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Downtown Wake Forest to host
Friday Night on White & “FNOW After Party” Sept. 8

Downtown Wake Forest will be the scene of an incredible live music doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 8, that features two of our area’s most popular party bands.

Widely recognized as one of our region’s finest bands for over a decade, “Crush” will headline the final Friday Night on White of 2017. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., the event is free and will take place along South White Street from 6-9 p.m.

The band that kicked off the 2016 and 2017 Friday Night on White concerts, “The Magic Pipers,” will follow during the first “FNOW After Party” from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Tickets for the FNOW After Party are now on sale for $5 each (plus tax) and going fast. A limited number of tickets are available, so the event is expected to sell out in advance. If it does not, then tickets will be available at the door.

Food and refreshments, including pizza and popcorn, will be available for purchase at the after party, along with beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Anyone wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification.

The FNOW After Party is designed for area residents ages 21 and older. More>>

Good Neighbor Day is Saturday, Sept. 16, at Joyner Park
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) has announced several exciting changes to this year’s Good Neighbor Day, including a new day, new location and free shuttle service.

Good Neighbor Day is an annual celebration that assembles Wake Forest residents from all walks of life for a day of food, fun, and family entertainment. By bringing together a mix of cultures, music, ages and ethnicities, the event celebrates diversity and promotes goodwill among all of Wake Forest’s citizens.

For the past 11 years, the HRC has offered the popular community event on the third Sunday in September at Holding Park. This year, in an effort to encourage even greater participation by area residents, Good Neighbor Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

In addition to the new day and location will be the introduction of free shuttle service, courtesy of the Banks Kerr Family YMCA. This year visitors can hop on a YMCA bus along Taylor Street - behind the Wake Forest Town Hall - for the short trip to Joyner Park. The free shuttle will depart from Taylor Street to Joyner Park at 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. and depart from Joyner Park back to Town Hall at 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

One thing that has not changed about Good Neighbor Day will be the presentation of the "Good Neighbor of the Year" Award. Mayor Vivian Jones will present the honor to one local youth and adult who consistently demonstrate an unfailing commitment to preserving, maintaining, and improving the quality of life in their neighborhood and community.

Nearly 4,000 Wake Forest-area residents have participated in Good Neighbor Day since its inception in 2006. Offering food, dancing, local musicians, a DJ, face painting, prizes, and recreational activities for both children and adults, this family-oriented celebration promises something for everyone. More>>

Wake Forest police asking for donations to assist
Houston Police and their families

The Wake Forest Police Department is partnering with the Roxboro Police Department to collect items for Houston police officers and their families in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Starting now, items can be dropped off during normal store hours (6-12 a.m.) through Monday, Sept. 11, at both Wake Forest Lowe’s Foods locations:

  • Gateway Commons Circle, 932 Gateway Commons Circle

  • Wake Forest Crossing, 12524 Capital Blvd.

Donated items will also be accepted daily through Sept. 11 at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Suggested donations include the following:

  • Men’s/Women’s underwear (new)

  • Socks (new)

  • Adult clothing (new or used)

  • Hygiene and personal care products (new)

  • Children’s clothing (new or used)

  • Diapers and formula (new)

Wake Forest Police will deliver all donated items to Roxboro Police on Tuesday, Sept. 12, for transport to Texas.

Monetary donations may be made via the following website: www.assisttheofficer.com.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Chidlren in Float at Wake Forest Christmas ParadeApplications now accepted for
2017 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2017 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. 

Applications are available online at  and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested participants may submit their application online or by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Entries postmarked by Monday, Oct. 30, will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entries needed for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified via email no later than Monday, Nov. 6.

Payment for entry is due at the time of application. Parade packets for accepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 20. The packet will include vehicle passes, parking information, and other pertinent event details.

Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m.

Music @ MiddayMusic at Midday returns Sept. 7
Music at Midday returns to Centennial Plaza this fall beginning Thursday, Sept. 7, with Mister Felix and continuing each Thursday through Sept. 28. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and Wake Forest ARTS, Music at Midday features diverse one-hour musical programs from noon to 1 p.m.

Picture this: It's lunchtime Thursday and you're about to reheat last night's leftover spaghetti for lunch at your desk. Don't you wish you had a better alternative? Well now you do! Wake Forest's Music at Midday is your chance to try something new and refreshing!

Music at Midday offers you the opportunity to break away from the grind, go outside, and treat yourself to a free music concert. 

These concerts are free and open to the public. Picnics are not only welcome - they're encouraged! 

