Week In Review, Sept. 20, 2019
Sept. 20, 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.
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Ground Breaks For DART Silver Line
City leaders, UT Dallas administrators and DART officials officially broke ground Thursday for the DART Silver Line, held at the future site of the Silver Line station at UT Dallas’ Northside development. The 26-mile Silver Line project will create a commuter rail connection between the CityLine/Bush Station and DFW Airport, utilizing the Cotton Belt Rail corridor and traversing seven cities in between.
When completed, the Silver Line will interface with three DART light rail lines and the TEXRail regional rail line to Fort Worth. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2022.
For more information, visit www.dart.org/cottonbelt. For video highlights from Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony, click here.
DART Offers Expanded Service, Discounted Tickets for State Fair
The 2019 State Fair of Texas opens Friday, Sept. 27 at noon, continuing through Oct. 20, and DART is making several changes during the run of the fair to assist riders traveling to and from Fair Park:
- Extra Green Line trains will be added from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends, with all trips featuring three-car trains.
- The Orange Line will be extended to Plano’s Parker Road Station (except for Saturday, Oct. 12).
- Green and Blue Line service will be added after 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The Green Line provides service to both stations at Fair Park. Southbound Red and Orange Line passengers boarding at Richardson DART stations can transfer to the Green Line at Pearl/Arts District Station—look for Green Line trains labeled, “Fair Park,” “Buckner” or “Lawnview.” Green Line trains will be available approximately every 10 minutes.
Cost to ride from Richardson is $6 for a Local Day Pass; DART passes and discounted State Fair tickets may be purchased through DART’s GoPass app. For more information, visit www.DART.org/StateFair or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.
City Receives Grant to Make Greenville Avenue More Pedestrian, Bike Friendly
City officials received word this week that Richardson is one of five cities across the U.S. chosen to receive a $100,000 grant through the “Made To Move” program, a national competition that funds city projects that encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Richardson’s proposed use of the grant adds 1.8 miles of bike lanes on Greenville Avenue between Campbell Road and Jackson Street, and creates a pedestrian crossing to better integrate the Arapaho Center DART station with the planned Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District.
Currently, the feasibility of the changes is being studied as part of the grant-funded Greenville Avenue Demonstration Project, with temporary bike lanes in place at the site along both northbound and southbound Greenville Avenue and a pedestrian crossing constructed near the DART station. If proven successful, the lanes and crossing will be made permanent with funds from the “Made To Move” grant by July 2020.
For more about “Made To Move” and the winning projects, click here.
RROB Author to Appear Sept. 24
Writer/producer Attica Locke will appear in Richardson Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson High School auditorium for a lecture and book signing hosted by Richardson Reads One Book (RROB). Locke is the author of the RROB 2019 selection, “Bluebird, Bluebird,” which has been the subject of book discussions and activities at the Richardson Public Library and other venues during the past six months. The award-winning novel is set in East Texas and explores the intersection of love, race and justice, and is the first book in a “Highway 59” mystery series of which an upcoming FX TV series will be based. Locke is a writer and producer for the Emmy award-winning television show, “Empire.”
The event is free and open to the public but requires a free ticket to attend. Tickets are available at the Library’s Information Desk. For more information about the author, the book and the Richardson Reads One Book program, visit www.cor.net/onebook.
City Council Gets a Closer Look at Collins/Arapaho District, Rezoning Initiative
The City Council was updated Monday on the rezoning initiative for the Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District, first through a bus tour of the 1,200-acre area and afterwards via a presentation by Development Services staff and the City’s consultant team. Information related to the development of prospective zoning regulations for the area was presented, including:
- an update on the Greenville Avenue Demonstration Project (see story above)
- feedback from stakeholder interviews conducted in August
- feedback from a public Open House held in August
- a review of topics/refinements discussed at the joint work session between the City Council and City Plan commission held in July, including special permits, parking and residential development
- information concerning new code topics such as gateways/portals, street types and signs
A public hearing regarding the proposed zoning standards is scheduled for Oct. 15. For more information discussed at Monday’s presentation, click here. The Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District is further detailed at www.cor.net/collinsarapaho.
