Week In Review, April 12, 2019
April 12, 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.
All Trash Bash Outdoor Activities Have Been Canceled
Due to the possibility of severe weather for Saturday, April 13, all outdoor activities associated with the City’s Trash Bash have been canceled. These include all activities planned for the City Hall parking lot and the electronics recycling and document shredding event at Richardson Square Mall.
City Hall Trash Bash After Party Will Take Place as Scheduled
The environmental expo inside the City Hall/Civic Center will take place as planned from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and includes exhibits, free recycling bags for Richardson residents and refreshments.
The event is open to the public and admission and parking are free.
CityLine After Bash Party Has Been Canceled
The CityLine After Bash Party scheduled for Saturday, April 13 from 1-4 p.m. has been canceled due to the anticipated weather.
New “NextGen” Recycling Center Holds Ribbon Cutting
Republic Service’s officially celebrated the opening of its new recycling center Tuesday in Plano. The facility processes all recyclables from Richardson and several neighboring cities. The 77,000-square-foot center is located at 4200 E. 14th St. in Plano and can process 350 tons of recyclable material per day using advanced sorting technologies that can separate clean recyclables from other materials.
The facility also features a learning center. To view a video of the facility produced by the City’s Communications staff, click here. To schedule a tour, contact the Recycling Facility office in advance at 972-422-2341. For more information about Richardson’s recycling program, visit www.cor.net/recycle.
Richardson Reads One Book 2019 Selection Announced
“Bluebird, Bluebird” by Texas native Attica Locke is the selection for the 2019 Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) program, announced Tuesday. The chosen book, which will be featured in discussions and other events in Richardson throughout the next five months, is a thriller set in East Texas that explores the intersection of love, race and justice. It is the 2018 winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and the first in a “Highway 59” mystery series.
Locke, who will appear at a free RROB public lecture at Richardson High School Sept. 24, is the author of three other novels and is a television and film writer and producer.
Copies of “Bluebird, Bluebird” in various formats are available for check out at the Library. For more information, go to www.cor.net/onebook.
City to Broadcast Council Candidate Forum April 17
The City of Richardson will provide a live broadcast of the League of Women Voters of Richardson’s candidate forum scheduled for next week Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The forum will be held at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center and will include candidates on the ballot for the upcoming May 4 Richardson Mayoral and City Council Election. Only candidates in contested races will participate in the question-and-answer portion of the forum. All candidates will be invited to give a closing statement.
The forum will be streamed live at www.cor.net and broadcast live on the City’s cable TV channels on Spectrum (channel 16) and AT&T U-verse (channel 99). Replays will also be available on-demand on the City’s website 24/7 and on the City’s cable channels April 20-May 2 at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, including how to submit a question to be asked at the forum, visit www.lwvrichardson.org.
Miss Richardson and Miss Richardson’s Outstanding Teen Visit City Council
Miss Richardson 2019, Erica Kuntz, and Miss Richardson’s Outstanding Teen 2019, Jamiah Jones, were introduced to the Richardson City Council at Monday’s City Council work session. Crowned in October 2018, both will compete in June at the Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen pageants to be held at the Eisemann Center. It will be the sixth year in a row for the City’s performing arts facility to be chosen as the pageants’ location.
To watch Monday’s introductions, click here.
Prospective RISD Teachers Tour the City
In order to ensure its teachers reflect the diversity found among its students, Richardson ISD recruits from across the United States. More than 50 teachers recruited by RISD, many of whom are recent college graduates looking for their first teaching job, are in Richardson this week for RISD’s first-ever Future-Family Host Day, an event designed to introduce prospective hires to the city and school district.
Mayor Paul Voelker spoke to the group Friday morning, highlighting the fact that Richardson has been named one of the top cities in the United States for teachers to live due to its amenities and highly educated population. In addition to hearing from Mayor Voelker and representatives from RISD, the group received a tour of the city and will participate in a career carnival on Saturday.
Richardson Police, Fire Departments Take Part in “Shattered Dreams” Presentation
Members of the Richardson Police and Fire departments and other Richardson emergency personnel worked with students at J.J. Pearce High School to produce a “Shattered Dreams” event today, which uses dramatization in real-world settings to promote responsible decision making regarding underage drinking and drug use.