Burlington Mills Road closed through late October
Gaines and Company, a private contractor developing the Preserve at Kitchin Farms, has closed a portion of Burlington Mills Road east of One World Way. The closure is expected to continue through late October.

The road closure is necessary to allow crews to perform work related to widening the roadway.

Electronic message boards announcing the road closure are in place, along with a signed detour directing traffic around the work area.

For more information about this road project, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or call the NCDOT District Office at 919-733-3213.To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier.

Burlington Mills Road entrance to Bratt Avenue 
set to close Sept. 11

Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, Gaines and Company, a private contractor developing the Preserve at Kitchin Farms, will close the Burlington Mills Road entrance to Bratt Avenue.

The closure is necessary to allow crews to demolish the current entrance and replace it with a new entry that aligns with the planned realignment of Burlington Mills Road. During the construction of the new entrance, crews will also install additional road improvements west of Bratt Avenue designed to improve site distances along Burlington Mills.

The new entrance to Bratt Avenue is expected to open in early October.

Signed detours will be in place directing traffic around the work area.

For more information about the Burlington Mills Road project, visit our website.

Wake Forest Community Library closed for renovations 
The Wake Forest Community Library, 400 E. Holding Ave., is closed for renovations that include expanding the facility from 5,200 to 9,200 square feet.

The updated facility will offer youth programs, a collection of up to 50,000 new books, 16 public computers and Wi-Fi. It will also feature an increased youth programming space, along with larger reading and study areas for children and adults.

Opened in 1996, the Wake Forest Community Library serves Wake Forest, Rolesville and north Raleigh. During the closure, residents are encouraged to visit any of the 21 other Wake County Public Library branches located throughout the county. The closest library to Wake Forest is Northeast Regional Library, located at 14401 Green Elm Lane in Raleigh.

The expansion project is a part of a $45 million dollar bond approved by voters in 2007 to build, expand, renovate or repair libraries.

Due to construction, parking may be limited in the public lot that serves the Northern Regional Center and Kiwanis Park, in addition to the library. However, additional parking is available in marked spaces along Holding Avenue.

The library is expected to reopen in 10-12 months.

Forest Moon Theater presents
"California Suite" Sept. 15-17 & 22-24

Forest Moon Theater will present “California Suite” Sept. 15-17 and 22-24 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showtime is 3 p.m.

If the walls in room 203 of the Beverly Hills Hotel could talk, these are four comic stories they would tell of couples who crossed the threshold. Confrontations over custody, sexual orientation, infidelity, and disastrous vacations are all material for Neil Simon’s incisive humor. Wrap up your summer with this trip to comedy in California.

Please note: This production, contains adult situations and strong language. It is recommended for mature audiences only.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior “day of” admission tickets. 

Youth Basketball registration is underway
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting Youth Basketball League applications for boys and girls ages 5-17 through Sept. 30. The fee is $40 for residents who live within the Wake Forest corporate limits and $80 for anyone who lives outside the town’s corporate limits.

Online registration is available. All participants may register online or in-person at town hall.

New participants are required to provide a birth certificate. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on Jan. 1, 2018.

Team practices will begin in November and games will be played from December through February.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457.

Father-Daughter Dance Sept. 15
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host a Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Sept. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fathers and daughters throughout Wake Forest are invited to celebrate their special bond during an unforgettable evening at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Featuring music, dancing, and refreshments, this event is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

The cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter.

To register, visit http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/.

Tri-Creek Greenway Crawl Sept. 30
The Town of Wake Forest and the Greenways Advisory Board will celebrate the opening of 3.7 miles of new trails in the greenway system on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the newly constructed sections of the Smith, Sanford and Dunn Creek Greenways.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at the trailhead near Foundation Drive - next to Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. 

The ceremony will include brief comments by Mayor Vivian Jones and other local dignitaries.

A scavenger hunt highlighting several interesting features along the length of the new trails will follow.

Free and open to the public, the Tri-Creek Greenway Crawl will include exhibits, handouts and special prize giveaways.

Wake Forest Dance Festival Sept. 30
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is partnering with Wake Forest Arts to present the inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festival. This exciting and unique event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Free and open to the public, the Wake Forest Dance Festival is the premier performance of the Wake Forest Dance Project and is directed by local resident and professional dancer, Mariya “Masha” Dashkina Maddux, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. More>>

Kids in Lineman GearPublic Power Week Oct. 1-7
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining more than 2,000 other not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 1-7.

