June 8, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.
Process of Drawing New District Boundaries Continues
The City Council will receive a briefing on the Council District boundary realignment process at its meeting Monday, June 11 prior to scheduling a public hearing on the options recommended by the Council District Boundary Commission.
Federal regulations require that the population distribution among City Council districts be approximately equal and that district boundaries be nondiscriminatory. The City Charter requires that the City Council appoint a Commission every 10 years (after the U.S. Census is complete) to review the district boundaries and ensure population equality. Current district boundaries must be realigned because population growth in some areas of the City has led to an imbalance in the population distribution among districts.
On Jan. 30, the City Council appointed the City Plan Commission to serve as the Council District Boundary Commission. Over the course of seven meetings, including two public hearings, the Commission reviewed nine different options. Two options have been forwarded for City Council consideration.
New district boundaries must be approved by the City Council by ordinance no later than July 30, 2012.
Click the link below for detailed redistricting information:
EADS Company Relocates to Richardson from Frisco
Cassidian Communications recently completed a lease for 13,634 square feet of space in the Granite 190 Business Park, at 1301 W. President George Bush Turnpike, for its Land Mobile Radio (LMR) business unit.
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, expects to occupy the facility this summer, moving 40 employees from Frisco, with the capability of eventually expanding to 65 on-site employees. In coming to Richardson’s internationally known Telecom Corridor® area, Cassidian Communications joins other leading global telecommunications companies with a major presence in the City, including such industry luminaries as AT&T, Ericsson, Verizon Business, Fujitsu, Cisco Systems, Samsung Mobile and MetroPCS. Cassidian Communications is also working closely with Alcatel-Lucent, which has a major presence just across the Bush Turnpike from its new location, on LTE solutions for emergency response and security communications systems.
The company recently helped the City of Richardson deploy the first multi-vendor digital, trunked P25 LMR public safety communications system in North Texas, replacing the City’s 19-year-old analog communications system. The new system complies with P25, the federal government’s digital communications standard that enables emergency first responders to communicate more easily between different governmental agencies.
Eisemann Center Seeks All Round Talent Competition Entries
If you’ve got talent, you could have the opportunity to show it off on the Eisemann Center stage during the 10th anniversary celebration this fall.
The All Round Talent competition is open to anybody with a talent – musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers and more.
The deadline to enter the competition is July 31, and applicants must submit a video up to five minutes in length. Judges will select finalists to perform at a live audition, and performers will be selected to appear in a showcase to be held at the Eisemann Center during the Community Arts Day Sept. 16.
For more information, call 972-744-4600, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link below:
Civic Art Society Donates Painting to Library
The Richardson Civic Art Society this week continued its tradition of purchasing the winning artwork from its biggest annual art show and giving it to the City of Richardson in acknowledgement of the City’s support. This year’s winner will be displayed in the Richardson Library, along with winning art from previous years.
The 2012 Best in Show winner was an oil painting by Richard Prather of Garland, a wildlife biologist and renowned landscape painter. “Let’s Go” depicts a rafting excursion as it embarks on the Rio Grande River in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area of northern New Mexico. The painting can be viewed on the second floor of the Library.
The Richardson Civic Art Society is a local group of artists that works to support visual arts in the community. Its 46th Regional Juried Art Exhibition was open to all Texas artists; the 80 works selected by the jurors from almost 300 entries were recently displayed in the Eisemann Center.
Celebrating the donation of this year’s winning painting are, from left, Director of Library Services Steve Benson, Librarian Ludmila Pospelova, Artist Richard Prather, Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend and RCAS President Susan Martin.
Friends of the Library Presents 2012 Dot McCalpin Memorial Scholarship
Jenny Trieu this week was announced as the 2012 recipient of the Dorothy E. “Dot” McCalpin Memorial Scholarship. She plans to attend UT Dallas beginning in the fall, majoring in biomedical engineering.
The $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by the Friends of the Richardson Public Library, was created in honor of Mrs. McCalpin, who passed away last year. It is awarded to a college-bound teenager who has served as a volunteer at the Library.
