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Wake Forest Christmas Parade Dec. 10
Area residents are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year's parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.
Widely considered one of our area's most popular holiday spectacles, Wake Forest's annual Christmas parade features over 100 colorful floats and entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, as well as high school marching bands and – of course - Santa Claus.
Area residents are advised that several street closures will take effect Saturday morning in the downtown area prior to the parade. More>>
Calls from Santa Dec. 8
A phone call from Santa Claus is on every child’s wish list. The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is making those wishes come true by offering Calls from Santa to kids ages 3-9 on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m.
Registration forms are available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Completed forms must be received at the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources office, located in town hall, by 5 p.m., Dec. 8. Telephone registrations will not be accepted.
There is no charge for the event, but all calls must be local.
For more information, call 919-435-9560 or email Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton.
Holiday happenings easy to find on town's website
Wake Forest comes alive in December with a variety of holiday events and activities offering fun for the entire family.
From the Lighting of Wake Forest to the annual Christmas Parade, the holiday season is jam-packed with fun-filled happenings guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.
To help inform Wake Forest-area residents about all their holiday options, the town has created a “Christmas in Wake Forest” portal on its website. The web page provides detailed information about our area’s most popular holiday events. Offering dates, times, locations, event descriptions and more, “tis the season” to mark your calendars, so you don’t miss a thing.
But that’s not all.
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s town-sponsored holiday events in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s "Christmas in Wake Forest" function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to all the town’s holiday happenings, including the Lighting of Wake Forest, the Downtown Merchant’s Holiday Open House, Calls from Santa and the Wake Forest Christmas Parade - just to mention a few.
IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code.
Washed out section of Rogers Road now open
Christmas came early this year as the section of Rogers Road between Heritage Gates Drive and Hobblebush Way washed out by Hurricane Matthew reopened on Monday, Dec. 5.
The section of road had been closed since Oct. 8 after floodwater conditions blew out a 48-inch metal pipe, along with the roadway above it.
The NCDOT determined a larger culvert was needed as a replacement, so a custom-made 12 ¼-foot by 7 ¼-foot structure was ordered from a manufacturer. While waiting for its arrival, the construction company hired for the repairs dug out more of the roadway and the ground underneath so the larger culvert would fit, and a waterline was relocated.
Once the culvert was in place, the hole was backfilled, and final paving took place.
For more information about NC Department of Transportation projects, call the NCDOT at 1-877-DOT-4YOU (1-877-368-4968).
Apply now for Planning Board Academy
The Town of Wake Forest is accepting applications for the 2017 Wake Forest Planning Board Academy through Friday, Dec. 30.
The Planning Board Academy is a comprehensive training program designed to prepare residents of the town and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) to serve as members of the Wake Forest Planning Board.
Applications may be completed and submitted online, but are also available at town hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Academy participants will be expected to attend one training session one evening per month from February through May 2017. The session dates are Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8. Each session is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at town hall and will include dinner.
Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Session instructors will be provided by the law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP.
Only residents of Wake Forest and the town’s ETJ are eligible to participate.
Selected applicants will be notified in early January 2017.
For more information, contact Planning Director Chip Russell at 919-435-9511.
Davis chosen as town's new Assistant to Town Manager
Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett announced today that Transportation Planning Manager Candace Davis has been selected as the town’s first Assistant to the Town Manager.
In her new role Davis will be responsible for assisting Padgett with a variety of town priorities, organizational initiatives, and special projects. She will also serve as program manager of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the bond referendum projects approved by voters in 2014.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Davis and her family have lived in Wake Forest for the past 10 years. Prior to coming to work for the town as a Senior Transportation Planner in May 2008, she served as a Transportation Planner for the Town of Apex.
Davis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from South Carolina State University in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Transportation from Morgan State University in 2002. She is a member of the American Planning Association – North Carolina Chapter (APA-NC) and serves on the Executive Board as co-chair of the Membership & Diversity Committee.
In her spare time, Davis volunteers in her church and community. She also enjoys walking and biking the Triangle area greenways with her husband and two children.
The 2011 Town of Wake Forest Employee of the Year, Davis is expected to begin her new position on Jan. 3.
