Nov. 19, 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:
Ribbon Cut on Memorial Park
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last weekend at Memorial Park to celebrate the park’s recent renovations. City leaders were present, as well as members of the Berkner High School Army JROTC program and local veterans.
The .75-acre “place of reflection and remembrance” is located at the intersection of Centennial Boulevard and Grove Road and honors Richardson residents who have given their lives in defense of our country, with names inscribed on memorial plaques set into stone. The recent renovations include new landscaping, flagpoles, lighting and stone upgrades. Philanthropy opportunities are planned for the future, including named benches, a central plaza art piece and an endowment fund for landscape enhancements.
Richardson Receives HEART Safe Community Designation
The City of Richardson has been designated a “HEART Safe Community” by the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC). A NCTTRAC representative was on hand to officially present the award at Monday’s City Council work session. The designation represents achievement across the community in six areas:
- Access to emergency care
- Emergency medical dispatch
- AED access and first response
- Advanced life support
- Community awareness, education and activities
- Data collection and review
Several entities worked together on Richardson’s application process, including the Richardson Fire and Police departments, Methodist Richardson Medical Center and the UT Dallas Emergency Medical Response Team.
The HEART Safe Community Program is a nationwide program begun in 2002, designed to reduce the devastating effects of heart disease and improve outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.
Trash/Recycling Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
|Thursday, Nov. 25||Wednesday, Nov. 24|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Saturday, Nov. 27|
City Facilities Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
|Animal Shelter||Closed Nov. 25-26|
|City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court||Closed Nov. 25-26|
|Eisemann Center||Closed Nov. 25|
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Nov. 24-26|
|Heights Recreation Center||Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 24
Closed Nov. 25
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26
|Huffhines Recreation Center||Closed Nov. 24-25
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26
|Library||Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 24
Closed Nov. 25-26
|Senior Center||Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 24
Closed Nov. 25-26
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Closed Nov. 25|
|Tennis Center||Closed Nov. 25|
No City Council Meeting Next Two Mondays
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Nov. 22 or Nov. 29. The City Council will next meet Monday, Dec. 6 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
DART Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Service Changes
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced the following changes for the Thanksgiving holiday:
- Buses, light rail trains and Dallas streetcars will operate on a Sunday schedule Nov. 25 and a Saturday schedule Nov. 26.
- DART Rail will operate three additional Red Line trains and one additional Blue Line train Thursday morning, Nov. 25 due to the 2021 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. Some buses, especially those running near the race course, could see delays and be affected by detours or reroutes.
- The Trinity Railway Express will not operate Nov. 25 and will provide Saturday service Nov. 26.
- The Galatyn Shuttle will not operate on Thursday, Nov. 25 or Friday, Nov. 26.
Website/more information: www.dart.org
Volunteers Sought for Christmas Parade
With a little more than two weeks to go, Christmas Parade planners still need volunteers ages 18 and up to work the 49th Annual Christmas Parade. Volunteers will serve as parade marshals, who will walk along the parade route and help participants keep the correct pace. Marshals will work a shift from 8 a.m. to around 11:30 a.m. Volunteers can register online. Once registered, they will receive an e-mail with additional details. The Christmas Parade will begin at 9 a.m.
Light Pole Work to Temporarily Reduce Lanes on US 75, Close Two Southbound Exit Ramps
On Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23, the entrance ramp to US 75 just south of Arapaho Road, the exit ramp from southbound US 75 to Spring Valley Road, and the right lane of US 75 in that area may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for work to improve illumination, with broken lights replaced and new street light poles installed. Motorists may experience traffic delays (note: only one ramp will be closed at a time).
Gobble Hobble 5K and Fun Run Tomorrow at Galatyn Park
Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Dr.
Cost: $15-$35 plus registration fees
Saturday, Nov. 20
8:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Support the Boys & Girls Club of Richardson and celebrate the 16th year of the Gobble Hobble, back once again in person. Race day registration is available beginning at 7 a.m. The Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:15 a.m. with the 5K following at 8:45 a.m.
Sign-up Continues for “Letter from Santa,” “Chat With Santa”
Help children share their holiday wishes with Santa via the City’s “Letter from Santa” and/or “Chat with Santa” experiences:
- “Letter from Santa”—children of all ages will receive a personalized letter from Santa. Each letter is addressed specifically to the individual and sent on special stationery. Cost per letter is $5. (Sign up on the form found in the Winter Recreation Guide.) No registrations will be taken after Dec. 7 to ensure delivery before Christmas Eve.
