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Week In Review, Dec. 27, 2019

Post Date:12/27/2019 4:00 PM
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Dec. 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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City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for New Year's Holiday
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Wednesday, Jan. 1. Since the holiday falls on a Wednesday, there is no need for a recycling makeup day. 

For the New Year's Holiday Jan. 1, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.

Facility Open / Closed Status
City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Eisemann Center Closed Jan. 1
Recreation Centers, Senior Center and Tennis Center 5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
Gymnastics Center Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1


Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.

5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open Jan. 1


No City Council Meeting Dec. 30
Due to the holidays, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, Dec. 30. The Council will next meet Monday, Jan. 6 for a work session at 6 p.m.


Parks Department Celebrates 60 Years Dec. 29
The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department turns 60 Dec. 29, and several activities are planned in celebration of the milestone:

Dec. 29-Jan. 31

  • 60-Day Membership Bonus—If you buy or renew a recreation membership, 60 days will be added to your membership. Valid at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers only.

Dec. 30-Jan. 3

  • Selfie Scavenger Hunt (Facebook and Instagram)—Parks staff will post a riddle each day. Solve the riddle and post a selfie at the riddle solution (tagged with #RPARDis60). The first person to post a picture with the hashtag will win a prize, and everyone who posts will be entered into a drawing each day.

Jan. 6-10

  • Online Trivia—Parks staff will post 3-6 questions about the Parks Department each day, all at one time on Facebook. The first person to answer all questions correctly will win a prize, and anyone who participated for the day will be entered into a drawing.

Jan. 14-18

  • Traveling Game—Catch a specially numbered tennis ball from a ball hopper at the Tennis Center, Gymnastics Center, Senior Center, Huffhines or Heights recreation centers (ball hopper will be at a different location each day) and win a prize that corresponds to your number. If someone gets number 60, they will get a special edition 60th anniversary item.

Jan. 20-31

  • Customer Appreciation Parties
  • Scavenger Hunt—An old school style scavenger hunt. Look for posters at recreation facilities or an online post with the first riddle, that will lead you to the remaining riddles.



Application Deadline for Local Bands to Perform at Wildflower! is Dec. 31
Wildflower! Arts & Musical Festival staff are currently accepting entries from local and regional bands interested in performing at the 2020 Festival, which takes place May 15-17. All acts are selected by a programming committee and are chosen based on programming needs, appropriateness to event, talent level, event budget and meeting of criteria eligibility.

Applications may be found online. Deadline to submit is Dec. 31. (Due to the high volume of entries, Wildflower! cannot guarantee someone will respond personally to each submission, however, all materials received will be reviewed.) All entertainers selected to perform will be contacted by Jan. 31, 2020.


DART Offers Free Rides New Year’s Eve; Schedule Changes Announced for New Year’s Day
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Coors Light are teaming up again this year to offer free New Year’s Eve DART rides on all buses, trains and Paratransit Services, and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. No pass, coupon or fare of any kind is required for a free ride Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to end of service, which varies by route.

In addition, several schedule changes have been announced for Jan. 1 including:

  • DART bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • Additional Orange and Green Line service will be added to accommodate passengers traveling to and from the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fair Park
  • No service for TRE
  • DART administrative offices will be closed
  • DART Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule

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Contact: 214-979-1111

January Richardson Today Mailed Next Week
The January issue of Richardson Today will be published next week and should begin arriving in mailboxes Friday. This month’s issue has a special focus on “The Richardson Way,” with several stories on what makes Richardson unique. Be sure to check out page 3, a pull-out “quick reference” page with contact information for the most-used City services.

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 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.


Richardson Projects

Lanes at Collins Boulevard and International Parkway to be Narrowed
The northbound and southbound lanes at Collins Boulevard and International Parkway may be narrowed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for fiber optic cable installation. The project is expected to last until early April.



Santa’s Village Grounds Still Open for Photos, Strolling
Santa's Village Pecan Tree Lighted
There are still a few more days to enjoy Santa’s Village—though Santa headed back to the North Pole and village activities ended Dec. 22, the buildings remain in place and the lights will continue to be lit through Jan. 1. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and take photographs daily from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.



