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The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to present the October 2016 edition of E-News.

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

Applications are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 21. Only residents who live in Wake Forest or within its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to fill seats on the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment. Candidates for the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) must reside in the Historic District, in Wake Forest, or within its ETJ. Professionals with historic preservation expertise are especially encouraged to apply for the HPC. 

Applications are available on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/advisory-boards.aspx and in the town clerk’s office at town hall. Please note the Historic Preservation Commission and the Public Art Commission have their own applications. More>>


Loose leaf collection is underway
The Town of Wake Forest’s annual loose leaf collection program is underway and continues through early March.

When preparing leaves for collections, residents are urged to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Rake leaves into piles behind the curb, so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.

  • Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves. The town’s vacuum equipment is only designed to pick up loose leaves. Your cooperation will help prevent mechanical breakdowns and collection delays.

  • Place limbs and brush behind the curb in a pile separate from leaves. Limbs and brush larger than one inch but smaller than six inches in diameter must be no longer than six feet. Limbs and logs larger than six inches in diameter must not exceed two feet in length. Logs must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.

  • Keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.

Wake Forest limits the amount of yard waste and leaves it collects weekly at each residence to four cubic yards (approximately one pickup truck load), so residents are urged to plan their cleanup accordingly.

The town does not collect stumps or clearing debris from lots and will not pick up debris placed at the curb by private contractors.

Leaf collection is performed weekly according to the town’s yard waste collection schedule, but the schedule may be affected by leaf volume and weather conditions.

Wake Forest residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information concerning where crews will be working that day.

Leaf mulch is available upon request from October through March. Each delivery is approximately 20 cubic yards. To request a free leaf mulch delivery, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection ends Friday, March 10, 2017. Beginning Monday, March 13, all leaves and grass must be bagged for collection.

For more information about the town’s loose leaf collection program, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/leaf-collection.aspx or contact Betty Pearce at bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov or 919-435-9570.


2016 Christmas Historic Home Tour tickets now on sale 
The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Wake Forest Woman's Club will present their biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 7 p.m.

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

Advance tickets are now on sale for $18 (price includes tax). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmashometour.aspx and at several area locations. More>>


Holiday happenings easy to find on town's website
Wake Forest comes alive in December with a variety of holiday events and activities offering fun for the entire family.

From the Lighting of Wake Forest to the annual Christmas Parade, the holiday season is jam-packed with fun-filled happenings guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.

To help inform Wake Forest-area residents about all their holiday options, the town has created a “Christmas in Wake Forest” portal on its website. Located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmas-in-wake-forest.aspx, the web page provides detailed information about our area’s most popular holiday events. Offering dates, times, locations, event descriptions and more, “tis the season” to mark your calendars, so you don’t miss a thing.

But that’s not all.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s town-sponsored holiday events in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s "Christmas in Wake Forest" function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to all the town’s holiday happenings, including the Lighting of Wake Forest, the Downtown Merchant’s Holiday Open House, Calls from Santa and the Wake Forest Christmas Parade - just to mention a few.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.


Celebrate Public Power Week Oct. 2-8
The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining more than 2,000 not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 2-8. As part of this annual week-long celebration, the town and Wake Forest Power will offer several special events and activities. More>>


Wake Forest seeking input on Ailey Young Park
The Town of Wake Forest is seeking feedback from residents concerning Ailey Young Park and the improvements they would like to see implemented at the facility.

From now through Tuesday, Nov. 1, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/ailey-young-park.aspx to share your thoughts and opinions. The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete.

For more information, contact Transportation Planner John-Paul Zitta at 919-435-9512. 


Free 2016-17 Wall Calendar now available
The Town of Wake Forest is making it easy for area residents to keep track of popular town events thanks to a new 14-month wall calendar.

Now available at several area locations, the free calendar offers a comprehensive listing of town events scheduled between November 2016 and December 2017. The calendar also lists the various holidays the Town of Wake Forest will observe during that period.

The calendar is filled with dozens of photos featuring area residents enjoying local festivities ranging from the Mardi Gras Street Festival and Meet in the Street to the Halloween Spooktacular and Wake Forest Christmas Parade - and everything in between.

