Sept. 8, 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.
City Continues to Share Staff, Equipment in Harvey Relief Efforts
As floodwaters recede from Hurricane Harvey and the process of recovery begins in Houston and the Gulf Coast, personnel from the Richardson Fire Department (RFD), Police (RPD) and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) have continued to provide assistance with emergency needs, security and service coordination. Six RFD first responders and two RPD officers assisted in Houston this week, and nine RPD officers each day rotated shifts at the Dallas Mega Shelter. One OEM employee served in Dallas as an EOC Manager/Plans Section Coordinator through Wednesday and one OEM employee served in Austin at the State Operations Center helping with public works coordination. In addition, the City shared its grant-funded dynamic message board with the City of Dallas.
In all, 22 Richardson personnel have served in relief efforts as part of one of the largest multi-jurisdictional coordinated activations in Texas history.
Hurricane Harvey Responders Ask for Cessation of Items for Victims
Emergency workers in South Texas are conveying their gratefulness for the generosity of the public, but the reception of unsolicited donations of materials is distracting staff and volunteers away from providing direct services to survivors. The issue is the need to sort, package, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors. Therefore, emergency workers are asking that you please DO NOT donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time.
If you have already collected items for Hurricane Harvey relief, please consider donating them to a nonprofit organization that accepts in-kind donations.
The most effective way for individuals and private sector partners to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations (click here for a list of suggestions compiled by the City). Cash donations offer nonprofit agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address developing needs, as well as needs that arise over the coming months and years. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources in the affected areas, which will help local economies recover.
Important Information on Volunteering
The State of Texas continues to experience flooding, and the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted areas. Spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers who self-deploy may create an additional burden on impacted communities where resources are scarce. The State of Texas is asking potential volunteers to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas supporting survivors on the ground.
To register as an affiliated volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization, please visit the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) website or Texas VOAD website for a list of partners active in disaster relief. Alternatively, you may register your interest to volunteer here and partner organizations may reach out to you.
Most importantly, please be patient. Hurricane Harvey recovery will require volunteer engagement for many months and years to come, so sign up now. Continue monitoring traditional and social media channels, including www.volunteertx.org for the latest information.
State Warns of Hurricane Harvey Charity Scams
State authorities are encouraging Texans who want to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey to be cautious and to be mindful of the following guidelines when considering charities:
If you suspect you’ve been targeted by a fraudulent charity or donation scam, file a complaint online with the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General here.
- Be cautious of requests for donations by unfamiliar organizations or people, especially anyone calling and asking for donations by credit card or requesting personal information.
- When donating money, consider directing your help to a recognized charity, such as those on a flier created by the City of Richardson located here.
- Research the charity before you donate money by using Charity Navigator at www.charitynavigator.org and the resources provided here.
- Don’t fall for high-pressure tactics and demands for an immediate donation. A legitimate charity welcomes background checks on their operations.
- Avoid charities or fundraisers that refuse to provide detailed information about their identity, mission, costs or how your donation will be used.
RPD, Officer Receive Regional Recognition for Hispanic Community Outreach
The spotlight shined recently on the Richardson Police Department (RPD) and its UNIDOS program as RPD Officer Jayson Lozada was named Officer of the Month by the North Texas Police Chiefs Association. The Association recognized Lozada for his efforts in reviving UNIDOS, the Police Department’s Hispanic community outreach program designed to provide information and assistance to Spanish speaking residents in the Richardson area.
Begun in 2006, UNIDOS involves quarterly meetings conducted entirely in Spanish and held at area schools or churches. The meetings are hosted by the RPD with additional support from other City departments. Lozada, the RPD school resource officer assigned to Richardson North Jr. High, has been a volunteer with UNIDOS since its inception. After taking over the program’s leadership in 2016 at a point where monthly attendance had dwindled to less than 20 residents, he helped nurture new relationships and increased participation by more than 10 times.
For more information about UNIDOS and their upcoming Oct. 12th meeting, click here. To view a video of a surprise celebration for Officer Lozada held at North Jr. High, click here.
Observe National Preparedness Month with Free Information and Community Speakers
Need a guest speaker for a meeting? The City’s Office of Emergency Management offers group presentations for free along with useful handouts (such as fridge magnets and tote bags) and printed materials for all ages. Fall is a great time for an OEM presentation as September is National Preparedness Month, when the importance of being prepared in case of disaster is encouraged nationwide. As recently shown by Hurricane Harvey, emergencies can happen fast, and response and recovery goes much smoother for those who have prepared.
To schedule a presentation, e-mail email@example.com or contact Preparedness and Mitigation Coordinator Alisha Gimbel at 972-744-0902. Information and materials are also available at a display on the first floor concourse of City Hall during normal business hours, and at certain City events such as the Public Safety Expo (see story below).
