My Rowlett

The “My Rowlett” podcast provides a weekly insider’s look into the City initiatives, as well as interviews with some of our local newsmakers, business owners, and citizens making a difference and shaping the future of our town. Join Hannah Rabalais (Digital Media Specialist for the City of Rowlett) as we explore the people, places, history, and events that make up our Hometown with in-depth interviews and exclusive behind the scenes content. Subscribe on podcast platforms (or on YouTube!) to be the first to receive weekly updates on important City initiatives and events, to keep you informed on what’s moving Rowlett forward. Visit rowlett.com for more information, or feel free to reach out to us at podcast@rowlett.com The City of Rowlett, Texas serves more than 65,000 residents and is situated on beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. Rowlett is among the fastest-growing communities in the North Central Texas region.

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Friday@5 - January 27, 2023

Friday Jan 27, 2023

Friday Jan 27, 2023

Here’s your top news and highlights for the week of January 27: 
 
Last night, our City Council hosted a town hall meeting to provide updates and answer your questions about what’s been going on in our city. If you missed out, you can watch the live stream on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
 
Miller Road Construction update here: https://bit.ly/3Dkbckt 
 
DART announced this week that they’ve expanded their hours in all DART GoLink zones* to 7-day service, 5 a.m. to midnight. Did you know that we’re  DART’s second-highest user of the GoLink program as far as ridership? Visit DART.org for more info.
 
The Arts and Humanities Commision announced another writing Contest the theme is Into the Unknown! Entries are due February 28th, Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3WLMnER 
 
Mark your calendars for February 7th because Mayor Blake Margolis will be presenting the State of the City Address at the regular City Council Meeting at 7:30pm. Watch the address here: https://bit.ly/3DinSZ3 
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at podcast@rowlett.com or reach out online: 
 
rowlett.com/podcast 
 
https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 

Friday@5 - January 20, 2023

Friday Jan 20, 2023

Friday Jan 20, 2023

Here’s your top news and highlights for the week of January 20: 
 
Upcoming events: 
 
Public Town Hall meeting next Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 pm at the RCC. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to tune into our Facebook page to watch it live and ask your questions there too. More info here:https://bit.ly/3Xyg0e0 
 
Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
On Saturday, January 28th Parks and Rec are hosting its annual Little Sweet Hearts Dance and this year's theme is Sock Hop! Get your tickets now before they sell out! You can call the RCC at 972-412-6170 or register online here: https://bit.ly/3ib3Fx6 
 
The Rowlett Police Department has announced that they’re hosting their Citizens Police Academy again! The class is limited to 25 people, so get your applications in soon! The program begins on February 23rd. More info here: https://bit.ly/3XnROv5 
 
The Rowlett Citizen Corps Council (RCCC) are sponsoring another two-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on February 4th & 11th. Visit rowlettcert.com to register and for more info.
 
The library is hosting a Trivia Night on Monday, January 23rd @ 6:30pm and This month’s topic is “Back to the 90s.”
 
Here are some highlights that happened this week: 
 
At this week's City Council meeting, January was recognized by proclamation as Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month. We are honored to bring more public awareness to occupational cancer in the fire service. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3IVjAL1 
 
Also at this week’s City Council meeting… we celebrated the service of Michael Gallops (Captain, U.S. Air Force) by honoring and recognizing him as our 25th Rowlett Vet! We hope you will join us as we welcome Michael Gallops into the ranks of our Rowlett Vets! More info here: https://bit.ly/3XCO20s 
 
And If you’re interested in running for City Council, the filing period began this week and ends February 17. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Office of the City Secretary. The election is on May 6th! More info here: https://bit.ly/3Hd5rYk 
 
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at podcast@rowlett.com or reach out online: 
 
rowlett.com/podcast 
 
https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 

Friday@5 - January 13, 2023

Friday Jan 13, 2023

Friday Jan 13, 2023

Here’s your top news and highlights for the week of January 13: 
 
Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr, Day! City of Rowlett facilities, including City Hall, Municipal Court, Rowlett Community Centre, Library and the Animal Shelter will be closed.
FCC trash services will also be postponed by one day.
Our Rowlett Diversity Equity and Inclusion Commission is hosting a community event and food drive on January 16 from 10am-1pm! You’re invited to come out to the lawn on Main street for food trucks, readings from local children and a whole bunch more. 
More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/RowlettDEIC 
We finally released another episode of the My Rowlett Podcast featuring Daniel Cabuya, who is the Winter 2022/2023 Spirit of Rowlett Award Winner! You can listen to the My Rowlett Podcast on your favorite podcast platform or you can watch it on our YouTube channel! I can’t wait for you to listen! 
More info here: rowlett.com/podcast
 
The Rowlett Citizen Corps Council (RCCC) recently announced that they are  sponsoring another two-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on Februaury 4th & 11th. This is a great opportunity if you’re interested in serving your community during a natural or man-made disaster. Visit rowlettcert.com to register and for more info. 
Applications are open for the Gary Alexander Arts in Education Grant! The Rowlett Arts and Humanities Commission sponsors mini "Arts in Education" grants which are available to public and private schools in the City of Rowlett.
More info here: https://bit.ly/3kdXTeZ
During this year's Winter Reading Program, 336 people read more than 113,250 minutes. That's over 1,887 hours! Way to go, readers! We'll see you all again for another reading challenge, starting June 2023! 
 
And finally, don’t forget we have our Town Hall upcoming up on January 26th! We hope to see you there. 
More info here:https://bit.ly/3iz5S5D 
 
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at podcast@rowlett.com or reach out online: 
 
rowlett.com/podcast 
 
https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 

Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

Do you know what the Spirit of Rowlett award is? The “Spirit of Rowlett” is part of the core community programs that support the Neighborhood Planning Mission to strengthen neighborhood livability and community cohesion. The goal of this program & award is to support community engagement through friendly conversations between Rowlett Leadership (Councilmembers, City Staff) and neighbors/local business owners.
 
For Winter 2022/2023 we wanted to highlight the incredible work of Daniel Cabuya, Founder & CEO of Fit with Daniel, which is a Zumba Community that meets several times a week at Community Park. Fit with Daniel is providing affordable Zumba classes to the Rowlett community to encourage community connection + mental & physical health. 
 
Who would you want to spotlight for Spirit of Rowlett? Who in your community is doing something extraordinary? Share their story with us here: https://www.ci.rowlett.tx.us/forms.aspx?FID=228 
 
Learn more about Fit with Daniel here: https://fitwithdaniel.com/
Fit with Daniel Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/167362804106807 
Fit with Daniel Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitwthdaniel/
Fit with Daniel Twitter: https://twitter.com/fitwithdaniel 
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at podcast@rowlett.com or reach out online: 
 
rowlett.com/podcast 
 
https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 
 

Friday@5 - January 6, 2023

Friday Jan 06, 2023

Friday Jan 06, 2023

Here’s your top news and highlights for the week of January 6: 
 
Take advantage of the Rowlett Community Centre New Year Sale until January 8! Annual memberships are 10% off. Call 972-412-6170 or visit the RCC in person to learn more. 
 
Looking for a new job to start the new year? Use your library card to get free live help from a job coach. Find Brainfuse JobNow here: https://rowlett.biblionix.com/catalog/ 
 
This week Mayor Blake Margolis released his January Mayor’s Spotlight newsletter and podcast episode. 
You can listen to it here:https://bit.ly/3jNsOyo 
You can read it here: https://bit.ly/3Clsopf 
 
The Rowlett City Council is hosting a Town Hall meeting Thursday, January 26, @ 6:30 pm at Rowlett Community Centre. Join us in person or on Facebook to find out about all of the exciting things happening in YOUR hometown! 
More info here: https://bit.ly/3vK1yUd 
 
