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

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Meet in the Street May 7
The 36th Annual Meet in the Street® festival will take place Saturday, May 7, from 10 am to 5 pm in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented annually by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities.

Festivities will include dozens of artisans' booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. The event also will include multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden.

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


Bicycle Safety Fair May 7 
May is Bike Safety Month and the Town of Wake Forest is helping to raise awareness about the importance of safe bicycle use by sponsoring a free Bicycle Safety Fair on Saturday, May 7. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in town hall’s Brooks Street parking lot, 301 S. Brooks St. As an added bonus, this year’s safety fair is being offered as part of the 36th Annual Meet in the Street.

Facilitated by the Wake Forest Planning Department, the Bicycle Safety Fair is designed to teach safe bicycle riding skills to children ages five to 14 and their parents. Participants will be taught safe riding techniques through an obstacle course that re-creates real-life situations. The course illustrates the proper way for cyclists to scan for automobiles, develop correct riding techniques, utilize intersection safety tips and avoid road hazards such as tree limbs, pot holes and rocks. More>>


May is Building Safety Month 
May is Building Safety Month and the Town of Wake Forest Inspections Department is marking the observance by participating in several events and activities throughout May:

  • May 7 – Meet in the Street, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; South White Street

  • May 13 – Friday Night on White, 6-9 p.m.; South White Street

  • May 21 – Home Depot, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 11915 Retail Dr.

Inspections staff will also be on hand throughout the event to answer questions about building safety, best practices, and the building permit process. Area residents are invited to come out and learn about the services the department offers, including Express Residential Plan Review, and talk one-on-one with town inspectors about building safety, codes, and inspections as they pertain to common residential projects, such as decks, kitchen and bath remodels, and screened porches.

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

The campaign is presented by the International Code Council and its 57,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.


Share your place that matters 
May is National Preservation Month and the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is celebrating by sponsoring a photo-sharing campaign that invites area residents to share their memories and stories about places in Wake Forest that are important to them.

This Place Matters encourages individuals and groups to take photos of themselves at buildings, residences, landmarks, and other structures in Wake Forest that hold special meaning and submit them by Tuesday, May 31, for posting on the town’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages. Photos of older buildings and structures are especially wanted.

To participate, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “This Place Matters,” then download and print the “This Place Matters” sign. Take a digital photograph of yourself or others holding the sign in front of locations in Wake Forest that matter to you. Email your photographs along with a short explanation of why each place is meaningful to thisplacematters@wakeforestnc.gov.

The deadline to submit photos is Tuesday, May 31. Photographs should not exceed two MB in file size. More>>


Movin' & Groovin' Walking Series starts May 4
Beginning Wednesday, May 4, the PRCR will team with Wake County Human Services' Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention and 4-H Youth Development to offer a free Movin’ & Groovin’ Walking Series at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. From 6-7 p.m. on each Wednesday in May, children and adults in our area are invited to engage in group fitness activities, walk the trails, and enjoy the outdoors at Joyner Park.

The “Movin’ & Groovin’ Walking Series” is designed to encourage area families and individuals to increase their physical activity in a free, fun, and safe environment. The program also strives to raise public awareness about the importance of exercise and combat obesity. More>>


Friday Night on White continues May 13 with Brickhouse 
The Town of Wake Forest will continue its free outdoor music series on Friday, May 13, with Brickhouse.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Other bands scheduled to perform during Friday Night on White include The Will McBride Group on June 10, Stone Age Romeos on July 8, The Remedy on Aug. 12, and Crush on Sept. 9.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. and along Owen Avenue.

No outside coolers will be permitted during Friday Night on White, but beer, wine, soft drinks, and water will be available for purchase. All attendees wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification and wear the provided identifying bracelet.

Free parking will be available along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest and at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. More>>


Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour May 14 
The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring its annual Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday, May 14, 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 free, 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. More>>


Grab lunch & head outside for Music at Midday 
Area residents are invited to listen to great music, dine outside, and enjoy the spring season at the Town of Wake Forest’s Music at Midday weekly concert series.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the free music series will begin Thursday, May 12, and continue on consecutive Thursdays through June 2. Scheduled from 12:15-1:15 p.m., the concerts will feature a variety of local performers and take place in Centennial Plaza, the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The concert lineup includes DryBread Road on May 12; Justin Fouts on May 19; Joe Woodson on May 26; and Dan Blaisdell on June 2.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch - either from home, a local restaurant, or one of the food and refreshment trucks that will be on site - relax, and enjoy the entertainment.


Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park begin May 21
Beginning Saturday, May 21, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park. Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest, the outdoor movie showings are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. Future Family Movie Nights are scheduled for June 25, July 30, and Aug. 13.