Happy Dan the Magic Man
returns to Renaissance Centre Dec. 21
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, Dec. 21, 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>>
Shop With a Cop donations accepted through Dec. 9
The Wake Forest Police Department will accept donations to this year’s Shop With a Cop through Friday, Dec. 9. The department is making it easier than ever for area residents to support the initiative by accepting online donations via PayPal.
This year’s Shop With a Cop holiday shopping spree will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14. On that day approximately 30 area children will visit the police department where they will be paired with their police officer “partners.” The kids and their partners will then be transported by bus to the Wake Forest Walmart, where each child will be given a winter coat and $175 to spend on items of their choice.
Following the shopping spree, the children and their partners will be treated to a pizza party.
Since 1999 the police department’s Shop With a Cop program has helped well over 400 less fortunate children in the Wake Forest area experience a joyous Christmas. The department raises money for the initiative through grants and donations from area citizens, churches, civic groups, and merchants. Now donations can be made conveniently and securely online.
First Friday Flix moves to second Friday in December
Due to the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 2, the December installment of “First Friday Flix” will not take place on the first Friday of the month. Instead, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a special “Second Friday Flix” on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
Typically offered on the first Friday of the month, First Friday Flix features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art, children’s and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.
First Friday Flix movie screenings are free and open to the public. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, are available for purchase.
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 title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the Dec. 9 movie: it’s a G-rated 2004 American Christmas 3D animated musical fantasy film based on a 1985 children’s book of the same name. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film stars Tom Hanks.
To obtain the title of this movie and future films offered at the Renaissance Centre, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.
Christmas Holiday Schedule
The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 27, for the Christmas holiday. Town of Wake Forest police, bus, and sanitation services will not be affected.
Bulk pick-ups will be scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 27. To schedule a bulk pickup, call 919- 435-9570 by 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. Residents who call after hours may leave a voicemail message that includes their name and physical address. Residents may also request a bulk pickup by emailing Betty Pearce.
All voicemail and email requests for bulk pickup service must include the resident’s name, physical address, and telephone number, along with a description of the bulk waste items to be collected. Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.
When scheduling a bulk waste pickup, Wake Forest residents are urged to follow the town’s bulk waste guidelines. Defined in the town’s code of ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the town-issued roll-out garbage cart. Examples of bulk waste pickup items include furniture, lawn mowers, swings, and book shelves. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Bulk pickup.”
Area residents who wish to dispose of items that do not qualify for bulk waste pickup are urged to consider utilizing one of Wake County’s 11 convenience centers. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., each convenience center will close at noon on Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Christmas Day. For more information, including a list of locations, as well as acceptable and unacceptable items, visit www.wakegov.com/recycling/division/facilities/pages/cc.aspx.
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 28, Wake Forest will collect and recycle old Christmas trees from residential homes according to the normal yard waste collection schedule. The trees will be ground into mulch, which will be available for free to residents upon request. Orders for mulch are currently being accepted by emailing Betty Pearce or calling 919-435-9570.
All Wake Forest residents whose yard waste is collected by the town may participate in the “Treecycling” program. To recycle your Christmas tree, please remove all decorations, tinsel, nails, stands and bags from the tree and set it behind the curb for collection. Artificial trees cannot be recycled.
For more information, contact Administrative Assistant Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.
Town offices will re-open Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 8 a.m.
For information throughout the year concerning Town of Wake Forest holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the town’s sanitation schedule, visit our website.
2016 Police Department Turkey Drive a tremendous success
A special thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's Wake Forest Police Department Turkey Drive. Thanks to our community's incredible generosity, the police department gave away 901 turkeys to families in need on Monday, Nov. 21 - an all-time high. Since its first Turkey Drive in 2007, the police department has given away nearly 6,000 turkeys.
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.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration Jan. 19
Several local churches and community organizations are coming together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a free, public celebration on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road.
Area residents are invited to attend the observance, beginning with a light meal at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. More>>
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 will go on sale in late December. More>>
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."
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>>
Wake Forest Mardi Gras Feb. 25
Plans are well underway for downtown Wake Forest’s annual Mardi Gras Street Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25. This 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>>
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 or $25 (plus tax) for all three 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.
