Month: April 2017

Register Online for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Wake Forest Police Department is inviting area residents to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of North Carolina on Saturday, May 13.

The event is open to the first 100 people to register. Online registration is now available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/law-enforcement-torch-run.aspx. Registration will also be offered on the day of the race from 8-8:45 a.m. at Walmart, 2114 S. Main St.

The registration fee is $30 and includes a 2017 SONC Torch Run T-shirt. The registration fee will be waived for all public safety personnel, but donations will be accepted.

On the day of the race, participants will assemble at Walmart before being transported by shuttle to Publix, 1040 Forestville Road.

The 2.3 mile run will begin at 9 a.m. at Publix and end at Walmart.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/law-enforcement-torch-run.aspx.

To purchase a 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt or hat or make a tax-deductible donation, contact Officer J. McArthur at 919-554-6150 or jmcarthur@wakeforestnc.gov.

Deadline to apply for Youth in Government Advisory Board is May 5

The Town of Wake Forest is accepting applications from area high school students interested in serving on the Youth in Government Advisory Board (YGAB) for the 2017-18 school year through Friday, May 5

Applications and recommendation forms are available in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall and on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-in-government-advisory-board.aspx. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, and should be mailed or delivered to Town Clerk Deeda Harris, Town of Wake Forest, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Only high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to serve on the YGAB, including rising ninth graders. Members serve four‐year terms or until graduation, whichever comes first.

The YGAB is comprised of eight to 20 members. No more than four can live outside the corporate town limits. For the upcoming school year, the board will have an opening for at least seven members, one of which may be an out-of-town member.

The YGAB advises the Board of Commissioners on issues of interest to area youth. Board members also learn leadership skills, gain knowledge of how local government operates and volunteer during Town-sponsored events.

The YGAB meets on the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Ground Floor Meeting Room at Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Applicants should plan to attend the YGAB meeting on May 20 to introduce themselves and discuss their interest in serving on the board.

The Board of Commissioners will announce the official appointments to the YGAB during its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 18.

The first meeting of the newly appointed YGAB will be Saturday, Aug. 19. The year for the YGAB will coincide with the school year – August through July.

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

Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour May 13

The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring its annual historic walking tour at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cemetery is located at 400 N. White St., less than a quarter-mile from downtown Wake Forest.

The free, self-guided tour will celebrate the lives of the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny.

Docents will be stationed at various locations throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names. Representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans clad in Confederate uniforms and carrying Civil War-era firearms will also be on hand to share tales of soldiers who served in the War Between the States. Ladies in period costume from the same era will also participate, along with representatives of the Wake Forest-Rolesville Junior ROTC, under the direction of Colonel Dimitri Belmont.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the tour as a special handout will be provided highlighting interesting points of interest throughout the cemetery grounds. Designed to promote healthy interaction between a child and their parents or accompanying adult, the photos and sites highlighted in the handout will help educate visitors about the cemetery’s historical significance.

Admission is free and open to the public. Limited parking will be permitted in designated areas of the cemetery. Overflow parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of North White Street and East Roosevelt Avenue.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to the Cemetery Walking Tour by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Wake Forest Cemetery Tour” function. Offering smartphone users instant access to important details about the cemetery tour, the function also includes a link to the new cemetery virtual tour.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the 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 information about the tour will be provided on the the Town’s 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 message informing them of any schedule changes. In the event of rain, the tour will be rescheduled for May 21.

Area residents are also invited to visit the Town’s website and view the Wake Forest Cemetery Virtual Tour. Available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/cemetery-tour.aspx, the virtual tour provides users a unique historical perspective of the cemetery through the use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Offering an aerial view of the Wake Forest Cemetery, the interactive application shows red icons denoting notable and historic gravesites, including burial locations for Samuel Wait, the first president of Wake Forest College; Thomas Joseph Byrne, New York Yankees pitcher and Wake Forest mayor; and Sophie Lanneau, member of the first graduating class at Meredith College and Baptist missionary to China. Simply by clicking on one of the red icons, visitors can learn where a historical figure is buried, gain fascinating insight about the person by reading a brief bio, and – in most cases – view their picture.

