Week In Review, June 7, 2019
June 7, 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.
Throughout the year the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general. Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here: City Council | City Plan Commission
Runoff Election is June 8
The runoff election for City Council Place 3 is Saturday, June 8 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Richardson residents in Collin and Dallas Counties will vote at their designated Richardson precinct—Richardson City Hall/Civic Center is not a polling location.
Note that the following two polling locations have changed for this election:
- Precinct 2701 will vote at Richardson Church of the Nazarene
2101 E. Renner Road, Richardson, TX 75082
- Precinct 2702 will vote at Miller Elementary School
5661 Coventry Drive, Richardson, TX 75082
For more information, including a list of all Election Day polling locations, visit www.cor.net/elections.
Collins/Arapaho TOD Block Party June 13-14
The community is invited to a block party June 13-14 in the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Innovation District, to learn more about plans for the 1,200-acre District and offer feedback to city planners. The party is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at 1302 E. Collins Blvd., and includes live music and food trucks. The event is come-and-go, with a full presentation about the District scheduled for 7 p.m. June 13.
Registration is not required but is requested. For more information and to register, visit www.cor.net/collinsarapaho. You can also follow the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/richardsonredevelopment.
Library Featured on WFAA-TV
The Richardson Public Library was the setting for two live segments during WFAA-TV Channel 8’s “Good Morning Texas” (GMT) show Wednesday morning. Librarian Shay Brooks was interviewed about the Library’s Summer Reading Program, and local book reviewer Gwen Reyes presented her top summer reading picks for adults and children.
GMT reporter Paige McCoy Smith spoke afterward with Richardson Today about why she chose Richardson’s Library for the segment; to watch the interview with Smith and a behind-the-scenes look at the GMT shoot, visit www.richardsontoday.com.
DART Platform Extension Work Begins
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has begun platform extension work at Galatyn Park Station. The work is part of a broader project that involves lengthening the platforms at 28 Red and Blue Line stations over the next two years to accommodate more cars on DART trains.
Work is expected to continue at Galatyn Park for the next four months. Rail service will not be disrupted but riders need to be aware of the active construction zone at that station and to be extra careful in and around the area. For more information, visit www.dart.org.
DART Selects Trains to Traverse Cotton Belt Corridor
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board announced last week it has selected Stadler US for the contract to assemble and build eight FLIRTs (Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train) for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project and to design an equipment maintenance facility. At 318 feet long, each FLIRT will seat 230 and include automatic passenger counters and closed-circuit television. The vehicles are self-propelled by a diesel multiple unit and meet Tier 4 EPA emissions standards and Federal Railroad Administration standards, and are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project, a 26-mile east-west alignment that will traverse seven cities including Richardson, is scheduled to be completed in 2022. For more information, visit www.dart.org/cottonbelt.
Lane Closures Expected on SB US 75 Frontage Road
The right lane of the southbound US 75 frontage road may be closed in two areas in Richardson this summer from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to cable/fiber optic work:
- From Belt Line Road continuing 600 ft. south
- Between Municipal Drive and Collins Boulevard (work is taking place at Gateway Boulevard)
The work near Belt Line Road is expected to wrap-up by early July; the Gateway Boulevard project will continue through mid-August.
Lane Closures on Renner Road near US 75
Motorists who use Renner Road near US 75 should note that the right lane of eastbound Renner Road between Renner Parkway and Routh Creek Parkway may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily due to cable/fiber optic work. In addition, the right turn lane of the northbound US 75 frontage road onto eastbound Renner Road may be closed to traffic during the same time. The work is expected to be completed in early September.
Senior Health Fair June 12
The Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd., will host a Health and Information Fair Wednesday, June 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Participate in free health screenings and browse information tables covering a broad range of topics including financial planning, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, nonprofit agencies serving seniors, HMOs and more.
There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 972-744-7800.
Free Movie in Huffhines Park June 14
The Parks and Recreation Department begins a “movie in the park” series this summer featuring family-friendly movies and pre-show activities in a variety of City parks. Called “Friday Night Flicks,” it kicks off Friday, June 14 with the 2016 PG-rated movie, “Zootopia,” showing at Huffhines Park at dusk. Come early at 7:30 p.m. when the Dallas Zoo will be on hand with live animals at Huffhines Rec Center.
Admission is free, with light refreshments available for purchase. Attendees may bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as well-behaved dogs (outside only). Movie location is on the south side of Duck Creek/north side of Rec Center. The series continues July 12 at Breckinridge Park and Aug. 9 at Heights Park. For more information, call 972-744-7850.
Fourth of July Block Party Registration Continues
Planning a neighborhood block party for the Fourth of July? If all or part of it will take place on a City of Richardson street, make sure to check out the online Public Street Use Permit Application packet. The packet contains instructions, requirements, information about related costs (if applicable) and the forms that need to be submitted to the City (at least two weeks in advance) when holding a street event. Permits are approved on a first-come, first-served basis, as City staff/resources are limited as to the number of parties that can be accommodated, especially on holidays.
Click here to view and print the packet.
