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Posted on: November 14, 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Team Plano Holiday Luncheon

2019 Holiday Luncheon Flyer WEB

Believe it or not the Holiday Luncheon is right around the corner – Thursday, December 5. The excitement is ramping up as we plan to gather at the Plano Event Center for our annual feast and merriment.

This annual event is more than just a "free lunch...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Team Plano Challengers Beat the ICMA Time Machine

ICMA Commun Team

Several groups accepted the GAME ON contest when the ICMA-RC RealizeRetirement® Time Machine came to Municipal Center. The retirement-themed mobile escape room posed an 8-minute task – beat the clock and get out of the truck.

What great f...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Animal Shelter Finds Lost Pets the High-tech Way

Finding Rover WEB

The Plano Animal Shelter is now using Finding Rover, a new facial recognition technology. Reuniting lost pets with their owners has just gotten easier in Plano using this website. It’s also a good place to hook up with an adoptable pet near you....

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

10 Ways to Make Healthier Choices this Holiday

Healthy holiday eating

The holidays are a time to indulge, but it is possible to stay on track while enjoying the festivities. If you’re watching your weight or at your goal weight, the upcoming season may be full of temptation.

By making a plan and setting realistic e...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Perils and Pleasures of Turkey Frying and FOG Disposal

Deep fried turkey

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 14, 2019

Employee Discounts Help Make the Season Bright

Special discount percents

Regular checks of the Employee Discount page on TeamPlano.us could mean deep savings on a variety of services and entertainment. If you’re looking to pay less for daycare, auto repairs, DART passes, dental work or pet boarding, then always consi...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Find Dazzling Holiday Gifts at the Plano Christmas Market

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The Plano Christmas Market opens its doors to a shopper’s paradise on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24. Satisfy your ONE real wish to find incredible gifts for everyone on your list with a trip to Carpenter Park Recreation Center and expl...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Give to the Christmas Cops Toy and Food Drive

Christmas Cops group with toys

Plano Police Association (PPA) Christmas Cops serves needy families in our community and they need your help! Your donations of food, NEW toys and coats, plus a variety of other items will make a huge impact on many lives this holiday season. See this fly...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Veterans Day in Plano…A Hero’s Snapshot

WEB Davey Kheao Army Sustainability

If you ever wondered what the face of a hero looks like, TeamPlano offers memorable glimpses of faces that fit the bill. In observance of Veterans Day 2019, let’s recognize the men and women who serve in the military (past and present) &ndas...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Chiancone Named Finalist for NTX Technology Leader Award

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Plano’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) Chris Chiancone gets the nod from Dallas CIO Leadership Association. It’s a tremendous accomplishment to gain recognition in your profession, especially in technology. Congratulations to Chris fo...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Adopt a Senior Pet and See that Love is Ageless

Senior Pet Izzy

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. The Plano Animal Shelter says let an older dog teach you some new tricks. Debbie New of Animal Services designed a charming Municipal Center lobby display to showcase some of the senior cats and dogs currentl...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Get Your Application in for a UT Dallas Graduate Certificate

UTD Dallas certificate

Punch up your resume with a Graduate Certificate in Local Government from the University of Texas at Dallas. If you’ve worked here for at least two years and have longed to broaden your public administration knowledge, now is the time to &ld...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Team Plano Takes All Hallows' Eve Holiday Serious

Halloween SEED group

The Addams Family aren’t the only ones who can be creepy and kooky. Halloween 2019 for many Team Plano employees was “all together ooky.”

The folks at Fire Administration (Fire-Rescue Station #1) gave us total immersion into t...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Volunteers in Plano Supervisor Receives National Award

Corina Sadler Natl Award WEB

Cheers to Volunteers in Plano (VIP) Resources Supervisor Corina Sadler on earning her first national award! The Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement honored her with their Emerging Leader Award.

