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Week In Review, Nov. 30, 2012
Posted Date: 11/30/2012

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Nov. 30, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.


Christmas Parade Tomorrow
The 41st annual Christmas Parade will march through west Richardson starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will begin on Coit Road at Cherrywood Drive and continue north to J.J. Pearce High School. The theme for this year’s parade is “Reindeer Games.”

The parade’s Award Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the City Hall/Civic Center Complex, just before the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and opening of Santa’s Village.

For more information, visit


Santa’s Village Opens This Weekend
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Santa’s Village will open for the season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and remain open from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 6-9 and 13-16. The Village is just north of Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.

Guests may stop by each of the 17 tiny dwellings, which feature a variety of holiday activities. Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with children, but the line will shut down before 9 p.m. each evening.

Santa’s Village is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


City Council Passes Cotton Belt Resolution
The City Council approved a resolution at its Monday meeting that gives the North Central Texas Council of Governments the authority to take the lead in pursuing the Cotton Belt Rail Line project as a public-private partnership on behalf of interested partners in the region. The 62-mile passenger rail corridor would initially connect Richardson to Fort Worth and include several stops in between including DFW International Airport.

Most of the rail line is owned by DART, which doesn’t have the means to develop it for the next 25 years based on other capital obligations. Several cities and other agencies are hoping to work together to secure alternative funding and begin operating the rail line by 2016-2017.

The proposed plan obtains funding for the $2 billion project through tax revenue sharing, parking fees, naming rights, development value capture, loans, grants and other mechanisms. Watch a presentation about the resolution at


Council Approves Purchase of Waterslide for Aquatic Center
 Aquatics Center
The City Council on Monday approved $366,000 in additional funds to the existing Heights Aquatic Center construction project to include a waterslide tower. The 30-foot tower will include two waterslide flumes that will wind and curve down to a “run out flume” designed to hold two inches of water at the end of the slide, which will bring riders to a safe stop. This type of waterslide is common in contemporary leisure water facilities in Texas and across the nation.

The construction of the Aquatic Center is a $4.5 million project funded through the 2010 Bond Program. The waterslide is funded from other Parks and Recreation Capital Project savings as well as the Heights Aquatic Center project contingencies. Construction is expected to be complete by June of 2013.


Richardson Today December Issue in Mailboxes
The December edition of Richardson Today should arrive in mailboxes as soon as today. The latest edition focuses on the holidays and features a story on the festivities at Santa’s Village. Other top stories focus on the annual Christmas Parade, the two new assistant city managers, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Industry Awards Luncheon and a Holiday Calendar.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the City and is also available at the Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. An interactive edition of Richardson Today is also accessible through the link below. Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy.

Click the link below to read the latest edition of Richardson Today, as well as archived editions:


Richardson Animal Shelter Holiday Open House Tomorrow
AnimaLuv will host a Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Animal Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr. Guests can enjoy food, treats and drinks for $1 each, with proceeds benefiting the Shelter.

Attendees will also have the chance to visit with animals available for adoption at the Shelter and learn about volunteer and foster opportunities. Children can make ornaments to place on the Shelter’s tree.

For more information, call the Richardson Animal Shelter at 972-744-4480.


Richardson Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will perform “Holiday Classics” with vocalist Ben Utecht at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. Utecht is a former NFL player who won a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts. He now performs with symphonies across the country.

Tickets cost $15 to $80 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit


Collin County Ballet to Perform ‘Nutcracker’ at Eisemann Center
Collin County Ballet Theatre will perform ‘The Nutcracker’ with the Plano Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. Tickets cost $15 to $75 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit


Tuzer Ballet to Perform at Library
Tuzer Ballet Company will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker” from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and 5 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr., in the Basement Program Room. A free ticket is required to attend, and a limited number of tickets will be distributed beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Steve Solomon to Perform One-Man Holiday Show at Eisemann Center
Comedian Steve Solomon will perform “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays” at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at the Eisemann Center. The one-man show is part of the Eisemann Center Presents series and features wild stories and characterizations of Solomon’s friends and family members.
Steve Solomon
Tickets cost $38 to $45 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4657.


Eastside at Richardson to Hold Annual Tree Lighting
Eastside at Richardson will hold its fifth annual Eastside Tree Lighting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at 700 E. Campbell Rd. The family-friendly event will include a performance by the Berkner High School Ramblers, free food samples, music, children’s entertainment and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to NETWORK of Community Ministries. For more information, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Elsie. She is a Catahoula mix and has been at the Shelter since Nov. 5. She is 2-years-old and already spayed and vaccinated for rabies. She is a very loving dog who enjoys being walked and staying active. She will keep you busy! Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Elsie or other animals available for adoption.
Elsie Pet of the Week

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


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