Town staff will distribute the calendars while they last at upcoming community events, but the free calendars are also available at several Wake Forest locations. More>>


Free Depression Screenings Oct. 3-8
The Town of Wake Forest is partnering with the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, The Wake Forest Weekly, and Perkins Counseling & Psychological Services to sponsor a series of depression screenings throughout our area during the week of Oct. 3.  

The campaign coincides with National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) on Oct. 6 which brings public attention to the critical needs of those living with depression and other mood disorders.

Free and open to the public, the depression screenings will be conducted by certified mental health professionals offering area residents a comfortable, confidential, and trusted means of assessing their mental health. Sessions will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. each day from Oct. 3-8 at the following locations:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 – Crossroads Fellowship, 13029 Keith Store Road

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest, 3218 Heritage Trade Dr.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road

  • Thursday, Oct. 6 – Villas of Wake Forest Club House, 989 Blue Bird Lane

  • Friday, Oct. 7 – Wake Forest Baptist Church, 118 E. South Ave.

  • Saturday, Oct. 8 – Northeast Regional Library, 14401 Green Elm Lane, Raleigh

Each screening will take approximately 10 minutes. No appointment is required, and walk-ins are welcome.


Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department unveils new promotional video
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department has released a new promotional video highlighting its array of cultural and athletic programming, parks and greenways, urban forestry initiatives, and special events.

Entitled “Creating Experiences for Everyone,” the video features PRCR Director Ruben Wall, along with several local young people and adults, discussing their favorite PRCR offerings, including youth and adult athletic leagues, Holding Park Pool, Arbor Day, Joyner Park and more.

“We are extremely proud of our new video and believe it effectively underscores our wide variety of programs and services,” said Wall. “Thanks to our staff, who recruited the young people and the adults who appeared in the video. And a special thank you to those residents who actually took part in the video. They all did a phenomenal job representing the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and sharing with the world all that we have to offer.”

Produced by Kino Mountain Productions, the nearly three-minute video is now airing on Wake Forest TV 10 and is also available on the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources page on the town’s website. To view the video, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Parks and Recreation.”


Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 27
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is sponsoring its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

The Halloween Spooktacular is a free, family-oriented festival for children ages 12 and younger.

This year’s festivities will include a costume contest, face painting and cupcake walk, along with a variety of other ghostly games and activities, and free pumpkin giveaways - while supplies last.

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

For more information, call 919-435-9560 or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/halloween-spooktacular.aspx


Register now for Wake Forest Historic District Walking Tours
The Town of Wake Forest will offer four free walking tours of the local Wake Forest Historic District on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19; 9:30 am

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26; 9:30 am

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2; 1 pm

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16; 1 pm

Led by architectural historian and Town Historic Preservation Planner Michelle Michael, the tours will include areas along North Main Street, North Avenue, Front Street, and South Avenue. Along the way each group will discuss the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with the significant men and women who lived in the homes. Individual homes will not be toured.

Each tour will begin and end at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

Space is limited to the first 12 participants to sign up for each tour, so pre-registration is required by completing the online sign-up form atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-historic-district-walking-tours.aspx.

Additional tours may be planned in the spring of 2017 depending on interest.

For more information, contact Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov.


Police Department Turkey Drive is underway
The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 19, as part of its 10th Annual Turkey Drive.

Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase additional turkeys. Checks should be written to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Donations of frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The police department will distribute the turkeys while they last on Monday, Nov. 21, from 9-11 a.m., at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this year’s Turkey Drive should contact Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270.

Officer Sattler organized the police department’s first Turkey Drive in 2007. Since then, the department has distributed nearly 5,000 turkeys to needy families in our area, including over 800 turkeys last year.


Storytelling Pajama Night Oct. 14 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host “Storytelling Pajama Night” on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to attend the free event featuring multiple award-winner and local storytelling favorite Donna Washington. In Donna’s own words, “Every story I tell is true, except for the parts I make up.”

No registration is required, and hot chocolate will be served.

The Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host a second Storytelling Pajama Night on Friday, Dec. 14, featuring Rags to Riches Theatre. Both events are part of the Renaissance Centre’s “Arts for All” free community performance series, which is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. More>>


Tickets on Sale for 2016 Renaissance Centre Broadway Ball  
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will commemorate its third year of bringing extraordinary and diverse cultural and performing arts experiences to our community during the 2016 Renaissance Centre Broadway Ball for the Arts. Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, the event will take place from 6-10:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Themed “To Broadway and Back,” this year’s Broadway Ball will feature a show-stopping performance by JTL (Just a Touch of Love) performing a variety of dance favorites.

In addition to JTL’s dynamic performance, the occasion will include a Broadway reception compliments of Cannon Catering, a three-course meal, and a cash bar serving beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Advance tickets are $50 (plus tax) per person and $90 (plus tax) per couple. Dress for the event is black-tie optional.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will help fund free community arts programming and cultural educational scholarships, so guests will also enjoy a silent auction and other fun games.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre box office with cash, check or credit card. A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. More>>


October is Firewood Awareness Month 
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) “Hungry Pests” campaign has partnered with the Nature Conservancy’s “Don’t Move Firewood” initiative to declare October as the first-ever “Firewood Awareness Month.”

Designed to raise public awareness about firewood movement as a pathway for forest pests and diseases, Firewood Awareness Month is also an opportunity for citizens to better understand how their firewood choices can slow the spread of forest pests.

Moving firewood long distances can spread invasive forest pests hidden in or on the wood. For example, the appearance of the emerald ash borer in new locations throughout North Carolina is a reminder of what can happen when invasive pests are inadvertently moved with firewood.

The USDA, APHIS, and the Nature Conservancy are urging citizens to recognize their firewood choices matter and understand they can help slow the spread of tree-killing pests by following these steps:

  • Always buy firewood that was cut locally or that has been properly heat-treated to kill any pests that may have been in or on it. If you’re unsure if the firewood is local or treated, ask the seller.

  • When traveling, buy firewood at your destination or purchase firewood that is labeled treated and certified. Many recreational areas have firewood for sale. Inquire when you make your reservations.

  • When you purchase firewood at your destination, burn it all—don't take it back home with you.

For more information, including free resources for Firewood Awareness Month, visit www.dontmovefirewood.org/blog/free-resources-firewood-month.html and follow the Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board on Twitter at @ufb4trees.


Wake Forest to receive $500K Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant
The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) recently announced the Town of Wake Forest as the recipient of a $513,581 acquisitions grant.

The funding will support easement acquisitions along the Smith Creek Greenway corridor and help finance Phase 2 construction of the Smith Creek Greenway – a 2014 bond referendum project.

Wake Forest plans to extend Smith Creek Greenway northward approximately 2.8 miles from its current terminus at Burlington Mills Road and connect it with another section of the trail. The connection will complete the missing link to the existing Burlington Mills section of Smith Creek Greenway and to Raleigh's Neuse River Greenway via the Wake Forest Connector bridge.

As part of this project, Wake Forest also plans to construct a trailhead that includes parking along One World Way.

The design for Phase 2 of the Smith Creek Greenway is scheduled to begin in October.

Wake Forest is the sole Wake County town to receive CWMTF funding during the current cycle.

Established in 1996, the CWMTF provides grant assistance to conservation non-profits, local governments and state agencies for the protection of surface waters in North Carolina. CWMTF funds projects that (1) enhance or restore degraded waters, (2) protect unpolluted waters, and/or (3) contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits, (4) provide buffers around military bases to protect the military mission, (5) acquire land that represents the ecological diversity of North Carolina, and (6) acquire land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties.


Town urges pet owners to obey leash law
The Town of Wake Forest is encouraging local pet owners to be a good neighbor and a great pet owner by obeying Wake County’s leash law.

The town regularly receives complaints from local residents about dogs running at large – particularly at town parks. Although Wake Forest does not have an ordinance pertaining to dogs, Wake County Animal Control has jurisdiction to enforce animal control laws within the town and its park system.

