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Wake Forest to host reception for new town manager
Mayor Vivian Jones and the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners are inviting area residents to meet the new town manager, Kip Padgett, during a July 21 reception. The occasion is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Padgett began his new duties today. He succeeds longtime manager Mark Williams who retired in April.
Light refreshments will be served and the reception is open to the public.
Following the reception the board of commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Town Clerk Deeda Harris at 919-435-9413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forestville Road Bridge replacement is underway
Work is underway on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on Forestville Road that spans Smith Creek.
The project is part of the NCDOT’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.
The Forestville Road Bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structure remains safe to use, it has required constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridge was built to design standards that are no longer in use.
NCDOT will replace the existing structure with a three-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.
The closure, which is expected to last until December 2015, will send the motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Rogers Road, South Main Street and Burlington Mills Road. Read more>>
Concerts in the Park Aug. 2 & Sept. 6
Bring your family and friends, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times!
The Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest ARTS and Pinecone will present free concerts at E. Carroll Joyner Park on Sunday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 6. The Aug. 2 concert will feature Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends, while the show on Sept. 6 will spotlight Lakota John & Kin. Both performances will get underway at 5 pm in the Joyner Park Amphitheater - situated adjacent to the shade provided by the majestic pecan grove.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic. Read more>>
Police Department set to host National Night Out Aug. 4
The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) is encouraging area residents, businesses, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations to show their support for police-community crime prevention partnerships by participating in this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
National Night Out (NNO) teams law enforcement agencies with citizens, community leaders, civic groups and local businesses to promote safe, healthy neighborhoods. The NNO observance, always held on the first Tuesday in August, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The WFPD is marking this special occasion by hosting a National Night Out “Street Party” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in town hall’s Centennial Plaza and along Brooks Street in downtown Wake Forest. Town hall is located at 301 S. Brooks St.
The event promises something for everyone, including a DJ, food and special prizes, and fire, police and EMS vehicle displays, along with a variety of booths highlighting crime prevention and safety. Read more>>
Beach Night on White Aug. 22
Celebrate the end of summer with a beach bash like no other in historic downtown Wake Forest!
Beach music will fill the air on Saturday, Aug. 22, when Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. presents Beach Night on White. Scheduled from 4-9 pm, the inaugural event is free and takes place along South White Street, a portion of which will be closed to traffic.
Beginning at 4 pm, visit the merchants, shops and businesses in our historic downtown to experience all that is special and unique about Wake Forest.
At 5 p.m., the entertainment begins with featured beach band Jim Quick and Coastline. Quick’s been touring the Southeast for more than 15 years, playing nearly 300 shows per year, and has released more than 11 albums. Known for his all-out performances, Jim has been a gracious recipient of the Carolina Music Awards “Entertainer Of The Year Award”—nine times. Read more>>
HRC seeks "Good Neighbor of the Year" nominations
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is soliciting youth and adult nominations for the 6th Annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize Wake Forest residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking or receiving recognition for their service.
Nominees are sought in two divisions: adult and youth between the ages of 13 and 18. In order to qualify a nominee must be a Town of Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015. Read more>>
Apply now to serve on Urban Forestry Board
You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill an opening on the Urban Forestry Board (UFB). Residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to apply.
The UFB was created to oversee Wake Forest's Urban Forestry Program including the town's annual Arbor Day observance, Tree Seedling Giveaway and planting events. The UFB also advises the board of commissioners on policies relating to trees and landscape regulations.
Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, and may be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587, emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 919-435-9419. Read more>>
Ad space available in "Official Guide to Wake Forest"
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce are once again partnering to publish a comprehensive handbook about all things related to Wake Forest. Entitled the Official Guide to Wake Forest, this booklet is sure to be an invaluable resource for everyone who lives in Wake Forest - both newcomers and long-time residents alike.
Scheduled for publication later this year, the full-color guidebook will include an overview of the town’s history, a description of town departments and a complete list of popular community events. It will also contain important contact numbers, as well as information about town programs and services, advisory boards and the board of commissioners. There are also sections devoted to newcomers to Wake Forest, area attractions, churches and places of worship, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more.
