Category: Press Release

Police investigating shooting

At approximately 2 p.m., Wake Forest Police responded to a reported shooting along the 200 block of Wall Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers located an adult male who had suffered a single gunshot wound. The victim was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh. There is no word on the extent of his injuries.

An investigation is underway. A motive for the shooting is unclear.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. All calls are confidential.

The police department will release additional information as it becomes available.

PRCR to host Family Gobblefest at Joyner Park Nov. 17

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is inviting local families to participate in the first-ever Family Gobblefest on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Gobblefest is an opportunity for families to spend a morning together outdoors participating in an activity similar to a scavenger hunt. Turkey cutouts will be hidden throughout Joyner Park’s various trails and greenways. Families that “find” one of the turkey cutouts can redeem it for a special award (limit one per family).

The event is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required at https://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com.

As part of the event, the PRCR Department will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry. Tri-Area Ministry will distribute the donated food items to people in need in our community.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/family-gobblefest.aspx or contact Special Events Specialist Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.

CORPUD announces overnight closure along South Main Street Nov. 8-9

UPDATE: Due to the threat of inclement weather Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, CORPUD has rescheduled its overnight work along the 600 block of South Main Street/US 1A to Nov. 8-9. The information below has been updated to reflect the revised schedule.

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) will close the portion of South Main Street/US 1A from East Holding Avenue to West Vernon Avenue from 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, through approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

The overnight road closure is necessary to allow crews to perform a sewer service renewal at 620 S. Main St. Water and sewer service in the area will not be affected.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information, contact CORPUD Utility Supervisor Michael Worner at 919-868-7002 or Michael.worner@raleighnc.gov.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

CORPUD announces overnight closure along South Main Street Nov. 1-2

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) will close the portion of South Main Street/US 1A from East Holding Avenue to West Vernon Avenue from 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, through approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

The overnight road closure is necessary to allow crews to perform a sewer service renewal at 620 S. Main St. Water and sewer service in the area will not be affected.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information, contact CORPUD Utility Supervisor Michael Worner at 919-868-7002 or Michael.worner@raleighnc.gov.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Wegmans confirms plans to build a store in Wake Forest

Wegmans Food Markets has confirmed plans to build a store in Wake Forest. The store will be situated on the south side of Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass between US 1/Capital Boulevard and Siena Drive, just west of Ligon Mill Road.

Wegmans has signed a purchase agreement and is jointly seeking municipal approvals to build an anchor store as part of a larger mixed-use development by Stiles.

Wegmans Wake Forest is expected to be up to 100,000 sq. ft. in size and similar in design to Wegmans’ other newest stores. A timeline for opening the store will be announced once all necessary approvals are in place.

The Wake Forest location is approximately 11 miles northeast of the Raleigh site along Wake Forest Road where Wegmans is scheduled to open its first store in North Carolina in 2019. Plans are also underway for one Wegmans location in Chapel Hill and two sites in Cary.

For more information, contact Assistant Planning Director Brendie Vega at 919-435-9536 or bvega@wakeforestnc.gov.

Tip a Cop for Special Olympics this Saturday

The Wake Forest Police Department will “serve” area residents in an entirely different way this Saturday, Oct. 27, during the “Tip a Cop for Special Olympics” fundraiser.

Several officers willbe “working” at the Wake Forest Red Robin, 11420 Capital Blvd., from11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. assisting restaurant staff in taking orders and serving meals to restaurant patrons.

At the end of the day, the tips the officers receive for their efforts will go to Special Olympics of North Carolina to support the athletes who participate in the organization’s year-round sports, health and fitness programs.

This marks the 13th consecutive year the Wake Forest Police Department has participated in the Tip a Cop fundraiser. During that time, the department has raised over $20,000 for Special Olympics.

For more information, contact Officer Scott Graham at 919-554-6150 or sgraham@wakeforestnc.gov.

Yard waste collection delays continue, Town asks for patience

The Town of Wake Forest is again asking residents to be patient as crews work to collect large amounts of leaves and other yard waste along local streets and in neighborhoods throughout our community.

Crews are running behind schedule due to the large volume of leaves and because both Town vacuum trucks are out of service. The knuckleboom truck utilized to collect large limbs and logs is also out of service.

The Town’s vacuum equipment performs two primary functions: vacuuming and mulching. As leaves pass through the fan or impeller, they are ground into mulch. When items other than leaves, such as rocks, bricks, bottles, and tree limbs, attempt to pass through, the fan or motor can be damaged. One of the two vacuum trucks was damaged during vacuuming operations by sticks, rocks and other debris mixed in with leaves.

Crews are working overtime and staff from other divisions have been reassigned to assist in the collection effort.

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.

In addition, residents have the option of bagging their leaves for collection on their regular yard waste collection day.

Residents who choose not to bag their leaves are reminded to follow these tips when preparing leaves for collection:

  • Rake leaves into piles behind the curb, so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.
  • Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves. The Town’s vacuum equipment is only designed to pick up loose leaves. Your cooperation will help prevent mechanical breakdowns and collection delays.
  • 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.
  • Keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.
  • 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.

