Category: Press Release

Wake Forest Ranked Among Safest Cities in NC

Wake Forest is one of the safest cities in North Carolina, according to a study by ValuePenguin, a financial education website.

After analyzing the most recent FBI Crime Report data to determine the safest places in North Carolina, ValuePenguin ranked Wake Forest 6th among cities with populations greater than 25,000 and 25th overall.

To rank these places, ValuePenguin collected data from the 2014 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. It is important to note that not every town participates in this report, and communities with fewer than 5,000 residents were excluded because towns with small populations are more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed.

The raw data report included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson), and violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to partake in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

ValuePenguin standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100,000, to account for population. Then, they aggregated a “crime score” by weighting violent crime at 80% and property crime at 20%. Though property crime is more prevalent, violent crime tends to be more concerning to residents. Then they adjusted the crime score for population size, giving more slack to larger cities. Finally, the cities were ranked based on their crime scores.

“We are extremely pleased to learn of the ValuePenguin findings,” said Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard. “One of the primary objectives of our strategic plan is to enhance the sense of safety in Wake Forest. Our high ranking suggests our residents have good reason to feel safe. That’s a testament to not only our policing efforts but also to the cooperation of our residents and their commitment to a safe community.”

Other Wake County cities and towns making the top 50 list were Holly Springs, 3; Apex, 6; Cary, 8; Morrisville, 17; Wendell, 20; and Knightdale, 35. To view the entire list, visit www.valuepenguin.com/2016/safest-places-north-carolina.

Friday Night on White Sponsorships Now Available

Friday Night on White returns to historic downtown Wake Forest on April 21, 2017. The free outdoor music series will then continue on the second Friday night of each month from May through September.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White brings the entire community together for six Friday nights of free, family entertainment. Concert-goers are treated to a diverse lineup of premier bands from across our region playing rock and roll covers from classic to modern rock, with a little funk and original music thrown in.

A variety of sponsorships are now available for this popular concert series which drew over 50,000 people to downtown Wake Forest in 2016. Each sponsorship is guaranteed to bring attention and recognition to local businesses through assorted radio and television ads; printed posters, flyers, and banners; social media posts; email announcements and more.

Attendance at each concert in 2016 ranged from 8,000 to 10,000, and this year’s shows are expected to draw even larger numbers due to the series’ growing popularity throughout Northern Wake County and beyond.

To view a detailed list of Friday Night on White sponsorship opportunities and benefits, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White” or contact Marketing & Business Relations Specialist Anna Bolton at 919-610-4916 or abolton@wakeforestnc.gov.

For information about all of the town’s advertising and sponsorship opportunities, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Sponsorships.”

Postal Service Truck Catches Fire

A United States Postal Service truck caught on fire earlier today sending the driver scrambling to exit the vehicle and save what she could of the onboard packages.

At approximately 7:04 a.m. the Wake Forest Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire near the intersection of Heritage Lake Road and Heritage Heights Lane. By 7:10 a.m. firefighters had extinguished the blaze, but the truck was destroyed.

Officials say the fire started in the engine compartment then spread to the rest of the vehicle.

The carrier and a passerby managed to rescue most, but not all, of the onboard packages.

Affected customers with questions about missing or recently mailed packages are urged to call 336-668-1307. Postal Service officials say in the event an item was damaged, it will be returned to the shipper today for repackaging and delivered later this week.

The carrier was not injured and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

For more information, contact Wake Forest Fire Battalion Chief Ed Barrett at 919-904-8427 or ebarrett@wakeforestfire.com.

Christmas Holiday Schedule

The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 27, for the Christmas holiday. Town of Wake Forest police, bus, and sanitation services will not be affected.

Bulk pick-ups will be scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 27. To schedule a bulk pickup, call 919- 435-9570 by 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. Residents who call after hours may leave a voicemail message that includes their name and physical address. Residents may also request a bulk pickup by emailing bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

All voicemail and email requests for bulk pickup service must include the resident’s name, physical address, and telephone number, along with a description of the bulk waste items to be collected. Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.

When scheduling a bulk waste pickup, Wake Forest residents are urged to follow the town’s bulk waste guidelines. Defined in the town’s code of ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the town-issued roll-out garbage cart. Examples of bulk waste pickup items include furniture, lawn mowers, swings, and book shelves. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Bulk pickup.”

Area residents who wish to dispose of items that do not qualify for bulk waste pickup are urged to consider utilizing one of Wake County’s 11 convenience centers. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., each convenience center will close at noon on Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Christmas Day. For more information, including a list of locations, as well as acceptable and unacceptable items, visit www.wakegov.com/recycling/division/facilities/pages/cc.aspx.

Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 28, Wake Forest will collect and recycle old Christmas trees from residential homes according to the normal yard waste collection schedule. The trees will be ground into mulch, which will be available for free to residents upon request. Orders for mulch are currently being accepted by emailing bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov or calling 919-435-9570.

All Wake Forest residents whose yard waste is collected by the town may participate in the “Treecycling” program. To recycle your Christmas tree, please remove all decorations, tinsel, nails, stands and bags from the tree and set it behind the curb for collection. Artificial trees cannot be recycled.

For more information, contact Administrative Assistant Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/sanitation.aspx.

Town offices will re-open Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 8 a.m.

For information throughout the year concerning Town of Wake Forest holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the town’s sanitation schedule, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/holiday-schedule.aspx.

Traffic Alert – North Taylor Street

The Town of Wake Forest will begin replacing curb and gutter and installing a new sidewalk along the west side of the 500 block of North Taylor Street on Monday, Dec. 19. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed in early March 2017.

This section of North Taylor Street will remain open during construction, but area residents are urged not to park in the roadway until the work is finished.

