September 17, 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:
Inaugural “Inclusion is Magical” Event Held
The Eisemann Center was the site last week for “Inclusion is Magical,” a new event focused on members of our community who are on the autism spectrum. The event included a Hack-a-Thon where working professionals such as therapists, technology company leaders, HR professionals and people with autism and their families came together to discuss solutions to problems facing the autistic community. There was also a free, sensory-friendly magic show Saturday in the Hill Performance Hall and an art exhibit in the Eisemann Center’s Forrest & Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery.
The exhibit, entitled, “A Place of Peace: Using Art as a Window to the Soul,” features 42 works of art created by young adults on the autism spectrum. The exhibit continues through Sept. 26 and is open noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and during all public events.
Video: Inclusion is Magical
City Council Continues Goal-setting Process Monday
The City Council will continue its biennial goal-setting process this Monday, Sept. 20. The Council develops strategies that are then provided to the city manager who uses them to develop tactics to achieve the Council’s vision. The Council’s goals setting process is expected to conclude this month and will be followed with a workplan for approval in early November.
City to Receive Federal Grant Funds for New Traffic Management Technology
A resolution passed at Monday’s City Council meeting paves the way for Richardson to receive almost $100,000 in federal grant funds for new technology that will assist the Richardson Police and Public Services departments in efficiently responding to and clearing traffic incidents. The new equipment includes a FARO 3D scanner that will help police electronically recreate crash scenes for analysis, and a video management system that will upgrade the City’s Traffic Management Center.
The improvements were among area projects selected to be part of the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG) Traffic Incident Management Program, which is funded by the United States Department of Transportation Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. Monday’s resolution authorized the City Manager to enter into the formal agreement with NCTCOG for the grant.
Richardson Animal Shelter Adoption Story Featured on NBC5-TV
The story of a deaf senior dog recently adopted from the Richardson Animal Shelter made the news this week, featured on NBCDFW Channel 5 TV. The snaggle-toothed terrier mix, named Marty, was originally found wandering the streets by a Richardson Police officer and taken to the Shelter. Animal Services Officer Mary Lovell described his condition to the news outlet as “extremely matted,” with a flea infestation and severely overgrown nails. Though Marty was microchipped and Animal Services was able to contact the owner, the owner no longer wanted the 16-year-old dog.
After a thorough spruce-up, Marty was adopted by a longtime Richardson Animal Shelter adopter who loves to take in pets with challenges and give them a comfortable home.
Adoption fees are being waived this week through Sept. 19 as part of the national Clear the Shelters event. The Richardson Animal Shelter was among the first shelters to participate in the annual event when it began in 2014.
Video: NBC5 Story
City Offers Two Ways to Check BABIC Delays
When the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service experiences delays, residents now have two ways that they can check on the status of BABIC pickup in their neighborhood:
- Through the Nextdoor app/website, www.nextdoor.com. Register using a Richardson address to be able to view all of the City’s posts. There is no cost to register.
- By visiting a new City webpage, www.cor.net/servicedelay.
Delays can happen due to a variety of reasons, from staffing shortages to an abundance of debris after a storm to seasonal surges in yard cleanup activity.
North Texas Giving Day is Sept. 23
The 13th annual North Texas Giving Day will be held Thursday, Sept. 23. The 18-hour “giving extravaganza” sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas raises money for North Texas nonprofits through an easy-to-navigate website—with a few clicks of a mouse and one credit card transaction, anyone may donate to any or all of the more than 3,350 nonprofits.
Several nonprofits with close ties to the City of Richardson are participants this year, including:
- Friends of the Richardson Public Library, Inc.
- Eisemann Center Foundation
- Richardson Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association
- Richardson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
- Richardson Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- Richardson ISD Foundation
- Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation
- Richardson Theatre Centre
- Repertory Company Theatre, Inc.
- Richardson East Rotary Club Foundation
- Junior League of Richardson
- Richardson Civic Art Society
- Richardson Symphony Inc.
- Richardson Community Band
- Richardson Community Chorale
- Richardson Wireless Klub
- Richardson Woman’s Club Charitable Foundation, Inc.
- Altrusa International of Richardson Foundation Inc.
- Richardson Adult Literacy Center
- Dallas Chinese Community Center
- Compassionate DFW
- John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
- Network of Community Ministries
- UT Dallas
- The Warren Center
- DFW Wildlife Coalition, Inc.
