Month: October 2017

Northern Regional Center to host public meeting Wednesday on Wake County Transit Plan

The Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., will host a public meeting to solicit community input on the Wake County Transit Plan on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Since Wake County voters approved a half-cent sales tax dedicated to transit in November 2016, bus routes have been expanded and frequency increased, new bus shelters are on the drawing board and major corridor studies are underway as part of the 10-year Wake County Transit Plan.

Now, it’s time to decide what should happen next, and transit planners are seeking the public’s help in setting priorities.

Is it more important to extend buses to areas of the county that do not have service or to add more frequent service where there is already a high concentration of existing and likely riders? That’s the kind of input residents can provide during Wednesday’s meeting and through an online survey at

At the meetings, residents can also learn more about plans for a bus rapid transit system that will designate bus-only lanes on highly traveled roads and for a commuter rail (train) line extending from Garner to Durham. Their input will also help planners identify neighborhoods and communities that might currently be underserved by transit.

For more information about the Wake County Transit Plan, visit

Officer M.J. Pender completes School Resource Officer Program

The Wake Forest Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer M.J. Pender recently completed the School Resource Officer (SRO) Certificate Program at the North Carolina Justice Academy.

Currently assigned to Heritage High School, Officer Pender is the 188th officer to receive the certificate since the program’s inception in 2002.

The SRO Certificate Program is designed to recognize the achievement of law enforcement professionals who have dedicated themselves to making schools safer for our citizens. Upon completion of the program, officers will have mastered several important aspects of SRO training and related topics, thus achieving a high level of professionalism for themselves as well as their agency.

The SRO Certificate Program requires the participants to be sworn law enforcement officers of a law enforcement agency and be assigned as an SRO or have been previously assigned as an SRO. In addition, participants are required to have their agency’s head approval to participate in the program due to the time spent away from the agency in efforts to obtain the training needed to complete the program. The certificate program requires 400 hours of training with a focus on School Resource Officers.

The core requirements for the program consist of the Basic SRO training, in addition to advanced legal training and SRO ethics. All other hours needed to complete the program are related electives offered through the North Carolina Justice Academy.

The North Carolina Justice Academy, located in Salemburg and Edneyville, develops and conducts training courses for local and state law enforcement professionals. The Justice

Academy provides training programs and technical assistance for law enforcement professionals through the five centers of the Training Division: Investigations; Legal; Law Enforcement Leadership; Commission/In-Service; and Tactical/Traffic.

The Justice Academy is a division of the North Carolina Department of Justice under the administration of Attorney General Josh Stein.

For more information about the SRO Certificate Program, contact Scott Grantham at 910- 525-4151 or

2017 Rockin’ the Forest concludes Nov. 11 with Matt Phillips & The Back Pocket

The 2017 “Rockin’ the Forest” music series concludes on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. with Matt Phillips & The Back Pocket. The concert will take place inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Matt Phillips & The Back Pocket is a soulful band that strives to make music people can get behind. After aging out of his high-school band, Cole Park, Matt Phillips continued his solo career into college at ECU. With folk and soul roots as deep as the cracks in his weathered acoustic, Matt has crafted his songwriting skills working alongside Django Haskins (International Orange, The Old Ceremony) and began pumping out songs known for their emotionality and loveable lyrics.

With nearly 300 shows already under their belt, Matt Phillips & The Back Pocket combines stellar songwriting, soulful vocals, and a full ensemble of musicians into a unique band with a very bright future.

Advance tickets are $10 plus tax and available for purchase online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card at Advance tickets may also be purchased with cash, check or credit card at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the concert, tickets can be purchased at the door. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited.

Assembling some of the top musical acts in our area and beyond, the “Rockin’ the Forest” music series delivers unforgettable live music and a wonderful variety of genres, including rock, Americana, and power pop. Offering local audiences first-rate performances that previously required travel to downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill, or Carrboro, Rockin’ the Forest takes place inside the intimate comfort of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.

For more information, visit or call the box office at 919-435-9458.

