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2017 State of the Town Address & Dinner Feb. 20
The 2017 Wake Forest State of the Town Address & Dinner is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

Since 2009 the Town of Wake Forest has partnered with the Wake Forest Rotary Club to sponsor the annual State of the Town Address and Dinner on the third Monday in February. For the last several years, the event has taken place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The occasion offers Wake Forest citizens the opportunity to reflect on the town's list of accomplishments during the previous year and learn about its goals in the coming months.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card at www.wakeforestnc.gov/state-of-the-town.aspx. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre Box Office with cash, check or credit card. A processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card.

Anyone wishing to attend the program portion of the event without eating dinner is not required to purchase a ticket. Non-ticket buyers are encouraged to arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. at the conclusion of the dinner portion of the program. The mayor's address is expected to begin between 6:45 and 7 p.m. More>>

Wake Forest Mardi Gras Feb. 25
Downtown Wake Forest’s 2017 Mardi Gras Street Festival will take place along South White Street on Saturday, Feb. 25. Presented by Gladwell Orthodontics and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forestthis family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Promising fun-filled activities for both children and adults, the Mardi Gras Street Festival will include face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and much more. Several participating downtown merchants will also offer exceptional discounts and activities throughout the day.

One of the day’s highlights promises to be the Mardi Gras Walking Parade. The lineup will begin at 12:45 p.m. in town hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., and the parade gets underway at 1 p.m. The parade route will extend from town hall, up East Owen Avenue, and north along South White Street before ending at the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St. More>>

Wake Forest to honor 4AA football champs March 25
Area residents are invited to a special community celebration on Saturday, March 25, in honor of the 2016 Wake Forest High School football team.  

Set to take place at 1 p.m. in downtown Wake Forest, the “Cougar Walk of Champions” will recognize the team for its consistency on the field, emphasize the school’s place in the town’s history, and demonstrate the collective sense of pride shared by the Wake Forest community.

Last season the Cougars won the 4AA state championship game in Raleigh defeating Greensboro Page 29-0. The team’s championship appearance marked the fourth time in six seasons the Cougars advanced to the finals as the 4AA eastern regional champions. Wake Forest High School’s football state title is the first for a Wake County school since Garner’s championship in 1987.

Town announces band lineup for 2017 Friday Night on White 
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce a power-packed band lineup for the 2017 Friday Night on White concert series.

The Magic Pipers will kick off the series on April 28, followed by Smile on May 12, Bull City Syndicate on June 9, Big Love on July 14, Love Tribe on Aug. 11, and Crush on Sept. 8. For more information about each band, including videos of band performances, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/band-line-up.aspx.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street - typically on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Due to Good Friday falling this year on the second Friday in April, the 2017 series will get underway on April 28. The remaining concerts will take place on the second Friday of each month from May through September. Each concert begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at downtown restaurants, and a variety of food and dessert trucks will be on site during each concert in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. and along Owen Avenue. More>>

New 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.


Tickets on sale for Forest Moon Theater's "Agnes of God"
Forest Moon Theater will present “Agnes of God” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Feb. 10-12 and 18-19. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showtimes are 3 p.m.

When a newborn child is found dead in a convent, a court psychiatrist must determine whether the nun accused of the crime is mentally fit to stand trial, with the question of the father’s identity hanging in the balance.

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. More>>

Youth baseball, softball & T-Ball registration continues
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting applications for youth baseball, softball, and T-ball for boys ages 5-17 and girls ages 5-15 through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2017, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-residents.

Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1 at www.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-athletics.aspx. Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules, will also be available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact Athletic Program Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

Adult men's spring softball league registration is underway
Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Men’s Spring Softball League is underway and will continue through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

League play is scheduled to begin in mid-March, and games will be played primarily on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Beginning Feb. 1, registration forms will be available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-athletics.aspx.

The entry fee is $550 per team, and the league is limited to Class E teams and lower.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or mhawkins@wakeforestnc.gov


Mike Wiley presents "Tired Souls" Feb. 4
Mike Wiley will present two performances of “Tired Souls” on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. The shows are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  

“Tired Souls” is a recount of Rosa Parks' decisive bus ride and the notable black citizens who laid the groundwork for this pivotal moment in history.