For more information about the Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cemetery Tour” or contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

Forest Moon Theater presents “The Curious Savage” June 16-18 & 23-25

Forest Moon Theater will present “The Curious Savage” June 16-18 and 23-25 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showtimes are 3 p.m.

Greedy children institutionalize their mother in an attempt to get their hands on the family fortune, but Mrs. Savage enjoys the last laugh in this warm comedy about sanatorium patients who are saner than people in the outside world.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior “day of” admission tickets.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

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

Lewis Dam Stabilized – No Evacuations Planned

After the threat of a breach at Lewis Dam, local officials say the water flow has subsided and no evacuations will be necessary.

Located in the vicinity of Fairlake Drive, just off Purnell Road in Wake Forest, Lewis Dam impounds the Fairlake Community and is owned by the Fairlake Community Homeowners’ Association. Built in the 1930s, the dam holds back approximately 10 acres of water when its reservoir is at its peak.

On Tuesday morning, dam safety inspectors from the NC Department of Environmental Quality, along with officials from Wake Forest and Wake County, discovered that high water velocity was causing significant bank erosion just downstream of the earthen dam. Officials say that if the bank erosion had continued, the integrity of the earthen dam may have been compromised resulting in a potential breach.

Work crews used approximately 200 sandbags to reinforce the dam and two six-inch pumps to reduce the flow of water. The pumps will continue to operate for the next several days.

Wake County Emergency Management issued a warning Tuesday evening to approximately 45 area residents that there was a potential for a dam breach.

Inspectors will continue to monitor the dam over the next several days.

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

Register by noon Friday for HPC Archaeology Workshop

Registration ends Friday at noon for the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission’s Archaeology Workshop on Saturday, April 29. The workshop will be partially funded with a federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant awarded by the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) through the National Park Service’s Certified Local Government Program (CLG).

Only a few seats remain available for the workshop, which will take place at the site of the Ailey Young House. Located along North White Street, north of Spring Street and south of the Wake Forest Cemetery, the one-and-one-half story saddlebag house is a rare example of Reconstruction-era rental housing that was the childhood home of Allen Young, an important educator in the history of Wake Forest. It is the oldest known African American historic resource within Wake Forest.

The April 29 workshop is open to everyone, but may be of particular interest to those with an interest in history, historic preservation and archaeology. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at www.wakeforestnc.gov/archaeology-workshop.aspx – no later than noon on Friday, April 28. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registrants may choose from one of the following start times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Each workshop is approximately two hours and each group is limited to 30 participants.

Participants will meet at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., at the appointed time for a brief presentation on the Ailey Young House and to view artifacts collected from the site. Staff from the Office of State Archaeology will also be on hand to discuss appropriate methods of artifact collection and interpretation.

Following the presentation, participants will proceed to the Ailey Young House site to view the structure and participate in a ground penetrating radar demonstration by New South Associates.

The Ailey Young House site is not an improved site, so it is not handicapped accessible. The archaeology workshop is not recommended for anyone who has difficulty walking or moving around.

Participants should dress appropriately for being outdoors by wearing protective clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, and appropriate shoes (no sandals or flip-flops).

Parking will be available at the Alston Massenburg Center and along Taylor Street. Parking will also be provided along Spring Street and within the Wake Forest Cemetery. Participants are asked to be respectful in the event a funeral is scheduled on the day of the workshop.

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

Most Wake Forest Greenways Reopen After Flooding

All Wake Forest greenways have been reopened, except the Smith Creek Greenway at Burlington Mills Road.

Due to significant flooding along many of the Town’s trails, Wake Forest officials closed the entire greenway system Tuesday out of concern for public safety.

The floodwaters have since receded and all trails are passable, except for the Smith Creek Greenway, which will remain closed until further notice.

Wake Forest Greenway System Closed Due to Flooding

Due to significant flooding along many Wake Forest greenways and out of concern for public safety, the Town of Wake Forest is closing all trails until further notice.

