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The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the October 2018 edition of E-News.

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“The Wall That Heals”
coming to Joyner Park Oct. 18-21

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The public is invited to The Wall’s official Welcoming Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. The service will take place in the vicinity of The Wall exhibit, which will be situated in the grassy field adjacent to the Joyner Park visitor parking lot.

One of the highlights of the Welcoming Ceremony promises to be a flyover by the Bandit Flight Team. Based in Raleigh, NC, the Bandit Flight Team is a group of highly trained, experienced pilots that combine their love of flying with an appreciation for vintage military aircraft. The Bandits fly their aircraft to preserve the military Warbird heritage and as an opportunity to salute returning war veterans.

Wake Forest has the honor of being the only town in North Carolina scheduled to host the exhibit in 2018. As such, Wake Forest will be among the first to host a new, larger exhibit, which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. With the new replica at this size, visitors will be able to experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in Washington, D.C. More>>
 

“Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House” Oct. 7
The Town of Wake Forest will host “Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House” on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 3-5 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. The session is the first in a new series of presentations on the history of the northeast area of Wake Forest entitled “Community Connections in Northeast Wake Forest.”

Free and open to the public, the event will explore the heritage of the Ailey Young House and examine its link to the early history of the African-American community in Wake Forest. The occasion will include a panel discussion and historical presentation about the Ailey Young House, along with a screening of the new video, “The Ailey Young House - a Family Legacy, a Wake Forest Treasure.” Produced by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and narrated by Ricardo Young, the great-great-grandson of Allen Young (son of Ailey Young), the video traces the history of the Ailey Young House and details current efforts to restore it.

Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. More>>


Celebrate Public Power Week Oct. 7-13
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining more than 2,000 not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 7-13. As part of this annual week-long celebration, the Town and Wake Forest Power will offer several special events and activities, including a Kids' Poster Contest, Kids' Scavenger Hunt, Crossword Puzzle Contest, Savings for Seniors Bingo and much more. More>>


2018 Christmas Historic Home Tour tickets on sale
The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Wake Forest Woman's Club will present the biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1-7 p.m. – rain or shine.

Offered only in even-numbered years, the Christmas Historic Home Tour is a self-guided tour featuring several Wake Forest homes and other properties decorated for the holidays and open for viewing. This year’s event will also offer wonderful Christmas music and more.

Advance tickets are now on sale for $20 (price includes tax). Tickets are available for purchase online with a credit card at www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx and at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check only at several area locations. More>>


Renaissance Centre to host
"First Friday Nights Classics" double feature Oct. 5

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a “Halloween First Friday Fright Night” double feature on Friday, Oct. 5, as part of its First Friday Flix movie series. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. with “Hocus Pocus” (PG), followed by “The Silence of the Lambs” (R) at 8:45 p.m.

The Renaissance Centre hosts First Friday Flix on the first Friday evening of each month. Free and open to the public, these movie screenings feature a variety of film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers and more, often with a seasonal or historical theme.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, are available for purchase. More>>


Fall Fitness Fair Sunday at Joyner Park
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is partnering with Camp Gladiator to host a free “Fall Fitness Fair” on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1-4 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Free and open to the public, the event will feature local health and fitness vendors, along with Yoga, MMA, Zumba and Camp Gladiator clinics. More>>
 

Special screening of
“Etchings in Stone” Oct. 14

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a special screening of “Etchings in Stone,” on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and the Town of Wake Forest, “Etchings in Stone” is a filmed play featuring Vietnam veterans and their families about the feelings and emotions evoked by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or "The Wall" in Washington, DC. 

Written by Wake Forest native and Vietnam veteran, Ron Harris, “Etchings in Stone” places the audience inside "The Wall" thereby offering them the unique ability to experience firsthand its impact on visitors. Not only can the audience hear what visitors to The Wall "say," they can also "hear" their unspoken thoughts. 