Wake County Animal Control Ordinance Section 2-3-7 (A) states “It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit an animal to be at large.” Section 2-3-7 (C) further states “It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to take the dog into or allow the dog to enter any public park without being at all times under the restraint of a leash unless said park is designated as a dog park.”

Any owner permitting an animal to be at large shall pay a civil penalty of $100 for the first violation.

Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St., provides a free place for dog owners to let their pets run free safely and legally without a leash. Approximately two acres in size, the park is open from dawn to dusk and located adjacent to the Flaherty Park baseball and softball fields. For more information about Flaherty Dog Park, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Flaherty Dog Park.”

To report an animal control problem, call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-PETS (7387).


Discover Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest and Brios Media are partnering to produce a series of short videos highlighting popular family-friendly destinations in and around Wake Forest.

Entitled "Discover Wake Forest," the series' first four videos feature these Wake Forest treasures: the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.; E. Carroll Joyner Park,  701 Harris Road; Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St.; and Downtown Wake Forest.

Additional videos will be produced in the coming months so stay tuned. More>>


Traffic Alert - Brooks Street
The Town of Wake Forest will begin replacing a decaying storm drain along the 100 block of Brooks Street on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Crews will also begin relocating a section of curb and gutter and sidewalk and installing two ADA-compliant street corners. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be finished in late October.

For the safety of the construction crew, the portion of Brooks Street from Wait Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue will be closed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the project is completed.

A signed detour will be posted and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

Patients of Upton & Fisher Dentistry are encouraged to park along Wait Avenue. Town crews will be on hand to provide assistance to anyone experiencing mobility issues.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Dates, times and work locations are subject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.


Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest ARTS Sign Historic Agreement 
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners recently approved an agreement between the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts and Wake Forest ARTS (WFA) that allows WFA to help coordinate fundraising support for the cultural arts venue. The agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding, is also designed to encourage the expansion of arts programming and public engagement in arts experiences in our community.

An independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization originally founded in 1990 as the Wake Forest Cultural Arts Association, WFA is an all-volunteer organization that supports local artists and existing art programs in Wake Forest, while also encouraging new arts ventures.

Under the terms of the new partnership, WFA will help develop the Renaissance Centre by building relationships in the community, while also aiding the center’s fundraising efforts by soliciting contributions to support cultural arts programming and capital improvements. More>>


Wake Forest rolls out Bigbelly trash & recycling bins 
The Town of Wake Forest recently unveiled several Bigbelly Solar Trash and Recycling compactor units in public spaces around town.

Throughout late June and early July, town crews installed eight Bigbelly receptacles in seven locations, including three town parks and along South White Street. Four of the units are trash and recycling containers, while the other four are trash units only.

Bigbelly receptacles are high-tech trash compacting containers that use solar power to compact trash. While each container has the same general “footprint” as a standard 35-gallon open top container, each unit’s compacting function allows the new containers to hold up to 150 gallons of trash, thus eliminating the need for more receptacles.

The units also use smart technology to notify town staff via email when they need to be emptied.


DMV's Mobile Driver's License Unit returns to Renaissance Centre Oct. 3 & 17
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, Sept. 19. The mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The compact mobile office is part of a statewide initiative to improve customer service and reduce wait times at the DMV.  

Featuring two driver license examiner stations, the new mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.

The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit on the first and third Monday of each month. The mobile office will return to Wake Forest on Monday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. 


Rogers Road Bridge Replacement Project continues 
Work began Monday, June 27, on replacing the Rogers Road Bridge that spans Smith Creek.

The initiative is part of the NCDOT’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

The Rogers Road Bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structure remains safe to use, it has required constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridge was built to design standards that are no longer in use.

NCDOT will replace the existing two-lane bridge with a five-lane bridge and widen from two to five lanes the portion of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road. Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during school rush hours. 

The closure, which is projected to last until early November 2016, will send the motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Heritage Lake Road, the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass and South Main Street.