For more information, contact Street Crew Supervisor Alvin Worner at 984-500-7650 or aworner@wakeforestnc.gov.

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 Searching for Suspects After Recent “Eggings”

The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating the person or persons responsible for the recent rash of car and house eggings in our community.

Over the past several days the police department has received reports of cars and homes being egged along Cornwell Drive, Kaplan Woods Way, Creek Moss Avenue, Gross Avenue, White Carriage Drive, Marshal Farm Street, and Burge Court.

Police warn residents that egging is a childish crime with adult consequences. Although it may seem like a harmless prank, egging could constitute a violation of state law, depending on the circumstances, which could result in the arrest of the offender.

The Wake Forest Police Department relies on the town’s citizens to be the eyes and ears of the department. Anyone witnessing or experiencing suspicious activity is urged to call the police department at 919-554-6150. You may remain anonymous.

Tickets on Sale for Forest Moon Theater’s “Agnes of God”

Forest Moon Theater will present “Agnes of God” at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Feb. 10-12 and 18-19. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showtimes are 3 p.m.

When a newborn child is found dead in a convent, a court psychiatrist must determine whether the nun accused of the crime is mentally fit to stand trial, with the question of the father’s identity hanging in the balance.

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 “day of” admission tickets.

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

To receive email notifications concerning special events and programs at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Renaissance Centre to Host Storytelling Pajama Night Friday

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host “Storytelling Pajama Night” on Friday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will feature Rags to Riches Theatre’s performance of “The Gingerbread Man.”

Storytelling Pajama Night is geared for young and school-age children but open to all ages. No registration is required, and hot chocolate will be served.

Storytelling Pajama Night is part of the Renaissance Centre’s “Arts for All” free community performance series, which is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

For more information, visit wakeforestrencen.org or contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.

To receive email notifications concerning special events and programs at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up forE-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Monica Lileton Honored as 2016 Employee of the Year

Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton is the Town of Wake Forest’s “2016 Jon Ray Employee of the Year.” Town Manager Kip Padgett made the announcement Friday, Dec. 9, during the town’s annual Employee Christmas Luncheon.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Lileton has worked for Wake Forest since 2014. A 2005 graduate of Garder-Webb University, she was nominated for the award by several co-workers who praised her “innovation,” “outgoing personality,” and “passion for her job.”

Among her accomplishments since arriving in Wake Forest, Lileton is credited with enhancing the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s special needs programming which has experienced a 78 percent increase in participation over the past two years.

For her part, Lileton says she was humbled to hear her name announced as this year’s winner.

“I was genuinely surprised to win Employee of the Year,” said Lileton. “It makes me feel good that others chose to recognize me for the accomplishments I’ve made while working here. I’m surrounded by such a great team of co-workers and it makes my job enjoyable. I look forward to coming to work each day.”

The Jon Ray Employee of the Year Award is named after former Street Supervisor Jon Ray who passed away in November 2013. Padgett selects the Employee of the Year from nominations submitted by town staff. Submissions must include a written narrative explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award.

Previous Employee of the Year Award recipients include Public Facilities Specialist Joseph Pennington (2015), Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Crew Supervisor Randy Hoyle (2014), Street Supervisor Jon Ray (2013), Senior Code Enforcement Official Tim Edwards (2012), Senior Planner Candace Davis (2011), Construction Worker Lance Pontrelli (2010), Police D.A.R.E. Officer Scott Graham (2009), Assistant Public Works Director John Thrift (2008), Maintenance Worker Gennie Williams (2007), Accounting Services Manager LaVerne Harding (2006), Inspections Administrator J.J. Carr (2005), and Human Resources Director Tammy Moody (2004).

Police Offer Tips to Avoid Holiday Package Thefts

The Wake Forest Police Department is warning homeowners to be vigilant when they have parcels delivered to their homes. Police say thieves often follow courier trucks and immediately steal items after they are dropped off, so it’s important not to let packages sit around.

By taking the following precautions, online shoppers can avoid having their packages stolen during the holiday season:

  • Require a signature upon receipt

  • Schedule deliveries for days you or someone you trust will be home

  • If possible, have packages delivered to your work address, to a courier pickup station, or to a local retail location for in-store pickup

The police department also offers the following home security tips:

  • Make sure your home is well lit. Turn on outside lights, spotlights, motions lights, etc. Leave several lights on timers while you are away to give your home that lived in look.

  • Keep all shrubbery trimmed. Do not allow shrubbery to conceal windows or doors.

  • Remove anything a burglar could climb up on to gain entry or use to knock out a window or door; items such as ladders, tools, tables and chairs.

  • Don’t leave garage roll down doors open, even while you are home or while you are doing yard work.

  • Use a deadbolt lock to secure your doors. A double cylinder lock, which requires a key on both sides to unlock, should be used if glass is near the lock.

  • If you are going away contact a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail, newspapers, and other delivered items.

  • Try not to leave gifts in open view. This is an invitation to burglars.

  • Don’t advertise new gifts or purchases. Break up cartons before leaving them at the curb or dispose of them another way the morning of trash pickup.

  • Don’t forget to engrave new gifts or purchases with your driver’s license number.

  • Don’t open your door to strangers. Be wary of solicitors and salespersons. If a stranger asks to use your telephone, tell them to stay outside, lock the door behind you and make the call for them. Never let a stranger inside your home.

  • Don’t give any information about yourself or your neighbor to a stranger.

The Wake Forest Police Department relies on the town’s citizens to be the eyes and ears of the department. Anyone witnessing or experiencing suspicious activity is urged to call the police department at 919-554-6150. You may remain anonymous.