Admission is free, but a ticket is required due to limited seating. More>>


Apply now to serve on Town's advisory boards
You can make a difference in our community by applying for one of the upcoming vacancies on the Town’s advisory boards. The boards were established to give residents input into what happens in the community and to advise the Board of Commissioners on matters that affect citizens and their town government. More>>


PRCR Department earns national accreditation
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department has joined the ranks of elite parks and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.

As part of the accreditation process, the Wake Forest PRCR Department was required to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards, while documenting all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community. More>>


US 1/Capital Boulevard improvements
public meetings on Oct. 9 & 11

The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will host public meetings about proposed improvements along US 1/Capital Boulevard in Raleigh on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wake Forest on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The NCDOT is proposing to convert US 1/Capital Boulevard to a controlled-access highway from I-540 to Purnell Road (S.R. 1909)/Harris Road (S.R. 1931). A controlled-access highway is one on which access is provided only via ramps at interchanges. Some cross-streets will be grade separated, and no driveway connections will be allowed.

The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic congestion and improve travel times and maintain regional mobility and local connectivity. A map of the proposed improvements can be viewed or downloaded on the NCDOT public meetings website at www.ncdot.gov/news/public-meetings/Pages/U-5307-2018-10-09.Aspx. More>>


Renaissance Centre to present
two performances of “Biscuit” Oct. 19

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts and Arts Power National Touring Theatre will present two musical performances of “Biscuit” on Friday, Oct. 19. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Little Girl is thrilled when she receives Biscuit as a birthday present. But will this rambunctious puppy learn how to behave and accept being part of a family?

Based on the iconic series of books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrator Pat Schories, Arts Power's popular musical features a frolicking little puppy who loves exploring, making new friends, and even stirring up some mischief. With over 23 million books in print, Biscuit is a modern classic.

Tickets for each show are $12 plus tax. Seating for each show is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The “Biscuit” series of books will be available for purchase onsite courtesy of Page 158 Books. Partial proceeds will go to the “Book Your Brain” project, which helps promote children’s literacy by donating books to local schools and children’s organizations. More>>


Police Department to host
third "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" class Oct. 22

The Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled a third Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class on Monday, Oct. 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will take place inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Led by Wake Forest Police Lt. L. Danforth, the session will teach participants what to do if confronted with an active shooter event.

Designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, the class will provide strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and considerations for conducting drills.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at www.wakeforestnc.gov/civilian-response-to-active-shooter-events.aspx. Class size is limited to the first 100 people to register. Please note: Every participant must register individually - one person per form. On the evening of the class, attendees will be required to show proof of registration prior to entering the Renaissance Centre.


Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 25
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will sponsor its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

Presented by Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital and Champion Windows, Sunrooms & Home Exteriors, the Halloween Spooktacular is a free, family-oriented festival for children ages 12 and younger.

This year’s festivities will include a balloon artist and cupcake walk, along with a variety of ghostly games and activities, and free pumpkin giveaways - while supplies last.

Costumes are optional, but best costumes will be featured on the Town’s website.


Joy Shllingsburg named
2018 Good Neighbor of the Year

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is pleased to announce Joy Shillingsburg as the 2018 Good Neighbor of the Year. Mayor Vivian Jones presented the award during Saturday’s Good Neighbor Day celebration at Holding Park.

Shillingsburg was nominated by Bob Hill, Rev. Sarah Phelps and Spencer Renfrow. In their nomination narratives, all emphasized Shillingsburg’s tireless efforts for the benefit of the entire community. More>>


Groups invited to start planning their visit
to The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is coming to Wake Forest’s E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit and its Mobile Education Center, will be available 24-hours-a-day from 8 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Everyone is invited to visit The Wall That Heals (TWTH), including groups of school children, senior adults, veterans and others.

TWTH Planning Committee wants to help ensure a positive experience for larger groups by encouraging them to provide advance notice of their visit. Groups of 10 or more are invited to provide such notice by completing and submitting the online form at www.wakeforestnc.gov/schedule-your-visit.aspx. School groups are especially urged to register.

