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Kochetkov bond raised to $100,000

On Monday, Sept. 17, at approximately 1 a.m., Wake Forest Police arrested Arthur Vladimir Kochetkov, 33, at 6212 Tiffield Way without incident. Kochetkov was charged with communicating threats for statements made via Facebook. Initially, he was being held in the Wake County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Earlier today, however, following a request for bond modification by the Wake County District Attorney’s office, conditions of release in the State v. Arthur Vladimir Kochetkov case were revised to include a $100,000 secured bond with pretrial release monitoring, a mental health evaluation and prohibitions against being on the property of the Jones Dairy Elementary School.

Kochetkov remains in custody at the Wake County Detention Center charged with one count of communicating threats in violation of N.C.G.S. 14-277.1.

The Wake Forest Police Department is continuing to work with the Wake County District Attorney’s office and other local, state and federal authorities to investigate this incident.This investigation is ongoing.

For more information, contact Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman at 919-792-5000.

Holding Park Aquatic Center to open this Saturday

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and the Recreation Advisory Board (RAB) are inviting the community to the official opening of the Holding Park Aquatic Center, 133 W. Owen Ave., this Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. The PRCR and RAB are commemorating this special occasion by offering free admission to the facility from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Please note: The Holding Park Aquatic Center is limited to a maximum of 300 patrons.

The opening festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with brief remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones and PRCR Director Ruben Wall and free hotdogs – while supplies last.

The Town of Wake Forest recently completed work on the $3.2 million aquatic center. The new facility is comprised of three bodies of water, including a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool; two water slides with plunge pool; and children’s pool with sprayground.

The aquatic center will also be open free to the public Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1-7:30 p.m. The facility will then close for the fall and winter before re-opening during Memorial Day weekend in 2019.

For more information, call the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department at 919-435-9560.

Area residents invited to Food Security Summit on Sept. 24

The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) is inviting area residents to a Food Security Summit on Monday, Sept. 24. The event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the ground floor meeting room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.

Area residents from northern Wake County and beyond are invited to attend the session which will focus on developing action items designed to help ensure food security in our area.

In February, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners endorsed Wake County’s Comprehensive Food Security Plan making the Town the first in our area to join our area’s local food council, the Capital Area Food Network (CAFN). The plan is designed to move the county towards addressing hunger now and in the future.

The NCFST was created to develop and launch a viable food security plan for northern Wake County that aligns with the CAFN plan. The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners charged NCFST with enlisting community members, food security organizations, resource experts, and other stakeholders to develop activities, policies, and partnerships that will move the county towards food security and a sustainable food future.

Wake Forest Customer Service Manager Andrew Brown, Jr. serves as the current chair of the NCFST. Other members include George Shaw of Wake Forest Area Hunger Ministry; Ross Yeager, director of the Northern Regional Center; Sydney Klein with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Capital Area Food Network; and Emoke Anderson with the Northern Regional Center.

For more information, contact Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919-435-9466 or abrown@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest earns 28th consecutive financial reporting award

For the 28th straight year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Town of Wake Forest for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the period ended June 30, 2017.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 19,000 government finance professionals.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the Town and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was awarded to Chief Financial Officer Aileen J. Staples whose staff, namely Assistant Finance Director Antwan Morrison and Accountant Alice DeGaetano, was responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the third award the GFOA has presented to Wake Forest in 2018. Last week the GFOA named the Town as the recipient of its Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its Citizens’ Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. Prior to that, in January, Wake Forest earned the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2017-18 annual budget.

For more information, contact CFO Aileen J. Staples at 919-435-9461 or astaples@wakeforestnc.gov.

Yard waste collection resumes, Town asks for patience

The Town of Wake Forest has resumed yard waste collection after suspending the service late last week due to Hurricane Florence. Town officials are asking residents to be patient as crews work to collect large amounts of yard waste along local streets and in neighborhoods throughout our community.

Staff from other divisions have been reassigned to assist in the collection effort, but progress is expected to be slow due to the high volume of limbs and branches.

In the meantime, officials are reminding local homeowners associations that contracted work performed by tree service companies or independent contractors will not be collected by Town crews. Instead, it is the responsibility of the contractor to remove and properly dispose of debris.

