Month: May 2017

Traffic Alert – Grandmark Street

Drivers should expect delays along Grandmark Street in the vicinity of the Rogers Road intersection on Friday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Weather permitting, Civil Contractors, Inc., a private contractor working at the future site of the Duke Primary Care-Heritage, will close the northbound lane of Grandmark Street from Rogers Road extending 800-feet south. The temporary lane closure is necessary to allow crews to tap the water line.

The affected portion of Grandmark Street will be reduced to one lane with intermittent two-way traffic.

Signage and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic through the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information about this road project, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area. Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers at all times. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball registration starts June 1

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will accept team registrations for Summer Adult Co-Rec Kickball from Thursday, June 1, through Friday, June 30.

League games will be played on weeknights and Sundays from July through late August.

Online registration is available at

The entry fee is $225 per team, and the league is limited to participants ages 18 and older.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or

Vendor applications now accepted for 2017 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show

The Town of Wake Forest is now accepting applications from vendors and sponsors for the 2017 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show. Presented by Mitchell Heating & Cooling, the free, two-day event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Showcasing the latest in home improvement and gardening products and services, the home and garden show will include a variety of exhibits by local home builders, contractors, specialist vendors, landscape designers, and realtors. The event will also include several free seminars.

A new addition to this year’s show will be a “Shopping Marketplace” offering local art, handmade decor and various home products for purchase throughout the two-day event.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities and vendor booth spaces are available. Interested businesses and artists can view more information and register online at

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through Friday, July 14.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2017 Wake Forest Home & Garden Show: Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Champion Windows, Sunrooms & Home Exteriors, CenturyLink and The ReFab Lab.

Last year’s inaugural Home & Garden show drew approximately 2,000 visitors to the Renaissance Centre.

For more information, visit and search “Home & Garden Show.”

Youth Fall Baseball & Softball registration begins June 1

Registration will begin Thursday, June 1, for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Youth Fall Baseball and Softball.

Applications for boys ages 6-16 and girls ages 6-13 will be accepted through Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2017, and a birth certificate is required for new participants.The in-town registration fee is $40 and the out-of-town fee is $80.

Online registration is available at Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration information and league rules are also provided online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Players in every league except “Rookie League” must participate in a draft to determine team placement. The PRCR will conduct drafts for each league in August and in July will contact all registrants with draft/placement information.

Team practices will begin in August and games will be played through mid-October.

For more information, contact Athletics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or

No phone service at Alston-Massenburg Center

The Alston-Massenburg Center is currently without phone service.

While phone service is down, anyone with questions concerning the center is encouraged to call the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department at 919-435-9560; email;or utilize the “Contact Us” form on the Town’s website

There is currently no estimated timetable for when phone service will be restored.

Located at 416 N. Taylor Street, the Alston-Massenburg Center operates Monday-Friday from 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Situated adjacent to Taylor Street Park, the facility is available for rent on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, visit and search “Alston-Massenburg.”

Controlled burn exercise along Chalk Road June 8

The Wake Forest Fire Department (WFFD) will conduct a controlled burn exercise at 1117 Chalk Road, Thursday, June 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No lane closures will be in effect, but heavy amounts of smoke and ash are expected.

The WFFD attempts to conduct controlled burns in a manner that minimizes smoke impact to nearby roadways and neighborhoods. Still, residents and businesses adjacent to the area are encouraged to keep windows closed during the burn.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Fire Department at 919-556-1966.

Still time to register for Historic Property Owner Workshops

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and Wake Forest Downtown Development are partnering with the NC State Historic Preservation Office to host two evening workshops in June for historic property owners. Both sessions are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The first workshop on Thursday, June 1, will feature Jeff Adolphsen, Senior Restoration Specialist with the NC Historic Preservation Office, discussing the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.

Owners of contributing properties in National Register Historic Districts may be eligible for tax credits for approved rehabilitation projects. Income-producing properties are eligible for a 20% Federal Tax Credit and 15% State Tax Credit (up to $10 million and 10% credit between $10-$20 million), while non-income producing or residential properties may be eligible for a 15% State Tax Credit (not to exceed $22,500) on qualified rehabilitation projects. During his June 1 presentation, Adolphsen will provide a complete overview of the program and the requirements for qualified rehabilitation work.

To view the National Register Historic Districts in Wake Forest, visit

The second workshop on Thursday, June 8, will feature a presentation by David Maurer, AIA, principal of Maurer Architecture in Raleigh, about adaptive reuse of historic buildings, incorporating upper-story living, and the existing NC Building Code.

Maurer and his firm have a proven record of successfully rehabilitating historic buildings in downtown areas having earned multiple awards from N.C. Main Street, Preservation North Carolina, and Capital Area Preservation.

Maurer’s presentation will include an overview of successful projects and the nuances of working with historic buildings.

