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

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Fourth of July Celebration set to begin
Wake Forest's popular Fourth of July celebration gets underway this year with the annual Fireworks Spectacular on Thursday, July 3, followed on Friday, July 4, with the Children's Parade and Art & Games in the Park.

The Town of Wake Forest has created a page on its website that provides a portal to complete details about all of the Fourth of July festivities. This information is also provided through the "July 4" function on the Town of Wake Forest app. Download the app for instant access to information about the Fireworks Spectacular, Children's Parade, Art & Games in the Park and more! IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code.

A popular annual event since 1973, Wake Forest’s Fourth of July celebration is organized and produced by the Fourth of July Planning Committee. The planning committee is an all-volunteer organization formed for the purpose of coordinating and producing Wake Forest’s annual Fourth of July celebration. The event is funded by gate receipts from the previous year’s celebration, along with the generous contributions of area businesses and the Town of Wake Forest.

Independence Day fireworks safety 
As Americans prepare to celebrate our country’s independence, the Wake Forest Police Department is reminding area residents that the possession or discharge of most fireworks that explode, spin, fly, jump in the air, or leave the ground in any way are prohibited by North Carolina law. Illegal explosives include but are not limited to firecrackers, ground spinners, Roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars.

The law is stipulated in North Carolina General Statutes 14-410 and 14-414. Violation of this State Law is a Class 2 Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days to six months in jail.

Residents are also reminded that explosive fireworks, which are sold legally in South Carolina and several other states, are illegal in North Carolina.

In North Carolina, fireworks that are available for personal use are those marked as 1.4G. Novelty items, including sparklers, caps for toy pistols, snake and glow worms that emit a snake-like ash when burning, and trick noisemakers, are legal but still can cause injury if not properly handled. In all cases, these items should be kept away from young children and pets.

July 4 holiday service schedule
The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Friday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will be suspended on Friday. Friday's garbage and recycling route will be collected on Saturday. The collection of yard waste, including Friday's route, will occur Monday through Thursday this week until all routes have been completed.

Wake Forest Bus Service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will not operate Friday. Transit service will resume its normal schedule Monday, July 7.

Town offices will re-open Monday, July 7, at 8 a.m. For information throughout the year concerning Town of Wake Forest holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the garbage and recycling collection schedule, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/holiday-schedule.aspx.

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
now on Facebook & Twitter

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is now utilizing Facebook and Twitter to expand its outreach and communications efforts.

According to Renaissance Centre Manager Pamela Stevens, the popular social media sites offer an effective means of communicating directly with Wake Forest residents and non-residents alike concerning events and activities taking place at the cultural arts and event venue.

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

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

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

Renaissance Centre introduces
'Writers Night in the Forest' July 17 

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is pleased to announce a new monthly series designed for avid readers in our community.

‘Writer’s Night in the Forest’ is a chance for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good book to gather at the Renaissance Centre to socialize, network and explore a variety of reading selections. As an added bonus, the Renaissance Centre will invite a different author each month to discuss a particular book.

The first Writer’s Night in the Forest is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, from 7-9 p.m. and will feature Flora J. Solomon, author of the novel “A Pledge of Silence.”

Upcoming Events at the Renaissance Centre

Register now for Summer Theatre Conservatory 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is partnering with Burning Coal Theatre to offer a Summer Theatre Conservatory July 28-Aug. 8 at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Designed for rising sixth through ninth graders, the conservatory is a two-week summer day camp that teaches students progressive theatre techniques, responsibility and collaboration.

The Summer Theatre Conservatory is scheduled July 28-Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $350 and the instructor is Burning Coal Theatre’s Jonathan Fitts.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/classes-workshops.aspx. Register in person at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The Summer Theatre Conservatory is one in a series of classes and workshops the Renaissance Centre has scheduled as part of its inaugural Summer Arts Program. To view the complete schedule, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/classes-workshops.aspx.

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

Bond Referendum information now available on town's website
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, up from the current rate of 52 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.

Board of Commissioners approves 2014-15 budget
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget on Tuesday, June 17. The budget will serve as the town’s financial and spending plan for the year and, once adopted, will authorize resources and establish a direction for Wake Forest programs and services for the coming year.

The approved budget includes a $.01 property tax rate increase for fire services from $0.51 to $0.52 ($0.52 per $100 of assessed property valuation), $0.14 downtown municipal service district tax ($0.14 per $100 assessed property valuation) and no electric rate increase.

In regard to personnel, the plan includes five new full-time positions, including two park maintenance specialists, a communications specialist, transportation planner and facilities specialist. A code enforcement officer position remains authorized but not funded in the 2014-15 fiscal year. The budget also includes performance pay or merit funds, plus career ladders for eligible departments.

The public is invited to view a copy of the budget on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/budget.aspx.

Sales tax increase on electricity now in effect
Beginning 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.

