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Week In Review, Feb. 3, 2017
Posted Date: 2/3/2017
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Feb. 3, 2017
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. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.

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Richardson Named a Top Five “Best Place to Buy a Forever Home”
Richardson ranked #5 on the 2017 list of “Best Places to Buy a Forever Home,” announced earlier this week by data analysts from personal finance website A total of 509 cities across the U.S. were evaluated based on six criteria including affordability, home values, population, educational values, unemployment and crime rates.

Cities in Texas dominated the list, while other places near large metro areas in states such as Colorado, California and North Dakota were ranked near the top as well. The higher ranked cities tended to be smaller with populations between 70,000 and 155,000 residents. Following is a list of the top 10:
  1. The Woodlands, Texas
  2. Centennial, Colo. 
  3. Frisco, Texas 
  4. Allen, Texas
  5. Richardson, Texas 
  6. Edmond, Okla.
  7. Flower Mound, Texas
  8. Sugar Land, Texas
  9. Mountain View, Calif.
  10. Fargo, N.D.
For the complete rankings of all cities evaluated and a more detailed look at the criteria, click here.

State of the City Recap
Mayor Paul Voelker presented the annual State of the City Address Wednesday evening at the Eisemann Center. Centered on a theme of “The Renaissance of Richardson,” the Mayor talked about the City’s recent period of economic expansion and regional innovation as evidence of a “true renaissance” since the days of the Great Recession only a few years ago, and that today Richardson is performing better than it ever has in its history.

State of the City 2017
Among the past year’s accomplishments recognized were the further development of several projects including CityLine, Palisades, Northside at UT Dallas and the expansion of the Eastside development; the City’s triple “A” rating given by both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s for the seventh year in a row; strength in property values, allowing for a 1-cent tax rate decrease for all property owners and a $10,000 increase in the senior tax exemption to $70,000; and increased spending on infrastructure improvements, more than three times the amount spent for repairs and replacements four years ago.

Looking ahead, the Mayor discussed several planned projects that will keep Richardson growing strong, including the new mixed-use development approved for the downtown Belt Line Road corridor, and the construction of DART’s Cotton Belt passenger rail corridor.

The event was free, open to the public and broadcast live. For those unable to attend, State of the City will be replayed on Time Warner Cable Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Videos of the event are also available at

Online Survey Continues
Online Survey
Everyone who uses or has used the City’s website is invited to take a brief User Experience (UX) survey, found online through Feb. 12. Opinions are needed in order to create future design improvements and enhance the City’s internet presence.

The City’s website receives more than 30,000 visits each month, many of them from people looking for a variety of services offered in the community.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete; please share your experience and opinions by clicking here.

Richardson Today In Mailboxes
The February issue of Richardson Today has been printed and should begin arriving in mailboxes this week. This month’s issue has a special focus on “The State of the City,” in conjunction with the Mayor’s recent address (see above), looking back on some of the highlights for Richardson in 2016 in areas such as finances, culture, education and health, while looking ahead to a new development planned for downtown. Also included is the Spring Recreation Guide, packed with new events, classes and activities.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.

Photo Contest Winners Announced
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners in the 2017 City of Richardson photography contest. Charlie Gonzalez won both Best of Show and the Adult Division with the photo entitled, “Ruster on Fire;” top honors in the Student Division went to Anjali Gonuguntla for “Wildflower Rhapsody in Richardson.” Nicholas Glover won the Proficient Division with “Opaque.” Additional winners were announced for Honorable Mention through First Place—for a complete list, go to

Photo Contest Ruster on Fire 
Ruster on Fire

Photo Contest Wildflower Rhapsody
Wildflower Rhapsody in Richardson

Photo Contest Opaque
All winning entries will be exhibited at the Library Feb. 4-19. An awards ceremony and photography workshop will be held Feb. 21 at the Civic Center.

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Tech Job Fair at Civic Center Feb. 8
Looking for a job in technology, security clearance or cyber security? Targeted Job Fairs will hold a recruitment event for those career fields Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center. Companies represented include Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc., Aldridge, Digital Boundary Group, Inc., L3 Technologies, Leidos, Lennox International, PDS Technical Services and Smartronix, Inc.

Admission is free. For more information, go to

Blue Bags Available at Station 6 Feb. 4
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for non-residents. Blue bag letters are honored at this location.
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Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.

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At the Eisemann Center:

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  • Tina Packer’s “Women of Will” Feb. 3-4
    8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bank of America Theatre; tickets are $40 for tonight’s performance and $36 for the Saturday matinee.
    Master Shakespearean actress Tina Packer conjures William Shakespeare’s most famous female characters, along with actor Nigel Gore in the roles of Romeo and Petruchio. Together, Packer and Gore’s stage alchemy creates a Shakespeare experience that The New York Times calls, “Marvelous!” and The Associated Press hails as “boundless and irresistible!” 

    Prior to tonight’s show, theater students from UT Dallas’ School of Arts and Humanities will give a free performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. The performance is the culmination of a weeklong residency by Packer co-sponsored by UT Dallas and the Eisemann Educates program. No ticket is needed to attend.