Pre-registration for each workshop is required at

The workshops are partially funded by 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).

For more information, contact Senior Planner Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or

“Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest” starts Wednesday

“Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest” gets underway this Wednesday, May 31, and continues weekly through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Offered by the Town of Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kerr Family YMCA, the series is designed to create a happier, healthier community by encouraging area residents to get in shape, stay fit – and make new friends along the way.

Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest invites area residents to form and/or join walking groups in areas around town that meet on Wednesdays. Walking locations may include neighborhoods, schools, churches, parks and greenways – just to name a few.

Each walking group includes a captain that serves as the group’s official point of contact. Captains are also responsible for registering their group by completing the online registration form on the Town’s website at

To date, 10 walking groups have registered to walk at various times each Wednesday through Aug. 30 at the following locations: Gateway Commons, E. Carroll Joyner Park, Traditions at Wake Forest, Sanford Creek Greenway – Heritage South, Clatter Avenue, Old Dairy Drive, the Kerr Family YMCA, and downtown Wake Forest (morning and afternoon).

The Town has posted each walking group meeting location online to highlight the walking group options available throughout Wake Forest. Each posting also includes the name and email address of the walking group captain and the group’s meeting time. In recognition of the social benefits of walking, area residents are not limited to one walking group and may participate in as many or as few as they wish.

Each Wednesday between May 31 and Aug. 30, walking group participants are urged to track and report their activity to their respective group captain, who will be responsible for reporting the group’s total number of “Walking Wednesday” steps. Anyone without a fitness tracker may estimate their steps. As a good rule of thumb, one mile equals 2,000 steps.

Walking group captains will then report their group’s total number of “Walking Wednesday” steps by 5 p.m. the following day (Thursday). Each week after the walking group captains have reported their group’s total number of “Walking Wednesday” steps, the Town will announce on its Facebook page the cumulative number of steps, and the equivalent number of miles, Wake Forest participants tallied the previous Wednesday. In addition, theTown will unveil a map illustrating the total distance walkers collectively trek across the United States.

“Walking Wednesday” participants are invited to share their pictures on social media and use #WalkingWednesdaysWF.

Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest is intended to encourage area residents to get out, get moving, make new friends and have fun, so area residents of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate.

For complete details on Walking Wednesdays in Wake Forest, visit

Wake Forest to celebrate National Trails Day Saturday at Joyner Park

The Town of Wake Forest invites area residents to help celebrate National Trails Day during an Environmental Education Expo on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The free event will feature a variety of interactive environmental education stations.Set up throughout the park, the stations will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment.

As part of the expo, attendees will have the opportunity toget an up-close look at a variety of living things they might encounter on the trails:

  • Examine reptiles and amphibians and learn about their tracks and signs at an exhibitfrom the NC Museum ofNatural Sciences;

  • Learn how to identify song birds;

  • Learn how to identify and reduce stormwater pollutants;

  • Learn all about bees;

  • Hear animal night calls;

  • See camping exhibits, reptiles and more!

National Trails Day (NTD) attendees can also learn more about North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the seven principles of Leave No Trace.

Several local organizations and businesses are scheduled to participate in the Environmental Education Expo, including Heritage High School, Wakefield High School, Wake Forest High School, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, the Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail, the Boys and Girl Scouts, PetSmart and many more.

Children who pick up a passport at the Wake Forest Greenways Advisory Board booth and have it stamped at 10 stations or more will be eligible for a special prize (while supplies last).

National Trails Day is a celebration of America’s trail system, which occurs annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features outdoor activities designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Since 2003, the Town of Wake Forest has been building greenways as a way to bring open spaces that enhance the lives of its citizens within easy walking distance of their homes. Currently, there are approximately eight miles of developed and 50 miles of planned greenways within Wake Forest. The greenways link neighborhoods, parks, schools, and open spaces while also connecting to the vast Triangle greenway system.

For more information about National Trails Day, including a complete list of participating organizations, visit and search “National Trails Day” or contact Transportation Planning ManagerDaryl Vreeland at 919-435-9512 or

Wake Forest man arrested & charged with filing false police report about armed robbery

A Wake Forest man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint earlier today has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report.

At approximately 9 a.m. Thursday, Wake Forest Police responded to a reported armed robbery at the intersection of Wait Avenue and Highgate Circle.

Raymond Michael McKinstry, 207 Highgate Circle, told police he had been robbed at gunpoint by a black male who fled on foot.

Investigators followed up with McKinstry, 43, and during the course of the investigation found several inconsistencies in his account of what happened. McKinstry later admitted he was attempting to avoid reporting to work.

This afternoon police arrested and charged McKinstry with filing a false police report – a Class 2 Misdemeanor which carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 60 days in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

The Wake Forest Police Department wishes to thank area citizens and merchants for their invaluable assistance throughout the investigation of this incident.