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at podcast@rowlett.com or reach out online: 
 
rowlett.com/podcast 
 
https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 

Tuesday Jan 03, 2023


Rowlett has submitted a petition for membership to the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). A “customer” agency since 1965, Rowlett is one of 14 cities and 16 utility districts that are non-member water wholesalers. Rowlett is the largest of these customer wholesalers, in terms of water usage, and would be the 8th largest water user among the member cities of the NTMWD.
Water is essential for the quality of life we enjoy in North Texas, is critical for businesses to operate, and is necessary for public health and safety. Over the past few years, the City has taken several steps in an ongoing effort to structure this utility to meet the needs of EVERY Rowlett citizen and business. These included tiering the rate structure; replacing the daily-calculated base rate fee with a monthly flat fee; and launching the AMI system to give residents access to hourly usage information. However, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that the costs continue to increase – across North Texas, everyone is experiencing the ever-increasing price of water.
A key goal for this Council, Rowlett has long desired to be a member of the NTMWD and now is the time. Rowlett deserves to have a seat at the table and the opportunity to participate in the policies and practices that impact Rowlett residents and businesses. Learn more by listening to this podcast!
Read the January 2023 Mayor’s Spotlight Newsletter here:
www.rowlett.com/mayorsspotlight
Subscribe to this podcast:
www.rowlett.com/podcast
Social Media:
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Friday@5 - December 16, 2022

Friday Dec 16, 2022

Friday Dec 16, 2022

Happy Friday, Rowlett! Here’s your top news and highlights for the week of December 16th: 
 
Here are the City of Rowlett and FCC Christmas and New Year's Holiday Hours:
-City of Rowlett facilities will be closed on December 23, 26, and January 2 for the Christmas & New Year's holidays.
 
-FCC will not collect garbage and recycling on the following days - services will be postponed by one day during these two weeks: 
Monday, December 26, 2022
Monday, January 2, 2023 
 
-Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services will remain in operation. In case of emergencies, please call 9-1-1.
 
-City of Rowlett Parks and Recreation Community Centre holiday hours: 
Closed from December 24-26 and closing at 5pm on December 23.  On New Year's Eve (12/31), they’re closing at 5pm and will be closed from January 1-2 2023. 
 
- City of Rowlett Public Library holiday hours: 
Closed on December 24 - 26 and closed on January 2, 2023.
 
Santa is still accepting letters at the  Rowlett Community Centre, you have until December 23, before the elves come and pick them up! 
 
If you’re in town over the holidays, we highly recommend stopping by the Village of Rowlett downtown to see all of the decorated Christmas trees that our community has put together. Our Parks and Rec department has also set up synchronized lights and music that you can listen to by tuning into 89.1FM!
Subscribe to the Friday @ 5 Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/3SyecPu 
 
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at podcast@rowlett.com or reach out online: 
 
rowlett.com/podcast 
 
https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo 
 
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas 
 
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas 
 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/ 

Friday@5 -December 9, 2022

Friday Dec 09, 2022

Friday Dec 09, 2022

Happy Friday, Rowlett! Here’s your top news and highlights for the week of December 9:
Upcoming Events: The Light up Rowlett Holiday Decor awards voting has kicked off! Vote for your favorites through December 15th. More info here: https://bit.ly/3iQs773
The Rowlett Public Library is hosting a Gingerbread House making contest on Saturday, December 10 at 11am! The library will be supplying all supplies. For questions, reach out to the Library!
On Monday, December 12th, the Library is hosting Maker Monday at 6:30 pm- This month we will make charcuterie boards using woodburning tools. Perfect for all of the upcoming holiday events.
On Tuesday, December 13th from 7:30-9:30am You’re invited to Coffee with cops at the Panera Bread on 66 they’re also taking new and unwrapped toy donations for the Rowlett Police Association Toy Drive. We hope to see you there!
Here are some highlights from this week!
At Tuesday nights City Council meeting, A petition to seek membership in the North Texas Municipal Water District was formally approved by the Rowlett City Council. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3uBZVqV
Also at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Officers Pierson and Webb were presented with the Police Department’s Life-Saving Award for their actions on July 5 of this year. Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/3HmSyvi
We had a successful 12 days of Christmas! Watch the Parade recap here: https://bit.ly/3PcuDAs
This week we enhanced website accessibility on Rowlett.com with the inclusion of AudioEye. AudioEye will optimize the Rowlett.com user experience for people of different abilities! Check it out for yourself.
Subscribe to the Friday @ 5 Newsletter here: https://bit.ly/3SyecPu
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at podcast@rowlett.com or reach out online:
rowlett.com/podcast
https://www.facebook.com/CityofRowlettTexas
https://www.youtube.com/user/RowlettTexasVideo
https://www.instagram.com/cityofrowletttexas
https://twitter.com/RowlettTexas
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-rowlett/

