Week In Review, Dec. 21, 2018
Dec. 21, 2018
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Holiday Toy Drive Sets Record
The Richardson Fire Department delivered items from its annual Toy and Food Drive to Network of Community Ministries this week, more items than ever collected before in the drive’s 15+-year history. Items were donated by local businesses, civic organizations, residents and City staff and will be used by Network to help make the holiday season brighter for families in need.
Further donations can be made throughout the year to Network of Community Ministries at 741 S. Sherman St. in Richardson or online at www.thenetwork.org.
Elementary Students Reach Fundraising Goal for Inclusive Playground
Students from the Terrace Elementary School Student Council presented a check Wednesday to representatives from the City and the Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC), representing the last portion of $1,000 the students raised to help fund the Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground. The Student Council was one of the playground’s earliest supporters when it pledged to raise the money in fall 2017, inspired by a video they had watched online (produced by CITV) and also by a presentation they received by the RERC. The students sold cotton candy at school events to reach the $1,000 goal; the Student Council (and other $1,000 donors) will be recognized on signage at the playground.
The Richardson East Rotary Club’s Foundation has been coordinating fundraising for the Inclusive Playground since April 2017 and the total raised is expected to exceed $500,000. Donations may still be made in support of the Inclusive Playground through Dec. 31 here.
For more information and to view the video, visit www.cor.net/inclusiveplayground.
City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for Christmas and New Year's Holidays
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25 or Tuesday, Jan. 1. 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|
|Monday, Dec. 24||Wednesday, Dec. 26|
|Tuesday, Dec. 25||Thursday, Dec. 27|
|Thursday, Dec. 27||Friday, Dec. 28|
|Friday, Dec. 28||Saturday, Dec. 29|
|Tuesday, Jan. 1||Wednesday, Jan. 2|
For the Christmas holiday Dec. 24-25 and the New Year's Holiday Jan. 1, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
|Facility||Open / Closed Status|
|City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Eisemann Center||Closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1|
|Recreation Centers, Senior Center and Tennis Center||
Closed Dec. 24-25,
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1|
|Closed Dec. 24-25,
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Closed Dec. 25|
DART Announces Christmas Schedule Changes
DART has announced changes for its Dec. 25 schedule. Changes include:
- DART administrative offices will be closed.
- Both buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- No service for TRE
- Paratransit services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule. The DART Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed, and regular subscription trips are canceled.
For more details, visit www.dart.org or call 214-979-1111.
Lights Still on at Santa’s Village for Walking, Photo Opportunities
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.-10 p.m.
PHS-RHS Basketball Game Tonight Honors Firefighters, Fire Victims; Hosts Toy Drive
Firefighters from Richardson Fire Station 2 will be recognized at halftime of the varsity girls basketball game between J.J. Pearce High School (PHS) and Richardson High School (RHS) tonight, Dec. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. in the PHS large gym. The special “Honoring our Hometown Heroes” halftime will also feature remarks by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon and Network of Community Ministries Development Coordinator Debbie Cox. Fire Station 2, located at the corner of Arapaho Road and North Waterview Drive, serves both the PHS and RHS communities.
A monetary collection will be taken at the main entrance and in the PHS Corral for victims of the Nov. 27 fire at the Cambridge Park Condominiums in North Dallas, where RISD students were displaced. In addition, a toy drive will be held for clients of Network of Community Ministries. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to any of the games and receive an entry in a drawing for numerous prizes.
Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and may be purchased at the gym entrance. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in the PHS Corral.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “The Greatest Snowman” Continues Dec. 21-23
Friday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $16-$54.
The Dallas-based “Vocal Majority” men’s chorus presents a holiday show in two acts. In Act 1, Frosty the Snowman joins the Majority for holiday fun and Christmas songs; Act 2 features beloved and sacred Christmas songs.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Eisemann Center Gift Certificates Available for Last-Minute Gifts
The Eisemann Center has last-minute gift certificates available that can be used toward any show sold through the Eisemann Center ticket office. Upcoming shows include:
- Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
- Arlo Guthrie
- Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour
- The Bumper Jacksons
- Paul Taylor Dance Company
- The Young Irelanders
To have the certificate in hand before Christmas, visit the Eisemann Center ticket office in person today through 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gift certificates may also be purchased by phone (972-744-4650) during ticket office hours or online for mail delivery, at www.eisemanncenter.com/gift-certificates.
Two More Days for “White Christmas” at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre’s REP Company performers are presenting “White Christmas” through Dec. 22. Based on the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, this holiday classic includes some of Irving Berlin’s biggest hits, such as “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”
Remaining show times are tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 for youth and $27 for adults, available by calling 972-690-5029 or online at www.rcttheatre.com. Repertory Company Theatre is located at 770 N. Coit Rd.