Assorted food vendors will be on hand selling snacks and beverages.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, we are not permitted to announce the title of each month’s film to the general public. However, we may publicize movie titles through our Special Events Hotline and The Week Ahead which is part of the town's email subscription service. To obtain the title of each month's featured film, sign up for The Week Ahead or call 919-556-7063. More>>


Town unveils Waste Wizard to help residents recycle 
The Wake Forest Public Works Department recently unveiled an interactive Waste Wizard to help residents get disposal tips on hundreds of household items. From aluminum cans to zip lock bags, the quick and easy search tool provides users with details on what items go into the recycling bin or the trash can. 

Residents can also use the tool to learn their garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up day.

The Waste Wizard is also available on the town's app.


Public comment period underway for Recommended Wake County Transit Plan 
Residents are invited to review and comment on the Recommended Wake County Transit Plan at one of several public information sessions and a public hearing to be hosted by GoTriangle and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). These meetings are part of a 30-day public comment period for the recommended plan that runs through May 18. The full plan can be found online at www.waketransit.com/.

A public information session will be held on Monday, May 9, from 4-7 p.m. at the Wake County Northern Regional Center, Room 163; 350 E. Holding Ave. More>>


Six Sundays in Spring is underway
Bring the kids, friends, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times! The 2016 Six Sundays in Spring concert series is underway and will be held on consecutive Sundays through May 29.

Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS,these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. and take place at the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road.

This year's concert lineup will include April 24 - Boneslinger; May 1 - EG Peters Band; May 8 - Affirmative Groove; May 15 - The Johnny Folsom 4; May 22 - Faol Liath; and May 29 - JamRock. More>>


Springtime happenings easy to find on town's website 
Wake Forest welcomes spring by offering a wonderful array of warm weather events and activities for the entire family.

From the Carnival for the Kids and Easter Egg Hunt to National Trails Day and the Wake Forest Charity Car Show, springtime in Wake Forest is jam-packed with fun-filled, outdoor events guaranteed to help you shake the winter blues.

To help inform area residents about all these upcoming events, the town has created a “Wake Forest Outdoors” portal on its website. Wake Forest Outdoors provides detailed information about our area’s most popular springtime happenings, along with new events, including Friday Night on White and Midday Music at Miller. Offering dates, times, locations, event descriptions and more, the portal is a useful resource for anyone planning to take advantage of Wake Forest’s variety of warm weather activities.


Rogers Road Bridge Replacement scheduled to begin June 13 
Work is scheduled to begin Monday, June 13, on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on Rogers Road that spans Smith Creek. A message board announcing the closure will be set up on site approximately two weeks before work begins.

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 Rogers 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 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 closure, which is projected to last until late October 2016, will send the motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Heritage Lake Road, the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass and South Main Street. More>>


Wake Forest Charity Car Show June 11 
Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. is sponsoring the Wake Forest Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This family-friendly event will be held along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.

This year's charity car show benefits Tri-Area Ministry, Wake Forest Optimist Club, Wake Forest Kiwanis Club, Wake Forest Woman's Club, and the Wake Forest High School JROTC. Donations of peanut butter and jelly will be accepted during the car show to benefit Tri-Area Ministry.

Presented by Grand Sponsor Chris Leith Dodge/Ram, the free exhibit will showcase vehicles of all makes and models, including muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic and antique autos, street rods and trucks. The car show will also feature a ‘Take-Apart-T’ Model T assembly demonstration, the Leith Kia Monster Truck, and the Wake Forest Fire Department's Jaws of Life demonstration. Food vendors will also be on site.  

Admission to the car show is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the exhibit will be held on Saturday, June 18. More>>


Flaherty Park Tennis Courts' resurfacing to begin June 1 
Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Flaherty Park tennis courts will be closed for resurfacing and repair. The courts are located at 1226 N. White St.

The town has contracted with Court One to perform the work which will include the following:

  • Cleaning and scraping of the courts of all dirt, debris, foreign matter and loose material
  • Removal of grass and weeds
  • Sealing cracks
  • Application of acrylic resurfacer, one sand-filled coat, and one sand-filled Laykold Colorcoat finishing coat.
  • Refurbishing the net posts
  • Addition of 10 & under, quick-start lines on courts 1 & 2
  • New courtside benches and message boards
  • Repair of defective surface on court 4

Weather permitting the courts will re-open in mid-June. More>>


Wake Forest accepting applications for Youth in Government Advisory Board
The Town of Wake Forest is currently accepting applications from area high school students who are interested in serving on the Youth in Government Advisory Board (YGAB) for the 2016-17 school year.

Applications are available in the town clerk’s office at town hall and on the town’s website. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, and should be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Town of Wake Forest, 301 S. Brooks Street., Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Only high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to serve on the YGAB, including rising ninth graders. YGAB members’ terms end upon graduation.

The YGAB is comprised of between nine and 15 members. At least three can live outside the corporate town limits. 

For more information, contact Deeda Harris.


