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 for more information, or feel free to reach out to us at 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 Sep 15, 2023

Here’s your top news and events for the week of September 15th: 
September 15-October 15 has been proclaimed as Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Rowlett! Swing by Downtown Rowlett to see the water tower lit in blue and red tonight in celebration. 
To celebrate Library Card Signup Month, Our library is holding three drawings for $50 to Half Price Books! So How do you win? You can do one or all of the following: 
Sign up for your very own library card. All ages are eligible.
If you know someone who doesn't have a card, encourage them to come in. Each person you refer is an entry.
Use your library card during the month of September.
Is your library card well-worn or missing? We'll replace it during the month of September as well, free of charge!
Learn more here: 
On Wednesday your Mayor and City Council hosted a public Town Hall Meeting, if you missed it, check out the recording here: 
Last weekend we unveiled the 9/11 Memorial Sculpture at Fire Station Two, to learn more check out the latest episode of the My Rowlett podcast.
👂 Listen here: 
🎥 Watch here: 
Watch the recap video from the event here: 
Starting next week, your City Council has a new meeting schedule! Work Sessions will be held at 6:00 PM on the Monday preceding the first and third Tuesday regular City Council Meeting. Learn more here: 
Heads up! Next week, your City Council is hosting a public hearing on the proposed tax rate on September 19 at 7:00 PM at City Council Chambers. Council will also vote to adopt the next fiscal year's budget that evening as well. More info here: 
And finally don’t forget to join us tonight for Friday Night Grooves here in Downtown Rowlett! The party starts at 7:30pm! Learn more here: 
Have a great weekend Rowlett! 

Friday@5 - September 8, 2023

Friday Sep 08, 2023

Friday Sep 08, 2023

Here’s your top news and events for the week of September 8th:  
Join us tonight in Downtown Rowlett to boogie down with the Midnight Soul band! The party starts at 7:30 pm. More info here: 
Tomorrow morning, 9/9 at 10:30am we will be gathering at Fire Stattion 2 to unveil the new 9/11 Memorial Sculpture. If you can’t make it out, we just released a podcast episode sharing the remarkable story behind this sculpture. More info here: 
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Watch here: 
The Rowlett Fire and Police Departments will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Fire Station Two on Monday, 9/11 at 8:30am. Please join us as we honor those 343 firefighters and 60 police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. More info here: 
If you want to continue to rock with us after Friday Night Grooves, we will be having another concert on Saturday, September 9, at our Barks, Brews and Brats reschedule EVENT! Bring your dogs to Scentral Bark dog park at 6pm for a fun evening! More info: 
Your Mayor, Blake Margolis released his September Mayor’s Spotlight Podcast! In this episode, we focus on a timely topic: "What is the role of a Councilmember in Rowlett?" Listen today on your favorite podcast platform today! 
Listen here:   
Watch here: 
Next Wednesday, September 13th at 7 pm we are hosting a public town hall meeting on Facebook Live and at the Rowlett Community Centre. More info here: 
And finally, Beginning October 2, the City of Rowlett will implement new business hours, open to serve customers Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Learn more on 
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If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at or reach out online: 

Thursday Sep 07, 2023

In a powerful tribute to the heroes of 9/11 and a celebration of Rowlett's own first responders, we take you behind the scenes of a remarkable & profound public art installation. Tune into this touching episode as we unveil the story behind the new 9/11 memorial sculpture at Fire Station 2 in Rowlett.
Your host, Hannah Rabalais sits down with a couple of key stakeholders who made this memorial a reality. We have the privilege of interviewing the talented artist behind the sculpture, Jonathan Millet, who shares his personal connection to this honorable profession and what motivated him to create this work of art.
We're also joined by two members of the Arts and Humanities Commission, Deborah Crosby & Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Winget who provide insights into the selection process and the significance of public art in fostering appreciation for local culture and heritage.
And, to bring us closer to the heart of the matter, Chief Neil Howard of the Rowlett Fire Department offers his perspective on the enduring impact of 9/11 and the importance of honoring both the fallen heroes of New York City and the steadfast commitment of Rowlett's firefighters.
This episode takes you on a journey through the sculpture's symbolism, its profound connection to 9/11, and the local spirit of resilience it embodies. Learn about the intricate details, including the 343 cutout Maltese Crosses, each bearing the name of a firefighter lost on that fateful day, and the bronze cast firefighters representing unity and service.
As we prepare for the public ceremony on September 9, 2023, at 10:30 A.M., we invite you to explore the heartwarming and profound story of a small city with a big heart, coming together to remember, honor, and celebrate the brave souls who run towards danger when others run away.
Join us for this touching episode and discover how art can serve as a powerful reminder that "We Will Never Forget 9-11-01."
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at or reach out online: 

