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Week In Review, March 21, 2014
Posted Date: 3/21/2014
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March 21, 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 Announces Final Headliners for Wildflower! Festival
The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has added Grammy-winning rockers The Wallflowers, Dallas' own blues/rock outfit Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights, and soul artist Marc Broussard to its already impressive lineup. Other headliners include Cheap Trick, Kool & the Gang, Lonestar, Foghat and many others. The three-day festival is May 16 to 18 at Galatyn Park Urban Center.

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

Council Discusses Future of Main Street Area 
Main Street Central Concept Map
As part of the 11 areas targeted for redevelopment in the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment study, the City Council on Monday discussed the future configuration of Main Street east of US 75. The Council expressed support for a plan to develop Main Street as a four-lane road to help with traffic flow after City planners presented multiple options. The presentation also included renderings of how the area could potentially look from several nearby vantage points if taller buildings are allowed by future zoning regulations.

The Council also provided feedback on its March 8 tour of several sites in Dallas and Plano to see examples of certain types of neighborhoods that may be appropriate for Richardson. Council members visited these sites to see real-world examples that are conceptually representative of the visions identified for the area near downtown, learn from other cities, and reaffirm the Council’s vision for redeveloping the targeted areas.

Consultants will incorporate the Council’s feedback into information to be presented at a future Community Open House to share the vision for the redevelopment area with the community and gather feedback. Learn more about the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment Study at Watch the work session presentation at

Mayor Proclaims March 23 to 29 as Richardson Symphony Orchestra and Richardson Symphony League Week
Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka proclaimed March 23 to 29 as Richardson Symphony Orchestra and Richardson Symphony League Week. The 48th annual Richardson Symphony League Ball will be held on March 29 and will include the presentation of debutantes and the introduction of the honor guard. For more information, visit

RSO Proclamation
Front Row L to R: Laurie Garvie, President and Executive Director of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO), Maestro Clay Couturiaux, Mayor Laura Maczka, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend, Ball Co-Chair Jami Byrd, and Stewart McLauchlan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, RSO. Back Row L to R: Valerie Briscoe, President of the Richardson Symphony League (RSL), Ball Co-Chair Lisa Dunn, RSL Honor Guard President Christian Cole, and RSL Debutantes President Julianna Washington. 

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Dallas Ballet Company to Host Southwest Festival at Eisemann Center
Dallas Ballet Company will host the “Regional Dance America Southwest Festival” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center. Tickets cost $30 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more about the show at

Library Hosts Lunchtime Lectures on Founding Mothers
The Richardson Public Library will continue a series of Lunchtime Lectures on Founding Mothers with “Ladies of the Revolution Part II” 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 conclude on April 1.

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

Crime Prevention Conference This Weekend
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 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

For more information, call 972-744-4953.

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.

RCAS Art Show Deadline is Saturday 
The Richardson Civic Art Society invites all area artists ages 50 and above to enter its annual 50+ Show at the Richardson Public Library. Up to three pieces of 2-D art may be entered by any eligible artist. Entries should be brought to the Library on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. The show will be judged by local artist and gallery owner Laura Moore. Cash prizes will be awarded.

An entry form and details are available at

Internet Pioneer to Speak at UT Dallas
Vinton G. Cerf, known as one of the “fathers of the Internet,” will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UT Dallas as part of the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series. Cerf is a vice president at Google, where he identifies and promotes new technologies used to develop Internet-based products and services. He has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Technology and other awards for his work.

Tickets cost $15. For more information or to register, visit

UT Dallas Continues Diversity Lecture Series 
UT Dallas will continue its 2014 Diversity Lecture Series with presentations from two faculty members from noon to 1 p.m. March 28 and April 4. Dr. Dachang Cong, associate dean and director of the American Studies program, will speak next week on “From Gold Mountain to Silicon Valley: A Long Journey of Asian Immigrants.” The following week Dr. Lynn Winstead, senior lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, will present on “Interpersonal Communications in a Diverse World.”

Both lectures are free to attend. Visit to register. 

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Khloe Pet of Week

My name is Khloe! I was brought to the nice folks at the Richardson Animal Shelter and they take good care of me, but I want a home of my own. I have been spayed and fully vaccinated. I am a beagle/cocker spaniel mix and I am only 10 months old. I love walks and giving kisses!

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
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Councilman Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
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Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3


Councilman Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
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Councilman Paul Voelker
Council Member
Paul Voelker
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
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