Magical Balloon Guy Show Saturday
A free show featuring “the magical balloon guy” Rob Holladay will be held tomorrow, June 8 from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. All ages are invited to be amazed, inspired and entertained with Holladay’s hilarious balloon twisting, puppets and a bit of magic.
No registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
“Tales for Tails” Children’s Reading Event Sunday
Readers in grades K-4 can improve their reading skills by reading to real dogs at “Tales for Tails,” Sunday, June 9 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Trainers from Texas Therapy Dogs will be on hand with their friendly canine companions, who’ll listen patiently and provide support through snuggles and wagging tails.
A free ticket is required to attend, available at the door starting at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event. All ages are welcome to meet the dogs at 4 p.m. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Lunchtime Lecture: “Become Your Own Hero” June 11
The Library’s Lunchtime Lecture Series will host poet, playwright and fiction writer Troy Camplin, Ph.D as he presents, “Become Your Own Hero,” Tuesday, June 11 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Camplin will give a self-help talk based on literary depictions of what it means to be a hero and discuss the question, “What made Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus and Orestes great heroes?”
For adults and teens. Registration is not required and attendees may bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Brazilian Pianist Channels Elton John at Alamo Drafthouse
Visitors to Alamo Drafthouse Richardson last weekend may have seen a familiar face behind the sparkly sunglasses of the pianist entertaining guests in the lobby—it was Thiago X. Nascimento, a classically-trained, Brazilian-born pianist who is a former employee of Richland College and former accompanist for Arapaho United Methodist Church. Nascimento, who now performs full time at clubs and events across the Metroplex (“everything from classical to jazz to musical theater”), was happy to be back in Richardson to help promote the new movie, “Rocketman,” and Richardson Today caught up with him during a break. See a video of Nascimento performing and talking about his music at www.richardsontoday.com.
At UT Dallas
- “Reading the World” Book Club June 11
6-7:30 p.m. in the Library Administrative Suite Conference Room (MC 4.2/4th floor). Admission is free.
The public is invited to discuss the best-selling and award-winning 2008 novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery.
- Juneteenth Celebration June 14
5-7:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center atrium.
The public is invited to a “Family Reunion”-themed celebration featuring Texas-style BBQ, a bake-off, games, Texas history trivia, a health and wellness fair and a live band. For more information, click here.
Texas Premiere of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Tonight at RTC
Lunatic Theatre Company, in partnership with Richardson Theatre Centre (RTC), presents the Texas premiere of the play, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” June 7-23 at RTC, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113. The play is based on the screenplay of the groundbreaking 1967 film of the same name.
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 snacks, sweets and beverages. For more information, visit www.richardsontheatrecentre.net. To make reservations, call 972-699-1130. Both Lunatic Theatre and Richardson Theatre Centre are funded in part by the Cultural Arts Commission.
Free Outdoor Concert with Richardson Community Band June 9
The Richardson Community Band continues its 2019 outdoor concert series with “Good Golly & Miss Molly!” Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center fountain plaza. Admission is free. Lawn chairs, blankets, dogs and picnics are welcome. Parking is free and available in the nearby Library and Civic Center lots.
For a complete schedule of the band’s summer concerts, go to www.richardsoncommunityband.org.
Kabbalah Centre Volunteers Clean Up Galatyn Woodland Preserve
A dozen volunteers from the Kabbalah Centre-Dallas, including both adults and children, cleaned up Galatyn Woodland Preserve Sunday, collecting large debris and 16 bags of trash. The volunteers beautified the entire trail loop, pond, inlet and parts of the wooded area and creek. The event was coordinated by the Health Department’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program.
The program is open to any group looking for a service activity. All supplies, including trash bags, tongs and vinyl gloves, are provided by the City and filled bags may be left at the cleanup site for City pickup. The City also provides direction in choosing an area needing assistance.
To schedule a group cleanup event, call 972-744-4078. For more information, visit www.cor.net/cleanup.
Recycling Event Sets Records
The Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, longtime sponsor of biannual electronics recycling and document shredding events in Richardson, reports that a record number of electronics and documents were collected at last Saturday’s event held at Richardson Square Mall. Approximately 27,600 pounds of electronics were collected and 65,000 pounds of paper were shredded, each surpassing any amounts previously collected.
Both the paper and electronics are recycled. In addition, the City held a nearby grease collection event Saturday that collected several gallons of used cooking oil and grease, which is turned into biofuel.
Phil-up Appears at Library Throughout June
Phil-up the Blue Bag, Richardson’s recycling mascot, will be spreading the word about recycling at the Richardson Public Library every Thursday in June from 1-2:30 p.m. Greet Phil-up, learn about Richardson’s recycling program and get some cool recycling swag—Richardson residents receive a voucher for a free roll of blue recycling bags!
For more information or to schedule an appearance by Phil-up, visit www.cor.net/philup.
Combination Inspector ($3,963-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking individuals interested in inspecting building, construction sites and construction components for compliance with building, plumbing, and mechanical codes and laws.
Driver Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment.
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
Meet Hanaan! He is as friendly as can be and does well with other kitties. He prefers quiet companionship and a warm lap to curl up in. Hanaan is about a year old, calm and courteous. This furry friend is ready to head home today!
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.