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Week In Review, May 3, 2013
Posted Date: 5/3/2013

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May 3, 2013
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 to Implement Stage 3 Water Restrictions
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The City of Richardson will implement its Stage 3 water restriction measures Saturday, June 1, 2013. The implementation of Stage 3 comes at the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) which is facing critical shortages in its water supply. The City of Richardson has developed the following plan based on the guidelines requested by the NTMWD:
Lawn irrigation schedule (1 time per week until further notice)

 Last digit of address  Allowed landscape water day
 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 (even)  Saturday
  (irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (odd)  Sunday
  (irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Outdoor watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or during times of precipitation. Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto any impervious surfaces is prohibited.

Exemptions include the use of drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses to protect foundations, hand watering of ornamental flower beds, the operation of ornamental fountains, washing of vehicles, the filling of newly-constructed pools and the refilling of pools drained for repairs.

Both Lavon and Chapman lakes, two key NTMWD reservoirs, are down almost eight feet below normal conservation levels. In addition, the district still cannot draw water from Lake Texoma because of a zebra mussel infestation.

Community Services Department inspectors will proactively canvass neighborhoods and commercial areas to identify violations as well as respond to citizen complaints. They will also send notices when evidence of watering is observed.

A defendant will not be required to appear in court if issued a citation for a first offence. A defendant may instead elect to plead “guilty” or “no contest” and pay a window fine of $150. If a second (or subsequent) citation is issued or if a citation is written as an "aggravated offense," the defendant will be required to appear before a municipal court judge to have the case resolved.

Residents are encouraged to report violations via the MyRichardson mobile application, online at or by calling 972-744-4111.


Cottonwood Art Festival This Weekend
Cottonwood Art Festival
More than 240 artists will display their work at Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Cottonwood Park. The bi-annual juried show has been a Richardson tradition for 44 years and features art in 14 categories, including ceramics, photography, mixed media, metalwork and many more. Parking and admission are free, and visitors will have the option of purchasing artwork and food from a variety of vendors on site.

This spring show’s featured artist is Michelle Mardis, a Fort Worth native who now resides in Florida. She uses bold colors and large brushstrokes to paint acrylic on canvas, and many of her pieces feature human faces or dogs.

In addition to showcasing the work of top visual artists, Cottonwood will feature musical performers on a live stage. ESCAPE: The Dallas Journey Tribute Band will headline the festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Other local bands will provide entertainment throughout the weekend.
Cottonwood Entrances 

Learn more about the festival at or by downloading a mobile app in the iTunes store. Visit the event’s Facebook page at


Dog Scouts of America Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Fire Department
Dog Scouts Donation
Dog Scouts of America Troop 119 donated 10 pet oxygen mask kits to the Richardson Fire Department on Monday. The masks come in three sizes to fit large and small dogs and cats and are used to keep pets from inhaling dangerous smoke. Previously firefighters had used Styrofoam cups or a mask made for humans to deliver the oxygen to the pet.

Members of Troop 119 visited Fire Station No. 1 Monday to help deliver the masks and demonstrate how to use them. Firefighters had an opportunity to work with a golden retriever to practice fitting the masks, which they plan to carry on all RFD ambulances.

The masks are the same type many veterinarians use when performing surgeries and are designed to fit smugly around the muzzle. Fort Worth-based Dog Scouts of America Troop 119 has made it their mission to provide pet oxygen masks to every fire department in the Metroplex.

Dog Scouts of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to using education, positive reward-based training and community service to help better the lives of dogs and people. Troop 119 has members from across the Metroplex, including Richardson, and is the largest troop in the nation.


Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Heights Recreation Center
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Construction is on schedule at the Heights Recreation Center, which will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. The new 25,000-square-foot recreation center will include a dedicated game room, full-sized gymnasium, classrooms, multipurpose rooms and workout rooms. The project will also feature an outdoor public art piece named "Rocket," a three dimensional sculpture celebrating Heights Park history and the former playground pieces from the 1960s.

The adjoining Family Aquatic Center is expected to celebrate its grand opening either late June or early July 2013. It will have 8,000 square-feet of surface water and will feature a zero-entry pool with splash playground, current channel, vortex pool, instructional water area, lap swim, double flume slide and more. Both facilities are designed to fit with the surrounding neighborhoods’ midcentury modern architecture, and the rec center is designed to be certified as LEED silver. 


May Edition of Richardson Today Mailed
The May edition of Richardson Today began arriving in mailboxes this week. The latest edition focuses on Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival and includes an event map, schedule and stories on headlining musicians and the new MyRichardson smartphone app. The issue also includes the Parks and Recreation Department Summer Rec Guide.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at Huffhines Recreation Center, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is also accessible through the link below. Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.

Click the link below to read the latest edition of Richardson Today, as well as archived editions:


Drain Pools Properly
With the swimming season approaching, many pool owners are preparing to conduct maintenance to get their pool ready for the summer. City ordinances prohibit the draining of pools or discharge of filter backwash water in to the storm drain system.

Many pools are currently plumbed to properly drain to the sanitary sewer. If not, use the home’s sewer clean-out riser connected to a properly flowing sewer line. Locate your sewer clean-out, a threaded, usually black cap about 3 or 4 inches in diameter on the exterior of the home. If you cannot find the clean-out, consult a plumber. You may need to have one installed.

