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Week In Review, Sept. 15, 2017
Posted Date: 9/15/2017
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Sept. 15, 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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City Council Adopts FY 2017-18 Budget; Maintains Tax Rate
The City Council voted unanimously to approve Richardson’s FY 2017-18 Budget Monday night, which will go into effect Oct. 1. Following a 1-cent reduction in the tax rate in 2016-17, the $265 million operating budget maintains the tax rate of $0.62516. Earlier this year the Richardson City Council also approved increasing the City’s senior property tax exemption to $80,000 for 2017-18 and thereafter.

“Fully Engaged 2017-18: Advancing the Richardson Mission(s) in Our North Texas Setting” is the theme for the 2017-18 Budget and reflects a fully engaged City Council and City staff pursuing many missions in the context of a dynamic North Texas economy. It focuses on sustaining the City’s efforts toward four key initiatives: enhancing infrastructure maintenance, strengthening public safety staffing and resources, increasing economic development and renewal opportunities, and enhancing customer/city experiences.
For more details about the 2017-18 budget, visit

City Council Sets 2017-19 Goals
The City Council adopted its 2017-19 Statement of Goals at Monday’s City Council meeting. The Council’s vision, four goals and 10 strategies were developed after several meetings during the summer to review past goals, get updated on accomplishments and determine continued priorities as well as changes/additions.

The 2017-19 goals are:
  • For Richardson to be a place where people are proud to live, work, invest and engage in the community 
  • To have clear, easy to understand processes and policies that make it easy to interact with the City 
  • To have stakeholders choose Richardson as the best place in the region to locate, contribute and participate
  • To effectively and efficiently manage city resources while maintaining and enhancing city services
To view the complete 2017-19 Statement of Goals, including the City Council’s strategies for achieving the goals, click here. A list of proposed tactics for each strategy will be presented by City staff to the Council in mid-October.

Tony Award Winners Headline Eisemann Center 15th Anniversary Celebration Sept. 22
Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune

Two of Broadway’s most celebrated Tony Award-winning legends, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, will bring their new, unique concert to the Eisemann Center Sept. 22 to help celebrate the venue’s 15th anniversary. The concert, which kicks off a multi-city tour Sept. 16, features the stars performing songs from their illustrious careers accompanied by a trio of Broadway musicians.

The one-night-only performance, along with a “Meet the Artists” reception for Friends of the Eisemann Center ticketholders, will mark the anniversary. The Eisemann Center opened in September 2002 with a performance by another pair of legendary stars, Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin. Since then, more than 2.65 million people have attended events there.

Tickets are $61-$84. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to For information on the “Friends” program, visit

Music Lineup Announced for Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Art Festival Fall 2017

The entertainment lineup for the Oct. 7-8 Cottonwood Art Festival has been announced. The festival features popular local bands and singer/songwriters, 240 visual artists exhibiting museum quality work and numerous food and beverage vendors.

Grab a seat in the Courtyard or stroll through the Food Court and enjoy the following musicians:

Saturday, Oct. 7
Courtyard Main Stage:

  • 10:45 a.m.
    Raquel Lindemann
  • 12:15 p.m.
    The 3 Amigos
  • 2:15 p.m.
    Chaz Marie
  • 4:15 p.m.
    The Free Loaders
Food Court Stage:
  • 11 a.m.
    RJ Ballard
  • 1 p.m.
    Davis & Rose
Sunday, Oct. 8
Courtyard Main Stage:

  • 10 a.m.
    Bob Culbertson
  • 11:30 a.m.
    La Pompe
  • 1:30 p.m.
    FogHouse Band
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Devin Leigh
Food Court Stage:
  • 11 a.m.
    RJ Ballard
  • 1 p.m.
    Heather Little
For more information, go to

Collins Boulevard Pavement Repairs Start Monday
Collins Road Construction Sept 2017

Construction workers are set to begin pavement repairs on Collins Boulevard between Plano Road and Greenville Avenue next week.

