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Week In Review, Aug. 16, 2013
Posted Date: 8/16/2013 4:30 PM
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Aug. 16, 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

Corporate Challenge Opening Ceremony Tonight
2013 Corporate Challenge Logo
About 3,000 people are expected to gather in Galatyn Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. tonight for the opening ceremony of the Richardson Corporate Challenge. The festivities will include tailgate parties organized by the teams, a ceremonial torch-lighting, a parade of athletes from Special Olympics Texas, and a Methodist Richardson Medical Center-sponsored one-mile “Great Walk” challenge. Performance Court and Plaza Boulevard have been shut down for the ceremony and will reopen at 9 p.m. tonight.

The Corporate Challenge is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

The City Council heard an update on the 16th annual Corporate Challenge at its Monday work session. Fifty-four companies will make up 51 teams who will compete in 23 athletic and non-athletic events, including volleyball, soccer, table tennis, horseshoes, swimming and more. Seven new companies have joined this year, and the competitors have been placed in seven different divisions based on compatible company size.

More than 12,000 employees from area corporations including Samsung, Raytheon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Cisco will participate this year and raise funds in support of Special Olympics Texas and its local affiliate, the Richardson Roadrunners--the event’s beneficiary since its inception. United Airlines has donated trips for two to be used as a fundraising tool, and the Hilton Honors program has donated the hotel stays to go with these trips.

Corporate Challenge is the only corporate competition of its kind in Texas. Events are scheduled at local venues and are great revenue producers for the hosting sites.

The City of Richardson and participating companies have raised more than $1.2 million for Special Olympics, Texas and the organization’s local affiliate over the last 15 years, including $172,000 raised during last year’s games. Companies that participate in Corporate Challenge are asked to raise at least $1,000 for Special Olympics.

Residents who are interested in finding out if the Challenge is something your company may be interested in to build camaraderie, company morale, and employee bonding may contact for more information.

A full schedule of events and the complete list of companies may be found online at, and event updates will be posted on the Corporate Challenge Facebook page at Watch the City Council presentation at


Family Aquatic Center Open on Weekends
Most City of Richardson pools have closed for the season, but Heights Family Aquatic Center will be open for daily use from noon to 9 p.m. through Sunday and will be open the weekends of Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Heights Family Aquatic Center is at 709 W. Arapaho Rd.


City Council to Hold Budget Public Hearing Monday
The City Council’s first public hearing on the proposed 2013-2014 Budget will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, with a second hearing scheduled for Monday, Aug. 26.

The theme of this year’s budget is “Maintaining a Solid Foundation,” and it emphasizes reinvestment in infrastructure through improved maintenance for streets, City facilities and parks. It is supported by a proposed tax rate of $0.63516 per $100 of assessed valuation, unchanged from the 2012-2013 rate.

All budget meetings are open to the public. In addition, the meetings are also broadcast live on CITV (Channel 16 on Time Warner and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse) and on the City website, City Council videos and documents are also available on-demand on the City’s website.

Learn more and view a copy of the budget at


City to Conduct Ground Spraying for Mosquitos Tonight
The Richardson Health Department plans to ground spray a single area tonight, weather permitting, in order to help prevent the spread of the West Nile virus. The decision to spray comes after City Health Department workers were notified that traps located within the subject spraying location returned mosquitoes that tested positive for carrying the disease.

The spray area is from East Lookout Drive south to Apollo Road and from Plano Road east to Jupiter Road. The spraying is scheduled to take place between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Richardson began its West Nile virus monitoring program in April, which is the earliest it has ever begun testing for signs of the virus. The Richardson City Council approved increased surveillance this year due to the heightened incidence of West Nile virus cases experienced in the Metroplex in 2012.

For more information on Richardson's mosquito abatement program please visit


City Council Presents Proclamations to Tech Titans Finalists
The Richardson City Council on Monday presented proclamations to 10 individuals and organizations with Richardson ties that have been named as finalists in the annual Tech Titans awards gala, set for Aug. 23 in Dallas. Mayor Laura Maczka proclaimed Aug. 12 as “Technology Day” in Richardson, a day to celebrate “hometown technology heroes.”

The local finalists are:

  • Angie Chen Button, State Representative, Technology Advocate
  • David Daniel, President of UT Dallas, Technology Advocate
  • Kevin Hamlen, UT Dallas associate professor, Technology Inventors
  • UTDesign, UT Dallas, Tech Titan of the Future University
  • Clark Good, Berkner High School, Tech Titan of the Future Math/Science Teacher
  • Chad Gilleland, Richardson High School, Tech Titan of the Future Math/Science Teacher
  • Ross Teggatz and team, Triune Systems, Tech Inventors
  • Fujitsu Network Communications, Corporate Innovation
  • Chris Drake, Firehost, Emerging Company CEO
  • Steve Steinheimer, SSG Limited, Community Hero

The City Council also recognized Rolf Haberecht, CEO and co-founder of VLSIP, who will be inducted into the Tech Titans Hall of Fame at the gala.

The Tech Titans awards gala is produced by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. For more information, visit Watch the proclamation presentations at


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

RALC to Hold Tutor Training
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center will host free tutor training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Public Library. No teaching experience is required, tutors do not need to speak another language, and there are daytime and evening opportunities available.

For more information, call 972-644-5119 or e-mail


Jazz Concert, Ballet Stars Coming to Eisemann Center
A Jazz Crossover Concert with Mista Lamont is coming to the Eisemann Center for two performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The show will feature Lamont Taylor’s original music, which mixes sounds from electric funk, R&B, modern jazz and other genres. Tickets cost $10 to $20. Learn more at

Stars of American Ballet, featuring stars from the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Tickets cost $25 to $90.

Tickets for both shows are available by calling 972-744-4650 or visiting


Holocaust Survivor to Tell Story at Library
Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben will tell his story from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Richardson Public Library’s Basement Program Room. He is a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and forced labor camps, and he came to the U.S. in 1946 as an orphan.

Glauben will speak on behalf of the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance. The program is part of the 10th anniversary of the Richardson Reads One Book program. The 2013 selection is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.


Dog Splash Day Set for Saturday
The annual Dog Splash Day will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Terrace Pool, 300 N. Lois Ln.

Admission is $5 per dog. No pre-registration is required, and dogs must have a current rabies vaccination to enter. The event is sponsored by Richardson AnimaLuv, which supports the Richardson Animal Shelter.


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Danny Pet of Week
This is Danny. He is an 11-year-old heeler mix that was brought to the Shelter July 25 as an owner surrender. He is neutered and well kept. He is current on all shots including rabies, has been heart worm tested negative and is in great spirits. Acts much younger than he is. This is a wonderful dog that needs a home!

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


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