Week In Review, Feb. 8, 2019
Feb. 8, 2019
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.
Library Expands Hours
Beginning Feb. 11, the Richardson Public Library will expand its hours of operation Monday-Thursday and open at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than the previous schedule. The earlier opening is in response to resident input, which indicated a desire to see the Library open earlier during the work week. The change enables the Library to provide four additional hours per week for the community to access its many resources and programs.
Library hours for the week will be as follows:
- Monday-Thursday—9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Friday-Saturday—10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Sunday—2-6 p.m.
The Richardson Public Library is located at 900 Civic Center Dr.
Applications Being Accepted for Mayor’s Summer Internship Program
The Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is now taking applications for the 2019 session. Begun last year, the Program is a collaboration between the City, RISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce that enables incoming high school seniors to receive eight weeks of paid summer employment at a local business, nonprofit or government agency. Students gain invaluable real-world experience and exposure to careers in which they’ve expressed an interest, work 20-40 hours per week and earn a minimum of $10 per hour.
Applications will be accepted through March 22. For more information, including qualifications, date/time commitments and an application, visit www.rmsip.org.
Last Day to File for City Council Seat is Feb. 15
Election packets for prospective candidates for Mayor and Places 1 through 6 are available in the City Secretary’s office for the May 4, 2019 City Council election. The last day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, Feb. 15 by 5 p.m.
Richardson City Council elections are held every two years. For further information, contact the City Secretary at 972-744-4290 or www.cor.net/elections.
Community Revitalization Awards Given
The City Council recognized 17 projects Monday with the annual Community Revitalization Awards. The program recognizes property owners’ efforts in the previous year to enhance the community by making significant investments and exterior enhancements to their properties.
The 2018 winners include three commercial and 14 residential properties. They are:
- Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers—105 E. Main St.
- BakerTriangle Prefab— 1301 Apollo Rd.
- Southwestern National Bank—500 N. Central Expwy.
- Alter-Meeker Residence—417 Valley Cove Dr.
- Barnard Residence—1307 Lamp Post Ln.
- Dreyer Residence—2402 Fairway Dr.
- Johnson Residence—406 Dover Dr.
- Lanphier Residence—903 S. Weatherred Dr.
- Lowery Residence—331 Ridge Crest Dr.
- Orr Residence—437 Hanbee St.
- Rylander Residence—637 Tiffany Tr.
- Shaddock Residence— 909 Creekdale Dr.
- Teffera Residence— 541 Royal Crest Dr.
- Trahan Residence— 602 Thompson Dr.
- Wadsworth Residence—1522 Englecrest Dr.
- Ward Residence—514 Canyon Creek Dr.
- Whitaker Residence—318 Sutton Pl.
Since its inception in 1994, Richardson’s Community Revitalization Awards program has recognized 268 properties. Look for photos of the winning properties in the March issue of Richardson Today.
Rotary Honors Two City Employees
Pictured from left: Richardson City Manager Dan Johnson, Eric Robison, Edward Martinez, Rotary member Wayne Mayo and Rotary president Gene Fitch.
Street Maintenance Superintendent Eric Robison and Senior Field Services Representative Edward Martinez were awarded this year’s Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year awards respectively Monday from the Richardson Rotary Club. Robison has been employed by the City since November 2001, beginning as a Maintenance Helper II in the Street Division and moving to a variety of other roles within Public Services. Martinez has been with the City since September 2011. He began as a Field Services Representative and was promoted to his current position in Water and Sewer Customer Service in June 2015.
The annual awards, presented by the Richardson Rotary Club since 1992, are specially designed to recognize City employees that made significant contributions during the past year.
Richardson Woman’s Club Donates Hundreds of New Shoes to RISD Clothes Closet
The RISD Clothes Closet’s annual shoe drive (known as the “Shoe Shoe Train”) got a big boost this week with the donation of 215 pairs of new shoes by the Richardson Woman’s Club (RWC). It was the largest donation by the Club since it began participating in the shoe drive four years ago. The Club presented the shoes to Clothes Closet representatives at its general meeting Thursday.
The donation is one of several recent donations by the RWC that benefit children in the RISD attendance zone, including a donation of 210 books and 155 stuffed animals to PediPlace, a local nonprofit pediatric clinic. The Club’s many events, including an upcoming Bridge Tournament and Festival, raise funds for RISD scholarships as well as other local charitable causes.
For more information, visit www.richardsonwomansclub.com.
