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Week In Review, March 22, 2013
Posted Date: 3/22/2013

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March 22, 2013
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.

News Briefs

Elton and Me Contest
Elton and Me
The City of Richardson has announced a contest to find a singer to perform the 1976 hit song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” alongside the Elton John tribute act, Rocket Man, at Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival, set for May 17 to 19 at Galatyn Park. People who wish to enter the “Elton and Kiki Dee? Why Not Elton and Me?” contest are asked to submit a video or link of their rendition of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” to or mail it to Wildflower! Elton and Me, 2100 E. Campbell Rd., Ste. 100, Richardson, Texas 75081.

All applicants must be older than 16 years of age and submit an application along with the recorded performance. Entries must be received by April 12. Contestants must sing a solo or duet of any portion of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” in a clip that is 1.5 minutes in length.

Live auditions for selected finalists will take place at Huffhines Recreation Center April 21. For more information about the contest, call 972-744-4587 or e-mail  

The 2013 festival’s three-day pass goes on sale for $30 Monday, April 15, at any Metroplex Tom Thumb store or online through Single-day adult tickets will be available at the gate for $20 as well as through the festival's website beginning April 15. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free.

To learn more about the festival, visit, call 972-744-4580 or follow Wildflower! on Facebook at


Council Discusses Plan for Trash Bash
The City Council held a joint meeting with the Environmental Advisory Commission on Monday to discuss goals and projects, including the annual Trash Bash. This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, and will feature Richardson residents and groups participating in a citywide effort to pick up trash and recyclable items. The event averages 600 people picking up 5,000 pounds of trash and 2,000 pounds of recyclable material on more than 200 acres in Richardson.

Participants are invited to an after-party at the City Hall/Civic Center that runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature an environmental education fair, refreshments and free plants. Free recycling bags and compost courtesy of the Richardson Environmental Action League will also be available.

The Trash Bash will also include electronics and plastic grocery bag recycling and document shredding sponsored by the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The services listed below will be available starting at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the City Hall/Civic Center.  

Trash Bash 2013 Schedule 
A pre-event meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Civic Center for participants to receive trash bags, release forms and assignments. Register for the Trash Bash by calling 972-744-4076 or visiting  

Watch the City Council’s joint meeting with the EAC at


Council Reviews Volunteer Assistance Program
The City Council heard an update at its Monday work session on the Volunteer Assistance Program, which has helped more than 725 residents make improvements to their homes since 2000 that would have otherwise been impossible. The program connects homeowners who cannot properly maintain their homes due to age, finance or disability with volunteers who wish to provide assistance.

Volunteers completed 86 projects around the city in 2012 with donated materials at no cost to the resident or city. Projects generally involve painting or cleaning up the exterior of homes to correct code violations.

The council has designated April as the Month of Volunteerism, and the City is organizing or participating in several projects during the month. April projects include the Trash Bash beautification effort, ShareFest at Chase Oaks Church and volunteer assistance from several local churches, clubs and organizations.

See the work session presentation at


Red Cross Month Proclamation
Red Cross Proclamation
Mayor Bob Townsend presented a proclamation to local volunteers from the American Red Cross on Monday to officially declare March as American Red Cross Month. The organization is actively involved with the City of Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management, providing assistance to victims and support services to the city during natural disasters, major structure fires and other emergency events.

The American Red Cross has 26 chapters in Texas and has trained thousands of people in first aid, CPR, water safety and other lifesaving techniques. Volunteers devote countless hours each year to support and comfort military members and their families, provide services to those in need, and promote health and safety.


Portion of Eastbound PGBT Closed Sunday Morning
The eastbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike will be closed from Plano Road to just past Jupiter Road from 6 to 10 a.m. Sunday for a crash investigation. All traffic will be directed to the Jupiter Road exit during the closure.

For more information about upcoming lane closures and traffic-related news along NTTA roadways, go to the “Scheduled Lane Closures” listing at or call 214-224-3030.


Richardson Project Highlighted in D CEO Magazine
D CEO magazine has selected the $1.5 billion State Farm development near the intersection of the Bush Turnpike and US-75 as the winner in its Best Office Project category in its April edition. The insurance company is planning 1.5 million square feet of office space in the 186-acre mixed-use KDC development.

Other Richardson-related finalists in the issue include Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for Best Retail Project, Methodist Richardson Medical Center’s expansion for Best Medical Project and Steve Van Amburgh/KDC for Developer of the Year.

Go to: D CEO Magazine website to view complete story.


