Week In Review, Sept. 27, 2019
Sept. 27, 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:
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Grant Funding Approved for Arts Organizations
Twenty-five area arts organizations will share $360,000 in grant funding next year from the City of Richardson, to assist with operating expenses/regular programming. The City Council approved the grants, funded by the hotel/motel tax fund, at Monday’s meeting based on the recommendation provided by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.
The Commission reviews grant applications from arts organizations each year for financial assistance from the fund. Organizations must meet several criteria in areas such as artistic merit, inclusiveness, financial capability, community service and alignment with the City’s Cultural Arts Master Plan.
Organizations receiving funding for 2019-20 are as follows:
- Arts Incubator of Richardson
- Chamber Music International
- Chamberlain Ballet
- Collin County Ballet Theatre
- Contemporary Chorale
- Core Theatre
- Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra
- Dallas Chinese Community Center
- Dallas Repertoire Ballet
- Friends of the Richardson Public Library, Inc.
- Lone Star Wind Orchestra
- Pegasus Theatre Incorporated
- Plano Symphony Orchestra
- Repertory Company Theatre, Inc.
- Richardson Civic Art Society
- Richardson Community Band
- Richardson Community Chorale
- Richardson Reads One Book
- Richardson Symphony, Inc.
- Richardson Theatre Centre, Inc.
- Rich-Tone Chorus
- Spectacular Follies
- Texas Chinese Performing Arts Association
- Texas Winds Musical Outreach, Inc.\
- Tuzer Ballet
For more information on Richardson’s arts initiatives and the grant funding process, go to www.cor.net/arts.
Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Voted Reader's Choice Best Music Festival
Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has been voted Best Music Festival in the Dallas Observer’s “Best of Dallas 2019” Reader’s Choice awards, announced this week. The awards, in which readers nominate and vote online for their favorites each summer, feature more than 90 categories of shops, restaurants and entertainment options. The winners are published in the Dallas Observer and listed by year on the publication’s website and are a popular resource for visitors and residents in the DFW area.
Other Richardson entities receiving a 2019 Reader’s Choice award include Free Play Arcade and the Richardson Bike Mart. To view the complete list, visit www.dallasobserver.com.
Fujitsu Donates Solar Cars/Kits to RISD Foundation
Local employer Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. has donated 60 solar-powered cars and 200 solar car kits to the Richardson Independent School District (RISD) Excellence in Education Foundation to help promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The cars are being used to teach solar energy concepts in a hands-on manner.
The donation is part of a long-term partnership between Fujitsu, the Excellence in Education Foundation and RISD to encourage STEM learning in the district. Employees at the information and communications technology company built the cars during their annual Fujitsu Day, to support student enrichment and teacher development.
University Specializing in Health Professions Headed to Richardson
City Council members approved a special permit request Monday for West Coast University, a private college that offers undergraduate and graduate nursing and health care administration degrees in person and online. The school plans to open in the third quarter of 2020 in the former Fossil headquarters at 2323 N. Central Expwy. after it closes its downtown Dallas campus. At capacity, enrollment will total about 1,500 students, with a third housed off-site for clinical rotations.
Volunteers Paint Bike Lanes, Crosswalk on Greenville Avenue
Local volunteers from organizations such as AARP and Bike Friendly Richardson offered their time and talents along a stretch of Greenville Avenue this week, painting temporary bike lanes between Campbell Road and Jackson Street, and adding a colorful mural to a temporary crosswalk installed near the Arapaho Center DART Station. The bike lanes and crosswalk are part of the Greenville Avenue Demonstration Project, a study co-funded by the City and AARP to determine the feasibility of making Greenville Avenue more pedestrian and bike friendly in that area.
In addition to the volunteers, this project was implemented with the assistance of the Better Block Foundation.
If proven successful, the lanes and crossing will be made permanent by July 2020, funded by a grant from the “Made To Move” program. For more information about the Project, visit www.cor.net/greenville.
Richardson Observes National Night Out Oct. 1
The 2019 National Night Out (NNO) in Texas takes place Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m., and Richardson will again be a strong competitor for awards with its many front porch gatherings, cookouts and block parties. Richardson Police Department officers, City officials and community leaders plan to visit registered parties; police will also be collecting food for its “Can Do” project that benefits Network of Community Ministries.
NNO, sponsored nationally for 36 years by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help in crime prevention and enhancing quality of life.
For more information, go to www.richardsonpolice.net or call the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.
