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R.I.S.E. Women’s Empowerment Workshop May 19

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will sponsor the R.I.S.E. (Rise, Inspire, Succeed, Empower) Women’s Empowerment Workshop on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Themed “Discover and Uncover the Leader Inside You,” the free workshop will give young women ages 11-18 the opportunity to engage with female professionals from diverse backgrounds in roundtable discussions on topics such as leadership, taking risks, navigating challenges and identifying opportunities. Attendees will also be encouraged to share learning experiences and pose questions to the larger group.

Workshop facilitators scheduled to participate in the May 19 workshop include Shinica Thomas, Christina Patterson, Yvonne Sims, Tonya Easterwood, Shannon Parker and April Allen.

The event is free and a continental breakfast will be provided.

A limited number of seats are available, so pre-registration is required at http://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com.

For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Saturday

The Wake Forest Police Department is inviting area residents to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of North Carolina on Saturday, May 12.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/law-enforcement-torch-run.aspx. The registration fee is $30 and includes a 2018 SONC Torch Run T-shirt.

Registration and check-in will take place Saturday from 8-8:45 a.m. at Publix, 1040 Forestville Road. After registering, participants will be transported by shuttle to Walmart, 2114 S. Main St.

The 2.3-mile run will begin at 9 a.m. at Walmart and end at Publix.

For more information, to purchase a 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt or hat or make a tax-deductible donation, contact Officer J. McArthur at 919-554-6150 or jmcarthur@wakeforestnc.gov.

Bike-sharing program to launch in Wake Forest in June

Beginning in June, Wake Forest will offer a new way to get around town.

In April, the Board of Commissioners approved a two-year agreement that allows the dockless bicycle-sharing company, LimeBike, to offer bicycles for a fee anywhere in the town limits. As part of the initiative, LimeBike will bring approximately 200 bright green-colored bicycles to Wake Forest and place them in clusters in high traffic areas around town, including downtown and in parks and greenways.

Each bike comes enabled with GPS and 3G technology. Once the bicycles are in place, customers must simply download the free LimeBike app onto their smartphone to access available LimeBikes. Then, using a QR code on their smartphone, customers scan the license plate on the bicycle, which unlocks the bicycle for usage. The customer can then ride the bicycle to one destination or several.

Once the user’s destination is reached, the customer simply rescans the license plate to lock the bicycle in place, which also turns off the charging timer.

LimeBike utilizes a dock-free network which allows users freedom and flexibility in picking up bikes wherever they are available and leaving them wherever the ride ends for another customer to utilize. However, customers are urged to be considerate when leaving bikes by not leaving them on private property and not blocking pedestrian/wheelchair paths, access, driveways, crosswalks and loading zones.

The cost to rent a LimeBike is minimal. A 30-minute LimeBike ride costs $1, but college students can access a LimeBike at discounted rates – 50 cents per half-hour.

As part of its agreement with the Town, LimeBike will monitor, service and manageall bicycles in Wake Forest. The company will also maintain a presence in Wake Forest to ensure service is prompt and expeditious.

In an effort to limit vandalism and prevent theft, each bike’s GPS system will allow LimeBike to keep track of every apparatus at all times. The bikes are also equipped with an alarm system that will sound an alert in the event someone attempts to move the bike without proper access. In addition, all LimeBike parts are proprietary, which means that if someone takes a wheel or another part off a LimeBike, it will not fit into any other bike model.

Wake Forest plans to officially launch the LimeBike program as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/bike-share.aspx or contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9512 or smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

Taylor Street Park Sprayground closed today for maintenance

The Taylor Street Park Sprayground will be closed today for general maintenance. The facility is expected to reopen tomorrow.

Located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., the sprayground is typically open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, Wake Forest’s first sprayground is adynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements – flowing, misting, and jetting – with diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.

For more information, contact Athletic Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week – Are you hurricane ready?

With hurricane season less than a month away, the Town of Wake Forest is urging area residents to use Hurricane Preparedness Week to learn how to protect themselves and their families from hurricanes and tropical storms.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage due to winds varying from 74 to more than 157 miles per hour and torrential rain, which can lead to extensive flooding. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, but the National Weather Service has designated the week of May 6-12 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Each day from May 6-12 carries a different meaning.