Both performances are free and best appreciated by audiences in third grade and higher.

Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"Tired Souls" is part of the Renaissance Centre’s “Arts for All” free community performance series, which is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Applicants sought for several advisory board openings
You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill one of the vacancies on the Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB), Greenways Advisory Board (GAB), and Urban Forestry Board (UFB).

All residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to apply for these openings. Applications may be completed and submitted online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/advisory-boards.aspx. Application forms are also available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, and may be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587; faxed to 919-435-9419; or emailed to dharris@wakeforestnc.gov.

Applicants will be expected to attend the February meeting of the advisory board to which they applied in order to introduce themselves to the board’s current members and explain why they wish to serve. More>>

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 www.wakeforestnc.gov/inspections.aspx 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 or jcarr@wakeforestnc.gov.

Rockin' the Forest continues with Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will continue the “Rockin’ the Forest” music series on Friday, Feb. 24, with Sarah Shook & the Disarmers.

Assembling some of the top musical acts in the country, the Rockin’ the Forest music series features an incredible variety of genres, including rock, Americana and power pop.

Designed to offer local audiences first rate performances that in the past required travel to downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill or Carrboro, Rockin’ the Forest takes place inside the intimate comfort of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited. More>>

Share your comments & stay informed about the 
Future Joyner Park Community Center

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is making it easier for area residents to offer their input on the future Joyner Park Community Center (JPCC) and stay informed about the project.

The PRCR Department hosted public meetings on the proposed facility on Jan. 21 and Jan. 26. Approximately 30 area residents attended the sessions, each of which included a presentation by representatives from Clark Nexsen, the facility designer.

As a means of encouraging greater citizen participation in the planning process, the PRCR Department is inviting area residents to share their comments about the future center via email at jpcommunitycenter@wakeforestnc.gov. Information submitted will help town officials identify, develop, and evaluate the final design of the facility.

Additionally, Wake Forest has created a portal on its website designed to keep area residents informed about the town’s progress on the future JPCC. Located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/future-joyner-park-community-center.aspx, the web page includes the PowerPoint presentation Clark Nexsen presented during the public meetings in late January, a link for residents to provide their comments via email, and information about the JPCC’s part in the 2014 Bond Referendum. The page content will be updated regularly with the latest information on the future facility.

Wake Forest's first PAFR provides easy to understand
overview of town's finances

The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce a new tool designed to help inform citizens about the town’s financial condition

For the first time Wake Forest has prepared the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). Also known as the Citizens’ Financial Report, the document is an abbreviated summary of the town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Offering financial and operational information in a summarized format, the 12-page report provides an overview of the town’s financial results in a manner that is easy to understand by those without a background in public finance or accounting.

In addition to providing financial data, the PAFR highlights information about Wake Forest’s demographics, elected officials, ongoing initiatives, and the town’s strategic plan.

The PAFR aligns with Goal 4 of the town’s strategic plan: Enhance Fiscal Strength; Objective A: Maintain public trust in the sustainability of the town’s financial system.

Register now for Dream League Baseball
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is accepting Dream League Baseball applications from special needs children ages five and older through Tuesday, Feb. 28. Designed for both boys and girls, the adaptive baseball league will operate on Saturday mornings from late-April through early-June.

All Dream League participants must be at least five years old. A player’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2017, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-residents.

Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1. Registration information and league rules will also be available Feb. 1 online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Volunteer Dream League “buddies” are needed to provide encouragement and assistance with the league’s athletes. For more information, contact Athletic Program Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

Special Needs Valentine Party Feb. 11
Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) will host a Special Needs Valentine Party on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Community Center, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Featuring music, crafts, games, refreshments and prizes, this event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a safe and accepting environment.

The cost is $5 per child, but parents and caretakers are admitted free. Pre-registration is required no later than Monday, Feb. 6. To register, visit http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/.

For more information, contact Specialized Programs Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or kschurtz@wakeforestnc.gov.

Fun with Fitness Feb. 18
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Department is introducing a monthly fitness program for special needs children and adults.

Beginning in February, “Fun with Fitness” will feature a different introductory level fitness class one Saturday each month from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

The initiative gets underway with Zumba on Feb. 18, and continues with Taekwondo on March 11, and Yoga on April 15.

