The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the May 2019 edition of E-News.
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2019 Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour CANCELED
Due to the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, May 11, the 2019 Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Comprehensive Transportation Plan
public information meeting May 16
The Town of Wake Forest will host a Comprehensive Transportation Plan public information meeting on Thursday, May 16, from 4-7 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
The meeting will have an informal, open house-style format, so there will not be a formal presentation. Attendees may arrive any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to share comments and ask questions.
During the session, organizers will review ideas and opinions shared during the first CTP public meeting on topics such as safety, intersections, roadway congestion, technology, driving, walking, biking and transit.
Light refreshments, along with soft drinks and water, will be available.
Community input is the cornerstone of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which will address all modes of transportation, including driving, walking, biking and transit. Anyone unable to attend the meeting is invited to share their thoughts and opinions via the Online Comment Form. More>>
Police Department Recruitment Fair May 17
The Wake Forest Police Department will host a Recruitment Fair for sworn law enforcement officers and NC Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) graduates Friday, May 17, from 4-7 p.m. The event will take place both inside and outside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
Designed to highlight the benefits of working for the Town of Wake Forest and specifically with the Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD), the occasion will include vehicle and equipment displays and provide information about job opportunities and career development. The recruitment fair will also offer attendees the opportunity to interact with members of the WFPD and the Town’s Human Resources Department.
Anyone interested in joining the Wake Forest Police Department is encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Cpl. A Lezama at 919-435-9625.
Swim lesson registration begins June 1
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will accept registrations for 2019 Summer Swim Lessons beginning Saturday, June 1, at 7 a.m. Online registration will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis until all slots are filled.
Only online registrations will be accepted. Anyone wishing to register who does not have internet access is invited to sign up using the kiosks in the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Computer kiosks are also available for public use at the following locations:
Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.
Monday-Friday, 2-8 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
The cost is $40 for Wake Forest residents who reside within the town limits and $80 for non-Wake Forest residents. Payments can be made with debit card, MasterCard and Visa.
Swim lesson sessions will be provided for preschoolers (ages 3-5) and beginners (ages 6 and above in June, July and August. More>>
Taylor Street Park Sprayground is open
The Taylor Street Park Sprayground opened for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. The facility is located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.
Free and open to the public, the sprayground will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 1-8 p.m.
The Taylor Street Park Sprayground is a dynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area designed to provide endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements - flowing, misting, and jetting - with several diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.
No plastic bags in recycling carts
The Town of Wake Forest is urging residents not to place plastic bags or plastic wrap/film in their recycling carts. Starting June 1, recycling rollout carts that contain plastic bags or wrap will not be serviced and instead will be tagged with a non-collection notice.
Most curbside recycling facilities are set up to handle rigid (hard) materials that are easy to separate using machinery, such as aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers and lids, metal cans and cardboard/paper. These facilities typically do not accept softer items, including used plastic grocery bags, because whenever a flimsy film plastic bag gets into the system, it can snag conveyor belts and wheels in the sorting machines, bringing the process to a grinding halt.
Used plastic bags and wraps can be recycled into new materials, but they require a different collection system and processing equipment than most curbside recycling programs provide. Many retail locations across the country, including large grocery chains and home improvement stores, provide collection bins for these plastic bags and wraps, usually in the storefront close to the main entrance. When these bags and wraps get recycled, they are turned into new products, such as backyard decking, fences, playground equipment, pipes - and even new plastic bags.
The Waste Wizard makes it easy for Wake Forest residents to know which disposable household materials can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away. More>>
Friday Night on White continues each month through September
The Friday Night on White concert series continues May 10 with Sleeping Booty, followed by Love Tribe on June 14; The Soul Psychedelique on July 12; Big Love on Aug. 9; and Crush on Sept. 13. For more information about each band, including videos of band performances, visit our website.
Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Each concert begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.
While you're downtown, you're invited to visit the variety of outstanding dining establishments in downtown Wake Forest or enjoy delicious food from a variety of food trucks that will be on site.
Free parking is available along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest, including Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
May Month of Fitness in full swing
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is offering a free fitness series in May. Free and open to area residents of all ages, “May Month of Fitness” consists of Camp Gladiator on Mondays, Yoga on Tuesdays and Zumba on Wednesdays – except May 22. Each class is offered on their respective nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.
All classes are free and require no registration. More>>
Music at Midday is underway
Area residents are invited to listen to great music and dine outside, all the while enjoying the spring season, during Wake Forest’s Music at Midday weekly concert series.
