Posted on: November 16, 2017

Carpenter Park Recreation Dedicates New Pool on Nov. 28

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The long awaited opening of Carpenter Park Recreation Center’s new addition is set for Tuesday, November 28 at 6 p.m. The new pool adds a needed amenity to this high-traffic facility and features one of North Texas’ only indoor/outdoor...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Plano Employees Proactively Save for Retirement

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Six out of 10 employees are taking action to ensure they can achieve their retirement dreams? Are you one of them?

In addition to the retirement plans through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) and the Retirement Security Plan (RSP), the City has...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Wellness Recreation Center Memberships Update!

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We heard you, TeamPlano! You want to have discounts for the recreation centers. Connect4Health and the Parks and Recreation department are happy to announce spouse and legal dependents of a qualifying employee are now eligible for a 50% discount on family...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

BIG Mystery Revealed…Winner of Holiday Luncheon Menu Announced

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Drum roll please…..with the annual Team Plano Holiday Lunch just two weeks away, members of the planning committee share results of the employee menu choice survey! Watch the video announcement and learn what you’ll be feasting on at ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Procurement Receives Coveted Excellence Award

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Congratulations to Diane Palmer-Boeck, procurement and project management director, and her staff on earning the prestigious (AEP) Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award®. Presented by the National Procurement Institute (NPI), the program ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Food and Toys are Needed for Christmas COPS

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By now, you’ve noticed large collection boxes in your building and in local businesses with the “Christmas Cops” shield displayed. The containers are there to receive your donations for the Plano Police Association (PPA) Chri...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Perils & Pleasures of Turkey Frying, Plus FOG Disposal

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Many households engage in turkey frying at Thanksgiving time in the quest to serve a moister fowl to the family. But how many of you actually know the proper and safe way for a turkey to meet hot oil? As with everything, there is a right way and a wrong w...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Dickens 2017 Brings Snow Slides and Live Music to Historic Downtown Plano

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Winter is coming….and Haggard Park is preparing for a makeover into a world of wonderland fantasy. On December 1, some truly fun frosty holiday favorite things await you at this year’s Dickens celebration in the Downtown Arts District...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

Veterans Day in Plano…A Hero’s Snapshot

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From the days when the first war was fought on American soil to the present-day battles in foreign countries, brave soldiers have died and brave soldiers have lived to tell the tale. There are more than 21 million vets in the United States who’ve served i...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

SAVE THE DATE for a Dickens Holiday Luncheon

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The halls will be decked and the carol bells ringing for the 2017 Team Plano “Dickens” Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 1. This annual event is more than just a "free lunch;" it's also a time to mingle with old friends an...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Winter Watering in Effect as of November 1

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Lower temperatures in North Texas bring about changes to the environment and our natural resources. As of November 1, Plano’s Winter watering guidelines go into effect for residents. The once-a-week watering is a proactive way to “cons...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Parks & Recreation’s New ACTIVE System Goes Live!

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Sign up for Leisure Catalog programs and classes just got a whole lot easier. On November 1, Plano Parks and Recreation debuted a new online registration system that has modernized the process of enrolling in hundreds of recreation offerings.  Th...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Plano Employees Play Dress-up for Halloween

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Many of the weirdest, spookiest, trendiest and funniest characters made appearances for Team Plano’s 2017 All Hallows Eve. Once City Manager Bruce Glasscock gave the green light to dress up for Halloween, City staffers wasted no time pulling tog...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Project “Warm Up” Thanks YOU!

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The City’s annual Coat & Blanket Drive is a tremendous success due largely to your outpouring of generosity. When Corina Sadler, volunteer resources supervisor, puts the call out for help, the response is never guaranteed. However, in true f...

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Posted on: October 26, 2017

Plano Fire-Rescue Receives Donation from Atmos Energy

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Natural-gas distributor Atmos Energy shared the wealth with Plano Fire-Rescue once again. During the October 23 City Council meeting, their company representative presented a hefty ceremonial check. Atmos’ donation to Plano Fire-Rescue (PFR) will go a lon...

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Posted on: October 26, 2017

It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot!

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You can’t go anywhere without running into people coughing, sneezing, sniffing and sounding like a bull frog. What do you do? If you did not make it to one of our onsite flu shot clinics this month, you can still get a free flu shot for yourself and famil...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Pickleball Now Offered at High Point Tennis Center

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A new sports craze has hit the local courts of Plano’s eastside. The pickleball obsession combines features of badminton, tennis and table tennis and allows two, three or four people to play at a time. The Parks and Recreation department announc...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Another Group Completes the Leadership for the 21st Century Program

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A fresh crop of emerging leaders can now add L21 Graduate to their list of career accomplishments. The Human Resources team of Tony Beasley and Debbie Speed, along with Deputy City Manager Jim Parrish, gladly welcomed the newbies into the coveted list of ...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

UPDATE: A Delay for Installing New Phones

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The anticipated new Skype for Business system is going to happen soon! Here’s a message from the Technology Services director:

Technology Services (TS) has been in the process of modernizing the phone system for the last 14 months, working to pro...

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Library Programs Garner Enviable National Attention for the City

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The recent City Council meeting opener was devoted almost solely to sharing news about what the Plano Public Library has been up to lately. The department’s good news included two awards from national organizations, which Mayor Harry LaRosiliere...

