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Week In Review, July 5, 2013
Posted Date: 7/5/2013
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July 5, 2013
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

Community Celebrates Independence Day with Family Fourth
Family Fourth Lawn
More than 12,000 people turned out to Breckinridge Park on Thursday for Richardson’s Family Fourth Celebration, the annual community event that celebrates Independence Day.

The celebration included live music from The Chuck Ligon Band and the Richardson Community Band, followed by a fireworks display.


Family Aquatic Center Opens Friday
The new Heights Family Aquatic Center will open to the public at 10 a.m. July 12 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and free admission for the day.

The Heights Family Aquatic Center will have 8,000 square feet of surface water and will feature a zero-entry pool with splash playground, current channel, vortex pool, instructional water area, lap swim, and double-tube slide. It is located next door to the new Heights Recreation Center, which celebrated its grand opening in May.

Both facilities are funded through the 2010 Bond Program and are designed to fit with the surrounding neighborhoods’ midcentury modern architecture.

Learn more about the Family Aquatic Center and fees for the 2013 season at


City Council Presentations Prepare for Budget Planning
The City Council on Monday reviewed two proposed work plans for maintaining and improving Richardson’s infrastructure, the Drainage Utility Fund and the Streets Management Strategy.

The review and discussion were part of a series of background briefings about components of the City’s budget, presented in advance of the July 16-17 Budget Retreat. On Monday, the presentation included an update on current drainage and streets management work, as well as an evaluation of future improvements and management strategies.

The City Council’s Budget Retreat will take place at the Richardson Woman’s Club, 2005 North Cliffe, at 6 p.m. each day of the meetings. The Budget Retreat is open to the public and will be broadcast live online at and on CITV, Time Warner Cable channel 16 and ATT U-Verse channel 99. Replay broadcasts will be aired at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 4 and will be available on-demand online. For more information about the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Budget, visit

To watch Monday’s City Council presentations, click on the following links:
Drainage Utility: and
Streets Management Strategy: and


Friends of the Library Presents Dot McCalpin Scholarship
McCalpin Scholarship Winner
The Friends of the Richardson Library this week presented a $2,000 scholarship to Hermain Memon, who graduated from Richland Collegiate High School. She will attend the University of North Texas at Dallas, seeking a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

The Dorothy E. “Dot” McCalpin Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of McCalpin, who passed away in 2011. It is awarded to a college-bound teenager who has served as a volunteer at the Library.

McCalpin was well known in the Richardson community as a professional photographer and a longtime volunteer who led numerous civic organizations including the Friends of the Richardson Library. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1990, and her 80th birthday, Dec. 20, 2004, was proclaimed by the Mayor as “Dot McCalpin Day” in Richardson. 

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Sister’s Summer School Catechism Premieres at the Eisemann Center
 Sisters Summer School
Eisemann Center Presents will showcase the world premiere of “Sister’s Summer School Catechism,” the newest show in the popular Late Nite Catechism series.

Sixteen performances of the new show take place July 9-21 at the Eisemann Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays each week.

Tickets are $38-$44 and are available at or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. The Ticket Office is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and one hour before public events. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling Group Sales at 972-744-4657.


Work Hard… Play Hard at the Library
Work Hard Play Hard at Library
Teens can play electronic and board games at “Work Hard… Play Hard” at the Library. The event for teens in sixth through 12th grades will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Library’s Basement Program Room. For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Beverly Pet of Week
Beverly is a heeler mix, about 5 years old. She is up-to-date on all her vaccinations. She is sweet calm girl, loves going for walks, great on a leash, good with kids and some dogs, and she is also good on car rides.

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


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Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
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Councilman Mark Solomon
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Councilman Scott Dunn
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Councilman Kendal Hartley
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Councilman Paul Voelker
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
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