Area residents are reminded that although the bridge is closed, businesses in the vicinity remain open. More>>


Work set to begin on Smith, Sanford & Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project 
Fred Smith Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has started construction on the Smith Creek, Sanford Creek and Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project.

The initiative entails the construction of a continuous pedestrian facility consisting of approximately 3.8 miles of greenway trail – including boardwalk and bridges - and 0.8 mile of sidewalk, along with a multi-use path in the vicinity of Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle, and Heritage High Schools. Once completed, the project – which will introduce new wayfinding signage - will connect the major activity centers throughout Wake Forest. More>>


Taylor Street entrance to town hall

Town launches online permit request program 
The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the successful launch of a new online permit request program. The initiative allows contractors and homeowners to request electrical, mechanical, and plumbing trade permits online and receive them via email.

Anyone wishing to request a trade permit online should visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/inspections.aspx and click on the Trade Permit Application link. Complete and submit the form online, and an Inspections staff person will respond by email with a permit number and cost.

Contractors who pay online will receive a copy of the permit via email. Homeowners are required to pay at the Inspections Department, located in the ground floor of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact Inspections Director JJ Carr at 919-435-9519.


Police Department celebrates one-year anniversary of "Operation Safe Sale" 
The Wake Forest Police Department recently celebrated the one-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.


Neck of the Woods returns to Renaissance Centre Oct. 21 
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts welcomes the return of the Neck of the Woods performance series on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Presented and sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, Neck of the Woods is a variety performance series featuring emerging local artists. Each show is different and may consist of several performing arts acts, including actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers and spoken word artists.

Tickets are $5. More>>


"No Parking" now enforced near several greenway entrances 
The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of installing “No Parking” signage along several roads located near town greenway entrances. The new signage is intended to alert motorists to a town ordinance designed to offer maintenance crews and trail users easier, safer greenway access.

Approved by the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners in July 2015 after two public hearings, the sign ordinance is outlined in Chapter 30 Article VI: Traffic Schedules Section 30-241 of the town’s Code of Ordinances. More>>


Town unveils Waste Wizard to help 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.


Final phase of work set to begin on Dunn Creek Greenway
In June Park Construction of NC, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD), began the final phase of work on the Dunn Creek Greenway between Heritage Greens Drive and the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass. The greenway has been closed since October 2014 when CORPUD began the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP).

The final phase of work entails removing sections of existing asphalt, regrading areas that were disturbed by the recent sewer line installation, and installing stone shoulders and new asphalt. The contractor will then dress out the shoulders, seed and straw the entire project, pull all excess materials, and remove the silt fencing and equipment. More>>


Wake Forest LIVE details live music events
In case you haven’t noticed, Wake Forest is rapidly becoming known as a hotbed for live music. What began with the annual Six Sundays in Spring music series and occasional concerts in the park, has expanded to include Friday Night on White, Rockin’ the Forest and Music at Midday. 

In an effort to keep you informed about these and other live music events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, we’ve created Wake Forest Live – your one-stop source for information.

We've also created a Wake Forest Live page on Facebook. Be sure to check it out and "Like Us" so you can stay informed about the latest and greatest live music events coming to Wake Forest! More>>


Board of Commissioners seeks groups to lead Pledge of Allegiance at meetings
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 sign up, contact Commissioner Jim Thompson at 919-417-4217. 


Flag-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>>


Get your "Official Guide to Wake Forest"
Have you ever needed the telephone number for a particular department in the Town of Wake Forest or an address for one of the town’s parks or other facilities? Have you ever been curious about Wake Forest’s history or wanted information about area schools or healthcare providers? Are you new to Wake Forest and looking for fun places to go and things to do in our area?

If you’re a Wake Forest resident and you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce have a special gift just for you.

In December every Wake Forest resident who lives in the 27587 zip code should have received their own copy of the Official Guide to Wake Forest. This clever, all-in-one handbook provides useful information about all things Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, a description of town departments, a listing of annual community events and advertisements for several local businesses. The guide also contains important contact numbers, as well as comprehensive information about town programs and services, volunteer opportunities and local government. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more. More>>


Beware of IRS-Related scams 
The Wake Forest Police Department is warning area residents not to be fooled by scammers impersonating IRS investigators. 