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Stephen Tanner Voted #bestsocialmediapresenter at Dallas Showcase

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It appears this Communications and Community Outreach senior marketing specialist is trending well with his peers for his skills at generating digital traffic. Stephen Tanner didn’t hesitate when asked to be a presenter at the 7th Annual Social ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Save Your Raise

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How can you find money to save for retirement? One option is to save the 3% salary increase the City Council approved for employees effective October 2. Consider getting more out of your raise by putting it toward retirement. The City offers a 457 Deferre...

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

Caressa Marquez is the October featured Artist – A Retrospective

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Human Resources’ Compensation Administrator displays her artistic side as Harrington Library’s Artist of the Month. As a creator, Caressa Chandler Marquez captures the beauty in nature and people in her pencil and ink drawings as well ...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Oak Point Rec Center Employee Aids in Houston Rescue Efforts

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Kelley Crimmins, Parks and Recreation’s public relations and community outreach specialist, shares a heartwarming story about an employee caring for others...

When Oak Point Recreation Center staff member Micah Cano saw the horrific images from t...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Could Your Cold or Flu be Something More Serious?

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For such a serious illness, pneumonia is surprisingly sneaky. You might call it a master of disguise. Early on, its symptoms can look a lot like a cold or the flu. In fact, it can even be a cold or the flu at first — and turn into pneumonia.

That...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Police Walk a New Beat at Legacy West

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As the City grows, Plano Police extends their presence with a new substation in the heart of the growing Legacy West community. Securing a visible presence in the heart of this area furthers the department’s mission goals “…...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

It’s a SAVVY for Texas Recycles Day and Todd Rice

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The City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) announced the 2017 awards and Plano was named. Steve Stoler, media relations director, broke the news that the Texas Recycles Day promotional video won a Savvy when he attended the 3CMA ann...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Fire Department Nets Another ISO Certificate

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Bravo to the Plano Fire-Rescue Department on receiving their second ISO Certificate! Most people will live their entire lives not ever hearing the acronym ISO (which, in this case, stands for Insurance Services Office), but everyone benefits when fire age...

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

Shane Sorenson’s TACVB Award for Outstanding Professionals

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The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (TACVB) honored Visit Plano’s Shane Sorenson with the first ever Catalyst Award. He was surprised with the gift during the organization’s annual conference held in Fort Worth. S...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Safety Coordinators Schooled in How to "Stop the Bleed"

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Senior Risk Analyst Tim Billingham treated members of the City’s Safety Coordinator Program (SCP) to a literally life-saving presentation during the group’s quarterly meeting. SCP was developed to enhance safety awareness throughout ea...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Wellness Coordinator Shares Results of the Employee Satisfaction Survey

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Team Plano, we heard you! I’m Michelle Gifford, your senior wellness coordinator, with an important update about Connect4Health (C4H)-related survey responses. In May, Human Resources sent out an Employee Survey to learn what you think about our...

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Visit Plano Made the Move West

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Relocating to the bustling westside of Plano is a positive move for the City’s visitors bureau. Rudyard Kipling wrote “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” and the sometimes misunderstood poem&a...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Remember: Medicare Coverage Switches to Aetna

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Effective January 1, 2018, Plano changes its Medicare supplemental coverage to Aetna. All retirees are encouraged to review resources materials and see what the change will mean for your coverage. The Medicare Advantage PPO plans with Extended Service Are...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

MUST-dos When You’re Ready to Retire: It's a Process

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Retiring from the City of Plano is a process with important steps to follow. It’s been a great career and the exact date to start your next great adventure is set, but you can't get the party started just yet. The first thing to do, after formal...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Remember to Use the Municipal Reference Library

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It’s a convenient and invaluable reference hub for the many people who work at the Municipal Center. No need to hop into your car when the Municipal Reference Library (MRL) is so accessible on the second floor in suite 202.  Th...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

City Manager Named Business Executive of the Year

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It’s an incredible honor when members of an elite business community like Plano’s recognizes your work ethic and validates your commitment to public service. For City Manager Bruce Glasscock that endorsement came when the Plano Chamber...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Downtown Historic District Made the National Register

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The National Park Service confirmed Plano Downtown Historic District is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation – buildings, sites, structures an...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

Plano is the 2nd Most Chill-lax U.S. City

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This is one of the few times being 149 out of 150 is a really good thing. WalletHub’s 2017 report on the "Most & Least Stressed Cities in America" is out and the City of Plano was named the second most mellow spot in the United Sta...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Grill Safely All Year Round

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Although July is the peak month for grill fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) barbecue fires can occur any time of year. The Agency’s 2016 report determined, on average, 8,900 home fires are started by grills annually. Backyard ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Health4Me App is Mobile Access to Medical Info

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When you or your loved ones need details about your health plan, you’re not always going to have the info handy. With UnitedHealthcare’s Health4Me App, your smartphone becomes an important tool for lessening your frustration during what could be a stressf...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

What NOT to Wear to Work. Dress Code Effective July 1

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The new rules go into effect this weekend. Take a moment to review the list of dos and don’ts for work attire. The City of Plano implements a new Dress Code Policy for all employees, unless a uniform is required. Details about the new policy are being com...

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