PRCR seeks program ideas & instructors
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is recruiting instructors and soliciting youth and adult course/program ideas for 2017.
Wake Forest PRCR offers an array of year-round recreation classes and activities. Many are the result of a local enthusiast expressing a desire to teach a program on their particular topic of interest.
“We offer a wide variety of classes, activities, and camps that meet the diverse needs and interests of the Wake Forest community,” said Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton. “However, our programming success is due to our quality instructors and their dedication, enthusiasm, and knowledge.”
Adult offerings may involve one-night workshops, active classes or unique programs. Instructors set their own class schedules, title, content and topic subject to the approval of the Recreation Superintendent and dependent upon facility availability.
Youth programs may be offered on a weekly basis or as one-time workshops in fitness, sports, arts, nature, and enrichment.
To view the PRCR’s current program offerings, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “RecConnect.”
Anyone who has an idea for a program or an interest in presenting a class or workshop is encouraged to contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563.
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.”
Storytelling Pajama Night Dec. 16
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host “Storytelling Pajama Night” on Friday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to attend the free event featuring Rags to Riches Theatre.
No registration is required, and hot chocolate will be served.
This event 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. More>>
Wake Forest to receive $500K Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant
The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) recently announced the Town of Wake Forest as the recipient of a $513,581 acquisitions grant.
The funding will support easement acquisitions along the Smith Creek Greenway corridor and help finance Phase 2 construction of the Smith Creek Greenway – a 2014 bond referendum project.
Wake Forest plans to extend Smith Creek Greenway northward approximately 2.8 miles from its current terminus at Burlington Mills Road and connect it with another section of the trail. The connection will complete the missing link to the existing Burlington Mills section of Smith Creek Greenway and to Raleigh's Neuse River Greenway via the Wake Forest Connector bridge.
As part of this project, Wake Forest also plans to construct a trailhead that includes parking along One World Way.
The design for Phase 2 of the Smith Creek Greenway is scheduled to begin in October.
Wake Forest is the sole Wake County town to receive CWMTF funding during the current cycle.
Established in 1996, the CWMTF provides grant assistance to conservation non-profits, local governments and state agencies for the protection of surface waters in North Carolina. CWMTF funds projects that (1) enhance or restore degraded waters, (2) protect unpolluted waters, and/or (3) contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits, (4) provide buffers around military bases to protect the military mission, (5) acquire land that represents the ecological diversity of North Carolina, and (6) acquire land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties.
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' first four 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.; and Downtown Wake Forest.
Additional videos will be produced in the coming months so stay tuned. 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 Dec. 19
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, Dec. 19. The mobile unit will be on site 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 license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.
The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit on the first and third Monday of each month.
Town offers online permit request program
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the successful launch of a new online permit request program. The initiative allows contractors and homeowners to request electrical, mechanical, and plumbing trade permits online and receive them via email.
Anyone wishing to request a trade permit online should visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/inspections.aspx and click on the Trade 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 pay 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.
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>>
Get your "Official Guide to Wake Forest"
Have you ever needed the telephone number for a particular department in the Town of Wake Forest or an address for one of the town’s parks or other facilities? Have you ever been curious about Wake Forest’s history or wanted information about area schools or healthcare providers? Are you new to Wake Forest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area?
If you’re a Wake Forest resident and you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce have a special gift just for you.
In December every Wake Forest resident who lives in the 27587 zip code should have received their own copy of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. This clever, all-in-one handbook provides useful information about all things Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, a description of town departments, a listing of annual community events and advertisements for several local businesses. The guide also contains important contact numbers, as well as comprehensive information about town programs and services, volunteer opportunities and local government. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more. More>>
Beware of IRS-related scams
The Wake Forest Police Department is warning area residents not to be fooled by scammers impersonating IRS investigators.
In recent days the police department has received numerous reports from residents about callers claiming to be from the IRS telling the intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a credit card, bank account draft, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
Potential phone scam victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy. More>>
Renaissance Centre hosts "flix4kidz" & "Free at 3" Dec. 12
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, Dec. 12.
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.