Month: August 2017

22nd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor Willis Holding Winston

Area residents are invited to the 22nd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, 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 Sept. 11 service will honor Willis Holding Winston, who served his nation in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Members of Winston’s 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. Marine Corps service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Winston served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout September.

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

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 September observance will take place on the second Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.

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

The Wake Forest 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.

Burlington Mills Road entrance to Bratt Avenue set to close Sept. 13

UPDATE: Due to the threat of inclement weather, the contractor has postponed the closure of Bratt Avenue until Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. The information below has been edited to reflect the new schedule.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, Gaines and Company, a private contractor developing the Preserve at Kitchin Farms, will close the Burlington Mills Road entrance to Bratt Avenue.

The closure is necessary to allow crews to demolish the current entrance and replace it with a new entry that aligns with the planned realignment of Burlington Mills Road. During the construction of the new entrance, crews will also install additional road improvements west of Bratt Avenue designed to improve site distances along Burlington Mills.

The new entrance to Bratt Avenue is expected to open in early October.

Signed detours will be in place directing traffic around the work area.

For more information about the Burlington Mills Road project, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/burlington-mills-road-closure.aspx; contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or ekeravuori@wakeforestnc.gov; or call the NCDOT District Office at 919-733-3213.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Burlington Mills Road entrance to Bratt Avenue set to close Sept. 11

Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, Gaines and Company, a private contractor developing the Preserve at Kitchin Farms, will close the Burlington Mills Road entrance to Bratt Avenue.

The closure is necessary to allow crews to demolish the current entrance and replace it with a new entry that aligns with the planned realignment of Burlington Mills Road. During the construction of the new entrance, crews will also install additional road improvements west of Bratt Avenue designed to improve site distances along Burlington Mills.

The new entrance to Bratt Avenue is expected to open in early October.

Signed detours will be in place directing traffic around the work area.

For more information about the Burlington Mills Road project, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/burlington-mills-road-closure.aspx; contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or ekeravuori@wakeforestnc.gov; or call the NCDOT District Office at 919-733-3213.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Wake Forest Police asking for donations to assist Houston Police and their families

The Wake Forest Police Department is partnering with the Roxboro Police Department to collect items for Houston police officers and their families in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Starting now, items can be dropped off during normal store hours (6-12 a.m.) through Monday, Sept. 11, at both Wake Forest Lowe’s Foods locations:

  • Gateway Commons Circle, 932 Gateway Commons Circle

  • Wake Forest Crossing, 12524 Capital Blvd.

Donated items will also be accepted daily through Sept. 11 at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Suggested donations include the following:

  • Men’s/Women’s underwear (new)

  • Socks (new)

  • Adult clothing (new or used)

  • Hygiene and personal care products (new)

  • Children’s clothing (new or used)

  • Diapers and formula (new)

Wake Forest Police will deliver all donated items to Roxboro Police on Tuesday, Sept. 12, for transport to Texas.

Monetary donations may be made via the following website: www.assisttheofficer.com.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Wake Forest Police make arrest in June vehicle break-ins

The Wake Forest Police Department has arrested a Wake Forest teen in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins that occurred in mid-June.

On Tuesday, police arrested and charged Hudson Luke Wells, 516 Clifton Blue St., for two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny and larceny of a firearm.

The incidents occurred during the evening of June 20 along Front Gate Lane and Heritage Arbor Drive. Surveillance footage provided to police by a local resident was disseminated to the public which assisted in Wells’ identification.

Wells, 18, is currently being held at the Wake County Detention Center under a $2,500 bond.

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

Still Time to Register for Father-Daughter Dance

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host a Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Sept. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fathers and daughters throughout Wake Forest are invited to celebrate their special bond during an unforgettable evening at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Featuring music, dancing, and refreshments, this event is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

The cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter.

To register, visit http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/.

For more information about the Father-Daughter Dance, contact PRCR Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or mlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Urban Forestry Board recognized as state’s Outstanding Tree Board

The NC Urban Forest Council (NCUFC) has selected the Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board as this year’s winner of the Urban Forestry Award for Outstanding Tree Board.

