April 23, 2021
This 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 Hosts Trash Bash Saturday
The City’s annual Trash Bash is back Saturday, April 24. Postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, this year’s Bash offers several drive-thru activities in the City Hall parking lot and at Richardson Square Mall.
The day’s schedule is as follows:
City Hall parking lot drive-thru—9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Address: 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Residential cooking oil/grease collection (place oil/grease in covered containers)
- Book drive (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs)
- Free bag of Texas Pure compost or mulch
- Collection event for Network of Community Ministries
Richardson Square Mall—10 a.m.-2 p.m.
501 S. Plano Rd.
(sponsored by the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association)
- Electronics recycling
- Document shredding
Early Voting Continues Through April 27
Early voting for the May 1 Local Joint Election is taking place through April 27. Registered Dallas County and Collin County voters may vote early at any of their county’s early voting locations (the Richardson City Hall Parks Room is an early voting location for both Dallas and Collin counties).
Below are the remaining dates and times for early voting:
- April 23-24—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- April 25 (Dallas County only)—1-6 p.m.
- April 26-27—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Election Day voting will take place Saturday, May 1 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, including a complete list of early voting locations, visit www.collincountytx.gov/elections and www.dallascountyvotes.org.
2021 Bond Program Development Continues
City staff reviewed the candidate projects that have been identified for a possible 2021 Bond Program at Monday’s City Council work session, providing further refinements and information for the Council. The $190 million, no-tax rate-increase model bond program includes a variety of projects divided among five areas, or propositions (Streets, Public Buildings, Sidewalks, Drainage and Parks), with high priority given to street, alley and sidewalk improvements ($110 million) and public building renovations ($64 million). The Public Buildings Proposition proposes renovations to the Library, City Hall, Animal Shelter and Fire Station 5; Streets Proposition projects include:
- alleys and streets deemed “poor” plus Glenville Drive and McKinney Street improvements,
- Campbell/Jupiter intersection and Campbell/University intersection improvements,
- four new traffic signals and 15 traffic signal replacements, and
the Sidewalks Proposition includes sidewalk improvements for three commercial areas and two residential areas.
Police Hope to Increase Video Crime Watch Participation
The Richardson Police Department is getting out the word about its Neighborhood Video Crime Watch and Business Video Crime Watch programs in order to increase participation. Police Chief Jimmy Spivey reported earlier this year that total participants numbered 630 in 2020, which is excellent, but said they’d like to “cover the map” even more.
To volunteer in either program, owners of video surveillance cameras complete an online form that has basic questions about their video system’s capabilities. If a crime happens, a police officer or detective may contact program volunteers who have a surveillance system in the vicinity of the crime and ask them to review their footage to see if anything was captured that may help with the case.
RROB 2021 Features One Author, Two Books
Two books will be featured in the 2021 Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) program. The Library announced this week that, in addition to continuing the 2020 RROB selection, “This Tender Land,” by William Kent Krueger, the annual program has selected Krueger’s novel, “Ordinary Grace,” as a companion piece for 2021 to go along with it.
The goal of Richardson Reads One Book is to build connections in the community through the shared experience of discussing a book. Richardson readers are encouraged to discuss the selections in their personal book clubs and join community discussions and related activities hosted by the Library. Many copies of the books in various formats are available for check-out at the Library.
Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend for Emergency Prep Supplies
Tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms—the weekend of April 24 is a great time to get better prepared for these and other types of disasters, as it’s the annual Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday in Texas. Texans will be allowed to purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free, including portable generators (priced less than $3,000), flashlights, portable radios and even hand sanitizer, if it’s labeled with a “Drug Facts” panel. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to give an exemption certificate to claim the exemption. The tax exemption applies to in-person, online and other forms of purchase.
This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 24, and ends at midnight Monday, April 26. For more information, including a complete list of qualifying supplies, visit https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php. For ideas on assembling an emergency supply kit, visit www.cor.net/ready.
FEMA Winter Storm Assistance Deadline Extended
The deadline for residents affected by the February winter storms to apply for federal financial aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been extended to May 20. FEMA has been accepting applications for assistance with costs for home repairs and temporary lodging; low interest loans for uninsured property losses; and other programs to help residents and business owners recover.
Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY).
Miss Texas Pageant to Continue at Eisemann Center; Sign Toppers Installed
Miss Texas Chandler Foreman, along with Miss Richardson Kendra Land and Miss Richardson’s Outstanding Teen Alison Grundelman, joined Mayor Paul Voelker recently to place the first Miss Texas sign topper of 2021 at Galatyn Park. The title holders were on hand for a Miss Texas seminar that took place at the nearby Renaissance Hotel last weekend. The Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen pageants will take place at the Eisemann Center June 20-26; the competition was canceled for 2020 due to the pandemic.