The project involves repairs to four lanes of traffic and two bike lanes to replace concrete along the section. The work will be scheduled to take place between off-peak traffic hours from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in order to limit traffic impacts.

Up to two lanes, or one lane and adjacent bike lane, will be impacted while work is underway. The work will be performed in sections to minimize traffic impacts.

Construction on the project should be complete by winter 2017. For more information on this or any other road project in Richardson visit

DART Hosts Cotton Belt Community Meeting at Civic Center Sept. 20

The public is invited to attend a series of community meetings Sept. 18-25 to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project and provide feedback. DART, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to assess the impacts and benefits of passenger rail service in the Corridor, and will host the meetings.

The meetings will focus on information learned in data collection since the last series of Cotton Belt public meetings, held in August 2016. Displays will include updated alignment drawings and station layout, results of traffic/grade separation analysis, and identification of existing conditions along the corridor including, parks, cultural resources, land uses, etc.

Dates and locations for the meetings are as follows:
  • Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.
    DeWitt Perry Middle School Cafeteria, 1709 E. Belt Line Rd., Carrollton
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
    Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
    Parkhill Junior High School Cafeteria, 16500 Shady Bank Dr., Dallas
The Cotton Belt Rail Line has been part of DART’s Rail Plan since 1983 and is a key piece of Richardson’s future transportation network. Originally planned to commence in 2035, its construction was recently moved up to 2022. The project involves establishing an east-west commuter line, traveling through the northern border of Richardson, utilizing the CityLine/Bush Station and creating two new Richardson rail stops.

Future public meetings will focus on corridor impacts and mitigation. For more information, visit

Local Tech Titan Finalists, Winners Honored with Proclamation
Tech Titans Proclamation

Mayor Paul Voelker proclaimed Sept. 11, 2017 as “Technology Day” in honor of individuals and a company with Richardson ties who were named among the finalists and winners in the 2017 Tech Titans Awards program. The awards are given annually by Tech Titans™, The Technology Association for North Texas, to recognize individuals and companies in North Texas who are transforming the high-tech industry, making contributions locally as well as to the industry overall.

Recognized at the Sept. 11 City Council work session were:

  • Fujitsu Network Communications (Category: Corporate Innovation) 
  • Vanessa Ogle, CEO of Enseo, Inc. (Category: Emerging Company CEO) 
  • Dr. Robert Gregg, assistant professor of bioengineering and mechanical engineering and director of the Locomotor Control Systems Laboratory at UT Dallas (Category: Technology Inventor) 
  • Bryan Chambers, director of the BlackStone Launchpad at UT Dallas (Category: Tech Titans of the Future—University Level)
  • Ellen Barker, CIO and Sr. Vice President at Texas Instruments, Inc. (Category: Corporate CIO)
  • Henry Vo, teacher at Richardson High School (Category: Tech Titans of the Future—High School Math/Science Teacher)
  • Dr. Magaly Spector, assistant to the provost for strategic initiatives and professor in practice at UT Dallas (Category: Tech Titans of the Future—University Level)
The Tech Titans 2017 Awards Gala was held Aug. 25. For more information about the finalists and winners, click here.

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“Pawtoberfest” Sept. 16

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the second annual Pawtoberfest Saturday, Sept. 16 from 3-7 p.m. at Huffhines Park. The event is specifically designed for people and pups, and includes goodies for sale from a variety of food trucks, dog-specific vendors, live music, fun giveaways and craft beer.

Admission is free, with food and beverages for sale on site. Pawtoberfest “Pawkages” may be purchased in advance for $15 or at the gate for $20. Each Pawkage includes a 2017 Pawtoberfest bandana, 20 oz. logo beer mug, voucher for one free beer, dog treats and $1 off all beer refills.

To purchase in advance, call Heights at 972-744-7850 or go online to (choose “course” # 97795).

Dallas Comic Show Sept. 16-17
The Dallas Comic Show will be held Sept. 16-17 at the Richardson Civic Center, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. This family-friendly event features comic book and media guests, costumed characters, gaming and Anime content.