To donate, visit www.northtexasgivingday.org and search the database for a particular nonprofit organization or interest area, or browse based on location or keywords. Donors may make single donations or designate various amounts for multiple organizations, and receipts are provided.
DART Light Rail Closed Between Richardson and Plano Sept. 18-19
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will be performing maintenance work between Arapaho Center and Parker Road stations this weekend, Sept. 18-19, requiring bus shuttles to operate between Richardson and Plano.
Buses will meet all northbound trains, beginning with the first scheduled arrivals Saturday, Sept. 18, until the final train Sunday, Sept. 19. Riders are encouraged to allow extra time for all trips between the two stations during this time.
DART Unveils Silver Line Station Designs
Several artist renderings of future DART Silver Line stations have been included in the first issue of DART’s new Silver Line newsletter, including the future UT Dallas and City/Line Bush stations currently under construction in Richardson. The art and design of the UT Dallas station will incorporate the “UTD” logo, and the new CityLine/Bush station is set to include colored archways linking it with the existing nearby DART station.
The 26-mile Silver Line corridor stretches from Plano to DFW Airport and is set to be operational in late 2024.
CARES Program in Session; Public Can Now View Participant Feedback Online
The City’s Citizens Academy & Education Resource Series (CARES) kicked off earlier this month, and the public is invited to keep up with participant activities each week via a story on the Richardson Today website. The participants are asked a few questions after each session and a select group of answers are highlighted in the story.
CARES is a free, seven-week class that helps adults ages 18 and up gain a better understanding and knowledge of the structure and function of the City of Richardson. It includes several in-person tours of City facilities and “hands-on” activities.
“Richardson Reads One Book” Lecture Held
The City’s Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) program hosted bestselling author William Kent Krueger this week at First United Methodist Church Richardson for the annual RROB author lecture. The highly anticipated lecture was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Krueger talked about his books, “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace,” the 2020 and 2021 RROB selections, and answered pre-selected questions from the audience. DVDs of the lecture will be available for check-out from the Library beginning Sept. 22.
The event marked the 17th RROB lecture and the 18th year for the popular program, which brings the community together via a selected book each year. The program offers several ways to explore the selected book, such as discussion groups, brown bag history talks and craft activities, culminating in the author lecture.
Website: Richardson Reads One Book
Lane Closure Expected on Custer South of Campbell Road
The right lane of southbound Custer Road between Cambridge Drive and Lexington Lane and between Lexington Lane and Melrose Drive may be closed to traffic at all times for concrete repair/replacement after a gas line was replaced. Some alley entrances in the area may be closed as well. The work is expected to be complete by late September.
Plano Road Lane Closures Expected between Arapaho, Apollo Roads
The right lanes of northbound and southbound Plano Road between Apollo Road and Arapaho Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. The work is expected to be complete in late October.
RPD “Can Do” Food Drive Sept. 18
The Richardson Police Department (RPD) is hosting its annual “Can Do” Food Drive this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m.-noon in front of police headquarters, 200 N. Greenville Ave. Simply drive up, and officers will be standing by to unload your donations. Food collected will benefit the clients of Network of Community Ministries.
Shelf stable items needed include:
- box meal mixes such as mac and cheese
- canned fruit (any variety)
- canned meat (chicken, chili, tuna, etc.)
- canned pasta (ravioli, pasta rings, etc.)
- jelly, jams and other fruit spreads
- peanut butter
Each year, RPD holds the food drive during, or in the month prior to, National Night Out (NNO), an annual community-building/crime prevention event held in October that helps neighborhoods strengthen ties among its residents and with police. This year’s NNO is scheduled for Oct. 5.
2021 “Feeding Children Everywhere” Event Sept. 19
The Richardson Interfaith Alliance, in partnership with Compassionate DFW and the East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC), is hosting the 6th Annual Feeding Children Everywhere (US Hunger) Compassion Event Sunday, Sept. 19, from noon-5 p.m. at EPIC, 4700 14th St. in Plano.
Volunteers are needed to package meals for local food banks and pantries; this year’s goal is 100,000 meals. Donations are also needed to help fund the meals at a cost of 30 cents per meal.
Register as a volunteer and/or donate: Event link
Network Family Fun Day Sept. 19
Network of Community Ministries is inviting the community to a celebration at its new headquarters at 1500 International Pkwy. Ste 300 from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. The Family Fun Day will include food, games, music, face painting and more. Learn about how you could benefit from Network’s programs or how you can get involved.