Co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and ARTS Wake Forest, the free music series begins this Thursday, May 9, and continues on consecutive Thursdays through May 30.
Scheduled from noon-1 p.m., Music at Midday 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.
This year’s concert lineup includes Big Bang Boom on May 9; Into the Fog on May 16; Kristi Dixon on May 23; and Freddy Greene Trio on May 30. For information about each performer, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Music at Midday.”
Lumpy’s Ice Cream will be on site selling desserts and sweet treats during each concert. More>>
Springtime happenings easy to find on Town's website & app
The official start of spring is just a few days away. Wake Forest welcomes this cherished season by offering a wonderful array of warm weather events and activities for the entire family.
From Dirt Day and the Easter Egg Hunt to the Cemetery Walking Tour 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 events, the Town has created a “Wake Forest Outdoors” portal on its website. The webpage provides detailed information about our area’s most popular springtime happenings, including the Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies, Friday Night on White, Six Sundays in Spring, Music at Midday, Meet in the Street, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park and National Trails Day - just to name a few. 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.
But that’s not all.
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s springtime events in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s "Wake Forest Outdoors" function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to all the Town’s warm weather happenings, the Wake Forest Outdoors function is your one stop source for complete information about everything from March’s Carnival for the Kids to June’s Charity Car Show.
IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the Town’s free 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.
Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park begin May 25
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series from May through August at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The first in the series of “Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park” will take place Saturday, May 25, at 8:30 p.m. and feature the film “Incredibles 2.”
Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park will also include movie-related pre-show activities for kids beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited.
Assorted food vendors will be on site selling snacks and refreshments.
Future film screenings are scheduled for June 22 (Wreck It Ralph - Ralph Breaks the Internet), July 27 (Mulan), and Aug. 10 (Bumblebee). Showtime for each is 8:30 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited. More>>
Six Sundays in Spring rolls on through June 2
From country and blues to salsa and jazz, there’s something for all music lovers at this year’s Six Sundays in Spring concert series. Sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest and ARTS Wake Forest, the performances get underway Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. with “Buckshot Betty.”
Six Sundays in Spring is an annual concert series featuring free, live, outdoor entertainment. Scheduled on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2, Six Sundays in Spring offers area residents an opportunity to enjoy a variety of local and regional performers and an enriching cultural experience. All concerts are scheduled from 5-7 p.m. in the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road.
A new amphitheater cover, currently under construction, is scheduled to be completed in time for the April 28 concert. Designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat, the shelter will provide full stage coverage offering performers both shade from the sun and protection from the rain.
In addition to Buckshot Betty, other acts scheduled to perform during this year’s concert series include Southern Culture on The Skids on May 5; The Magnificent’s Band on May 12; Orquesta GarDel on May 19; Tyson Brothers Band and Mister Felix on May 26; and the Marcus Anderson Band on June 2. To view the entire 2019 concert schedule, including a description of each band, visit our website.
A variety of food and dessert trucks will be on site for each Six Sundays in Spring concert.
Concert goers are also invited to bring a picnic from home but are reminded alcoholic beverages and gas and charcoal grills are not allowed. Two large charcoal grills are provided on site. Unleashed pets are also prohibited. More>>
Public Hearing on 2019-20 budget set for May 21
Town Manager Kip Padgett presented the Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget to the Board of Commissioners for consideration on Tuesday, May 7. The budget will serve as the Town’s financial and spending plan for the period and, once adopted, will authorize resources and establish a direction for Wake Forest programs and services for the coming year.
The proposed budget includes an unchanged $0.52 tax rate ($0.52 per $100 of assessed property valuation), $0.14 downtown municipal service district tax ($0.14 per $100 assessed property valuation) and no change in electric rates.
The budget, which reflects the goals and strategies outlined in the Town’s strategic plan, proposes six new full-time positions and performance pay or merit funds, plus career ladders for eligible departments.
The public is invited to view a copy of the proposed budget in the town clerk’s office, located in Town Hall, from now until Tuesday, May 21. On that date, a public hearing is scheduled during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting to receive public comment. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall board chambers, 301 S. Brooks St.
Interested citizens may also view a copy of the proposed budget, the Town Manager’s budget message, and the 2019-20 budget highlights by visiting the Town’s website at wakeforestnc.gov and searching “Budget.”
Final budget approval by the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for the June 18 meeting.
Youth in Government Coat Drive is underway
The Wake Forest Youth in Government Advisory Board will collect clean, gently used coats and jackets through Friday, May 17, as part of a community service project.
Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome and may be dropped off at one of several area locations. More>>
33rd Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor father and son
Area residents are invited to the 33rd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, June 3, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
The May 6 service will honor Wallace Denton and Everette Reid Denton. Members of the Denton family will participate in the ceremony, which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising.
Photographs and other remembrances of Wallace and Reid Denton will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the Town Hall lobby through the end of the month. More>>
Holding Park Aquatic Center to open
Memorial Day Weekend
The Town of Wake Forest will open the Wake Forest Aquatic Center for the summer over the Memorial Day Weekend.
The facility is comprised of three bodies of water, including a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool; two water slides with plunge pool; and a children's pool with sprayground.
Rising 2nd-8th graders can register for "Science in the Summer"
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is partnering with GSK and the UNC Morehead Planetarium & Science Center to offer “Science in the Summer” for rising 2nd through 8thgraders.
The free program will be offered at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., according to the following schedule:
Level 1 – 2nd and 3rd graders; Monday-Friday, July 22-26; 9 a.m.-noon
Level 2 – 4th and 5th graders; Monday-Friday, July 22-26; 1-4 pm
Level 3 – 6th-8th graders; Monday-Wednesday, July 15-17; 9 a.m.-noon
There is no cost to participate, but due to a limit of 20 students per session, registration is required. The online application is available on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/parks-recreation-cultural-resources/parks-facilities/alston-massenburg-center/science-summer. Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, and may be emailed to Recreation Specialist Garrett Bryant at email@example.com or delivered/mailed to the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.
The theme for the 2019 Science in the Summer series is “The Science of Me.” Participating students will spend time exploring human biology through hands-on activities and experiments. More>>
2019 Dementia Awareness Education Series continues
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is hosting a series of seminars through June to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each seminar in the 2019 Dementia Awareness Education Series will offer residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.
The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an ongoing effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.
For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566.
Registration underway for National Trails Day 5k at Joyner Park
The Greenways Advisory Board will host a family-friendly 5k race as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Check-in on the day of the race starts at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m.
Race registration is underway online. The entry fee is $25 before April 6; $30 before May 24; and $35 through June 1. Everyone who registers before May 24 will receive a race T-shirt. Same-day registrations will be accepted.
Designed to raise funds to support the maintenance of current greenways and the development of new greenways throughout Wake Forest, the National Trails Day 5k is a timed race for both children and adults. Strollers are welcome but will be placed at the back of the pack to allow runners a clear start.
Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers, along with the top three male and female finishers in several age categories.
A loop of the paved trails throughout Joyner Park will comprise the 3.1-mile course. The course map will be provided in the coming days.
For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9512.
Attention Adults! Sign up as a free agent
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is making it easier than ever for area adults to participate in its athletic leagues.
Adult men and women interested in playing softball, kickball and flag football - that do not have a team to play on - can sign up as a free agent, then assigned to a team in need of players.
The initiative is designed to encourage more adults to be active and take advantage of the PRCR Department's array of athletics offerings.
Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to sign up as a free agent.
Park in the direction of traffic flow or risk a fine
Police officials are urging Wake Forest motorists to park in the direction of traffic flow or risk a $25 fine.
Wording in Sec. 30-251 of the Town's Code of Ordinances addresses "Parking in direction of traffic flow."
"Parking shall be established in the direction of traffic flow on all streets within corporate limits of the Town of Wake Forest with passenger side (right) tires to the curb on two-way streets."
In summary, on a two-way road, you must park with the right-hand wheels next to the right-side curb. Otherwise, you are parked illegally.
Police say they will spend the remainder of January and all of February issuing warnings to motorists that park in the wrong direction along town streets. But beginning March 1, officers will begin enforcing the ordinance. That means anyone observed by law enforcement to be parking against the flow of traffic will be subject to a $25 fine.
The initiative is designed to reduce the potential for traffic accidents caused when illegally parked motorists pull head-on into oncoming traffic.
No parking in access aisles of handicap parking spaces
Wake Forest officials are urging area motorists to pay attention to an updated parking ordinance or risk a hefty fine.
Sec. 30-53 of the Town's Code of Ordinances pertains to "No Parking & Safety Zones."
"Whenever authorized signs or markings are placed, erected or installed indicating no parking or safety zones, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the regulations in connection with such signs or markings."
During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Board of Commissioners adopted an addition to the law that addresses the growing problem of vehicles parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces. Those access aisles are painted with diagonal hatch marks to discourage parking in them.
