of reducing water velocities.
Weather permitting, the trail could re-open as early as mid-December.
Flag-Raising Committee seeks names of deceased Wake Forest veterans
The Town of Wake Forest recently joined with several local veterans’ organizations to introduce a monthly flag-raising ceremony honoring the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families.The observances began on Oct. 6 with a service honoring Walter Ervin Cole, followed on Nov. 3 and April 6 with ceremonies in honor of Benny Charles Jackson and Roger "Marvin" Hockaday, respectively.
A committee comprised of representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League 1257, the Wake Forest High School JROTC and the Town of Wake Forest is soliciting the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies.
To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.
Friends or family members of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact the Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chair Dennis Mecum at 919-327-7887.
Beware of phone scams by IRS impersonators
The Wake Forest Police Department has received reports of attempted fraud committed by persons impersonating IRS investigators. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
Potential phone scam victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
It is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:
- Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
- Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
- Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
- If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
- If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
- You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media.The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe that you are a victim of this type of crime, report it to the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.