Monday Dec 05, 2022

The December 2022 Mayor’s Spotlight Newsletter has been released. And this month, Mayor Margolis is talking about the 2022 STAR award winners.
Read the December 2022 Mayor’s Spotlight Newsletter here: rowlett.com/mayorsspotlight
Here are the winners:
S- Service: Given to an employee providing exceptional customer service. The 2022 winner is Luis Bustamante.
T- Team: Given to an employee who promotes exceptional teamwork. The 2022 winner is Chad McLerran.
A- Action: Given to an employee who exhibits exceptional initiative while developing solutions to
unique problems. The 2022 winner is Faustine Glass.
And R- Results: Given to an employee who demonstrates exceptional performance. This
includes bringing a successful resolution to a difficult or complex problem, following through on promises, and/or outstanding communication. The 2022 winner is Ryan Day.
Read the December 2022 Mayor’s Spotlight Newsletter here: rowlett.com/mayorsspotlight
rowlett.com/podcast
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Friday@5 - December 2, 2022

Friday Dec 02, 2022

Friday Dec 02, 2022

Happy Friday, Rowlett! Here’s your top news and highlights for the week of December 2nd:
The 12 days of Christmas events hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department is in full swing! Join us tonight for Christmas Movie night Featuring Home alone in Downtown Rowlett. It's free and the movie starts at 7 pm!
Also happening this weekend is the Main Street Fest and Holiday Parade! Head on down to Downtown Rowlett from 5-8 pm to enjoy the festivities.
Here are the rest of the upcoming events:
Day 7: Sunday, Dec 4 - Letters to Santa at the Rowlett Community Centre. Drop off your letters to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox at the Rowlett Community Centre until December 23.
Day 8: Monday, Dec 5 from 11:30 am-12:30pm- Brunch with Santa @ The Village of Rowlett Downtown.
Day 9: Tuesday, Dec 6 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm- Decorate a Gingerbread house @ The Village of Rowlett Downtown. There is a $12 registration fee. Call the Rowlett Community Centre at (972) 412-6170 to register!
Day 10: Wednesday, Dec 7 from 8 am-9 pm - Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Head to the Rowlett Community Centre to take a photo at the photo booth.
Day 11:Thursday, Dec 8 from 6pm-8pm- Reindeer Games (Cornhole Tournament) @ The Village of Rowlett Downtown. $5 registration fee.
Day 12: Friday, Dec 9 from 5pm-9pm- Christmas Shopping Parents Night Out @ Rowlett Community Centre. The registration fee is $15. Parents, this is the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping done without your little ones in tow. Games, crafts and more will be set up for hours of fun! Pizza, lemonade, and dessert will be provided. Children must be fully potty trained. Ages: 3-12 yrs.
More info here: https://bit.ly/3ifC39E
It’s time to share your favorite holiday light decorations with our Neighborhood Planning Department for Light Up Rowlett 2022! Nominations are open until December 5th! And the voting period starts December 8th through December 13th. More info: https://bit.ly/3ubkQRo
This week, we released the Fall Spirit of Rowlett Award Winner video! Congrats to Jason Collins with Crossroads church, we are so grateful for everything y’all are doing for our citizens.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/3VWpK0P
Tuesday was Giving Tuesday and members of our Executive team volunteered at Life Message food pantry. We were so thrilled to give back to our city in this way and are so grateful to the Life Message team and volunteers for everything they do. Visit lifemessage.org for more info.

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