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Week In Review, April 5, 2019

Post Date:04/05/2019
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April 5, 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.

Upcoming meeting documents: City Council | City Plan Commission


Cottonwood Art Festival Announces Featured Artist
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Kathleen Murphy Willer has been named 2019 Spring Featured Artist for next month’s Cottonwood Art Festival. This is the 50th year for the event, which features museum-quality artwork from more than 200 artists. Willer’s work has been shown in hundreds of fine art fairs around the country and is also collected by numerous private collectors, businesses and corporations spreading across five continents.

The Cottonwood Art Festival is held on the first weekend of May and October every year and includes work in mixed media, ceramics, drawings/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metalwork, photography, sculpture and wood. The artists’ works are available for purchase.

For for information, visit


Mock Crash Will Bring Police and Fire Activity to J.J. Pearce High School April 12
Richardson Fire and Police first responders will be working a mock crash scene as part of the 2019 Shattered Dreams presentation for students of J.J. Pearce High School. The Shattered Dreams program targets underage drinking and driving by creating a dramatization of an alcohol-related accident in front of the school. While the student body watches, emergency personnel will respond to the staged scene with lights and sirens.

Melrose Drive between Coit Road and Mimosa Drive (1301-1411 block) will be closed Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m.-noon.
For more information or for any questions, call Brandon Porter with the Richardson Fire Department at 214-564-4939 or by e-mail at

City Provides “Elevator Pitch” to Richardson’s Frontline Sellers
The City’s biggest opportunity to reach some of the people who promote Richardson’s brand and neighborhoods occurred this week as the 12th annual Realtor’s Workshop was held at the Civic Center. The center stage messages presented to Realtors this year was the City’s robust educational system, with the PISD superintendent and the RISD deputy superintendent reporting on local school performance to the group. The City Manager and Deputy City Manager also spoke to the group about the City’s performance through financial strength that allows for bigger investments in infrastructure, parks and other amenities. The group was also given information on a massive rebuild of Main Street that will begin this summer.

The event is co-sponsored by the City and the MetroTex Association of Realtors and is part of the City Council’s goal to have stakeholders choose Richardson as the best place in the region to locate, contribute and participate.


Goal to Streamline Government Takes Step Forward
The City Council passed an ordinance Monday to repeal 58 special permits currently on the zoning map that are either inactive or obsolete (no longer required to operate). Special permits allow for specific activities to take place on a property that may not be allowed by zoning. More than 100 of these types of permits have been identified by City staff in recent months, in line with a City Council 2017-19 Goal Tactic to clean up and streamline government processes. Monday’s vote also enacted a new process where all new special permits are subject to automatic repeal after six months if they remain inactive. 

For more information, click here to view a presentation given by City staff at Monday’s joint meeting.

Deadline Approaching for Businesses Looking to Host Student Interns
Business applications to host students as part of the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program are due by April 11. Now in its second year, the Program helps area students gain invaluable, paid real-world experience and exposure to careers in which they’ve expressed an interest and helps employers invest in Richardson’s future and develop potential workforce talent.

For more information or to sign up, visit or contact Angela Shellene at or 214-871-0783. 


Richardson Projects

More Lane Closures Scheduled for West Spring Valley Road Next Week
Beam installation work on the Cottonwood Creek Bridge on West Spring Valley Road, part of the Spring Valley Road Project, is expected to affect traffic Monday, April 8. The eastbound lanes of West Spring Valley Road will be closed across the bridge between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for short periods of time, while the westbound lanes will be open. Motorists are advised to use the alternate route shown on the map below.
The Spring Valley Road Project is a critical part of the City of Richardson and City of Dallas Master Thoroughfare Plans to encourage redevelopment along the corridor.

New Bike Lane to be Developed Along Alma Road
A new bike lane will be installed in the coming weeks as part of a pavement repair project along Alma Road between Security Row and Collins Boulevard. The entire Alma Road pavement repair project spans from Greenville Avenue to Arapaho Road and the new bicycle lane will run along the ¾-mile stretch of road. In addition to the new lane between Greenville Avenue and Arapaho Road, the City plans to refresh the pavement markings for the existing bicycle lane from Arapaho Road south to Centennial Boulevard.

The pavement markings are scheduled to be completed by the end of June.



Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A to Support Police Explorer Post
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The Richardson Police Department Explorer Post #761 will benefit from purchases made Thursday, April 11 at Chick-fil-A, 1400 E. Renner Rd., from 5-8 p.m. A portion of each purchase will be donated to the post to help raise funds for state competition and other events.

The Police Explorer program allows youth between the ages of 14 and 21 to learn about law enforcement careers by working side-by-side with police officers in numerous hands-on activities and develop character through a variety of leadership opportunities. For more information, contact Marisa Martinez, 972-744-4835,

Garden Festival Tomorrow
Explore the beautiful grounds of the Richardson Woman’s Club as well as eight unique gardens around Richardson when the Club hosts the “Petaling into Spring with Flavor ‘n Flair” Garden Festival, Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy food tastings from more than 20 Richardson restaurants, gardening seminars from Master Gardeners, a plant sale and boutique as well as the garden tours (maps to the gardens available at the Club). Hot dogs, lemonade and popcorn will be available throughout the day.

