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Week In Review, Nov. 16, 2018

Post Date:11/16/2018

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Nov. 16, 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.


Infosys Expanding to Richardson
Infosys Limited revealed this week it will be expanding to Richardson, establishing a technology and innovation hub in the Telecom Corridor® area that will bring training, jobs and $12.3 million in capital investment. The hub will be focused on telecommunications, retail, manufacturing and banking. The company plans to hire 500 workers in Texas by 2020, leveraging local talent alongside global talent and broadening the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pipeline with area colleges and universities.

Infosys is a technology services and consulting firm that operates in 45 countries and has more than 200,000 employees worldwide. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $3,075,000 has been extended to Infosys for the expansion.

Also this week, the City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Richardson Rotary Clubs awarded Infosys the International Business EDGE Award (see article below), given to a foreign-owned business in Richardson that has provided significant economic investments and support in the community.

City Council Reviews Tactics to Meet Goals 
City staff updated the City Council Monday on the progress of the 2017-19 City Council Statement of Goals, focusing on the Tactics established in November 2017 to achieve the Council’s Vision, Goals and Strategies. All 45 Tactics, plus eight additional Tactics established since 2017, have been accomplished or are in progress. The 2017-19 Vision, Goals and Strategies focus on maintaining/enhancing Richardson as a quality living, working and investing environment.

The 2017-19 Tactics were developed with input from the City Council, Boards and Commissions, City staff and the community.

Click here to view Monday’s presentation; visit for the complete 2017-19 Statement of Goals.

Overnight Lane Closures Continue on Northbound US 75
Lane closures on northbound US 75 are scheduled each night through Tuesday, Nov. 20 for work on the interchange project at the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT). The two left lanes from 15th Street to Parker Road will be closed from 7 p.m.-6 a.m.

Signed detours will be in place. Delays are expected and motorists are urged to seek an alternate route.

For information on this and other road conditions statewide, visit


City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23. There will be NO makeup days for trash collection or BABIC service. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.

Recycle Makeup Days

 Recycle collection days affected by holiday  Makeup day
 Thursday, Nov. 22  Wednesday, Nov. 21
 Friday, Nov. 23  Saturday, Nov. 24


For the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 22-23, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.

Facility Open / Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
Closed Nov. 22-23
Reopens Saturday, Nov. 24
City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Senior Center
Closed Nov. 22-23
Eisemann Center Closed Nov. 22
Recreation Centers Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 21 and Nov. 23
Closed Nov. 22
Gymnastics Center  Closed Nov. 21-23 
Library Closes 5 p.m. Nov. 21
Closed Nov. 22-23
Reopens Saturday, Nov. 24
Tennis Center  Closed Nov. 22 
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open



DART Announces Holiday Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, Nov. 22, and a Saturday schedule Friday, Nov. 23. In addition, DART rail will operate three additional Red Line trains and one additional Blue Line train on Thursday morning, Nov. 22 due to the 2018 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot.

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not operate Thanksgiving Day and provide Saturday service on Friday.

Regular scheduled transit service for DART and the TRE resumes Saturday, Nov. 24. For more information, including holiday changes for DART Paratransit service, visit

EDGE Awards Recognize Local Businesses
Several local businesses were recognized for their impact on the Richardson community at the annual Richardson EDGE awards luncheon Nov. 13. EDGE, or Economic Development Growth and Expansion, is an initiative of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Richardson Rotary Clubs to recognize Richardson individuals, companies and organizations that have achieved extraordinary success and/or made a significant investment in Richardson.

This year’s award categories and recipients are:

  • Commercial Real Estate Project Award
    Methodist Richardson Medical Center
  • Community Involvement Award
    Lennox International Inc.
  • Education Hero Award
    Ken Hutchenrider, Methodist Richardson Medical Center
  • Entrepreneurship Award
    Greg Fasullo, EnTouch Controls
  • Redevelopment Award
    Tim Tieu, The Drawing Board
  • Environmental Award
    UT Dallas
  • International Business
    Infosys Limited
  • Newcomer Business Award
    Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
  • Nonprofit
    The Warren Center
  • Richardson Loyalty Award
    Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Click here to see videos of each presentation, and here for more information about REDP and economic development initiatives in Richardson.

Toy Drive Begins
The Richardson Fire Department’s annual toy and food drive, benefiting the clients of Network of Community Ministries, began today. Donations of unwrapped toys and canned/shelf stable food are needed.