This is the second year for Richardson Public Safety to team up with the school for the daylong event, which included a mock car crash scene outside the school; student-filmed videos (depicting scenes such as crash victims at MRMC’s Campbell Road emergency room and the “drunk driving suspect” being booked at the Richardson Police Station); a mock funeral; and group discussion sessions. Around 1,000 juniors and seniors took part as observers or actors.
Spring Valley Road Lane Closure Tonight
Eastbound Spring Valley Road between the Cottonwood Creek Bridge and Weatherred Drive will be reduced to one lane beginning at 10 p.m. this evening and continuing until 7 a.m. tomorrow, April 13, for water utility work in connection with the Spring Valley Road Project.
East Arapaho Road Closures
Short sections of lanes along East Arapaho Road may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to cable/fiber optic work: the right lane of eastbound Arapaho Road between the railroad tracks and Bowser Road through early July, and the right lane of westbound Arapaho Road between Harness Lane and Plano Road through early May.
Galatyn Parkway Overpass Lanes Closed Monday Morning
All lanes on the Galatyn Parkway overpass will be closed Monday, April 15 from 9 a.m.-noon to update pavement markings.
Network “Fork Off” Tomorrow Night
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 and to purchase tickets, visit www.thenetwork.org/2019forkoff.
“Cookie with a Cop” April 18
Enjoy a free cookie and speak with officers about any questions or concerns you may have at “Cookie with a Cop,” Thursday, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Chick-fil-A CityLine, 1400 E. Renner Rd. This biannual, interactive event is co-sponsored by the Richardson Police Crime Prevention Unit as a fun way to get to know the Richardson Police Department.
For more information, contact the Richardson Police Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.
Richardson Woman’s Club Hosts Egg Hunt Sunday
The Richardson Woman’s Club, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 14 from 2-4 p.m. The event is open to all ages but the hunt will be restricted to those age 10 and under.
For more information, call 972-238-0841.
TAB and Tech Truck Tomorrow
Tweens and teens ages 11-18 are invited to join in on the Teen Advisory Board meeting Saturday afternoon, April 13, and stay after for a visit from the Perot Museum’s TECH Truck, where you can tinker with 3D printing, laser cutting and art with lots of tech stations to explore.
The meeting begins at 2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room; the TECH Truck event is scheduled to be finished at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Tales for Tails April 14
Children in grades K-4 can improve their reading skills and make new furry friends when the Tales for Tails program comes to the First Floor Program Room Sunday, April 14. The children read to the friendly canine companions of Texas Therapy Dogs beginning at 3 p.m., and all ages are welcome to meet the dogs at 4 p.m.
A free ticket is required to attend, available at the door on the day of the event beginning at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Free AARP Tax Help on Tax Day
Free income tax assistance for low-to-moderate income taxpayers will be available for one more session Monday, April 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.
Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis with an emphasis on seniors. There is no charge for the service, provided by trained volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons.
Bring Social Security card and a copy of your 2017 tax return. For more information, call 972-744-4381.
Lunchtime Documentary Screening and Discussion April 17: Denison Dam
Filmmaker and award-winning journalist Gene Lenore will screen his 40-minute 2014 documentary film, “Denison Dam—Taming the Raging Red,” Wednesday, April 17 in the Basement Program Room followed by a discussion. The film covers the fascinating history of how Denison Dam and Lake Texoma were created.
The event takes place in the Basement Program Room from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and attendees (adults and teens only) are welcome to bring their lunch. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.
At the Eisemann Center
- “The Secret Comedy of Women: Girls Only” Continues Through Sunday
7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $47.
Born out of the girlhood diaries of the show’s two creators, “Girls Only” is a mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation and hilarious songs and videos.
Note: This show contains mature content.
- The Vocal Majority April 13-14
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $16-$54.
The 100+-member, local men’s singing group presents its spring show, “How the West was Won,” telling a musical story about Texas’ founding and history.
- Keyboard Conversations® April 15
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $34-$40.
