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Tickets on sale for
2019 State of the Town Address & Dinner

Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2019 State of the Town Address on Monday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., during the 11th Annual State of the Town Address and Dinner. Presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, the event will take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

During her remarks, Mayor Jones will highlight the Town’s key accomplishments in 2018 and outline the goals Wake Forest will strive towards in 2019.

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 at www.wakeforestnc.gov/state-of-the-town.aspx. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre Box Office with cash, check or credit card. A processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card.

Anyone wishing to attend the program portion of the event 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 end of the dinner portion of the program. The mayor's address is expected to begin between 6:45 and 7 p.m.

Ting Internet to bring gigabit fiber Internet to Wake Forest
Ting, a division of Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX, TSX: TC) is pleased to announce that Wake Forest will be the next town to get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting. Residents can pre-order now.

With established markets and operations in nearby Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, Ting’s expansion into Wake Forest will benefit from its local brand strength and operational synergies. Once completed, it will also add approximately 10,000 serviceable addresses to Ting’s North Carolina footprint.

Ting Internet’s mission is to bring true gigabit fiber Internet with an unparalleled customer experience to cities and towns across America. Ting is building the infrastructure of the future: a gigabit fiber network extending to every customer. That means every home or business address connected to the Ting fiber network has its own fiber optic connection into the premises, enabling every user in a home or business to experience lightning fast, low latency, highly reliable Internet access.

“Increasingly, we see that cities and municipalities are looking for better Internet options for their residents and businesses because the incumbents aren’t stepping up,” said Tucows CEO Elliot Noss. “Fiber is the technology that will power smart cities for the next hundred years.”

In 2015, Ting announced it would bring fiber Internet to Holly Springs, NC, and in 2018 Ting named Fuquay-Varina as the next “Ting Town” in the greater Raleigh, NC area. The charming town of Wake Forest will be the third Ting Internet town in North Carolina, and the seventh in the country.

“Ting Internet is proud to be expanding into the Town of Wake Forest, which has so many of the qualities we look for in a Ting Town,” added Noss. “It’s a future-focused community with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong focus on education and progress. It’s a place where community leaders value the importance of fiber infrastructure and all the benefits it will bring to their constituents.”

Indeed, Ting’s build in Wake Forest would not be possible without the leadership and enthusiasm of the Town.

“Wake Forest is a growing community comprised of highly-educated, globally-connected residents that rely on high-speed communication to meet their ever-changing needs,” said Wake Forest Mayor, Vivian Jones. “We are extremely excited to welcome Ting to Wake Forest and look forward to experiencing the crazy fast speed and reliability fiber optic service delivers.”

Ting expects to light its first customers in Wake Forest this summer.

Pre-orders are open for Wake Forest
Wake Forest residents can pre-order Ting crazy fast fiber Internet now at ting.com/wakeforest. A one-time $9 pre-order is returned as a credit on a customer’s first Ting bill. Pre-ordering secures the best possible break on start-up costs on Ting gigabit service, including the full cost of installation.

Construction will begin this winter and will run in neighborhood phases. These construction phases will be announced on the dedicated Wake Forest Ting Town page at ting.com/wakeforest. This page will be updated regularly as milestones are reached. More>>

Register now for several athletics leagues
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is accepting applications for the following youth and adult athletics leagues through Feb. 28:

Attention Adults! Sign up as a free agent
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is making it easier than ever for area adults to participate in its athletic leagues.

Adult men and women interested in playing softball, kickball and flag football - that do not have a team to play on - can sign up as a free agent, then assigned to a team in need of players.

The initiative is designed to encourage more adults to be active and take advantage of the PRCR Department’s array of athletics offerings.

Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to sign up as a free agent.

Bright Star Touring Theater presents
“The Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King” Feb. 9

Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, will offer two free performances of “The Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King” on Saturday, Feb. 9. Geared for ages six and older, the free performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Admission is free, and everyone is invited.

Please note: Bright Star was originally scheduled to perform “Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement,” but the program was changed to “The Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King.”

The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of both triumph and tragedy. In this dramatic show, the audience comes to see that the rights won by the American Civil Rights Movement came with a heavy price.

