Month: January 2017

UPDATE: Two Men Arrested & Charged in Series of Break-ins, Search for Two Others Continues

UPDATE:The third and fourth suspects wanted in connection with the Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 breaking and entering incidents have been arrested.

Tyquan Troublefield, 8109 Stonebridge Court, Wake Forest, and Malik Davis, 3401 Lonesome Spur Circle, Wake Forest, were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Wake County Detention Center.

Troublefield, 20, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and safecracking.

Davis, 21, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, felony conspiracy, and safecracking.

Wake Forest Police have arrested two local men in connection with a series of break-ins that occurred last week at two Heritage Wake Forest businesses, while the search for two other suspects continues.


On Thursday, Jan. 26, police were dispatched to Charlie’s Kabob Grill, 929 Heritage Lake Road, in response to an overnight breaking and entering. The next day, on Friday, Jan. 27, an employee at Heritage Cleaners, 1040 Forestville Road, also reported that they had been victimized.

Following an intensive investigation police on Tuesday evening arrested and charged Holden Ray, 20, and Anthony Hickman, 22, in connection with these crimes.

Ray, 3901 Forestville Road, Raleigh, who was allegedly involved in both incidents, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, felony conspiracy, and safe cracking.

Hickman, 1533 Lindenberg Square, Wake Forest, who participated in the Charlie’s Kabob incident, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and felony conspiracy.

Also on Tuesday, police issued arrest warrants for Tyquan Troublefield, 8109 Stonebridge Court, Wake Forest, and Malik Davis, 3401 Lonesome Spur Circle, Wake Forest, for their involvement in these crimes.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Troublefield, 20, and Davis, 21, is urged to call the Wake Forest Police Department Tip Line at 919-435-9610. You may remain anonymous.

Introducing Senior Budget Analyst Benjamin Blevins

The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce the hiring of Benjamin W. Blevins as the town’s first Senior Budget Analyst.

Blevins, who began working for the town on Monday, Jan. 30, will be responsible for assisting with the annual operating budget process, as well as reviewing performance management and outcome-based data. He will also evaluate departmental operations and make recommendations that have a town-wide impact, prepare budgetary reports, determine the financial impact of new programs, and identify ways to reduce costs.

“Ben brings valuable knowledge and experience to the town,” said Finance Director Aileen Staples. “He will be a tremendous asset as we incorporate our performance measures into our budget process.”

The Senior Budget Analyst comes to Wake Forest from New River Community College where he served as an Education Coordinator. In that position he ensured grant compliance and aided in preparing grant proposals for transitional programs. Prior to that, he was a Budget Officer in Page County analyzing capital projects, operations, and procurement and recommending strategies to increase revenue, reduce expenses, and utilize existing resources more efficiently.

A native of Abingdon, VA, Blevins earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Virginia Tech in 2014. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Emory & Henry College.

A former collegiate tennis player, Blevins still enjoys playing tennis during his free time. He’s also a huge Virginia Tech football fan.

Applicants Sought for Several Advisory Board Vacancies

You can make a difference in our community by applying to fill one of the vacancies on the Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB), Greenways Advisory Board (GAB), and Urban Forestry Board (UFB).

All residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are eligible to apply for these openings. Applications may be completed and submitted online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/advisory-boards.aspx. Application forms are also available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, and may be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587; faxed to 919-435-9419; or emailed to dharris@wakeforestnc.gov.

Applicants will be expected to attend the February meeting of the advisory board to which they applied in order to introduce themselves to the board’s current members and explain why they wish to serve:

  • Cemetery Advisory Board meets Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the town hall ground floor meeting room, 301 S. Brooks St.

  • Greenways Advisory Board meets Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 a.m. in the town hall ground floor meeting room, 301 S. Brooks St.

  • Urban Forestry Board meets Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the town hall ground floor meeting room, 301 S. Brooks St.

Following the interviews, each advisory board will review its slate of candidates before submitting its recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.The Board of Commissioners will announce the new appointments during its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 21.

Terms for the new appointees will commence immediately. Selected applicants will volunteer for three-year terms, except where unexpired terms are being filled.

The town’s advisory 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. For more information, contact Town Clerk Deeda Harris at 919-435-9413 or dharris@wakeforestnc.gov.

Share Your Comments & Stay Informed about the Future Joyner Park Community Center

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is making it easier for area residents to offer their input on the future Joyner Park Community Center (JPCC) and stay informed about the project.

The PRCR Department hosted public meetings on the proposed facility on Jan. 21 and Jan. 26. Approximately 30 area residents attended the sessions, each of which included a presentation by representatives from Clark Nexsen, the facility designer.

As a means of encouraging greater citizen participation in the planning process, the PRCR Department is inviting area residents to share their comments about the future center via email at jpcommunitycenter@wakeforestnc.gov. Information submitted will help town officials identify, develop, and evaluate the final design of the facility.

