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Week In Review, Dec. 29, 2017

Post Date:12/29/2017 5:00 PM
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Dec. 29, 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.

New Year Holiday City Public Facility Schedule
The golf course will be open New Year’s Day for anyone wanting to take their shot at a lucky hole-in-one to start the new year. Otherwise, all other City facilities will be closed for the holiday. Some critical services such as public safety water customer service and animal services will be available to assist with unforeseen issues. Closure and contact information is below:

Public Facility Schedule for the New Year's holiday

Facility Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.)
Closed Jan. 1
City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Eisemann Center Closed Jan. 1
Recreation Centers Close 5 p.m. Dec. 31, Closed Jan. 1
Tennis Center
Closes 5 p.m. Dec. 31, Closed Jan. 1
Senior Center Closed Jan. 1
Gymnastics Center
Closed Jan. 1
Library Closes 5 p.m. Dec. 31, Closed Jan. 1
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open Jan. 1

* The City's Response Center is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To report water line breaks or other water/sewer issues, call 972-744-4111.

Solid Waste and Recycling Schedule
The table below shows the schedule for solid waste and recycling service that will be impacted by the New Year’s holiday. There will be NO solid waste, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service on Monday, Jan. 1. Recycling makeup days are listed below and normal waste services will resume Thursday, Jan. 4:

Recycle Makeup Days

Recycle collection days affected by holiday Makeup day
Monday, Jan. 1 Tuesday, Jan. 2
Tuesday, Jan. 2 Wednesday, Jan. 3


Richardson is Recruiting for Summer Lifeguards
Richardson’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding an Aquatics Job Fair next week Thursday, Jan. 4 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Huffhines Recreation Center. Positions available include lifeguards, cashiers, swim instructors, assistant managers, pool managers and swim lesson coordinator, with flexible schedules at five facilities. 

Job applications can also be found online (beginning Jan. 1) as well as more information, at www.cor.net/lifeguard.

Tree Cycling Continues
Tree Cycling

“Tree cycling” in Richardson began Tuesday and continues through Feb. 2. Unflocked, natural trees can be disposed of at the following locations:

  • Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

  • Call 972-744-4111 and request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) before your designated recycling day, then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.

Trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc. For more information, click here.

Holiday Box Recycling Still Available
Cardboard Boy Recycling

Instead of putting your new computer or flat screen TV box out for pick-up, recycle and prevent crime. The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department have teamed up to offer temporary recycling locations for large boxes through Friday, Jan. 5.

The locations are as follows (for flattened cardboard items ONLY):

  • Custer Park (near the tennis courts
    700 W. Renner Rd.

  • Recycle Center
    102 Cottonwood Dr.

  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)

  • Breckinridge Park (near the baseball complex)
    5200 Park Vista Rd.

If you prefer to throw the boxes away, place them inside a black bag so you do not advertise that you have a new computer, TV or other high-dollar item in your home. 

January Richardson Today in Mailboxes this Week
The January issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and has started arriving in mailboxes. This month’s issue has a special focus on parks and recreation, including information on upcoming improvements to the Spring Creek Nature Area, what’s new in adaptive recreation and a full page map of every park, trail, swimming pool and bicycle lane in the City of Richardson.

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 www.cor.net/RichardsonToday. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.

Tips in Case of Icy Weather
Frozen Pipe

With an arctic cold front expected this weekend and temperatures forecast to tumble into the upper 10s and lower 20s, it’s a good time to think about what to do in case of power outages and other problems that can occur due to winter weather. Here are some tips for being prepared at home:

  • Make an emergency kit. This is a basic kit recommended by the City’s Office of Emergency Management that’s good to have on hand year-round, for many types of emergencies. The kit includes items such as a flashlight, a three-day supply of nonperishable food and a manual can opener, as well as pet supplies. Visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit to learn more and for a printable list of recommended items.
  • Keep trees and other foliage trimmed and away from power lines. Swaying and broken limbs can rub against or cut power lines causing outages and even fires.
  • Locate the shut-off valve for the water line that enters your house and label this valve with a tag for easy identification. Make sure all household members know where it is located and how to use it.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to use as a heat source if winter weather knocks out your heat. Make sure to have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.

When freezing temperatures are imminent:

  • Drip faucets to prevent damage to pipes from freezing water.
  • Turn off sprinkler systems to prevent not only damage to your system but to also prevent hazardous travel on roadways.Make sure pets are indoors.

