Category: Press Release

Flaherty Park Tennis Courts’ Resurfacing to Begin June 1

Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Flaherty Park tennis courts will be closed for resurfacing and repair. The courts are located at 1226 N. White St.

The town has contracted with Court One to perform the work which will include the following:

  • Cleaning and scraping of the courts of all dirt, debris, foreign matter and loose material

  • Removal of grass and weeds

  • Sealing cracks

  • Application of acrylic resurfacer, one sand-filled coat, and one sand-filled Laykold Colorcoat finishing coat.

  • Refurbishing the net posts

  • Addition of 10 & under, quick-start lines on courts 1 & 2

  • New courtside benches and message boards

  • Repair of defective surface on court 4

Weather permitting the courts will re-open in mid-June.

The total cost of the project is $21,567. Funded is provided through the town’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). The CIP is a five-year plan identifying the town’s capital outlay and improvement needs. As a long-range plan, the CIP reflects the town’s policy regarding future physical and economic development. By providing a planned schedule of public improvements, the CIP outlines present and future public needs and priorities. A ‘capital improvement’ is defined as any expenditure for equipment, buildings, infrastructure, land acquisition, plan or project and the estimated useful life is greater thanone year.

The community’s patience and understanding is appreciated during the court resurfacing project. For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or

Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour May 14

The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring its annual walking tour at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cemetery is located at 400 N. White St., less than a quarter-mile from downtown Wake Forest.

The free, self-guided tour will celebrate the lives of the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny.

Docents will be stationed at various locations throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names. Representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans clad in Confederate uniforms and carrying Civil War-era firearms will also be on hand to share tales of soldiers who served in the War Between the States. Ladies in period costume from the same era will also participate, along with representatives of the Wake Forest-Rolesville Junior ROTC, under the direction of Colonel Dimitri Belmont.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the tour as a special handout will be provided highlighting interesting points of interest throughout the cemetery grounds. Designed to promote healthy interaction between a child and their parents or accompanying adult, the photos and sites highlighted in the handout will help educate visitors about the cemetery’s historical significance.

Admission is free and open to the public. Limited parking will be permitted in designated areas of the cemetery. Overflow parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of North White Street and East Roosevelt Avenue.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to the Cemetery Walking Tour by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Wake Forest Cemetery Tour” function. Offering smartphone users instant access to important details about the cemetery tour, the function also includes a link to the new cemetery virtual tour.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the 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

In case of inclement weather, updated information about the tour will be provided on the the town’s 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 message informing them of any schedule changes. In the event of rain, the tour will be rescheduled for May 21.

Area residents are also invited to visit the town’s website and view the Wake Forest Cemetery Virtual Tour. Available at, the virtual tour provides users a unique historical perspective of the cemetery through the use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Offering an aerial view of the Wake Forest Cemetery, the interactive application shows red icons denoting notable and historic gravesites, including burial locations for Samuel Wait, the first president of Wake Forest College; Thomas Joseph Byrne, New York Yankees pitcher and Wake Forest mayor; and Sophie Lanneau, member of the first graduating class at Meredith College and Baptist missionary to China. Simply by clicking on one of the red icons, visitors can learn where a historical figure is buried, gain fascinating insight about the person by reading a brief bio, and – in most cases – view their picture.

For more information about the Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour, visit and search “Cemetery Tour” or contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or

Joyner Park Beautification Project Set to Begin May 10

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will kick-off a joint beautification project at E. Carroll Joyner Park on Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. Located at 701 Harris Road, one mile east of Capital Boulevard, Joyner Park is Wake Forest’s largest park situated on 117 acres.

In observance of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ “Federation Day,” Wake Forest Woman’s Club members will plant gloriosa daisies along one of the walking paths at the northern end of Joyner Park. The Woman’s Club selected the area to raise awareness about Partners Against Trafficking Humans or PATH-NC.

“Our community service project will serve three purposes,” said Wake Forest Woman’s Club Member Dawn Nakash. “First, it will bring public awareness to human trafficking since this garden will be dedicated to the victims and survivors of this horrible crime. Secondly, the PRCR department will use the project to develop guidelines for other organizations interested in initiating parks beautification programs. And lastly, it will bring enjoyment to the many citizens and visitors who use the paths throughout Joyner Park for walking and running.”

Once the flower garden is planted, the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will continue to provide for its care and maintenance.

Area residents are invited to attend the beautification project kick-off.

