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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  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>>
 

Holiday happenings easy to find on Town's website
Wake Forest comes alive in late November and early December with a variety of holiday events and activities offering a hearty helping of Christmas spirit for the entire family.

From the Lighting of Wake Forest and Pictures with Santa to the Celtic Angels Christmas and 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.


Lighting of Wake Forest Nov. 30
Area residents are invited to experience the wonder and magic of the holiday season at the annual “Lighting of Wake Forest” on Friday, Nov. 30. Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the tree lighting will take place in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall.

The evening’s festivities will get underway at 6 p.m. with Mayor Vivian Jones lighting the town’s 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, followed by Santa Claus’ exciting arrival aboard a Wake Forest fire truck. The event will also include performances by local choirs, a children’s craft activity, “Pictures with Santa” in the Town Hall lobby, a Tri-Area Ministry Food Drive, and free cookies and hot cocoa, while supplies last. More>>


Music Discovery & Instrument Zoo Nov. 7
The NC Symphony will present a free “Music Discovery & Instrument Zoo” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Geared for preschool and elementary age children and their families, this hands-on musical activity will feature NC Symphony musician Rachel Niketopoulos reading a children’s book followed by an interactive demonstration of orchestra instruments. Attendees will learn how the horn instruments of the orchestra make their sounds and hear examples of classical and popular music composed for horns.

Afterwards, audience members will have the opportunity to try their favorite instrument in the instrument zoo.

This Music Discovery program is sponsored by PNC's “Grow Up Great” initiative, promoting literacy and arts education for preschoolers and their families. More>>


Fall Foliage Tours at Joyner Park Nov. 7
Due to unseasonably warm temperatures so far this fall season, the vibrant red, orange and yellow leaves that typically adorn the trees in our area are few and far between. As a result, this year’s Fall Foliage Tours at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, were postponed until Wednesday, Nov. 7. Weather permitting, Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores will offer the free, one-hour tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Parents and children of all ages are welcome, and no registration is required. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to meet at the information kiosk located adjacent to the Joyner Park parking lot.

In the event of rain, the Fall Foliage Tours may be rescheduled.

For more information, contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Luke Devores at 919-435-9565.
 

Celtic Angels Christmas Dec. 8 & 9
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host a Christmas Jubilee Concert featuring the “Celtic Angels Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.

The Sheeva Quintet, Celtic Knights and Angel Dancers with Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin, captivate audiences of all ages with the Magic of Christmas in an awe-inspiring show which encompasses vocal and instrumental seasonal and Irish favorites along with spectacular world class champion Irish dancing. This show is a true holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland!

Celtic Angels Christmas features the beautiful vocal quintet of Victoria Kenny, Emily Carroll, Tammy Browne, Amy Penston, and Ellie Mullane, all of whom hail from Ireland. The quintet has performed in several popular musicals, including “West Side Story,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “Grease.” They have also performed in “Celtic Women” and “Jury’s Irish Cabaret.”

Combined with the stunning dance routines of the Celtic Knight and Angel Dancers featuring Patrick O’Mahoney of Riverdance, this family show is a true holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland.

Tickets are $25 each plus tax and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card. Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. Both performances are expected to sell out. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets now. More>>
 

Thousands pay respects at
The Wall That Heals

The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation were proud to host The Wall That Heals Oct. 18-21. Over those four days, an estimated 20,000 people from across North Carolina and beyond visited The Wall at E. Carroll Joyner Park.

The Town produced a video tribute to the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.


Volunteers needed to plant trees throughout Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest is seeking volunteers to participate in a major tree planting initiative over the next several months.

Beginning the week of Nov. 12, the Town’s Urban Forestry division will begin planting approximately 200 street trees throughout Wake Forest. As part of the effort, volunteers are needed to dig holes, plant trees, spread mulch and water the trees. The initiative is expected to extend into early 2019.

The tree-planting project offers a great opportunity for local students to earn community service hours. However, volunteers under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian.

Anyone interesting in volunteering is encouraged to register.
 

Police Department Turkey Drive off to a slow start
The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Turkey Drive got underway in September, but the campaign organizer says donations are coming in slower than usual.

“So far donations have been coming in little by little,” said Officer M.W. Sattler. “Things usually pick up in November, so we’re hoping for the same this year.”