During power outages:

  • Report the outage to ONCOR by phone at 888-313-4747 or at the ONCOR website at stormcenter.oncor.com.
  • Leave your porch light and only one light inside switched on to help restoration crews determine which areas are functioning.
  • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
  • To prevent secondary outages, reduce initial demand once power has been restored by adjusting thermostats and turning off lights.

For more information, including building an emergency kit for your car, visit www.ready.gov.

Ride DART for Free New Year’s Eve

Miller Lite and DART are teaming up for the third year to provide free rides beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 on all DART buses and trains, the TRE between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, and DART paratransit services. Free rides continue through the end of service that day. No passes or coupons required.

Note that DART and TRE have made some schedule changes for Dec. 31- Jan. 1—DART rail will offer extended service times Dec. 31; the TRE has a special New Year’s Eve schedule and will not operate Monday, Jan. 1. A Sunday schedule will be followed by DART Jan. 1. For more information, go to www.dart.org and www.TrinityRailwayExpress.org.


Santa’s Village Lit Through Jan. 1 for Walking, Photo Opportunities
Santas Village Photo Opp

Though Santa’s Village is closed for the season, the buildings remain in place and the lights will continue to be lit through Jan. 1. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and take photographs daily from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bridge Tournament at Civic Center Jan. 4-7
The Dallas Bridge Association will host a “Winter Election Sectional” at the Civic Center Jan. 4-7 with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. each day and a Saturday night social at 7 p.m. that includes a light dinner. Entry fees are $13 per daytime session for American Contract Bridge League members; unpaid and nonmembers $16 per session. The Saturday night event costs $5.

For more information, click here and visit the Dallas Bridge Association on Facebook.

For more upcoming shows and events, visit www.artsinrichardson.com

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Pegasus Theatre’s “A Minor Case of Murder” Opens This Weekend
    Sneak previews Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; First Week Rush shows begin Thursday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m., in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $24.
    It’s New Year’s Eve 1933, and world-famous detective Harry Hunsacker is back in “Living Black and White™” as he faces one of his most puzzling cases ever, along with his paid-by-the-hour assistant Nigel Grouse, and Lt. Foster “of the real police.” After First Week Rush, performances continue through Jan. 28 and discounts are available for children, seniors and students. Tickets for regular performances range from $24-$44 depending on the day of performance. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.pegasustheatre.org.

  • New Year’s Eve at the Eisemann Center
    Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre and Leftwich Grand Foyer. Tickets are $67.
    Ring in 2018 with the Pegasus Theatre at a production of “A Minor Case of Murder” (see above) that includes champagne, cake and party favors.

  • Mandy Harvey Jan. 6
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $26-$37.
    The award-winning singer, songwriter, motivational speaker and internet sensation brings her national tour to Richardson with a story of perseverance that will move and inspire. Mandy lost her hearing at age 18 yet despite this disability, has forged ahead with her musical career relying on perfect timing and pitch, feeling the beat through floor vibrations and using “visual tuners” to find pitch.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.

Last Weekend for “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre

Richardson Theatre Centre is bringing to life the wild adventures of “the mouse that stirred” along with an elf and a little girl who just won’t take no for an answer, in this joyful tribute to the holiday season.

Remaining performances are tonight through Dec. 31, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22. For tickets, call 972-699-1130. Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd..

Online Library Services Available 24/7
Though the Richardson Public Library is closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, many services are available online. Here are some things you can do 24/7 online at no charge, with a valid Richardson Library card:

  • Renew a book
  • Download thousands of audiobooks, eBooks, music, movies, television shows and digital magazines
  • Get homework help, divided by level, from elementary through high school
  • Take an online class
  • Learn a new language
  • Get test prep help for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, GED, GRE, LSAT and many more
  • Download up-to-date legal forms, including personalized forms and state-specific legal information
  • Enhance your business or learn how to start a business
  • Prepare for a new job

For more online offerings, go to www.cor.net/library.

Save the Date: Saturday Morning Drop-In Storytime Begins Jan. 6
Children and their parents or adult caregivers are invited to participate in stories, finger plays, action rhymes and puppetry at the Library’s new Saturday Morning Drop-in Storytime each Saturday morning from 10:30-11 a.m. beginning Jan. 6. Though the program is geared for ages 3-7, all ages are welcome to participate.

Drop-in Storytime will be held in the First Floor Program Room. No registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Animal Services
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Palo Pet of the Week
Meet Palo! He's a sweet handsome boy around 7 years old, neutered and up to date on all vaccinations. Palo loves posing for the cameras because he knows he's and handsome boy. He has a soft white coat and stunning eyes, one blue and one green! He would do best in a home with older kids, likes to snuggle, but also likes to have alone time. Please help Palo find his forever home!.

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



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