Work Continues in “Final Five” Residential Sidewalk Regions
Sidewalk replacement work funded by the 2015 Bond Program is progressing as planned, as repairs are currently underway in the University Estates North neighborhood, with the Owens Park and Springpark neighborhoods to follow. Sidewalk replacement in the Cottonwood Heights region has been completed. The neighborhoods are in an area that is one of five designated in the 2015 Bond Program that share $2.2 million for sidewalk replacement, the last of 27 regions to receive repairs that were identified and ranked in a 2003 citywide sidewalk inventory. Sidewalks were ranked according to identified sidewalk repair needs, and work on the highest priority sidewalks was funded with the 2006 Bond Program. The 2010 Bond Program also funded sidewalk repairs.
For more information on the 2015 Bond Program and a map of all sidewalk repair regions, click here. For information on Richardson’s Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program, visit www.cor.net/sidewalks.
Huffhines Art Trails Featured Artist Announced
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department announced this week that collage artist Lisa Morales has been named Featured Artist for the 2017 Huffhines Art Trails, to be held Oct. 28-29 at Huffhines Park. Morales, a former professional dancer, paints and textures papers of all kinds to create “mini” pieces of art with each individual sheet of paper. She then uses her mountain of papers as her palette, tearing and placing the different papers one piece at a time to create collages that are full of color, texture, text and images. Her whimsical images can be found throughout the U.S. on puzzles, greeting cards, journals and other gift items.
Now in its 41st year, Huffhines Art Trails has become one of the most popular arts and crafts shows in North Texas with a wide variety of contemporary crafts, folk art and fine art. For more information, visit www.huffhinesarttrails.com.
CITV Creates Video to Promote Darbey’s StoryWalk®
If you haven’t visited the Library’s new Darbey’s StoryWalk® yet, you can now preview it online thanks to a video created by CITV. Opened last month, Darbey’s StoryWalk® enables children and adults to enjoy outdoor activity together while reading—visitors walk along a designated path outside the Library while reading pages of a complete children’s book distributed among 16 different stations. Each month, a different book is displayed. There is no admission cost and the StoryWalk® is open 24/7.
To view the new video, click here.
Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Tomorrow
Blue recycling bag distribution at Fire Station 6 will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., one weekend later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents. Blue bag letters, redeemable for free rolls, are honored at this location.
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.
Temporary DART Parking Restrictions at Arapaho Center Station Sept. 8-9
DART has announced there will be limited parking at the Arapaho Center Station today and tomorrow due to preparation for “The DART Rodeo,” an internal DART event.
Additional parking spaces for DART rail are located at Spring Valley Station, 1.5 miles from Arapaho Center Station. For more information, contact DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.
Save the Date: Pawtoberfest is Sept. 16
Plan to party with your pup Saturday, Sept. 16 when the Parks and Recreation Department hosts the second annual “Pawtoberfest” at Huffhines Park from 3-7 p.m. The event includes craft beer, food trucks and live music. In addition, there will be dog-specific vendors on hand and some fun giveaways.
The entertainment lineup is as follows:
Admission is free, with additional cost for food and beverages. Pawtoberfest “Pawkages” which include logo merchandise, dog treats and beverage discounts cost $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. For more information, click here.
- 3:30 p.m.—Todd Barrow
- 5:30 p.m.—Taylor DeLatte
Richardson PD Hosts Third Annual Public Safety Expo Sept. 9
The Richardson Police Department (RPD) is hosting its third annual interactive Public Safety Expo tomorrow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Civic Center. The Expo is a free, family-friendly event for anyone interested in getting a closer look at police and fire operations, as well as learning how to make their home and neighborhood safer.
Various vehicles used by police and fire will be available for viewing (including an air medical helicopter) and demonstrations will be given by K9 and SWAT officers. The RPD’s Crime Prevention Unit will provide valuable safety information and discuss volunteer opportunities within the Department. Young children will especially enjoy shaking hands with costumed mascots including McGruff the Crime Dog, Nat the National Night Out Knight, Phil-up the Blue Bag as well as face painting, a bounce house and more.
Refreshments will be available for purchase. Click here for more information.
“Popcorn with the Police” Free Family Movie Night Sept. 13
The Richardson Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit is sponsoring a free movie night Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 100 S. Central Expwy., with a preshow at 6 p.m. and the movie, “The Karate Kid,” starring Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue and Ralph Macchio, at 6:30 p.m. Movie tickets are free at the box office that night (seating is limited) or reserve your seat online for $5 (includes a $5 Alamo Drafthouse food voucher) at https://drafthouse.com/dfw/show/the-karate-kid2.
RPD officers will be collecting canned food donations at the event for Network of Community Ministries as part of their National Night Out “Can Do” food drive. For more information, call 972-744-4773.