Items may be taken to the following locations during normal business hours through Thursday, Dec. 13:

  • any Richardson Fire Station
  • City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.)
  • City Hall, (411 W. Arapaho Rd.) Rooms 105 and 202

Gift suggestions include:

  • Lego sets
  • Nerf balls
  • action figures
  • dolls
  • sports team caps
  • toy cars
  • giant stuffed animals
  • self-contained arts and craft kits
  • books
  • kitchen sets
  • video games
  • board games
  • playing cards
  • puzzles
  • baby walker toys
  • My Life Dolls
  • pop up play tents
  • sports balls and equipment
  • cologne
  • bath and body lotions
  • body spray
  • makeup
  • manicure kits
  • wallets
  • scarves
  • hats
  • gloves
  • Ugg-type (fur-lined) boots of all sizes
  • super hero/action figure costumes
  • fleece blankets

(Please no wheeled toys such as bicycles, scooters, wagons, skates or tricycles.)





Dallas Comic Show at Civic Center Nov. 17-18
The Dallas Comic Show returns to the Richardson Civic Center Saturday and Sunday with a family-friendly event featuring comic book creators, movie celebrities, anime voice actors, costumed characters, gaming, collectibles and more. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18.

Tickets range from $5 for a child pass to $129.95 for “The Frank Cho Experience;” see all tickets and ticket packages by clicking here.

Thanksgiving Luncheon at Civic Center Nov. 20
The Richardson Senior Center will host a Thanksgiving luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 20 from noon-2 p.m. at the Civic Center. A turkey dinner “with all the fixins” will be provided, along with entertainment by Dave Tanner.

Tickets are $8.50 and may be purchased at the Senior Center or by phone at 972-744-7800.

Holiday Food, Gifts at Richardson Woman’s Club This Weekend
The Richardson Woman’s Club (RWC) will host “Holidays at RWC” Nov. 17-18, featuring “The Mistletoe Shoppe” in Founder’s Hall (baked goods, gift items, local vendors and a holiday photographer) and a luncheon in the Club House. The luncheon, prepared by members of the RWC and served by their husbands, will offer two menus featuring recipes from the Club’s two cookbooks.

Admission is free for The Mistletoe Shoppe and hours are:

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Hours for the luncheon are:

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. both days

Luncheon tickets are $15 ($3 for dessert) and may be purchased on the RWC website,, or by contacting Gayle Ingle at or 214-929-4730. For more information, visit



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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:


  • “From Brooklyn to Broadway in Only 50 Years” Nov. 16-17
    7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Bank of America Theatre, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $39-$45.
    An evening of comedy with Steve Solomon, author and star of “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy,” one of the longest running one-man comedies in Broadway history. Solomon brings to life 20 or more oddball people in hysterical situations for this latest one-man adventure.
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra Nov. 17
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $23-$85, available at
    The performance features highlights from Bizet’s opera, “Carmen,” including the “Habanera” from Act 1 and the “Toreador Song” from Act 2. Joining the PSO is the Plano Civic Chorus and soloists Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, Judith Rodriguez, Dane Suarez and David Small.


  • “The Magnificent Circus Mystery” Nov. 18
    2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$22.
    A steamer trunk, a mysterious book and a hat belonging to Harry Houdini begin a show filled with magic, juggling, unicycling and physical comedy, an Eisemann Center Presents Family Theatre Series production. The audience must solve clues, overcome obstacles and figure out a 90-year-old secret as they help to create the story from beginning to end.

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

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At UT Dallas:

  • Last Weekend for “Julius Caesar”
    Nov.16-17 at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15.
    Politics and secrecy abound in this gender-blind, modernized production of Shakespeare’s historical drama about the consequences of bloody conspiracy. The show will be presented as an immersive production with some seating available on stage. For tickets, visit
  • Diwali 2018 was Held by Indian Cultural Association Nov. 5
    A Diwali celebration was presented by the UT Dallas Indian Cultural Association and lit up “the Plinth” on campus Nov. 5. Check out the highlights from the festival of lights by clicking here.
  • Native American Heritage Celebration was Held Nov. 14
    The UT Dallas Multicultural Center hosted a celebration of Native American heritage Wednesday, featuring a variety of traditional dances and storytelling provided by Soar Beyond Youth Inter-Tribal Drum & Dance Troupe. The Multicultural Center provides a range of sponsored programs and events, support services and activities that enhance the cultural and educational development of UT Dallas students, with many events open to the public. Learn more about the Center at

Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebrated
More than 80 people of many different faith traditions gathered Thursday evening at the Dialogue Institute of Dallas to share in the annual Thanksgiving meal sponsored by the Richardson Interfaith Alliance. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Sharing Our Abundance”—guests brought side dishes to share and toiletries were collected to benefit the clients of Network of Community Ministries.
For more information about the Richardson Interfaith Alliance, visit

World Peace Student Art on Display at Library; Artists Recognized at Reception
Richardson ISD fourth, fifth and sixth grade artists were honored at a reception at the Richardson Public Library Tuesday evening, the culmination of the fifth annual World Peace Art Contest and exhibition sponsored by Altrusa International of Richardson, the Richardson Civic Arts Society, the Richardson Public Library and the Richardson Arts Alliance. The contest celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Peace with the theme, “Spread Peace through Kindness and Compassion.”

