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Wake Forest Home & Garden Show Aug. 11-12
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host the third annual Wake Forest Home & Garden Show on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12, from noon-4 p.m.

Presented by Mitchell Heating & Cooling, the Home & Garden Show will feature over 40 local experts showcasing the latest in home improvement products, services and features.

As an added bonus, this year’s event will again include a Shopping Marketplace with local art, handmade decor and various home products available for purchase.  

“For anyone planning a home improvement or yard enhancement project, our home and garden show will offer a convenient look at what’s available in our area,” said Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge.

In addition to visiting with local home and garden experts, attendees will have the opportunity to attend free seminars throughout the two-day event and enter a number of prize drawings. Courtesy of B&W Hardware, this year’s grand prize is a Traeger Pro 22 Series Grill and accessories package valued at over $1,000.

Admission to the Wake Forest Home & Garden Show is free and open to the public. More>>
 

Friday Night on White continues July 13 with Sleeping Booty
The Town of Wake Forest will continue its free outdoor music series with Sleeping Booty on Friday, July 13. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

The remaining concerts will feature Big Love on Aug. 10, and Crush on Sept. 14.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. and along Owen Avenue. More>>


Police reveal top three high-risk intersections in Wake Forest
The Wake Forest Police Department recently announced the top three high-risk intersections in Wake Forest based on the number of accidents that occurred in these areas during the 2017-18 fiscal year:

  • Capital Boulevard (US 1)/Agora Drive/Wake Union Church Road - 55

  • Capital Boulevard (US 1)/South Main Street (US1-A)/Falls of Neuse Road - 51

  • Capital Boulevard (US 1)/Burlington Mills Road - 46

Failure to reduce speed, inattention and distracted driving were the most often cited contributing factors in these accidents.

Police officials are taking this opportunity to urge motorists to be alert and proceed with caution through these and all intersections.

In an effort to make the high-risk intersections safer, officers will be conducting enforcement campaigns in and around these areas.


Reception to open Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit &
Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists set for July 28

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) will host a special reception to formally open its Temporary Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit on Saturday, July 28. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. Light refreshments will be provided.

The reception will have an informal, open house-style format, so area residents are invited to drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. PAC members and several of the featured artists will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the selected works of art.

Free, illustrated maps highlighting the locations of the works on view for each exhibit will be available during the reception. Area residents who are unable to attend the reception but wish to take the self-guided tour may also pick up a brochure at the Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. More>>
 

Fireworks Spectacular attendees invited to take online survey
The Town of Wake Forest hosted the 2018 Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. An estimated 20,000 area residents attended the event, while hundreds more watched the fireworks display from areas in and around Heritage Wake Forest.

The Town is conducting an online survey to gather feedback from everyone who attended the Fireworks Spectacular. The five-question survey is available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/fireworks-spectacular.aspx from now through Saturday, July 21, and takes less than five minutes to complete.

The survey is an important element in the Town’s Fireworks Spectacular planning efforts. Officials plan to incorporate survey responses to identify ways to improve the event moving forward.

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


Taylor Street Park Sprayground announces new Sunday hours
The Taylor Street Park Sprayground now operates according to a new schedule on Sundays only.

Located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., the sprayground is currently open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Starting Sunday, the facility will be open from 1-8 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the remainder of the week.

The schedule change is designed to reduce parking overflow at Olive Branch Baptist Church, 326 E. Juniper Ave., during Sunday morning services.

Free and open to the public, the Taylor Street Park Sprayground is a dynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements - flowing, misting, and jetting - with diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.

For more information, contact Athletic Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.


Wake Forest celebrating 10 years of bus service in July
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 underway 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>>


Renaissance Centre unveils new & improved website
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at www.wakeforestrencen.org/.

Built and hosted by VC3, the Renaissance Centre’s new site offers a more functional and responsive design, which means the website is resizable for any screen, including any mobile device for mobile web users.

The visitor-friendly site is also American Disability Act compliant and features prominent, colorful slideshow-style event banners, along with an event carousel highlighting upcoming programs and performances.

The site also offers improved navigation menus, friendly URLs, social media integration and access, improved online payment capability, and mobile phone/tablet accessibility.

In addition, the new website features a new and improved calendar offering one source for visitors to learn about all of the events scheduled to take place at the Renaissance Centre.


Work underway 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>>


Wake Forest Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony28th Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor Henry Black
Area residents are invited to the 28th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The Aug. 6 service will honor Henry Black, who served his nation in the U.S. Army during World War II. Members of Black's family will participate in the ceremony, which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising. After raising the American flag, the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard will raise the U.S. Army service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Black served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout August.