North Texas Giving Day Helps Support Local Nonprofits Sept. 14
Several nonprofits with close ties to the City of Richardson will participate in the ninth annual North Texas Giving Day Thursday, Sept. 14. The 18-hour “giving extravaganza” sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas raises money for North Texas nonprofits through an easy-to-navigate website as well as a few in-person donation stations scattered across the Metroplex. Givers can donate to one or more of over 2,500 local organizations with one transaction.
Participating Richardson organizations include Friends of the Richardson Library, The Eisemann Center Foundation, Richardson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, The Junior League of Richardson, UT Dallas, Richardson Adult Literacy Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation, Inc., Network of Community Ministries and the Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC) Foundation (all funds raised by RERC during North Texas Giving Day will help construct the new inclusive playground planned for Cottonwood Park). Several arts organizations funded in part by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission are also on the list.
Those who wish to give may visit www.northtexasgivingday.org between 6 a.m. and midnight Sept. 14 or schedule their donation online in advance through midnight Sept. 13.
For more information and a list of all participating organizations, visit www.northtexasgivingday.org.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Rajiv Satyal Sept. 8
8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25.
The noted comedian of NPR and Netflix fame brings his “Taking a Stand Comedy Tour” to the Eisemann Center, along with singer/songwriter Taylor Alexander. Videos and more information at www.rajivsatyal.com.
- Asheervada Sept. 9
6 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $50.
More than 60 instrumentalists perform a musical depiction of the five elements, balancing classical Indian music and the western orchestra. Composed and led by internationally acclaimed Carnatic violinist Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
- Memphis Soul’s “September Fantasy” Sept. 9
8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $27-$42.
Dallas band Memphis Soul performs classic Motown favorites and special guest Bobby Burns Jr., trumpet player for Earth, Wind & Fire, performs familiar hits and new songs, backed by The Brad Band.
At UT Dallas:
- Classical Guitar Concert: Enrique Muñoz Sept. 8
8 p.m. in University Theatre. Tickets are $15.
Muñoz presents “Latino,” a program sharing the same title as his new CD featuring music for the classical guitar ranging from the Argentine milonga of Buenos Aires to dances of Granada. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
- Edwin Black Lectures Sept. 13
Noon and 7 p.m. in the Davidson Auditorium (JSOM building). Admission is free.
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies in conjunction with the Southwest Jewish Congress and the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences presents the award-winning author in two lectures: “Israel and International Law—The Historical Underpinnings” at noon and “IBM and the Holocaust” at 7 p.m. A small reception follows both lectures. For more information, contact Cindy Seton-Rogers at 972-883-2100.
“Savannah Sipping Society” Opens at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., presents Jones, Hope and Wooten’s comedy “The Savannah Sipping Society” Sept. 8-24.
In this laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.
Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks, sweets and beverages. For more information, visit www.richardsontheatrecentre.net.
Register for Sept. 16 Round Robin Collaborative Art
Registration has opened for adults and teens wishing to take part in the Sept. 16 Round Robin Collaborative Art event. The free event, led by Julie Flandorfer from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, involves group participation in creating a unique piece of mixed-media art.
To register, call 972-744-4374.
LEGOMania Sept. 9
All ages will have fun with all things LEGO when LEGOMania hits the Library Saturday, Sept. 9 from 2-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The event includes activities, crafts and LEGO challenges.
Admission is free and no registration is required. All materials will be provided.
Annual Poetry Reading Sept. 10
The Richardson Poets Group will hold its annual Poetry Reading Sunday afternoon, Sept. 10 from 3-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Tales for Tails Sept. 10
Children in grades K-4 can cozy up with a good book and a sweet dog Sunday, Sept. 10 when Tales for Tails comes to the Library’s First Floor Program Room from 3-4 p.m. Children improve their reading skills and gain confidence as a reader as they read to real dogs from Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs.
A free ticket is required to participate. Tickets will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Youth Services area on the day of the event. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Lunchtime “Constitution” Lecture Sept. 12
Richard Cudlipp presents part two of an informative Lunchtime Lecture series entitled, “The Constitution of the United States,” Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Topics covered in the series include:
Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376 for more information.
- Why the Constitution? Deficiencies of Articles of Confederation
- Constitutional Convention—Key Compromises
- Ratification and Amendment Process
- Content of Articles and Amendments
- Judicial Review
Free Tickets Still Available for RROB Lecture Sept. 26
Free tickets are still available at the Library for the Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) lecture featuring Daniel Bergner. Bergner is the author of the 2017 RROB selection, “Sing for Your Life,” and will speak Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson High School auditorium.
Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available while supplies last. For more information, contact the Library at 972-744-4350.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Aimee! This is her second time as Pet of the Week, and we have no idea why she hasn’t been adopted yet. This happy girl hasn’t met a person she doesn’t like, and will be glad to give you a face full of kisses if you don’t believe her. Aimee is great with kids, house and leash trained and would be a wonderful family pet. She is a Labrador retriever/pit bull terrier mix, spayed, 8 years young and up to date on all her vaccinations. Please come by and meet her today!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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Mayor Pro Tem
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