Month: June 2016

Men’s Fall Rec & Open Co-Rec Softball Registration Begins July 1

Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Men’s Fall Recreational and Open Co-Recreational Softball Leagues begins Friday, July 1, and continues throughout the remainder of the month.

Beginning July 1, online registration for both leagues will be available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-softball.aspx. Registration information will also be provided at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The registration period for these leagues ends Sunday, July 31, at 5 p.m.

The Men’s Fall Recreational Softball League is limited to Class E teams and lower. League play is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 15, and games will be played on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

The Open Co-Recreational Softball League will also begin the week of Aug. 15, with games on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The entry fee is $550 per team.

For more information, contact Athletics Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or mhawkins@wakeforestnc.gov.

Police Reminds Residents – Most Fireworks Illegal in North Carolina

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, the Wake Forest Police Department is reminding area residents that the possession or discharge of most fireworks that explode, spin, fly, jump in the air, or leave the ground in any way are prohibited by North Carolina law. Illegal explosives include but are not limited to firecrackers, ground spinners, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and mortars.

The law is stipulated in North Carolina General Statutes 14-410 and 14-414. Violation of this State Law is a Class 2 Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days to six months in jail.

Residents are also reminded that explosive fireworks, which are sold legally in South Carolina and several other states, are illegal in North Carolina.

In North Carolina, fireworks that are available for personal use are those marked as 1.4G. Novelty items, including sparklers, caps for toy pistols, snake and glow worms that emit a snake-like ash when burning, and trick noisemakers, are legal but still can cause injury if not properly handled. In all cases, these items should be kept away from young children and pets.

While illegal and legal fireworks always pose a serious property and life safety hazard, the threat is even greater when the weather is hot and dry. Houses and businesses composed of wood frame construction, surrounded by combustible landscaping, can contribute to fast moving fires caused by the negligent use of fireworks. Significant brush fires and injuries to persons may also occur as a result of fireworks use.

Viewing public displays handled by professionals is the safest way to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July. An array of family activities is planned for area residents on Sunday, July 3, at Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr., beginning at 5:30 p.m. A professional fireworks display will conclude the festivities. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/july4.aspx.

Family Movie Night at Joyner Park June 25

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer Family Movie Night at Joyner Park on Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake County, and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, the outdoor movie series features a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, and thrillers, all projected on a 26-foot inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater. The event also includes on-site food vendors selling snacks and refreshments.

Family Movie Night at Joyner Park is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the PRCR Department is not permitted to publicize the title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the June 25 movie: it’s a 2015 computer-animated family comedy that served as a spin-off to the “Despicable Me” franchise.

To obtain the titles of the June 25 movie and future films offered as part of the Family Movie Night at Joyner Park series, sign up for The Week Ahead via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx, download the town’s app, or call 919-556-7063.

Future film screenings are scheduled for July 30 and Aug. 13. Showtime for each event is 8:30 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

In the event of rain, Family Movie Night will be moved inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Updates will be provided on the town’s website and Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification informing them of any schedule changes.

For more information about Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or ljacobs@wakeforestnc.gov.

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 or jcarr@wakeforestnc.gov.

Police Request Public’s Assistance

The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the subjects shown in the surveillance camera images below.

The individuals are wanted for questioning in connection with a May 11 larceny that occurred at Lilly Mae’s, 1839 S. Main St.

Anyone who believes they may recognize or know the whereabouts of these individuals is encouraged to call the Police Department Tip Line at 919-435-9610. All calls are confidential.

Wake Forest Fourth of July Celebration July 3-4

Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more await you at Wake Forest’s 2016 Fourth of July Celebration. Now in its 43rd year, this community extravaganza is Wake Forest’s most eagerly-anticipated summer-time event serving up two days’ worth of fun and excitement for the entire family.

The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, July 3, at Wake Forest High School’s Trentini Stadium, 420 W. Stadium Dr. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. Children age six and under are admitted free.

For the first time ever, advance tickets to the Fireworks Spectacular may be purchased online at WFJuly4th.com. Anyone who purchases a ticket online will receive a print at home ticket, which must be redeemed for a wristbandat the red tent, located at the main gate.

Advance tickets may also be purchased at the following area locations:

  • Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 305 S. White St.

  • Wake Forest Weekly, 229 E. Owen Ave.

  • Aloha Tan, 12223 Hampton Way Dr.

  • All About Hair & Nails, 12223 Hampton Way Dr.

  • Town & Country Hardware at Gateway Commons, 910 Gateway Commons Circle

  • NC General Stores, 150 S. White St.

  • For Old Times Sake Antiques, 223 S. White St.

  • Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

As a special offer, buy four tickets in advance and get your fifth ticket free.

The Band of Oz, one of the southeast’s most popular beach music bands and a 1997 Beach Music Hall of Fame inductee, will again headline this year’s celebration. Other highlights will include Don Carrington’s Parachute Team and an unforgettable 20-minute fireworks display. The fireworks show typically begins at dusk – between 8:30 and 9 p.m. – but there is no official start time.

Concessions, including hamburgers, hot dogs,popcorn, and snow cones will be available for purchase at the Fireworks Spectacular.Three food trucks will also be on site, including Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Charlie’s Kabobs, and Fuzzy’s Empanadas.

Picnic baskets and/or coolers are allowed but will be inspected before being permitted insidethe stadium. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited onthe Wake Forest High School campus.