Groups that complete and submit the form will receive parking instructions, directions to Joyner Park, information about Wake Forest and more – prior to their visit. Please note: Advance notice by groups of 10 or more is requested, not required, and intended solely to help TWTH Planning Committee provide proper accommodations and ensure a positive experience. More>>


Applications accepted for
2018 Wake Forest Christmas Parade through Oct. 29

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2018 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. 

Applications are available online 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. 29, 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. 5.

Payment for entry is due at the time of application. Parade packets for accepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 19. 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. 8, at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Downtown Development Office at 919-435-9416 or lbeadle@wakeforestnc.gov.  


Residents encouraged to use
“SeeClickFix” to report non-emergency issues

In 2014 the Town of Wake Forest introduced “SeeClickFix” as a simple, yet effective way for residents to report quality of life, non-emergency issues. Since then, the Town has addressed hundreds of citizens’ concerns, ranging from damaged sidewalks and potholes to graffiti and malfunctioning traffic signals.

Wake Forest’s SeeClickFix website is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/report-a-problem.aspx, while the mobile platform is offered as a function on the Town app.

By utilizing the online or mobile reporting platform, residents can report non-emergency issues through a variety of service request categories. When submitting such issues, residents can provide locational, descriptive and photographic information as they see the issue in real time. Once the resident submits an issue, the reporter, the Town, and anyone “watching” the area receives an alert. The Town then acknowledges the service request, routes it to the proper department, and updates the request – along with residents following the issue - once it’s been resolved. More>>


Renaissance Centre seeks entries to inaugural Wake Forest Film Festival
Mark your calendars for a cinematic tour de force - the debut of the Wake Forest Film Festival. Entitled “A Light in the Forest,” this inaugural event aims to spotlight passionate, creative and thought-provoking movies by some of today's most promising and accomplished local, national and international filmmakers.

A three-day film showcase, the Wake Forest Film Festival will engage audiences with films of all lengths and genres, including short and feature, documentary, horror, animation, narrative and student.

Intended for both the general public and film professionals, the film festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their films in a unique location to a discerning audience. 

The Renaissance Centre is currently accepting film submissions. The fee to submit a feature length film is $25, while the fees to submit short films and student films are $20 and $10 respectively.

Anyone who submits a film through Aug. 30 will receive $5 off the submission fee. The “regular submission” period is Sept. 1-Oct. 15. A $5 service fee will be added to the fee of anyone who submits a film between Oct. 16 and Nov. 2. No waivers or discounts of entry fees are available for any reason. More>


Garbage, Recycling, Yard-Waste Pick-up AdvertisementResidents & businesses urged
to follow solid waste guidelines

The Town of Wake Forest believes that everyone who lives and/or operates a business in Wake Forest expects their neighbors to properly dispose of their garbage and other refuse. They also reasonably expect the Town to ensure that everyone’s solid waste is disposed of properly in accordance with the Town’s Code of Ordinances.

Chapter 26 of the Town of Wake Forest Code of Ordinances specifically addresses all facets of solid waste, including residential service, commercial service, littering and more. To review the code, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/code-of-ordinances.aspx.

In recent weeks, Town officials have noted the repeated failure of numerous residents and businesses to adhere to the code. As a result, officials wish to remind residents and business owners of the following guidelines More>>


PRCR offering Preschool Sensory Gym on Mondays & Thursdays 
The Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department now offers a free, year-round Preschool Sensory Gym for special needs children ages 18 months-five-years-old on Mondays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. and Thursdays from 11 am-noon. Both sessions will take place at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

Parents are invited to bring their little ones for an hour of play time and an opportunity to make new friends. The PRCR Department will provide a safe, accepting and playful environment filled with fun, educational and therapeutic toys.

No instruction or supervision is will be provided, so parents and caregivers are required to stay with their child.

There is no cost to participate, and no registration is required.