Several greenways, including many trail bridges and boardwalks, are impassable due to flooding. As a result, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has deemed it in the best interest and safety of users to close the Town’s greenway system until the water subsides.

Area residents are urged to refrain from using the greenways until they are re-opened.

Be Prepared for Potential Flooding

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Wake County until 11 a.m.

As rain continues to fall and water continues to rise, low-lying areas of Wake Forest could become flooded quickly. The following streets are especially prone to flooding and should be approached cautiously during significant rainfall events:

  • Durham Road/NC-98, Richland Creek

  • East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road

  • Forestville Road, Toms Creek

  • Forestville Road, Sanford Creek

  • Harris Road, Richland Creek

  • Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block

  • Jenkins Road, Horse Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek

  • North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue

  • North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue

  • Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek

  • Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek

  • Purnell Road, Mud Branch

  • Rogers Road, Sanford Creek

  • Rogers Road, Smith Creek

  • West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek

  • Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek

  • Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road

  • Watkins Farm Road at Young Street

Authorities recommend that motorists do not try to drive through floodwater on roadways, no matter how shallow it seems.

Public Safety Tips if you experience rising water where you are:

  • Immediately seek higher ground.

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of mobbing water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

  • Do not park in low-lying areas.

  • If possible, avoid driving during and immediately after the storm. If you must travel, do not drive through flooded roadways. Instead, turn around and take an alternate route. If there is no alternate route, head to higher ground and wait for the water to subside. Do not attempt to cross over a flooded road even if it seems shallow. Fast-rising waters can wash out roadways, and just one foot of water can float many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.

Follow these tips to help keep yourself and your property safe:

  • Get sand bags ready to use if your building is prone to leaks from rising waters during flash flooding.

  • Businesses with flood barriers for their doors should get them ready to activate.

  • Do not park in low-lying areas, along creeks or in parking decks in the floodplain or below ground that are prone to flooding.Your insurance may limit repair or replacement of flooded vehicles.

  • If you have a stream or ditch in your yard, remove any obstructions, including foot bridges, which may cause water to back up.

  • Draw down rain barrels and cisterns to provide storage for additional rain. Remember that for every one inch of rain on a 100’x10’ (1,000 sq. ft.) area of impervious surface there will be 623 gallons of water running off. Make sure that overflow hoses from rain barrels empty at least five feet away from buildings. Direct overflow into rain gardens, vegetation, or onto rock splash pads that will help to spread out the flow and prevent erosion.

  • If you see debris on top of storm drains, remove it only if you can do so safely.

  • Keep your children out of streets and away from storm drains.Just six inches of moving water can knock down an adult.

As is always the case in severe weather events, the Town of Wake Forest reminds citizens to call 919-435-9570 for storm-related, non-emergency issues, such as power outages and downed trees and power lines. Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Wake Forest Power works to minimize storm impacts year-round through preventive maintenance, including trimming of trees around Wake Forest’s 140-plus miles of electric distribution lines. Wind-blown trees and limbs are the leading cause of power outages during storms.

Whenever citizens encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalks or other public areas, they should always contact the town rather than trying to handle them on their own. In addition to being heavy and difficult to manage, trees and limbs often come into contact with dangerous, live electrical wires which can cause serious injury or death.

Visit the Town’s Severe Weather page at www.wakeforestnc.gov/severeweather.aspx for detailed emergency preparedness information.

18th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony May 1

Area residents are invited to attend the 18th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, May 1, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The May 1 service will honor Thomas Walters, who served his nation in the U.S. Army. Members of Walters’ family will participate in the ceremony, which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising. Following the raising of the American flag, the U.S. Army service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Walters served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout April.

Photographs and other remembrances of Walters will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the Town Hall lobby through the end of May.

Presented by several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. – typically on the first Monday of each month from April through October.

The services are provided at no cost and intended solely to honor departed veterans and their families.

The Memorial Flag-Raising Committee continually solicits the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future 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.

For more information, including the complete 2017 Memorial Flag-Raising schedule, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Memorial Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or bflambert@mindspring.com.