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10/01/2020
Tornado One Year Anniversary

This month marks one year since a tornado destroyed and severely damaged hundreds of structures in Richardson’s southern border. We recently went back to the impacted neighborhoods to see how homeowners are doing and what they remember about the storm that changed their lives. Watch the video below to hear their stories and read more on the recovery efforts in this month’s Richardson Today, in mailboxes this weekend.

Now that Fall has arrived and people are spending more time outside, we want to remind you the threat of West Nile virus...
10/01/2020

Now that Fall has arrived and people are spending more time outside, we want to remind you the threat of West Nile virus has not gone away. Since April, the City has conducted mosquito control activities to help prevent the spread of West Nile Virus including setting up weekly traps to determine if virus-carrying mosquitoes are in an area and then, if necessary, spraying to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes. In order to protect yourself from mosquitoes, follow “the Four D’s”: Drain standing water, Avoid being out at dusk and dawn, Dress in long sleeves and pants and Apply insect repellent containing DEET or other effective repellents all day every day. Visit www.cor.net/mosquito for more information.

National Night Out (NNO) is taking place Tuesday, Oct. 6 with several changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of t...
10/01/2020

National Night Out (NNO) is taking place Tuesday, Oct. 6 with several changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the usual block parties and large celebrations, the Richardson Police Department is asking neighborhood residents to hold their own personal picnics outside their homes, decorate their yards in a patriotic theme, turn on their porch lights and wave to RPD officers as they drive by. NNO will also feature a patriotic mask decorating contest and people are encouraged to take photos of their family picnic/yard decorations. Visit www.cor.net/nno for more information about this year’s event.

09/30/2020
“Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive Wrap

Today is the last day to participate in the annual Collin County “Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive. People can still donate Jiffy, Skippy, Peter Pan or any kind of nut butter online through Amazon or by delivering items to Network of Community Ministries (NETWORK) at 741 S. Sherman St. during regular business hours. So far, almost 3,000 pounds have been collected at Network and more than 233,000 pounds have been collected at the North Texas Food Bank since the drive began. Visit www.cor.net/pbdrive to learn more about the drive including how to donate.

There is still plenty of time to participate in the annual Collin County “Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive which tak...
09/28/2020

There is still plenty of time to participate in the annual Collin County “Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive which takes place throughout the month of September. People can donate Jiffy, Skippy, Peter Pan or any kind of nut butter online through Amazon or by delivering items to Network of Community Ministries at 741 S. Sherman St. So far, 151,637 pounds have been collected. Visit www.cor.net/pbdrive to learn more about the drive including how to donate.

09/26/2020
World Environmental Health Day

Today is World Environmental Health Day, an opportunity to recognize the importance of protecting the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink and play in. This is a great time to also tell you about our Health Department and its environmental health professionals who work with health care providers, officials, local leaders and businesses to educate, monitor and enforce standards for these critical air, food and water necessities.

09/24/2020
Senior Drive-Thru Health and Safety Fair

Several seniors in Richardson came out today to participate in the first ever drive-thru health and safety fair in the parking lot of Heights Recreation Center. The event was hosted by the Richardson Senior Center and the Richardson Police Department. We dropped by today to learn more about the event and impact it was having.

09/24/2020
Richardson Animal Shelter

Richardson Animal Shelter

RESCUING MADISON!

9/14/2020: Yesterday the shelter received a call for a golden retriever mix dog stuck in the creek bed along Spring Creek, near trail marker SC601. Caller said it is old and very far down. Upon arrival, our officers saw a very old cocker spaniel mix at the bottom of a creek. She was very far down and out of easy reach. We climbed down the muddy embankment. She was across the water, so one of our officers took of her shoes and rolled up her pants and wadded across the water to her. When she reached her, the dog had a name tag reading "Madison". She was unable to stand up on her own, her back legs were very weak and unsteady. The Officer picked her up and carried her across the water. We climbed back up the muddy drop off. The dog was exhausted and unable to walk or stand on her own. When back in the truck, we saw a lost report for a 14 year old cocker spaniel mix, described as partially blind and deaf. The address of the owner was found. The officers drove to this address and owner, Anna came running outside to retireve Madison from us. She said the dog somehow got out early this morning, around 5am, and has been missing since. Returned Madison home.

Madison and owner are reunited!!

September is National Preparedness Month and we want to let you know about the work Richardson’s Office of Emergency Man...
09/21/2020

September is National Preparedness Month and we want to let you know about the work Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is doing to help families be prepared during natural disasters and other emergencies such as a fire, a pandemic, and chemical threats. We are sharing videos every week during the month to help you understand the importance of having a plan, building an emergency kit, how to prepare for disasters and teaching young people about preparedness. Visit www.cor.net/OEM for more information and to register for emergency notifications.