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

Please note: The times listed for this program in the September 2018-February 2019 edition of RecConnect are incorrect and were updated after its publication


Current edition of TAB Bytes is now available
In the latest installment of "TAB Bytes," the Technology Advisory Board discusses what constitutes a "smart city" and the advantages a smart city affords both residents and businesses. More>>


Wake Forest celebrating 10 years of bus service
July marks the 10th anniversary of Wake Forest Bus Service, and town officials are marking the occasion by reminding area residents of the benefits of riding the bus.

Transit service officially began in Wake Forest on July 21, 2008, giving residents the opportunity to ride a weekday rush-hour express from Wake Forest to downtown Raleigh and use a local circulator service that provides access to local grocery stores, shopping and other services.

The result of a partnership between the Town of Wake Forest, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and the City of Raleigh, both the express and the local circulator routes are operated using GoRaleigh vehicles. More>>


Bike-Sharing Program in Wake Forest
Wake Forest is offering a new way to get around town. 

In April, the Board of Commissioners approved a two-year agreement that allows the dockless bicycle-sharing company, LimeBike, to offer bicycles for a fee anywhere in the town limits. As part of the initiative, LimeBike delivered approximately 200 bright green-colored bicycles to Wake Forest and placed them in clusters in high traffic areas around town, including downtown and in parks and greenways.

Each bike comes enabled with GPS and 3G technology. Once the bicycles are in place, customers must simply download the free LimeBike app onto their smartphone to access available LimeBikes. Then, using a QR code on their smartphone, customers scan the license plate on the bicycle, which unlocks the bicycle for usage. The customer can then ride the bicycle to one destination or several.

Once the user’s destination is reached, the customer simply rescans the license plate to lock the bicycle in place, which also turns off the charging timer.

LimeBike utilizes a dock-free network which allows users freedom and flexibility in picking up bikes wherever they are available and leaving them wherever the ride ends for another customer to utilize. However, customers are urged to be considerate when leaving bikes by not leaving them on private property and not blocking pedestrian/wheelchair paths, access, driveways, crosswalks and loading zones.

The cost to rent a LimeBike is minimal. A 30-minute LimeBike ride costs $1, but college students can access a LimeBike at discounted rates - 50 cents per half-hour. More>>


Work continues on Joyner Park Community Center
Barnhill Construction Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has started the initial phase of construction on the Joyner Park Community Center, located in E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The work includes the removal of several trees just north of the current visitor parking lot.

Park visitors are advised that walking trails in the vicinity of the construction site have been closed out of concern for public safety.

No trespassing signage is posted prominently throughout the work zone. Officials are strongly urging area residents to obey the posted signage and avoid the construction area.

Designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat, the new 32,000-square-foot Joyner Park Community Center will feature a walking track, gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, multi-purpose rooms, dance studio and kitchen.

Projected for completion in 2019, the facility will be constructed in a manner consistent with the park’s natural beauty and rustic feel. More>


Stadium Drive Complete Street Project continues
In March 2018, Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, began preliminary work on the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project.

Initial efforts include the installation of project signage, silt fence and tree protection fencing, along with equipment mobilization. This work will have little to no impact on pedestrians or traffic.

As the project moves forward, the contractor will install stormwater and utilities, then proceed with sidewalk and roadway improvements.  

Extending from Capital Boulevard/US1 to North Wingate Street, the initiative is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow. 

Once completed, the typical section of Stadium Drive will include three lanes with curb and gutter, left-turn lanes at intersections and driveways and a 10-feet wide multi-use path on the south side. Other features will include five-foot wide sidewalks on the north side, wide striped shoulders on each side of the roadway, a pedestrian refuge island, high visibility crosswalks and ramps, and accessible transit stops.

Wake Forest Bond Referendum Logo 2014Drivers who regularly commute along Stadium Drive should expect periodic delays until the project is completed. At various times, message boards, barricades, signage and flaggers will be used to route traffic through and around the construction zones. Motorists who travel through the area are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time or consider using an alternate route.

In the meantime, Town officials are coordinating with administrators at Wake Forest High School and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to help ensure safe access for pedestrians and motorists throughout the duration of the project.

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is expected to be completed in 2020. The total cost of the project is approximately $7.3 million.