Public Power Week is also Customer Appreciation Week. As our way of saying “thank you” to our valued customers, town staff will serve popcorn each day in the lobby of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Staff will also be available to share information and answer questions about Wake Forest’s array of customer programs and services.

As part of this annual week-long celebration, the town and Wake Forest Power are also offering a variety of special events and activities. More>>

Urban Forestry Board recognized as state's Outstanding Tree Board
The NC Urban Forest Council (NCUFC) has selected the Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board as this year’s winner of the Urban Forestry Award for Outstanding Tree Board.

Nominations are judged for impact, quality, innovation and the degree to which the work serves as a worthy example for others to follow. The NCUFC’s selection of the Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board noted the volunteer board’s hands-on efforts to plant and maintain trees; its organization of an annual Arbor Day Celebration and tree seedling giveaway; and its active engagement and education of residents on the importance of trees.

The award will be presented during a special awards luncheon at the NCUFC’s annual conference on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Doubletree Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh.

The annual awards program recognizes cities, towns, organizations, businesses and individuals for outstanding work to protect and enhance community forests and to raise awareness about the importance of urban forestry in North Carolina. More>>

FireworksBoard votes for Town to produce Fireworks Spectacular
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 this evening for the Town to assume responsibility for coordinating and producing the annual Fireworks Spectacular.

Scheduled each year on July 3, the Fireworks Spectacular is the traditional kick-off to Wake Forest’s two-day Independence Day festivities. The popular Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park follow on July 4. 

The two-day event has been managed for more than 40 years by the all-volunteer Fourth of July Planning Committee. During the board’s Aug. 2 work session, however, Committee Chair Rob Mitchell formally requested that the Town take over the fireworks show due to the challenges associated with planning and carrying out such a popular event with a limited number of volunteers.

Following a discussion during tonight’s monthly meeting, the board voted to honor the committee’s request and assume responsibility for the July 3 event. Commissioner Greg Harrington cast the dissenting vote.

The Fourth of July Planning Committee will maintain responsibility for the July 4 Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park.

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’re 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’s 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 can’t be removed, then it’s 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.

Renaissance Centre hosting Dementia Awareness Series
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is hosting a series of monthly seminars through September designed to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the Dementia Awareness Series will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

“Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” will round out the series on Thursday, Sept. 21. Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. Area residents are invited to attend this session and learn how to decode behaviors, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m., each workshop features a different speaker and includes professional vendors that specialize in providing assistance to family members of people with dementia.

The sessions are free, but online pre-registration is required.For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566. 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 effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community. More>>

Town appTown of Wake Forest App approaching 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 13,600 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>>

Rules for political signs
The date of the 2017 municipal election in Wake Forest and several other Wake County cities and towns is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Candidate filing ended at noon on Friday, July 21. For complete information on the election, visit the Wake County Board of Elections website at www.wakegov.com/elections/Pages/default.aspx.

The Town of Wake Forest often receives inquiries from area residents and candidates concerning rules for political signs.

Temporary political signs advertising candidates or issues are permitted. A combination of state law and municipal code regulates how political signs may be displayed within Wake Forest.

State Statute 136-32 (www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/statutes/statutelookup.pl?statute=136-32) regulates political signs on State-owned roads. This law permits campaign signs in the right-of-way of the State highway system according to the following criteria:

  • Signs in the public right-of-way should not be erected more than 45 days before the election and must be removed within 12 days after the election.

  • State law (applicable to State right-of-way) requires that signs be placed no less than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road or more than 42 inches above the edge of the pavement.

  • No signs may obscure motorist visibility at an intersection or be larger than 864 square inches. Also, no sign shall obscure or replace another sign.

  • No campaign sign should exceed six square feet in area or 42 inches in height.

Wake Forest’s Unified Development Ordinance (11.10.13) regulates how political signs may be displayed within Wake Forest. It applies the following standards to Town-maintained streets and private property:

  • Such signs shall not be illuminated.

  • Political signs shall not be located on any trees, utility poles, publicly-owned property or within a public street right-of-way, except within NCDOT right-of-way according to the standards of NCGS 136-32.

  • Such signs may not exceed 4 square feet in area and 4 feet in height if freestanding.

  • Political signs may be displayed during a period beginning with the established filing date for an election and concluding 15 days after the election. In the event of a runoff election, political signs for the candidates involved may remain on display until 15 days after the runoff election.

Signs placed on private property:

  • Require the permission of the property owner;

  • may only be posted after the election filing date;

  • must be removed within 15 days of the election;

  • may not exceed 4 square feet in area and 4 feet in height;

  • shall not interfere with visual clearance along any street or at any intersection.