2017 Mayoral & Board of Commissioners Candidates Forum now available online and on WFTV 10

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2017 Wake Forest Mayoral & Board of Commissioners Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

All of the candidates vying for mayor and the Board of Commissioners participated, including mayoral candidates Vivian Jones and Jim Thompson and Board of Commissioners candidates Ned Jones, Thad Juszczak, Liz Simpers, John Van Ness and Bridget Wall-Lennon.

Wake Forest residents can now watch the event on Wake Forest TV 10 (WFTV 10) daily through Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7) at noon and 6 p.m. WFTV 10 is also provided online in real-time streaming video at

Area residents may also view the forum in streaming video on demand at

WFTV 10 is the Town’s government accesschannel that serves the residents of Wake Forest. Produced by the Town of Wake Forest Communications Department, WFTV 10 is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Spectrum Cable TV service. The information channel operates 24 hours per day and provides information aboutvarious programs, services, upcoming meetings and special events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest.

R.I.S.E. Women’s Empowerment Workshop Nov. 4

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will sponsor a R.I.S.E. (Rise, Inspire, Succeed Empower) Women’s Empowerment Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Designed for young women ages 11-18, the free workshop will be hosted by Wake Forest Commissioner Anne Reeve and PRCR Director Ruben Wall.

The Nov. 4 session will feature sisters Brittney, Krista and Kelsey Pimentel who will facilitate discussions on the workshop topic – “Self Worth.”

A limited number of seats are available. Pre-registration is required at

A free continental breakfast will be provided.

For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or

Traffic Alert – North Allen Road

The Town of Wake Forest will reduce to one lane with intermittent two-way traffic portions of North Allen Road from Wait Avenue to East Juniper Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and from East Juniper to East Perry Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. until completed.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to repair several potholes along North Allen.

No detours will be posted but signs and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic through the work area.

For more information, contact Street Superintendent Ronald Moore at 919-435-9578 or

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.

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

PRCR Square Dance Saturday at Community House

Put on your dancing shoes for an evening of family fun as the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department hosts a Square Dance on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

The event promises fun for the entire family and all ages are welcome. Advance tickets are $2 for ages 12 and younger and $5 for ages 13 and older. These prices reflect a savings of $1 at the door for both age groups.

Online registration is available at To register in person, visit the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., or the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

Halloween is just around the corner, so attendees are welcome to come in costume. No prior dance experience is needed. The caller will teach all the moves prior to each dance.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or

Applications accepted through Oct. 30 for 2017 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

You still have time to apply to participate in the 2017 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Applications are being accepted through Monday, Oct. 30.

Applications are available online 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

Still time to take PRCR Community Survey

Area residents have until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to share their thoughts and opinions on Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department programs, services, facilities and special events as part of the 2017 PRCR Community Survey.

Residents can complete the survey by visiting and clicking on “2017 PRCR Survey” or picking up a hard copy at one of the following locations:

  • Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

  • Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.

  • Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

  • Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The questionnaire takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

The 2017 PRCR Survey is designed to provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for the PRCR Department’s long-range planning efforts.

The data obtained from the survey will be statistically summarized and used to measure against recommendations within the PRCR Master Plan. Adopted in 2015, the Master Plan is a 10-year vision for future parks, greenways, programs and facilities. The plan is intended tohelp meet the needs of current and futureresidents by positioning Wake Forest to buildon the community’s unique parks andrecreation assets and identify newopportunities.

The citizen‐driven planestablishes a clear direction to guide Townstaff, advisory boards, and elected officials intheir efforts to enhance the community’s parks and recreation services and facilities.It is available for viewing at

The PRCR will administer a similar survey every three years. For more information, contact PRCR Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or

Mitzi Franklin completes LGFCU Fellows “Leading for Results” Course

Senior Human Resources Consultant Mitzi Williams Franklin successfully completed the “Leading for Results” program at the UNC School of Government as a Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Fellow on Sept. 15. Franklin was among 50 individuals from across North Carolina identified as emerging leaders in local government and was selected in a competitive process from among 135 program applicants.

“Leading for Results” is an intensive program with an emphasis on organizational leadership. Participants were introduced to models of leadership as well as management and leadership tools and strategies. LGFCU Fellows had the opportunity to gain insight into their individual leadership styles and strengths and practice ways to increase their effectiveness within their organizations.

Franklin joined the Town of Wake Forest in November 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management & Organizational Development from the University of Mount Olive.