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Week In Review, June 29, 2018

Post Date:06/29/2018
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June 29, 2018
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.



Richardson’s Family 4th to Light the Night Wednesday
The City’s 28th annual Independence Day celebration will take place Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Breckinridge Park. Richardson’s Family 4th is a traditional, patriotic salute that is free and open to the entire community, and includes musical entertainment, children’s activities and one of the largest fireworks shows in the DFW Metroplex (more than 3,600 shells spread out over 20-22 minutes).

Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for those who wish to purchase food and beverages. For a schedule of entertainment, see below or visit


City of Richardson July 4 Holiday Schedule
On the July 4 holiday, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule. 

Public Facility Schedule for July 4 Holiday

 Facility  Open/Closed Status
 Animal Shelter, City Hall/Civic Center, Senior Center,
Gymnastics Center, Recreation Centers, Library and Municipal Court
 Closed July 4 
Sherrill Park Golf Course  Open
All City Pools Close at 5 p.m.
 Tennis Center  8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4
 Eisemann Center   Administration offices closed July 4 


July 4 Sanitation Schedule
Since Wednesdays are not a normal residential collection day, there will NO disruption to residential solid waste, brush and bulky item or recycling collections.

Visit for a complete list of trash and recycling makeup days throughout the year.

No City Council Meeting Monday
Due to the upcoming July 4 holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, July 2. The City Council will next meet Monday, July 9 for a work session at 6 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. Note that the meeting will be held in the Civic Center Grand Hall (adjacent to the Council Chamber) due to technical upgrades taking place that week.

For future agendas and meeting dates, go to

DART Announces July 4 Holiday Schedule Changes
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate with the following schedule changes Wednesday, July 4:

  • Bus, light rail and Dallas Streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
  • Trinity Railway Express trains will not operate.
  • Administrative offices, DART Store, Customer Care and Lost and Found will be closed.
  • Customer Information will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Mobility Management’s Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • X-Press Booking, Web Trip Booking and Voice Mail Booking are available, but the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed.

For more information, call 214-979-1111 or visit or

Plano Road Repairs Underway

Travelers on Plano Road might have experienced some delays lately, as road work has been taking place there since May, most recently between Arapaho Road and East Collins Boulevard, as well as between Renner Road and Lookout Drive. Part of the 2018 Street and Alley Maintenance Program, the work involves repairing broken pavement along a roughly five-mile stretch of Plano Road between Buckingham Road and the Bush Turnpike. The project is scheduled to be completed this fall. Various lane closures will be in place as work progresses.

For updates on this and other construction projects underway in the city, visit

Fire Department Receives Mission: Lifeline® Award
For the second year in a row, the Richardson Fire Department has received the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The award recognizes the Department for its success in treating and transporting patients who suffer a type of severe heart attack known as a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), which is caused by the complete blockage of blood flow to the heart and requires restoration of blood flow as quickly as possible in order to prevent death.

To reach Gold recognition, the American Heart Association requires that first responders get STEMI victims from first contact into catheterization surgery in less than 90 minutes at least 75 percent of the time. Richardson emergency medical personnel far exceed that standard by working with Methodist Richardson Medical Center and other area hospitals, and have been able to make such transports and treatment possible in as little as 43 minutes.

RPD Recognized by TPCAF
The Richardson Police Department (RPD) was recently re-recognized by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation (TPCAF) Best Practices Program, for compliance with 166 Texas law enforcement best practice standards. The voluntary program was developed by Texas law enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual’s rights. Participating police departments go through the re-recognition process every four years.

The Department was first awarded “Recognized” status in 2009.

Explore the City, Win Prizes with New Recreation Bingo
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is challenging residents to get out and play this summer and experience the variety of activities, events, facilities and parks the City has to offer, through an innovative Recreation Bingo game. Free bingo boards will be available online and at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers July 1-Aug. 31, filled with squares such as “take a selfie in Spring Creek Nature Area” or “visit Heights Family Aquatic Center.” Staff at each facility will stamp each square after completion. Selfies must be shown at the Heights or Huffhines rec centers to receive a stamp. Once participants have completed a “bingo” by filling in five in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), they may turn in their boards Aug. 27-31 to be eligible for a prize drawing.

Go to beginning July 2 for rules and a printable bingo board, or stop by the Heights or Huffhines recreation centers during normal business hours.

Arapaho/East Collins Survey Closes Tomorrow
There is still time to participate in a public survey being conducted to provide feedback as the Development Services Department studies the Arapaho/East Collins area for redevelopment possibilities. The short online survey will be “live” through tomorrow, June 30 (click here to take the survey). After June 30, keep up with the project and opportunities for additional public input at and at the Richardson Redevelopment Facebook page.

The Arapaho/East Collins area is 1,200 acres (bordered by Campbell Road to the north, Plano Road to the east, Arapaho Road to the south and US 75 to the west), considered the heart of Richardson’s Telecom Corridor® area. The study is anticipated to conclude in January 2019.