Residents are reminded to follow these tips when preparing yard waste for collection:

  • Leaves should be placed behind the curb in clear plastic bags or 35-gallon trash containers.

  • Place limbs and brush behind the curb in a pile separate from leaves.

  • Limbs and brush larger than one inch but smaller than six inches in diameter must be no longer than six feet.

  • Limbs and logs larger than six inches in diameter must not exceed two feet in length.

  • Logs must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.

  • Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with yard waste.

  • Keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.

  • Only place your yard waste behind the curb in front of your property.

  • Town crews will not pick up yard waste from vacant lots.

  • Keep debris free of animal waste. Animal waste should be bagged and placed in rollout garbage carts.

The Town of Wake Forest appreciates the patience and cooperation of citizens.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Yard Waste” or contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

Town introduces online bulk waste pickup request form

The Town of Wake Forest now offers an online bulk waste pickup request form. Available on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/online-bulk-waste-pickup-request-form.aspx, the form should be used by anyone wishing to schedule bulk waste pickup.

Wake Forest provides free bulk waste pickup service on Tuesdays by appointment only. Defined in the Town’s code of ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the Town-issued rollout garbage cart.

Examples of bulk waste pickup items include furniture, lawn mowers, swings, book shelves and bicycles.

Bulkwaste must be scheduledfor collection by 2 p.m. Monday. Items placed at the curb without schedulingwill not be collected.

Area residents without internet access may schedule a bulk waste pickup by calling 919-435-9570. Anyone who calls after hours may leave a voicemail message. Voicemail requests for service must include the resident’s name, physical address and telephone number, along with a description of bulk waste items to be collected. Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.

After scheduling an appointment, residents are urged to adhere to the following bulk waste collection guidelines:

  • Place bulkwaste behind the curb by 7a.m. onyour scheduled collection day.

  • Place bulkwaste withinsix feet of the curb andat leastthree feet away from other collection items and obstacles, such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles.

  • Do not place bulkwaste inside the rollout carts.

  • Do not block the sidewalk.

Items that are not considered bulk waste include liquid paint, batteries, gasoline, oil, tires, and electronics, such as TVs, computers, printers and copiers. Residents are urged to contact a private waste hauler or visit a local landfill to dispose of these items. For a complete list of Wake County convenience centers, visit wakegov.com and search “convenience centers.”

In addition, household hazardous materials, such as batteries, fire extinguishers, mercury thermometers, paint, pesticides and herbicides, and propane tanks, are not considered bulk waste. Wake County has established a collection program where residents can drop off these materials for proper disposal by a certified Household Hazardous Waste contractor. The drop-off location for northern Wake County is 9037 Deponie Drive, Raleigh. For more information about Wake County’s Household Hazardous Waste program, call 919-856-7400.

For more information about Town of Wake Forest bulk waste collection, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “bulk waste.”

Wake Forest parks and greenways have reopened

All Wake Forest parks and greenways, which had been closed since 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, due to Hurricane Florence, have reopened.

Earlier today, officials completed an inspection of the Town’s parks and greenways and determined them all to be safe for public use.

For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

Music at Midday resumes Sept. 20

After being suspended last week due to Hurricane Florence, Music at Midday will return to Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., this Thursday, Sept. 20. Jessica Lang will perform from noon-1 p.m.

Area residents are invited to listen to great music and dine outside, while enjoying the end of the summer season. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch – either from home or a local restaurant – relax and enjoy the entertainment during Music at Midday. Lumpy’s Ice Cream will be on site selling sweet treats.

Co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the 2018 series concludes Thursday, Sept. 27, with Into the Fog. For information about each performer, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/music-at-midday.aspx.

For more information about Music at Midday, contact Special Events Recreation Specialist Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.