Tuesday Sep 05, 2023

September Episode - The Pivotal Role of Councilmembers
We are excited to share the latest episode of the Mayor's Spotlight Podcast, where we dive deep into the inner workings of our local government, explore key initiatives, and introduce you to the incredible individuals shaping Rowlett.
In this episode, we focus on a timely topic: "What is the role of a Councilmember in Rowlett?" With a Special Election on the horizon to fill the vacant seat of City Council, Place 1, the spotlight this month is on our dedicated Councilmembers.
Tune in as we gain firsthand insights from Mayor Pro Tem Deb Shinder and Councilmember Elise Bowers, who share their experiences and perspectives serving as councilmembers in the City of Rowlett.
Key Highlights:
- Gain an understanding of Rowlett's government structure, emphasizing collaboration, accountability, and efficient decision-making.
- Discover how our City Council, elected at-large, represents all residents within our city limits.
- Explore the most rewarding and challenging aspects of serving on the council and the vital functions of a councilmember's role.
If you're passionate about shaping our community's future and have considered serving on the City Council, the application period is open until September 6 at 5pm.
Application here:
Your engagement is vital in shaping the Rowlett we all know and love. We look forward to your participation in the upcoming Special Election. Make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Special Election dates:
- Early Voting: October 23 through November 3
- Election Day: Tuesday, November 7
Don't miss this chance to be a part of the decision-making process. Stay tuned for more information on how you can contribute to our wonderful community.
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email 

Friday@5 - September 1, 2023

Friday Sep 01, 2023

Friday Sep 01, 2023

Happy Friday Rowlett, here are your top news and upcoming events for the week of September 1st: 
Friday Night Grooves kicks off tonight, featuring My Life: Live Scenes from the Piano Man. 
We’ve got a full lineup of amazing bands for you, more info here: 
This Monday, 9/4 is Labor Day and FCC will not be conducting trash/recycling/bulk collection services. Service will be postponed by one day for the rest of the week due to the holiday. 
City Facilities will also be closed for the holiday. But don’t worry Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services will remain in operation at all times. More info here: 
Here are some other events that are happening soon:
On Saturday, September 9th we have two events that you won’t want to miss..
First- The Arts and Humanities Commission is hosting an unveiling ceremony for the 9/11 memorial sculpture going in at Fire Station 2 at 10:30 am. More info here: 
Later that day, we have our Barks, Brews, and brats event! Head over to Scentral Bark Dog Park from 6-9pm to enjoy furry friends, drinks, live music, and more! More info: 
On Wednesday, September 13th we have our Public Town Hall meeting on Facebook live and at the Rowlett Community Centre starting at 7 pm. More info here:  
We also have two incredible podcast episodes launching next week, so don’t forget to subscribe to the My Rowlett Podcast on your favorite platform so you don’t miss out! 
Have a great long weekend, Rowlett! 
Subscribe to the Friday @ 5 Newsletter here: 
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at or reach out online: 

Friday@5 - August 25, 2023

Friday Aug 25, 2023

Friday Aug 25, 2023

Happy Friday Rowlett, here’s your top news and events for the week of August 25th! 
We are happy to announce, that after 485 days in the shelter, our longest resident Stone has been adopted!! Enjoy Missouri Stone! 
Get your popcorn ready and Join us tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Rowlett Public Library for this week’s Movie Matinee featuring Puss in Boots: The Last Wish [PG]! More info: 
The Library is also proud to present a new eBook and audiobook service, free to you with your Library card. Learn more about cloudLibrary here: 
This week we announced the new date for the Town Hall Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm. It’ll be hosted at the Rowlett Community Centre and on Facebook live. Learn more here: 
Ready to conquer the chessboard? Parks and rec just announced an all-new program: Beginner and Intermediate Chess class at the Rowlett Community Centre! Embark on an exciting journey into the captivating realm of chess, tailor-made for eager learners aged 6 to 18. Learn more here: 
And finally, we want to give a quick shout-out to the First Rowlett United Methodist Church for swinging by and dropping off goodies for our police department! Thank you!!
Subscribe to the Friday @ 5 Newsletter here:   
If you wish to suggest a topic, guest, or have a question- Please email Hannah Rabalais at or reach out online: 

