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Week In Review, March 7, 2014
Posted Date: 3/7/2014 4:45 PM
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March 7, 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 Council Tours Areas Targeted for Redevelopment
Main Street Central Concept Map

The City Council visited four areas in Richardson on Monday that have been targeted for redevelopment in the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment plan. They stopped at the Interurban, Central Place, Chinatown and Main Street areas, four of the 11 sub-districts within the study area. At each stop, Council members got an overview of each area’s existing uses and potential redevelopment opportunities.

After the tour, the Council returned to City Hall for a work session to discuss the tour, ideas for redeveloping the sub-districts and potential opportunity sites. Watch the discussion at

On Saturday the Council will tour several sites in Dallas and Plano to see examples of certain types of developments that may be appropriate for Richardson. The daytrip will include stops at Downtown Plano, The Plaza at Preston Center, West Village and the Design District. The Council will visit these sites and others to see real-world examples that are conceptually representative of potential Richardson projects, learn from other cities and reaffirm the Council’s vision for the four sub-districts in Richardson.

Learn more about the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment Study at

Residents Receive Letter from Mayor for Free Blue Recycle Bags
Richardson residents began receiving a letter from Mayor Laura Maczka this week that can be redeemed for two rolls of 26 blue recycling bags at several locations around the city. Through the Blue Bag Program, homeowners can combine all of their recyclable material into one bag and place it out for weekly pickup service.

Except for Styrofoam, the City recycles all plastics #1-7, aluminum, tin, steel, empty aerosol cans, newspapers, mixed paper, paper and plastic grocery bags, magazines, catalogs, corrugated cardboard, paperboard/chipboard, phone books, junk mail, pots and pans and glass containers (clear and all color glass). Visit for a complete list of recyclable items.

Locations where the letter can be redeemed are:

City Hall, Room #101
411 W. Arapaho Rd.
• 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)

Huffhines Recreation Center 
200 N. Plano Rd.
• 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.)
• 1 to 6 p.m. (Sun.)

Heights Recreation Center
711 W. Arapaho Rd.
• 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.)
• 1 to 6 p.m. (Sun.)

Municipal Service Center 
1260 Columbia Dr.
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)

Richardson Senior Center 
820 W. Arapaho Rd.
• 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon., Tues., Thurs.)
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wed., Fri.)
• 1 to 5 p.m. (Sat.)

For more information on the City’s recycling program visit

No Council Meeting or Work Session on Monday
The Richardson City Council will not meet on Monday because of spring break. The next City Council meeting is a work session scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 17. Click here for a link to the City Council meeting calendar.

Huffhines Rec Center, Tennis Center and Sherrill Park offer Spring Break Camps
The Richardson Parks and Recreation Department will offer several Spring Break Camps next week. They are:

Huffhines and Other Camps

Library offers Spring Break-cation Events
The Richardson Public Library is hosting several special events as part of its Spring Break-cation program next week. They are:

Library Spring Break Events

Next CFA Class Begins March 13
CFA 2014
The Citizens Fire Academy will begin its next 10-week session Thursday, March 13. The annual program is open to people age 21 and older who either live or work in Richardson or Richardson ISD. Class participants meet one night a week for three hours. They receive an insider’s view of the vast services the RFD provides.

If you are interested in attending CFA or would like more information, call 972-744-5750 or visit

Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend
Spring Forward

Sunday morning will be the time to “spring forward” and set clocks ahead an hour. Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. The Richardson Fire Department also recommends that this is a good time to replace smoke detector batteries as part of the “change your clock, change your battery” campaign. See the RFD’s home fire safety checklist at

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Landscape Seminar on Saturday
Dallas County Master Gardener Chrissy Cortez-Mathis will share the secrets to a successful landscape at a seminar from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heights Recreation Center. The seminar will cover everything from bed prep to plant selection to best watering practices.

Cost of the seminar is $20. Register online at and use class number 77627. For more information, visit

Richardson Symphony Orchestra to Perform Saturday at Eisemann Center
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will perform “Stars of the Future” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature the 2014 winner of the Lennox Competition and will include works by Franz Josef Haydn and Jacques Ibert.

Tickets cost $10 to $87 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit

Salvadore Liberto to Perform “Elton & Me” at Eisemann Center
Piano player and singer Salvadore Liberto will perform “Elton & Me” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature music by Elton John and a few of Liberto’s original songs.

Tickets cost $22 to $27 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more at

Tickets Available for Free Sea Chanters Show
Sea Chanters
Tickets are available online for a free concert performed by the Sea Chanters, the United States Navy Band’s official chorus. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Eisemann Center and will include the finest male and female voices the U.S. Navy has to offer.

The Sea Chanters features a repertoire of songs that range from sea chanteys and patriotic fare to Broadway show-stoppers and contemporary hits. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the power and beauty of this 20-voice chorus.

Reserve a maximum of four tickets per order to the free show at Learn more about the Sea Chanters at

Work by ‘The Flower Painter’ on Display at Eisemann Center in March
Stephen Hackley
Artist Stephen Kenneth Hackley, known as The Flower Painter, is exhibiting his work, The Coming of Spring, through March 31 in the Green Mezzanine-Gallery at the Eisemann Center. He uses vibrant colors and subtle organic textures to create oversized floral paintings.

The free exhibit is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and during all public events. For more information, visit

AARP Tax Help Available 
Tax-Aide, sponsored by AARP and the IRS, will provide free tax return preparation and e-filing assistance for low- to moderate-income taxpayers with an emphasis on seniors. The service is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Richardson Public Library and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Senior Center. The program will run through April 14.

People should bring Social Security cards and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. The service will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Bella Pet of the Week
Hi, I'm Bella. I'm a pit bull terrier mix, 4 years old, spayed, up to date on all my vaccinations, and heartworm negative. Some people might be scared of me because of my breed but everyone that knows me knows that I'm a calm, snuggly, dog that loves people, kids and other dogs. I am gentle, loving, house-trained, and great on a leash. Please come by and meet me, fall in love, and adopt me! I will be so grateful and give you kisses every day! If you can't adopt me please share my story!

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

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Mayor Laura Maczka
Laura Maczka


Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
Mayor Pro Tem
Bob Townsend
Place 1


Councilman Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
Place 2


Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3


Councilman Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
Place 4


Councilman Paul Voelker
Council Member
Paul Voelker
Place 5


Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
Place 6

City Council Links

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