Online Library Services Available 24/7
Though the Richardson Public Library is closed Jan. 1, many services are available online. Here are some things you can do 24/7 online at no charge, with a valid Richardson Library card:

  • Renew a book
  • Download thousands of audiobooks, eBooks, music, movies, television shows and digital magazines
  • Get homework help, divided by level, from elementary through high school
  • Take an online class
  • Learn a new language
  • Get test prep help for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, GED, GRE, LSAT and many more
  • Download up-to-date legal forms, including personalized forms and state-specific legal information
  • Enhance your business or learn how to start a business
  • Prepare for a new job



Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Pegasus Theatre’s “The Color of Death!” Begins Dec. 29
    8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Jan. 19 in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $24-$44, with First Week Rush discounts offered and special pricing for the second and third week for seniors, students, military, teachers and children.
    Pegasus Theatre is back with a unique three-act Harry Hunsacker adventure, “The Color of Death!” featuring the group’s signature Living Black & White™ technique in Act 1.
  • Art Show: Texas Jewish Arts Association and Texas Sculpture Association Dec. 31-Jan. 27
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
    Texas artists come together for “Resolution: Peace and Unity,” a juried exhibition, featuring works that exemplify valuing differences and strengthening understanding and acceptance of others.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

“New Year’s Eve: A Night in Casablanca” at RCT Dec. 31
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with “A Night in Casablanca” at Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., complete with a Rick’s Café musical revue from the 1940s and casino games. A beverage and dessert bar will be available.

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.
Contact: 972-690-5029

Last Weekend for “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” at The Core Theatre
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“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” by Mark Brown, wraps up a month of performances at The Core Theatre this weekend with final performances tonight, Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 27-29). The show is a continuation of the story of Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge and takes audiences into the courtroom for the “trial of the century,” as Scrooge is back to his old ways and suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$25. The Core Theatre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115.

Contact: 972-930-5338




Resolve to Keep Leaves, Grass Out of Landfill; Choose BABIC Instead
Need ideas for a “green” New Year’s resolution? Make a positive environmental impact by starting the practice of placing leaves and grass clippings in compostable bags, which are picked up curbside for free by the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service. The bags, which are made of thick, brown paper and available for purchase in the lawn and garden section of many home improvement retailers, may be filled with leaves, grass and small twigs. When full, call BABIC to let them know you have compostable bags needing to be picked up, and place near the curb on your regular recycling day. The leaves, grass clippings and bags all become compost. In contrast, leaves and grass clippings that are put in plastic trash bags are picked up with regular trash and end up in the landfill, taking up needed space.

Another option is to ditch the bags completely and do what the City does with grass clippings and fallen leaves on City property—shred them with a mulching lawnmower or regular lawnmower and leave them on top of existing grass. They break down quickly and provide vital nutrients for a healthy lawn.

Contact: 972-744-4111

Holiday Tree Cycling Continues
Tree Cycling
The City is encouraging residents to “tree cycle” Christmas trees by turning them into mulch and compost through the City’s Tree Cycling program. Trees may be dropped off through Feb. 1 at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., or set out at the curb and picked up as part of the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC).

The Service Center site will be open 24 hours, seven days a week; for BABIC pick-up, call 972-744-4111 and be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.

Tree cycling guidelines:

  • Trees must be natural (not artificial) and unflocked.
  • All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc., must be removed.
  • Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).


Drop Off Large Boxes for Recycling through Jan. 4
Cardboard Boy Recycling
The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department have
teamed up to help fight crime and recycle at the same time. Instead of putting your new computer box or flat screen TV box out for pickup (and advertising your treasures to thieves), you may drop off the boxes for recycling through Jan. 4 at the following temporary locations (flattened cardboard items ONLY):

  • Custer Park, 700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
  • Recycle Center, 102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
  • Breckinridge Park, 5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)

If you prefer to throw the boxes away, place them inside a black trash bag and set out with trash.




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.

Accounts Payable Representative ($2,736-$3,954 monthly)
The Accounting Department is seeking an individual with experience in accounts payable processing or similar work experience. Data entry, keyboard skills and use of a 10-key calculator are required.

Part-Time Adult Van Driver ($9-$15.30 hourly)
The Parks Department is seeking an individual with a valid Texas CDL, Class A, B, or C, with “P” (passenger) endorsement. This position requires driving a 22-passenger van/bus or a 14-passenger van/bus safely.



Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Milo! He is a 2 year old Lab mix, neutered male and has been looking for a home since August. This action-loving guy is full of energy and has an outgoing personality, which would make him a great dog for an active family with older kids. He thrives in a lot of activity and is suitable for adopters who like the outdoors and have the time to include him in the family fun.

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


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