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Week In Review, Dec. 28, 2018

Post Date:12/28/2018

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Dec. 28, 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.


City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for New Year's Holiday 
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Tuesday, Jan. 1. There will be NO makeup days for trash collection or BABIC service. The table below shows the makeup day for recycling service.

Recycle Makeup Day

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


For 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 Jan. 1
Recreation Centers, Senior Center and Tennis Center Close 5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
Gymnastics Center Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1


Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.

Close 5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open

Firefighters Honored at Event; Toys Collected for Network
Athletes from Richardson High School and J.J. Pearce High School came together at a basketball game last week to benefit the Richardson community in several ways. At “Hoops for the Holidays” Dec. 21 at J.J. Pearce High School, more than 500 toys were collected for Network of Community Ministries and first responders from Richardson Fire Station 2 were honored. In addition, donations were collected at the front entrance for several RISD families displaced by a Thanksgiving-week apartment fire.

At halftime of the girls’ varsity basketball game, players presented first responders from Station 2 with three gift baskets containing snacks and gift cards, one for each shift. Richardson Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon and Debbie Cox, Development Coordinator for Network of Community Ministries, spoke words of thanks from center court.


Application Deadline for Local Bands to Perform at Wildflower! is Dec. 31
Wildflower! Arts and Musical Festival staff are currently accepting entries from local and regional bands interested in performing at the 2019 Festival, which takes place May 17-19. (This is limited to non-touring acts and does not apply to the Performing Songwriter Contest.) To submit an entry for consideration, please note the following:

  • All submissions must contain an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) and include artist biography, photo, recent performance dates and MP3 files.
  • All acts are selected by a programming committee and are chosen based on programming needs, appropriateness to event, talent level, event budget and meeting of criteria eligibility.

To submit an EPK, e-mail Deadline to submit is Dec. 31. (Due to the high volume of entries, Wildflower! cannot guarantee someone will respond personally to each submission, however, all materials received will be reviewed.) All entertainers selected to perform will be contacted by Jan. 31, 2019.

City Council Election Packets Available Jan. 2
Election packets for prospective candidates for Mayor and Places 1 through 6, which will be elected in the May 4, 2019 election, will be available in the City Secretary’s office beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2. The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, Jan. 16 and the last day is Friday, Feb. 15 by 5 p.m.

The City of Richardson City Council election is held every two years. For further information, contact the City Secretary at 972-744-4290 or

DART Offers Free Rides New Year’s Eve, Announces Schedule Changes for New Year’s Day
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Coors Light are teaming up again this year to offer free DART rides New Year’s Eve on all buses, trains and Paratransit Services, and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. No pass, coupon or fare of any kind is required for a free ride Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to end of service, which varies by route.

DART bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday schedule Jan. 1.

Other schedule changes for New Year’s Day include:

  • No service for TRE
  • DART administrative offices will be closed
  • DART Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule

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

January Richardson Today in Mailboxes Next Week
Richardson Today should arrive in mailboxes by the end of next week. The January 2019 issue has a special focus on infrastructure, including information on upcoming and completed projects involving streets, alleys and sidewalks. An update on the Cotton Belt Rail Project is also included.

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.



Lights Still On at Santa’s Village
There are still a few more days to enjoy Santa’s Village—though Santa headed back to the North Pole and village activities ended Dec. 16, 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.



Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Pegasus Theatre Begins Four-Week Run with Sneak Peak Dec. 29-30
    8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $24. (Regular run of the show is Jan. 3-20; tickets range from $29-$44.)
    Pegasus Theatre presents the premiere of its 20th Harry Hunsacker adventure, “Clowning Around With Murder!,” utilizing its Living Black & White technique. The story takes place in 1935 and finds world-famous detective Hunsacker and his paid-by-the-hour assistant, Nigel Grouse, meeting a variety of clowns, clues and a “copper in disguise” at Fripson Clown College, on the trail of a “murderer in clown white.”
  • New Year’s Eve at the Eisemann Center
    8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $67.
    Enjoy a performance of “Clowning Around with Murder!” (see above) complete with champagne and cake after the show, and plenty of hats and noisemakers to ring in the New Year.
  •  “Learning from the Masters” Student Art Exhibit Ends Jan. 2
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free. Student artwork from the studio of Melanie Brannan join Brannan’s exhibit, “Serenity Scapes.” The student artists range in age from preschool to sixth grade; their work spans a variety of mediums including watercolor, pastel, acrylic and charcoal.
  • Shen Yun Jan. 3-5
    7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $80-$150.
    The world-renowned dance company helps audiences experience China’s ancient artistic and spiritual heritage, aided by stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops and a live orchestra.

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

RCT Presents 1960s-Themed New Year’s Eve Event
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Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., invites everyone to put on their go-go boots (or Beatle boots) and “Swing in the New Year” Dec. 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Singers will perform favorite 1960s tunes on stage and casino tables will be set up in the lobby, where “winnings” can be redeemed for prizes. A dessert and beverage bar will also be available.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at or by calling 972-690-5029.



New Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
The Library begins a new book club this month for fans of science fiction and fantasy. The club, “Droids and Druids,” is open to ages 18 and up and will meet the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 -8:45 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room. Themes change monthly and will include “Alien Encounters,” “Steampunk” and “Shapeshifters.”

Registration is required to join; call 972-744-4350 or e-mail Kayla at

Online Library Services Available 24/7
Though the Richardson Public Library is closed 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 these and other online offerings, go to



Resolve to Keep Leaves Out of Landfill; Choose BABIC Instead
Need ideas for a New Year’s resolution? Make a positive environmental impact by starting the practice of placing leaves and grass clippings in compostable bags, which are picked up curbside for free by the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service. The bags, which are made of thick, brown paper and available for purchase in the lawn and garden section of many home improvement retailers, may be filled with leaves, grass and small twigs. When full, call BABIC to let them know you have compostable bags needing to be picked up, and place near the curb on your regular recycling day. The leaves, grass clippings and bags all become compost. In contrast, leaves and grass clippings that are put in plastic trash bags are picked up with regular trash and end up in the landfill, taking up needed space.

To schedule a BABIC pickup and for more information, click here.

Holiday Tree Recycling Continues Through Feb. 1
Tree Cycling
It’s beginning to look a lot like After-Christmas at the Texas Pure facility in north Plano, as holiday trees are starting to be dropped off from several area tree recycling programs, including the City of Richardson’s. Richardson and the other Texas Pure member cities offer tree-cycling programs to keep trees out of the landfill and instead turn them into mulch and compost, which are used in city parks and landscaping and sold to residents at a discount.

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 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 unflocked, 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 Through Jan. 4
Cardboard Boy 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—flatten the box and make sure it is dry and clean:

  • 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.



Traffic Signs & Markings Technician III ($2,219-$3,276 monthly)
Traffic and Transportation is seeking individuals interested in installing, maintaining and repairing traffic control signs, devices, pavement markings, etc.

Fleet Technician III ($2,491-$3,448 monthly)
Fleet Services is seeking individuals interested in performing light mechanical repairs and welding on city vehicles/equipment.

Park Maintenance Greenhouse Worker-part time ($7.40-$11.22 hourly)
Parks Maintenance is seeking individuals interested in performing various tasks involved in growing and maintaining plants to be used for park and median planting.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Fiona! Beautiful Fiona is about 7 years young, calico, with long soft fur, fully vaccinated and spayed. She is sweet and affectionate, readily coming to you for scratches and cuddles and rewarding you with her gentle purr. She also seems content to share her space with other cats and dogs, so she is sure to be a wonderful addition to your family.

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




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