The police department will accept donations through Saturday, Nov. 17. Area residents can support this worthy cause by submitting online donations via PayPal. Cash and checks written to the Wake Forest Police Department are also accepted. Anyone wishing to contribute cash or a check to this year’s Turkey Drive should contact Officer Sattler at 919-795-7270.

All monetary donations will be used to purchase additional turkeys.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the police department will accept monetary donations and donations of frozen turkeys at the Wake Forest Police Department Main Station, 225 S. Taylor St., from 9 a.m.-noon.

The police department will then distribute the turkeys while they last on Monday, Nov. 19, from 9-11 a.m., at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.


Wegmans confirms plans to build a store in Wake Forest
Wegmans Food Markets has confirmed plans to build a store in Wake Forest. The store will be situated on the south side of Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass between US 1/Capital Boulevard and Siena Drive, just west of Ligon Mill Road.

Wegmans has signed a purchase agreement and is jointly seeking municipal approvals to build an anchor store as part of a larger mixed-use development by Stiles.

Wegmans Wake Forest is expected to be up to 100,000 sq. ft. in size and similar in design to Wegmans’ other newest stores. A timeline for opening the store will be announced once all necessary approvals are in place.

The Wake Forest location is approximately 11 miles northeast of the Raleigh site along Wake Forest Road where Wegmans is scheduled to open its first store in North Carolina in 2019. Plans are also underway for one Wegmans location in Chapel Hill and two sites in Cary.


Register now for Smart Cycle Class Nov. 10
The Town of Wake Forest will host its first Smart Cycling Class on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the ground floor meeting room of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Designed for area residents ages 16 and older, the Smart Cycle Class will emphasize safe riding techniques, the proper way to scan for automobiles, intersection safety tips, how to avoid road hazards, such as tree limbs, pot holes and rocks, and more.

The class is $25 per person and $15 for each additional family member (limit four family members per class).

On the day of the class participants should bring their own bicycles and helmets. Loaner helmets and bicycles will also be available on a limited basis.

The session will begin with classroom instruction, continue with a variety of bicycle drills in the Town Hall visitor parking lot (located along Brooks Street), and conclude with a group ride that will allow participants to practice their cycling skills.

For more information, contact Transportation Planner Suzette Morales at 919-435-9412.
 

Police Department accepting donations for Shop with a Cop
The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting donations from area residents and businesses for the 20th Annual Shop with a Cop.

Checks and cash can be mailed or delivered to the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St.

This year’s Shop with a Cop holiday shopping spree is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18. On that day approximately 30 area children will visit the Wake Forest 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 $175 to spend on a winter coat and other items of their choice. Parents are encouraged not to accompany their children.

Following the shopping spree, the children and their partners will be treated to a pizza party.

Shop with a Cop was created to help less fortunate boys and girls in the Wake Forest area experience a joyous Christmas. Since its inception in 1999, the program has helped well over 400 local children.

The Wake Forest Police Department raises money for Shop with a Cop through grants and donations from area citizens, churches, civic groups, and merchants. For more information, contact Lt. B. Mote at 919-554-6150 or bmote@wakeforestnc.gov.


Stay informed about garbage, recycling & yard waste collection with Waste Wizard
The Waste Wizard is making it easier than ever for residents to stay informed about Town of Wake Forest garbage, recycling and yard waste collection programs.

Available on the Town’s website, the Waste Wizard is an interactive tool that allows users to sign up for waste collection reminders and download collection schedules.

The Waste Wizard also allows users to type in key words related to disposable household materials and receive valuable disposal tips. From aluminum cans and phone books to popcorn bags and plastic beverage bottles, the search tool helps residents determine which items can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away.

As a bonus, the Waste Wizard is provided as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app.


Forest Moon Theater to present
The Memory of Water Nov. 9-11 & 16-18

Forest Moon Theater will present “The Memory of Water” Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Showtime on Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m., while Sunday’s showtime is 3 p.m.

The death of their mother reunites sisters in England who at first could seem no more different from one another. Conflicting memories of the same events from their past highlight what separates them. On the eve of the funeral, in the bedroom haunted by their mother’s ghost, confrontations amidst the laughter stir the waters and bring secrets to the surface.

This play is produced by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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 on “day of” admission tickets. 

Please note: Parental guidance recommended. Contains some adult language and subject matter, including alcohol and drugs, that might not be suitable for young people. 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>>


Police Department to host
fourth "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" class Nov. 26

The Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled a third Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class on Monday, Nov. 26, 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.


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 off to a good start
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>>


Progress 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.