Category: Press Release

Seats still available for “Dementia Conversations” workshop on Sept. 27

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts has been hosting a series of seminars since April designed to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event in the 2018 Understanding Dementia series has offered residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

The series concludes Thursday, Sept. 27, with “Dementia Conversations.” The workshop will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. inside the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. During the session, attendees will learn how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor and making legal and financial plans.

The workshop is free, but registration is required by

The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an ongoing effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or

Forest Moon Theater to present “Crimes of the Heart” Sept. 20-23

Forest Moon Theater will present “Crimes of the Heart” Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 20-23, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Thursday, Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m., while Sunday’s showtime is 3 p.m.

The opening weekend of “Crimes of the Heart” was originally scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16, but those shows were canceled due to Hurricane Florence. The performance on Thursday, Sept. 20, was added as a make-up date.

“Crimes of the Heart” tells the story of three sisters in a small Mississippi town who await news from the hospital where their grandfather lives out his final hours. Each woman has experienced hurt and failure of a different kind, yet each finds her own path to a promising new beginning. Along the way, the laughs and humor highlight the beauty in being human as the women take control of their future.

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.

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.

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PRCR Department set to offer Monday evening Zumba classes

Beginning Monday, Sept. 17, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will offer Zumba classes on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Led by licensed Zumba instructor Antoinette McCormick, the classes will take place at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Zumba is a dance-like exercise program in which participants perform aerobic and strengthening exercises to the beat of lively music.

No registration is required, but there is a $5 drop-in fee for each class.

For more information, contact PRCR Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or

Police Department suspends fingerprinting service

Due to equipment issues, the Wake Forest Police Department will not provide live scan fingerprinting service today.

The police department typically provides the service to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Police Department Main Station, 225 E. Taylor St. Space is limited each week to the first 12 people to arrive and sign in.

The cost is $10 for Wake Forest residents and $15 for non-residents. Only cash and checks are accepted, but checks must be made out for the exact amount and a valid picture ID is required for identification.

Fingerprinting service is expected to resume next Thursday, Sept. 20.

In the meantime, area residents have two other local fingerprinting service options, including the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Raleigh/Wake CCBI, 3301 Hammond Road, Raleigh, offers fingerprinting service daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The fee is $15. Walk-ins are accepted, but priority is given to previously-scheduled appointments. For more information or to make an appointment, call 919-856-6300.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 285 T Kemp Road, Louisburg, offers fingerprinting services to the public during normal business hours. The cost is $10, and the telephone number is 919-496-2186.

Wake Forest continues preparations for Hurricane Florence

The Town of Wake Forest continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence. Town crews are conducting safety briefings and working to secure Town facilities. Crews from Police, Fire, Wake Forest Power and Public Works are on standby and ready to respond to any problems that arise. Vehicles and equipment have been fueled and checked for essential supplies and supply inventories have been reviewed.

Once the storm comes ashore, it is expected to bring with it high winds, torrential rains and possible flooding. Residents are urged to bring in rollout garbage and recycling carts and other light-weight items no later than Thursday morning to ensure that those items do not become unintended and harmful projectiles.

In anticipation of the heavy rain, the City of Raleigh is lowering the level of the Wake Forest Reservoir.

Openings & Closings
For now, all Town facilities are open and operating according to their normal schedules. Town officials are following the storm’s track and speed to assess whether any closings may become necessary.

PRCR & Senior Center Schedules
All Thursday and Friday Northern Wake Senior Center classes at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., and Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., have been canceled.

For now, all PRCR-sponsored baseball and softball games will be played as scheduled.

Event Cancellations
Town officials have canceled or postponed all weekend events in Wake Forest, including Music at Midday (Sept. 13); Friday Night on White (Sept. 14); Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 15); and Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House (Sept. 16). The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre has also canceled the first weekend of Forest Moon’s Presentation of “Crimes of the Heart” (Sept. 14-16). For more information about each of these events, visit and search for the event name.

Solid Waste Collection
Republic Services will beginThursday’s garbage and recycling collection at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than usual, to provide crews with additional time to reach the recycling center, which will close earlier than normal.

Republic is working on contingency plans for Friday and beyond – but it is likely garbage and recycling will be suspended Friday.

Beginning Friday, yard waste collection will be suspended until further notice. Residents should not set out yard waste to minimize the chances of any uncollected debris clogging storm drains.