2021 marks the seventh year for the pageants, and the sign toppers, to be in Galatyn Park. Tickets are not yet available for sale.
Miss Belle’s House Gets a Lift
The City’s historic home known as Miss Belle’s House got one step closer to being relocated this week, as it was lifted in its entirety off the ground and placed on blocks/beams. The City plans to transport the structure soon to a temporary spot on the grounds of the Fire Training and Emergency Operations Center, a few blocks away from the home’s current location near Plano Road/Lookout Drive.
The wooden, two-story house, also known as the Hill-Robberson House, has been at its current location for more than 40 years but the current property owner has requested that the house be moved in preparation for development of the surrounding land.
Built around 1887 at 206 Sherman St., Miss Belle’s House served as a private school (run by Virginia Bell “Miss Belle” Robberson) as well as a home to several families before it was donated to the City in 1979 and moved to its current site. It was designated a Texas historic landmark in 1982.
Daytime Lane Closure Expected Along Greenville Ave. Near ChinaTown
The right lane of northbound Greenville Avenue between Terrace Drive and Hillcrest Avenue may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to fiber optic work. The work is expected to complete by early June.
Bike Lanes Repainted Along Section of Yale Blvd.
Traffic on Yale Boulevard between Arapaho Road and Belt Line Road may see some disruption over the next few days as contractors repaint the northbound and then southbound bike lanes. The work should be completed by early next week, weather permitting.
Drug Take Back Event April 24
Richardson Police will host a drive-thru Drug Take Back event Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the east parking lot of the RPD Substation, 2003 E. Renner Rd. (near Fire Station 5). It is one of several area events taking place that day as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Bring unused and expired pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter, for proper disposal to keep them out of the trash (where pets, children and others might acquire them); out of landfills; and to prevent medications from being flushed down a sink drain or toilet and contaminating the water system.
All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed tightly in their original container. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
RALC Murder Mystery Play April 24
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC) is presenting its annual murder mystery fundraising event Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to work in teams to solve a “crime” revealed in a murder mystery comedy play entitled, “Six Feet Apart Equals Six Feet Under,” performed by community leaders and professional actors. An online silent auction is also included in the event; the auction has already opened and the public may participate in it (at www.bidpal.net/RALCMM21) even if not attending the play.
This year’s guest performers are Manasseh Durkin, Main Street Richardson developer; Katie Patterson, past Executive Director of RALC; Bill Alsup, Director of Health for the City of Richardson; and Jean Bono, a member of the RISD Board of Trustees.
Tickets start at $50 and are available at www.bidpal.net/RALCMM21.
RWC Garden Tour Tomorrow
“Gardens & More,” sponsored by the Richardson Woman’s Club, will be held Saturday, April 24. Get inspired with tours of five beautiful, neighborhood gardens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and enjoy an array of activities at the RWC Club House/Founder’s Hall, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities include a plant sale and garden gift shop. In addition, master gardeners will present seminars on relevant topics.
Tickets ($20 each) are available online and at the Clubhouse and include all garden tours and seminars. Tour maps will be available at the Club House on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit RWC’s community outreach and RISD senior scholarships.
Deadline to Register for May 14 RWC Golf Tourney is May 1
Registration is underway for the Richardson Woman’s Club’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament taking place May 14 at Sherrill Park. Cost per player is $130; registration includes lunch and dinner. Deadline to register is May 1; registration forms may be found at www.rwctx.org. Proceeds help fund scholarships for RISD seniors.
Fraud Prevention Seminar for Seniors April 27
Richardson Senior Center staff continue to engage senior citizens in the community online with “SIP Talks” (Senior Informational Presentations). Next up in the SIP series is a Fraud Prevention Seminar led by the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, to be held Tuesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 824 4495 4163
Used Book Collection at Trash Bash Benefits Library
The Friends of the Richardson Public Library (FOL) will be collecting used (and new) hardback and paperback books, magazines, CDs and DVDs at the City’s Trash Bash April 24 (see News item above), for its upcoming book sales. The organization hosts the book sales each year to raise funds for its initiatives that benefit the Library.
The Trash Bash collection will be located between the Library and City Hall; click here for a map. Note that they do not accept encyclopedias, out-of-date textbooks and cassette tapes.