Wake Forest Home & Garden Show coming in August 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the inaugural Wake Forest Home & Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. Showcasing the latest in home improvement products, services, and features, the show is scheduled to take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.

A variety of exhibits and workshops will be offered both inside and outside the Renaissance Centre featuring an array of local home improvement experts.

“For anyone planning a home improvement project, our home and garden show will offer a convenient look at what’s available in our area,” said Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge.

Local home builders, contractors, specialist vendors, landscape designers, and realtors are invited to participate. Sponsorship opportunities and vendor booth pricing will be announced in early May.

To reserve your spot on our waiting list or for more information, contact Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at 919-435-9422 orabolton@wakeforestnc.gov.


Tickets on sale for “Lawn & Disorder Comedy Concert"

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will present the Lawn & Disorder Comedy Concert on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

Comedians Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton join together in this hilarious show about life as we know it in the suburbs of America. Mowing grass, talking trash and better halves that make us laugh. Through stand-up comedy, storytelling, audience participation - including a crazy couples game show - Jim and Karen take the audience on a drive through their funny neighborhoods. More>>


PRCR seeking program ideas & instructors 
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is recruiting instructors and soliciting youth and adult course/program ideas for the Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Season.

Wake Forest PRCR offers a wide variety of recreation classes and activities year round. Many of the classes and workshops the department currently offers exist because a local enthusiast expressed the desire to teach a program on a particular topic of interest.

Adult offerings may involve one night workshops, active classes or unique programs. Instructors set their own class schedules, title, content and topic subject to the approval of the Recreation Superintendent and dependent upon facility availability.

Youth programs may be offered on a weekly basis or as one-time workshops in fitness, sports, arts, nature and enrichment. More>>


DMV's Mobile Driver's License Unit returns May 16
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, May 16. The mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new compact mobile office is part of Governor Pat McCrory’s initiative to improve customer service and reduce wait times at the DMV.  Featuring two driver license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.

The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit on the first and third Monday of each month. The mobile office will return to Wake Forest on Monday, June 6, at 9 a.m. 


Wake Forest LIVE details live music events
In case you haven’t noticed, Wake Forest is rapidly becoming known as a hotbed for live music. What began with the annual Six Sundays in Spring music series and occasional concerts in the park, has expanded to include Friday Night on White, Rockin’ the Forest and Music at Midday. 

In an effort to keep you informed about these and other live music events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, we’ve created Wake Forest Live – your one-stop source for information.

We've also created a Wake Forest Live page on Facebook. Be sure to check it out and "Like Us" so you can stay informed about the latest and greatest live music events coming to Wake Forest! More>>


Summer Day Camp registration now open 
Summer is just around the corner and the Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is now accepting registrations for Camp Nahele.

Designed for children ages 6-12, Camp Nahele ("nahele" means "forest" in Hawaiian) is a full-day recreational summer camp program designed to enhance your child’s summer experiences through arts and crafts, education, nature, recreational and sporting activities.

Offered Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 10-week camp will operate from June 13 through Aug. 19 at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Early drop-off is 7:30 a.m. and late pick up is 6 p.m. Participants must be at least six years old on or before June 1, 2016.

The cost of the camp is $100/week. More>>


Board of Commissioners seeks groups to lead Pledge of Allegiance at meetings
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners is inviting local youth and adult community organizations to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each board meeting.

Board of Commissioners meetings are scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and take place in the Wake Forest Town Hall Board Chambers. The chambers are located on the second floor of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest-area sports teams, church groups, civic clubs, and other community organizations are encouraged to sign up for a meeting.

To sign up, contact Commissioner Jim Thompson at 919-417-4217. 


Flag-Raising Committee seeks names of deceased Wake Forest veterans 
The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee is soliciting the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during upcoming 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 relatives of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chair Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018.

The Town of Wake Forest joins with representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, and the Wake Forest High School JROTC to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families during monthly flag-raising ceremonies from April through October. The services take place in town hall’s Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. More>>


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 Wake Forest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area?

If you’re a Wake Forest resident and you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce have a special gift just for you.

In December every Wake Forest resident who lives in the 27587 zip code should have received their own copy of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. This clever, all-in-one handbook provides useful information about all things Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, a description of town departments, a listing of annual community events and advertisements for several local businesses. The guide also contains important contact numbers, as well as comprehensive information about town programs and services, volunteer opportunities and local government. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more. More>>


Beware of IRS-Related scams 
The Wake Forest Police Department is warning area residents not to be fooled by scammers impersonating IRS investigators. 

In recent days the police department has received numerous reports from residents about callers claiming to be from the IRS telling the intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a credit card, bank account draft, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

Potential phone scam victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy. More>>


Renaissance Centre hosts "flix4kidz" & "Free at 3" May 9
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is offering free movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on Monday, May 9.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. the Renaissance Centre will host “flix4kidz,” followed at 3 p.m. by “Free at 3.”