Photographs and other remembrances of Black will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the Town Hall lobby through the end of the month. More>>


Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park continue July 28 with "Cars 3"
From May through August, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The following films will be featured as part of the 2018 Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park:

  • May 26 - Coco

  • June 30 - The Lion King

  • July 28 - Cars 3

  • Aug. 11 - Beauty & The Beast

New this year, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park will also include the following movie-related pre-show activities beginning at 7:15 p.m.:

  • May 26 - Music & Masks
    Make skull masks at the arts and crafts table and join local student performers as they play and sing music from the movie, Coco.
     
  • June 30 – Meet the Animals of Africa
    The Museum of Natural History will be onsite with a “Meet the Animals” program table and Carolina Tiger Rescue will provide a community presentation.  
     
  • July 28 – Create a Car
    Bring your own cardboard box to create a car with your family that you can sit in while you enjoy Cars 3. 
     
  • Aug 11 – Belle & Books
    Bring a new or gently used book to donate and enjoy a Meet and Greet with Princess Belle.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Pre-show activities begin at 7:15 pm and movie showtime is 8:30 pm. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Assorted food vendors will be on site selling snacks and refreshments. More>>


New town limits signs identify Wake Forest as "Purple Heart Community"
The Town of Wake Forest recently installed new town limit signs to mark Wake Forest’s corporate limits.

In addition to reinforcing the Town’s brand by highlighting the “Town tree,” the new signage prominently identifies Wake Forest as a “Purple Heart Community.”

In July 2012, the Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 2012-76 thereby designating Wake Forest as a “Purple Heart Community” - the first of its kind in North Carolina.
 

The Wall That Heals coming to Wake Forest Oct. 18-21
The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host The Wall That Heals, along with its Mobile Education Center, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, from Oct. 18-21.

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

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


Friday Night on White T-shirts on sale
Friday Night on White commemorative T-shirts are now on sale for $10 each.

Available in a variety of youth and adult sizes and styles, including a tapered V-neck for women, the T-shirts come in dark gray and lime green. 

Featuring the Friday Night on White logo and the slogan “I Party with 12,000 of my closest friends” on the front and the 2018 band lineup and sponsors on the back, the commemorative T-shirts may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

T-shirts will also be available for purchase with cash or check during each Friday Night on White concert - while supplies last - at the information tent in the vicinity of Shorty’s, 214 S. White St.

During each concert, attendees spotted wearing a Friday Night on White T-shirt will be eligible to win a free Chick-fil-A gift card. More>


Major road resurfacing project continues
Wake Forest has begun a major road rehabilitation and resurfacing project that targets over 50 streets and roadways. The initiative, which will take several months to complete, includes full depth patching, roadway repairs and repaving.

Barnhill Contracting Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town, will perform work on several streets throughout Wake Forest.

Affected residents will be notified of work in advance by door hangers. During the scheduled work dates, these residents will be required to move their parked vehicles off the street. Vehicles left on the street on the scheduled work dates will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Once the work begins, detour signs and flaggers will direct traffic around the work areas. Motorists in these areas should use caution, obey flag signals from construction personnel, and take the signed detour or choose an alternate route.


2018 Dementia Awareness Education Series continues July 15
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is hosting several seminars designed to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the 2018 Dementia Awareness Education Series will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

This year's series continues on Sunday, July 15, at 2 pm with "Memory Cafe." The workshop will take place in the Renaissance Centre Grand Hall, 405 S. Brooks St.

This event offers a special opportunity for persons diagnosed with early stage memory loss and their care partner(s)/family to engage with peers in a relaxed, unstructured environment.  The café atmosphere promotes social engagement and support through interaction with others experiencing similar lifestyle changes.  

Memory Cafe is made possible by the generous donations from the Family of Irma M. Adams and Carillon of Wake Forest. Special entertainment will be provided by Capital Transit Band. Limited seating is available for this performance. 

Future workshops are scheduled in August, September and December as part of the 2018 Dementia Awareness Education Series. To view the entire schedule and pre-register, visit our website.The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an ongoing effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.


Sponsors needed to bring 'The Wall That Heals' to Wake Forest
The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation is seeking community assistance to help cover expenses associated with bringing The Wall That Heals to Wake Forest.

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals (TWTH) is coming to E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day beginning 7 a.m. Oct. 18 through 2 p.m. Oct. 21. 