Book Displays Highlight National Recycling Month, Earth Day
As April is National Recycling Month and the month in which Earth Day occurs, it’s a great time to help children understand the importance of recycling and caring for the Earth. Library staff have created two displays to help find those books, located on the first floor. Patrons may grab books directly from the displays to read and check-out; get a glimpse of the displays at the Library’s Facebook page.
- Studio Dance Centre April 23-256:15 p.m. Friday, 10:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $26.
Studio Dance Centre’s annual spring performances feature current dance students, from the tiniest ballerinas to pre-professional teens, along with family-friendly music, age-appropriate costumes and dance styles including ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and tap.
- Contemporary Ballet Dallas May 14:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $17.
Now in its 16th year, Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents its 2021 Youth Company Concert which highlights the school’s youth companies including CBD Youth Ballet, CBD Youth Tap Ensemble and CBD Youth Hip Hop Company.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office (credit card only), 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com. Click here for more information about the Eisemann Center’s COVID-19 safety procedures.
At UT Dallas:
- Last Weekend to see “Oedipus the King” OnlineStreams at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Admission is free. (Click here for viewing link and more information.)
Theatre UTD presents, “Oedipus the King,” a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, first performed in about 429 BCE. The play follows the story of King Oedipus of Thebes as he discovers that he has unwittingly killed his father, Laius, and married his mother, Jocasta.
- View “Symphony of an Immigrant’s Life” Art Exhibit Online through April 24View online here.
This MFA thesis exhibition features the illustrated works of graphic design artist Maedeh Asgharpour as she explores the psychological and emotional aspects of being displaced in a foreign culture. The series of works including prints, animation, video, mixed media, handmade books, paintings and performance combine in this ongoing investigative personal narrative. Click here for more information.
Last Weekend to see RCT’s “Broadway’s Best: Then and Now”
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting a musical celebration of Broadway, from the Golden Age to contemporary musicals, through April 25. Proceeds from the event will support RCT’s summer programming.
Show days and times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35. CDC safety protocols will be followed.
Contact: 972-690-5029 (box office)
Richardson Welcomes Monarchs
As monarch butterflies continue to make their annual spring migration from Mexico to the north this month, Richardson is a great place to spot the orange-winged beauties, as it participates in the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge to help save the iconic species. Through the Pledge, U.S. cities, municipalities and other communities commit to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, and to educate residents about how they can make a difference at home. Since participation in the program began in 2015, the Parks and Recreation Department has been planting butterfly-friendly native plants in all new parks. Luckily, Parks staff report that the plants have fared well after February’s harsh weather conditions.
Currently, the City has dedicated butterfly gardens in five parks: Durham, Collins, Berkner, Yale and Prairie Creek, as well as butterfly-friendly plants in the landscaping of CityLine Park and Fox Creek Park.
To find out more about the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge as well as information on the best plants for a home butterfly garden, click here.
Texas City Nature Challenge Begins April 30
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Master Naturalists are encouraging all Texans to participate in the worldwide 2021 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, which begins Friday, April 30 and continues through May 3. See which city can document the most species of plant and animal life in this friendly competition—to participate, sign up at www.iNaturalist.org and download the free iNaturalist app. Observe on your own or with a group; area group events are listed here.
Take a picture of any type of plant or animal, and the iNaturalist community will help with identification. Every observation contributes to biodiversity science, from a rare butterfly to a common backyard weed. Note: Richardson and surrounding cities compete as part of the DFW Metroplex.
Lifeguard ($9.50-$12.72 hourly)
This position is for summer 2021. Must be at least 15 years of age with current certification in Lifeguard Training (YMCA or American Red Cross, CPR and First Aid.)
Day Camp Counselor ($8-$10 hourly)
Must have reliable transportation. CPR and First Aid certification required, or must obtain during job orientation. Must be at least 16 years of age. Experience working with children is required. Knowledge or skills in sports, games, arts and crafts, music and/or other recreational activities preferred.
Swim Instructor/Coach ($12-$35.70 hourly)
Must hold current certifications in CPR, and First Aid. Must present evidence of experience and background/references. Must be able to demonstrate required ability.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Let our Captain sail into your hearts! This one-eye kitty is sure to captivate and steal your heart! He came into our shelter as a stray originally then adopted and the adopter surrendered back to us. He is very sweet, affectionate and waiting for you! This 8-year-old neutered male domestic short hair is fully vaccinated and ready to be loved! Come visit him at the Richardson Animal Shelter by booking an appointment at https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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