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Week In Review, March 14, 2014
Posted Date: 3/14/2014
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March 14, 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

Redeem Blue Bag Letter for Free Bags
Blue Bag Letter
Richardson residents may redeem a letter from Mayor Laura Maczka 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


Vertical Horizon to Perform at Wildflower! Festival
Vertical Horizon
Alternative rock band Vertical Horizon will perform at this year’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, set for May 16 to 18 at Galatyn Park. Organizers announced this week that they will be one of the headlining acts on Friday, May 16, along with Fastball and Ed Kowalczyk, formerly of Live. Other headliners at this year’s event include Cheap Trick, Kool & the Gang, Lonestar, Foghat and many others.

Tickets for the 22nd annual festival go on sale April 14. Three-day passes cost $30 and single-day tickets are $20. Kids age 5 to 12 are admitted for $3, and younger children may attend for free. Purchase tickets online or at any Metroplex-area Tom Thumb. Learn more at


Registration for Summer Safety Camp Begins Monday
Safety Camp
Registration begins Monday for the Richardson Police Department’s annual summer safety camps, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays beginning the week of June 9 and ending the week of Aug. 11. Campers will learn about 911, stranger danger, animal safety and a variety of other topics.

The camps are for children who have completed kindergarten but have not yet started fourth grade. Cost is $10 per week. Each session will be held at the Richardson Police and Fire Substation, 2003 E. Renner Rd. Register online at Learn more by e-mailing or calling 972-744-4949.


Crime Prevention Conference Set for March 22
The Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit, in partnership with the Richardson Interfaith Alliance, will present the fifth annual Faith Based Crime Prevention Conference from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Arapaho United Methodist Church, 1400 W. Arapaho Rd. The conference theme is “United We Stand” and will focus on how faith-based organizations can keep themselves safe by standing together to prevent a criminal event from occurring at their place of worship.

The conference will address topics on:

  • Congregational watch
  • Implementation of safety teams
  • Reporting suspicious behavior
  • Residential/community crime prevention

Online registration for the free conference is required at For more information, call 972-744-4953.


Office of Emergency Management Presentation at Senior Center March 20 
Siren with Strobe
The City of Richardson Office of Emergency Management will give a presentation on personal emergency preparedness at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Senior Center. It will include information on disaster planning, City alert systems, the Special Needs Assistance Program, File of Life and personal preparedness.

For more information, call the Senior Center at 972-744-7800.


Animal Shelter Unveils New Design on Trucks
Animal Shelter Truck
The Richardson Animal Shelter on Monday unveiled a new look for its trucks that are used to transport animals. One side of the truck promotes pet adoption from the Shelter, while the other side carries a reminder about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. The back of the truck displays the address for the Shelter website and Facebook page. All three of the Shelter’s trucks will be updated with the new design by next week.

Learn more about the Richardson Animal Shelter and see a list of adoptable pets at Follow the Shelter’s Facebook page at


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Plano Symphony to Showcase Young Artists in Saturday Performance
The Plano Symphony Orchestra will present “Hector & Family and the Young Artists” at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. The show will include performances from winners of the Collin County Young Artist Competition.

Tickets cost $14 to $80 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more at

Library to Host Lunchtime Lectures on Founding Mothers
The Richardson Public Library will host a series of Lunchtime Lectures on Founding Mothers beginning with “Ladies of the Revolution Part I” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Basement Program Room. Richard Cudlipp of Collin College’s Seniors Active in Learning program will present the lectures, which will continue on March 25 and April 1. 

Registration is not required, and attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.

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.

Seniors’ Net to Hold Free Seminar on Home Safety
Seniors’ Net will hold a free seminar on “Safety for You and Your Home” at 10 a.m. Tuesday at NETWORK of Community Ministries, 741 S. Sherman St. RSVP by calling 972-234-8880, ext. 118.

NETWORK holds a free seminar twice each month featuring a topic of interest to seniors. Upcoming seminars include “City of Richardson – What is Available for Seniors” on April 1 and “Your Supplemental Insurance” on April 15.

RCAS to Host Artist Demonstration
Ellen Soderquist will present a demonstration of figure drawing techniques at the Richardson Civic Art Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Richardson Public Library. RCAS meets in the Basement Program Room on the third Tuesday of each month. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Ride DART to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

DART will provide light rail trains every 10 minutes along the southbound Red Line Saturday morning to take riders to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Additional trains will also be heading northbound after the parade is over.

A Local Day Pass costs $5 and may be purchased at DART station ticket vending machines or through the GoPass mobile app. For more information, visit

Animal Shelter to Host Foster Orientation
The Richardson Animal Shelter will host a Foster Orientation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr. For more information or to register, e-mail

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Blackie Pet of Week
Meet Blackie! She's a panther in a little kitty body. Blackie is a beautiful, athletic, loving cat that gets along with everyone. Her owner had to leave town and could not keep her, so she's on the prowl for a new forever home. She's spayed, vaccinated, and litter box trained. Please help her find a home!

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

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