Additionally, Wake Forest has created a portal on its website designed to keep area residents informed about the town’s progress on the future JPCC. Located at www.wakeforestnc.gov/future-joyner-park-community-center.aspx, the web page includes the PowerPoint presentation Clark Nexsen presented during the public meetings in late January, a link for residents to provide their comments via email, and information about the JPCC’s part in the 2014 Bond Referendum. The page content will be updated regularly with the latest information on the future facility.

Situated one mile east of Capital Boulevard at 701 Harris Road, E. Carroll Joyner Park is Wake Forest’s largest park. Offering an abundance of gorgeous scenery, including picturesque rolling hills, a majestic pecan grove, and a 2,000-linear-foot stone ribbon wall, the park consists of 117 acres – 84 of which are currently being used.

Preliminary plans call for the JPCC to be built on a portion of the park’s 33 remaining acres. Town officials insist the facility will be constructed in a manner consistent with the park’s natural beauty and rustic feel.

For more information, contact Facilities Director Mickey Rochelle at 919-435-9455 or mrochelle@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest’s First PAFR Provides Easy to Understand Overview of Town’s Finances

The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce a new tool designed to help inform citizens about the town’s financial condition

For the first time Wake Forest has prepared the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). Also known as the Citizens’ Financial Report, the document is an abbreviated summary of the town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Offering financial and operational information in a summarized format, the 12-page report provides an overview of the town’s financial results in a manner that is easy to understand by those without a background in public finance or accounting.

In addition to providing financial data, the PAFR highlights information about Wake Forest’s demographics, elected officials, ongoing initiatives, and the town’s strategic plan.

The PAFR aligns with Goal 4 of the town’s strategic plan: Enhance Fiscal Strength; Objective A: Maintain public trust in the sustainability of the town’s financial system.

“We are very excited to present the town’s first Citizen’s Financial Report,” said Finance Director Aileen Staples. “This publication directly aligns with our strategic plan objective to maintain public trust in the sustainability of the town’s financial system. We also want to be transparent in providing the citizens with complete information on the financing of town programs and services.”

The 2016 PAFR is now available for viewing on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/popular-annual-financial-report.aspx. A digital version will also be provided on the town’s new Open Data Portal. Hard copies will be available by mid-February at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

For more information, contact Finance Director Aileen Staples at 919-435-9461 or astaples@wakeforestnc.gov.

“Happy Dan the Magic Man” Returns to Renaissance Centre Feb. 15

Happy Dan the Magic Man will perform his one-of-a-kind magic and comedy show at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.

Everyone laughs louder whenHappy Dan the Magic Man is in the house. Happy Dan has traveled the world entertaining families for more than 30 years.His hilarious family shows are regular features at Southeastern festivals, comedy clubs, banquets, trade shows, schools, and family living rooms. He is more than an entertainer. He’s that slightly silly, can’t-wait-to-see-him lovinguncle that every child loves.

Happy Dan’s zany character recalls the fun of live television hosts from years gone by. He blendsthe gentleness and homespun comfort of Mister Rogers with the silly antics and storytelling of Captain Kangaroo.His talents stretch to thoroughly holding the attention of children as young as three years to golden age adults. Wherever laughter and a caring heart is needed, Happy Dan delivers!

Tickets are $5 per person (plus tax) and can be purchased in advance on the Renaissance Centre website at wakeforestrencen.org or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit wakeforestrencen.org or call 919-435-9560.

To receive email notifications about special events and programs at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Special Needs Valentine Party Feb. 11

Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) will host a Special Needs Valentine Party on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Community Center, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Featuring music, crafts, games, refreshments and prizes, this event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a safe and accepting environment.

The cost is $5 per child, but parents and caretakers are admitted free. Pre-registration is required no later than Monday, Feb. 6. To register, visit http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/.

For more information, contact Specialized Programs Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or kschurtz@wakeforestnc.gov.

Renaissance Centre Hosts “flix4kidz” & “Free at 3” Feb. 13

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, Feb. 13.

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, here’s a hint about the films being offered on Feb. 13: The title of the flix4kidz movie pertains to frustrated flying animals, while the Free at 3 film is a 2016 American comedy starring Demi Moore, Jessica Lange, and Shirley MacLaine. To obtain the movie titles of these and future films offered at the Renaissance Centre, sign 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.

First Friday Flix Returns to Renaissance Centre Feb. 3

First Friday Flix returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

First Friday Flix is free and open to the public. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, are available for purchase.

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 title of each month’s film. However, here’s a hint about the Feb. 3 movie: It’s a 2016 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures featuring the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks. To obtain the titles of this movie and future films offered at the Renaissance Centre, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

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

PRCR Introducing “Fun with Fitness” Feb. 18

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Department is introducing a monthly fitness program for special needs children and adults.

Beginning in February, “Fun with Fitness” will feature a different introductory level fitness class one Saturday each month from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

The initiative gets underway with Zumba on Feb. 18, and continues with Taekwondo on March 11, and Yoga on April 15.

These classes are designed to offer exceptional individuals the opportunity to learn basic exercise techniques and movements in a safe and accepting environment.

A fee is associated with each class and registration is required at https://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle and a buddy if necessary.

For more information, contact Specialized Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or kschurtz@wakeforestnc.gov.