Oct. 11, 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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Greenville Avenue “Road Reveal” Oct. 17
A “Road Reveal” community event will be held at the Arapaho Center DART Station Thursday, Oct. 17 from 4-6:30 p.m. to showcase temporary improvements made on Greenville Avenue. The improvements are part of a mobility study that seeks to make the Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District more bike and pedestrian friendly. Thanks to a grant from AARP, temporary bike lanes have been painted along Greenville Avenue between Campbell Road and Jackson Street, and a temporary at-grade crosswalk has been installed on Greenville Avenue between the Arapaho Center Station’s parking lot/bus area and rail area.
Transit/bicycle riders, area workers and residents are encouraged to attend the event and provide feedback. Complimentary snow cones will be provided and an inaugural bike ride utilizing the new lanes will be led by members of the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee at 6 p.m.
Freebies/Raffle Part of Huffhines Recreation Center 10th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 17
Staff at Huffhines Recreation Center will celebrate the facility’s 10th anniversary Thursday, Oct. 17. Free refreshments will be served from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and free thank-you gifts will be available, while supplies last. Visitors may also enter a raffle for prizes such as rec center memberships, Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival tickets, restaurant gift cards, Fossil watches and a Pawtoberfest package.
The 25,000 square-foot Huffhines Recreation Center, located at the southwest corner of Huffhines Park, opened with a ribbon cutting Oct. 17, 2009. The Recreation Center is a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design facility and incorporates bricks quarried from the old “brick road” that was the original Greenville Avenue.
Corporate Challenge Concludes
The 22nd annual Richardson Corporate Challenge wrapped up yesterday with the closing ceremony and luncheon at City Hall. Representatives from the competing businesses, as well as Corporate Challenge beneficiary Special Olympics Texas, were on hand to celebrate the presentation of a check totaling more than $297,000.
The Corporate Challenge, managed by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, is a 10-week, Olympic-style competition among employees, spouses and retirees from local companies. This year’s Challenge included events ranging from athletic sports such as basketball, soccer, softball and bicycle racing to non-athletic contests such as dominoes, darts and cornhole.
Companies honored for the most points in each division were Raytheon, RealPage, McKesson, Maxim Integrated, L-3 Harris, and Armor Defense Inc. Special Olympics Texas has received more than $2.8 million from the Richardson Corporate Challenge since the event began in 1998.
RISD Candidate Forums Oct. 16-17
The League of Women Voters of Richardson and the RISD Council of PTAs will sponsor two candidate forums next week for the Nov. 5 RISD Board of Trustees Election. Each forum begins at 7 p.m.
Dates and locations are as follows:
- District 2
Thursday, Oct. 17
L.V. Berkner High School Lecture Hall
1600 E. Spring Valley Rd.
- District 4
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet Auditorium
8301 Towns St., Dallas
The public is invited to submit questions they want the candidates to answer at the forums by e-mail to email@example.com. Questions that are e-mailed will be treated in the same manner as questions submitted at the forum. Questions will be screened according to League of Women Voters of Texas Guide to Candidates Forums.
DART Provides Expanded Service for Red River Showdown Oct. 12
Fans in the Richardson area heading to the Texas-OU football game Oct. 12 via DART rail will have two ways to get to the Cotton Bowl:
- Specially marked southbound Red Line trains will leave every 10 minutes from Parker Road Station headed to the Cotton Bowl (MLK, Jr. Station) starting as early as four hours before the 11 a.m. kickoff. The trains will stop at all the usual Richardson stations on the Red Line; in Dallas, they will not stop after Cityplace/Uptown Station and will head directly to MLK, Jr. Station. Passengers on these trains will not need to transfer.
- Regular southbound Red Line trains will operate on a regular Saturday schedule with departures every 20 minutes. Passengers on these trains wishing to travel to the football game will need to transfer to the Green Line Circulator in downtown Dallas at the Pearl/Arts District Station. The Circulator will begin service four hours before the game.
Trains typically begin filling to capacity more than two hours before kickoff. Special express bus service directly to the game will be available at several stations (including CityLine/Bush, SMU/Mockingbird and Pearl/Arts District stations) and will help DART customers avoid crowding on the Red and Green line trains.
Main Street Update: Section of Polk Street Remains Closed
As part of the Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project, Polk Street is temporarily closed between Texas Street and Interurban Street at all times to allow for the replacement of the culvert crossing Polk Street. Work is expected to be completed later this month.
Temporary Road Closures Saturday Near Berkner HS
Portions of a few streets near L.V. Berkner High School will be closed Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9-10 a.m. due to the school’s 50th Birthday Celebration parade. Drivers should expect increased traffic in the area beginning at 7:30 a.m. Closures include:
- Yale Boulevard between Morningstar Trail and Berkner Drive
- E. Spring Valley Road just west of St. Johns Drive to S. Spring Creek Drive
- A large portion of the Richardson Square Mall perimeter road
Dallas Vinyl Record Show at Civic Center Oct. 12
Browse more than 100 tables of record albums, CDs and music memorabilia at the Dallas Vinyl Record Show Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center. Attendees will also find 45s, some cassettes and even a few 78s. More than 50 vendors from across Texas and surrounding states will be present.
LP prices range from $1 for budget finds to hundreds of dollars for collectibles. Admission is $10 for early bird entrance (8-10 a.m.) and $5 after 10 a.m. Kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.