Admission is $20. The Richardson Woman’s Club is located at 2005 N. Cliffe Dr. For tickets, visit

“Kindness Weekend” Continues
Altrusa International of Richardson’s “Kindness Action Ninjas” are sponsoring the fourth annual Kindness Weekend today and tomorrow. Everyone in Richardson and the surrounding areas is encouraged to do an act of kindness, as simple as writing a kind note to someone or paying it forward in the coffee line.

Altrusans will be focusing their kindness efforts on sending 200 care packages to service men and women who are stationed in the Middle East, and providing 200 kits for the “Days for Girls” organization that provides sustainable feminine products for women worldwide.

To help or for more information, send an e-mail to

State Representative Invites Constituents to Visit State Capitol
State Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos will host District 102 Day at the Texas State Capitol Wednesday, April 10, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Residents of District 102—which includes parts of Richardson, Garland, Dallas and Addison—are invited to join Rep. Ramos for a day of celebration and recognition. Transportation will be provided from North Texas to Austin.

Attendees will meet with Ramos, watch her work on legislation on the House floor and participate in a Capitol tour.

For more information or to confirm attendance, e-mail Ramos at For a map of District 102, click here.

Top Local Chefs to Compete at Network “Fork-Off” Event April 13
Watch top local chefs create tasty treats out of items chosen from Network of Community Ministries’ food pantry when Network hosts its inaugural “Fork-Off” fundraiser, Saturday, April 13 from 7-11 p.m. at Noah’s Event Venue, 2251 N. Greenville Ave. The evening includes food sampling, dancing and a live auction featuring a variety of items including private dinners and cooking classes.

Tickets are $75, and all proceeds benefit Network’s many programs for those in need. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit



Classical Indian Dance Performance Tomorrow
Watch dancers perform Bharatanatyam, the most widely practiced form of Indian classical dance in the world, Saturday, April 6 from 3-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Bharatanatyam is also one of the oldest dance forms, thought to be over 2,000 years old. The performance will include an interpretation of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome to attend. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Lunchtime Lecture April 9: Remembering Woodstock
Retired police officer and author Daniel Carlson will recall his experiences working at the 1969 Woodstock festival at a lunchtime lecture entitled, “Dear Hippie: We Met at Woodstock,” Tuesday, April 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Woodstock was not only three days of peace, love and music, it was three days of safety, and Carlson will tell how concert-goers, organizers and government employees joined forces in a grassroots effort to ensure the best possible experience for all who attended.

Admission is free and both adults and teens are welcome to attend. Registration is not required, and attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

“Cook the Book” April 10: Salads
The Library blends reading and cooking for another installment of “Cook the Book,” Wednesday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. This session’s focus will be “Get Fresh with Salads of All Kinds.” 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 April 10.

“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.



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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center

  • Cottonwood Emerging Artists Exhibit Through April 30
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free. View artwork spanning a variety of styles created by the 2019 Cottonwood Art Festival Emerging Artists—11 high school seniors chosen to exhibit and sell their work at the spring Cottonwood Art Festival May 4-5. Now in its 13th year, Emerging Artists is an innovative mentoring program that gives art students real-world experience in the professional art world.
  • Chamberlain Performing Arts April 5-7
    7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15-$37.
    The semi-professional dance company brings back its popular mixed repertoire production, “Focal Pointe,” featuring company dancers and guest artists from Texas Ballet Theater.
  • Richardson Symphony Orchestra April 6
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$70.
    The concert includes Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony, Op. 25,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4 in B Flat Major” and “Suite for Cello and String Orchestra” by American composer Clare Fischer, featuring RSO Principal Cellist Eugene Osadchy.


  • “The Secret Comedy of Women—Girls Only” Opens April 11
    7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $37-$47.
    Born out of the earnest writings that the show’s two creators discovered in their girlhood diaries, “Girls Only” is a mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation and hilarious songs and videos.
    Note: This show contains mature content.

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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  • Theatre UTD: “A Mirror Right Through You” Opens Tonight
    8 p.m. April 5-6 and April 11-13 in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15.
    An original piece created by Theatre UTD students based on research, interviews and personal reflections regarding the growing mental health crisis facing today’s college students. For tickets and more information, click here.
  • Ackerman Center Sunday Lecture Series Continues April 7
    2:00 p.m. in the Jonsson Academic Center, Room JO 4.614. Admission is free.
    The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies continues its Sunday lecture series entitled, “Deportations During the Holocaust,” with a talk by Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, founder and director of UT Dallas’ Holocaust Studies Program. Dr. Ozsváth will speak on “When We Remember: The Murder of the Hungarian Jews, March 19, 1944-May 1945.” A small reception in the Ackerman Center will be held after the lecture. For more information, visit
  • Book Reading and Author Appearance April 8
    7-9 p.m. in the Jonsson Academic Center, Room JO 3.516. Admission is free.
    French author and translator Brice Matthieussent and his English language translator, Emma Ramadan, will be discussing and reading from Matthieussent’s recently released novel, “The Revenge of the Translator.” For more information, click here.