Financial support from local businesses and individuals is needed to help cover the cost of bringing TWTH to Wake Forest. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $7,500 and include an array of benefits. Each sponsorship level is designed to allow sponsors to reach a huge audience as thousands of visitors are expected to visit Wake Forest during the four-day exhibit.

Local businesses and individuals can donate online via PayPal or by check. Checks should be made payable to "Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation" and include "The Wall That Heals" in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, PO Box 168, Wake Forest, NC 27588. For more information, contact Crystal Carlson

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

The only town in North Carolina scheduled to host the exhibit in 2018, Wake Forest will be among the first to host a new, larger exhibit, which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. More>>

 


Police Department resumes fingerprinting service
The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) has resumed providing live scan fingerprinting service to the public. The department suspended the service in January in order to upgrade its fingerprinting equipment.

The Police Department offers the service on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the WFPD Main Station, 225 E. Taylor St. The cost is $10 for Wake Forest residents and $15 for non-Wake Forest residents.

For more information, contact Theresa Jusino at 919-435-9597.

Area residents also have two other local fingerprinting service options, including the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Raleigh/Wake CCBI, 3301 Hammond Road, Raleigh, offers fingerprinting service daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The fee is $15. Walk-ins are accepted, but priority is given to previously-scheduled appointments. For more information or to make an appointment, call 919-856-6300.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 285 T Kemp Road, Louisburg, offers fingerprinting services to the public during normal business hours. The cost is $10, and the telephone number is 919-496-2186.


Wake Forest Bond Referendum Logo 2014Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is underway
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.

Once construction begins, drivers 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.


PRCR Department introduces
Parks & Greenways Bench Donation Program

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is pleased to introduce a Bench Donation Program for Town-maintained parks and greenways.

The initiative will allow the PRCR Department, through donor funding, to install benches in and along Town parks and greenways in areas that have been identified as appropriate and suitable. The program also offers a unique and meaningful way for area residents to honor and remember friends and loved ones, promote their company, recognize a civic group, or commemorate a special event.

The average cost of each bench is $1,200-$1,800 and includes installation and a donor inscription. Donations may be tax-deductible.

The PRCR Department will accept applications and payment for the first round of bench installations through Thursday, March 15.

For complete details, visit our website or contact Park Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184.

Please note: The PRCR Department is not responsible for replacing benches in the event they are stolen or damaged due to normal wear and tear, natural disaster, or vandalism.


New 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.  


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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>


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Wake Forest Memorial Flag Raising CeremonyFlag-Raising Committee seeks names
of deceased Wake Forest veterans 

The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee is soliciting the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during upcoming flag-raising ceremonies.

To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.

Friends or relatives of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chair Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018.

The Town of Wake Forest joins with representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, and the Wake Forest High School JROTC to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families during monthly flag-raising ceremonies from April through October. The services take place in town hall’s Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. More>>

 

Inspections Department offering 'Express Residential Plan Review'
The Wake Forest Inspections Department is pleased to introduce Express Residential Plan Review (ERPR). A real-time permit application review program for specific residential additions and renovations, ERPR may also be used for accessory structures, such as decks, covered porches, sunrooms, sheds and garages.  

The ERPR process is designed to bring together the town’s plans examiner and the applicant to actively review projects and discuss, revise and make changes to drawings in person to ensure zoning and building code compliance. Projects are considered for ERPR by appointment only on Thursday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Kevin Hester at 919-435-9525.


E-Billing offers added convenience for Wake Forest Power customers
Wake Forest Power is offering customers the chance to help protect the environment and save time and money through its paperless billing option. Customers who sign up for the free e-billing service receive an email notification whenever their electric bill is ready to be viewed on the town’s website. Customers who receive their bills through email enjoy greater convenience and enhanced security, while also reducing clutter and helping the environment.  

The convenience factor is magnified when customers combine e-billing with the town’s online bill pay service. Besides the added convenience, customers who pay online also save money because they don't have to pay for stamps, envelopes or checks.


"Like" us on Facebook
The Town of Wake Forest has a profile on the popular social networking site Facebook to assist with its outreach and communication efforts. Wake Forest's Facebook profile offers an innovative way of sharing information with area residents who are linked in to the site. 

Anyone who is interested can "Like" the Town of Wake Forest and allow information to come directly from the town to their own Facebook profile. "Fans" of the Town of Wake Forest are positioned to find out about upcoming events, learn about important town news, and check out photos from around the community. Current Facebook users who want to "Like" the Town of Wake Forest can search for the Town of Wake Forest profile on the site, and click the "Like" icon.


 

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.