The latest edition of Week in Review has been published. This week’s WIR includes information on the newly installed Off...
09/18/2020

The latest edition of Week in Review has been published. This week’s WIR includes information on the newly installed Officer Sherrard memorial highway signs, the awarding of arts grants and the delivery of Silver Line rails. Read all about this week's news in Week in Review.

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09/18/2020
Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway

A portion of US 75 that runs through Richardson, from the Bush Turnpike to south of Spring Valley Road was officially named today as “Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway” to honor the Richardson police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Last year, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that named a section of the highway in his honor.

09/17/2020
How to Place Trash Out Can Help Keep Crews Safe

Richardson’s Trash and Recycling team collects approximately 530 tons of trash a day, that’s a lot of garbage! and there are many ways to help keep crews safe on their regular routes including placing trash in a tied bag for collection and not in a container. Watch the video below to learn why.

09/17/2020
National Responsible Dog Ownership Day

This Saturday, Sept 19 is National Responsible Dog Ownership Day, a perfect time to educate first-time owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. The Richardson Animal Shelter staff is available to answer any questions people may have before they make the decision to adopt a furry friend. Watch the video below to see how you can be a responsible dog owner and visit www.cor.net/animalshelter for more information. The Richardson Animal Shelter is open to the public by appointment only, please call 972-744-4480 to set one up today.

09/17/2020
Richardson Police Department

Richardson Police Department

Chandler Foreman, Miss Texas 2020, is helping us get the word out!
This Saturday, is our Pre-National Night Out "Can Do" Food Drive to help fill the shelves at Network of Community Ministries (NETWORK). Canned goods can be dropped off on Saturday, September 19th, 2020 from 8am to 12pm. This event will take place in the south parking lot at the Richardson Civic Center located at 411 W. Arapaho Road. Look for the police cars. Miss Texas Pageant, Inc. Miss Texas 2019 #NNO2020 #NationalNightOut #RPDNNO2020

09/17/2020
Fire Prevention

As we mentioned it’s #NationalPreparednessMonth and throughout September, we will be sharing videos every week to help you understand the importance of being prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies. This week, we visited the Richardson Fire Department to learn about the proper way to maintain smoke alarms and all the locations where they should be installed. We also learned that a good fire escape plan always includes two ways to escape each room in your home. Watch the video below to learn more about fire prevention.

09/15/2020
Steel Rails Delivered to Richardson

Another set of steel rails for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Silver Line project was delivered today by special train from Columbia City, IN. The shipment consists of 50 rail segments, each spanning about 1,600 feet long, which is longer than five football fields. More deliveries of rail are expected in the coming months. DART’s 26-mile corridor will extend between Plano and DFW Airport with stops in seven cities including Richardson. Service is scheduled to begin March 2023. Visit www.dart.org/silverline for more information.

The annual Collin County “Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive is well underway and there is still plenty of time for pe...
09/15/2020

The annual Collin County “Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive is well underway and there is still plenty of time for people to participate. The goal this year is to collect 220,000 pounds of peanut butter. People can help by donating peanut butter to the Network of Community Ministries (NETWORK) online through Amazon or deliver the peanut butter to its offices located at 741 S. Sherman in Richardson. Visit www.cor.net/pbdrive for more information on the drive.

We wanted to let you know about the Richardson Police Department’s annual “Can Do” canned food drive, which is taking pl...
09/14/2020

We wanted to let you know about the Richardson Police Department’s annual “Can Do” canned food drive, which is taking place this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. – noon as a pre-National Night Out event. The drive benefits the Network of Community Ministries. People will be able to drop off canned goods (non-expired) in the south parking lot of the Civic Center/City Hall complex. Officers receiving the food this weekend will be adjacent to Belle Grove Drive. If you cannot attend, donations can be made directly to Network at 741 S. Sherman St. Visit www.cor.net/nno for more information about this year’s virtual National Night Out event.

The latest edition of Week in Review has been published. This week’s WIR includes information on the City of Richardson ...
09/11/2020
Week In Review, Sept. 11, 2020

The latest edition of Week in Review has been published. This week’s WIR includes information on the City of Richardson assisting Hurricane Laura evacuees, North Texas Giving Day and the RPD "Can Do" Food Drive. Read all about this week's news in Week in Review.

https://www.cor.net/Home/Components/News/News/5139/73?backlist=%2f

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.

09/11/2020
RPD's K-9 Unit Donation

The Richardson Police Department’s K-9 Unit recently received a surprise donation from a third grader who wanted to do something special for her birthday. Instead of presents, the young dog lover asked her family and friends to help her collect toys so she could deliver them to Remi and Falco, Richardson’s police dogs. We caught up with the 9-year-old to learn more about her thoughtful gift and why she wanted to help.