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  • RSO: “An Evening of Hitchcock and Spielberg” Feb. 4
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$87.
    Join the Richardson Symphony Orchestra for a night at the movies! Music from favorite Hitchcock and Spielberg films will be featured, including “Rear Window,” “North by Northwest” and “Psycho,” as well as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Catch Me if You Can” and “Lincoln.” The concert will be accompanied by a film montage created by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
    Note: Pre-show buffet dining at the Eisemann Center’s Prelude Café is available for this event, beginning two hours prior to the performance. Call 972-367-2000 for information and dinner reservations.
  • Jeffrey Siegel’s “Keyboard Conversations®” Returns Feb. 6 with “The Splendor of Schubert”
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $28-$34.
    Popular Eisemann presenter Jeffrey Siegel is back with immortal melodies by one of the world’s most beloved composers. The program includes “Ave Maria,” “Serenade,” “The Trout” and the delightful “Sonata D. 664.” As with all “Keyboard Conversations®,” the concert includes lively commentary, making the music more accessible and meaningful.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

“Eisemann Center Presents” Adds Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound to Lineup
Eisemann Center staff announced this week an exciting addition to the 2016-17 lineup for the “Eisemann Center Presents” series: Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound dance company and its new show, “After the Curtain,” to be presented Thursday, June 8 at 8 p.m.

The company, known for its fusion of jazz, modern and hip-hop choreography, has been showcased on many TV shows including “Dancing with the Stars,” “Glee,” “Ellen” and “The 2013 Prime Time Emmy Awards.”

This is Shaping Sound’s second North American tour and second appearance at the Eisemann Center. Wall will be dancing in the show throughout the tour.

Tickets for the June 8 performance range from $40-$90 and are available online at or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. A limited number of $90 VIP tickets are available and include a private Meet and Greet after the show and various souvenir items.

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At UT Dallas:
  • Jazz with the Kelly Durbin Trio and Friends Feb. 4
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.
    Kelly Durbin, a UT Dallas faculty member and jazz pianist, brings together local musicians to delight both jazz connoisseurs and casual listeners alike. The concert will include drummer Steve Barnes, bassist Lou Harless and singers Jennifer Barnes and Rosana Eckert. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Richardson Theatre Centre Presents “Arsenic & Old Lace” Feb. 3-19
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“Arsenic & Old Lace” opens tonight at Richardson Theatre Centre and continues through Feb. 19. In this classic comedy/farce by Joseph Kesselring, we get to know the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the “other” brother.

Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 with $2 off each ticket for groups of eight or more.

Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 113 (near Custer Road) and is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. For more information, visit

“Our Town” at Core Theatre Through Feb. 19
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Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” continues on stage at The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115, through Feb. 19.

A 1938 metatheatrical play, “Our Town” broke all theatrical rules when it was first produced, as it features few props and no scenery. It tells the universal story of human experience, and inspires audiences to “live every minute.”

Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees Feb. 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The Core Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. For tickets, call 214-930-5338.

“Pride & Prejudice” at Repertory Company Theatre Feb. 3-12
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Repertory Company Theatre presents “Pride & Prejudice” Feb. 3-12 at its Promenade Theatre, 650 N. Coit Rd. In this stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s most popular novel, Mrs. Bennet is in hot pursuit of husbands for each of her five daughters including Jane, the eldest, and the witty Elizabeth, who is taunted and tantalized by the disciplined and dashing aristocrat, Mr. Darcy. The story revolves around the necessity of marrying for love despite the social pressures of the British Regency-era to make a “financially good” match.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth (group rates are available). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to Repertory Company Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

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Pintastic! Getting Started with Pinterest Feb. 6
Get up to speed with Pinterest, a digital scrapbook for organizing ideas online, Monday, Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In this free class for adults and teens, you’ll learn how to:
  • Create an account
  • Find pins 
  • Create your own pinboards 
  • Browse categories 
  • Find and follow friends
Bring a laptop, smartphone or tablet. Registration required (but observers are welcome). An active e-mail account is needed in order to sign up for a Pinterest account. Call 972-744-4359 for more information.

Free Tax Assistance Begins Feb. 6
IRS-trained volunteers begin weekly help with basic tax returns Monday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room and continue each Monday through April 17.

The assistance, presented in conjunction with the AARP Foundation, is free and designed particularly for elderly, handicapped and non-English-speaking taxpayers, on a first come, first served basis. For a detailed list of records to bring, please click here.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Nala Pet of Week

Meet Nala! She is an elegant lady that exudes sophistication. Nala is a spayed female, about 6 years old, up to date on all her vaccinations, declawed and has a beautiful fluffy coat. Adoption fee for Nala is only $15. Please consider adopting a pet today!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.

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Mayor Paul Voelker
Paul Voelker
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon
Mayor Pro Tem
Mark Solomon
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Councilman Bob Townsend
Council Member
Bob Townsend
Place 1
Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3
Councilman Mabel Simpson
Council Member
Mabel Simpson
Place 4
Councilman Vacant
Council Member
Marta Gómez Frey
Place 5
Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
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