Admission is $20 for combined Saturday and Sunday entry, including a collector’s badge and lanyard for the first 1,000 fans. Sunday-only admission is $10, and children’s admission (ages 6-12) is $5 (must be accompanied by a paid adult). A portion of the advance ticket sales will be donated to The Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief fund. Show organizers are also holding an auction and raffle during the show to raise money for hurricane victims.

Limited VIP tickets are $50 and include two-day admission, early entrance to the show floor each day (10:45 a.m.), line jump for select celebrities, a collector’s badge and lanyard, a collectible swag bag, a convention exclusive art print, a movie T-shirt, one DC Comics or Marvel comic, and priority seating at Q&A panels (must arrive 15 minutes before panels start).

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets online. All types of tickets are also sold at the door.

“Newcomers Guide to Gardening in North Texas” Sept. 16
Newcomers Gardening Guide

Head to McKinney tomorrow from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for a free program all about gardening in North Texas. Open to Richardson residents who want to learn about becoming a successful gardener, the program features Collin County Master Gardeners, as well as other experts, sharing their horticultural expertise, research-based information and hands-on experience in the challenges and rewards of gardening.

Location is the Collin Higher Education Center, 3452 Spur 399 in McKinney. Cost is free, but seating is limited. Please register at Questions? Contact Richardson’s Utility Systems Coordinator Michelle Mann at or 972-744-4228.

FOL Annual Meeting and Dinner Sept. 19 with Author/Former Sportscaster Mark Oristano
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The public is invited to the Friends of the Richardson Library’s Annual Meeting and Dinner featuring special guest Mark Oristano, Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Aboca’s Italian Grill, 100 S. Central Expwy. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online here.

Oristano has been a professional writer/journalist since the age of 16, hired post-college in 1973 by WFAA-TV to be a sports reporter, which began a 30-year career covering the NFL and professional sports. He has worked with notable broadcasters including Verne Lundquist and Oprah Winfrey, and as a sportscaster for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network and Houston Oilers Radio Network. He was part of Ron Chapman’s legendary morning show on KVIL-FM in Dallas for nearly 20 years.

FOL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reading, supporting the Richardson Public Library and enriching the cultural opportunities available to Library users. For more information, visit

Medicare Education Event Sept. 21
National Medicare Education Week is Sept. 15-21, and Mayor Paul Voelker has proclaimed the week Richardson Medicare Education Week. Several events in the D/FW area will help educate current and future Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers about Medicare, with one event held at the Richardson Civic Center Thursday, Sept. 21 beginning at 10 a.m. Local UnitedHealthcare representatives and a Walgreens pharmacist will be on hand to address people’s top questions and be available to speak one-on-one.

Admission is free, but registration is requested. To register and for more information, visit or call 855-603-7423. For those unable to attend a local event, UnitedHealthcare will host two Facebook Live broadcasts Sept. 18 and 21. To join, participants should visit Medicare Made Clear’s Facebook page. To learn more about Medicare through online resources, visit

Dallas Bead Market Sept. 22-23
The Dallas Bead Market returns to the Richardson Civic Center Sept. 22-23. Find wholesale and retail fashion accessories, gift merchandise, lapidary and beads, including antique, gemstone, glass, crystal, Bali, metal, button, seed, pearl and more. Hours are Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

Men From Mars Women From Venus
  • “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE!” Sept. 15-16
    Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $60.
    This Off-Broadway hit, a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up, is a light-hearted comedy based on The New York Times best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. “Definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids.” 
  • “Spectacular Senior Follies” Continues Through Sept. 17
    Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $20-$50.
    Celebrating their ninth year in the Dallas area, the Spectacular Senior Follies is presenting “The Fabulous 50s,” featuring music, dancing and comedy of the 1950s, all performed by local talent over the age of 55. Also appearing are the famous Follies Showgirls.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