This production is part of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre’s "Arts For All" free community performance series, which is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

For more information, visit wakeforestrencen.org or contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest Mardi Gras March 2
Join us for a fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, March 2, during the Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest and Thomas G. Walters: Allstate Insurance. This family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival invites area residents to visit the heart of Wake Forest and experience all our downtown has to offer. The event will offer a variety of fun things to do, including a walking parade, children's activities, and assorted contests for people of all ages. Several downtown merchants and event sponsors will also offer special discounts and activities throughout the day.  More>>

Ad space available in
"Official Guide to Wake Forest"

Later this year, the Town of Wake Forest will publish an updated version of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. Published most recently in December 2015, the guide is a comprehensive handbook about all things related to Wake Forest and an invaluable resource for everyone who lives here - both newcomers and long-time residents alike.

The full-color guidebook will include an overview of the town’s history, a description of Town departments and a complete list of popular community events. It will also contain important contact numbers, as well as information about Town programs and services, advisory boards and the Board of Commissioners. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, senior resources, healthcare, civic clubs and much more.

A copy of the guide will be mailed to approximately 33,000 homes and businesses in Wake Forest and Wakefield, including every resident in the 27587-zip code. An additional 11,000 copies will be distributed to visitors and newcomers to our community. A digital copy will also be provided on the Town’s website.

A limited number of ad spaces are available for purchase ranging from $400 to $3,500. Ad orders must be submitted and paid in full to lock in ad space. The deadline to reserve an ad is April 5. More>>

Register now for “Lawn Care 101”
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will sponsor “Lawn Care 101” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6-8 p.m. The class will take place in the Town Hall Ground Floor Meeting Room, 301 S. Brooks St. The room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.

Geared to homeowners, the “how-to” session will emphasize warm season turf management and address issues related to establishing and caring for your lawn. The workshop will also address common landscaping practices used throughout Town-maintained parks.

Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover will lead the workshop. An N.C. State graduate with a degree in Turfgrass Science, Glover has 10 years turf management experience involving everything from parks and golf courses to professional baseball and football sports turf, including Bank of America Stadium.

The cost to participate is $5 and registration is required. The nominal fee will be used to help sponsor a cooking class for Club Connect, a social club for teens and young adults with disabilities sponsored by the PRCR Department.

Register online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/lawn-care-101.aspx. Class size is limited to the first 50 people to register.

For more information, contact Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

Volunteers needed for Wake Forest “Potato Drop” Feb. 23
The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) and several other Wake County organizations committed to a sustainable food future will host the Wake Forest Potato Drop on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Ave.

The event will bring together hundreds of area volunteers to bag 60,000 pounds of white potatoes that will be distributed to dozens of food pantries across our region and state.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to bag the potatoes and work alongside the Wake Forest Waste Minimization & Compost Team to remove the potato scraps. Local civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate. The event will also offer a great opportunity for local students to earn community service hours.

Anyone planning to volunteer should bring/wear comfortable shoes and clothing and work gloves.

The Potato Drop and cleanup is expected to conclude by 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, organizers will host an information session about the Wake Forest Community Connections Garden sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Church.

In the event of rain, the Potato Drop may be rescheduled for Saturday, March 9.

For more information, contact NCFST Chair Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919-435-9466 or abrown@wakeforestnc.gov.

Tickets on sale for
Renaissance Centre’s “Celtic Angels Ireland”

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the Celtic Angels Ireland on Monday and Tuesday, March 18-19, at 7 p.m.

The Sheeva Quintet, Celtic Knights and Angels Dancers with Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin, captivate audiences of all ages with an awe-inspiring show that encompasses vocal and instrumental Irish favorites along with spectacular world class champion Irish dancing.

Through their shared zeal and passion for Ireland’s musical and dance traditions, this talented troupe enables their audiences to experience the “Real Ireland.” You’ll be enthralled from the moment the lights dim as the sweet and stirring songs of Ireland, rigorously precise dances, and traditional musicianship carry you to Ireland on wings of music.

Celtic Angels Ireland 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 joyous celebration of everything Irish.

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.

For more information, visit the Renaissance Centre website or call the box office at 919-435-9458.

Town announces band lineup for
2019 Friday Night on White

The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce a power-packed band lineup for the 2019 Friday Night on White concert series.

The Magic Pipers will once again kick off the series on April 12, followed by Sleeping Booty on May 10; Love Tribe on June 14; The Soul Psychedelique on July 12; Big Love on Aug. 9; and Crush on Sept. 13. For more information about each band, including videos of band performances, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/band-line-up.aspx.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street 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.