Peanut Butter Drive Ends Monday
There’s still time to donate peanut butter to the “Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive—
collection boxes will remain in place through Monday, Sept. 30. The Drive’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank 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.
Richardson Fire Department Staff Moves to New Headquarters
It’s moving day for Richardson Fire Department Station 1 staff, as workers began moving files, computers and other equipment earlier today to the newly constructed Fire Station 1/Fire Administration Building, about a block north of the former location. The move is expected to continue through Monday.
The 31,000-square-foot building is located just northeast of the intersection of Greenville Avenue and Belt Line Road and is the first building to be completed on the City’s new public safety campus, funded by the 2015 Bond Program approved by voters. The new facilities will provide larger, improved locker rooms, additional space for existing and future staff and numerous security and operational enhancements.
City Council Gets Update on Emergency Preparedness Activities
Emergency Management staff updated the City Council Monday on National Preparedness Month. Though National Preparedness Month is recognized each September as a time to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning, Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management conducts educational outreach year-round, both in-person and via printed material. With the 2019 theme of “Prepared, Not Scared,” activities this year have included:
- creating and posting 32 informative roadway banners on select Richardson streets
- working with RISD, local corporations and child care organizations to assess their facilities and emergency plans and provide education
- working with the Partners in Preparedness group, comprised of people with functional accessibility needs and representatives of local special needs advocacy groups, to help determine improvements needed in emergency notification and response
Department staff also updated the Council on recent emergency response efforts, the City’s partnerships with other cities and recently acquired, grant-funded emergency response equipment that has benefited those partnerships. To watch Monday’s presentation, click here.
Nomination Deadline for Community Revitalization Awards is Sept. 30
Nominations continue to be accepted for the 2019 Community Revitalization Awards through Sept. 30. The Richardson City Council created the awards in 1994 to recognize people who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties. Residential and non-residential properties are eligible for consideration, with more than 270 properties recognized since the program’s inception.
More information and a nomination form is available online at www.cor.net/cra. For additional information, contact the program administrator, Keith Krum, Senior Planner in the Development Services Department, at 972-744-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No City Council Meeting Sept. 30
Due to Sept. 30 being the fifth Monday of the month, there will be no City Council work session or meeting that day. The Council will next meet Monday, Oct. 7 for a work session at 6 p.m.
For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
October Richardson Today Hits Mailboxes this Weekend
The October issue of Richardson Today has been delivered to the Post Office and will begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue has a special focus on the 2019-20 City Budget, including information on the Street Rehabilitation Program and traffic communications signal upgrades. Also included is information on National Night Out and the semiannual electronics recycling/document shredding event.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.RichardsonToday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may also be accessed there. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Lane Closures Expected on East Campbell Road
The right lane of eastbound Campbell Road may be closed in several places between Glenville Drive and Jupiter Road from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to fiber optic work. Specific sections include:
- Glenville Drive to Campbell Creek Boulevard
- Owens Boulevard to Campbell Trail
- Meadowcove Drive to Jupiter Road
The work is expected to be complete in late December.
Domestic/Dating Violence Awareness Event at Civic Center Sept. 28
The Dallas-based Anti-Bullying Teen Rough-ing organization will host “Get Up-N-Run,” a domestic violence/teen dating violence awareness event Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the City Hall/Civic Center. Attendees will learn practical and effective self-defense techniques and tips and how to minimize the chance of being attacked.
Admission is free but registration is requested; click here for more information and to register.
Friends of the Library Hosts Author Jeffrey Eaton at Annual Dinner Oct. 1
The Friends of the Richardson Public Library invite the public to the group’s annual meeting and dinner and to hear author Jeffrey Eaton Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Aboca’s Italian Grill, 100 Central Expwy. #63. Eaton will discuss his book, “Murder Becomes Manhattan,” part of the “Murder Becomes” series.
Tickets are $30; click here to purchase.
“Coffee with a Cop” Oct. 2
Celebrate National Coffee with a Cop day Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at McDonald’s, 1251 E. Belt Line Rd. Stop by to visit with officers from the Richardson Police Department and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee.
NETWORK Golf Outing Oct. 4
Sherrill Park Golf Course is the site of the 22nd annual golf tournament benefitting Network of Community Ministries Friday, Oct. 4. Those wishing to participate may do so as a sponsor, foursome or individual player.
Check-in begins at 11 a.m.; the day-long event includes lunch, a four-man scramble shotgun start at 1 p.m., happy hour, awards, silent auction, raffle and dinner. For more information and to register click here.