Celebrate Public Power Week Oct. 7-13

The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power are joining more than 2,000 not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 7-13. As part of this annual week-long celebration, the Town and Wake Forest Power will offer several special events and activities:

  • Kids’ Poster Contest
    Wake Forest-area kids, ages 12 and under, are invited to submit a picture/poster related to this year’s theme “Public Power for the Public Good.” The pictures/posters should be no larger than 12”x12”. We will display as many of the submissions we receive as possible in the Town Hall lobby. The winner will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
  • Kids’ Scavenger Hunt
    Children ages 12 and under are invited to complete the 2018 Public Power Week Scavenger Hunt questionnaire to identify Energy Thieves in the home and be entered to win a prize at the evening session of the Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. To download the scavenger hunt questionnaire and registration form, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/public-power-week.aspx.
  • Public Power Week Crossword Puzzle Contest – From now through Wednesday, Oct. 10, Wake Forest Power residential electric customers can enter to win free electricity in October by participating in the Public Power Week Crossword Puzzle Contest. Three winners will be announced during the evening Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 11. To download the crossword puzzle and registration form, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/crossword-puzzle-contest.aspx.
  • Savings for Seniors Bingo – Wake Forest-area seniors are invited to enjoy a special morning of bingo on Monday, Oct. 8. From 10 a.m. to noon, Wake Forest Power will host “Savings for Seniors Bingo” in the Ground Floor Meeting Room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Highlighting a variety of energy-savings ideas, this event will offer participants the chance to have fun and win prizes donated by local merchants. The meeting room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.
  • Electric Safety Kids’ Day
    Wake Forest Power will host Electric Safety Kids’ Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event will take place in the Wake Forest Town Hall Lobby, 301 S. Brooks St., beginning at 9:30 a.m., and will last approximately 90 minutes. Local Wake Forest-area elementary schools are invited to participate in a morning of interactive electric education and safety, which will include a reading station, plus indoor and outdoor demonstrations. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required by contacting Heather Mitchell at 919-435-9479 or hmitchell@wakeforestnc.gov.
  • Customer Appreciation
    Public Power Week is also Customer Appreciation Week. As our way of saying “thank you” to our valued customers, Town staff will serve popcorn each day in the lobby of Town Hall and give away special prizes. Staff will also be available to share information and answer questions about Wake Forest’s array of customer programs and services.
  • Energy Expo
    On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Town Hall lobby will be the scene of a daytime and evening energy savings and electric safety expo featuring hands-on demonstrations and representatives from Wake Forest Power, ElectriCities, Northern Regional Center, Resources for Seniors, ChurchNet, Wake County Human Services and more. The Town and Wake Forest Power will present the daytime expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., then welcome co-sponsor Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for the evening edition from 6-7:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to attend and learn how to make their homes more energy efficient, save money on their electric bills, avoid electric hazards, and be safe around electricity. During the energy expo participants can also register to win a variety of special prizes donated by local merchants.
  • Free Hot Dogs
    Wake Forest Power will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 11, by giving away free hot dogs and sodas beginning at 11 a.m. Wake Forest area residents are invited to come get them while they last.
  • Electric Safety Demonstrations
    Also during the day on Oct. 11, Wake Forest Power linemen will offer on-demand electric safety demonstrations in Centennial Plaza for groups of two or more. The creative program will teach children and adults smart electrical safety habits, demonstrate the power of electricity and show the potential hazards associated with unsafe actions around power lines, pad mount transformers and switchgear. Participants will also experience what it is like to be a lineman and how they stay safe when working with electricity. By handling tools and safety equipment, visitors will have the chance to learn firsthand the importance of electrical safety. Wake Forest Power will also display a bucket truck and other equipment in the Town Hall parking lot for visitors to view and enjoy.

A division of the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Power supplies electricity to approximately 5,000 residential and 1,300 commercial customers. A public power community since 1909, Wake Forest is one of 32 members of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). For more information about Wake Forest Power, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/wakeforestpower.aspx.

For more information about Public Power Week events and activities, contact Customer Service Manager Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919-435-9466 or abrown@wakeforestnc.gov.

Women’s Self-Defense Class relocated to Flaherty Park Community Center

Due to wet conditions, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s free self-defense class for women on Tuesday, Sept. 18, will be relocated from E. Carroll Joyner Park to the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. The class will be offered inside the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

During Tuesday’s class, instructors from Krav Maga Raleigh will teach participating women a variety of techniques to avoid danger and defend themselves if necessary. Krav Maga is a no-nonsense system that focuses on the most practical and instinctive methods to get you out of harm’s way.

Attendees will be required to sign a waiver, so anyone planning to attend should arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Participants are encouraged to wear workout clothes and athletic shoes – but no jewelry – and bring water.

For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.