Renaissance Centre to host open house
for classes & summer camps Feb. 12

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. The information session will showcase the array of classes, programs and summer camps to be offered by the Renaissance Centre in the coming months.

Area residents are invited to drop-in any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. to meet Renaissance Centre staff and class instructors who will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about various activities, including upcoming summer camps and cultural arts programming for children and adults.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Tickets selling fast for Big Love's
Rockin' the Forest concert Feb. 22

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., will continue the “Rockin’ the Forest” music series on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. with local favorite Big Love.

A six-piece dance band based out of Raleigh, Big Love plays a variety of music guaranteed to get you moving, including jazz, disco, pop, funk, R&B and beach.

Advance tickets are $10 each plus tax and can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card at www.wakeforestrencen.org/tickets-events. Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the concert tickets can be purchased at the door.

Assembling some of the top musical acts in our area, the Rockin’ the Forest music series features a variety of popular beach music and cover bands that play rock and roll covers from classic to modern rock, with a little funk and original music thrown in.

Each Rockin’ the Forest concert will also include a cash bar serving beer and wine. More>>

HRC to host Multicultural Day March 23
The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) will host the inaugural Multicultural Day on Saturday, March 23, from 1-4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Themed “Celebrating the local flavor of Wake Forest,” this free event will feature a variety of multicultural foods available in our community. Several local restaurants, food vendors, caterers and grocery stores will showcase their culturally diverse foods and desserts by providing free samples.

Area residents are also invited to come out and view artwork from local students depicting their family’s various countries of origin. Attendees will have the chance to cast their vote for best artwork based on age categories.

Several musical acts will also perform throughout the afternoon.  

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during Multicultural Day. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training prior to the event. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate. To sign up and/or view the full array of volunteer opportunities at Town-sponsored events and activities, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/volunteer-wake-forest-online-registration.aspx. More>>

Tickets on sale for “GRITS The Musical” Dinner Theatre
Tickets are on sale for “GRITS The Musical” Dinner Theatre on Saturday, April 6, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Perfect for a girls’ night out, GRITS (Girls Raised in the South) is a lively musical based on the book, "Friends are Forevah" by Deborah Ford.

A full-production journey that will take you to and through the heart of the South, GRITS will have you laughing and crying, while transporting you back in time. It's four women, four generations and four different views. It's your mother, your sister, your Grandma, your best friend. It's sweet tea, collard greens, fresh tomatoes and banana pudding. It's country music, jazz tunes, old time blues and toe tappin' rock. It's the old, the new and some things in between. It's about love and laughter, revelation and grace.

GRITS The Musical is comprised of a four-woman cast spanning age groups from young women in their 20’s to mature women in their 50’s and 60’s. Each woman is an individual storyteller and vocalist and every story carries a song. 

Prior to the show, The Forks Catering will serve a two-course meal featuring southern fried chicken, pork loin with baked apples, mashed potatoes with gravy, collard greens, mac and cheese, green beans, dinner rolls, and coconut cake or banana pudding.

The occasion will also include a cash bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and dinner will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the dinner show are $40 plus tax including dinner. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org/tickets-events or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

PRCR to offer free adult yoga class Feb. 26
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer a free adult yoga class Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 2:15-3 p.m. at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

Geared for participants ages 18 and older, the introductory class will emphasize the healing benefit of yoga with slower movements and connection to the breath. The practice is considered especially beneficial for anyone recovering from injury or illness. Participants will explore a moderately easy flow, gentle stretches and end with an extended guided meditation.

All levels are welcome. No registration is required, but anyone planning to participate is encouraged to bring a yoga mat and two towels (one hand towel and one bath towel) and wear comfortable clothing.

The PRCR Department will offer a four-week adult yoga class beginning Tuesday, March 5, from 2:15-3 p.m. The cost for the four-week session is $32 for Wake Forest residents and $47 for non-Wake Forest residents. Online registration is available at http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/.

For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or mlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Register now for Champions in Motion Cheerleading
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will offer “Champions in Motion” cheerleading classes on Tuesday evenings at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Designed for girls and boys ages 4-18, the sessions will continue through Sept. 3.

The weekly classes will be conducted for different age groups according to the following schedule:

  • Ages 4-6 - 6-6:45 p.m.

