Month: September 2016

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., providesa 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).

HRC Announces 2016 Good Neighbors of the Year

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is pleased to announce Brianna Hernandez and Hank Pierwola as the respective 2016 Good Neighbor of the Year youth and adult award winners. Mayor Vivian Jones made the announcements during Sunday’s Good Neighbor Day celebration at Holding Park.

Brianna was nominated by her parents, Amy and Richard Hernandez, who wrote in their nomination narrative that their daughter is committed to serving Wake Forest “and developing herself to become a better citizen.”

An honor roll student at Wake Forest High School and the “Commander of Saber Team” in the JROTC, Brianna has volunteered at several community events, including the Wake Forest Fire Department Fish Fry, Paws 4 Life 5K, the annual Purple Heart Dinner, and the Wake Forest Charity Car Show.

She is alsoan honored member of the “Daughters of 1812” due to her academic excellence, leadership, military discipline, dependability, patriotism, and upright character in speech and habits, which exemplify the ideals upon which our nation was founded.

“Brianna is very responsible and would like to become a future leader,” noted Amy and Richard Hernandez. “She has a strong work ethic and feels obligated to give of her resources and time to make the community a better place. She is on track to do big things in this world and it is all starting with serving the citizens of Wake Forest. We are proud of our daughter and how hard she works and feel privileged that she is growing up in such a great community.”

Patricia Schneck nominated Hank Pierwola. She began her narrative by writing: “Anyone whose path has crossed the life of Hank Pierwola is very fortunate.”

She went on to note that for many years he has delivered “The Wake Forest Weekly,” been a member of the Wake Forest VFW, and worked at the annual Purple Heart Dinner. He also coordinates the American Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.

“He has taken those in need to doctor’s appointments and to church, always with a smile and a touch of his dry wit,” wrote Schneck.

“This gentle man epitomized the phrase ‘Good Neighbor’ so worthy of recognition yet humbled to be called out by name for his good deeds.”

The HRCcreated the Good Neighbor of the Year Award to recognize Wake Forest residents whomake exceptional contributions toimprovethe quality of life in their neighborhoods. The program also honors those who make a difference in our community without seeking or receiving recognition for their service.

The HRC solicits nominations for the award each year from April through August and announces the winners during Good Neighbor Day.

“The Human Relations Council is delighted to recognize Brianna Hernandez and Hank Pierwola as this year’s Good Neighbor of the Year award winners,” said HRC Chair Dennis Brennan. “Their selfless service to others in our community reflect the wonderful spirit of the award and make them especially deserving of this special honor.”

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 PlannerMichelle 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 withthe significant men and women who lived in the homes. Individual homes will not be toured.

Each tour will begin and end at theWake 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 at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-historic-district-walking-tours.aspx.

Additionaltours 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.

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:

  • Public Power Week Crossword Puzzle Contest – From now through Wednesday, Oct. 5, Wake Forest Power residential electric customers can enter to win free electricity in October by participating in the Public Power Week Crossword Puzzle Contest. Three winners will be announced during the evening Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6. To download the crossword puzzle and registration form, visit the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/crossword-puzzle-contest.aspx.
  • Savings for Seniors Bingo – Wake Forest-area seniors are invited to enjoy a special morning of bingo outdoors on Tuesday, Oct. 4. From 10 a.m. to noon, Wake Forest Power will host “Savings for Seniors Bingo” in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Highlighting a variety of energy-savings ideas, this event will offer participants the chance to have fun and win prizes donated by local merchants. In case of rain, the event will take place inside town hall.
  • Customer Appreciation – Public Power Week is also Customer Appreciation Week. As our way of saying “thank you” to our valued customers, town staff will serve popcorn each day in the lobby of town hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and give away special prizes. Staff will also be available to share information and answer questions about Wake Forest’s array of customer programs and services.
  • Energy Expo – On Thursday, Oct. 6, the lobby of the Wake Forest Town Hall will be the scene of a daytime and evening energy savings and electric safety expo featuring hands-on demonstrations and representatives from Wake Forest Power, ElectriCities, Northern Regional Center, Resources for Seniors, ChurchNet, Wake County Human Services and more. The town and Wake Forest Power will present the daytime expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., then welcome co-sponsor Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for the evening edition from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to attend and learn how to make their homes more energy efficient, save money on their electric bills, avoid electric hazards, and be safe around electricity. During the energy expo participants can also register to win a variety of special prizes donated by local merchants.
  • Free Hot Dogs – Wake Forest Power will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 6, by giving away free hot dogs and sodas beginning at 11 a.m. Wake Forest area residents are invited to come get them while they last.
  • Electric Safety Demonstrations – Also on Oct. 6, Wake Forest Power linemen will offer on-demand electric safety demonstrations in Centennial Plaza for groups of two or more. The creative program will teach children and adults smart electrical safety habits, demonstrate the power of electricity and show the potential hazards associated with unsafe actions around power lines, pad mount transformers and switchgear.Participants will also experience what it’s like to be a lineman and how they stay safe when working with electricity. By actually holding tools and safety equipment, visitors will have the chance to learn firsthand the importance of electrical safety. Wake Forest Power will also display a bucket truck and other equipment in the town hall parking lot for visitors to view and enjoy.