09/11/2020
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

We wanted to let you know about some virtual events hosted by the The University of Texas at Dallas’ Multicultural Center that are taking place during Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. The month-long event celebrates and recognizes the different Hispanic and Latino cultures represented in the United States and the contributions that have been made. UTD will offer its campus community a chance to learn about different cultures through online dance, film and panel discussions. The Richardson community will be able to participate in two virtual live events through Facebook and YouTube. Visit www.utdallas.edu/multicultural for information or call 972-883-6280.

09/09/2020
Emergency Kits

As we mentioned it’s National Preparedness Month and throughout September, we will be sharing videos every week to help you understand the importance of being prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies. We recently visited Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to learn about building an emergency kit and what crucial items are needed to help people survive on their own for several days. Watch the video below and visit www.cor.net/OEM for more information on building your own kit.

Labor Day is tomorrow (Monday, Sept. 7) and we want to remind you that there will be no trash, recycling or Brush and Bu...
09/06/2020

Labor Day is tomorrow (Monday, Sept. 7) and we want to remind you that there will be no trash, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service. There will be no make-up days for trash collection and BABIC, but we will have make-up days for recycling. If your normal recycle collection is on Monday, Sept. 7, the make-up day will be Tuesday, Sept. 8 and if your normal recycle collection is on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the make-up day will be Wednesday, Sept. 9.

We also want to let you know that Richardson City Hall/Civic Center offices will be closed on Labor Day, as well as the Richardson Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, Gymnastics Center, Eisemann Center, Richardson Public Library, and Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers. Richardson’s Tennis Court will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sherrill Park Golf Course will remain open during the holiday.

09/04/2020
When to Place Trash Out

Our trash and recycling team asked if we could help get the word out about time to place bags. They recommend 6 – 7 a.m. the morning of your scheduled collection day. We rode along with them earlier this week to find out why.

We wanted to share this message posted by the Police Department last weekend.
09/04/2020

We wanted to share this message posted by the Police Department last weekend.

We recently worked a couple of cases that involved victims who were scammed by a woman using their own phones. It’s not an unusual situation where a person may approach you asking to borrow your phone to make a call or text. At this point, if a crime happened, we would tell you how the stranger took off with the phone. But in our two recent cases, the stranger looks for a cash transfer app, and if the specific app is installed on your phone, they use it to make a quick cash transfer to their account. The stranger hands your phone back and you're unaware anything has happened until later. In these specific cases, we were able to identify the suspect. One way to avoid this is simply don’t lend your phone to someone, make the call for them or offer to call police to assist them if they indicate it’s an emergency. Also, use the security settings offered in cash transfer apps, such as passcodes. Avoid staying logged in to the application when not in use.

The latest edition of Week in Review has been published. This week’s WIR includes information on the Labor Day trash and...
09/04/2020
Week In Review, Sept. 4, 2020

The latest edition of Week in Review has been published. This week’s WIR includes information on the Labor Day trash and recycling schedule, new weather alert options and Community Revitalization Award nominations. Read all about this week's news in Week in Review.

https://www.cor.net/Home/Components/News/News/5131/73?backlist=%2f

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.

Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 7 and we want to remind you that there will be no trash, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Co...
09/04/2020

Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 7 and we want to remind you that there will be no trash, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service. There will be no make-up days for trash collection and BABIC, but we will have make-up days for recycling. If your normal recycle collection is on Monday, Sept. 7, the make-up day will be Tuesday, Sept. 8 and if your normal recycle collection is on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the make-up day will be Wednesday, Sept. 9.

We also want to let you know that Richardson City Hall/Civic Center offices will be closed on Labor Day, as well as the Richardson Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, Gymnastics Center, Eisemann Center, Richardson Public Library, and Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers. Richardson’s Tennis Court will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sherrill Park Golf Course will remain open during the holiday.

09/04/2020

Peanut butter is one of the most requested items at the Network of Community Ministries (NETWORK) and is the perfect meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner that many kids and adults love to eat. This September Richardson is participating in the annual “Spread the Hope” Collin County Peanut Butter Drive with the goal of collecting 220,000 pounds of peanut butter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s drive will take place virtually, with donations being accepted online. Visit www.cor.net/pbdrive for more information on the drive and how to participate.

Starting tonight, Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. and lasting until 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 the eastbound PGBT to north and ...
09/03/2020

Starting tonight, Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. and lasting until 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 the eastbound PGBT to north and southbound US 75 direct-connector ramps will be closed for maintenance activities. Message boards will be placed nearby to alert motorists. All closures are subject to weather conditions and will be postponed, if necessary. See map below for detour route and visit www.ntta.org for more information.

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