The updated ordinance specifically prohibits all motorists, regardless of whether the driver and/or the passenger(s) have a disability plate or placard, from parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces:
"In addition to and included in the definition of the signs and markings defined above, it shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle in any area marked by hatched marks or diagonal lines or designated as an access aisle. The prohibitions set forth in this Section shall apply regardless of whether the vehicle in question displays the distinguishing license plate or placard as provided in G.S. 20-37.6, regarding handicapped drivers and passengers."
Anyone observed by law enforcement parking in an access aisle is subject to a $250 fine.
The Town of Wake Forest offers "SeeClickFix" as a simple, yet effective way for residents to report quality of life, non-emergency issues. Through the online platform, the Town addresses a variety of citizens' concerns, ranging from damaged sidewalks and potholes to graffiti and malfunctioning traffic signals.
Wake Forest's SeeClickFix website is available online, while the mobile platform is offered as a function on the Town app.
By utilizing the online or mobile reporting platform, residents can report non-emergency issues through a variety of service request categories. When submitting such issues, residents can provide locational, descriptive and photographic information as they see the issue in real time. Once the resident submits an issue, the reporter, the Town, and anyone "watching" the area receives an alert. The Town then acknowledges the service request, routes it to the proper department, and updates the request â€“ along with residents following the issue - once it's been resolved. More>>
Stay informed about garbage, recycling & yard waste collection with Waste Wizard
The Waste Wizard is making it easier than ever for residents to stay informed about Town of Wake Forest garbage, recycling and yard waste collection programs.
Available on the Town's website, the Waste Wizard is an interactive tool that allows users to sign up for waste collection reminders and download collection schedules.
The Waste Wizard also allows users to type in key words related to disposable household materials and receive valuable disposal tips. From aluminum cans and phone books to popcorn bags and plastic beverage bottles, the search tool helps residents determine which items can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away.
As a bonus, the Waste Wizard is provided as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app.
The Town of Wake Forest believes that everyone who lives and/or operates a business in Wake Forest expects their neighbors to properly dispose of their garbage and other refuse. They also reasonably expect the Town to ensure that everyone's solid waste is disposed of properly in accordance with the Town's Code of Ordinances.
Chapter 26 of the Town of Wake Forest Code of Ordinances specifically addresses all facets of solid waste, including residential service, commercial service, littering and more. To review the code, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/code-of-ordinances.aspx.
In recent weeks, Town officials have noted the repeated failure of numerous residents and businesses to adhere to the code. As a result, officials wish to remind residents and business owners of the following guidelines More>>
Wake Forest celebrating over 10 years of bus service
Wake Forest has now been offering bus service for over 10 years. Transit service officially began in Wake Forest on July 21, 2008, giving residents the opportunity to ride a weekday rush-hour express from Wake Forest to downtown Raleigh and use a local circulator service that provides access to local grocery stores, shopping and other services.
The result of a partnership between the Town of Wake Forest, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and the City of Raleigh, both the express and the local circulator routes are operated using GoRaleigh vehicles. More>>
Barnhill Construction Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has started the initial phase of construction on the Joyner Park Community Center, located in E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The work includes the removal of several trees just north of the current visitor parking lot.
Park visitors are advised that walking trails in the vicinity of the construction site have been closed out of concern for public safety.
No trespassing signage is posted prominently throughout the work zone. Officials are strongly urging area residents to obey the posted signage and avoid the construction area.
Designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat, the new 32,000-square-foot Joyner Park Community Center will feature a walking track, gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, multi-purpose rooms, dance studio and kitchen.
Projected for completion in 2019, the facility will be constructed in a manner consistent with the park's natural beauty and rustic feel. More>>
Stadium Drive Complete Street Project continues
In March 2018, Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, began preliminary work on the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project.
Initial efforts include the installation of project signage, silt fence and tree protection fencing, along with equipment mobilization. This work will have little to no impact on pedestrians or traffic.
As the project moves forward, the contractor will install stormwater and utilities, then proceed with sidewalk and roadway improvements.
Extending from Capital Boulevard/US1 to North Wingate Street, the initiative is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow.
Once completed, the typical section of Stadium Drive will include three lanes with curb and gutter, left-turn lanes at intersections and driveways and a 10-feet wide multi-use path on the south side. Other features will include five-foot wide sidewalks on the north side, wide striped shoulders on each side of the roadway, a pedestrian refuge island, high visibility crosswalks and ramps, and accessible transit stops.