A division of the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Power supplies electricity to approximately 5,000 residential and 1,300 commercial customers. A public power community since 1909, Wake Forest is one of 32 members of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). For more information about Wake Forest Power, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/wakeforestpower.aspx.

For more information about Public Power Week events and activities, contact Customer Service Manager Drew Brown at 919-435-9466 or abrown@wakeforestnc.gov.

Free 2016-17 Wall Calendar Now Available

The Town of Wake Forest is making it easier than ever for area residents to keep track of popular town events thanks to a new 14-month wall calendar.

Soon to be 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, including Sunday’s Good Neighbor Day at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave., and the Sept. 24-25 Dirty Dogs Pet Extravaganza at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The free calendars will also be available at the following Wake Forest locations during the week of Sept. 26:

  • Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

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

  • Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave.

  • Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Ave.

  • Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

  • Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.

  • Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St.

The 2016-17 Wake Forest Wall Calendar aligns with several objectives outlined in Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community, including Objective C: Ensure citizens are well-informed about community activities; Objective D: Build citizen participation in the community; and Objective E: Enhance the sense of connection of all neighborhoods to the town.

Traffic Alert – Main Divide Drive

UPDATE – This work has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and be completed on Thursday, Sept. 22. The information below has been updated to reflect the new schedule.

S.T. Wooten Corp. will reduce to one lane with alternating two-way traffic the area along the 1600 block of Main Divide Drive from Tuesday, Sept. 20, through Thursday, Sept. 22. The lane closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The closure is necessary to allow crews to repave the section of road.

Signs and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic through the work area.

The contractor will maintain entrances and exits to local residents and their properties.

For more information, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or ekeravuori@wakeforestnc.gov.

Technology Advisory Board Unveils New Blog

The Wake Forest Technology Advisory Board (TAB) is pleased to announce the activation of its new blog, “TAB Bytes.” The blog is accessible through the TAB page on the town’s website or directly via www.wakeforestnc.gov/tab-bytes.aspx.

The TAB will update the blog each month with information concerning its efforts and activities. The first post, “Seeking Better Broadband – A Journey to Next Generation Connectivity & Capacity,” addresses the TAB’s ongoing efforts to bring enhanced broadband service to Wake Forest.

Area residents interested in technology and TAB-related activities in Wake Forest are encouraged to read each month’s blog post and share their comments and questions. The TAB will attempt to respond within 24 hours.

The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners approved the formation of the TAB in 2014 making it one of the town’s 14 citizen advisory boards.

The purpose of the TAB is to advisethe Town of Wake Forestin all areas related to technology. The group’s aim is to spur economic development through technologicalgrowth by collaborating with business, industry, non-profits, public institutions, and citizens.

For more information about the TAB, including a list of members, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Technology Advisory Board.”

Dirty Dogs Pet Extravaganza Sept. 24-25

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is partnering with Dirty Dogs Spa to host the Fourth Annual Dirty Dogs Pet Extravaganza Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. The event will take place each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Free and open to the public, the pet extravaganza raises money, awareness, and food donations for local animal rescues and provides pet owners a fun day out with their furry sidekicks.

Attendees will be invited to enter entertaining contests ranging from “Best Trick” to “Pet-Owner Look-A-Like” and attend micro-seminars covering a variety of popular pet topics. As a special bonus, Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization, will also be on site to present an amazing show.

Last year’s Pet Extravaganza raised over 10,000 lbs. of dog and cat food and over 20 dogs and cats were adopted.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Dirty Dogs” or call 919-435-9560.

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 is designed to coincide 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.

Similar to many physical illnesses, early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery from mental illness. Symptoms of depression include:
Feelings of sadness or emptiness that don’t go away within a few weeks

  • Extreme irritability over minor things

  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Appetite/weight changes

Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms is encouraged to undergo a free depression screening.

“This weeklong depression screening event is a great opportunity to educate our community about common mental health conditions, as well as resources that are available for treatment,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree.

Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters at each location. Mental health professionals are also needed to conduct the screenings. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rich Perkins at richperkins66@gmail.com.

Applications Now Accepted for 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade.

Applications are available online atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-christmas-parade.aspx and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested participants may submit their application online or by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. Entries postmarked by Saturday, Oct. 15, will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entriesneeded for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified via email no later than Monday, Oct. 31.

Paymentfor entry must be received by Monday, Nov. 14, to secure a position in the parade. Parade packets foraccepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 28. The packet will include vehicle passes,parking information, and other pertinent event details.

Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Downtown Development Office at 919-435-9416 or lbeadle@wakeforestnc.gov.