Peanut Butter Drive Continues
Collin County cities including Richardson are sponsoring the “Spread the Hope” Collin County Peanut Butter Drive during the month of September. The Drive’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and raise awareness of food insecurity issues in North Texas.
Anyone wishing to participate may drop off plastic jars of peanut butter at any of the designated drop-off locations. In Richardson, drop-off boxes are located just inside the east and west entrances of the City Hall/Civic Center, 411. W. Arapaho Rd. Butters such as almond, hazelnut, sunflower seed and soynut are also accepted. Glass containers are discouraged as they may break when the collection box is transported. The Drive ends Sept. 30.
For more information and to watch a video about the event featuring the participating cities’ mayors (including Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker), visit www.ntfb.org/peanutbutterdrive.
Construction Complete at US 75 and PGBT Interchange
The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that the $37 million, three-year overhaul of the interchange at US 75 and the Bush Turnpike is complete. Improvements spanning 1.3 miles include:
- new entrances and exit ramps at select locations
- a northbound frontage road bypass underneath Plano Parkway
- a reconstruction of the Plano Parkway bridge over US 75
The changes are expected to bring congestion relief to over a quarter-million drivers who pass through the area daily.
Lane Closures on Arapaho Road Planned Between Dorothy Drive, Plano Road
The right lane of eastbound Arapaho Road between Dorothy Drive and the railroad tracks may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through mid-December, to accommodate cable/fiber optic work taking place near the intersection of Arapaho Road and Grove Road. (This project may also close the bike line along southbound Grove Road between Arapaho Road and 777 N. Grove Rd.).
In addition, the right lane of westbound Arapaho Road between Plano Road and International Parkway may be closed to traffic during the same hours for cable maintenance work. That project is expected to be complete by late September.
Kids’ Consignment Sale at Civic Center Saturday Features Clothing, Gear, More
The biannual Twice as Nice Consignment Sale hosted by the North Dallas Mothers of Twins Club is back at the City Hall/Civic Center tomorrow, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with deals on gently used, quality items for children, pre-teens and juniors. Find more than 20,000 nursery items, play equipment, toys and books, as well as brand name and designer clothes and shoes.
Admission is free. Credit cards are accepted but cash or check is preferred. For more information, visit the sale’s Facebook page.
Richardson Chamber’s Young Professionals Hosts Field Day Event at CityLine Sept. 27
The Richardson Young Professionals, a group sponsored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, is hosting its first-ever “Color Games” field day at CityLine Plaza Friday, Sept. 27 from 3-6 p.m. Young professionals that live and work in Richardson and the surrounding area are invited for an afternoon of team games featuring “color dust” followed by happy hour at a nearby restaurant.
Registration fee is $35 for an individual and $140 for teams of 4-6 people. Individuals will be paired with others to form a team. Registration fee includes sunglasses and a white Color Games T-shirt. For more information, click here. For information about Richardson Young Professionals, click here.
RROB Murder Mystery Game for Tweens and Teens Sept. 21
Teens and tweens ages 11-18 are invited to visit the Teen Advisory Board meeting, Saturday, Sept. 21, and stay after for the Richardson Reads One Book “Western Murder Mystery,” from 2-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Just like the RROB 2019 selection, “Bluebird, Bluebird,” this Murder Mystery activity is a classic whodunnit set in an East Texas town. Participants will interview the “suspects” and figure out who the murderer is!
Admission is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
LEGO Mindstorms Sept. 26
Children ages 8-10 years old will work in groups to code with iPads, perform tasks and race their robot against others at “Lego Mindstorms,” Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room.
There is no cost to attend but registration is required. To register, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.
Drive-in Movie Morning Sept. 28
The Library will continue its 60th Anniversary celebration by taking kids back to the ‘50s at “Let the Good Times Roll: A Drive-in Movie Morning” Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Basement Program Room. Children ages 3-7 will listen to a story, create and decorate a cardboard car and enjoy a short movie with snacks.