Featuring only G or PG-rated children’s and family films, “flix4kidz” offers free family-friendly movie showings at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday morning of each month.

Designed for adults ages 50 and over, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase during both events.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to publicize the titles of each month’s films. However, you can obtain the movie titles of films offered at the Renaissance Centre by signing up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or by calling the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.


Report non-emergency issues with SeeClickFix
The Town of Wake Forest has introduced a web-based program that enables residents to report quality-of-life issues and request town services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, the place-based reporting platform encourages greater civic participation by allowing residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements alike, ranging from damaged sidewalks and potholes to graffiti and malfunctioning traffic signals.

Wake Forest Cemetery offering new ways to honor loved ones
The Wake Forest Cemetery is now offering two new ways to say goodbye to loved ones who have passed away.

The cemetery’s new niche columbarium is designed for friends and family who wish to be cremated. Constructed of limestone, the two-sided structure stretches approximately eight feet long and features five horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of niches on each side.

The Town of Wake Forest is now selling columbarium niches for $400 each. Measuring 6.75 inches by 6.75 inches and 14.75 inches deep, each niche will hold two polished, sheet bronze urns which are included in the purchase price.

The town has also introduced a new memorial wall to honor friends and family members who may be interred elsewhere. The two-sided memorial wall features six horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of memorial facing stone on each side.

Engraved memorial wall placards cost $250 each and include the person's name, birth date, date of death and options for religious symbols.

For information about how to purchase a columbarium niche or engraved memorial wall placard, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.


Operation Bridge Exchange
The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled four bridge replacement projects in the Wake Forest area from January 2015 through August 2016. The four bridges are located along the following roads:

The Town of Wake Forest has named the four bridge replacement projects "Operation Bridge Exchange" or OBE. To help keep area drivers informed about these initiatives, the town created a bridge replacement projects portal on its website. The OBE website is designed to connect area residents with comprehensive information about each of the four projects, including timelines, project maps and detours. By providing all of the information in one convenient location, the town aims to help reduce the impact of these projects on those who live in and travel through the affected areas.

Wake Forest Power offers "Pay-As-You-Go"
Wake Forest Power has unveiled a new payment option that allows residential customers to pay for electricity in advance. Known as “Pay-As-You-Go” electricity, the initiative utilizes advanced metering technology that also enables customers to more closely monitor their energy usage.  

Under the Pay-As-You-Go program, residential customers have the flexibility and control to pay for electricity when they want in the amount they want. By paying for electricity before they use it, pre-pay customers never pay a late fee and are never charged disconnect and reconnect fees if their account runs out of credit.

Customers also have the opportunity to more closely monitor how much energy they use. Instead of appearing on a traditional paper bill that is generated once a month, electricity usage is calculated daily and the cost is deducted each day from the pre-paid account. As a result, customers have the opportunity to observe in real time what happens when they adjust the thermostat a few degrees or turn off an extra light. More>>


Town & Police partner with Nextdoor  
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods. The integration with Nextdoor will enable the town and the police department to connect directly with residents in Wake Forest neighborhoods in a collaborative attempt to build safer communities, develop stronger relationships and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.

Free for both Wake Forest residents and the town, Nextdoor allows neighborhoods to establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites. Residents who join their neighborhood websites can share information about neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and more. Nextdoor also allows the town and the police department to post news advisories and emergency notifications and announcements about programs, services and special events to Nextdoor websites within Wake Forest. More>>​




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.


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.


Police urge residents to help prevent vehicle break-ins
The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the community’s help with reducing motor vehicle break-ins. The police department urges area residents to lock your unoccupied vehicles at all times, remove your valuable items and any extra set of keys from the vehicle, and double check to make sure your car is locked before going to bed at night.

Most of the break-ins in our area involve vehicles that were unlocked or show no sign of forced entry. In many instances, the owner left valuables, such as GPS devices, electronics equipment, iPods, handbags, cash, cell phones, computers and weapons visible to thieves. Owners who take the extra precaution of locking their doors and removing valuable items can significantly reduce their chances of becoming a victim of a vehicle break-in. If an item can’t be removed, then its best to make sure it is out of sight to potential crooks looking for an easy target.


"Like" us on Facebook
The Town of Wake Forest has a profile on the popular social networking site Facebook to assist with its outreach and communication efforts. Wake Forest's Facebook profile offers an innovative way of sharing information with area residents who are linked in to the site. 

Anyone who is interested can "Like" the Town of Wake Forest and allow information to come directly from the town to their own Facebook profile. "Fans" of the Town of Wake Forest are positioned to find out about upcoming events, learn about important town news, and check out photos from around the community. Current Facebook users who want to "Like" the Town of Wake Forest can search for the Town of Wake Forest profile on the site, and click the "Like" icon.




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.