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Week In Review, Aug. 3, 2018

Post Date:08/03/2018
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Aug. 3, 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.


School Zone Signals Tested Next Week
In preparation for the start of RISD and PISD classes, Traffic Operations will begin testing school zone signals from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 and continue Wednesday and Thursday if necessary. The testing not only helps Traffic Operations staff know if repairs are needed, but also helps drivers acclimate to slowing down in school zones. It’s also a good time to remember that using a cell phone while driving in a school zone carries up to a $200 fine.

The first day of school is Aug. 13 for PISD and Aug. 20 for RISD.


Sales Tax Holiday Begins Aug. 10
Sales Tax Holiday

The annual back-to-school Tax Free Holiday begins Friday, Aug. 10 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12. In Texas, the 2018 event exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (priced under $100) from sales and use taxes. The holiday applies to items purchased from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.

Some exclusions apply; go to for more information.


Inclusive Playground Open House Set for Aug. 9

An Open House to review design concepts for an inclusive playground at Cottonwood Park will take place next Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Room at the City Hall/Civic Center. The come-and-go event will feature stations highlighting various elements of the playground and provide opportunities to provide feedback on proposed design features.

Inclusive playgrounds are more accessible to children and caregivers of a variety of abilities than “traditional” play areas through creative design, materials and equipment. The planned playground, which will replace the existing playground at the park, will be funded in part by the 2015 Bond Program with the remaining funding being raised by private donations being spearheaded by the Richardson East Rotary Club.

To encourage attendance at the Open House, CITV has produced a video for sharing on social media and you can watch it here.

More information on the park and how to donate can be found at


Corporate Challenge Kicks Off Aug. 10

The 21st annual Richardson Corporate Challenge kicks off Aug. 10 at Galatyn Plaza at 5:30 p.m. The Corporate Challenge is an Olympic-style competition coordinated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to encourage fun, fitness and friendships among area workers. People traveling near the Galatyn Business Park area around that time can expect traffic delays as participants from 57 local companies take part in the kick-off event.

The 2018 Corporate Challenge is sponsored by GEICO Texas and features 22 events ranging from athletic sports such as soccer, volleyball and bicycle racing to non-athletic contests such as dominoes, cornhole and Texas Hold ‘Em.

Since the program’s inception in 1998, the Corporate Challenge has raised $2.27 million for Special Olympics Texas and its programs across the region. It is the only event of its kind in Texas, and is believed to be one of the three largest multi-day corporate competitions in the U.S.


Career Fair at Civic Center Aug. 9
Targeted Job Fairs will host a career fair for job seekers and employers in the areas of technology, engineering and security clearance Aug. 9 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center. Participating companies include State Farm, L3 Technologies and GKN Aerospace. For more information and to register, visit


Two School Supply Drives Underway
Help children be ready for the start of school by donating school supplies (see list below) through one of the following programs: 

The RISD Partners Program is collecting school supplies for families in need to reduce the number of students who return to school in the fall without school supplies. Cash or check donations are also accepted. Contact RISD Community Relations Manager Mary Worthington at 469-593-0307 or for information. Donations can be dropped off at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays. 

Network of Community Ministries is holding its Tools-4-School drive to fill backpacks with supplies for RISD students. Call 972-234-8880 ext. 110 for information. Donations can be dropped off at Network, 741 S. Sherman St.


Facial tissues
Construction paper
Composition books
Spiral notebooks (1 subject)
#2 pencils/colored pencils
Washable markers
Black, blue and red pens
Children’s scissors
Plastic pencil boxes
Zippered supply bags

Manila paper
Binders (3-inch)
Notebook Paper
Two-pocket folders
Pink beveled erasers
Glue sticks/4 oz. glue bottles
Water color paints





Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday

Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents.

Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.



Phil-up on Vacation for August
Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, will be taking a break and “keeping cool” during the month of August, but the City’s recycling staff will continue to give out free blue bags and recycling information at the Library and Whole Foods Market CityLine on the following dates:

Aug. 7 and 21―10-11 a.m.―Richardson Public Library

Aug. 7, 16, 21 and 28―noon-1:30 p.m.―Whole Foods Market CityLine



For more upcoming shows and events, visit

Last Weekend for “Broken Symphony” at Core Theatre

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The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115, is presenting “Broken Symphony” through Aug. 5. The show, which is written, directed, scored and choreographed by teens, focuses on 15-year-old Penny and the fellow members of an after school music club, who navigate the turbulent waters of high school and battle against insecurity, tragedy, anorexia and teen pregnancy, and learn the value of friendship.

Remaining show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee Aug. 5. For tickets, call 214-930-5338 or visit The Core Theatre is sponsored in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission.


RCB Outdoor Concert Series: “Summer Night Serenade” Aug. 5
Richardson Community Band
The Richardson Community Band continues its free 2018 outdoor concert series with “Summer Night Serenade,” Sunday, Aug. 5 beginning at 7 p.m. near the Civic Center fountain. Lawn chairs, dogs, picnics and blankets are welcome. Parking is free and available in the nearby Library and Civic Center lots.

For a complete schedule of the band’s summer concerts, as well as concert updates due to weather, go to



“Knock ‘Em Dead Magical Experience” Aug. 4
Join Marty Westerman Saturday, Aug. 4 from 2-3 p.m. as he presents a funny, fascinating magic show for all ages—and even levitates a child from the audience! The fun takes place in the Basement Program Room from 2-4 p.m. and marks the finale of the 2018 Summer Reading program. Admission is free; no registration is required.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.


“What the Future Holds” RROB Event Aug. 4
Peer into the future Saturday, Aug. 4 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with a viewing of selected TEDx videos and a discussion of futuristic tech topics, including issues raised in the 2018 Richardson Reads One Book selection, “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers.

Admission is free but registration is required; call 972-744-4376 to register. The event will be held in the Basement Program Room.


Teen RROB Event Aug. 7: Escape Room
In conjunction with the themes of the 2018 Richardson Reads One Book selection, “The Circle,” the Library will host an Escape Room event for teens ages 13-18 Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Teens will work in teams to sort through multiple clues and puzzles that revolve around internet privacy to find the answer and escape from a locked room.

There is no charge to participate. To register, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.


Life-Sized Board Games Aug. 8
Kids ages 9-13 are invited to “be the game pieces” and try out several life-sized versions of classic board games Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. No registration required. For more information, visit Youth Services or call 972-744-4358


Free Family Movie Night Aug. 9
The Library’s “Free Flix @ 6” summer movie series will wrap up Thursday, Aug. 9 with a showing of the 2017 PG-rated animated movie, “Coco,” from 6-8 p.m. All ages are welcome, admission is free and snacks are included.

Location is the First Floor Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.



Detention Officer ($2,828-$4,622 monthly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals who are interested in performing necessary duties for the successful operation of the Detention Division; such as, performing book-ins, fingerprinting, photographing, preparing documents and maintaining various paper and computer documents.

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

Gymnastic Coach ($12-$35.70 hourly)
Parks and Recreation is seeking individuals interested in supervising large and small groups of participants, visually and audibly, to ensure health/safety standards are implemented and maintained.

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



Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Baby! She is a Labrador retriever mix, spayed female, about 9 years old, up to date on vaccinations and house trained. Baby adores kids and would be a great family dog. Are you the lucky family to take her home? Find out today by meeting with her at the Richardson Animal Shelter!

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


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