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Mardi Gras Street Festival Feb. 10 
Join your friends and neighbors in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 10, for the Sixth Annual Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival. Presented by Gladwell Orthodontics and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, this family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.to 3 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.

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.

The walking parade is open to both children and adults. No pre-registration is required; however, all children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Youngsters are invited to walk, roller skate, ride their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon. Participation is free, but bicyclists must wear their helmets.

Parade participants are encouraged to flex their creative muscles by decorating their bicycles and wagons, dressing up in their best Mardi Gras garb and wearing a mask. Awards will be presented for “Best Decorated Wagon, Cart, Bicycle or Stroller,” “Best Baby,” and “Most Festive Family.” More>>

Tickets on sale for 2018 State of the Town Address & Dinner
Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2018 State of the Town Address on Monday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., during the 10th Annual State of the Town Address and Dinner. Presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, the event will take place at the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605 Capital Blvd.

During her remarks, Mayor Jones will highlight the Town’s key accomplishments in 2017 and outline the goals Wake Forest will strive towards in 2018.

All area residents are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 on the day of the event and include a catered meal. Dress for the event is business casual.

Tickets can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card. 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 only - 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.

Mayor Jones’ State of the Town Address will be recorded and replayed on Wake Forest TV 10 throughout March. It will also be available in streaming video on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov.

Town announces band lineup for 2018 Friday Night on White
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce a power-packed band lineup for the 2018 Friday Night on White concert series.

The Magic Pipers will kick off the series on April 13, followed by Love Tribe on May 11, Bull City Syndicate on June 8, Sleeping Booty on July 13, Big Love on Aug. 10, and Crush on Sept. 14.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Each concert begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during Friday Night on White. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for 2018 Friday Night on White. For more information, contact Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at 919-435-9422.

What's your "sense of safety" in Wake Forest?
We value your input and would like your feedback on a new discussion: What is your "sense of safety" in Wake Forest?

The Town of Wake Forest is attempting to gauge residents' overall "sense of safety." 

Although your feelings may be influenced to some extent by concerns about crime, we recognize there are other factors that can also play a part, such as traffic (speeders, congestion, dangerous intersections, etc.), walkability (uneven sidewalks, lack of sidewalks, etc.), and infrastructure (poor roads, poor lighting, etc.) - just to name a few. 

Please describe your overall sense of safety in Wake Forest and share specific examples that both positively and negatively influence your attitude.

Here's your chance to share your ideas and help shape the future of our community.

Mayor appoints committee to plan WFHS football team celebration
Mayor Vivian Jones has appointed a 10-member committee to plan an event celebrating Wake Forest High School’s 2017 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA football championship.

The Cougars defeated Mallard Creek 21-0 on Dec. 9 to capture the school’s second consecutive 4AA state championship.

The committee is comprised of the following Town officials, community and civic club leaders, and Wake Forest High School boosters and supporters: Ann Welton, Lisa Hayes, Mary Petretich, Joe Kimray, Jill Bright, Stacy Bagley, Cindy Joyner, Jackie DeLuke, Liz Simpers, and Josh Copeland.

The committee has started meeting and is working with the school to select a date for the community celebration. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Forest Moon Theater presents "Sylvia" Feb. 9-11 & 16-18
Forest Moon Theater will present “Sylvia” Friday-Sunday, Feb. 9-11 and 16-18, at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m., while showtime Sunday is 3 p.m.

The fur flies when Greg, a financial trader facing the uncertainties of middle age, brings home a female canine named Sylvia who’s a little too human for Greg’s wife to accept. The relationship between Greg and his dog soon threatens his marriage. It’s a comical, twisted love triangle and battle of the sexes unlike anything you’d expect. Find out who will end up in the doghouse in this Valentine’s offering from Forest Moon Theater.

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. 

For more information, visit forestmoontheater.org or call 919-435-2001.

Sylvia contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences only. Parental guidance is suggested.

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Phase 2 of Renaissance Centre renovations underway
The second phase of a nearly $1 million renovation project at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., is underway. Due to the work being performed, the Renaissance Centre’s Grand Hall is closed until spring. The Arts Annex, which includes a new art studio and business suite, is open and will continue to offer cultural education classes, workshops and exhibits. 

Phase two enhancements include a raised ceiling, extended stage, and upgraded sound system in the Grand Hall, along with the installation of theater lighting, upstairs dressing rooms, family room with baby changing table and a lighted marquee.  

Phase one improvements, completed in February 2017, entailed connecting the Arts Annex to the Grand Hall, installing movable walls in Arts Annex classrooms, purchasing a snap-lock dance floor, re-leveling the sidewalk in front of the Arts Annex, and adding assistive listening devices in the Grand Hall.  

The Renaissance Centre renovation project was made possible due in large measure to a $348,530 matching grant the Town of Wake Forest received in November 2016 from the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The total cost of the project is expected to be $848,500.