For more information, contact Dawn Nakash at 919-926-1452.

Grab Lunch & Head Outside for Wake Forest’s Music at Midday

Area residents are invited to listen to great music, dine outside, and enjoy the spring season at the Town of Wake Forest’s Music at Midday weekly concert series.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the free music series will begin Thursday, May 12, and continue on consecutive Thursdays through June 2. Scheduled from 12:15-1:15 p.m., the concerts will feature a variety of local performers and take place in Centennial Plaza, the gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The concert lineup includes DryBread Road on May 12; Justin Fouts on May 19; Joe Woodson on May 26; and Dan Blaisdell on June 2.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch – either from home, a local restaurant, or one of the food and refreshment trucks that will be on site – relax, and enjoy the entertainment.

For more information, including the food and refreshment truck schedule, visit and search “Music at Midday.”

Traffic Alert – South Main Street

Brinley’s Grading Service, the contractor working at the site of the Rite-Aid currently under construction at the intersection of South Main Street and Rogers Road, has again reduced South Main Street to one lane in each direction.

Due to the work being performed, there is no designated left-hand turn lane from South Main Street onto Rogers Road.

The lane reduction is causing serious traffic delays along South Main Street from Rogers Road north towards Forestville Road.

No detours are posted but motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and take an alternate route if possible.

Crews are in the process of installing the Rite-Aid entrance, exit, sidewalks, and curb and gutter. Weather permitting, the work is expected to continue throughout the remainder of this week.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Dates, times and work locations aresubject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.

Traffic Alert – Rogers Road

Wake Electric has reduced a portion of Rogers Road in the vicinity of the Marshall Farm Street intersection to one lane with alternating traffic while crews work to energize the new traffic signal.

Flaggers are in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists through the work area. However, the lane reduction is causing significant traffic delays, so motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Dates, times and work locations are subject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.

Police Requesting Public’s Assistance

The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the individuals shown in the surveillance camera images below.

The subjects are wanted for questioning in connection with a fraudulent purchase at the Wake Forest Golden Corral in February.

Anyone who believes they may recognize or know the whereabouts of this individual is encouraged to call the Police Department Tip Line at 919-435-9610. All calls are confidential.

11th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony May 2

Area residents are invited to attend the 11th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, May 2, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The May 2 service will honor Don Kroohs who served his nation in the U.S. Army. Members of Kroohs’ family have been invited to 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, the U.S. Army service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Kroohs served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout May.

Photographs and other remembrances of Kroohs will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of May.

Presented by local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are held monthly from April through October at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza.

A committee comprised of representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, the Wake Forest High School JROTC and the Town of Wake Forest is soliciting 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, visit and search “Memorial Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or

Carolina Puppet Theatre Returns to the Renaissance Centre May 4

Carolina Puppet Theatre, longtime entertainers at the former Kazoom Children’s Theatre in Raleigh, return to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., on Wednesday, May 4, at 11 a.m.

Carolina Puppet Theatre has been entertaining families for over 20 years with fast-paced, interactive performances full of mayhem. Ms. Poly and Ms. Ester, the wacky Garbardine Sisters and the star of the show, Bartlet, use story-telling, music and puppetry to make the shows a delightful experience for young children.

Using a variety of puppet styles, the characters come to life with engaging personalities and close interaction with the audience. During the storytelling segment of each show, children are selected from the audience to be the stars.

These shows are geared to children ages 3-7. Tickets are $5 per person (plus tax) and can be purchased in advance on the Renaissance Centre website at or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Future Carolina Puppet Theatre performances are scheduled at the Renaissance Centre on May 18, June 8, and June 22. For more information, visit or call 919-435-9560.

To learn about upcoming events at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up for Renaissance Centre updates call the Special Events Hotline at 919-435-9428.

DMV’s Mobile Driver’s License Unit Returns to Renaissance Centre May 2

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ Mobile Driver’s License Unit returns to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 405 S. Brooks St., on Monday, May 2. The mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new compact mobile office is part of Governor Pat McCrory’s initiative to improve customer service and reduce wait times at the DMV.

Featuring two driver license examiner stations,the new mobile office offers all the driver license services provided in brick-and-mortar offices, including driving tests.

The Renaissance Centre Arts Annex hosts the Mobile Driver’s License Unit on the first and third Monday of each month. The mobile office will return to Wake Forest on Monday, May 16, at 9 a.m.