Latest offering from E-Notifier
The Town of Wake Forest recently added "Board of Commissioners Meeting Summaries" to its menu of E-Notifier options. Now, you can have a detailed overview of each Board of Commissioners meeting delivered to your inbox typically within 48 hours of the close of the meeting. You can also receive board of commissioners and planning board meeting agendas, traffic alerts, police advisories and much more.

E-Notifier is the Town's free email notification system that provides up-to-date information on topics or events of interest. The service allows you to subscribe to one or more information categories and receive an email whenever we distribute alerts or updates related to your topics of interest. Our goal is to help you receive the information you want as quickly and efficiently as possible. More>>


Board of Commissioners seeks local groups to lead Pledge of Allegiance
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 register your group, contact Executive Assistant Cathi Pope at 919-435-9467 or cpope@wakeforestnc.gov.  


Several ways to watch Planning Board & Board of Commissioners meetings
The Town of Wake Forest offers several ways to watch Board of Commissioners and Planning Board meetings - both live and on-demand.

View on TV
Spectrum Cable TV subscribers can tune in to Wake Forest TV 10 (WFTV 10) on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. for live broadcasts of Joint Public Hearings and Planning Board meetings. These meetings are then re-broadcast daily on WFTV 10 the following two weeks at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m. 

Board of Commissioners meetings are broadcast live on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and re-broadcast daily throughout the remainder of the month at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m.

WFTV 10 is the Town of Wake Forest's government access channel serving the residents of Wake Forest. Produced by the Town of Wake Forest Communications Department, Channel 10 is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum Cable TV service.

View Online
WFTV 10 is also provided online in real-time streaming video. So, if you're not a Spectrum Cable TV subscriber, you can still watch Planning Board and Board of Commissioners meetings (both live and rebroadcast) in streaming video on the WFTV 10 page of the Town's website.

You can also watch these meetings on-demand via our Streaming Media Archive.

For more information, email Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree.


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.
 

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.


Town appTown of Wake Forest App exceeds 14,000 downloads
In 2012 the Town of Wake Forest unveiled a smartphone app that provides instant access to useful information about Wake Forest and encourages two-way communication between the Town and its residents. Since then, over 14,000 Android and iPhone users have downloaded the free app.

Among its many functions, the Town of Wake Forest app allows iPhone and Android users to:

  • utilize “SeeClickFix” for prompt action on street maintenance, lights, potholes and graffiti, using the app to send a photo and exact location of the problem

  • pay Wake Forest Power bills online

  • receive timely notifications concerning Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources practice and game cancellations due to inclement weather

  • access the Town’s Facebook page

  • receive breaking news messages

  • access information about events at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

  • link to job listings

  • access contact information for every Town department

  • access useful information about popular Town events

The app is available for download at iTunes, the App Store, or the Android Market. It can also be downloaded by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx and scanning the appropriate QR code.

The Town of Wake Forest app was developed in conjunction with Purple Monkey Apps, a Wake Forest company specializing in app development. More>>
 

Police Department reminds residents of "Operation Safe Sale" 
The Wake Forest Police Department is nearing the two-year anniversary of Operation Safe Sale. Introduced in May 2015, Operation Safe Sale encourages Wake Forest residents who are selling or purchasing items advertised online to come to the police department, 225 S. Taylor St., to complete their transaction. Transactions may be made in the police department parking lot or inside the lobby, either with or without an officer present.

At the request of either party, a police officer will be available to check the serial number to determine whether the item has been entered through state or national databases as stolen property.

Since the program’s inception area residents have requested a police presence on 17 occasions. Anyone wishing to have an officer present is required to schedule an appointment by calling 919-554-6150.

The Wake Forest Police Department does not make any representations or warranties regarding the goods or services transferred between parties. Any item found entered as stolen through a state or national database will be subject to seizure and criminal charges may result.

Operation Safe Sale aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community and Objective F: Enhance the sense of safety in the town.


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 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>>

 

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.


"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.


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.