“By awarding us this grant, the Wake County Commissioners have not only acknowledged the Renaissance Centre as a viable cultural and performing arts venue, but also as an important economic driver for our community,” said Mayor Vivian Jones. 

Cemetery Advisory Board seeks history buffs and storytellers
The Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) is seeking local history buffs and storytellers who can help local history come alive during the Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour.

The CAB sponsors the annual walking tour to highlight the cemetery’s historical significance and the fascinating stories of the people buried there. The tour also celebrates the lives of the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny.

This year’s Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour will be Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Volunteer docents are needed on the day of the event to stand or sit at various locations throughout the cemetery and recount the lives, accomplishments and contributions of our historic and notable cemetery residents.

The CAB also wants to hear from area residents who have personal stories to share about the history of Wake Forest but are not interested in serving as a docent or participating personally in the tour.

Anyone who has a story to tell or insight to share about bygone eras is urged to complete the Individual History Form.

For more information, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

Youth Baseball, Softball & T-Ball registrations underway
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is accepting applications for youth baseball, softball, and T-ball for boys and girls ages 5-17 through Wednesday, Feb. 28.

A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2018, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-Wake Forest residents.

Online registration is available. 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.

Register now for Dream League Baseball
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will accept Dream League Baseball applications from Thursday, Feb. 1, through Wednesday, Feb. 28. Designed for boys and girls ages five through young adult, the adaptive baseball league will operate on Saturday mornings from April through May.

A player’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2017, and a birth certificate is required for new participants.

This year, thanks to the generous donations of presenting sponsors ShipOnSite of Wake Forest, GB Technologies, Inc., and the Savage Brothers, the registration fee is $15 for everyone, including both Wake Forest residents and non-residents.

Online registration will be available beginning Feb. 1 at http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/. 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 Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or kschurtz@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 will begin Thursday, Feb. 1, and continue through Wednesday, 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 Athletic Program Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

Mother-Son Dance March 16
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host a Mother-Son Dance on Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Mothers and sons (ages three and older) throughout Wake Forest are invited to celebrate their special bond during an unforgettable evening at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

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

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

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

For more information about the Mother-Son Dance, contact PRCR Event Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.  

Wake Forest to host free paper shredding event April 23
The Town of Wake Forest is hosting its third annual paper-shredding event on Monday, April 23. Free and open to the public, “Shred-It” will take place in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., from noon to 6:30 p.m. – or until the four Shred-it trucks are full.

The occasion offers area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible manner.

All paper will be shredded on-site, and then recycled, so participants are urged to help reduce contamination by removing all non-paper materials in advance, such as plastic binders, plastic folders and metal tabs. In addition, items that can damage the equipment will not be accepted, such as wet or moist paper, hanging file folders, books (hardback or paperback), credit cards, photographs, film, DVD’s and other metals (other than staples or paper clips), boxes, batteries, computer disks or other electronic media.

Junk mail does not need to be shredded. Residents and businesses can recycle junk mail in their Town-issued recycling cart. 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.  

Town unveils Electronic Plan Review
The Town of Wake Forest has launched a digital permitting and building plan review system that saves time and money for architects, developers, planners, residents and anyone else planning a residential or commercial project.

Known as Electronic Plan Review (EPR), the new initiative allows anyone who needs to have a plan reviewed by the Town to submit the plan electronically, and then see comments left by plan reviewers in real time.

In addition to saving time and money, EPR also saves paper and eliminates the cost of printing multiple sets of plans for review. It also allows applicants to access the plans they submitted and monitor the status of their plan review anywhere internet service is available. Finally, EPR effectively reduces the amount of time applicants must spend at Town Hall, while also shortening wait times.

The Inspections Department will host a kick-off demonstration on Electronic Plan Review on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 a.m. in the Town Hall Ground Floor Meeting Room, 301 S. Brooks St. The room is most easily accessible via the Taylor Street entrance to Town Hall.

For more information, contact Commercial Plans Reviewer/Senior Code Enforcement Official Tim Edwards at 919-435-9523 or tedwards@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Wall That Heals coming to Wake Forest in October
The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host The Wall That Heals, along with its Mobile Education Center, at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., from Oct. 18-21.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) recently announced the 2018 The Wall That Heals national tour schedule, and Wake Forest has the honor of being the only town in North Carolina slated to host the exhibit.

The 2018 tour will begin on March 1 in Portland, Texas, and visit nearly 40 communities during the year. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. More>>

Garbage, Recycling, Yard-Waste Pick-up Advertisement"Resident's Guide to Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste" now available
Have you ever wondered which household waste items belong in your garbage receptacle and which go in your recycling cart? Have you ever been unsure about how to properly package your yard waste or position your rollout garbage and recycling carts? Do you know where to go on the Town’s website to find out about sanitation service during holidays?

If you are a Wake Forest resident and you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest has a special gift just for you.