If Your Power Goes Out

  • To report power outages:

    • Wake Forest Power customers call 919-761-7899;

    • Wake Electric customers call 919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155;

    • Duke Energy Progress customers call 800-419-6356.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food usually stays frozen about 48 hours. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

  • Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers. Follow manufacturer’s directions regarding connecting appliances directly to your generator.

  • Restoring power after a storm can be challenging, as travel conditions are poor. Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine which crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs. Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work.

  • Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers are restored as quickly as possible. Essential services, such as hospitals and emergency response facilities, are the first priority.

  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.

  • Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Reporting Downed Trees
To report downed trees, visit or call 919-435-9570.

If you encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalks or other public areas, contact the Town rather than trying to handle them on your own. In addition to being heavy and difficult to manage, trees and limbs often come into contact with dangerous, live electrical wires which can cause serious injury or death.

Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Water & Sewer
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) operates and maintains the water and sewer system that serves Wake Forest. CORPUD operates two water treatment plants and three wastewater treatment plants. These plants are equipped with generators capable of maintaining operations during extended power outages. The drinking water distribution system hasa robust back-up system that allows water to flow from many locations, so water outages – even in major storm events – are rare and often localized. Toilets will also continue to function normally and do not require electric power to operate.

Even though you may still have water and wastewater service, water conservation during power outages is a good idea. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering, and limit the amount of toilet flushing. As a precaution, customers should prepare by storing 1-2 gallons of tap water per person in clean household containers which can be refrigerated if desired.

In the event of a loss of water, call 919-996-3245 and select option #1 to report the outage. Public Utilities also utilizes a customer notification system that contacts customers in the event of water or wastewater service emergencies via landline telephone, text message or email.

Closely monitor local news sources and for storm updates and additional information.

Emergency Shelters
Wake County Emergency Management, in cooperation with Wake County Human Services and theAmerican Red Cross, opens emergency shelters when disasters force citizens to evacuate.

No shelter locations have yet been announced in response to Hurricane Florence. The Town will publicize shelter locations when they become available.

Clear Storm Drains
Public Works personnel are clearing obstructions from storm drains along local streets and roadways. You can assist in this effort and help prevent flooding by clearing debris from storm drains along your streets.

Street Flooding Hazards
The following Wake Forest-area streets are prone to flooding and should be approached cautiously during significant rainfall events:

  • Durham Road/NC-98,Richland Creek

  • East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road

  • East Juniper Avenue near North White Street

  • Forestville Road, Toms Creek

  • Forestville Road, Sanford Creek

  • Harris Road, Richland Creek

  • Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block

  • Jenkins Road, Horse Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek

  • North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue

  • North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue

  • Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek

  • Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek

  • Purnell Road, Mud Branch

  • Rogers Road, Sanford Creek

  • Rogers Road, Smith Creek

  • West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek

  • Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek

  • Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road

  • Watkins Farm Road at Young Street

Public Safety tips if you experience rising water where you are:

  • Immediately seek higher ground

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

  • Do not park in low-lying areas.

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, leave the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. REMEMBER – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

Stay Off the Roads
Finally, once Hurricane Florence comes through Wake Forest, please stay off the roadways. When you venture out on the roads, you not only put yourself at risk, but you also put others in jeopardy. Then, if you are involved in an accident, police officers and first responders are at risk. You can help yourself, your neighbors, law enforcement and first responders by simply staying off the roads.

Stay Informed
During severe weather events, the Town will issue regular updates through a variety of means. To stay informed residents can:

Wake Forest residents urged to provide contact information for town-to-resident notification system

The Town of Wake Forest utilizes the Blackboard Connect town-to-resident phone notification service to communicate with residents regarding time-sensitive incidents, including planned and unforeseen public safety matters.

Blackboard Connect allows officials to record, send and track personalized voice messages to Wake Forest residents, businesses and local agencies in just minutes, through a single phone call. The Town can also deliver messages to subscribed residents via email and/or cell phone text message.

Town administrators can also target messages to an unlimited number of groups, including participants in Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources athletic leagues, and use maps on the Blackboard Connect system to contact specific geographical locations, sending messages only to the residents within select neighborhoods when needed.

Publicly available primary residential and business phones in Wake Forest were automatically included in the system when the Town transitioned to Blackboard Connect in 2015, but many of those numbers are outdated. In addition, cell phone numbers and email addresses were not included.

In anticipation of Hurricane Florence, all residents are encouraged to opt-in and provide their complete contact information, including cell phone numbers and email, by visiting and clicking on the “Sign Up Now” Blackboard Connect logo.