Nominations are judged for impact, quality, innovation and the degree to which the work serves as a worthy example for others to follow. The NCUFC’s selection of the Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board noted the volunteer board’s hands-on efforts to plant and maintain trees; its organization of an annual Arbor Day Celebration and tree seedling giveaway; and its active engagement and education of residents on the importance of trees.

The award will be presented during a special awards luncheon at the NCUFC’s annual conference on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Doubletree Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh.

The annual awards program recognizes cities, towns, organizations, businesses and individuals for outstanding work to protect and enhance community forests and to raise awareness about the importance of urban forestry in North Carolina.

The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board (UFB) oversees the Town’s Urban Forestry Program,including its annual Arbor Day Celebration, Tree Seedling Giveaway and planting events. The UFB also advises the Board of Commissioners on policies relating to trees and landscape regulations. Comprised of nine members, each of whom serve three-year terms, plus one ex-officio, the board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Wake Forest Town Hall. The current ex-officio is Commissioner Brian Pate.

The Town of Wake Forest has been a Tree City USA community for the past 38 years and has received 17 Tree City USA Growth Awards.

For more information, contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Jennifer Rall at 919-435-9565 or jrall@wakeforestnc.gov.

Applications now accepted for 2017 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2017 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 Monday, Oct. 30, 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, Nov. 6.

Paymentfor entry is due at the time of application. Parade packets foraccepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 20. 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. 9, at 1 p.m.

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

Mayor Jones to lead new North Carolina mayor’s group

The NC League of Municipalities (NCLM) announced recently that Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will lead a new organization of North Carolina mayors dedicated to improving life in all of the state’s municipalities by seeking public focus on and finding solutions to critical issues facing the state.

Mayor Jones is among 11 North Carolina mayors selected to serve on the new North Carolina Mayors Association Board of Directors and will serve as chair of the board. The group is an affiliate organization of the NCLM formed specifically to provide a platform for all of the state’s mayors to work together to address the major goals and challenges of cities and towns.

The board approved its bylaws last week and will begin meeting in coming weeks to organize around specific policy aims, as well as to share best practices that can improve residents’ quality of life.

“The North Carolina Mayors Association will offer a tremendous opportunity for NC mayors to network and learn from each other. Good government happens when we all work together and mayors can be the influence to make that occur,” Jones said. “I know all who serve in this new organization will do a great job and bring their own unique perspectives to our discussions.”

Jones has served as Wake Forest Mayor since 2001 and served on the NCLM Board of Directors from 2006-10.

The North Carolina Mayors Association will hold its first official meeting on Sept. 20 in Greenville in conjunction with CityVision 2017, the NCLM annual conference.

About the League

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.

For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services – as directed by its membership.

Tree trimming and removal underway along Stadium Drive

From now through mid-September Wake Forest Power tree trimming crews will be trimming trees and removing several crape myrtles along Stadium Drive in preparation for the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project scheduled to begin in 2018.

Wake Forest Power crews will also be relocating power poles and other utilities ahead of the initiative.

The work is scheduled Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is not expected to impact traffic.

The removal and trimming of trees is necessary to avoid conflicts with the overhead lines once the power poles are relocated. Trees growing too close to electric lines are the single largest cause of power outages but more importantly endanger the lives of utility workers and the public.

Wake Forest Power will eventually replace the crape myrtles with a species more appropriate for planting under power lines. Trees planted near power lines should be less than 25-feet tall at maturity.

Urban Forestry Coordinator Jennifer Rall and Wake Forest Power officials will work together to determine the most appropriate trees to replant.

“We all have an interest in protecting Wake Forest’s urban forest,” said Urban Forestry Coordinator Jennifer Rall. “Our goal is to have the right trees in the right place so they contribute to our beautiful urban forest without obstructing power lines.The wrong tree, growing rapidly under electric wires at best is a nuisance requiring constant, expensive trimming and at worst, a hazard leading to power outages and electrical fires.”

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

Wake Forest Power is proud to be a 2017 Tree Line USA® award recipient from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, promotes the dual goals of safe, reliable electric service and abundant, healthy trees across utility service areas.

The program seeks to promote best practices in utility arboriculture and public education through five core standards: annual worker training, quality tree care, tree planting and public education, energy conservation and collaboration with community groups.

For more information, contact Jennifer Rall at 919-435-9565 or jrall@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is part of the bond referendum approved by voters in 2014. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Stadium Drive.”