In early December, every Wake Forest resident was mailed a copy of the Resident’s Guide to Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Pickup. This full-color, eight-page handbook provides useful information about all things related to Town of Wake Forest sanitation service, including weekly curbside garbage and recycling collection, yard waste and bulk pick-up, loose leaf collection and much more. Individuals and businesses may obtain additional copies at no cost at the Wake Forest Public Works Operations Center, 234 Friendship Chapel Road.   

The guide is also available on the Town’s website at wakeforestnc.gov (search “Sanitation”) where it can be viewed electronically and downloaded in PDF format.

Town earns favorable audit report
During its normal monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Board of Commissioners received the results of an independent audit report from Cherry Bekaert LLP for the period July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

In addition to not revealing any audit findings or problems, the report acknowledged that the Town is in compliance with all of its financial policies and operating with strong internal controls in place.

The report also included several financial performance highlights:

  • Net change in the Town’s fund balance resulted in an increase of $1.6 million in the general fund;

  • Wake Forest collected 99.86% of its property taxes - its highest rate over the past 10 years and higher than the average rate of 98.25 percent for towns of similar size;

  • The Town’s property tax base was $4.7 billion on June 30, 2017, compared to $4.5 billion at the same time last year

  • Property tax collections were $24.5 million - $1 million more than last year;

  • The electric fund enjoyed an increase in net position (total revenues over expenses) of $660,000;

  • Wake Forest has a total outstanding debt of $24.6 million, which is substantially less than the applicable state-mandated limit of $43.1 million. Also, the percentage of the debt compared to the tax valuation is 0.92 percent, less than the Town’s policy of two percent or the state’s statute which is eight percent.

In addition, for the 27th consecutive year, Wake Forest received the Certificate for Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting. More>>

Wake Forest introduces new employment application process
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce Jobvite as its new electronic applicant tracking system.

Featuring a paperless application process, the new initiative also allows individuals to sign up for Job Alerts for specific job categories and locations, while maintaining current employment opportunities on the Town’s website.

Jobvite makes it possible for the Town to continue reducing its overall paper usage by eliminating the use of paper employment applications. Starting now, all employment applications must be submitted electronically. Anyone interested in applying for an open position with the Town can simply visit the Employment Opportunities page on the Town’s website, click on the job of interest and follow the prompts.

The Town’s complete list of current job opportunities is provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/employment-opportunities.aspx. Any position not listed is considered closed and not open to applicants. The Human Resources Department will contact anyone who has applied for a recently closed position whose candidacy the Town is interested in pursuing.

Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo coming to Wake Forest April 28
The American Public Power Association (APPA) has chosen Wake Forest as the site of the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. The event will take place on Saturday, April 28, at 8 a.m. on property just north of Wake Forest’s Holding Village at the end of South Franklin Street.

On that day, hundreds of electric lineworkers from public power utilities across the United States will descend on Holding Village to compete in timed contests to showcase their skills and knowledge in the craft of line work. Teams of lineworkers will climb poles, build overhead construction, pull up wire and hang transformers, all within a set time limit. Events will be judged on safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and speed. 

 The event will be free and open to the public.

Area residents who live in the vicinity of Holding Village will likely notice increased activity in the area in the coming weeks as crews begin preparing the grounds to serve as the rodeo site. Initial efforts will include clearing brush and constructing temporary roads, followed in early 2018 by the installation of over 100 temporary utility poles, none of which will be connected to live power.

The work will be performed during normal work hours and is not expected to cause any serious disruptions.

All heavy equipment and deliveries will enter the site via Friendship Chapel Road. More>

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 Business & Industry Partnership launches new website
The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership (WFBIP) has launched a new website that provides useful information on the Partnership, its current projects and the economic development opportunities available in Wake Forest.

Located at discoverwakeforest.org, the site offers a functional and responsive design, which means it is resizable for any screen, including any mobile device for mobile web users. The WFBIP’s site also features a variety of photos and videos, along with useful demographic, land development, and quality of life data about Wake Forest - all geared towards attracting a variety of new business and industry, including technological, pharmaceutical, advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurial.

Wake Forest Power unveils new video series
Wake Forest Power is celebrating Public Power Week this week by releasing a new series of videos that highlights the efforts of electric utility employees.

Entitled The People Behind Wake Forest Power, the four-part series features Tree Trimming Supervisor Jimmie Kearney, Electric Meter Supervisor Jeremiah Swann, Electric Supervisor Chad Champion and Customer Service Manager Andrew Brown, Jr.

Each video offers unique insight into each person’s job responsibilities, while also exploring their personal motivations and underscoring their commitment to public service.

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, each video is approximately two minutes long. All are available on the Town’s website and airing on Wake Forest TV 10.

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>

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

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

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

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

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

Waste Wizard helps residents recycle 
The Wake Forest Public Works Department recently unveiled an interactive Waste Wizard to help residents get disposal tips on hundreds of household items. From aluminum cans to zip lock bags, the quick and easy search tool provides users with details on what items go into the recycling bin or the trash can. 

Residents can also use the tool to learn their garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up day.

The Waste Wizard is also available on the town's app.

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.


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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.

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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.