Deadline Extended for Teen Trailblazers Program
The Parks and Recreation Department is looking for teens between the ages of 14 and 18 to serve on a youth programming board that will help advise the department on future youth programs. The search new Trailblazers program will bring the volunteers together to advise parks and recreation staff on teen interests and trends and assist in bringing in new programs and activities. In addition to helping with programming, the Trailblazers program will allow students to build leadership, interpersonal and professional skills.

Teens between the ages of 14-18 who are interested in the program should contact Heidi Scalice at 972-744-7855 or by e-mail at by July 31 for more information or to receive an application. There is no cost to participate.

Richardson Today in Mailboxes Soon
The July issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue has a special focus on the City’s award-winning Sherrill Park golf facility, including a pull-out map showing both Sherrill Park golf courses, details on the recent clubhouse makeover and information on the free, multiuse Sherrill Park golf app.

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

Cardboard Boats Float (and Sink) at Cottonwood Pool; Video Now Online
Nine boats made only of cardboard and plastic wrap, along with their crews, raced in the City’s second Cardboard Boat Regatta last Saturday at the Cottonwood Pool. The event provides a way for teams of children and adults, in teams of two, four and six, to test their STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) while having a splashing good time. Medals were awarded for creativity, speed and “most epic sinking,” a.k.a. the “Titanic Award.”

Video of the event is available here.


Holiday Ice Cream Social at Senior Center July 3
The Senior Center will honor our country’s birthday by hosting an old fashioned ice cream social, Tuesday, July 3 at 1 p.m. Ice cream sundaes will be served with “all the toppings” for $1.

The Richardson Senior Center is located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd. Call 972-744-7800 for more information.

Free Concerts at Richardson’s Family 4th
Attendees to the Family 4th Independence Day celebration at Breckinridge Park should plan to arrive early July 4 to get the best viewing spot and take in all that the evening will offer. The Don’t Tell Mama Band, a local horn-laden, funk/rock variety dance band, will take the stage first followed by the Richardson Community Band with its annual “Patriotic Salute,” and the evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks show. Concessions open at 6 p.m. and children’s activities will be available until sundown. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

The schedule of entertainment is as follows:

  • 6:15 p.m. Don’t Tell Mama band
  • 8:30 p.m. Richardson Community Band
  • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks

Limited parking is available at the park; offsite parking is available at the Rockwell-Collins International Campus located at the southeast corner of Renner and Shiloh roads, with free roundtrip shuttle transportation provided to the event beginning at 6 p.m. (last shuttle to the park leaves at 9 p.m.). Due to limited space, please bring only items that you can carry and place on your lap while riding the shuttle. Pets are not allowed on the shuttles, only service dogs.


For more information, visit



EPI-Dark-Green-PointerPhil-up to Appear at Whole Foods Tuesday, July 3
Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, will appear from noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Whole Foods Market, 1411 E. Renner Rd., spreading the word that “recycling is awesome.” Phil-up’s appearances usually include “Richardson Recycles” freebies such as blue bags (or blue bag vouchers), koozies and other swag, as well as hugs and photo opportunities.

For a complete appearance schedule or to schedule Phil-up for an appearance, visit



For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Final and Crowning June 30
    2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $70-$90.
  • Miss Texas Final and Crowning June 30
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $80-$100.
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra July 4
    3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. 
    This “Patriotic Pops” concert includes the Patriotic Pops Chorus, composed of experienced choral singers from the Plano Civic Chorus and other choral groups throughout the North Texas area. For ticket information, go to or call 972-473-7262.

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

“Harvey” Opens at Richardson Theatre Centre
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The Richardson Theatre Centre presents the classic comedy, “Harvey,” Thursdays-Sundays June 29-July 15. Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey, a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister and her daughter determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium, but due to a mistake, the sister is committed instead, and hilarity ensues.

Tickets are $20 Thursdays and Sundays and $22 Fridays and Saturdays; call 972-699-1130 to reserve. The Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd.


Wild Things Zoofari June 30
All ages are invited to view six live exotic animals, learn more about them and even pet one Saturday, June 30 from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richardson Library.


Combination Inspector ($3,774-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking individuals who are interested in conducting commercial building inspections within the City of Richardson.

Maintenance Helper II ($2,206-$3,196 monthly)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Construction and Rehab, Parks-Maintenance, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and waste water collection systems.

Van Driver-Part Time ($9-$15.30 hourly)
The Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting individuals who would be interested in providing courteous transportation for adults upon the request of Senior Center, recreational center and/or program managers.

For a list of all job openings at the City of Richardson, visit



Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This beautiful sweet girl is Mandy! She was found as a stray over a month ago and has been in our care since. She is such a sweetheart! Mandy is a boxer, spayed and vaccinated for rabies! We believe she is about 7 years old. Mandy does have heart worms and will need to be treated. She badly needs a family of her own. Please come and visit her at the Shelter!

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


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