“Tales for Tails” Sept. 29
Readers in grades K-4 are invited to improve their reading skills while reading to friendly canine companions from Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs Sunday, Sept. 29 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room.
Admission is free but a free ticket is required to attend—tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. All ages are welcome to stop by to meet the dogs at 4 p.m. For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.
Poetry Reading Sept. 29
Members of the Richardson Poets Group will read original selections at the eighth annual Poetry Reading Sunday, Sept. 29 from 3-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.
All ages are invited to attend. Admission is free and registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
“Cookies, Crafts and Crayons” Oct. 4
Take a break and come snack, craft and color in the First Floor Program Room Friday, Oct. 4 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and all supplies and snacks are provided. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
UT Dallas Students Learn the Merengue
UT Dallas students got a break in their studies last week with a free merengue lesson sponsored by the UT Dallas Multicultural Center. A professional instructor helped the students move and twirl through the Visitor Center Atrium at the “Merengue with Me!” event, held in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.
City Communications Department staff caught the fun on video—watch it here.
Save the Date: FOL, Richardson Community Band Collaboration is Oct. 6
The Richardson Community Band is presenting a unique, family-friendly, interactive event in collaboration with the Friends of the Library Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Eisemann Center. The event focuses on storytelling through books and music. Pre-concert activities include hands-on instruments and children’s conducting lessons. The concert, hosted by radio broadcaster Barry Samsula, will feature several musical selections related to children’s books. Special guest Nancy Churnin will read from her book, “Irving Berlin—The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing.”
The fun gets started at 2:20 p.m.; admission is free. For more information, visit the Richardson Community Band’s Facebook page. Funded in part by a grant from the Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Chamber Music International Tonight
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $10-$40.
CMI opens its 34th season with selections from classical European folk music, and interpretations of works by American jazz legend Thelonius Monk played on a pipa, a.k.a. Chinese lute. The concert culminates with the Dallas-Fort Worth premiere of Tan Dun’s “Ghost Opera,” featuring string quartet and pipa. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative. To view a video created by the City’s Communications Department about the event, click here.
- Lynda Carter Sept. 28
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $45-$200.
Lynda Carter, best known as TV’s “Wonder Woman,” debuts her new show, “THIS LIFE My Music My Story,” a visual and musical journey of Carter’s life and music backed by an all-star band of recording veterans. The show features video of Carter’s personal photos and film clips.
- “Not Without My Hijab” Sept. 29
1 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $37-$77.
A stage play that takes an inside look at a common struggle faced by Muslim young people. As Aneesa is torn between donning her hijab with confidence while navigating life as a teen and not wearing it but continuing to practice her faith, she confronts the question: Just how important is the hijab to her faith?
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:
- Duo Cuenca Tonight
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15, available here.
The Duo combines flamenco piano with traditional Spanish ballet. Featured works include “Zambra” by Turina, “Nana de Sevilla” by Ferderico Garcia Lorca and “Andaluza” by Granados.
Family Improv Event at The Core Theatre Sept. 28
The Core Theatre presents the second installment of its “Triple Crown of Comedy” family-friendly improv series Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is $10-$25.
For tickets, click here. The third night of the series will be held Nov 16.
Last Weekend for “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting “Peter and the Starcatcher” through Sept. 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.
Remaining show days and times are tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 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.
City’s Butterfly Gardens Ready for Monarch Migration
Monarch butterflies have begun their annual southbound migration, heading from Canada and the northern/Midwest U.S. to their winter home in Mexico, and should begin showing up in North Texas next week, peaking in mid-October. Richardson is a great place to spot them, as the City has been a Mayors’ Monarch Pledge city since 2015 (a program of the National Wildlife Federation). The Parks Department has established dedicated butterfly gardens in three parks—Berkner, Prairie Creek and Durham—and includes butterfly-friendly plants in park and landscape projects wherever feasible.
For more information about the City’s monarch-friendly activities, visit www.cor.net/richardsonplants. Share photos of local monarch sightings at the City of Richardson Parks & Recreation Facebook page.
Project Engineer ($6,228-$9,440 monthly)
The Engineering & Capital Projects Department is seeking an individual with four years of experience in civil engineering, preferably with a municipal or county government. Professional and technical knowledge is also required in civil engineering design, construction and related fields.
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 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 Pets of the Week
Meet Nikki! She is a wiggly, athletic, social butterfly that enjoys people of all ages. She is about 2 years old, an American mutt mix, spayed female and up to date on vaccinations. Visit Nikki today and we guarantee you will fall in love!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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