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Week In Review, Nov. 2, 2012
Posted Date: 11/2/2012 5:00 PM

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Nov. 2, 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.


Today is Last Day For Early Voting for Nov. 6 Election
Polls to participate in early voting for the Nov. 6 General Election will be open until 7 p.m. this evening.

Richardson residents who live in Dallas County may participate in early voting at Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Richardson residents who live in Collin County may vote at one of several locations, which may be viewed at

Election Day polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. On Election Day, Dallas County voters must go to the polling location within their precinct, which may be viewed at Collin County voters may vote at any Election Center, which are listed at

Please note that Richardson City Hall is NOT a polling location on Election Day.


Main Street/US-75 Community Meeting to be Held Thursday
Today is the last chance to reserve a seat at the final public involvement session focusing on redevelopment enhancements along Main Street and the Central Expressway Corridor. The workshop is from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Richardson City Hall.

At the session, attendees will have an opportunity to share their opinions and help form plans that will guide the future of development along Main Street and Central Expressway. Participants should review a new set of materials on the project web page at before the workshop to prepare.

This will be the last chance for the public to give input on this phase of the project before the recommendation and implementation plan is presented to the City Plan Commission and City Council in December. Attendees are asked to RSVP by today by e-mailing The session is open to the public. 


City Launches New Water Customer Service Website
The City’s Water Customer Service Department has launched a new website that allows Richardson residents to open, transfer or close an account online. Previously, these actions had to be completed in person at City Hall.

To use the new service, residential customers may go to and click on the “Apply Online” link. New accounts require a deposit of $50, which may be paid online with a credit or debit card.

Business water customers must still go to City Hall to set up an account.

For more information, call 972-744-4120 or e-mail


Richardson Honored For Efforts To Improve Air Quality In North Texas
The City of Richardson was named a winner of the 2012 Working for Clean Air Award in the public sector under 1,000 employees category. The recognition was given at the 8th annual Working for Clean Air Awards reception held last night at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. State Rep. Linda Harper-Brown and energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens also gave remarks celebrating the clean air accomplishments of the City of Richardson and other winners.
Car Charging Stations 

There are two electric car charging stations at Huffhines Recreation Center.


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to Host Free Movie Screening Nov. 16
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will give the Richardson community a preview of what’s to come next spring with a free movie screening Friday, Nov. 16, at the site of its first Metroplex location.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m., with a screening of “The Burbs” scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Heights Shopping Center, at the southwest corner of Belt Line Road and Central Expressway.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, based in Austin, will open in Richardson in May 2013. City, community and business leaders celebrated the beginning of construction last month with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site.


November Richardson Today In Mailboxes
The November edition of Richardson Today was delivered yesterday to the Post Office for delivery to homes. The latest edition focuses on water quality and supply. The issue also includes the Parks and Recreation Winter 2013 Guide, a complete listing of classes and programs offered by the Parks Department.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the City and is also available at the Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition is accessible through the City’s homepage located at Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the City and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.


Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks Back—Change Your Batteries
Daylight Savings ends this weekend, so remember to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night. It is also a good time to change the batteries in your home smoke alarms.


Santa’s Village Construction Begins
City staff members have begun setting up the dwellings that make up Santa’s Village at the City Hall/Civic Center Complex. Santa's Village is an annual destination for children and families that features 16 dwellings, each with a different activity inside, and live entertainment scheduled throughout the duration of the event.

Santa’s Village will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:
• Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2
• Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 6-9
• Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 13-16

For more information about Santa’s Village, visit


Citywide Pet Day is Saturday
AnimaLuv Pet Day
The seventh annual Citywide Pet Day benefiting the Richardson Animal Shelter will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Owens Spring Creek Farm, 1401 E. Lookout Dr. The event will include a pet clinic, children’s activities, microchipping, concessions, animal adoption groups and much more.

Admission is $1, and proceeds will support spay and neuter services for pets of low income families. The Wagging Tail Walk will begin at 9 a.m. The $5 fee for the walk includes admission to Citywide Pet Day. You may register for the walk at the event.

For more information, visit


Spirit Run to Benefit RISD Schools Nov. 10
The third annual Spirit Run 5K will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Galatyn Plaza. The certified race is partially sponsored by the City and benefits the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, which supports students in RISD through scholarships and programs.

Bands, drum lines and other groups from the four RISD high schools will encourage runners along the 3.1-mile route. At the end of the race, runners will vote for the most spirited high school, and the winner will receive the traveling Spirit Trophy.

The event will also include a 1-mile Walk/Fun Run at 8 a.m. and awards for overall and age group winners at 9:30 a.m.

Online registration costs $30 through Thursday, Nov. 8, at Race day registration costs $35. Runners younger than 18 years old may register for $10.

For more information, visit


Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Nov. 9-10; Center Closed Nov. 8
Holiday Bazaar
The Richardson Senior Center will host the Senior Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9-10. The annual bazaar will feature a variety of handmade holiday gifts for sale.

The Senior Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 8, to help facilitate set-up preparations for the bazaar. All classes, activities and programs will resume on a normal schedule Monday, Nov. 12.

For more information, call the Senior Center at 972-744-7800.


Huffhines Art Trails Festival a Big Success
Richardson’s annual Huffhines Art Trails Festival was held last weekend with more than 150 artists on hand and an estimated 10-12,000 in attendance.

A fall tradition dating back to 1976, the Huffhines Art Trails is an annual arts and crafts show featuring some of the area’s finest artisans that provide a variety of contemporary crafts, traditional crafts, and art in mediums that range from painting and pottery to glass, wood work and jewelry.


Free Compost Seminar Nov. 10
Learn how to transform grass clippings and leaves into valuable nutrients for the yard at a free compost seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr.

Participants at the seminar will learn the basics of backyard composting as well as advanced tips and techniques from instructor Mary Tynes, an author and expert on the subject.

The seminar is free and open to Richardson residents, but space is limited. Contact Ryan Delzell at 972-744-4404 to make a reservation by Thursday, Nov. 8. 


Altrusa honors “Outstanding Women of Today”
Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson honored six winners as they were named Outstanding Women of Today…Builders of Tomorrow at the 9th annual luncheon Oct. 26.

Of the 36 women nominated, the winners were: Corporate: Lois Reed, The Dallas Morning News; Education: Susan Barkley, Richland College; Government: Rhonda Bonner, Richardson Police Department; Nonprofit: Janna Gardner, Healing Hands Ministries; Small Business: Janice Peters, Hudson Peters Commercial; and Outstanding Woman of Tomorrow: Lacy Durham, Deloitte Tax.
Altrusa OWT 2012
2012 Richardson Altrusa honorees—(l-r) Lacy Durham, Janice Peters, Rhonda Bonner, Janna Gardner, Susan Barkley and Lois Reed


Richardson Community Band at Eisemann Center Nov. 4
The Richardson Community Band will perform “Hail to the Chief!” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. The concert will feature songs to honor the nation’s presidents.

Tickets cost $7 and are available by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650 or visiting For more information on the band, visit


Broadway's Next H!T Musical at Eisemann Center Nov. 7-11
The Eisemann Center will present the ViewPoint Bank Theatre Comedy Series production of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical for six performances running Nov. 7-11.

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter.
Tickets are $37-$40 and are available at or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling Group Sales at 972-744-4657. 


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week 
Lexy is a female, domestic short hair about 3 years old, up to date on all vaccinations, very friendly, great with kids and dogs and has been at the shelter since July. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Lexy 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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