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Tyler Run Park basketball court closed for reconstruction

The basketball court at Tyler Run Park, 830 Pineview Dr., is temporarily closed for reconstruction.

Upon completion, the basketball court will feature a new surface, be high school regulation in size, provide benches, and be handicap accessible.

The reconstruction of the court is expected to be completed in early September.

For more information, contact PRCR Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

Report of suspicious activity helps Police nab local man wanted for series of crimes

Wake Forest Police have arrested a local man wanted in connection with several crimes thanks to a resident who reported witnessing suspicious activity.

Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, officers responded to a reported breaking and entering into a motor vehicle along the 300 block of Joyner Bluff Drive. The victim reported that a suspect had entered a residence under construction at that location, then abruptly exited when seen by the victim. A few minutes later, the victim exited the residence and observed the same male suspect leaning into his parked vehicle.

The victim confronted the suspect who fled on foot before getting into the passenger side of a Nissan sedan and leaving the area.

Officers located a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop along East Holding Avenue. At that time, the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Police utilized a K-9 Team to track the suspect to a residence along the 800 block of South Main Street. After a brief resistance, officers were able to take the suspect, Kent Terrell Jones, into custody.

For Thursday’s incidents, Jones, 24, was charged with felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor breaking and entering a residence and misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay.

The driver of the Nissan sedan, Shantel Nikita Webb, 28, was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license.

Police also charged Jones with a series of misdemeanors for an incident on June 26 at E. Carroll Joyner Park in which he fled on foot from officers and was not located: larceny, resist, obstruct, delay, second degree trespassing and driving with a revoked license.

Finally, the subject also had outstanding warrants in Wake County for larceny, resist, obstruct, delay and second degree trespassing – all misdemeanors – stemming from an incident on June 5.

Jones was transported to the Wake County Detention Center.

The Wake Forest Police Department relies on the Town’s citizens to be its eyes and ears. Anyone witnessing or experiencing suspicious activity is urged to call the police department at 9-1-1 or 919-556-9111. You may remain anonymous.

Fireworks Spectacular attendees invited to take online survey

The Town of Wake Forest hosted the 2018 Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. An estimated 20,000 area residents attended the event, while hundreds more watched the fireworks display from areas in and around Heritage Wake Forest.

The Town is conducting an online survey to gather feedback from everyone who attended the Fireworks Spectacular. The five-question survey is available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/fireworks-spectacular.aspx from now through Saturday, July 21, and takes less than five minutes to complete.

The survey is an important element in the Town’s Fireworks Spectacular planning efforts. Officials plan to incorporate survey responses to identify ways to improve the event moving forward.

For more information, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or mlileton@wakeforestnc.gov.

Fireworks Spectacular – Top 10 Things to Know Before You Go

Wake Forest’s two-day Independence Day Celebration kicks off today with the Fireworks Spectacular at Husky Stadium on the campus of Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. If you’re planning to attend, here are the Top 10 things you should know, before you go:

  1. Admission is free! Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Crush, one of the Triangle’s most popular party bands, will take the stage at approximately 6:15 p.m.

  2. The fireworks show will begin at dusk – but there is no official start time.

  3. Picnic baskets and coolers are allowed on the campus and inside the stadium – but no alcoholic beverages, smoking, glass or pets are allowed on the Heritage High School campus.

  4. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the festivities on the Husky Stadium football field or in one of the designated viewing areas on the Heritage High School campus. Spectators may also sit in the bleachers on the home side of the stadium.

  5. No chairs, blankets or bicycles will be permitted on the stadium track. No stakes allowed in the turf.

  6. Expect mosquitoes. Bring bug spray.

  7. Concessions, including hamburgers, hot dogs and popcorn will be available for purchase at the Husky Stadium concession stand. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site, including Lumpy’s, Kona Ice, Sunshine Girls Lemonade, Jays Italian Ice, Morfa Empenadas, Charlie’s Kabobs, KONO Pizza, Big C Waffles, and Mr. Mongolian.

  8. Handicap parking (by identification only) and regular parking will be available on the school campus. Parking will not be allowed along Forestville Road or Foundation Drive. Please note: some parking lots may appear to be public, when in fact they are private. Private lots are intended for business patrons only.

  9. The Kerr Family YMCA and the Town of Wake Forest will offer a free shuttle service. Beginning at 5 p.m., area residents are invited to park at one of the following locations, then hop on a bus for the short trip to Heritage High School:

  • Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road;

  • Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road;

  • Heritage Middle School, 3400 Rogers Road;

  • Heritage Elementary School, 3500 Rogers Road

The free shuttle will run continuously and drop off visitors in one location on the Heritage High School campus. The final shuttle will depart from Heritage High School at approximately 11 p.m.

  1. Patience is a virtue. We are expecting a great turnout. Traffic in and around Heritage High School will likely be heavy. We ask for your patience both entering and exiting the school campus. Please note: at the conclusion of the fireworks, no vehicles will be permitted to enter the school grounds until all the traffic exiting the stadium is clear.

For more information, visit our website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/fireworks-spectacular.aspx.

First Friday Flix returns to the Renaissance Centre July 6

First Friday Flix returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts on Friday, July 6, at 7 p.m. The featured film will be “Wonder” (PG).

The Renaissance Centre hosts First Friday Flix on the first Friday evening of each month. Free and open to the public, these movie screenings feature a variety of film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers and more, often with a seasonal or historical theme.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase.

