Month: March 2018

Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies resume Monday

The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies will resume Monday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St.

The April 2 service will honor James Walter Crawford, who served his nation in the U.S. Army during World War II. Members of Crawford’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 by the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard, the U.S. Army service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Crawford served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout April.

Photographs and other remembrances of Crawford 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 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 2018 Memorial Flag-Raising schedule, visit and search “Memorial Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or

NC 98 Corridor Study Public Meetings on April 12 & 16

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Agency (CAMPO) in conjunction with the Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will host public workshops about the NC 98 Corridor Study on Thursday, April 12, in Wake County and Monday, April 16, in Durham County.

The 27-mile N.C. 98 Corridor extends from U.S. 70 in Durham County through Wake County to U.S. 401 in Franklin County. The corridor study will evaluate safety and congestion, planned and existing roads, bicycle/pedestrian facilities and transit uses of N.C. 98.

Both meetings will have an informal, open house-style format, so there will not be a formal presentation. Attendees may come any time during the prescribed hours to view the conceptual designs and ask questions. The location, date and time for each public workshop are as follows:

Wake County Location
Thursday, April 12; 5-7 p.m.
Wake Forest College Birthplace, 450 N Main St.
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Durham County Location
Monday, April 16; 5-7 p.m.
Durham East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane
Durham, NC 27703

For more information about the project, visit Citizens may provide feedback via the “Contact Us” page. Interested citizens may follow CAMPO and DCHC on Facebook and Twitter. Social media links are available on the project website.

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 704-342-5419. Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 704-342-5419.

Town accepting applications for Youth in Government Advisory Board

The Town of Wake Forest is currently accepting applications from area high school students interested in serving on the Youth in Government Advisory Board (YGAB) for the 2018-19 school year.

Applications and recommendation forms are available in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall and on the Town’s website at Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 30.

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 nine 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 19 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 17.

The first meeting of the newly appointed YGAB will be Saturday, Aug. 18. The year for the YGAB will coincide with the school year – August through July.

For more information, contact Executive Assistant Cathi Pope at 919-435-9467 or

Carter Harrell honored as Main Street Champion

Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. board member and Wake Forest Federal Savings & Loan Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer Carter Harrell was recognized as a Main Street Champion during the 2017 NC Main Street Awards Conference in Clayton on March 15.

Altogether, 39 individuals from across North Carolina received honors for their contributions last year. This year’s group of Main Street Champions brings the total number to 678 since champions were first named in 1980.

“NC Main Street Champions go above and beyond to invest their time and talents with the goal of creating vibrant business districts in their communities,” said NC Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland. “We are proud to welcome these committed individuals into the ranks of Main Street Champions.”

Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center, echoed Copeland’s comments.

“This year’s champions represent Main Street board members and special project volunteers, city employees, developers, business and property owners, artists and residents, all with a passion, drive and commitment to improve downtown.”

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or

Wake Forest Power recognized for reliable electric service

Wake Forest Power has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2017. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

“This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,”said the Association’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Services, Michael Hyland. Public power has a strong track record of reliability,” said Hyland.

According to Hyland, the average public power customer in the United States has their lights out for less than half the time, compared to other types of utilities.

“We are proud to receive this recognition,” said Public Works & Utilities Director Mike Barton. “It is a testament to the hard work of all our employees to ensure that the lights stay on for all our customers.”

Adivision of the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Power works year-round toprovide uninterrupted electric service to nearly 7,000 residential and commercial customers.

Through its Reliability Improvement Program, Wake Forest Power operates and maintains two electric substations and more than 140 miles of overhead electric distribution lines. Due to these efforts, Wake Forest Power customers enjoy dependable electric service 99.9% of the time.

For more information about Wake Forest Power, visit

Wake Forest wins 2017 Main Street Award for Friday Night on White

Wake Forest was one of 19 communities to receive an award for excellence in downtown revitalization at the NC Main Street and Small Town Main Street Awards Ceremony on March 14 in Clayton.

Wake Forest won in the category of “Best Public-Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization” for its Friday Night on White concert series.

Deputy Secretary for Rural Economic Development and Workforce Napoleon Wallace and Assistant Secretary of Rural Economic Development Kenny Flowers presented the award to Mayor Vivian Jones, Town Manager Kip Padgett, Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes, Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton and Dino Radosta, owner of White Street Brewing Co., presenting sponsor of Friday Night on White.

The NC Main Street program helps small towns create vibrant central business districts by preserving their historic fabric and building on their unique characteristics using local resources. A panel of judges chose the 2017 award winners from dozens of applications submitted by Main Street communities throughout the state.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415 or

Magic Pipers to kick off Friday Night on White April 13

The Magic Pipers will kick off the third season of “Friday Night on White” on Friday, April 13. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., the free outdoor concert will take place along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m.

The remaining concerts will feature Love Tribe on May 11, Bull City Syndicate on June 8, Sleeping Booty on July 13, Big Love on Aug. 10, and Crush on Sept. 14.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St. and along Owen Avenue. Food and dessert trucks scheduled to participate on April 13 include Baguettaboutit, Bam Pow Chow, Charlie’s Kabob Grill, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Cousins Maine Lobster, Fuzzy’s Empanadas, Havana Dave’s, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Sweet Traditions, the VFW Chuckwagon and Virgil’s Jamaica.

Event organizers urge anyone planning to attend Friday Night on White to know the following:

  • No outside alcohol or coolers are permitted during Friday Night on White, but beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase within the festival area.

  • All attendees wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification and wear the provided identifying bracelet.