Wake Forest residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information concerning where crews will be working that day.

Residents can also receive waste collection updates and reminders and download collection schedules by signing up for “Waste Wizard” at www.wakeforestnc.gov/waste-wizard.aspx.

WFBIP receives two IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards

The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership (WFBIP) recently received two Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The WFBIP earned the honors for its “Quality of Life Booklet,” in the category of Special Purpose Print Brochure, and its “2017 Community Profile,” in the category of General Purpose Print Brochure.

“Our brand is still young, so it is a real honor to win awards in two categories in this highly competitive, international competition,” said WFBIP President Jason Cannon. “The IEDC received over 500 entries this year. I want to offer a sincere and special thanks to the Town of Wake Forest’s Graphic Coordinator Bess Martinson for her incredible work on the ‘Quality of Life Booklet.’ Likewise, I’d like to thank Jeff Denny and his team at Liaison Design Group for their impressive work on the ‘2017 Community Profile.’”

While recognizing the Quality of Life Booklet, the IEDC noted, “Wake Forest is part of the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina and minutes from Raleigh, the state capital. Home to over 43,000 residents and a growing business base, Wake Forest stands as a vibrant, charming community in one of the nation’s fastest growing regions. While this is extremely evident to those who live in the area, this booklet serves as a tangible tool to demonstrate this to everyone else. In true photo-book fashion, this piece is full of large, captivating images with bold captions telling the story of Wake Forest. It focuses on all of the top quality of life features important to anyone considering Wake Forest for their business. The margins contain text for more information, but the photography is designed to speak for itself. An important factor in attracting talent for a business is locating it in a quality place. Flip through these pages and you will quickly see a place of quality emerge.”

Of the Community Profile, the IEDC wrote: “Chock-full of infographics, charts, and photography, the Community Profile strategically presents the amazing strengths of the community in one concise piece. Specifically, the profile highlights Wake Forest’s impressive population characteristics, economic indicators, technical industry base, workforce, transportation assets, and educational strengths. It serves as an important resource for businesses, investors, site selectors, developers, and regional and state economic development partners.”

The honors were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which took place Sept. 29-Oct. 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership (WFBIP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation promoting Wake Forest as a destination for business and industry through economic development activities which expand the tax base, increase job opportunities, and foster positive economic impact on our community.

For more information, contact Senior Project Manager Jennifer Gaston at 919-435-9420.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council(IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more atiedconline.org.

Forest Moon Theater to present “The Memory of Water” Nov. 9-11 & 16-18

Forest Moon Theater will present “The Memory of Water” Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Showtime on Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m., while Sunday’s showtime is 3 p.m.

The death of their mother reunites sisters in England who at first could seem no more different from one another. Conflicting memories of the same events from their past highlight what separates them. On the eve of the funeral, in the bedroom haunted by their mother’s ghost, confrontations amidst the laughter stir the waters and bring secrets to the surface.

This play is produced by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Advance tickets are $15 plus tax for adults and $13 plus tax for students and seniors. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and student/senior on “day of” admission tickets.

Please note: Parental guidance recommended. Contains some adult language and subject matter, including alcohol and drugs, that might not be suitable for young people.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org/event/memory-water-2.

The Renaissance Centre offers season and flex passes for Forest Moon Theater performances. For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

For more information about Forest Moon Theater, visitforestmoontheater.orgor call 919-435-2001.

To receive email notifications concerning special events and programs in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Operation Medicine Drop this Saturday

The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) will host “Operation Medicine Drop” this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. inside the ground floor meeting room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance.

The WFPD offers Operation Medicine Drop as a prescription and over-the-counter medication take-back initiative that promotes proper medication disposal. By providing a safe and secure way for people to get rid of unwanted pills, tablets and other medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse, while also protecting local rivers and streams. The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.

Participants can help law enforcement officials properly identify and sort the medications by disposing expired, unused or unwanted medicine in its original container with the drug label intact. All the medications collected during the drop-off event will be secured by law enforcement and destroyed by incineration.

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of the N.C. Department of Insurance and Safe Kids NC, N.C. Department of Justice – Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice – Drug Enforcement Agency, N.C. Department of Public Safety – SBI, the Riverkeepers of N.C. and local law enforcement agencies. These agencies work together to provide assistance and support to aid in the proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Operation Medicine Drop reminds parents and caregivers to do the following:

  • Keep medicines locked up and out of reach of children.

  • Always read labels, follow directions and give medicines to children based on their weights and ages. Only use the dispensers packaged with children’s medications.

  • Avoid taking medicine or vitamins in front of kids.

  • Medicine should not be referred to as “candy.”

  • If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses, can’t breathe or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

For more information, contact Sgt. Stephen Cashwell at 919-263-9675 or scashwell@wakeforestnc.gov.