A copy of the guide will be mailed to approximately 25,000 homes and businesses in Wake Forest, including every resident in the 27587 zip code. An additional 20,000 copies will be distributed to visitors and newcomers to our community.
A limited number of ad spaces are available for purchase ranging from $400 to $5,000. Advertisers are not required to be members of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. However, the ad order must be submitted and paid in full to lock in ad space. The deadline to reserve an ad is Aug. 31. Read more>>
Renaissance Centre to host "Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival" Aug. 15
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the “Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival” on Saturday, Aug. 15. Featuring four professional storytellers, along with entertaining workshops and concerts for children and adults, the festival will introduce the art of storytelling to the Wake Forest community and celebrate one of humanity’s oldest art forms.
Audiences of ages 6 and older are sure to relate to the colorful, humorous and inspirational stories shared by the lineup of storytellers, including Cary’s Alan Hoal, Ron Jones and Pamela Alberda from Durham and Raleigh’s Henry Gogel.
A variety of ticket options are available, including a full festival concert pass for $15. Tickets for each event and workshop may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. Read more>>
Raleigh Little Theatre to offer theater arts classes at Renaissance Centre
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is partnering with the Raleigh Little Theatre to offer a variety of youth and adult theater arts classes from September through December.
Designed to excite and develop the artistic vision and creative talents of both the young and young at heart, these courses will spark the imagination and inspire a lifelong connection to theater.
Each class will be taught by an accomplished theater instructor in a safe, nurturing environment that encourages exploration of process and self-expression. Class offerings cover a range of theater arts training, and class sizes are limited to allow for attention to individual interests and skill development. Read more>>
Good Neighbor Day is Sept. 20
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) will sponsor the 10th Annual Good Neighbor Day on Sunday, Sept. 20. This free, family-friendly event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave.
Good Neighbor Day assembles people from all walks of life for a day of food, fun, and family entertainment. By bringing together a mix of cultures, music, ages, and ethnicities, the event celebrates diversity and promotes goodwill among all of Wake Forest’s citizens. Read more>>
Emerald Ash Borer quarantine restricts movement of firewood
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services announced recently that Wake and Franklin counties have been added to the list of counties under an emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine after ash borers were confirmed in both counties. Quarantine rules restrict the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials.
The emerald ash borer is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees across the country. First detected in Michigan, the pest has spread to North Carolina threatening all species of ash including white, green, black, blue, Carolina and pumpkin. The half-inch-long insect kills ash trees of all sizes whether they are healthy or weak. Read more>>
Wake Forest Energy Fair July 24
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining forces to help area residents manage their electric costs by hosting a series of free monthly energy fairs. The next scheduled energy fair is Friday, July 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
All area residents are invited to attend and learn 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. Read more>>
Wake Forest offering rain barrels for sale
The Town of Wake Forest is selling 65-gallon rain barrels for $90 each. Each rain barrel comes with a brass spigot, two overflow valves that can be used to connect additional barrels and a screen to keep out debris and insects. Other rain barrel features include:
- Instructions for easy installation (minimum assembly required);
- Constructed with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE);
- Standard garden hose fittings - require no special hoses;
- The low-mounted brass faucet drains most of the barrel. It is recommended to install your rain barrel on a level and a raised surface.
- Lids that can be secured for safety - highly recommended for the safety of children and pets;
- Concave lids channel rain to the center;
- Dark green barrel blocks sunlight to prohibit the growth of algae;
- Overflow ports can direct water to nearby shrubbery areas.
Rain barrels are an increasingly popular water conservation technique. They collect runoff from rooftops for irrigation and other non-potable uses. Collecting rain to water landscapes and gardens increases the amount of treated water that is available for drinking, cooking and bathing. Rainwater harvesting also helps reduce utility bills. Read more>>
Wake Forest Children's Choir Auditions Aug. 31
The Wake Forest Children’s Choir will hold auditions on Monday, Aug. 31, at 4:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. The auditions are open to students in grades 4-9.