  • Ages 7-9 - 6:45-7:30 pm

  • Ages 10-18 - 7:30-8:15 pm

Champions in Motion combines pom and cheerleading into one program. Students are taught cheerleading techniques, such as cheers and chants, with arm motions, jumps, kicks and stunting basics. Students are also taught dance routines and other dance techniques using poms to visually enhance the choreography.

Champions in Motion offers students the skills necessary to successfully try out for middle school and high school teams they might otherwise not be able to afford at high-cost cheer gyms.

There is a $10 registration fee and an $8 drop-in fee for each class. Pre-registration is required at https://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com.

Students should dress for each class in comfortable athletic clothing, such as T-shirt and shorts or leggings. Participants wishing to compete in cheerleading competitions will be required to purchase uniforms.

For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or mlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Park in the direction of traffic flow or risk a fine
Police officials are urging Wake Forest motorists to park in the direction of traffic flow or risk a $25 fine.

Wording in Sec. 30-251 of the Town’s Code of Ordinances addresses “Parking in direction of traffic flow:”

“Parking shall be established in the direction of traffic flow on all streets within corporate limits of the Town of Wake Forest with passenger side (right) tires to the curb on two-way streets.”

In summary, on a two-way road, you must park with the right-hand wheels next to the right-side curb. Otherwise, you are parked illegally.

Police say they will spend the remainder of January and all of February issuing warnings to motorists that park in the wrong direction along town streets. But beginning March 1, officers will begin enforcing the ordinance. That means anyone observed by law enforcement to be parking against the flow of traffic will be subject to a $25 fine.

The initiative is designed to reduce the potential for traffic accidents caused when illegally parked motorists pull head-on into oncoming traffic.

No parking in access aisles of handicap parking spaces
Wake Forest officials are urging area motorists to pay attention to an updated “no parking” ordinance or risk a hefty fine.

Sec. 30-53 of the Town’s Code of Ordinances pertains to “No Parking & Safety Zones:”

“Whenever authorized signs or markings are placed, erected or installed indicating no parking or safety zones, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the regulations in connection with such signs or markings.”

During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Board of Commissioners adopted an addition to the law that addresses the growing problem of vehicles parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces. Those access aisles are painted with diagonal hatch marks to discourage parking in them.

The updated ordinance specifically prohibits all motorists, regardless of whether the driver and/or the passenger(s) have a disability plate or placard, from parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces:

“In addition to and included in the definition of the signs and markings defined above, it shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle in any area marked by hatched marks or diagonal lines or designated as an access aisle. The prohibitions set forth in this Section shall apply regardless of whether the vehicle in question displays the distinguishing license plate or placard as provided in G.S. 20-37.6, regarding handicapped drivers and passengers.”

Anyone observed by law enforcement parking in an access aisle is subject to a $250 fine.

Work underway on cover for Joyner Park amphitheater
Barnhill Construction Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has begun the initial phase of construction on the cover for the E. Carroll Joyner Park amphitheater.

The work will include the installation of temporary fencing around the construction site. No trespassing signage will be posted prominently throughout the area. Officials strongly urge park visitors 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 shelter will provide full stage coverage offering performers both shade from the sun and protection from the rain.

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

For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recently named the Town of Wake Forest as the recipient of the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2018-19 annual budget. This marks the fifth consecutive year Wake Forest has earned the GFOA honor.

The award represents a significant achievement by the Town and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

To receive the budget award, Wake Forest was required to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award. This has been presented to the Town of Wake Forest Finance Department. By earning the award, the Finance Department satisfies one of the objectives outlined in Goal 4 of the Town’s strategic plan: Enhance Fiscal Strength.

For budgets beginning in 2018, over 1,600 participants received the award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of over 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

To view the Town’s 2018-19 annual budget, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “budget.” For more information, contact Chief Financial Officer Aileen Staples at 919-435-9461 or astaples@wakeforestnc.gov.  

Free paper shredding event April 29
The Town of Wake Forest is hosting its fourth annual paper-shredding event on Monday, April 29. Free and open to the public, “Shred-It” will take place rain or shine in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., from noon to 6 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, then recycled. 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>>

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 online, 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>

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.

Wegmans is coming to 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.

The Wegmans Wake Forest store 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.

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>>

Wake Forest celebrating 10 years of bus service
July 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of Wake Forest Bus Service, and town officials marked 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.

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.

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.