Admission is free but registration is required. Call 972-744-4358 for more information and to register.
Mid-Autumn Festival Held in Richardson
The Buddhist Light International Association co-hosted a local version of the Mid-Autumn Festival last Sunday at the International Buddhist Progress Society in east Richardson. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a Chinese and Vietnamese harvest festival held each year in mid-to-late September that coincides with a full moon. The Richardson festival featured a vegetarian food fair, lion dances, craft activities and more.
To get a glimpse of the fun, watch a video created by the City’s Communications Department here.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Dal’Ouna Ensemble Tonight
8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25-$100.
Named after a festive Palestinian music genre, the ensemble brings a repertoire that extends from Egypt to Andalusia, adding medieval and jazz accents and featuring special guest artist, Dallas-based vocalist Nisreen Hajaj.
- Tejas Dance Presents Viraja & Shyamjith Kiran Sept. 21
5 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20-$50.
The dancer couple headlines an evening of Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) entitled, “Sugati—the Path of Bliss.”
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:
- One O’Clock Lab Band Tonight
8 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Admission is $20. For tickets, click here.
The Grammy-nominated premier ensemble of the University of North Texas’ jazz studies program brings its well-known musicianship and tight ensemble performance to UT Dallas.
- “Reading the World” Book Club Sept. 24
6-7:30 p.m. in the conference room of the McDermott Library’s Administrative Suite, Room MC 4.2. Admission is free.
The public is invited to a discussion of Orhan Pamuk’s 2002 novel, “My Name is Red.” (View a video about the club and the novel, created by the City’s Communications Department, here.)
For parking and other information, visit www.utd.edu/ah/events/ or call 972-883-2787.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” Opens at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Sept. 20-29. The Broadway play, based on the novel, “Peter and the Starcatchers,” serves as a prequel to the Peter Pan story and provides a backstory for the characters of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and Mrs. Darling.
Tickets are $17 for youth and $28 for adults. For tickets and more information, visit www.rcttheatre.com. To watch a video featuring cast members at a recent Richardson Public Library appearance, click here.
Last Weekend for “Towards Zero” at Richardson Theatre Centre
The Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 113, is presenting the Agatha Christie whodunit, “Towards Zero,” through Sept. 22. Remaining show days and times are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks, sweets and beverages.
For tickets, call 972-699-1130. View a video about the show created by the City’s Communications Department here.
Master Gardeners Offer Free Gardening Advice via Phone, Internet
Starting a garden or do-it-yourself landscaping project? The Dallas County Master Gardener Association, through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center, offers free, live telephone advice Monday-Friday and an updated website featuring advice on plant care and what to plant and prune each month. Advice listed for September includes:
- Divide and re-plant spring blooming perennials such as iris, yarrow, daisies, daffodils and daylilies (late September to early October)
- Plant chrysanthemums, asters, petunias, marigolds and other fall color plants
- Sow wildflower seeds and press into soil surface to improve germination
- Avoid pruning spring-flowering trees and shrubs during the fall, as pruning now will reduce spring flowers
- Trim dead or damaged wood from trees and shrubs but avoid drastic pruning
To view the website, go to www.dallascountymastergardeners.org. To ask a gardening question, call the Master Gardeners Help Desk at 214-904-3053, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Questions may also be submitted through a form at the website.
Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$3,196 monthly)
There are multiple job openings in Streets, Parks-Maintenance, and Sewer for individuals with experience in working with various types of equipment. This position requires outdoor work.
Driver/Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste-Residential is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment. This position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions.
Part-Time Gymnastics Instructor ($7.50-$26.50 hourly)
The Gymnastics Center is seeking individuals with a background and experience in gymnastics, cheerleading, and/or child care interested in teaching classes to students at the Gymnastics Center.
Animal Shelter Pets of the Week
Meet Trent! He is a handsome orange tabby who loves to cuddle, nap and play. Sure, he’s a bit shy at first, but give him a toy and he’s jumping around ready to pounce and play. He is about 2 years old, neutered and up to date on all vaccinations. Adoption fee is only $15!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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