Month: October 2016

Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition

The Town of Wake Forest will host a Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles and must be available for the entire competition.

Businesses, civic groups, and community organizations of 10 or more individuals are especially encouraged to volunteer.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or

Tickets Still Available for 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. Guests will also enjoy a silent auction and a variety of fun games.

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

Tickets may be purchased online at 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.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will help fund free community arts programming and cultural educational scholarships. For more information, including the evening’s program schedule, visit or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

DMV’s Mobile Driver’s License Unit Returns to Renaissance Centre Nov. 7

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, Nov. 7. 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 typically 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, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m.

Blasting & Excavation Operations Set to Begin South of Durham Road

The City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., are slated to begin blasting and excavation operations south of Durham Road on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The work is part of the Richland Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project.

Residents who live in the vicinity of Durham Road and West Holding Avenue are advised that blasting is scheduled to begin as early as Tuesday and continue for the next two weeks depending upon weather conditions.

The blasting operations are expected to produce construction-related noise and sounds associated with demolition activities, but residents should not be alarmed.

Residents are advised of the following alerts both prior to and following a blast:

  • Five-Minute Warning: a series of long horn blasts.

  • One-Minute Warning: Short horn blasts, separated by short pauses.

  • All Clear Signal: A prolonged horn blast following inspection of the blast.

The sewer line replacement project is expected to be completed in late December. The initiative is one of the City of Raleigh’s Capital Improvement Projects designed to improve the Town of Wake Forest service area water system.

For more information, contact CORPUD Construction Project Administrator Dennis Lassiter, PE at 919-996-3477 or

Renaissance Centre Set to Host Big Screen Classics Movie Marathon Weekend

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will offer up two days’ worth of time-honored film favorites during the “Big Screen Classics Movie Marathon Weekend” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5.

Free and open to the public, the movie screenings will begin each day at 10 a.m. and continue at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase.

Here’s your chance to experience an entire weekend of unique and universal works of cinema that have transcended time and trends, with indefinable quality.

Due to the terms and conditions outlined in its agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, the Renaissance Centre is not permitted to announce the film titles to the general public. However, the Renaissance Centre is publicizing the movie titles through its email subscription service and the Special Events Hotline. To obtain the film titles for the Movie Marathon Weekend, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. For more information, visit or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Veterans Day Holiday Schedule

The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

Yard waste collection will be suspended Nov. 11, but police, garbage, recycling, and bulk pick-up services will not be interrupted. Wake Forest bus service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will also follow the normal schedule.

During the week of Nov. 7, the town will complete its normal five-day yard waste collection cycle in four days beginning with Monday’s route and ending with Friday’s route. So, for example, on Monday crews may run Monday’s route and a portion of Tuesday’s route, then on Tuesday finish Tuesday’s route and complete a portion of Wednesday’s route.

In order to ensure that all neighborhoods are serviced properly, residents are urged to leave their normal yard waste and loose leaves in separate piles at the curb by 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7. As always, please avoid placing items on or near mailboxes, utility boxes, utility poles or other fixed objects.

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.

Town offices will reopen and the normal yard waste collection schedule will resume Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 a.m.

For information throughout the year concerning Wake Forest’s holiday operations schedule, including holiday-related changes to the town’s sanitation schedule, visit

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, so residents are reminded to turn their clocks back one hour before bed Saturday evening. Clocks are set back one hour at 2 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1 a.m. local standard time.

As clocks “fall back” one hour, residents are urged to use the occasion to replace batteries in smoke alarms, flashlights, and weather radios.

On the second Sunday in March, clocks will be set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3 a.m. Daylight Saving Time. The next clock change will be March 12, 2017.

Standard Time was instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the railroads in 1883. However, it was not established in U.S. law until the Act of March 19, 1918, sometimes called the Standard Time Act. The act also established Daylight Saving Time, which was repealed in 1919, but Standard Time in time zones remained in law.

During the “energy crisis” years, Congress enacted earlier starting dates for daylight time. In 1974, daylight time began on Jan. 6 and in 1975 it began Feb. 23. After those two years, the starting date reverted back to the last Sunday in April. In 1986, a law was passed that shifted the starting date of daylight time to the first Sunday in April, beginning in 1987. The ending date of daylight time was not subject to such changes, and remained the last Sunday in October.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed both the starting and ending dates. Under the new law, Daylight Saving Time begins three weeks earlier than before, on the second Sunday in March, and is extended by one week to the first Sunday in November. The new start and stop period began in March 2007.

Seats Still Available for Saturday’s R.I.S.E. Women’s Empowerment Workshop

Plenty of seats are still available for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department’s inaugural R.I.S.E. (Rise, Inspire, Succeed Empower) Women’s Empowerment Workshop. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Designed for young ladies ages 12-22, the free workshop will be hosted by Wake Forest Commissioner Anne Reeve and PRCR Director Ruben Wall.

R.I.S.E. will feature five facilitators discussing topics of importance to young women:

  • Rosemary Pimentel – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

  • Sheila Tolbert – Being a BOSS: Leadership Development

  • Lorna Harris – Beauty: Inside and Out

  • Valerie Frazier – Unconditional LOVE

  • Lisa Hayes – Empowered to Overcome

The event is free and lunch will be served.

Pre-registration is required by emailing Event Coordinator Lisa Jacobs at

For more information, contact Lisa Jacobs at 919-556-7063 or

WalletHub Ranks Wake Forest Among Best Places in North Carolina to Raise a Family

WalletHub, a personal finance website, has recognized Wake Forest as the 9th best place in North Carolina to raise a family.

In order to help families find the best North Carolina cities for putting down roots,WalletHub conducted a study comparing 85 cities in the state across four key dimensions: 1) Family Life & Fun; 2) Education, Health & Safety; 3) Affordability; and 4) Socioeconomics. WalletHub’s analysts evaluated those categories using 21 key metrics, ranging from “number of attractions” to “median family income” to “school-system quality.”

According to WalletHub’s findings, Wake Forest scored among the best cities in the state in nine of those metrics (1=Best; 43=Avg.):

  • 10th – Median Family Income (adjusted for cost of living)

  • 7th – % of Families with Children under 18

  • 14th – Quality of School System

  • 17th – High School Graduation Rate

  • 10th – Violent Crime Rate

  • 15th – % of Families Living Below Poverty Level

  • 6th – Unemployment Rate

  • 8th – Divorce Rate

  • 13th – Playgrounds per Capita

To view the complete list of rankings, visit

For more information about WalletHub, visit

Gov. McCrory to Host Town Hall Meeting in Wake Forest Nov. 1

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) will host a town hall meeting at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Free and open to the public, the family-friendly meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Event organizers are asking anyone planning to attend to pre-register at

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

Please note: Due to Gov. McCrory’s visit, Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners work session will begin one hour later than normal at 6:30 p.m. The Planning Board meeting will get underway at its regular time at 7:30 p.m.