Richland College Spring Dance Show Tonight
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The Richland College dance program celebrates “the collective, vibrant glow of our unique inner lights” with its spring show, “Illumination,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Fannin Performance Hall. “Illumination” will feature student and professional guest dancers along with choreography focused on the show’s theme, in the dance genres of contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip hop.

Admission is free. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. and the Fannin Performance Hall is located on the east side of the campus. Additional information is available at

AIR Time April 9: “The Darjeeling Limited”
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Season 9 of Arts Incubator of Richardson’s monthly movie and interview series concludes Tuesday, April 9 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema with special guest, Dallas-based textile designer and entrepreneur Mili Suleman, and a showing of the 2007 Wes Anderson film, “The Darjeeling Limited.” The adventure/comedy/drama set in India pairs well with Suleman, who was born in India and whose sustainable textiles used by A-list designers are created by teams of village artisans in India.

The interview begins at 7 p.m. followed by the movie at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $5; purchasers receive a $5 Alamo Drafthouse food/beverage voucher. Advance reservations may be made by clicking here. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson is located at 100 S. Central Expwy.

Outdoor Concerts Begin Tonight at CityLine
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Free outdoor concerts are back at CityLine with the 2019 Live Music Series every Friday and Saturday evening throughout April and May. The concerts take place from 6-9 p.m. in CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St.

Attendees are welcome to bring picnics, dogs and children. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside one of the nearby restaurants.

For more information and a complete lineup of entertainment, visit or follow CityLine on social media.

Last Weekend for “Twelve Angry Men” at RTC
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The Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113, is presenting the classic courtroom drama, “Twelve Angry Men,” through April 7. Remaining show days and times are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages.

For reservations, call 972-699-1300. To view a video produced by the City’s Communications Department about the show, click here. 




EDC Employees Help Clean Up Heights Creek
Employees of Entrust Datacard recently volunteered their time to clean up Heights Creek in Heights Park. Their efforts were part of the Health Department’s Community and Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program, which provides year-round opportunities for companies, community groups and others to assist in “keeping Richardson beautiful” and keeping trash out of our waterways.

Any group may schedule a cleanup event through the Program—in addition to trash and recycle bags, the City also provides plastic gloves and tongs, and picks up the bags when the event is finished.

To plan a cleanup event, contact the Health Department via phone at 972-744-4080 or e-mail at

Online Variance Form Now Available for Landscape Watering
Public Services has made it easier for residents and businesses to apply for a watering variance with the recent addition of an online Watering Variance Request Form at the City’s website. The variance allows residents and businesses to water during days/times prohibited by the City’s water conservation plan, for circumstances such as having new landscaping that needs extra watering.

To access the form, visit Watering variance requests may also be made by contacting the City’s Public Services Department at 972-744-4220.

Recycling Mascot Heads to Grocery Store this Month

Phil-up the Blue Bag, Richardson’s recycling mascot, will be at Kroger, 536 Centennial Blvd., this month spreading the word about Richardson’s recycling program and handing out vouchers for free blue bags to Richardson residents. Stop by to give him a high five between the hours of 1-2:30 p.m.

For more information about Phil-up's schedule or to book Phil-up for an appearance, visit

Time to Gather Household Items for Trash Bash April 13
The City’s annual Trash Bash takes place April 13 and will continue the tradition of collecting several used, household items in addition to trash and recyclables, to keep reusable items out of our landfills and waterways and help residents with “spring cleaning.”

The following items will be collected outside the City Hall/Civic Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.:

  • Clothing, shoes, coats, clothing accessories (gently used and washed; NO undergarments)
  • Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs
  • Residential cooking oil/grease (in lidded, plastic containers)

In addition, used eyeglasses will be collected inside the City Hall/Civic Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the environmental education fair.

The following items will be collected at Richardson Square Mall from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.:

  • Documents (to be shredded)
  • Electronics (cell phones, flat screen TVs and monitors, audio/video, peripherals)

The event also features a free environmental education fair, free compost or mulch and free recycling bags. For more details, including maps of the specific collection locations, visit



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.

Driver Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment.

Recreation Support Technician-part time ($8-$13.75 hourly)
Huffhines and Heights recreational centers are seeking individuals interested in assisting supervising instructors, programs and activities; as well as enrolling students in programs and providing Parks Department information to patrons.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Look who it is again! Fester has been searching for his forever home for over three months now! He is a neutered male, about 5 years old and up to date on all vaccinations. He is reserved at first around new people and asks that you allow him to make himself at home in his own time. Fester has grown out of that highly energetic kitten phase and prefers a quiet calm environment. If you are looking for a calm, mature, tuxedo kitty then Fester is the cat for you! 

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




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