For more information, visit or contact the City’s Health Department at 972-744-4080.


D Magazine “Best of Big D” Voting Will End May 12
Wildflower! Richardson's Arts and Music Festival, the Cottonwood Art Festival and the Eisemann Center are nominated for D Magazine’s 2013 Best of Big D Readers’ Choice awards. Community support will help to gain exposure throughout the Metroplex for two of Richardson’s major community events and the City’s performing arts center. Winners will be published in the magazine’s August 2013 issue.

Voting in the Culture category will end May 12. Visit to cast your vote. Each person can vote once a day. 

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events 

Early Voting Continues Through Tuesday
Early voting for the May 11 Mayoral, Richardson City Council and RISD School Board elections continues through May 7 at the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Dates and times for early voting at Dallas and Collin county locations are:

May 3
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 4 (Sat.)
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 5 (Sun.)
1-6 p.m.
May 6-7 (Mon.-Tue.)
7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dallas County Richardson residents may vote early in the Richardson Mayoral, City Council Election and the RISD School Board Election at City Hall or at any of the other Dallas County early voting locations. Call the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-637-7937 or visit

Collin County Richardson residents may vote early in the Mayoral and Richardson City Council Election at City Hall or at any of the other Dallas County early voting locations. If they wish to vote early in the PISD School Board Election they must use Collin County early voting locations to do so, with the following exception. Collin County voters may vote early at the Renner Frankford Library, 6400 Frankford Rd., for the PISD School Board and Richardson Mayoral and City Council elections on separate ballots. Call the Collin County Elections Department at 972-424-1460 (ext. 1990) or visit

Election Day voting will take place Saturday, May 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the location designated for your precinct. Richardson City Hall is not a voting location on Election Day. For more information, contact the Richardson City Secretary at 972-744-4290.

The League of Women Voters of Richardson held a forum April 24 featuring the candidates running for Richardson mayor. A taped replay of the forum is available to view on the City’s website at and cable TV channel on Time Warner Cable channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. The broadcast will air on the cable channels at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 9. For more information, call 972-470-0584.


Wildflower! Tickets on Sale
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Three-day passes for the 2013 Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival are on sale for $30 at any Metroplex Tom Thumb store or online at Single-day adult tickets are available at the gate for $20 as well as through the festival's website. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free. The festival will take place May 17-19.

Richardson residents can purchase up to six individual adult tickets per each day of the festival per household for only $10 each. Kids 12 and under get in free on Sunday with a paid adult courtesy of Bank of America, and adult tickets are $10 on Sunday courtesy of Cisco.

To learn more about the festival, visit, call 972-744-4580 or follow Wildflower! on Facebook at


Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday
Richardson’s Animal Services will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Animal Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr.

The cost is $5 for altered pets and $10 for unaltered pets and includes a 2013 City registration. Please have dogs leashed and cats contained. For more information, call 972-744-4480.


WaterWise Irrigation Workshop set for Saturday
Richardson is one of several cities taking part in a free WaterWise Irrigation Workshop that will include several hands-on stations led by professional irrigators to teach attendees how to work with their sprinkler systems.

The outdoor event runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas. Attendees should expect to stay an hour to visit all stations. Register for a session in advance at


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Library
The Richardson Public Library will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. The party for all ages will include a puppet show, crafts and traditional Mexican music performed by Mariachi Estrellas of Garland.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Library to Host Lunchtime Lectures
The Richardson Public Library will host two Lunchtime Lecture events next week. Richard Cudlipp will present “History of the Civil War” as part of the Lunchtime Lectures series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, and a program will be presented on learning how to use during the same time period Wednesday. Both presentations will be in the Basement Program Room.

Registration is not required for the free events, and attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.


Keyboard Conversations® at Eisemann Center
Keyboard Conversations
Jeffrey Siegel will perform Listen to the Dance: Waltzes, Marches, Polkas and Tangos as part of the Keyboard Conversations® series at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Eisemann Center. Tickets cost $25 to $30 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more about the series at


Altrusa Marketplace set for Saturday
The Altrusa Marketplace will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Friends Place, 1960 Nantucket Dr. in Richardson. More than 25 vendors will sell jewelry, books, clothes, baby items, accessories and much more. The event will also include a bake sale, music from Richardson ISD musicians and food available from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

All proceeds will benefit Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson. For more information, visit


RSO to Perform Season Finale
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The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will perform its season finale at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. The concert will feature Italian pianist Mariangela Vacatello on the Fourth Piano Concerto by Beethoven. The RSO will also perform Symphony #1 in E minor by Jean Sibelius.

Tickets cost $15 to $80 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information on the RSO, visit


Richardson Community Band to Celebrate Milestones at Concert
The Richardson Community Band will perform A Double Barrelled Celebration! at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show will honor George Jones for his 30 years as conductor of the band and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Eisemann Center with special guest Charles W. Eisemann.

Tickets cost $7 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more about the band at


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Goldie Pet of the Week
Goldie is a big beautiful orange tabby, about 2 years old, with a little stubby tail. She's a calm girl who loves to be the center of attention and gets along with kids. She has had her basic shots but her adopter will be required to get her spayed and vaccinated for rabies within 30 days of her adoption. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Goldie or other animals available for adoption.

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


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