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Mayor Appoints Committee to Plan Football Team Celebration

Mayor Vivian Jones has appointed a nine-member committee to craft a plan to celebrate Wake Forest High School’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA football championship.

The Cougars defeated Greensboro Page 29-0 in Saturday’s championship becoming the first Wake County school to win a football title since 1987.

Comprised of town officials, community and civic club leaders, and Wake Forest High School boosters and supporters, the committee is expected to begin meeting in early January.

Wake Forest residents who have suggestions concerning the team celebration are encouraged to submit their ideas via the “Contact Us” link on the Town of Wake Forest website.

For more information, contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest Launches Open Data Portal

The Town of Wake Forest has launched an Open Data Portal on its website called “Open Government.” The open data initiative is part of the town’s ongoing effort to use and share data in order to make government more transparent and effective.

The portal, which is accessible from the “Government” drop-down menu on the town’s website, currently includes data from public safety, parks and recreation, public works, and finance, as well as information related to transportation. Town staff will continue to gather information for release to the Open Government portal as an ongoing process.

According to Town Manager Kip Padgett, the portal is designed to make data more easily accessible, thereby encouraging residents to become more familiar with how their government is performing.

“Wake Forest has a proud tradition of open government and transparent decision-making,” said Padgett. “Now – as a next step – we’re utilizing and sharing data as another way of engaging our residents and improving our community.”

Padgett says the town will announce additional efforts in the coming months aimed at utilizing data to improve town services.

Renaissance Centre Renovations Set to Begin

The first phase of a nearly $1 million renovation project at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre of the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., will get underway on Thursday, Dec. 22. Due to the work being performed, the Renaissance Centre Grand Hall and Arts Annex will be closed through January.

A more extensive round of enhancements is scheduled for next year.

The comprehensive renovation project is designed to increase the Renaissance Centre’s accessibility, technology, and functionality, while also creating more dynamic spaces for interdisciplinary learning.

Phase one improvements, which are projected to total approximately $147,300, will entail connecting the Arts Annex to the Grand Hall, installing movable walls in Arts Annex classrooms, purchasing a snap-lock dance floor, re-leveling the sidewalk in front of the Arts Annex, and adding assistive listening devices in the Grand Hall.

Phase two enhancements are expected to include a raised ceiling, extended stage, and upgraded sound system in the Grand Hall, along with the installation of theater lighting, choir risers, upstairs dressing rooms, and a lighted marquee. The total cost is expected to be $848,500.

The Renaissance Centre renovation project was made possible due in large measure to a $348,530 matching grant the Town of Wake Forest received in November from the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

Wake Forest was one of seven Wake County towns and organizations selected by county commissioners to receive $3.35 million for projects that promote recreation or the arts. The funding came from Wake’s food and hotel-occupancy tax revenues which county leaders award periodically to projects designed to boost local tourism.

“By awarding us this grant, the Wake County Commissioners have not only acknowledged the Renaissance Centre as a viable cultural and performing arts venue, but also as an important economic driver for our community,” said Mayor Vivian Jones. “The scheduled renovations are another important step towards the center fulfilling its stated commitment of providing quality visual and performing arts programming for people of all ages.”

According to the terms of the two to one grant, the total amount of the town’s portion of the cost is $647,270, which was included in its five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567 or cgouge@wakeforestnc.gov.

Traffic Alert – Wait Avenue

The Town of Wake Forest has reduced to one lane with alternating two-way traffic the portion of Wait Avenue at the intersection of South Allen Road. The temporary lane closure will remain in effect until 3 p.m. while street crews install a wheelchair ramp.

The work will continue each day this week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the project is completed.

Flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists through the work area. Delays are expected and 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.

To receive email notifications concerning Town of Wake Forest traffic alerts, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Loose Leaf Collection Suspended Week of Dec. 26

The Town of Wake Forest will suspend loose leaf collection during the week of Dec. 26, so crews can focus their efforts on collecting Christmas trees and the unusually large volume of boxes and packages generated during the Christmas holiday.

Also, due to the Christmas holiday, yard waste collection will be suspended Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 26-27, but will resume Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 a.m. Crews will follow the normal collection schedule beginning with Monday’s route. Collection of the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday routes will occur throughout the remainder of the week until all have been completed.

Officials are reminding residents to follow these tips to prepare yard waste debris for quicker pickup:

  • Place yard waste withinsix feet of the curb andat leastfour feet away from other collection items (including other yard waste) and obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles, etc.;

  • Do not block the sidewalk;

  • Keep yard waste free of trash and other refuse;

  • Logs must not exceed 75 lbs.;

  • Place your yard waste in front of your residence separate from your neighbors’.

Residents are also reminded that next week’s bulk pick-ups will take place on 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.

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.

New Year’s Holiday Schedule

The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, for the New Year’s holiday. Town of Wake Forest Bus Service and recycling and garbage collection schedules will not be affected.

Bulk pick-ups will be scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3. To schedule a bulk pickup, call 919- 435-9570 by 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. 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.”

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.

Town offices will re-open Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8 a.m.

For more information about Wake Forest sanitation service, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/sanitation.aspx or contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

For information throughout the year concerning Town of Wake Forest holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the town’s sanitation schedule, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/holidayschedule.aspx.

To receive email notifications concerning the town’s holiday operations, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Traffic Alert – Gilcrest Farm Road

Ellington Contractors, Inc. will shift the existing traffic pattern of Gilcrest Farm Road just north of the Oak Grove Church Road intersection Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The lane shift is necessary to allow crews to complete the installation of a water line in the Traditions Subdivision. The temporary configuration is expected to have minimal impact on traffic.

Motorists are urged to use caution in the area, obey flag signals from construction personnel, and observer the posted speed limit.

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

To receive email notifications concerning Town of Wake Forest traffic alerts, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade Now Airing on WFTV 10

If you missed the Dec. 10 Wake Forest Christmas Parade, or you were there and would like to see it again, then tune in to Wake Forest TV 10 (WFTV 10) throughout the remainder of December for your chance to experience the sights and sounds of one of our area’s most popular holiday events.

The Town of Wake Forest is now airing the 2016 Christmas Parade daily on WFTV 10 at 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m.
Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the parade features local marching bands, colorful floats and vehicles and – of course – Santa Claus.

WFTV 10 is the town’s government accesschannelserving the residents of Wake Forest. Produced by the Wake Forest Communications Department, Channel 10 is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Time-Warner Cable TV service. The information channel operates 24 hours per day and provides information aboutcurrent programs, services and special events sponsored by the town. Anyone who is not a Time-Warner Cable TV subscriber can watch WFTV 10 live on the web at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wftv-10.aspx.

For more information, contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

Meet and Greet with Santa!

Come drop in on Dec 17th from 6-8 for cookies with Santa. Bring your camera. We will know by the weekend, but we are hoping to have a hayride to take people around to look at Christmas lights. The route would be from the clubhouse, federal to warm oven, to clatter and back to clubhouse.…
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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.