Alma Road Pavement Repairs
Pavement repairs on Alma Road between East Collins Boulevard and Quality Way are currently under way and the section should be completed by the end of February. This project will continue to move south and finish at Arapaho Road. Work is anticipated to be completed this spring.
Owens Boulevard Pavement Repairs
Pavement repair work recently began on Owens Boulevard north of East Campbell Road, between Woodoak Drive and East Campbell Road. As work is completed, the project will progress south to Barclay Drive, one block south of East Campbell Road. This project will replace failed or damaged pavement with new concrete pavement to improve the overall condition of the roadway, including bike lanes. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction within the construction work zone.
The repairs are scheduled to be completed this spring.
Richardson Chamber Begins Free SCORE Business Mentoring Service
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), has begun offering weekly, by-appointment, confidential business mentoring sessions to prospective and established small business owners. The free sessions are held from 10 a.m.-noon every Tuesday at the Chamber’s offices, 411 Belle Grove Dr. SCORE mentors will be on hand to help area small businesses thrive by providing valuable guidance and experience-driven insights for success, including assistance with writing business plans, developing products or conceiving marketing strategies.
SCORE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been offering small business mentoring/counseling services nationwide for more than 50 years. To make an appointment, call 214-987-9491.
RISD Book Fair Begins Feb. 14
The annual RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair will be held Feb. 14-17 in the gym of the RISD Professional Development Center, 701 W. Belt Line Rd. (southwest corner of Floyd and Belt Line roads). Thousands of used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs and computer games will be available, with prices starting at $1. Proceeds from the four-day event help fund local PTAs and scholarships for RISD high school seniors and teachers.
Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Cash, checks with ID and credit cards will be accepted, and all sales Thursday and Friday will be tax-free. Community volunteers are still needed to help sort items and to assist at the sale—click here to sign up.
Cookie Decorating Party Feb. 14 at Senior Center
The Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd., is hosting a Valentine’s Day cookie decorating party from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. There is no fee to attend.
For more information, contact the Senior Center at 972-744-7800.
Deadline Nears to Register for Feb. 18 “Recess! Day of Play”
“School’s out” for RISD schoolchildren Monday, Feb. 18 (President’s Day) as RISD holds staff development, so the Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a day-long “recess” from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Children in grades K-5 will have fun at Heights Park and then retreat to Heights Recreation Center for indoor activities.
Cost is $20 per child for early registration and $25 per child after the Feb. 11 deadline. To register, go to www.cor.net/parksonline and choose activity #11630. Each child should bring a sack lunch, water bottle and snacks.
Heart-y Arty Valentine’s Party Feb. 9
Get heart-happy with Valentine’s stories, crafts and a puppet show for kids Saturday from 2-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. All ages are welcome and there is no fee to participate.
For more information, stop by Youth Services or call 972-744-4358.
Storytelling Workshop Feb. 12
Join award-winning storyteller Decee Cornish for a storytelling workshop Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Decee will entertain and inform with his own life stories and motivate others to share their own family histories.
The workshop is open to adults and teens and is part of the Richardson Storytelling Festival, a project of Arts Incubator Richardson. There is no cost to attend and no registration required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Cook the Book: “Celebrations!” Feb. 13
The Library blends reading and cooking for another installment of “Cook the Book,” Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The focus will be on celebrations/special occasions. Participants browse a pre-selected set of cookbooks at the Library ahead of the event, pick a recipe to prepare and bring the finished product to share Feb. 13.
“Cook the Book” is open to adults and teens and free to attend; registration is required and drinks are provided. To register or for more information, call 972-744-4374.
“Marriage: The First 50 Years are the Hardest” Feb. 14
Spend lunchtime on Valentine’s Day listening to a lively, humorous look at marriage by counselor and career/life coach Dr. Kerin Groves. “Marriage: The First 50 Years Are the Hardest” will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room and is free to attend. Registration is not required.
For more information, call 972-744-4376.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Paul Taylor Dance Company Feb. 9
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $39-$52.
The legendary modern dance company makes its ninth appearance at the Eisemann Center. The 2019 program will feature Taylor dances “Aureole,” “3 Epitaphs,” “Piazzolla Caldera” and “Promethean Fire.”
- One-man Comedy “The Book of Moron” Feb. 9-10
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $60. Robert Dubac brings his Off-Broadway hit, “The Book of Moron,” back to the Eisemann Center for a humorous, satirical attack on “idiocracy.”
- Richardson Community Band Feb. 10
3-4 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free.
“All You Need Is Love” celebrates a variety of love songs, from Gershwin to Sousa, and Piccini to the Beatles.