Last Weekend for “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” at RTC
The Richardson Theatre Centre is presenting Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” through Dec. 23. The mystery/comedy, set during the Christmas holidays of 1936, centers on Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role as Sherlock Holmes, who suddenly must become a real-life detective and assume the role of Holmes when a weekend guest is murdered at his home.
Remaining performances are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22, and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages.
For ticket reservations, call 972-699-1130. For more information, visit www.richardsontheatrecentre.net.
Wi-Fi Hot Spots Available for Checkout
A reminder for holiday travelers: The Richardson Public Library offers portable Wi-Fi hot spots that may be checked out for up to seven days and renewed, depending on reservations by other users. To check one out, head to the Library front desk along with a valid Richardson Public Library card (in good standing), where you’ll fill out a quick form.
For more information, call 972-744-4350.
Winter Begins Today; Keep Water Lines Safe
Winter 2018 officially begins today (Dec. 21) and even though the first freeze of the season has already come and gone, this day is a good reminder to get informed about being prepared for more freezing temperatures and the chance of burst pipes, frozen sprinklers and costly repair bills. Since water expands when it freezes, the pipes holding the water are in danger of bursting if they freeze. By keeping the sprinkler system controller in the OFF position, you can avoid accidental sprinkler freeze-ups on those upcoming cold nights. Generally during winter months in North Texas there is no need to run irrigation systems because normal precipitation is all that dormant grass and plants require. (During periods of no precipitation, run your irrigation system manually on your designated water days when temperatures are above 34 degrees.)
Here are a few other simple precautions that will help you decrease the chances of having plumbing problems this winter:
- Remove outdoor water hoses and cover the faucet with an insulated faucet cover, which can be purchased at most home and garden stores.
- When the temperature is expected to drop below freezing, open sink cabinet doors to allow heat from the home’s heating system to circulate around the pipes.
- The pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing are those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls, especially if cold outside air can reach them. Leave a small trickle of both hot and cold water coming out of faucets attached to such pipes. Even a small trickle can help prevent pipes from freezing.
- If you go out of town while temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, keep the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees.
For more information about preventing frozen pipes, visit the American Red Cross website by clicking here.
Holiday Tree Recycling Begins Dec. 26
Turn your holiday tree into mulch and compost by giving it to the City’s tree recycling program Dec. 26-Feb. 1. The City offers this free service each year to make it easy for residents to recycle unflocked, natural trees and keep them out of the landfill. The mulch and compost are sold to the public through a partnership with Texas Pure, and discounted for residents living in the five Texas Pure member cities (Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco). Complimentary bags of mulch or compost are often offered at the City’s Trash Bash in April.
There are two ways to “tree-cycle:”
- Drop trees off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
- Call 972-744-4111 or go online to www.cor.net/BABIC and request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection 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.
For information about purchasing mulch and compost through Texas Pure, click here.
Holiday Box Recycling Continues
The Richardson Public Services Department and Richardson Police Department have again teamed up to help fight crime and recycle at the same time by offering holiday box recycling. Instead of putting your new computer or flat screen TV box out for trash pick-up (which “advertises” to thieves that you have new, valuable items inside your house), bring it to one of the City’s temporary box recycling locations through Jan. 4, 2019.
Locations are listed below—be sure to flatten the box first:
- Custer Park
700 W. Renner Rd. (near the Tennis Courts)
- City Recycle Center
102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
- 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center Courts)
- Breckinridge Park
5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)
If you prefer to throw the boxes away with your regular trash, place them inside a black trash bag. For more information about preventing crime or how to make your home and neighborhood safer, please contact the Richardson Police Department at 972-744-4955.
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.
Facilities Specialist-Utility Systems ($3,312-$4,649 monthly)
The Public Services Department’s Water Operations is seeking individuals interested in performing skilled maintenance, repairs and installations on utility related facilities, as well as performing maintenance on electrical, electronic, plumbing, pumping, mechanical and motor control 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
Say hello to Mitch! He is 8 years young, neutered male, American mutt mix, medium build at about 54 pounds and heartworm negative. Mitch has had some tumors removed but is happy and healthy. Mitch came to us as a stray back in September and has been patiently waiting for a forever home. He told Santa that he wishes to curl up next to his new family members this Christmas knowing that he is loved. We wish for Mitch to find that perfect home this holiday. Please help his wish come true!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
To read previous Week in Reviews, visit www.cor.net/WIR.