Friday@5 - August 18, 2023

Friday Aug 18, 2023

Friday Aug 18, 2023

Happy Friday Rowlett, Here’s your top news and events for the week of August 18th! 
This week, your city manager David hall presented the Fiscal Year 2024 Proposed Budget to the Rowlett City Council at this weeks City Council Meeting.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 19th because the public hearing on the ad valorem tax rate will be held at the regular city council meeting. Learn more here: 
This week we announced the Texas Smart Yard Winners! Congratulations to the Lewis Frias & Family and Ellen Schwab & Family. Learn more here: 
An exciting annoucnement--This week we also officially revealed the New Downtown Rowlett logo featuring the Icon historic water tower! Make sure you’re follow downtown rowlett to stay up to date on all that is happening in downtown! 
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Next Thursday, August 24 , Carter Blood Care will be at the community centre hosting a blood drive! Please consider donting to help maintain the critical blood supply throughout our metroplex. They will be set up from 8am-2pm. More info here: 
And finally Join us for the electrifying Friday Night Grooves on Main event, happening every Friday in September at the lively Rowlett Downtown Greenspace. We have an exciting lineup for y’all! Learn more here: 
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Friday@5 - August 11, 2023

Friday Aug 11, 2023

Friday Aug 11, 2023

Here’s your top news and events for the week of August 11, Rowlett!
It’s Tax-free weekend! This is a great time to get your school supplies and stock up on clothing and shoes that are under $100! Learn more here: 
Your mayor, Blake Margolis released his August Mayor’s Spotlight podcast! 
Tune in as Mayor Blake Margolis sits down with Jeff Cohen (Director of Engineering & Interim Director of Public Works) to discuss some highly anticipated and impactful road projects which will shape Rowlett's landscape for years to come. From timelines to project scopes and every update in between, this episode is your resource for the most up-to-date information. 
🎙️Listen to the podcast: 
📹 Watch the videocast: 
Mark your calendars for this Monday, August 14th because your mayor and city council are hosting a town hall at the Rowlett Community Centre and on Facebook live at 7 pm! This is your chance to ask any questions and find out about all of the exciting things happening in YOUR hometown! Learn more here: 
If you’re interested in serving on a board or commission, applications need to be submitted by Monday, August 14th! More info here: 
If are you interested in Genealogy, then the upcoming workshop at the Rowlett public library is for you! Learn what it takes to succeed at hunting down your ancestry, tomorrow August 12 at 11 am! Learn more here: 
And finally, our Animal Shelter is at code red, if you or someone you know is interested in adopting or fostering, please reach out to our animal services team! 
See available Dogs here: 
See available Cats here: 
I hope everyone had a great first week of school, and I’ll see you again next week Rowlett! 

Wednesday Aug 09, 2023

Welcome to the August Mayor’s Spotlight Podcast episode! Every month your host, Mayor Blake Margolis is providing you with a deep dive into what’s going on in your hometown. And for the month of August, Mayor Margolis is interviewing your Director of Engineering & Interim Director of Public Works, Jeff Cohen! In this episode, they discuss and review active and upcoming major thoroughfare roadway projects going on in Rowlett.
We highly recommend listening to the full episode because it is packed with great information, but if you’re interested in hearing about a specific project, here is the list of what is discussed: 
01:40 - 03:45 Status of Miller Road between Railroad tracks and Dalrock Road
03:46 - 8:31 Status of Miller Road bridge design
08:32 - 12:17 Status of Chiesa Roadd between Dalrock Road and Miller Road
12:18 - 17:55 Status of the Lakeview Pkwy / Dalrock Road intersection project
17:56 - 20:56 Status of Right-turn lane projects
20:57 - 26:21 Status of the Merritt Road Interconnector
26:22 - 32:40 Status of the Interstate 30 expansion project
More info about the project: 
Latest update from TX Dot: 
32:41 - 37:25 Discussion of future potential bond projects
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Friday @ 5- August 4 2023

Friday Aug 04, 2023

Friday Aug 04, 2023

Tomorrow is the last day the Wet Zone will be open for the season, head on over between 12-6pm to get the last swim in before school starts! 
On Monday, August 7, the intersection of miller road and Chiesa will be closed for several weeks to complete earthwork preparation and concrete paving. Visit for more info on both phases of this project! 
We’ve released another episode of the My Rowlett Podcast! Tune in to learn more about how Rowlett recently became a GO TEXAN partner and the fun things that are happening in Downtown Rowlett! Listen on your favorite podcast platform today! 
We want to take a moment to thank everyone who made this year’s Summer Reading Program a great success. Overall, we had:
2,093 total participants (a 20.7% increase over last year)23,875 total hours read
Your favorite Liberians are scaling back children’s programming this month to plan some great programs for you this fall! Stay tuned to their social media! 
And finally, if you haven’t taken the Rowlett Parks and Rec master plan update survey yet, we want your input to update this community plan! Visit for more info!

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