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Week In Review, Jan. 6, 2017
Posted Date: 1/6/2017
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Jan. 6, 2017
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.

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City Recycling Services Remain Suspended
Recycling services in Richardson remain suspended due to the Dec. 28 fire at the Republic Services recycling center in Plano. Republic Services is actively working to find an alternate facility but no short-term solutions have been found at this time.

In order to continue to offer solid waste service with the least amount of impact on residents, the City will continue to pick up trash and recyclables for delivery to the landfill. Residents also have the option to save recyclables on their own if they wish, but saved material must be stored in accordance with the City’s codes, protecting neighborhood integrity. All material placed near normal collection points will be removed by solid waste personnel.

Residents also have the option to recycle only cardboard at the Texas Pure Products composting facility located at 9901 Custer Rd. in north Plano. The Texas Pure Products’ hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., (214-495-7389). The facility will only accept cardboard that is free of plastic, Styrofoam and any other packing materials. Drop off recycling at the West Side Pump Station located at 102 N. Cottonwood Dr. near Cottonwood Park will remain temporarily closed until normal recycling services can be restored.

Recycling service in Richardson was halted Dec. 28, 2016 due to a fast-moving fire that destroyed the Republic Services recycling center in Plano. The center served as the delivery point where all Richardson recyclable material was transported for packaging and transport to other processing facilities.

The City of Richardson is committed to continuing its recycling services as quickly as possible. Once service is restored, the City will publish an update on the Richardson Today Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter social media accounts and on the City’s website at

Brush and Bulky Item Collection Continues Amidst Recycling Pause; Includes Christmas Trees
Though collection of recyclables such as paper and plastic has been temporarily suspended by the City (see news item above), Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) has not been affected. This means you can still leave bulky items, Christmas trees, grass clippings, brush and other vegetation at the curb for collection on your designated recycling day as long as a pick-up request is made by midnight the night before. (Grass clippings, leaves and small twigs must be placed in compostable paper bags.) For more information, click here.

Christmas trees may also be dropped off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The drop-off site will be open 24 hours each day, seven days a week through Jan. 31. Note that all ornaments, tinsel, nails, tree stands, etc. must be removed. Trees must be natural (not artificial) and unflocked.

Election Packets Now Available for May 6 City Council Election
Election packets for prospective candidates for Mayor and City Council Members (Places 1 through 6) are now available in the City Secretary’s office at City Hall, Room 202. The first day to file an application for a place on the May 6, 2017 ballot is Wednesday, Jan. 18 and the last day is Friday, Feb. 17, by 5 p.m. For further information, contact the City Secretary at 972-744-4290.

The City of Richardson City Council election is held every two years. The last day to register to vote for the upcoming election is Thursday, April 6.

Open House Held to Showcase RISD Health Science Program
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RISD and Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC) held an open house Thursday to showcase the recently expanded RISD Health Science Program, now housed in Medical Plaza 1 at the Methodist Richardson Campus for Continuing Care on Campbell Road. MRMC has donated 7,000 square feet to the program (including utilities) for 10 years, enabling the program to triple practicum enrollment and allow students in grades 10-12 from all four RISD high schools the opportunity to learn about high demand health careers in a real-world setting.

Students began taking courses at the new location in August and have the opportunity to job shadow professionals at MRMC. Participants may choose from several health care fields in which to focus and test for certification or licensing upon graduation. These fields include medical coding, emergency care, medical dispatching, phlebotomy, pharmacology and vocational nursing.

For more information, contact any RISD high school counselor or schedule a tour by contacting RISD at 469-593-0724.

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Blue Bags Available Saturday at Fire Station 6
Even though recycling services are temporarily unavailable (see news item above), if you are in need of extra blue bags, Fire Station 6 (3591 Park Vista Rd.) will offer them from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for non-residents. Blue bag letters are honored at this location.
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Blue bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. To keep updated on the City’s recycling services, follow Richardson Today on Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter or visit the City’s website at

Dallas Bridge Tourney Jan. 12-15 at Civic Center
The Dallas Bridge Association’s “January Election Sectional” will be held at the Richardson Civic Center Jan. 12-15, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Members and non-members are welcome. For entry fees and other information, visit

Photography Contest Opens Soon
Photo Contest 2017
The City’s annual photo contest is on the horizon, with photography entries accepted Jan. 14-29. Categories include Abstract, Anything Goes, Cityscape/Architecture, Experimental/Enhanced, Fabulous Flora, Furry Friends, It’s a Small World, People, Photo Journalism, Scenic/Landscapes, Sports & Action, Still Life, Wildlife and Wonderful Waterscapes. For more information and an entry form, visit

Winning entries will be exhibited on the third floor of the Richardson Public Library Feb. 4-19. An awards ceremony and workshop that is open to the public takes place Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Civic Center.

An exhibit featuring the Best of Division winners from the 2016 contest and the work of the 2016 contest judges will be displayed at the Library Jan. 13-Feb. 3.

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At the Eisemann Center:
  • Neil Diamond Tribute “America’s Diamond” Jan. 7
    2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $29-$51.
    Jay White recreates music legend Neil Diamond in a show that’s been performed more than 9,000 times, including internationally and as a headliner on the Las Vegas strip.
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  • Pegasus Theatre’s “Death on Delivery” Through Jan. 22
    Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22 through Jan. 8 and $22-$42 thereafter depending on day of the week. Come see another original, family-friendly “whodunit” featuring the ever-bumbling detective Harry Hunsacker, performed in Pegasus’ unique Living Black and White™ technique. Through trade-secret makeup, stylized acting and special lighting, costuming and set creation, the illusion of a 1930s black and white movie is uncannily created on stage.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

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Intro to Twitter Tomorrow
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Learn how to express yourself online in 140 characters or less at “Introduction to Twitter,” Saturday, Jan. 7 from 10-11 a.m. in the Basement Training Room.

Admission is free but registration is required; call 972-744-4359 for more information and to register. A valid Richardson Public Library card is needed to register.

Kora Harp Performance Jan. 8
Sean Gaskell Kora Harp
Sean Gaskell performs melodic songs on the 21-stringed Kora from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Youth Services Department. The Kora, a peaceful instrument which dates back 300 years, is native to the Malinke people of West Africa. Come listen to traditional West African songs and some of Gaskell’s own compositions.

There is no cost to attend the performance, and all ages are welcome. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

Intro to MS PowerPoint 2010 Jan. 13
Learn Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for free in a small, hands-on class Friday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room. Participants will learn to create a presentation, add clip art, photos, etc. and apply a theme to a presentation.

Registration is required, and a valid Richardson Public Library Card is needed to register. Call 972-744-4359 for more information or to register.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Weezer Pet of Week

Meet Weezer! She is a spayed female, lab mix, about 4 years old, fully vaccinated, heartworm negative and dewormed. Weezer has been waiting on her forever family for more than three months. She is a sweet girl, who loves to give kisses and play fetch, great on a leash and house trained. Please come and meet her today!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.

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Mayor Paul Voelker
Paul Voelker
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon
Mayor Pro Tem
Mark Solomon
Place 2
Councilman Bob Townsend
Council Member
Bob Townsend
Place 1
Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3
Councilman Mabel Simpson
Council Member
Mabel Simpson
Place 4
Councilman Vacant
Council Member
Marta Gómez Frey
Place 5
Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
Place 6

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