Local Girl Scout partners with town to earn Silver Award 
A local Girl Scout recently earned her Silver Award by making a town facility a safer place.

Several weeks ago Savannah Barnes, a rising ninth grader at Thales Academy and member of Girl Scout Troop #1625, was considering how she might earn her Silver Award. The highest award attainable by Girl Scout Cadettes, the Silver Award promotes leadership and community service and encourages Girl Scouts to consider ways to make their community a better place.

Around the same time, Savannah, who takes tennis lessons at the Flaherty Park Tennis Courts, was moved by a story her instructor shared about a woman who suffered a cardiac arrest while playing on the courts. Fortunately, the woman survived but her chances of survival would have been even greater had her playing partners known an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was available inside the Flaherty Park Community Center.

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient, and treats them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Through the use of simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be easy to use for the average person.

Recognizing the absence of AED signage at the tennis courts, Savannah decided that she would earn her Silver Award by coordinating their production and installation with Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources staff and a local sign company. To top it off, she even raised the money to pay for the signs herself.

Today, thanks to Savannah, the signage indicating the availability of an AED inside the Flaherty Park Community Center is prominently posted and clearly visible to everyone who enjoys playing tennis on the Flaherty Park Tennis Courts.  

“We are extremely grateful to Savannah for recognizing a need at one of our facilities and then working with us to make that facility a safer place,” said PRCR Director Ruben Wall. “This is a wonderful example of the great things we can accomplish by working together.”

Savannah is the daughter of Angel and Chris Barnes.


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.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
unveils bold new logo

Say “so long” to the diamond. After nearly 10 years as the symbol for the town’s parks and recreation department, the diamond-shaped logo is being shown the door.

Underscoring its impressive offering of cultural programming, the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department is now officially using the name ‘Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department.’ In an effort to formally introduce its new name, the PRCR Department has unveiled a bold and dynamic new logo.

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.

Police warn residents to beware of possible scams 
Each year as temperatures start to rise so too do the number of reported scams in our area.

The Wake Forest Police Department is reminding everyone to be aware of door-to-door scams and suspicious persons in their neighborhoods that may be looking to take advantage of them or possibly looking for homes where the residents are not at home. Residents should be aware that town ordinance requires door-to-door solicitors to obtain a permit and produce the town-issued permit upon request while conducting door to door solicitations.

In addition, homeowners should be wary of doing business with a door-to-door salesperson unless they can verify there is a local office and contact number. If they are legitimate, they will provide this information willingly.

Lastly, keep in mind that some people who come to your door may not really be selling anything - they just want you to think they are. In some cases what they’re really doing is casing your home - looking for computers or other valuables lying near quick escape routes, checking if you have barking dogs, or if there are signs of a security system. And if they ask to come in for a drink of water, don't let them in!

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.

Alston-Massenburg Center hosts 'Fourth Friday Flix'
The Alston Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., hosts free movie showings on the forth Friday evening of each month at 7 p.m.

'Forth Friday Flix’ will feature a variety of film favorites and genres, including art, children’s and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme. This event is made possible through a partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Church. All refreshments for Forth Friday Flix at Alston Massenburg will be provided by the church.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Alston Massenburg Center is not permitted to publicize the title of each month’s film. 

The First Friday Flix movie screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Alston Massenburg Center at 919-554-6189

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. 

Bag your leaves and grass clippings
The Town of Wake Forest’s loose leaf collection season ended Friday, March 14. From Monday, March 17, through Friday, Sept. 26, all leaves and grass clippings must be bagged for collection or placed inside a garbage receptacle marked ‘YW.’

Please follow these guidelines to help improve the collection process: 

  • Bags must be at least 13-gallons in size – the size of a standard kitchen garbage can liner
  • There is a limit of 10-bags per residence
  • Do not put your yard waste in grocery store shopping bags or inside your town-issued rollout garbage or recycling carts
  • Do not mix in sticks, trash, rocks or other debris
  • Place your bagged leaves and grass clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal yard waste collection day.

Loose leaf collection will resume Monday, Sept. 29.

For more information, visit our website or call 919-435-9570. 

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. 

Richland Creek Greenway closure explained 
The Town of Wake Forest recently announced the closure of the Richland Creek Greenway due to potential safety risks associated with increased stream bank erosion and greenway undermining.

The town made the decision to close the greenway following a thorough greenway inspection by Wake Forest’s urban forester, the town’s engineering department and a team of creek restoration experts. Their assessment revealed a rapid increase in creek erosion along the greenway brought on by heavy rains during the spring and early summer.

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.

Smith Creek Soccer Center Field 1 closed for maintenance
Smith Creek Soccer Center, Field 1, located at 690 Heritage Road, is closed for maintenance through August 2014.

The Town of Wake Forest has contracted with Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc., to install an in-ground irrigation system, regrade the field surface and install Bermuda sod.

Maintenance on Field 2 is proceeding as scheduled and is expected to be completed in August 2013.

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.


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.