Mrs. McCalpin was well known in the community as both a photographer and a longtime volunteer, leading numerous civic organizations including the Friends of the Richardson Public Library. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1990, and her 80th birthday, Dec. 20, 2004, was proclaimed by the Mayor as “Dot McCalpin Day” in Richardson.
Pictured left to right: Council Members Amir Omar and Mark Solomon, Hung Trieu, Council Member Scott Dunn, Jenny Trieu, Council Member Kendal Hartley, Mayor Bob Townsend, Bill McCalpin and Council Member Steve Mitchell.
Click the link below to watch the scholarship presentation:
Animal Shelter Launches Online Donation Tool
The Richardson Animal Shelter this week created an online donation tool, a new option for people who wish to contribute funds to the Shelter.
Donations assist the shelter in caring for the animals and in promoting adoptions throughout the area.
Click the link below or call 972-744-4480 to donate to the Animal Shelter:
Senior Center to Host Health and Information Fair Wednesday
The Richardson Senior Center will offer health screenings and information about financial planning, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, nonprofit agencies that serve seniors, HMOs and more at a Health and Information Fair. Door prizes will also be given throughout the event.
The Fair will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Electronics Recycling Event Scheduled for June 16
The City and AMD will host an electronics recycling collection event 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 16, at AMD’s warehouse, located at 1201 Exchange Dr.
Acceptable items include computers and computer peripherals, telephones, mobile phones, printers, copiers, fax machines, monitors, hard drives, VCRs and DVD players. A $5 fee will be charged for hard drive destruction, and televisions and computer monitors will cost $0.50 per pound. Fees are cash only, and no checks will be accepted.
Hazardous waste, ferrous metals, wood, paper, non-computer plastic, refrigerators or other appliances, furniture and liquids cannot be accepted.
For further information, please contact Ryan Delzell at 972-744-4404 or e-mail email@example.com.
Eisemann Center Presents 2012-2013 Schedule Changes
The Eisemann Center Presents production of Ed Asner Starring as “FDR” has been rescheduled, while Special Attraction “Potted Potter” has been cancelled.
The “FDR” performance has been rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 13, to Saturday, April 27 to accommodate Asner’s appearance on Broadway with Paul Rudd in “Grace.” The show time will remain at 8 p.m. Patrons who have purchased tickets and who will be unable to attend the April 27 show may contact the Ticket Office at 972-744-4650 or in person.
“Potted Potter” was scheduled to appear at the Eisemann Center March 5-10, 2013, but the show’s tour has been rerouted. Patrons who have ordered tickets to this show should contact the Ticket Office at 972-744-4650, come by the Ticket Office in person or e-mail their contact information and Guest ID to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a refund for any tickets already processed.
Single tickets for all Eisemann Center Presents 2012-2013 shows go on sale Monday, Aug. 6. The Ticket Office is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, during all public events and one hour before performances.
Visit http://www.eisemanncenter.com/tickets for full season information and an order form.
“Dump The Pump” Offer to Promote Public Transit
North Texas commuters can swap a gasoline receipt for a week of free transit as Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the T in Fort Worth and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) urge drivers to try public transportation.
The agencies are collaborating June 18-23 on the local version of the American Public Transportation Association’s annual “Dump the Pump” campaign, which emphasizes the economic and environmental benefits of transit.
Agency representatives will offer commuters a free weekly regional transit pass in exchange for a gasoline receipt. They will be at several locations throughout the Metroplex from tonight through June 16. Passes will be good for any DART, T or DCTA fixed-route bus or rail service.
Click the link below for more information and for a list of ticket exchange locations:
Richardson Community Band to Perform Free Concert Sunday
The Richardson Community Band will begin its series of free summer concerts this weekend. The concert, “Down Home on the Farm,” will feature music from America’s farmlands.
Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of music, which will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Eastside at Richardson to Present Free Concert Saturday
Eastside at Richardson will have a free concert this weekend. Joe Wilson and the Revival will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Eastside is located at 700 E. Campbell Rd., at the southeast corner of Campbell and Central Expressway.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet the Richardson Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week on the Shelter’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter. You’ll see details about the adoptable animal and find out how you can take the pet to your own home. The Shelter Facebook page also has photos of other animals available for adoption and information about upcoming events at the Shelter.
Rocco--Pet of the Week
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