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Still time to help sponsor “The Wall That Heals” in Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation continues to seek 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 E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

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

Early morning work scheduled Friday at Gateway Commons

Beginning at approximately 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, Ashland Construction Co., a contractor working at the site of the future RADEAS Office Building, 907 Gateway Commons Circle, will begin pouring concrete for the building foundation.

Residents who live in the area are advised that concrete trucks will be entering and exiting the site regularly throughout the morning.

Ashland Construction requested and received permission from the Town to perform this work beginning at 4 a.m. in order to complete the project in one day.

For more information, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or

Limited number of seats available for “Lawn Care 101”

Approximately 30 seats remain open for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s “Lawn Care 101” workshop on Monday, Sept. 10. The program will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Geared to homeowners, the “how-to” session will emphasize cool season turf management and fall over-seeding, provide useful information on plant beds, and address common landscaping practices used throughout the Town’s parks.

Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover will lead the workshop. An N.C. State graduate with a degree in Turfgrass Science, Glover has 10 years turf management experience involving everything from parks and golf courses to professional baseball and football sports turf, including Bank of America Stadium.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at Class size is limited to the first 100 people to register.

For more information, contact Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or

Silver Alert issued for Wake Forest youth

UPDATE: Steven Norton has been located, and he is safe.

A Silver Alert has been issued for Steven Norton, whose picture is shown.

Norton, age 16, was last seen today around 3 p.m. at 1116 Miramar Woods Court.

Norton, who suffers from a cognitive impairment, is described as a black male standing 5’3″ tall and weighing approximately 90 lbs. He was last seen wearing an orange polo shirt.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Steven Norton is urged to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Traffic Alert – McDowell Drive & Stadium Drive

One of the two McDowell Drive entrances to Fletcher Village, off Stadium Drive, will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will close the eastern McDowell Drive entrance so crews can install utilities as part of the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project. The other McDowell Drive entrance into Fletcher Village, situated to the west, will be open and accessible.

Signage and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic flow through the work area.

In addition, motorists should continue to expect delays along Stadium Drive daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. until the project is completed.

Over the next several weeks, crews will continue to alter normal traffic patterns from Glencoe Drive to North Avenue. Lane closures and traffic shifts will be necessary to allow crews to relocate water utilities and install a storm drain.

Motorists who travel through the area are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time or consider using an alternate route.

Extending from Capital Boulevard/US 1 to North Wingate Street, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow.Once completed, the typical section of Stadium Drive will include three lanes with curb and gutter, left-turn lanes at intersections and driveways and a 10-feet wide multi-use path on the south side. Other features will include five-foot wide sidewalks on the north side, wide striped shoulders on each side of the roadway, a pedestrian refuge island, high visibility crosswalks and ramps, and accessible transit stops.

For complete information, including project updates,

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is expected to be completed in 2020. The total cost of the project is approximately $7.3 million.

For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at 919-435-9443 or

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Applications now accepted for 2018 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2018 Wake Forest Christmas Parade.

Applications are availableonlineand 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. 29, 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. 5.

Paymentfor entry is due at the time of application. Parade packets foraccepted participants will be mailed Monday, Nov. 19. 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. 8, at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Downtown Development Office at 919-435-9416

Special screening of “Etchings in Stone” Oct. 14

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a special screening of “Etchings in Stone,” on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and the Town of Wake Forest,“Etchings in Stone” isa filmed play featuring Vietnam veterans and their families about the feelings and emotions evoked by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or “The Wall” in Washington, DC.

Written by Wake Forest native and Vietnam veteran, Ron Harris,“Etchings in Stone” places the audience inside “The Wall” thereby offering them the unique abilityto experience firsthand its impact on visitors. Not only can the audience hear what visitors to The Wall “say,” they can also “hear” their unspoken thoughts.

According to Harris, “Etchings in Stone”is another step towards reassuring Vietnam veterans that they are not alone in their transition back to civilian life. The filmed play endeavors to accomplish this by addressing several Vietnam veteran issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), agent orange, friendly fire, survivor guilt, Prisoner of War/Missing in Action, the Amerasian issue, and the treatment of Vietnam veterans during their return to civilian life.

