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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: as of July 2 at 4 p.m.

Covid19

As of July 2, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces. This order applies to counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. 

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Perform an Act of Kindness. Donate Blood.

Carter BloodCare mobile unit

This is generally the time of year we promote one of the most contested battles in Plano history – the Battle of the Badges. Although we aren’t able to conduct our first responders’ annual blood drive, the need still exists i...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

“Working from Home” SCAM Costs You Money

Work at home Scams

Looking to earn money with an online job is commonplace these days – for many it’s their primary source of income. What if your efforts to bring money into the house ends up sucking money out of your pocket? The Plano Police Safety Min...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Avoid Long Lines and Take Advantage of Early Voting

Early vote sticker on a finger

Early voting for the July 14 Runoff Elections began on June 29 and ends on Friday, July 10. Governor Greg Abbott extended the early voting period because of the coronavirus. Casting ballots before Election Day could mean avoiding large crowds and better s...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Get Movin’…July is National Parks & Recreation Month

Parks Month WEB

Let’s get the ball rolling and honor our recreation professionals for all of July during National Park and Recreation Month. Plano’s top-notch Parks & Recreation staff works year-round providing award-winning programs, events and g...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Avoid the Pain of Injuries from Consumer Fireworks

Fireworks child with sparklers

The lure of setting off fireworks can be hard to resist, but Plano Fire-Rescue (PFR) wants everyone to do just that –resist! First, there is a City ordinance prohibiting the manufacturing, storage and use of fireworks within City limits. Violati...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Stimulate your Mind with Familiar Online Games

Senior brain games online

The saying, “use it or lose it” is a truth worth keeping in mind when it comes to the brain. Pogo is an online service with many free games such as Solitaire, Mahjong, Scrabble, Monopoly, Canasta, Yahtzee, Gin, Spades and much more!

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Still Haven’t Filed? Get AARP Tax-Aide Online Assistance.

Tax return deadline July 15

The filing deadline for tax returns was extended from April 15 to July 15 allowing extra time to get the work done. Visit the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site to view frequently asked questions regarding your taxes. If you would like to submit a request for ...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

July 4th Fireworks Take to the Sky, But the Parade is Grounded

July 4th 2020

COVID-19 social distancing made it necessary for the City to modify the event, but we still get to see fireworks this weekend. Sadly, large gatherings like our Independence Day Parade aren’t possible this year.

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

See July 4th Holiday Closures of City Facilities and Services

July 4

Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year – YAY – which means there’s not much disruption to City services. With all of the garbage most people generate over a long holiday weekend, it’s good our trash and recy...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Plano Balloon Festival Comes to Sad Decision

plano balloon.png

Another Plano tradition bites the COVID-19 dust as organizers officially cancel this year’s Central Market Plano Balloon Festival (PBF). In these uncertain times, the Festival board and staff considered the health and safety of Festival attendee...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Inside Plano Talks with Chief Drain and Shares the Latest Reopening News

Inside Plano WEB

Episode 30 of our popular Inside Plano podcast presents a candid conversation about Police and community relations with Chief Ed Drain. Don’t miss out as he shares the department’s philosophy and policies. Show hosts Shannah Hayley and...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Watch the 45th Annual Plano Police Awards Ceremony

Police Annual Awards ceremony 2

The Plano Police staff was forced to change how their annual employee recognition event was held due to COVID-19 concerns. The ceremony took place in the Toler Meeting Room to honor department members who performed above and beyond this past year.

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Think Outside the Can to Thank Trash & Recycling Workers

Environmental Waste worker in truck

It’s National Waste and Recycling Workers Week (June 14-20), so let’s collectively show appreciation for the great job they do for the City! The men and women keeping Plano clean, especially during these chaotic times, have never stopp...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Neighborhood Services is Moving Back to the Eastside

Neighborhood Srv new offices corner view

Neighborhood Services’ staff of 51 will take up residence on Monday, June 22 with plenty of room to spread out and grow. The new building at 777 E. 15th Street is on the northwest corner of 15th Street and G Avenue St. (Historic Downtown).