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents the fourth and final concert of his 2018-19 concert-plus-commentary series with “Chopin in Paris,” works written after Chopin settled in Paris, the Polish composer’s home for the rest of his life. All patrons are invited to a post-concert reception and meet and greet in the lobby with Siegel.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas
- Theatre UTD’s “A Mirror Right Through You” Continues Through Tomorrow
8 p.m. tonight and Saturday 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.
- Pianist Gorden Cheng Tonight
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is $15.
Cheng, a UT Dallas alum and 2016 Cliburn Amateur Competition semifinalist, will perform Schumann’s “Kreisleriana” and Schubert’s “Fantasie in C Major (“Wanderer”).” For tickets and more information, click here.
- Ackerman Center Sunday Lecture Series: Dr. Nils Roemer April 14
2:00 p.m. in the Jonsson Academic Center, Room JO 4.614. Admission is free.
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies concludes its Sunday lecture series entitled, “Deportations During the Holocaust,” with a talk by Ackerman Center Director Dr. Nils Roemer. He will speak on “Deportation and Liberation in the Final Year of the Third Reich.” A small reception in the Ackerman Center will be held after the lecture. For more information, visit www.utdallas.edu/ackerman/events/.
- Dr. Safiya Noble Discusses Racism in Search Engines April 17
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
UT Dallas’ Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology’s current lecture series entitled, “The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence,” presents author and UCLA and University of Southern California professor Dr. Safiya Noble. For more information, click here.
RCT Opens “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tonight
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” April 12-28. The enduring Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical tells the Biblical story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very colorful garment, through a variety of music styles.
Show days and times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for youth and $28 for adults. For tickets and more information, visit www.rcttheatre.com.
Duck Creek Channel Cleanup
Two local groups helped improve the environment this week and had fun at the same time as they cleaned up Duck Creek Channel, coordinated by the City’s Community and Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program (CCECP). The Travelers Insurance Young Professionals Network picked up trash and recyclables on a section of the channel between Plano Road and Jupiter Road, and more than 70 members of the World Mission Society Church of God tackled a section of the channel just west of Plano Road. Health Department staff helped the groups identify the areas most needing assistance and provided supplies. More than 35 bags of trash and debris were collected.
Any group is welcome to schedule a cleanup event through CCECP—in addition to trash and recycle bags, the City provides gloves and tongs, and picks up the filled bags and debris piles as needed.
To plan a cleanup event, contact the Health Department at 972-744-4080 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view a news story about one of the Duck Creek Channel cleanups shown on NBC Channel 5, click here.
Richardson Wildflowers Starting to Bloom
If you’ve noticed bits of color starting to appear on medians and along roadsides, it’s just the start of thousands of blooms that should be picture perfect beginning in late April, thanks to the City’s annual wildflower planting program.
Since 1990, the Parks and Recreation Department has been planting wildflower seeds across Richardson, making the City one of the most picturesque in North Texas. Some of the best locations in the City for wildflower photo opps are usually near City Hall, the Library and at several City parks.
For more information about the City’s wildflower planting program, click here.
Combination Inspector ($3,963-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspections is seeking individuals interested in inspecting buildings, construction sites and construction components for compliance with building, plumbing and mechanical codes and laws.
Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,185-$4,255 monthly)
Public Services is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating heavy motorized equipment used for maintenance purposes.
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
Benny is back and ready for a Forever Home! This sweetie is a rottweiler shepherd mix, neutered male, about 2 years old and up to date on all vaccinations. Benny is great on a leash, super friendly, has the most infectious smile and loves to play fetch! Adopt him for only $25!
Shelter Joins “Fund the Shelters” Challenge
The Richardson Animal Shelter is competing in the Fund the Shelters Challenge, a month-long online fundraising competition launched this week in which hundreds of animal welfare organizations from across the country compete for $200,000 in prize money. The Challenge helps raise awareness and supports adoptions, medical treatment and shelter updates.
The organization that raises the most funds during the Challenge wins a $50,000 donation, second through sixth place winners also receive cash prizes. Weekly bonus challenges enable charities to win up to another $65,000 in prize money.
To help the Shelter win Fund the Shelters prize donations, click here. The Challenge ends Thursday, May 9 at 1:59 p.m. ET.
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.