In recent days the police department has received numerous reports from residents about callers claiming to be from the IRS telling the intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a credit card, bank account draft, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

Potential phone scam victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy. More>>


Renaissance Centre hosts "flix4kidz" & "Free at 3" Oct. 10
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is offering free movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on Monday, Oct. 10.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. the Renaissance Centre will host “flix4kidz,” followed at 3 p.m. by “Free at 3.”

Featuring only G or PG-rated children’s and family films, “flix4kidz” offers free family-friendly movie showings at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday morning of each month.

Designed for adults ages 50 and over, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase during both events.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to publicize the titles of each month’s films. However, you can obtain the movie titles of films offered at the Renaissance Centre by signing up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or by calling the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.


Wake Forest Cemetery introduces new ways to honor loved ones
The Wake Forest Cemetery is now offering two new ways to say goodbye to loved ones who have passed away.

The cemetery’s new niche columbarium is designed for friends and family who wish to be cremated. Constructed of limestone, the two-sided structure stretches approximately eight feet long and features five horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of niches on each side.

The Town of Wake Forest is now selling columbarium niches for $400 each. Measuring 6.75 inches by 6.75 inches and 14.75 inches deep, each niche will hold two polished, sheet bronze urns which are included in the purchase price.

The town has also introduced a new memorial wall to honor friends and family members who may be interred elsewhere. The two-sided memorial wall features six horizontal rows and 10 vertical columns of memorial facing stone on each side.

Engraved memorial wall placards cost $250 each and include the person's name, birth date, date of death and options for religious symbols.

For information about how to purchase a columbarium niche or engraved memorial wall placard, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.


Wake Forest Power offers "Pay-As-You-Go"
Wake Forest Power has unveiled a new payment option that allows residential customers to pay for electricity in advance. Known as “Pay-As-You-Go” electricity, the initiative utilizes advanced metering technology that also enables customers to more closely monitor their energy usage.  

Under the Pay-As-You-Go program, residential customers have the flexibility and control to pay for electricity when they want in the amount they want. By paying for electricity before they use it, pre-pay customers never pay a late fee and are never charged disconnect and reconnect fees if their account runs out of credit.

Customers also have the opportunity to more closely monitor how much energy they use. Instead of appearing on a traditional paper bill that is generated once a month, electricity usage is calculated daily and the cost is deducted each day from the pre-paid account. As a result, customers have the opportunity to observe in real time what happens when they adjust the thermostat a few degrees or turn off an extra light. More>>


Town & Police partner with Nextdoor  
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods. The integration with Nextdoor will enable the town and the police department to connect directly with residents in Wake Forest neighborhoods in a collaborative attempt to build safer communities, develop stronger relationships and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.

Free for both Wake Forest residents and the town, Nextdoor allows neighborhoods to establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites. Residents who join their neighborhood websites can share information about neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and more. Nextdoor also allows the town and the police department to post news advisories and emergency notifications and announcements about programs, services and special events to Nextdoor websites within Wake Forest. 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.


Police urge residents to help prevent vehicle break-ins
The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the community’s help with reducing motor vehicle break-ins. The police department urges area residents to lock your unoccupied vehicles at all times, remove your valuable items and any extra set of keys from the vehicle, and double check to make sure your car is locked before going to bed at night.

Most of the break-ins in our area involve vehicles that were unlocked or show no sign of forced entry. In many instances, the owner left valuables, such as GPS devices, electronics equipment, iPods, handbags, cash, cell phones, computers and weapons visible to thieves. Owners who take the extra precaution of locking their doors and removing valuable items can significantly reduce their chances of becoming a victim of a vehicle break-in. If an item can’t be removed, then its best to make sure it is out of sight to potential crooks looking for an easy target.


"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.


Customer Service Central
Wake Forest is pleased to provide a one-stop site site for residents requiring information about town services. Bookmark our Customer Service Central webpage and enjoy instant access to everything you need from electric bill payment options and service requests to energy saving tools and inclement weather information.


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.