Sunday was used to determine whether you live in an area which could be at risk for hurricanes and Monday was intended for people and families to develop an evacuation plan. Make sure you know if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Tuesday, try to assemble disaster supplies. Wednesday,check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home and don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Thursday, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Friday, see if you can help your neighbor prepare in any way. Saturday write it all down. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now.

For more hurricane preparedness tips, visit www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.

Traffic Alert – East Owen Avenue

Weather permitting, the Town of Wake Forest will close East Owen Avenue, from South White Street to South Brooks Street, on Saturday, May 12, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. The temporary road closure is necessary to allow Wake Forest Power tree crews to remove two pecan trees out of concern for public safety.

Detour signs will be in place to direct motorists around the work area.

Town officials are exploring possible uses for the trees’ usable wood after they are cut down. The smaller limbs and branches are expected to be chipped up and distributed as wood chips.

For more information, contact Tree Trimming Supervisor Jimmie Kearney at jkearney@wakeforestnc.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 at all times. 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.

Transportation Plan public meetings set for May 23

The Town of Wake Forest will offer area residents two opportunities to share their transportation-related issues and concerns on Wednesday, May 23. As part of the process of developing the 2018 Comprehensive Transportation Plan, the Town will host back-to-back public meetings at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. Scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., the two sessions will have identical formats, so area residents have the option of attending at the time they prefer.

Both will include interactive presentations that encourage attendees to identify and discuss transportation challenges and concerns in Wake Forest. Following the presentations, participants will be invited to visit several workstations where they can share their ideas and opinions on a variety of topics, including safety, intersections, roadway congestion, technology, walking, biking and transit.

Community input is the cornerstone of the 2018 Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which will address all modes of transportation, including driving, walking, biking and transit. Area residents are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions on May 23 to offer their feedback. Each meeting will last approximately 90 minutes and will allow attendees to view anonymously what their neighbors think about transportation issues, then break into smaller groups to help focus the conversation on topics of greatest concern.

In addition to attending one of the May 23 public meetings, community members are also encouraged to complete an online survey. Designed to help direct the Town’s transportation planning efforts, the survey is availablethrough Saturday, May 26, and takes approximately five minutes to complete. To complete the survey, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/2018-comprehensive-transportation-plan.aspx.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510 or smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

Police request public’s assistance locating missing juvenile

The Wake Forest Police Department is requesting the public’s help locating Miracle Kearney, whose photo is shown.

Kearney, age 17, was last seen Friday morning, April 27, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Authorities believe she may be a runaway.

Kearney, who wears glasses, is described as a black female standing 5’3”-5’4” tall and weighing approximately 110. She has a medium-dark complexion with long black braided hair.

Kearney has been known to frequent the Green Road area of Raleigh, NC, and specifically the Green Road Library, 4101 Green Road.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Miracle Kearney is urged to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Public meeting to address Downtown Improvements, Phase 3 set for Tuesday

The Town of Wake Forest will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 8, to unveil the conceptual design plan for Downtown Improvements, Phase 3. Scheduled from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the session will take place in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St.

Phase 3 consists of street and landscape improvements along South White Street from East Holding Avenue to Elm Avenue (Section 1) and East Owen Avenue from South White Street to Brooks Street (Section 2A).

The May 8 meeting will have an informal, open house-style format, so residents may drop in anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. No formal presentation will be offered, but Wake Forest officials will be on hand to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project.

The opportunity to submit written comments will also be provided at the meeting or online via the “Contact Us” form on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/contactus.aspx. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/downtown-improvements-phase-3.aspx or contact Assistant to the Town Manager Candace Davis at 919-435-9513 or cdavis@wakeforestnc.gov.

“Honey Magpie” to kick off Music at Midday May 10

Area residents are invited to listen to great music and dine outside, all the while enjoying the spring season, during Wake Forest’s Music at Midday weekly concert series.

Co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and Wake Forest ARTS, the free music series begins Thursday, May 10, and continues on consecutive Thursdays through May 31.

Scheduled from noon-1 p.m., Music at Midday 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.

This year’s concert lineup includes Honey Magpie on May 10; Freddy Greene Trio on May 17; DRL Band on May 24; and Big Bang Boom on May 31.

Assorted dessert trucks will be on site during each concert selling desserts and sweet treats.

Area residents are encouraged to bring lunch – either from home or a local restaurant – relax, and enjoy the entertainment during Music at Midday.

For more information about Music at Midday, contact Special Events Recreation Specialist Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or sjacob@wakeforestnc.gov.