For more information, contact the Wake Forest Planning Department at 919-435-9510.

National Night Out Oct. 2
The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) is encouraging area residents, businesses, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations to show their support for police-community crime prevention partnerships by participating in this year’s National Night Out on Monday, Oct. 2. 

The WFPD is marking the occasion by hosting a National Night Out “Parking Lot Party” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

National Night Out (NNO) typically takes place on the first Tuesday in August. This year, however, the police department is offering the event in the fall to take advantage of cooler outdoor temperatures. By scheduling NNO later in the year, police officials are hoping greater numbers of residents will take part in the festivities. More>>

Flaherty Park Pickleball Courts now open
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department hosted a grand opening of Wake Forest’s new Flaherty Park Pickleball Courts on June 27. The four outdoor, lighted courts are located in the vicinity of the Flaherty Park Tennis Courts at 1226 N. White St.

Identified as a Capital Improvement Project, the construction of the four dedicated pickleball courts was approved by the Board of Commissioners as part of the 2016-17 budget at a total cost of $122,000.

Considered one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, pickleball is a low impact paddle sport played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net, a large ping-pong like paddle and a plastic whiffle ball. Created for all ages and skill levels, the simple rules of the game make it easy for beginners to learn, yet fast-paced and competitive for more advanced players. More>>

Club Connect is underway
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department recently introduced a monthly social club for special needs residents in our community ages 15 and older.

The PRCR Department hosts “Club Connect” on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize with peers, play games, be creative, and plan activities based on input from the group. There is no fee, but participants must be able to perform self-care routines independently. They may also bring a buddy. More>>

Carolina Puppet Theatre returns to Renaissance Centre Sept. 6
Carolina Puppet Theatre returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m.

Carolina Puppet Theatre has been entertaining families for over 20 years with fast-paced, interactive performances full of mayhem. Ms. Poly and Ms. Ester, the wacky Garbardine Sisters and the star of the show, Bartlet, use story-telling, music and puppetry to make the shows a delightful experience for young children.

Using a variety of puppet styles, the characters come to life with engaging personalities and close interaction with the audience. During the storytelling segment of each show, children are selected from the audience to be the stars.

These shows are geared to children ages 3-7. Tickets are $5 per person (plus tax) and can be purchased in advance on the Renaissance Centre website at wakeforestrencen.org or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Carolina Puppet Theatre’s next scheduled appearance at the Renaissance Centre is Wednesday, July 19, at 11 a.m. More>>

Town accepting applications for Guest Services Volunteers
The Town of Wake Forest is again recruiting friendly, outgoing volunteers to greet and help direct customers visiting Town Hall.

In November 2010, Wake Forest introduced the “Guest Services Desk” in the lobby of Town Hall. Open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the counter is managed by volunteers who greet visitors in person and on the telephone, help direct them to their destination and perform other responsibilities as needed.

Approximately 20 area residents currently participate in the Guest Services Volunteer program. Most are recent retirees and senior adults looking for opportunities to give back to their community.

Guest services volunteers are expected to work at least two three-hour shifts per month. Volunteers must also participate in mandatory training where they will learn about guest services desk responsibilities, participate in a brief tour of town hall, and complete and submit a background check form. More>

Bag leaves for collection
Residents must bag for collection all leaves, pine needles and grass clippings or place them inside a garbage receptacle marked ‘YW’ (yard waste) through Friday, Oct. 13.

In addition, residents are urged to observe the following guidelines to help improve the collection process:

  • Bags may be clear or opaque but must be at least 13-gallons in size – the size of a standard kitchen garbage can liner;

  • Do not place yard waste in grocery store shopping bags or inside Town-issued rollout garbage or recycling carts;

  • Do not mix in sticks, trash, rocks or other debris;

  • Place your bagged leaves, pine needles and grass clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal yard waste collection day.

Loose leaf collection will resume Monday, Oct. 16.

Wake Forest launches virtual tours of local & downtown historic districts
The Town of Wake Forest is inviting residents and visitors to explore the town’s Local and Downtown Historic Districts through two new online virtual tours. Accessible from the Town’s website and app, these virtual tours provide users a unique historical perspective of both historic districts through the use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Structured around interactive maps of each historic district, both tours feature photos of significant houses, buildings and other landmarks. Each point of interest also includes a brief description and professionally voiced audio clip that users can play at their own pace as they move through the respective historic district.