- “My Funny Valentine” Feb. 14-16
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in the Bank of America Theatre, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $38-$49. (A special Valentine’s Day VIP package is available for the Feb. 14 show including a ticket to the performance, valet parking, dinner onsite at Prelude Café with champagne and a post-show “Meet & Greet” with the artists, for $100 per person.)
Join comedians Pat Hazell and Dena Blizzard as they come together for an evening of standup comedy covering topics including relationships, dating, parenting and family life, with a chance to ask for free relationship advice during an audience Q & A.
Note: This show contains mature content.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets/registration for Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- Gary Karr and Friends Tonight
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15, click here to purchase.
Legendary bassist Gary Karr is joined by pianist Harmon Lewis, bassist Daniel Nix, pianist Mikhail Berestnev and actress Mary-Margaret Pyeatt.
- Letha Wilson Lecture Feb. 12
7:30 p.m. in the JSOM Davidson Auditorium. Admission is free.
Wilson is the Honored Photographer of the current Comer Collection exhibit at UT Dallas, “Representation and Presentation in Photography.” She often combines photography with industrial materials such as concrete and steel. Preceding the lecture, there will be a complimentary reception at the SP/N Gallery at Synergy Park North 2 from 6-7:15 p.m.
AIR Time Movie and Discussion Feb. 12: “Big Fish” and the Art of Storytelling
The Richardson Storytelling Festival continues Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the next “AIR Time,” featuring a live interview with award-winning storyteller, oral historian, writer and educator Decee Cornish followed by the 2003 film, “Big Fish,” directed by Tim Burton. The fun takes place at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 100 S. Central Expwy., with the interview at 7 p.m. and the movie at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and include a $5 food/beverage voucher. Reserve your seat in advance by clicking here or purchase at the event. AIR Time and The Richardson Storytelling Festival are projects of Arts Incubator Richardson, funded in part by the Cultural Arts Commission.
Roger Miller’s “Big River” Opens Tonight at Repertory Company Theatre
“Big River” will be presented by Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., Feb. 8-17. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on Mark Twain’s classic novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and written by the late recording artist Roger Miller, is considered a celebration of pure Americana.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17 for youth. Purchase online at www.rcttheatre.com or call the box office at 972-690-5029.
“The Cemetery Club” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113, is presenting the comedy, “The Cemetery Club,” through Feb. 17. The story of lasting friendship centers around three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves, and what happens when they meet Sam the butcher, who also visits the cemetery.
Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-22 and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages. To reserve tickets, call 972-699-1130.
Love the Planet: Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Sustainably
Air North Texas, a division of the North Texas Municipal Water District, has published a unique list of ways to “love sustainably” this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Here are two of several tips on how to make your Valentine’s Day sustainable:
- Plan an eco-friendly date. Consider volunteering together in your local community by planting a tree or working on an environmental cleanup project (such as those found through Richardson’s Community/Corporate Cleanup Program, www.cor.net/volunteer). Take a walk outside or bicycle/take public transit to your nearest park and have a picnic.
- Gift organic and/or fair-trade items that do not cause environmental strain to produce.
For the complete list, click here.
Winter Water Conservation Plan Continues
Though temperatures felt like spring (and on some days, even summer) earlier this week, residents are reminded that the City’s Winter Water Conservation Plan is still in effect, meaning twice-a-week lawn irrigation is allowed on designated days at any time. Turn sprinkler systems to “manual” and check weather forecasts to avoid watering during times when temperatures may drop below freezing, to avoid frozen run-off on roadways.
Less or no watering is recommended during times of sufficient precipitation; when grass is dormant in winter months, “sufficient precipitation” is less than what you might expect. Visit www.watermyyard.org for customized weekly watering recommendations based on ZIP code and type of sprinkler system.
To find out your designated watering days, visit www.cor.net/waterconservation.
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 ($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 your new furry Valentine! Donkey is purr-suing a new life filled with snuggles, catnip and lots of cat naps. He is a neutered male, up to date on his vaccinations and about 6 years old with stunning yellow-green eyes. Meet Donkey and all the other adoptable pets who are searching for their human soul mates today! Remember this Valentine’s Day adoption fees are only $14!
Pet Adoptions Discounted Feb. 14
Valentine’s Day will also be “Luv Your Pet Day” at the Richardson Animal Shelter, with all adoptions that day priced at $14. In addition, registration fees will be waived. There are no additional costs for vaccinations or spaying/neutering (unless the animal has not had these procedures completed).
For more information, visit www.cor.net/animalshelter.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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