There were overall winners as well as winners at each school. Overall winners included White Rock Elementary’s George Anagnostis (center), who won first place, Mark Twain Elementary’s Ruby Oiveras (left), second place and Northrich Elementary’s Lena Graham (right), third place. Not pictured was honorable mention winner Eli Worley from Mohawk Elementary.

The top three entries from each of the participating RISD elementary schools are on display in the Library’s third floor gallery through Nov. 30.

“Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942” Through Saturday at The Core Theatre
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“Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942” continues through Saturday, Nov. 17 at Richardson’s Core Theatre. The play, written and directed by Core artistic director/founder James Hansen Prince, is based on the true story of the deadliest nightclub fire in history and inspired by recollections of Prince’s wife’s grandmother, whose brother was one of 492 who perished in the fire.

Performances are Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, call 214-930-5338 or visit the website. The Core Theatre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115.



“Magnificent Circus Mystery” Workshop Nov. 17
The Eisemann Center is giving children ages 5-8 the opportunity to meet cast members from Page Turner Adventures’ “The Magnificent Circus Mystery” (performing at the Eisemann Center Nov. 18—see above) and create and act out their own shared adventure story. The fun takes place Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Library’s Basement Program Room from 2-2:45 p.m. (ages 5-6) and 3-3:45 p.m. (ages 7-8).

Pre-registration is required; stop by the Youth Services desk to register or call 972-744-4358.

Lunchtime Lecture Nov. 20: “Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer”
Spend your lunch break learning about modern-day train travel through the Canadian Rockies Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Richard Cudlipp will tell about the great service, good food, beautiful scenery, interesting stops and nice hotels travelers experience while exploring via The Rocky Mountaineer.

For adults and teens; admission is free and registration is not required. Attendees may bring their own lunch. For more information, call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376.



Wildflowers Planted
Parks and Recreation crews began planting the seeds for Richardson’s spring wildflowers Wednesday at Prairie Creek Park, with 1 1/4 acres of red corn poppy, corn flower and rocket larkspur. The plantings will continue at parks and medians throughout the city, weather permitting. All total, 45-50 acres of wildflower plantings are planned.

The wildflower planting program began in the early 1990s and has been beautifying areas of Richardson ever since. For more information, visit or and click on Richardson Plants.

Phil-up Helps City Celebrate “America Recycles Day”
Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, distributed more than 60 rolls of free blue bags Thursday morning at RaceTrac, 720 E. Arapaho Rd., in conjunction with “America Recycles Day.” The giveaway was one of more than 2,700 events held nationwide to encourage recycling and educate the public on the benefits of recycling.

“America Recycles Day” is sponsored by nonprofit Keep America Beautiful—for more information, visit Learn more about the City’s recycling program at or call 972-744-4410.

Holiday Grease Roundup Begins Nov. 21
Cease the Grease Grease-drop-off
Have an environmentally happy holiday by not pouring leftover cooking oil and grease down the drain after your holiday feast. To help residents dispose of this “unwanted” leftover (and help our water system stay clog-free) the City is hosting a temporary oil/grease drop-off location Nov. 21-Dec. 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 551 N. Plano Rd., near the southwest corner of Plano Road and Columbia Drive. Bring cooled oil/grease in rigid plastic containers with screw-top lids (the container the oil came in may work) and simply drive up, drop the container(s) in the collection bin and drive off. (DO NOT POUR oil/grease out.)

The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into bio fuels. Go to to learn more.

Reminder: Re-set Sprinklers for Fall/Winter Watering
As Richardson recorded its first freeze of fall 2018 this week, property owners are reminded that watering is prohibited during freezing temperatures, as well as during rain. To avoid causing runoff that can freeze and become a hazardous road condition, set automatic sprinklers to “manual” and water only when necessary. The City’s Winter Lawn Watering Schedule, which lasts Nov. 1-March 30, allows for twice-per-week watering, any time of day on designated days (designated days vary depending on address; visit to find out more).

A free online service, Water My Yard, sends weekly e-mailed custom watering recommendations at the beginning of each week (based on ZIP Code, rainfall and type of sprinkler system), letting subscribers know how much time their system should be run that week for best lawn health. To sign up, visit



Combination Inspector ($3,963-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking individuals interested in inspecting buildings, construction sites and construction components for compliance with building, plumbing, and mechanical codes and laws.

Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$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.

School Crossing Guard-part time ($9.74-$15.46 hourly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Momma Elisa! She came to us as a stray with a litter of kittens back in September. Momma cared for her babies and even cared for some orphans too, all of which have now found homes. She is now spayed, vaccinated and ready for a home of her own. Momma Elisa is friendly, loving, playful and would love to find a forever home for the holidays. Remember, adult cat adoptions are only $15!

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




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