“The Book Thief” Selected for Richardson Reads One Book
2013 One Book
The Richardson Public Library announced Wednesday that The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the selection for the Richardson Reads One Book program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The book will be promoted throughout 2013 as a vehicle for bringing the community together through reading, related programs, consideration of the book’s important issues and group discussion.

In The Book Thief, the heroine, Liesel Meminger, is an illiterate orphan who was given to a foster family after her Communist father was arrested. Her little brother dies en route to their new home. After her brother’s hasty burial, Liesel steals her first book, The Grave Digger’s Handbook. From this inauspicious start to her personal library, she is taught to read her book by her foster father. The germ of the idea for The Book Thief grew out of Zusak’s parents’ stories of their experiences during World War II.

Richardson Reads One Book selections are chosen by a board of librarians and community leaders. The highlight of each year’s program is the author’s visit to offer a free public lecture. Zusak’s public presentation will be held Sept. 10 at First United Methodist Church of Richardson.

Visit for information about the program and other One Book events.

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Spring Fling Pet Pawrade Takes Place Sunday
Pet Pawrade
The third annual Pet Pawrade will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Huffhines Park. The costume Pawrade will begin at 2 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their pets dressed in their best spring attire as they march around the park. The free event will also include various competitions, prizes, refreshments and sponsor booths. Nail trimming will be available for $5, and microchipping will be available for $15.

For more information, visit


Flashlight "Egg"streme Easter Egg Hunt
Flash Light Egg Hunt
The Flashlight “Egg”streme annual night Easter egg hunt will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Breckinridge Park, Entrance C. Children age 7 to 11 will work on an Easter craft as parents hide the eggs. After the eggs are hidden, they will use a flashlight to search for them. Prizes will be awarded for finding a “golden” egg, so parents are asked to let children hunt independently. The evening will conclude with s’mores.

Register for the Flashlight “Egg”streme by visiting and using course #71561. Space is limited. Cost is $10 for children, no fee for adults.


Police Department Offers Crime Watch Patrol Class
The Richardson Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit has scheduled a Crime Watch Patrol class for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at a location to be determined. Individuals interested in attending the class are required to complete and submit an application and pass a background check before they receive approval to attend. Applications can be submitted online at

For more information, contact the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.


Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Renaissance Hotel, 900 E. Lookout Dr. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will give the keynote address, and the 2012 Richardson Citizen of the Year will be announced.

Cost to attend the meeting is $65 for Chamber members and $80 for nonmembers. For more information, visit


Entries Due Saturday for Civic Art Society Show
The Richardson Civic Art Society is accepting entries for its annual 50+ show between 10 a.m. and noon at the Richardson Public Library. The show is open to artists who are 50 years and older and will be judged by local artist Dave Kramer. The fee to enter is $25 for one piece and $35 for two pieces. An awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Library. For more information, visit


Manners Matter Event at Library
Children in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to Manners Matter, a morning of silly games, cute crafts and learning about good manners from animals. The free event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Basement Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Lunchtime Lectures Highlight Library’s Digital Resources
The Richardson Public Library will present two free classes on using digital resources to find information at upcoming Lunchtime Lectures. The first program is Wednesday, March 27, and will focus on “Information for Consumers” presented by Lisa Jones with EBSCO. At the April 3 class, Reference Librarian Stacey Davis will teach about how to search for articles in Dallas Morning News archives, as well as for stories from the Richardson Echo newspaper from 1920 to 1965.

Both presentations will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. No registration is required, and attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information call 972-744-4355.


North Dallas Mother of Twins Semi-Annual Sale at Civic Center
The North Dallas Mothers of Twins Club will hold its semi-annual sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Richardson Civic Center. Thousands of gently-used items for children will be for sale, including brand name clothes, shoes, strollers, car seats, nursery items, toys, books and much more.

Admission is $1. All payments must be made by cash or check. For more information, visit or e-mail


Richardson Community Band to Perform ‘The Musical Zoo’
Richardson Community Band
The Richardson Community Band will perform The Musical Zoo at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The concert will feature animal-themed songs, such as “Turkey in the Straw,” “Monkey Business,” “Elephantine Polka” and many more.

Tickets cost $7 and may be purchased at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information about the concert, visit


Plano Symphony to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Plano Symphony Orchestra will perform music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at a show that will feature winners of the Collin County Young Artist Competition at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center.

Tickets cost $9 to $75 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. To learn more about the show, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Looking for a furry friend to make you smile? Then Pluto is your dog! He loves to jump, play, and would be a great running buddy! Pluto has been at the Shelter since July 2012! Almost a year! He is one of the Shelter staff's favorites and we would love to see him in his forever home. He is fully vaccinated, neutered, heartworm negative, dewormed and ready to go. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Pluto or other animals available for adoption.

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at 


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