Anyone planning to audition must register at http://wfchildrenschoir.org. No previous choral experience is required, and students planning to audition are not required to prepare any material in advance. Read more>>
Never leave children or pets in unattended vehicles
As spring transitions to summer and temperatures start to climb, the Wake Forest Police Department is warning residents to never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle. Officials are also offering clear instruction on what to do if you see a child or pet left alone in a car.
“Anyone who sees a child or animal left unattended in a vehicle should stay with the vehicle and call the police department,” said Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard.
Last year, Wake Forest Police arrested a Franklinton woman and charged her with animal cruelty after her two dogs died as a result of being left in an unattended vehicle for nearly three hours. Although the outside temperature on the day of the incident was a comfortable 80 degrees, the reported temperature inside the vehicle exceeded 120.
The following tips are provided for pet owners and for those who see animals or children left unattended in vehicles:
- If you see an animal or child inside a vehicle, call 911 because this is an emergency. The police department is equipped with tools designed to enter locked vehicles and may do so in lieu of immediately locating the owner.
- Do not leave an animal or child in a hot car even with the air conditioner running. Doing so could result in having your vehicle stolen.
Experts say once a dog has an internal body temperature of 102 it is hard for them to cool themselves down. The only two ways they can cool themselves down is by panting and sweating through their feet. Read more>>
Town of Wake Forest joins 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.
Holding Park Pool is open through Aug. 23
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department opened Holding Park Pool May 23-25 for the Memorial Day weekend. The pool will remain open on weekends only through June 6-7. Beginning Saturday, June 13, the pool will be open weekdays and weekends through Sunday, Aug. 23.
Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., is one of the area’s largest outdoor public swimming pools. The 50-meter pool is open during the summer months and offers swimming to the general public, as well as swim lessons and parent/toddler swim times.
Open swim times are 1-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Daily admission fees are $1 for children ages 2 and under; $3 for children ages 3-12, and $4 for patrons ages 13 and over.
Open swim passes are now available for individuals only and may be purchased at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The fee is $40 per person for Wake Forest (in-town) residents and $65 per person for non-residents.
Wake Forest PRCR is also offering a punch card pass good for 20 visits. The punch card costs $50 and can be used by multiple pool patrons.
Wake Forest Cemetery now 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
PRCR partners with Camp Gladiator
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department partnered with Camp Gladiator to launch a Camp Gladiator (CG) evening session in May at Flaherty Park, 1226 N. White St. The on-going four-week program will be held at Flaherty Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6:15 p.m.
As a special bonus for Wake Forest residents who live in the 27587 zip code, PRCR and Camp Gladiator have designated week two of every four-week camp cycle as Town of Wake Forest and CG Fitness Week. During the second week of camp, all participants who reside in the 27587 zip code may take part in any Camp Gladiator at any Wake Forest location at no cost.
Created by American Gladiator Grand Champion Ally Davidson, Camp Gladiator has become the fastest growing and most dynamic fitness program in the nation. According to its website at http://campgladiator.com/, Camp Gladiator is a four-week adult fitness boot camp that promises a motivating and challenging environment where men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Campers should expect a total body workout. A typical session could include interval training, sprint and agility drills, stations, plyometrics, body weight strength drills, cardio mix, and much more.
Camp Gladiator is designed to increase your functional strength, speed, stamina and - most importantly - deliver results.
To register, contact Bethany Stillwaggon, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer at 724-301-3557 or email@example.com. Online registration is also available at campgladiator.com/Raleigh.
For more information, contact Bethany Stillwaggon, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer at 724-301-3557 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Recreation Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or email@example.com.
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.
- Carolina Puppet Theatre - July 8
- Scrap Happens Night - July 10
- flix4kidz - July 13
- Free at 3 - July 13
- Writer's Night in the Forest - July 16
- TGIF Dance Party - July 24
- First Friday Flix - Aug. 7
- Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival - Aug. 15
- Neck of the Woods - Oct. 16
- View the complete schedule
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.
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.
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.