These classes are designed to offer exceptional individuals the opportunity to learn basic exercise techniques and movements in a safe and accepting environment.

A fee is associated with each class and registration is required at https://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle and a buddy if necessary.

For more information, contact Specialized Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or kschurtz@wakeforestnc.gov.

Happy Dan the Magic Man
returns to Renaissance Centre Feb. 15

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, Feb. 15, 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 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."

Area residents invited to "Wake Up Wake Forest"
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present a new morning information series designed to keep area residents up to date on important topics affecting our community, while also connecting them with local political, business, and civic leaders.

“Wake Up Wake Forest” will feature renowned experts in a variety of fields addressing a range of popular issues, including the economy, growth management, and public transportation. Each event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Wells Fargo Managing Director & Senior Economist Mark Vitner kicked off the 2016-17 Wake Up Wake Forest series on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with “Trends Impacting the Economy.” Vitner’s presentation included his annual economic analysis, along with predictions on global, national, regional, and local trends that will impact our economy.

Upcoming sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, April 4 (Managing Growth in Wake Forest), and Tuesday, Sept. 12 (Transit's Impact on the Business Community).

The entire community is invited to attend these sessions. The cost is $10 (plus tax) per seminar and includes breakfast. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-556-1519.

Loose leaf collection continues
The Town of Wake Forest’s annual loose leaf collection program is underway and continues through early March.

When preparing leaves for collections, residents are urged to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Rake leaves into piles behind the curb, so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.

  • Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves. The town’s vacuum equipment is only designed to pick up loose leaves. Your cooperation will help prevent mechanical breakdowns and collection delays.

  • Place limbs and brush behind the curb in a pile separate from leaves. Limbs and brush larger than one inch but smaller than six inches in diameter must be no longer than six feet. Limbs and logs larger than six inches in diameter must not exceed two feet in length. Logs must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.

  • Keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.

Wake Forest limits the amount of yard waste and leaves it collects weekly at each residence to four cubic yards (approximately one pickup truck load), so residents are urged to plan their cleanup accordingly.

The town does not collect stumps or clearing debris from lots and will not pick up debris placed at the curb by private contractors.

Leaf collection is performed weekly according to the town’s yard waste collection schedule, but the schedule may be affected by leaf volume and weather conditions.

Wake Forest residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information concerning where crews will be working that day.

Leaf mulch is available upon request from October through March. Each delivery is approximately 20 cubic yards. To request a free leaf mulch delivery, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.

Loose leaf collection ends Friday, March 10, 2017. Beginning Monday, March 13, all leaves and grass must be bagged for collection.

For more information about the town’s loose leaf collection program, visit our website or contact Betty Pearce.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department
unveils new promotional video

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department has released a new promotional video highlighting its array of cultural and athletic programming, parks and greenways, urban forestry initiatives, and special events.

Entitled “Creating Experiences for Everyone,” the video features PRCR Director Ruben Wall, along with several local young people and adults, discussing their favorite PRCR offerings, including youth and adult athletic leagues, Holding Park Pool, Arbor Day, Joyner Park and more.

“We are extremely proud of our new video and believe it effectively underscores our wide variety of programs and services,” said Wall. “Thanks to our staff, who recruited the young people and the adults who appeared in the video. And a special thank you to those residents who actually took part in the video. They all did a phenomenal job representing the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and sharing with the world all that we have to offer.”

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, the nearly three-minute video is now airing on Wake Forest TV 10 and is also available on the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources page on the town’s website. To view the video, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Parks and Recreation.”

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).

Discover 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>>

Wake 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.

DMV's Mobile Driver's License Unit returns to Renaissance Centre March 6 
Ongoing renovations at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts have postponed the return of the NC DMV’s Mobile Driver’s License Unit until Monday, March 6.

The first phase of a nearly $1 million renovation project at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., got underway in late December. Due to the work being performed, the Renaissance Centre Grand Hall is closed until early February, while the Arts Annex will remain closed through February.

The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex typically hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit on the first and third Monday of each month at 9 a.m. Featuring two driver license examiner stations, the DMV’s mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.

Police Department reminds residents of "Operation Safe Sale" 
The Wake Forest Police Department recently celebrated the one-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.

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>>

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>>

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" Feb. 13
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, Feb. 13.

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.