Month: February 2018

Police make arrest in Walgreens armed robbery

Police have arrested a Raleigh man in connection with the Feb. 18 armed robbery that occurred at Walgreens, 3601 Rogers Road.

Wake Forest Police identified Willie Flores, 7727 Averette Fields Dr., Raleigh, as the individual who robbed the Walgreens at gunpoint. Raleigh Police arrested Flores Wednesday evening, Feb. 28, without incident.

Flores, 32, is currently being held in the Wake County Detention Center under $120,000 bond.

The Wake Forest Police Department wishes to acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the Raleigh Police Department in the capture and arrest of Flores.

2018 Bicycle Friendly Community Survey now available online

The Town of Wake Forest recently applied for the Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award from the League of American Bicyclists. As part of that effort, the Town is conducting an online survey to gather input from area bicyclists concerning their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in Wake Forest.

The Spring 2018 Bicycle Friendly Community Survey is available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/bicycles.aspx from now through Saturday, March 31, and takes approximately five minutes to complete.

Intended for riders of all levels, the questionnaire is designed to provide useful information about current bicycling conditions in our community and potential areas of improvement.

The survey is an important element in the Town’s ongoing efforts to make Wake Forest a more bicycle-friendly community. Officials plan to incorporate survey responses in their proposals to improve cycling conditions around schools and in neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510 or smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

CORPUD announces overnight lane closure along South Main Street

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) will close one lane along the 2200 block of South Main Street from 10 p.m. tonight, Feb. 28, through 6 a.m. tomorrow, March 1.

The overnight lane closure is necessary to allow crews to repair a leak in the water line.

Signs and cones will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists through the work area.

Delays may occur, so motorists may wish to avoid the area if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information, contact Utility Crew Supervisor Jason Martin at 919-630-8058 or jason.martin@raleighnc.gov.

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

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.

2018 Dementia Awareness Education Series begins April 26

From April through December, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host several seminars designed to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the 2018 Dementia Awareness Education Series will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

This year’s series gets underway Thursday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. with “Living with Alzheimer’s – For Younger Onset.”

When someone under 65 is diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This workshop will help provide answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Attendees will hear from those directly affected and learn what they need to know, how to plan and what they can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please note: seating is limited to the first 50 people who pre-register.

Future workshops are scheduled in July, August, September and December as part of the 2018 Dementia Awareness Education Series. To view the entire schedule and pre-register, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.

The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an ongoing effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Traffic Alert – North Avenue

Weather permitting, the Town of Wake Forest will close the portion of North Avenue from North Wingate Street to North Main Street Tuesday, March 6, through Friday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. The closure is necessary to allow Wake Forest Power crews to trim tree limbs and branches around overhead power lines and install new utility poles.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected, so drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

In the event the work is not completed Friday, it will resume Monday, March 12.

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.

Earlier this year, the National Arbor Day Foundation named Wake Forest Power a 2018 “Tree Line USA” utility due to its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care. This marks the fourth year in a row Wake Forest Power has earned the honor.

For more information about the North Avenue road closure, call 919-435-9570.

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 atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Tickets on Sale for “Beach Music & BBQ”

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will commemorate its grand re-opening on Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. with Beach Music & BBQ featuring The Band of Oz.

If you love great food and great beach music, then don’t miss this one-of-a-kind summertime celebration in the heart of downtown Wake Forest.

The Band of Oz, one of the southeast’s most popular beach music bands and a 1997 Beach Music Hall of Fame inductee, will headline the grand re-opening, which will also feature a delicious barbecue dinner provided by Papa Jack’s Catering. The occasion will also include a cash bar serving beer and wine.

Dress for this event is summer casual.

Advance tickets are now on sale for $25 (plus tax) per person. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre box office with cash, check or credit card. A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Beach Music & BBQ is expected to sell out, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/beach-music-bbq.aspx or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Registration ends Wednesday for Youth League Baseball, Softball & T-Ball

Registration for Youth League Baseball, Softball, and T-ball ends at midnight Wednesday, Feb. 28.

The Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) offers youth baseball, softball and T-ball for boys and girls ages 5-17. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2018, and a birth certificate is required for new participants.

The fee is $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-Wake Forest residents.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/youth-athletics.aspx. 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.

The PRCR Department will offer late registration Thursday, March 1, through midnight, Sunday, March 4. However, anyone who registers during this period will be required to pay an additional $15 non-refundable late fee.

For more information, contact Athletic Program Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

Loose leaf collection ends March 9

Loose leaf collection service ends Friday, March 9. As a result, the week of March 5 offers town residents one last chance (until October) to place loose leaves behind the curb by 7 a.m. on their normal collection day.

From Monday, March 12, through Friday, Sept. 28, residents must bag for collection all leaves, pine needles and grass clippings or place them inside a garbage receptacle marked ‘YW’ (yard waste).

In addition, residents are urged to observe the following guidelines to help improve the collection process:

  • Bags may be clear or opaque but must be at least 13-gallons in size – the size of a standard kitchen garbage can liner;

  • Do not place yard waste in grocery store shopping bags or inside Town-issued rollout garbage or recycling carts;

  • Do not mix in sticks, trash, rocks or other debris;

  • Place your bagged leaves, pine needles and grass clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal yard waste collection day.

Loose leaf collection will resume Monday, Oct. 1.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/leaf-collection.aspx or call 919-435-9570.

Cougar Walk of Champions March 17

Area residents are invited to the “Cougar Walk of Champions” on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. This family-friendly community celebration will honor the 2017 Wake Forest High School (WFHS) football team – winners of back-to-back 4AA state championships.

The “Cougar Walk of Champions” will recognize the team for its consistency on the field, highlight the school’s place in the town’s history, and demonstrate the collective sense of pride shared by the Wake Forest community.

A walking parade comprised of the WFHS football team and coaching staff, marching band and varsity cheerleading squad will kick off the afternoon’s festivities. The procession will depart the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St., at 1 p.m., proceed south along South White Street, turn left at Owen Avenue, and conclude in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St.

Upon arriving in Centennial Plaza, the team will be greeted by members of the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners. The ensuing pep rally will include a few numbers by the marching band and brief remarks by local officials and school administrators, including WFHS Principal Patti Hamler and Head Football Coach Reggie Lucas.

Kip Abshire, the WFHS public address announcer, will serve as the program emcee and local DJ Rodney Holmes will be onsite playing a variety of favorite party tunes.

The entire Wake Forest community, including fans, family members and supporters of the 2017 4AA state championship football team, are invited to line South White Street and Owen Avenue to cheer the squad as it makes its way from the Depot Parking Lot to town hall.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cougar Walk,” or contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

Accident closes portion of Ligon Mill Road

UPDATE: Ligon Mill Road re-opened around 12:30 a.m.

The portion of Ligon Mill Road from Coach Lantern Avenue to Falconhurst Drive is closed due to an evening accident.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. a vehicle traveling south along Ligon Mill Road veered off the road before striking and breaking a utility pole. The driver suffered no serious injuries.

Electric crews are responding to repair the utility pole, but the work is not expected to be completed for several hours.

Wake Forest Police are directing traffic around the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and choose an alternate route.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.