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August 08, 2016
Raytheon receives highest honor from OSHA
Raytheon’s EO Innovations business unit received the highest possible certification, Star, under OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).  The VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

In VPP, management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment
and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. 
 
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker and Chamber CEO Bill Sproull represented the Chamber and the City at a recognition ceremony recently. 

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Courtesy Nissan donates car to perfect attendance student at RISD

Courtesy Nissan in Richardson has pledged to donate a brand new car to one lucky Richardson ISD senior who has perfect attendance during the entire 2016-17 school year.
Each qualifying senior will be entered into a drawing, says John McFaddin, Courtesy Nissan’s Business Development Manager, and a local celebrity will select the winner next May. The winning student drives away a Nissan Sentra SR in the color of their choice – tax, title and license all paid. 
“Life is just about showing up, no matter what you do,” said McFaddin. “If you’re going to go to college, it starts with attendance. You take responsibility and you make a commitment. So that’s why I’m really excited about the car. It kind of makes sense – ‘driving attendance.’”

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Piada Italian Street Food donates $3,100 to the Richardson Fraternal Order of Police #105
All proceeds from Piada’s Grand Opening Day benefit the Richardson Fraternal Order of Police #105 and the charities supported by the organization

“Our team at Piada Italian Street Food is committed to doing good and making a change in the communities that we are a part of,” said Paul McGuire, general manager of Piada Italian Street Food in Richardson. “We’re thankful for all that the Richardson Police Department does to keep its citizens and businesses safe and wanted to give back to them as a small token of our appreciation.”
                                 
Diners enjoyed the restaurant’s namesake Piada – a thin crust, handmade dough, which is baked on a stone grill, filled with specialty items and then rolled as guests watch the entire process – as well as other entrees including pasta bowls and chopped salads.  
 
The Richardson Fraternal Order of Police #105 has proudly served the community of Richardson for the last six years and is committed to not only the safety of their citizens and businesses but to providing charitable contributions to those in the community who need our help the most. They are currently involved with Cops and Kids, Team Texas for the Family of Fallen Officers, The Counseling Place, and The Richardson Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
 
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Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texas 
U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson will be hosting the sixth annual Congressional Veteran Commendation. This nominations-based program publicly recognizes the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of veterans. In order to be considered for the prestigious award, veterans must currently reside in the Third Congressional District, have served as active duty military personnel or been reservists called to active duty, and must be retired or honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces. Complete nomination packets should be mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed to Megan Foreman by Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. CVC recipients will be publicly honored during a ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the John Anthony Theatre of the Collin College Spring Creek campus. Additional information can be found here
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Call 811 Before You Dig: It is the Law!
Did you know that, before you dig, it is required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked? Atmos Energy wants to thank homeowners and excavators alike for observing the law and keeping our communities safe by always calling 811 before digging. 

Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 36 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care around all line markings by digging by hand.

“The greatest risk to our natural gas pipelines is accidental damage while digging,” said John Paris, president of Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex division. “Even minor damage, such as a scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak.”

Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chance of hitting an underground utility line decreases to 99.9 percent. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig.  Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.
 
“Atmos Energy located 1.5 million underground natural gas lines in 2015. We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law. Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property,” said Paris.

For more information, visit atmosenergy.com/811 or call811.org.