“Etchings in Stone” also explores the Vietnam War’s profound effect on friends and loved ones who stayed home, such as mothers and fathers, children, brothers and sisters, and wives and girlfriends.

Admission is free, but a ticket is required due to limited seating and can be obtained by visiting

Prior to and following the screening of“Etchings in Stone,” attendees are invited to visit the Renaissance Centre Arts Annex and view what is widely considered to be one of the most comprehensive displays of Vietnam War memorabilia in North Carolina. Indoor exhibits will include the field cross, MIA table, photos of service members on The Wall, medals, patches, gear and much more. Attendees will also be able to request and obtain information about individual service members on The Wall. Outdoor exhibits will also be offered, including a jeep and other military vehicles. The exhibit inside the Arts Annex will be available from 5:30-9 pm.

For more information, visit or contact the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

2018 Friday Night on White concludes Sept. 14 with Crush

The Town of Wake Forest will conclude its 2018 Friday Night on White concert series on Friday, Sept. 14, with the popular party band, Crush. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants during Friday Night on White. 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 Sept. 14 include American Meltdown, Baton Rouge Cuisine, Charlie’s, Cousins Maine Lobster, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Stuft, Sweet Traditions, VFW Chuckwagon, Virgil’s Jamaica, and The Wandering Moose.

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 along Owen Avenue – in the vicinity of B&W Hardware – and inside White Street Brewing Co.

  • Designated drivers will be eligible toreceive two complimentary bottles of water 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 is available during each Friday Night on White along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest. Several lots on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary also allow free parking. Designated public parking areas are identified by Friday Night on White parking signage. To view a map of free parking areas, visit

Please note: Some downtown parking lots may appear to be public, when in fact they are private.Private lots are intended for business patrons only. Anyone planning to attend Friday Night on White is strongly urged to read all signage in the parking lot to determine if public parking is permitted.

Friday Night on White commemorative T-shirts are now available for purchase for $5 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 the Friday Night on White concert – while supplies last.

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 2018 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.

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

“flix4kidz” & “Free at 3” continue Sept. 10

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will continue its free monthly movie showings for children ages 10 and under and adults ages 50 and older on Monday, Sept. 10. Starting at 10:30 a.m. the Renaissance Centre will host “flix4kidz,” followed at 3 p.m. by “Free at 3.”

The flix4kidz featured film will be “Sherlock Knomes” (PG), while the Free at Three movie will be “Black Panther” (PG13). Please note: Black Panther was scheduled to be shown on Aug. 13 but rescheduled due to the Free at 3 cancellation.

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

Featuring only G or PG-rated children’s and family films, “flix4kidz” offers free family-friendly movie showings at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday morning of each month

Designed for adults ages 50 and over, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.

The Renaissance Centre is now offering open captioning (OC) during “Free at 3” movie screenings. Subtitles will be shown directly on the screen. In addition, Assistive Listening Devices are also available for use.

The Renaissance Centre is located at 405 S. Brooks St. in downtown Wake Forest. For more information on these and other programs offered at the Renaissance Centre, visit

Time running out to nominate a “Good Neighbor of the Year”

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is accepting youth and adult nominations for the ninth annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award through Friday, Aug. 31. The award recognizes Wake Forest residents whowork to improvethe quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking recognition for their efforts.

Nominees are sought in two categories – adult and youth between the ages of 13 and 18. To qualify, a nominee must be a Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018. Employees of the Town of Wake Forest are not eligible.

The online nomination form is available on the Town’s website at Completed nomination forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

Nominations forms must include the names of both the nominator and the nominee, along with a narrative of 400 words or less describing why the nominee is deserving of the Good Neighbor of the Year Award.

Mayor Vivian Jones will present a commemorative plaque to one youth and one adult winner during this year’s Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event will take place from 1-4 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

For more information, contact Human Resources Director Virginia Jones at 919-435-9491 or