  • During Friday Night on White, White Street Brewing Co. is the sole approved outdoor vendor for beer and wine. All beer and wine consumed outdoors within the festival area must be dispensed by White Street Brewing Co. in the approved container which bears the event logo.

  • Beer and wine tokens will be available for purchase at three points of sale tents, which will be situated at each end of South White Street and at the intersection ofOwen Avenue/Brooks Street.

  • Beer and wine tokens may also be purchasedanytime during normal business hours inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Beer serving stations are located at each end of Owen Avenue, adjacent to B&W Hardware and at the Brooks Street intersection; at the intersection of Jones Avenue and South White Street; and inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Wine serving stations are provided at the wine tent located at the intersection of South White Street and Owen Avenue (adjacent to Fidelity Bank) and inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Designated drivers will be eligible toreceive two complimentary soft drinks or waters during each Friday Night on White concert. To be eligible, you must be at least 21-years-old with a valid driver’s license. Visit any of the three information tents for details.

  • The last call for outside beer and wine is 8:50 p.m.

  • Festivities end along South White Street at 9:30 p.m.

  • Anyone sharing their pictures on social media is encouragedto use #FNOW and #FridayNightonWhite.

Free parking will be available during each Friday Night on White along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest and at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Friday Night on White commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase for $10 each. The T-shirts are available in dark gray and lime green in a variety of styles and sizes and can be purchased at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., with cash, check or credit card. T-shirts will also be available for purchase with cash or checkat the Information Tent during each Friday Night on White concert – while supplies last.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during Friday Night on White. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive a volunteer T-shirt. For more information or to sign up, visit

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to Friday Night on White in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and utilizing the app’s “Friday Night on White” function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to important details about this year’s outdoor music series, the function includes the complete 2017 concert schedule, the lineup of participating food and dessert trucks, parking information, weather updates and more.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s 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

Friday Night on White is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather on the day of a concert, a decision on whether to proceed will be made no later than 4 p.m. Updated concert information will be posted on the Town’s Facebook page and available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town’s app will receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to Friday Night on White: White Street Brewing Co., Gladwell Orthodontics, McPherson Family Eye Care, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, iHeart Media, NuImage Surgical & Dental Implant Center, Capital PowerSports, Wells Family Dental Group, Local Charm, Benchmark Community Bank, Orangetheory Fitness, The Wake Weekly, Pro Audio & Light, Dirty Dogs Spa, Sole Dimensions, Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, Stanley Martin Homes, Hasentree by Toll Brothers, B&W Hardware, Coastal Credit Union, Birkner Insurance, Rainbow Child Care Center, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Avance Primary Care, Carillon Assisted Living, Chronic Tacos, Triangle Family Dentistry, Nutrishop, Chick-fil-A, CIRCA Magazine, 27587 Magazine, Fidelity Bank, The Dental Care Center, Lowes Foods, Massage Envy, Ads N Art, Wake Forest Federal and For Your Occasion Party Rentals.

Last year’s Friday Night on White concert series attracted well over 55,000 visitors to downtown Wake Forest. Friday Night on White aligns with Goal 1 of the Town’s Strategic Plan: Stimulate Economic Development.

For complete information about Friday Night on White, visit and search “Friday Night on White.”

Friday Night on White is a Wake Forest Outdoors event. To view a complete listing of the Town’s springtime events and activities, visit and search “Wake Forest Outdoors.”

2018 Comprehensive Transportation Plan Survey now available online

The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of developing a “Comprehensive Transportation Plan” to address all modes of transportation, including driving, walking, biking and transit. As part of that effort, the Town is conducting an online survey to gather input from area residents to help direct transportation planning efforts.

The survey is available online at from now through Saturday, May 26, and takes approximately five minutes to complete.

The survey is an important element in the Town’s transportation planning efforts. Officials plan to incorporate survey responses to address transportation challenges throughout Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510 or

Sponsors needed to bring The Wall That Heals to Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation is seeking community assistance to help cover expenses associated with bringing “The Wall That Heals” to Wake Forest.

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals (TWTH) is coming to the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day.

Financial support from local businesses and individuals is needed to help cover the cost of bringing TWTH to Wake Forest. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $7,500 and include an array of benefits. Each sponsorship level is designed to allow sponsors to reach a huge audience as thousands of visitors are expected to visit Wake Forest during the four-day exhibit.

Local businesses and individuals can donate via check or onlinevia PayPal at Checks should be made payable to “Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation” and include “The Wall That Heals” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, PO Box 168, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

TWTH honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The only town in North Carolina scheduled to host the exhibit in 2018, Wake Forest will be among the first to host a new, larger exhibit, which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point.

For more information, visit or contact Crystal Carlson at 919-608-0158 or

Wake Forest Police Department attains CALEA accreditation

The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) has received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA).

The accreditation verifies that the WFPD meets the commission’s industry best-practice standards and has attained public safety professional excellence.

As part of the voluntary application process, WFPD had to comply with 189 standards, including development of a comprehensive, well-thought-out uniform set of written directives, a preparedness program in place to address natural or man-made critical incidents and accountability for authority, performance and responsibilities both within the agency and the community.

As part of the review process, CALEA conducted a site visit in Wake Forest last December that examined all aspects of WFPD’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

The accreditation is good for four years, during which WFPD must submit annual reports to show continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.

The purpose of CALEA’s accreditation is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards developed by practitioners in the field that cover a wide range of up-to-date safety initiatives.

For more information about CALEA, visit