For more information about events and activities offered at the Renaissance Centre, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates via E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Portion of Flaherty Park parking lot closed Monday & Tuesday

Portions of the Flaherty Park and Flaherty Dog Park parking lots, 1226 N. White St., will be closed today and tomorrow, July 2-3, for maintenance and restriping.

Crews will attempt to complete the work in two phases in order to try to keep sections of the parking lots open to visitors.

Signs are posted announcing the closure. Anyone wishing to visit Flaherty Park or Flaherty Dog Park may park in the Flaherty Park Community Center parking lot and utilize the greenway to access those parks.

For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

Taylor Street Park Sprayground announces new Sunday hours

Beginning Sunday, July 1, the Taylor Street Park Sprayground will operate according to a new schedule on Sundays only.

Located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., the sprayground is currently open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Starting Sunday, the facility will be open from 1-8 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the remainder of the week.

The schedule change is designed to reduce parking overflow at Olive Branch Baptist Church, 326 E. Juniper Ave., during Sunday morning services.

Free and open to the public, the Taylor Street Park Sprayground is adynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements – flowing, misting, and jetting – with diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.

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

Power outage affecting several areas of Wake Forest

UPDATE: Power has been restored to all 2,900 Wake Forest Power customers affected by an earlier outage. The cause was due to a faulty main breaker which is being repaired.

Several customers reported issues with the outage reporting component of the Outage Management System. Wake Forest Power officials are working to resolve the problem.

The following information was distributed today at 8:50 am:

Approximately 2,900 Wake Forest Power customers who live in the following areas are without power this morning:

  • Jenkins Road

  • Tyler Run

  • Bennett Park

  • Holding Ridge Subdivision

  • Northeast side of Town

  • Wake Forest Crossing

  • Highgate Subdivision

  • Swans Cove Subdivision

  • Durham Road

  • Remington Woods Subdivision

  • Richland Drive

The cause of the outage is not known. Electric crews are responding but there is no estimated time for when power will be restored.

Wake Forest Power makes it easy for customers to report electric outages and stay informed about power interruptions in their area through its Outage Management System (OMS). The highlight of the initiative is an automated outage reporting telephone number: 919-761-7899.

Customers need only to call 919-761-7899and follow the prompts to quickly notify Wake Forest Power that their electricity is out.

When a customer calls the outage reporting number, the OMS attempts to identify the telephone number from which the customer is calling and match that number to their account. As long as Wake Forest Power has the number in its system, the OMS will recognize the customer. If Wake Forest Power does not have the number, or if the number on file is wrong, information pertaining to the customer’s account will not be found.

Wake ForestPower is asking customers to make sure they have provided accurate contact information. More specifically, customers are asked toregister up to two phone numbers associated with their account. For more information, visitwww.wakeforestnc.gov/report-a-power-outage.aspx.

Tickets still available for “Occupy the Stage”

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts and the Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) are hosting an around-the-clock 24-hour event called “Occupy the Stage” this Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 1. The event will take place from 7 p.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Geared to women ages 16 and older, “Occupy the Stage” will feature “staged” readings from across the country, along with a host of workshops, such as “Marketing 101” and “How to Run a Lighting Board.” The event will also offer several discussion panels and devised theatre pieces, including local playwright and poet Debra Kaufman workshopping “The Illuminated Dresses.”

Founded in 2016 to create, produce and promote extraordinary theatre by women, the WTF encourages women to aspire to leadership roles in the theatrical field. During “Occupy the Stage,” WTF members can participate in a “VIP Track” that features the best theatrical practitioners in our area offering guidance on several specialized theater-related topics.

A new addition to this year’s event will be “Occupy Kids,” where children can enjoy activities tailored to them while their parents attend other parts of the “Occupy” event.

Occupy 2018 jumpstarts WTF’s long-term goal of creating a convention-type atmosphere that establishes the Triangle as a destination to celebrate women and gender equity in the theatrical field.

Tickets are $25 each and include admission to all “Occupy the Stage” activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their pajamas, a blanket and favorite camping gear and settle in for a full 24 hours of theatrical fun that celebrates the talents of women.

For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Family Movie Night at Joyner Park this Saturday

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series through August at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The second in the series of “Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park” will take place Saturday, June 30, at 8:30 p.m. and feature the film “The Lion King.”

Presented by McPherson Family Eye Care, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones Investments and Capital Powersports, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park feature a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas and thrillers, all projected on a 26-foot inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park also offer movie-related pre-show activities for kids beginning at 7:15 p.m. Entitled “Meet the Animals of Africa,” the June 30 pre-show activity will include presentations by the NC Museum of Natural History and Carolina Tiger Rescue. Children 12 and under are invited to attend, along with their parents.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Assorted food vendors will be on site selling snacks and refreshments.

Future film screenings are scheduled for July 28 (Cars 3) and Aug. 11 (Beauty & The Beast). Showtime for each event is 8:30 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

In the event of rain, Family Movie Night may be moved inside Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. Updates will be provided on the Town’s website and Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification informing them of any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2018 Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park series: McPherson Family Eye Care, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones Investments, Capital Powersports, Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake County, Vision Martial Arts, Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, Wells Family Dental Group, British Swim School, Michelle Palatine & Co., Triangle Family Dentistry, The College at Southeastern, Avance Care, and Kerr Family YMCA.

For more information, including a listing of each month’s pre-show activity, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.