The Historic Preservation Fund awarded the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission a matching grant to complete the narration portion of each virtual tour.  Financed in part with federal funding from the National Park Service and Department of the Interior, the grant was administered by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. The narration component was completed by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh, NC. 

To access the tours online, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Historic Districts.” More>>

Smart ThermostatWake Forest Power offering free smart thermostats to residential customers
Wake Forest Power is now offering Smart Thermostats to residential customers as a new way to save electricity, lower home energy bills and earn load management credits.

Through these new internet-connected thermostats, customers can manage their homes’ heating and cooling systems anywhere, anytime either online or by a mobile app.

Wake Forest Power will install the Smart Thermostat - a $300 value - at no cost.

Once the thermostat is installed, participating customers can program the comfort settings and begin earning monthly load management credits. Then, on the coldest and hottest days of each month, Wake Forest Power will remotely adjust the thermostat by a few degrees, thereby increasing the energy savings while also reducing the peak demand on our electric grid.

A Smart Thermostat is a great fit for any Wake Forest Power residential customer who owns and occupies their home, has an electric heat pump or HVAC system, and has internet access and/or a smart phone.

To learn more, or sign up, visit our website or contact Electric Meter Supervisor Jeremiah Swann at 919-435-9574.

Cartoon of animalsNew video offers the "skinny" on bulk waste pickup
Wake Forest has released an informative and entertaining video on the town’s bulk waste collection program.

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, the two-minute animated production offers a lighthearted take on an often times misunderstood government service. The video attempts to clarify several of the most common misconceptions by highlighting the town’s definition of “bulk waste,” emphasizing pickup and scheduling guidelines, and providing common examples of bulk waste items.

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, the video is now airing throughout the day on Wake Forest TV 10 and is available on the Bulk Pickup page on the town’s website. To view the video, visit the bulk waste page on our website.

Taylor Street entrance to town hallTown expands online permit request program
The Town of Wake Forest is expanding its online permit request program to include residential room additions, renovations, decks, and screened-in porches.

The initiative invites contractors and homeowners to complete the online residential permit application and submit plans and site plans from the comfort of their home or office, then receive the permit via email.

To request a residential permit online, visit the Inspections webpage and click on the “Residential Permit Application” link. Complete and submit the form online, and an Inspections staff person will respond by email with a permit number and cost.

Contractors who pay online will receive a copy of the permit via email. Homeowners are required to remit payment at the Inspections Department, located in the ground floor of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact Inspections Director JJ Carr at 919-435-9519.

A clown around BallonsHappy Dan the Magic Man
returns to Renaissance Centre Sept. 20

Happy Dan the Magic Man will perform his one-of-a-kind magic and comedy show at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m.

Everyone laughs louder when Happy Dan the Magic Man is in the house. Happy Dan has traveled the world entertaining families for more than 30 years. His hilarious family shows are regular features at Southeastern festivals, comedy clubs, banquets, trade shows, schools, and family living rooms. He is more than an entertainer. He's that slightly silly, can't-wait-to-see-him loving uncle that every child loves.  

Happy Dan's zany character recalls the fun of live television hosts from years gone by. He blends the gentleness and homespun comfort of Mister Rogers with the silly antics and storytelling of Captain Kangaroo. His talents stretch to thoroughly holding the attention of children as young as three years to golden age adults. Wherever laughter and a caring heart is needed, Happy Dan delivers!

Tickets are $5 per person (plus tax) and can be purchased in advance on the Renaissance Centre website at wakeforestrencen.org or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at the door. More>>

Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony - Honoring American Veterans22nd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony Sept. 11
The public is invited to attend the 22nd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, at 11 am, in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. The service will honor Willis Holding Winston.

Members of Winston's family have been invited to participate in the ceremony which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising by members of the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard. 

Photographs and other remembrances of Winston will be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of September.

Presented by local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are offered monthly from April through October at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza.

Wake Forest PowerWake Forest Power launches
new Outage Management System 

Wake Forest Power is making it easier for customers to report electric outages and stay informed about power interruptions in their area through a new Outage Management System (OMS).

The highlight of the initiative is a new automated outage reporting telephone number: 919-761-7899.

Now customers need only to call the number and follow the prompts to quickly notify Wake Forest Power that their electricity is out. As an added bonus, customers disconnected due to non-payment who call the outage reporting number will hear an automated message explaining the reason for their electric service interruption.

When a customer calls the outage reporting number, the OMS attempts to identify the telephone number from which the customer is calling and match that number to their account. As long as Wake Forest Power has the number in its system, the OMS will recognize the customer. If Wake Forest Power does not have the number, or if the number on file is wrong, information pertaining to the customer’s account will not be found.