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At UT Dallas:
  • Free Ackerman Center Lecture Sept. 18
    7 p.m. at the Ackerman Center. Admission is free.
    The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies presents Dr. Jennifer Craig-Norton from the Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton, beginning with a reception followed by Dr. Craig-Norton’s lecture entitled, “Myth and Memory: New Perspectives on the Kindertransport.”
    For more information, click here.
  • One ‘O Clock Lab Band Sept. 22
    8 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Tickets are $20. 
    The seven-time Grammy-nominated ensemble of the internationally known University of North Texas Jazz Studies Program brings its individual musicianship and ensemble performances to UT Dallas.
    Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” Opens Tonight at Repertory Company Theatre
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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” comes to life on stage Sept. 15-24 at Repertory Company Theatre, 650 N. Coit Rd. The book (and the 1991 stage adaptation) deals with racial injustice in small town, Deep South, pre-civil rights America, told through the eyes of 10-year-old Jean-Louise “Scout” Finch.

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, with group rates for 10 or more. For tickets and more information, call the box office at 972-690-5029 or visit

“Savannah Sipping Society” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
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Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., is presenting Jones, Hope and Wooten’s comedy “The Savannah Sipping Society” through Sept. 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

AIRTime Discussion and Free Movie: “Florence Foster Jenkins” Sept. 20
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Arts Incubator of Richardson kicks off its eighth season of AIRTime, a series of free movies paired with pre-show artist interviews, Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema/DFW, 100 S. Central Expwy. Wednesday’s feature is 2016’s “Florence Foster Jenkins” starring Meryl Streep and is a tie-in to the 2017 Richardson Reads One Book selection, “Sing For Your Life,” the story of opera singer Ryan Speedo Green. Heather Ross and Edward Crafts, directors of Opera in Concert, will be the pre-show interview guests.

The interview begins at 7 p.m. with the movie following at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free but to guarantee a seat, tickets may be reserved online here for $5 (which includes a $5 food and beverage voucher).

For the complete AIRTime Season 8 lineup, visit

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Beginning 3D Printing Sept. 16

Learn 3D printing using Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D modeling program, Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the First Floor Program Room.

In this free, hands-on class, participants will learn:
  • to set up an online Tinkercad account
  • the basics of 3D modeling using Tinkercad’s geometric shapes
  • how to export a finished 3D model so that it can 3D print
  • what they need to do in order to print their 3D model on the Library’s 3D printer
For ages 13 and up. Registration is required—call 972-744-4359 for registration and more information. Laptops will be provided.

“Two-Minute Opera” for Teens Sept. 16
             Two Minute Opera at Library
Teens can share ideas at the Teen Advisory Board Meeting Saturday, Sept. 16 and stay after for creative fun. Groups will film a two-minute opera scene, including script writing and making costumes from recyclables. The fun happens in the Basement Program Room and new audio visual lab from 3-4:30 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with Richardson Reads One Book.

“Talk Like a Pirate” Sept. 19
Talk Like a Pirate 2017

In conjunction with national “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” Sam Nash will educate all ages on how pirates really talked to each other, plus more historical facts about these fearsome seafaring criminals.

The program is free (eyepatch optional!) and will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 4-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

Free Tickets Still Available for RROB Lecture Sept. 26
Sing for Your Life One Book
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.

Free Computer Training Sept. 22: Intermediate MS Word 2010
Increase your skills in MS Word 2010 with a free intermediate level class Friday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room. Prerequisites: The Library’s MS Word beginner level class or equivalent experience. A valid Richardson Public Library card is also required.

Open to adults and teens. Registration is required—call 972-744-4359 to register.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Rusty Pet of Week

This handsome fella is Rusty! He is a schnauzer mix and has a beautiful solid white coat. He is 2 years old, fully vaccinated and neutered. Rusty is good around other dogs and has a nice calm demeanor. Rusty did test positive for heartworms and we have begun treatment. He is a wonderful dog that would love a new family! Come and see him! 

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

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Councilman Scott Dunn
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