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

No Friends of Plano Public Library Book Sale for 2020

No Book Sale in 2020

Friends of the Plano Public Library released the sad news that this year’s annual Book Sale is cancelled. The announcement comes after organizers weighed concerns for the health and safety of shoppers and volunteers attending the event.

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Don’t Let High Temps Turn Food Bad

Food poisoning

It’s the time of year when people are cooking outside more – usually away from refrigerators and sinks. As summer heats up, so does the potential for bacterial growth in the delicious foods you prepare. Protect yourself, your family an...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Don’t Accidentally Throw Away Your Stimulus Debit Card

Stimulus debit card

Some people waiting to receive their stimulus payment are accidentally throwing money away. This is happening because the stimulus debit cards are in plain white envelopes that resemble junk mail.

If you haven’t gotten a check, be on watch. The I...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Dive in as Jack Carter Pool Reopens this Month

Jack Carter Pool lazy river

Splash! That’s the sound many Plano residents have been longing to hear again at Jack Carter Pool (JCP). The wait will soon be over as JCP reopens on Monday, June 29. Under the governor’s May 26 executive order, water parks throughout ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Apply Now for Housing & Living Assistance through Collin CARES

COVID rent mortgage help

Grants are available for eligible Collin County residents impacted by COVID-19. The Collin CARES Assistance Program will provide up to $2,500 in monthly financial aid to each qualifying household.

Approved applicants receive funds to pay for housing, utili...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Are You Dealing with the Fear of Going Out?

Senior COVID fears

For the first time in weeks, stay at home orders are being lifted nationwide and Americans are being allowed to visit more public places. While some are bullish on opening the economy devastated by COVID-19, others are fearful of leaving their homes and n...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Tour a Fire-Rescue Squad & Hear What the Fire Marshal’s Office Does

PFR Squad Tour

Emergency calls often result in several kinds of first responder vehicles arriving on the scene. Why? For some, the words fire marshal sounds like that person enforces fire laws. Are they right?

Get the answer to that first question as Firefighter/Paramedi...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Congratulate Sandra Rodgers-Tomeo on her Promotion to Asst. Police Chief

PPD Sandra Rodger Tomeo WEB

It’s official, Plano Police Lieutenant Sandra Rodgers-Tomeo is our newly sworn-in Assistant Chief of Police. The promotion became effective on June 1 during a small ceremony that included her husband Richard and two grandsons Austin and Carter.

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Do Mosquitoes Pick YOU out of the Crowd…every time?

Mosquito spray products

You may be itching to get outside, but it’s the season for unwanted company to hone in on your fun – mosquitoes. The Environmental Health and Sustainability (EHS) team began setting traps in April to study these blood-sucking pests.

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Plano Wellness Center Hosts a Variety of July Workshops

Yoga for seniors

The coronavirus hasn’t stopped the Wellness Center for Older Adults from rendering needed support services. Wellness staff provide connections to benefits counseling, medical equipment, caregiver aid and so much more. They are conveniently house...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

How to Video Chat on Your Smartphone during COVID-19 Sheltering

Seniors video chatting on smart device

Looking to chat with friends, family and significant others without crowding into the same room together? You’re likely to be resorting to video to actually see the people you’re talking to. There are thankfully plenty of smartphone ap...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Zone-out at Lunch with Art and Music

Painting class online

Step back a little from all the COVID-madness to feed your soul with art and music! Delve into free virtual creative experiences courtesy of Plano Arts and Event. Here’s what’s being offered:

Mondays: Free Live Art ClassTake an online a...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Handling Stress and Coping with COVID-19

Seniors video chatting

Older people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, which may result in increased stress during this crisis. Fear and anxiety about the pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Things you can do to support yourself include:

  • Tak...
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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Team Plano Coronavirus DAILY UPDATE

Plano COVID19 social media graphic

A lot happens related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. Get the latest on the Plano COVID-19 FAQ page.

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

Will Medicare Cover the Cost of a Nursing Home Stay?

Nursing home

Unexpected medical emergencies could mean a prolonged recovery period in a nursing facility. If you are on Medicare, there are a number of questions to address.

When determining whether Medicare will cover nursing care, consider the following categories of...

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