Drivers who regularly commute along Stadium Drive should expect periodic delays until the project is completed. At various times, message boards, barricades, signage and flaggers will be used to route traffic through and around the construction zones. Motorists who travel through the area are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time or consider using an alternate route.
In the meantime, Town officials are coordinating with administrators at Wake Forest High School and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to help ensure safe access for pedestrians and motorists throughout the duration of the project.
A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is expected to be completed in late 2019. The total cost of the project is approximately $7.3 million.
Several ways to watch Planning Board & Board of Commissioners meetings
The Town of Wake Forest offers several ways to watch Board of Commissioners and Planning Board meetings - both live and on-demand.
View on TV
Spectrum Cable TV subscribers can tune in to Wake Forest TV 10 (WFTV 10) on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. for live broadcasts of Joint Public Hearings and Planning Board meetings. These meetings are then re-broadcast daily on WFTV 10 the following two weeks at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Board of Commissioners meetings are broadcast live on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and re-broadcast daily throughout the remainder of the month at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m.
WFTV 10 is the Town of Wake Forest's government access channel serving the residents of Wake Forest. Produced by the Town of Wake Forest Communications Department, Channel 10 is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum Cable TV service.
WFTV 10 is also provided online in real-time streaming video. So, if you're not a Spectrum Cable TV subscriber, you can still watch Planning Board and Board of Commissioners meetings (both live and rebroadcast) in streaming video on the WFTV 10 page of the Town's website.
You can also watch these meetings on-demand via our Streaming Media Archive.
For more information, email Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree.
Lock your car doors
Over the last several weeks, thieves have targeted a number of neighborhoods in our community for what is known as "car-hopping." Car-hopping occurs when criminals roam neighborhoods at night, pulling on car door handles, hoping to find an open vehicle.
Police officials say it's a numbers game. For every 10 cars a criminal checks, they know they are going to find at least a couple open, so there's no need to physically break a window or door lock to get in.
In fact, nearly 100% of the reported break-ins in Wake Forest involve unlocked vehicles. Therefore, there is little to no evidence to support the idea that not locking your doors is a good idea because a thief might cause more damage to your locked vehicle if they decide to break in.
Our message is simple: You can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim by simply locking your unoccupied vehicles at all times, removing your valuable items and any extra set of keys from the vehicle, and double-checking to make sure your car is locked before going to bed at night. If an item cannot be removed, then it is best to make sure it is out of sight to potential crooks looking for an easy target.
Making sure Wake Forest is a safe place to live and work requires the cooperation of the Police Department and the town's residents. To report suspicious behavior or activity, call 9-1-1 or 919-556-9111.
Town of Wake Forest App
exceeds 14,000 downloads
In 2012 the Town of Wake Forest unveiled a smartphone app that provides instant access to useful information about Wake Forest and encourages two-way communication between the Town and its residents. Since then, over 14,000 Android and iPhone users have downloaded the free app.
Among its many functions, the Town of Wake Forest app allows iPhone and Android users to:
utilize "SeeClickFix" for prompt action on street maintenance, lights, potholes and graffiti, using the app to send a photo and exact location of the problem
pay Wake Forest Power bills online
receive timely notifications concerning Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources practice and game cancellations due to inclement weather
access the Town's Facebook page
receive breaking news messages
access information about events at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
link to job listings
access contact information for every Town department
access useful information about popular Town events
The app is available for download at iTunes, the App Store, or the Android Market. It can also be downloaded by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx and scanning the appropriate QR code.
The Town of Wake Forest app was developed in conjunction with Purple Monkey Apps, a Wake Forest company specializing in app development. More>>
Police Department reminds residents of "Operation Safe Sale"
The Wake Forest Police Department is nearing the two-year anniversary of Operation Safe Sale. Introduced in May 2015, Operation Safe Sale encourages Wake Forest residents who are selling or purchasing items advertised online to come to the police department, 225 S. Taylor St., to complete their transaction. Transactions may be made in the police department parking lot or inside the lobby, either with or without an officer present.
At the request of either party, a police officer will be available to check the serial number to determine whether the item has been entered through state or national databases as stolen property.
Since the program's inception area residents have requested a police presence on 17 occasions. Anyone wishing to have an officer present is required to schedule an appointment by calling 919-554-6150.
The Wake Forest Police Department does not make any representations or warranties regarding the goods or services transferred between parties. Any item found entered as stolen through a state or national database will be subject to seizure and criminal charges may result.
Operation Safe Sale aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community and Objective F: Enhance the sense of safety in the town.