Corina was recognized for exceptional leadership an...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Thank You...Peanut Butter Drive Exceeds Goal Yet Again!

PB with Mayor and girl

Results of the Plano's internal contest for FAVORITE peanut butter and the final tally of 2019 donations is in! During this year's Collin County Peanut Butter Drive, TeamPlano was asked to give generously AND to vote on their butter-of-choice too.

In the v...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Text to 9-1-1 is now Available in Plano

Text-to-911 cell phone

Public Safety Communications Director Susan Carr shared news with Council that Text to 9-1-1 is now active in Plano during the October 28 meeting.

The Text to 9-1-1 service makes it possible for the hearing impaired to have the same access to 9-1-1 emergen...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Winter Watering in Effect as of November 1

Icy lawn

Lower temperatures in North Texas generally mean it’s time to reduce outdoor watering to once a week. As of November 1, Plano’s Winter Watering Guidelines go into effect for residents. Once-a-week watering is a proactive way to &ld...

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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Simplify Saving for the Future with the City’s 457 Plan

457 Deferred Comp Plan

When you’re already counting pennies, ever wonder how to find the money to save for retirement? An easy way to increase your financial portfolio is to funnel new pay raises into the City of Plano’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.

No dou...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

TECH ALERT: Only 8 Computer Refresh Training Class Left

Computer Refresh training 2

The next Computer Refresh training is November 4 in the Technology Services Building’s Training Room. If you’re scheduled for computer replacement soon, please take advantage of these helpful classes. The Computer Refresh Project has b...

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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Money Matters: FSA Cash, Use It or Lose It

Flexible Spending Account 2019

Don’t be one of the sad numbers of people who throw away Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars each year.

Here’s a health account reminder…

If you have a flexible spending account in 2019, now is the time to review your balance. You should know if you hav...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

20/20 Vision(ary) is S.E.R.V.E.’s Next Value

SERVE Visionary WEB

During recent months we focused on “Respectful” – treating all people and opinions with dignity and courtesy. Our new I SEE U SERVE peer-to-peer recognition program is a great example of this value. The campaign to promote Te...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Pairing Plano CARES Resources + Volunteers = Safer Homes

Display Case Plano CARES (1)

Neighbors helping neighbors is at the heart of the current Municipal Center lobby display. Plano Code Abatement by Residents Engaged in Service (CARES) is the program linking City materials with helpful volunteers to assist homeowners in need.

Kala Krishna...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Prices Will Increase on Vending Machines at City Sites

Vending machine items

Prepare to pay a little more to enjoy those crunchy Cheetos and fizzy Diet Cokes. The snack and beverage machines found in City facilities belong to a local vending company. The Purchasing department was recently notified of an across-the-board price incr...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Let Shanté Akafia Show You How “I SEE U SERVE” Works

I C U SERVE image WEB

By now you’ve seen the I SEE U Serve Cards in breakrooms and other common areas. But you may need some clarity on how to say “thanks, I saw you serve” using these cards. Watch as Human Resources Director Shanté Akafia made one Team Plano member’s day:

Have...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Computer Refresh Survey-takers Can Win BIG PRIZES

Computer Refresh prizes

Seize the opportunity to put your hands in the Computer Refresh treasure box. A wonderful cache of Team Plano prizes await some lucky people who complete either of these two surveys:

  • Computer Refresh Project (CRP) Deployment Survey
  • Computer Refresh Project ...
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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Place the Benefits Guide in the Palm of Your Hand

City of Plano Mobile app WEB

The truth is, benefits info is rarely handy when and where we need it. Many of us skim through brochures once every year and file it away, never to be seen again. Sometimes it’s difficult to find information without flipping or scrolling through many page...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

“Sharing is Caring” with Team Plano Social Recruiting

Social media Sharing WEB

Who likes to share? Were we taught as kids to give a portion of what we had because “sharing is caring?” Popeye fans may recall “I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”…guess that’s s...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

One Voice Committee Helps Spread the Word

OneVOICE (2)

There’s an old saying, “communication is key.” True enough for all manner of human connections – on and off the job. Sharing information involves knowing the WHAT and the WHY in order to “effectively&r...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Will the Real Jordan White Please Stand Up!