Tours of the new building will be given at 2 and 3 p.m.
Admission is free and no registration is required.
C-TECH Kids Club Sept. 24
The Library’s C-TECH Kids Club will create a story using coding and Disney characters Friday, Sept. 24 from 4-5 p.m. in Studio RPL (basement). The Club meets monthly and is open to kids ages 9-12 who enjoy experimenting with STEM activities. There is no cost to participate.
Registration (required): 972-744-4358
STEAM Starters Sept. 24
Children ages 6-8 are invited to discover and explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through the Library’s STEAM Starters program. The next STEAM Starters event takes place Friday, Sept. 24 in the First Floor Program Room—come and make back scratchers from 4-5 p.m. There is no cost to attend.
Registration (required): 972-744-4358
Beginning 3D Printing with Tinkercad Sept. 25
Richardson residents ages 16 and up may learn 3D Printing for free Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room. This beginner-level class uses the free online software Tinkercad and teaches participants how to set up an account, use basic shapes and export 3D models to print on the Library’s 3D printer.
Registration (required): 972-744-4358
For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.
Dallas College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
The seven campuses of Dallas College, including the Richland Campus, are celebrating Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) by offering several virtual events that are open to the public, including:
- The LatinX Experience in Professional Careers (Panel Discussion)
Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Link to join: Cisco Webex Meetings - Start Your Meeting
Representatives from the Association of Latino Professionals for America, Hispanic National Bar Association, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Community College Hispanic Council explore topics on professionalism and career advancement for those identifying as members of the Hispanic/Latinx communities.
- A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa
Tuesday., Sept. 28 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Link to join: Cisco Webex Meetings - Start Your Meeting
An award-winning journalist, Hinojosa is the host and executive producer of “Latino USA,” a nationally syndicated public radio news and cultural program. Hinojosa will discuss the history of immigration in this country and reflect on her own journeys, both personal and professional.
At UT Dallas:
“Autumn Leaves” Band Concert at Senior Center Sept. 22
The New Horizons Concert Band, part of the nonprofit New Horizons Band Dallas Association, will help welcome fall with a musical afternoon at the Senior Center Wednesday, Sept. 22, beginning at 1 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
“Noises Off” at Repertory Company Theatre Sept. 17-26
Repertory Company Theatre is presenting Michael Frayn's “Noises Off” Sept. 17-26. This beloved comedy follows a troupe of mediocre actors as they blunder from a bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. The “show within a show” generates lots of laughs with its “slapstick and slamming doors.”
Show days and times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for teens and $28 for adults.
Address: 770 N. Coit Rd. #2405, Richardson, TX 75080
Butterfly Gardening Class Online Sept. 23
The City’s Public Services Department is sponsoring a free online event entitled, “Flitter, Flutter, Flowers: Butterfly Gardening,” Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn easy and practical tips to create butterfly habitat in your landscape, which will bring it to life with activity in addition to helping pollinate your favorite plants. The class includes information about how to select the right plants as host species for caterpillars and the best native and adapted flowers that provide long-lasting blooms as nectar sources.
Admission is free, click here to register and participate.
Reuse Books, Other Media by Donating to Upcoming FOL Book Sale
Wanting to clean out old books, CDs, DVDs and record albums? Consider donating them to the next FOL Book Sale (taking place Oct. 1-3). Friends of the Richardson Public Library (FOL), a 501( c)(3), uses the proceeds of its biannual book sales to support Richardson Public Library services and programs such as lectures, workshops, children’s activities, and Little Free Library kits for the community.
Hardback and Paperback Books
Items not accepted:
Drop off items for donation at the Richardson Public Library. All donations are tax deductible; receipts are available upon request.
Gymnastics Instructor ($7.50/hr to $26.50/hr)
The Parks department is looking for individuals who enjoy working with people in groups of various sizes and has a passion for teaching. Hourly rate based on experience.
Maintenance Helper II ($31,956 to $42,912 Annual Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
Crew Chief ($42,180 to $65,268 Annual Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Crew Chief for individuals with experience in construction and/or maintenance of water distribution and waste collection systems. A Texas Commercial Driver’s License, Class A is required.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Draco is still on the lookout for his forever home. He’s been with us since April 2021. Draco is a neutered pittie mix that we think is around 10 years old. Since he came in as a stray, he will need a slow introduction to any pets in a new home. He is fully vaccinated, heartworm negative and a big sweetheart.
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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