“We only use Blackboard Connect to notify residents regarding important, time-sensitive issues, such as road closures, flooding, power outages or any other issue that may potentially pose a threat to safety,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree. “We recognize that most people don’t like being inundated with random telephone calls, so we only schedule calls when we deem it absolutely necessary.”

Residents who do not wish to receive phone notifications from the Town may opt out of the system by emailing their telephone number to and typing “Blackboard Connect Opt Out” in the subject line.

For more information about the Blackboard Connect town-to-resident phone notification service, contact Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or

Weekend events canceled or postponed due to Hurricane Florence

Due to Hurricane Florence, the Town of Wake Forest is cancelling or postponing the following events: Music at Midday (Sept. 13); Friday Night on White (Sept. 14); Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 15); and Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House (Sept. 16). The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is also cancelling the first weekend of Forest Moon’s Presentation of “Crimes of the Heart” (Sept. 14-16).

Please note the following about each of these events:

  • Music at Midday will resume on Thursday, Sept. 20.

  • The final Friday Night on White of 2018 will not be rescheduled. The free outdoor music series will resume in April 2019.

  • Good Neighbor Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22.

  • “Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House” has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7.

  • The second weekend of Forest Moon Theater’s presentation of “Crimes of the Heart” will proceed as scheduled Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23. Additional showings may also be scheduled and will be announced as soon as details have been arranged. In the meantime, anyone who purchased tickets for the Sept. 14-16 shows will receive refunds. For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

With most forecast models for Hurricane Florence calling for high winds and major flooding, Town officials made the decision to cancel or postpone these events out of concern for public safety. Once the hurricane makes landfall and continues to the Wake Forest area, it is critically important for residents to stay off the roadways. When residents venture out on the roads, they not only put themselves at risk, but they also put others in jeopardy. Then, if they are involved in an accident, police officers and first responders are at risk. Area residents can help themselves, their neighbors, law enforcement and first responders by simply staying off the roads.

For weather-related updates, visit

Wake Forest PAFR earns financial reporting award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recently named the Town of Wake Forest as the recipient of the GFOA’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its Citizens’ Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local popular reports. To receive the honor, a government unit must publish a Citizens Financial Report, also known as a Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), whose contents conform to program standards of creativity, presentation, understandability and reader appeal.

The Citizens Financial Report, or PAFR, is prepared to inform Wake Forest residents about the Town’s finances in a format that is easy to understand by those without a background in public finance or accounting. The document is designed for readers who would like to review financial and operational information in a summarized format. It also provides non-financial information to give users a better understanding of the community. To view the Town’s 2017 PAFR, visit

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is valid for a period of one year. The Town of Wake Forest received the award for the first time with its initial submission to GFOA for consideration.

The GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of over 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C.

For more information, contact Chief Financial Officer Aileen Staples at 919-435-9461 or

Controlled burn exercise Tuesday along North Main Street

The Wake Forest Fire Department (WFFD) will conduct a controlled burn exercise at 1047 N. Main St., Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During the exercise, a portion of Barnford Mill Road in the vicinity of North Main Street will be closed. The closure will impact the entrance and exit of The Meadows subdivision, but the Harris Road entrance and exit will not be affected.

The WFFD attempts to conduct controlled burns in a manner that minimizes smoke impact to nearby roadways and neighborhoods. However, heavy amounts of smoke and ash are expected. Residents and businesses adjacent to the area are encouraged to keep windows closed during the burn.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Fire Department at 919-556-1966.

PRCR extends application deadline for Parks & Greenways Bench Donation Program

Earlier this year, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department introduced a Bench Donation Program for Town-maintained parks and greenways.

The initiative allows the PRCR Department, through donor funding, to install benches in and along Town parks and greenways in areas that have been identified as appropriate and suitable. The program also offers a unique and meaningful wayfor area residents to honor and remember friends and loved ones, promote their company, recognize a civic group, or commemorate a special event.

The PRCR Department is accepting applications and payments for the next round of bench installations through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

The averagecostof each bench is $1,200-$1,800 and includes installation and a donor inscription. Donations may be tax-deductible.

For complete details, visit and search “bench donation” or contact Park SuperintendentJosh Gloverat 919-554-6184 or

Please note: The PRCR Department is not responsible for replacing benches in the event they are stolen or damaged due to normal wear and tear, natural disaster or vandalism.