Compass Jordan White

The Human Resources Benefits team wants to introduce you to Jordan White, our Personal Health Pro.

Many of you have used Alight’s Compass Healthcare as a trusted resource when making important medical decisions. Their expert answers complex healt...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Buy PlanoCRX Meds with REVISED Order Form

Plano CRX drug program WEB

Beginning January 1, the City will have a new mail order drug program available for all eligible employees, retirees and their dependents. The new cost saving program, PlanoCRX, can be used for brand name prescriptions.

PlanoCRX is a voluntary&...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Animal Shelter Finds Lost Pets the High-tech Way

Finding Rover WEB

The Plano Animal Shelter is now using Finding Rover, a new facial recognition technology. Reuniting lost pets with their owners has just gotten easier in Plano using this website. It’s also a good place to hook up with an adoptable pet near you.

Every dog ...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Find Dazzling Holiday Gifts at the Plano Christmas Market

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The Plano Christmas Market opens its doors to a shopper’s paradise on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24. Satisfy your ONE real wish to find incredible gifts for everyone on your list with a trip to Carpenter Park Recreation Center and explore a worl...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Leave Thanksgiving Cooking to the Sam Johnson Center

Thanksgiving lunch

Make your way to the Sam Johnson Center (SJC) for a delicious Thanksgiving Lunch on Friday, November 22. It’s time you let somebody serve you for a change.

The Plano Event Center is catering the food. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and includes turkey, dressin...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Say No to Opioids and Yes to Options

Opioid epidemic

Pain management today in the face of the opioid epidemic is a concern to countless sufferers. In one of Texas Health’s weekly podcasts, host Scott Sams talks with Dr. Adeel Haq about the issue. Dr. Haq is an ABMS board-certified, fellowship-trai...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

NEWS ALERT: Social Security Spousal Benefits

Social Security payments

How much are Social Security spousal benefits?

The amount of a Social Security spousal benefit depends on the primary earner's work record. Specifically, a spousal benefit can be as much as half of the higher-earning spouse's Social Security benefit at the...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

65+, MEDICARE Open Enrollment Deadline is December 7

Medicare Enrollment form

The Medicare Open Enrollment period ends Friday, December 7 this year. During the annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. If Medicare eligible (65+ years):

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Give to the Christmas Cops Toy and Food Drive

Christmas Cops group with toys

Plano Police Association (PPA) Christmas Cops serves needy families in our community and they need your help! Your donations of food, NEW toys and coats, plus a variety of other items will make a huge impact on many lives this holiday season. See this fly...

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Retirees
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Veterans Day in Plano…A Hero’s Snapshot

WEB Davey Kheao Army Sustainability

If you ever wondered what the face of a hero looks like, TeamPlano offers memorable glimpses of faces that fit the bill. In observance of Veterans Day 2019, let’s recognize the men and women who serve in the military (past and present) &ndas...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Adopt a Senior Pet and See that Love is Ageless

Senior Pet Izzy

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. The Plano Animal Shelter says let an older dog teach you some new tricks. Debbie New of Animal Services designed a charming Municipal Center lobby display to showcase some of the senior cats and dogs currentl...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Thank You...Peanut Butter Drive Exceeds Goal Yet Again!

PB with Mayor and girl

Results of the Plano's internal contest for FAVORITE peanut butter and the final tally of 2019 donations is in! During this year's Collin County Peanut Butter Drive, TeamPlano was asked to give generously AND to vote on their butter-of-choice too.