That’s why Wake Forest Power is asking customers to make sure they have provided accurate contact information.

“We’re asking customers to register up to two phone numbers associated with their account,” said Utilities & Public Works Director Mike Barton. “For example, they may want to consider providing their home number and a cell phone number. These telephone numbers need to be the ones they will use when they call us to report an outage.”

Wake Forest Power customers can update their outage phone numbers by calling the customer service department at 919-435-9478 during normal office hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Barton says having updated emergency outage phone numbers will provide on-call employees with an automatic glance at all the known information concerning a customer’s account, including name, address, account number, map number, substation, meter number and line section. When customers call to report service interruptions, this information will be provided to electric crews to ensure faster response time and enhanced troubleshooting capability.

“Once your telephone number has been tied to your account, the Outage Reporting System communicates with the Outage Management System making it possible for us to accurately pinpoint your location on our maps,” Barton explained. “This system, with the correct customer phone numbers, will result in faster response time to outages by service crews, as well as, reduce the duration of the outage time.”

WalletHub ranks Wake Forest among best places in NC to raise a family
WalletHub, a personal finance website, has recognized Wake Forest as the 9th best place in North Carolina to raise a family.

In order to help families find the best North Carolina cities for putting down roots, WalletHub conducted a study comparing 85 cities in the state across four key dimensions: 1) Family Life & Fun; 2) Education, Health & Safety; 3) Affordability; and 4) Socioeconomics. WalletHub’s analysts evaluated those categories using 21 key metrics, ranging from “number of attractions” to “median family income” to “school-system quality."

Town urges pet owners to obey leash law
The Town of Wake Forest is encouraging local pet owners to be a good neighbor and a great pet owner by obeying Wake County’s leash law.

The town regularly receives complaints from local residents about dogs running at large – particularly at town parks. Although Wake Forest does not have an ordinance pertaining to dogs, Wake County Animal Control has jurisdiction to enforce animal control laws within the town and its park system.

Wake County Animal Control Ordinance Section 2-3-7 (A) states “It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit an animal to be at large.” Section 2-3-7 (C) further states “It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to take the dog into or allow the dog to enter any public park without being at all times under the restraint of a leash unless said park is designated as a dog park.”

Any owner permitting an animal to be at large shall pay a civil penalty of $100 for the first violation.

Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St., provides a free place for dog owners to let their pets run free safely and legally without a leash. Approximately two acres in size, the park is open from dawn to dusk and located adjacent to the Flaherty Park baseball and softball fields. For more information about Flaherty Dog Park, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Flaherty Dog Park.”

To report an animal control problem, call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-PETS (7387).

Wake Forest Historical MuseumDiscover Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest and Brios Media are partnering to produce a series of short videos highlighting popular family-friendly destinations in and around Wake Forest.

Entitled "Discover Wake Forest," the series' videos feature these Wake Forest treasures: the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.; E. Carroll Joyner Park,  701 Harris Road; Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St.; Downtown Wake Forest; Falls Lake; and The Factory. More>>

Garbage disposal and recycling siteWake Forest rolls out Bigbelly trash & recycling bins 
The Town of Wake Forest recently unveiled several Bigbelly Solar Trash and Recycling compactor units in public spaces around town.

Throughout late June and early July, town crews installed eight Bigbelly receptacles in seven locations, including three town parks and along South White Street. Four of the units are trash and recycling containers, while the other four are trash units only.

Bigbelly receptacles are high-tech trash compacting containers that use solar power to compact trash. While each container has the same general “footprint” as a standard 35-gallon open top container, each unit’s compacting function allows the new containers to hold up to 150 gallons of trash, thus eliminating the need for more receptacles.

The units also use smart technology to notify town staff via email when they need to be emptied.

Two people in a car behiind the words "DMV mobile Drivers license Unit"DMV's Mobile Driver's License Unit returns to Renaissance Centre
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., on the first and third Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The compact mobile office is part of a statewide initiative to improve customer service and reduce wait times at the DMV.  

Featuring two driver’s license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver’s license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, with the exception of driving tests.

Operation Safe Sale LogoPolice 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.

Waste Wizard helps 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.

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. 

Wake Forest Memorial Flag Raising CeremonyFlag-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>>

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" Sept. 11
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts offers free movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on the second Monday of each month.

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.


Wake Forest Cemetery offers variety of 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.

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.

Whatever the weather...Call the "Weather Line!"
The Town of Wake Forest 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.