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Week In Review, Jan. 24, 2014
Posted Date: 1/24/2014
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Jan. 24, 2014
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall.

News Briefs

City Holds Recycling Community Meetings; Last One Set for Tuesday
The City held its first two community meetings this week to gather feedback on its recycling program. Residents at Huffhines Recreation Center and Stinson Elementary School shared their thoughts on the blue bag program and offered suggestions for how to improve it.
Community Recycle Meeting
The purpose of the community meetings is to gather information from residents on Richardson’s recycling program, including: what they like, common barriers to recycling, possible solutions to recycling barriers, and the most effective way to communicate recycling information to residents.

Another community meeting is scheduled for next week at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd. For more information, call 972-744-4223. Learn more about the City’s recycling program at

Campbell Road Rehab Completed this Week 
Campbell Road

This week the City completed a road rehabilitation project along Campbell Road from Coit Road to Jupiter Road. The construction included the removal and replacement of sections of failed pavement from city limit to city limit. This work was funded through the Richardson property tax specifically allocated for road improvements, along with Dallas County funding within Commissioner Mike Cantrell's Road and Bridge District 2 of Dallas County.

Belt Line Road Project Begins
Belt Line Road Construction
Work is now underway to remove and replace sections of failed pavement along Belt Line Road from Coit to Jupiter Road. Commuters can expect periodic lane closures during the course of the project. Work should be complete in June.

State of the City Address Next Week 
State of the City Logo
Mayor Laura Maczka will present the annual State of the City address at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 100 S. Central Expressway. The presentation will include a review of Richardson's accomplishments in the past year and a preview of what’s ahead. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

The address will be shown live on the City’s website at and on Time Warner Cable channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. It will also be replayed on the City’s TV channels through February and will be available on demand through the City's website and at

"Tree Cycle" Your Christmas Tree
Richardson residents may “tree cycle” their Christmas trees through Jan. 31 by dropping them off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Residents may also call 972-744-4111 to request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC), then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be mulched.

All trees must be natural and unflocked, with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorative items removed. Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).

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City Accepting Photo Contest Entries
Entries are being accepted through Sunday at Huffhines Recreation Center for the 2014 City of Richardson Photography Contest. Photographers may submit entries in 14 categories, including abstract, people and still life. View all categories and contest rules at

Winners will be announced Jan. 31, and winning entries will be exhibited on the third floor of the Richardson Public Library Feb. 1 to 24. An awards ceremony and workshop will take place 6-8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Civic Center.

The Best of Show Winners from the 2013 Photography Contest are on display on the third floor of the Library through Jan. 30. For more information, visit

Ten Tenors "On Broadway" at Eisemann Center 

Ten Tenors
The Ten Tenors will bring the North American premiere of “On Broadway” to the Eisemann Center at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Eisemann Center Presents series. The show includes a collection of Broadway’s greatest hits in the unique sound of the Ten Tenors.

Tickets cost $42 to $65 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit

Final Weekend for "Rehearsal for Murder!" at Eisemann Center

Pegasus 2013

Pegasus Theatre’s production of “Rehearsal for Murder!” will conclude at the Eisemann Center with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The murder mystery show uses special effects to appear like a black and white movie.
Tickets cost $20 to $35 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.

For more information, visit

Mardi Gras Comes Early with Jazz Concert
Gumbo Kings
The N’Awlins Gumbo Kings will perform a variety of styles of New Orleans music at 8 p.m. Friday in the UT Dallas Alexander Clark Center. Members of the group have played with the likes of Ray Charles, Woody Herman and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Click here for more information.

Library to Show Free Movies Saturday and Sunday

Secret World of Arrietty
The Richardson Public Library will show “The Secret World of Arrietty” during a free Movie Morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room.

On Sunday, the Library will show Marvel’s “The Avengers” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The free showing is for students in sixth through 12th grade and will include popcorn. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
The Avengers

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Mousey Pearl

Meet Mousey Pearl! Her owner passed away and she is now looking for her new forever family. She is a wonderful, calm lap cat, spayed, about 8 years old, declawed and up to date on all her vaccinations.

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at 


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Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
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Councilman Mark Solomon
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Councilman Scott Dunn
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Councilman Kendal Hartley
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Councilman Paul Voelker
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
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