Handicap parking (by identification only) and regular parking are available on the school campus. Families may tailgate in the parking lot, but everyone that enters the school campus must be a paying spectator.

The revelry continues on Monday, July 4, with the Children’s Parade along North Main Street. Area youngsters are invited to hop on their bicycles and be a part of their very own “walking parade.” The lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest College Birthplace. The procession will get underway at 10:30 a.m. Participation in the Children’s Parade is free, but bicyclists are encouraged to wear their helmets.

The Independence Day festivities conclude at 11 a.m. with Arts & Games in the Park. Children of all ages are invited to create a variety of colorful arts and crafts projects inside the Wake Forest Community House, join in a slew of games and activities at Holding Park, and enjoy several giant inflatables at R.H. Forrest Field. The Wake Forest Community House and Holding Park are located at 133 W. Owen Ave., while Forrest Field is located at 123 W. Owen Ave.

The VFW Chuckwagon and Pelican’s SnoBalls will be on site selling concessions.

The Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park are free and open to the public.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Fourth of July Celebration in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “July 4” function. Designed to provide smart phone users with useful information about all of this year’s Fourth of July festivities, the function offers instant access to the Fireworks Spectacular, the Children’s Parade, Art & Games in the Park and more.

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

In case of inclement weather, updated event information will be posted on the Town of Wake Forest websiteand thetown’s Facebook page. In addition, smartphone users who have downloaded theTown of Wake Forest appwill receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during the Fireworks Spectacular and Art & Games in the Park. For more information, visit WFJuly4th.com or email WFJuly4th@gmail.com.

Independence Day Holiday Schedule

The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Curbside garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection will also be suspended and Wake Forest Bus Service will not be provided.

During the week of July 4, the collection of garbage and recycling will take place one day later than normal and extend into Saturday. For example, crews will collect Monday’s route on Tuesday, and Friday’s route on Saturday.

Yard waste collection will resume Tuesday, July 5, at 7 a.m. Crews will follow the normal collection schedule beginning with Monday’s route. Collection of the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday routes will occur throughout the remainder of the week until all routes have been completed. In order to ensure that all neighborhoods are serviced properly, Wake Forest residents are urged to leave their normal yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. Tuesday. Please avoid placing items on or near mailboxes, utility boxes, utility poles or other fixed objects.

Bulk pickups will be scheduled for Wednesday, July 6. To schedule a bulk pickup, call 919-435-9570 by 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Residents who call after hours may leave a voicemail message. Residents may also request a bulk pickup by emailing Betty Pearce at bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

All voicemail and email requests for bulk pickup service must include the resident’s name, physical address, and telephone number, along with a description of the bulk waste items to be collected. Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.

When scheduling a bulk waste pickup, Wake Forest residents are urged to follow the town’s bulk waste guidelines. Defined in the town’s code of ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the town-issued roll-out garbage cart. Examples of bulk waste pickup items include furniture, lawn mowers, swings, and book shelves. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Bulk pickup.”

Wake Forest bus service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will not be provided July 4. Both the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop will resume their normal schedules on July 5.

Town offices will re-open Tuesday, July 5, at 8 a.m.

Android and iPhone users can have a guide to the town’s holiday operations schedule in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Holidays” function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to the holidays the town will observe in 2016, the function includes information concerning holiday garbage and recycling collection schedules, links to current press releases, important contact information, and more.

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

For information throughout the year concerning the Town of Wake Forest’s holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the garbage and recycling collection schedule, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/holiday-schedule.aspx.

Traffic Alert – Longmont Drive

Beginning Monday, June 20, Cardinal Civil Contracting will close the portion of Longmont Drive between the private alley in the vicinity of Austin View Boulevard to approximately 400 feet east of Plott Hound Lane.

The closure is necessary to allow crews to install new water and sewer lines as part of phase eight of the Austin Creek Subdivision.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct traffic around the work area. The contractor will maintain entrances and exits to local residents and their properties.

Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed in early July.

For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at 919-435-9443 orhmiller@wakeforestnc.gov.

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.

Traffic Alert – Wall Road

The Town of Wake Forest will reduce to one lane with alternating two-way traffic the portion of Wall Road from Wallridge Drive to Sinewell Drive today from 1-3 p.m. The temporary closure is necessary to allow tree crews to remove a large tree overhanging the southbound lane in the 700 block of Wall Road.

No detours will be posted, but flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct traffic through the work area.

Delays are expected so drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible.

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.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park Continue June 25

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will continue its free, monthly outdoor movie series at E. Carroll Joyner Park on Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m. Joyner Park is located at 701 Harris Road.

Sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake County, and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park feature a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, and thrillers, all projected on a 26-foot inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater. The event also includes on-site food vendors selling snacks and refreshments.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the PRCR Department is not permitted to publicize the title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the June 25 movie: it’s a 2015 computer-animated family comedy that served as a spin-off to the “Despicable Me” franchise.

To obtain the titles of the June 25 movie and future films offered as part of the Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park series, sign up for The Week Ahead via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx, download the town’s app, or call 919-556-7063.

Future film screenings are scheduled for July 30 and Aug. 13. Showtime for each event is 8:30 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

In the event of rain, Family Movie Night will be moved inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Updates will be provided on the town’s website and Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification informing them of any schedule changes.

For more information about Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or ljacobs@wakeforestnc.gov.