In the v...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Pet Obesity: Health Risks and Weight Loss Tips

Pet obesity

Who doesn't love a pudgy puppy belly or a lapful of purring kitten? But if that cute pudginess travels to adulthood or that cat begins overflowing your lap, it could spell danger for your pet. Dog and cat obesity is a growing problem in the United States ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Winter Watering in Effect as of November 1

Icy lawn

Lower temperatures in North Texas generally mean it’s time to reduce outdoor watering to once a week. As of November 1, Plano’s Winter Watering Guidelines go into effect for residents. Once-a-week watering is a proactive way to “conserve and protect” the ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Text to 9-1-1 is now Available in Plano

Text-to-911 cell phone

Public Safety Communications Director Susan Carr shared news with Council that Text to 9-1-1 is now active in Plano during the October 28 meeting.

The Text to 9-1-1 service makes it possible for the hearing impaired to have the same access to 9-1-1 emergen...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Guard Against Hearing Loss: 10 Prevention Tips

Hearing Loss and testing

From your favorite song to the voice of your child or grandchild, hearing the world around you is important. Yet 15% of adults in the U.S. have trouble hearing. The good news? You can take steps to protect and prevent hearing loss. Here are some lifestyle...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Aging? Find Humor in the Checklist of Changes that Occur in the Body

Humor in Aging

A wide range of changes happen in the body to different degrees as we age. These changes are not necessarily indicative of an underlying disease, but they can be distressing. Even though the aging process cannot be stopped, being aware of these changes an...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

What are Important Safety Measures for the Elderly?

Senior Women on upright walker WEB

General safety measures at home and away are highly encouraged for older individuals and their family. Falls and injuries, confusion, following medical instructions, along with future health and financial planning are among the concerns.

Simple home safety...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Medicare NEWS: Donut Hole Closing by 2020

Medicare Part D

In addition to Medicare Supplement Plan F and Plan C going away, the Medicare Part D Donut Hole is closing. The percentage you’ll pay in the coverage Gap decreases as the Donut Hole closes. If you’re in the Donut Hole, you get a discou...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Public Records Request Process Changes

Open Records screen image

Your City of Plano open record requests are going to be a lot easier starting Sunday, Sept. 2. The two biggest improvements are:

The process for requesting public r...

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Know Some of the Routine Medical Tests for Seniors

Senior medical exam

A wide range of screening and preventive measures are recommended for people over the age of 65. These guidelines, based on extensive clinical data, come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Consi...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Energize Your Senses with a Sam Johnson Center Membership

Seniors divers and active

Every day’s schedule is a blast of fun, helpful and stimulating classes, trips and special events. Take a quick look at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center (SJC) newsletter TRENDSETTER to confirm you are missing out on so many experiences in Plano...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Updating Beneficiary Designations: Why It's So Important

Beneficiary

How long has it been since you updated your beneficiary list? When you sign up for TMRS, life insurance, ICMA-RC or any other bank or investment account, you are required to list a beneficiary to receive the proceeds should you pass away. Oftentimes, peop...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Are Student Loans a Problem for Someone You Know?

Student loan debt

You may know of someone who needs help paying off big student loans long after they’ve graduated from college. If so, tell them about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to help relieve the drain on their bank accounts. Individuals must first find...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Improve Your Quality of Life through WCOA

Senior foot care

The Wellness Center for Older Adults (WCOA) offers a variety of services and programs to seniors and caregivers. Located in the Sam Johnson Recreation Center, 401 16th Street, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping you achieve your highest le...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Mandatory Training for 2019 Focuses on “ETHICS”

Business Ethics

All Team Plano employees are required to participate in mandatory training each fiscal year. The subject matter of the training changes every year. As a requirement for 2019, you will need to complete the SkillSoft course “Business Ethics” by January 31, ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Training & Development

Training and development

The Human Resources department offers an extensive catalog of training opportunities for all job types and levels. Refer questions to Senior Training Coordinators Tony Beasley or Debbie Speed at 972-941-7339 and 972-941-7217, respectively. Here are some o...

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