Health and Wellness Expo Oct. 18
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Health and Wellness Expo from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center. The Expo informs consumers about products and services available from Chamber members that encourage good health and fitness, increase mobility, address special needs care and provide nutrition. Highlights include hearing, vision and BMI testing; flu, pneumonia, Tdap and shingles vaccinations; door prizes and healthy food samples. Admission is free.
Sign Up Now for Oct. 27 “Buns and Roses” Tea
The 14th annual “Buns and Roses Romance Tea for Literacy,” benefiting the Richardson Adult Literacy Center will be held Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 701 E. Campbell Rd. Attendees will sip tea and sit at tables hosted by many well-known romance authors including featured author Alisha Rai, writer of award-winning contemporary romances.
Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance at www.bunsandroses.org
FOL Book Sale Continues
The annual Friends of the Library (FOL) Fall Book Sale began today in the Basement Program Room and continues through Sunday, Oct. 13. The sale features more than 50,000 used books, CDs, DVDs and other media at bargain prices, with most items priced from 50 cents-$2.
Hours for the sale are Oct. 11-12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 2-5 p.m. The Book Sale is the primary source of funding for FOL projects and scholarships.
Movie Matinee: “The Secret Life of Pets” Oct. 12
All ages are invited to enjoy the 2016 PG-rated movie, “The Secret Life of Pets,” Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Snacks will be provided!
Admission is free and no registration is required.
At the Eisemann Center:
- RSO Opening Night Concert Oct. 12
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$75.
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra opens its 58th season with French, German, and Russian compositions, including Stravinsky’s Suite from his ballet, “The Firebird,” Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” and a performance of Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” with violinist Jinjoo Cho.
- Family Theatre Series Opens with “Maddi’s Fridge” Oct. 7
2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$22.
Based on the children’s picture book, “Maddi’s Fridge,” by Lois Brandt, the play is a gentle, yet sometimes hilarious exploration of friendship, empathy and doing the right thing.
- Contemporary Art Exhibit Through Oct. 27
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
View the colorful paintings of artist Chris Miller in a show entitled, “Defining Edges.”
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:
- “Athenaeum Review” Release Party Oct. 14
5:15–7 p.m. in Room JO 4.122 in the Jonsson Academic Center. Admission is free.
A celebration of the third issue of “Athenaeum Review,” featuring light refreshments and words from the UT Dallas authors who contributed work to the journal. This is a special issue centered on the theme of “painful remembrance.” Featured authors include Drs. Richard Brettell, Dennis Kratz, Sarah da Rocha Valente and Jane Saginaw.
- Poet A.M. Juster Oct. 16
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
Hear from the only three-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, who has also won the Richard Wilbur Award and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Poet, author, editor, translator, critic and former teacher, Juster is a regular contributor for the Claremont Review of Books and Boston’s WGBH public television and radio.
Volunteers Clean Up Property
Volunteers from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany assisted a senior citizen in need last weekend and helped beautify a Richardson neighborhood at the same time. As part of the City’s Volunteer Assistance Program (VAP), the volunteers worked at a home on Twilight Trail and replaced the home’s entire fence; removed 26 bags of landscape debris, a trailer-load of vines and tree stubs and 26 old plant pots; cleaned out the gardens and planted flowers.
The VAP is managed by the Community Services Division and pairs community groups with homeowners who cannot properly maintain their property due to age, finance or disability. The Division provides expertise during all stages of each project, and the projects are completed with donated materials at no cost to the resident or the City. Available projects are listed at the Program’s website; interested groups can view descriptions of each (including photographs) and a listing of the street/neighborhood where each project is located. Currently, there are more than 40 projects needing volunteers.
Phil-Up’s Upcoming Appearances
Learn about recycling and pose for selfies with Richardson’s recycling mascot next week from 1-2:30 p.m. at the following locations—Richardson residents will receive a voucher for a roll of free blue recycling bags:
- Tuesday, Oct. 15
Methodist Richardson Medical Center
2831 E. President George Bush Hwy.
- Wednesday, Oct. 16
1750 E. Belt Line Rd.
Save the Date: Shred Documents, Recycle Electronics Oct. 19
The Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (RCPAAA) will hold its annual fall electronics recycling and paper shredding event Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Richardson Square Mall, in the parking lot east of the former Sears store (see map). Most electronic items will be accepted and documents and other paper will be gathered for shredding.
Cost is free but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the event as well as help support the Richardson Police Department.
Buyer II ($3,653-$5,506 monthly)
Purchasing is seeking an individual with three years of experience in procurement/materials management or contract management. Or any equivalent combination of experience or education that provides the needed knowledge, abilities and skills.
Public Safety Telecommunicator (911 Dispatcher) ($3,542-$5,265 monthly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in answering calls for police, fire and emergency medical services. If applying as entry level, preference is to have at least two years recent work history in a customer service environment, or a bachelor or associate degree, or one year of recent training with an accredited learning institution in computer operations or data entry.
Part-Time Leasing Support Technician ($10-$15.30 hourly)
The Civic Center is seeking individuals that are skilled in customer service and willing to work flexible hours. Work duties include working with Civic Center clients to oversee client events, activities and functions during assigned hours. Day shift is 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. three days a week, no weekends. Evening shift is 3:30-11 p.m. three days a week including weekends.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Phoebe! She is a beautiful calico with long wispy whiskers. Phoebe is a calming presence with a gentle laid-back nature. She is about a year old, spayed, fully vaccinated, litter trained and leukemia/FIV negative. Be sure to visit with her today, 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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