- “Chat with Santa"—an interactive experience that connects families to Santa through personal, live video chats, this year taking place Dec.14-15 from 5-8:30 p.m. Each live chat is five minutes long and costs $5 per chat. Families with more than one child may sign up for multiple chats. Sign up here. Last day to register is Dec. 3.
More information: www.cor.net/santa
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080
Tales for Tails Nov. 21
First Floor Program Room
Admission: Free ticket required; ticket distribution begins at 2:30 p.m. at the door on the day of event
Sunday, Nov. 21
Students in grades K-4 can practice their reading skills by reading to real dogs, courtesy of Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs. All ages are invited in to meet the dogs at 4 p.m.
Lunchtime Lecture Nov. 22: WWII Pacific Naval Battles
Basement Program Room
Monday, Nov. 22
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Richard Cudlipp discusses the great ocean battles of WWII, including the destruction of the Japanese fleet and revenge for Pearl Harbor. You are welcome to bring your lunch and eat during the presentation. For adults and teens.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “The Nutcracker” Nov. 19-20
Bank of America Theatre
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday
The classic holiday ballet, presented by PDT Dance Arts.
- “Disney in Concert” with the PSO Nov. 20
Hill Performance Hall
Tickets: go to www.planosymphony.org for information and to purchase
Saturday, Nov. 20
The Plano Symphony Orchestra performs memorable melodies from “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and more. The show features four vocalists, film clips from Disney movies and a scripted narrative.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
RCAS Solo Show at Heights Rec Center Embodies Spirit of the Old West
711 W. Arapaho Rd.
Through Dec. 14
M-W-F 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
“Cowboys and Indians,” a Richardson Civic Art Society solo exhibit/sale, features 12 works from signature watercolor artist Michael Archer. Archer’s thoughtfully depicted subjects come from rodeos, stock show parades, the Fort Worth Stockyards and Native American pow wows in the area.
Dallas College Hosts Native American Photographer Matika Wilbur Online
Webex link: Click here
Tuesday, Nov. 23
Dallas College continues its celebration of Native American Heritage Month with “Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes” featuring award-winning Native American photographer and Project 562 founder Matika Wilbur. Project 562 is the result of Wilbur’s commitment to visit, engage and photograph all 562-plus Native American sovereign territories in the United States.
RCT Presents “Home for the Holidays” Nov. 27
770 N. Coit Rd. #2405
Saturday, Nov. 27
Join Repertory Company Theatre for an evening of Christmas entertainment to kick off the holiday season. A holiday concession bar will be available.
“Cease the Grease” Cooking Oil Collection Begins Nov. 25
551 N. Plano Rd.
Nov. 25-Dec. 7
Open 24 hours
Help our water system stay clog-free–dispose of leftover Thanksgiving cooking oil and grease at the City’s temporary oil/grease drop-off site, near the southwest corner of Plano Road and Columbia Drive. Bring cooled oil/grease in rigid plastic containers with screw-top lids (the container the oil came in may work) and simply drive up, drop the container(s) in the collection bin and drive off. (DO NOT POUR oil/grease out.)
The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into biofuels.
Fall Leaf Color Peaking in North Texas, at Richardson Parks
Thanks to the “perfect” combination of 1) rainy days and sunny days this past spring and summer, plus 2) an entire month of warm days and cool nights this fall, this week through next week is expected to be the peak time for seeing the reds, yellows and oranges of fall leaf color in North Texas. Richardson is a great place to view and take photos of the color, with more than 1,841 acres of parks and green space. Prime fall foliage has been spotted this week at Breckinridge Park, Crowley Park and the Spring Creek Nature Area.
Don’t forget the City’s photography guidelines if setting up a photo shoot, found here.
Technical Assistant ($15.73/hr to 23.39/hr)
The Eisemann Center is looking for an individual with experience as a theatrical technician, stagehand, or related back stage position who can assist in coordinating and overseeing stage activities.
Surface Finisher ($38,316 to $51,216 Salary)
The Public Services Department is looking for an individual with experience in pavement and structural construction. A Texas Commercial Drivers License, Class A, will be required.
Assistant Marketing & Development Manager ($38,760 to $57,624)
The Eisemann Center is currently looking for an individual who can provide support in executing tasks associated with marketing campaigns and development & fundraising needs for the Eisemann Center and for the Eisemann Center Presents (ECP) series of attractions.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Navaho and Boyd, the Californian rabbits. They came to us July 21 as an owner surrender. They were FFA rabbits for a school project so they do have tattoos on their ears. They are both males and around 1 year old. They have been waiting for their person and a home to call their own. They are both sweet and love romaine as a treat! Adoption fees are $15 per rabbit. Come adopt today!
Schedule an appointment: https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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