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Aug 16

8/14/17 - Flu Shot Deadline - Must Read, Bunker Hills Scramble and more!

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 11:18 AM by Stephanie Ring

Important Flu Shot Deadline - Sign Up by August 31!
You may have read last week that the City of Coon Rapids is hosting a flu shot clinic for City employees and their dependents on three different dates in September. The deadline to sign up for these shot clinics is by end of day August 31. No late sign ups will be allowed. Why? Because the City must provide accurate numbers to the flu shot administrator. The City also does not want to have to pay for flu shots that are not used, so accurate numbers are vital.
Thank you in advance for signing up promptly! If you have any questions about how to use the online sign up system, please contact Stephanie Ring (ext 582) or Karen Herman (ext 456).

Find the Flu Shot sign up link here

Read about all of the original Flu Shot Clinic Information Here


Bunker Hills Scramble - Thursday, Sept. 28

Mark your calendars for the annual employee event, the Bunker Hills Scramble, Thursday, Sept. 28. This event benefits the ACBC Food Shelf of Anoka County. Shotgun start begins at 3:30 p.m. More details will be coming up in future employee messages.


Employee Picnic, Thursday Sept. 14
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public Works Garage
Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit and more!
Employee-Picnic-Save-the-Date


Last Chance Fruit Order - Send Liza by August 18

Colorado Peaches   $33  (20 lbs)

Colorado ORG Peaches  $45   (20 lbs)

Colorado Bartlett Pears   $26    (20 lbs)

Order by August 18, delivery will be August 28.

To Order:

Email or call Liza X410

To Pay:

Check, cash or PayPal

Check payable to Dan Masloski

PayPal via dmasloski@comcast.net


Fall Recreation GuideFall/Winter Parks and Recreation Guide Now Available
NEW this year is an online version of the fall/winter Parks and Recreation guide, featuring information about classes, City facilities and community events. This guide is available online only; only a limited number of guides have been printed for City facilities. See the guide online here.







IT Tip From Last Week - Have You Done this Yet?

Last week, instructions were provided on how to back up your address books in the Outlook email system. The instructions for how to do this can be found here in the Information Technology area of the Employee Web.

A reminder from IT, if you have not done this, please do so. Backing up these address books is vital in case you need access to your contacts. If you have further questions or need help, please contact the IT department as they are happy to help you.

Send Kudos Now!
Do you have a "Kudos" for Kudos Korner? What is that you ask? It's a way to give a "pat on the back" to an employee, a public thank-you for a job well done. Maybe someone helped you with a project, gave a little extra time to train you on something or did something extra special in their job. Acknowledge these employees by publishing a special "Kudos" in the Kudos Korner (an initiative of the Coon Rapids Innovation Team). Send your Kudos to Stephanie Ring or Tara Jenkins in Communications.

Have a wonderful week!
Employee-Picnic-Save-the-Date

Employee-Picnic-Save-the-Date
Aug 09

8/7/17 - Employee Picnic, Flu Shots, Export Address Book

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 1:42 PM by Stephanie Ring

Flu Shots
The City of Coon Rapids is hosting a flu shot clinic for City employees and their dependents on three different dates in September. Only flu shots will be available, no flu mist.
September 12, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm at Public Works.
September 14, 8 - 9 am at Fire Station 1.
September 18, 11:45 - 2 pm at City Hall.

The shots are free for an employee and dependents if the employee and his or her dependents are covered by the City of Coon Rapids health insurance plan. Please bring your health insurance card to the clinic.

Employees or dependents desiring a shot who are not covered by the City's health insurance, may also receive a shot, free of charge, if they have the following insurance plans:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
  • HealthPartners
  • Medica
  • PreferredOne

Bring your insurance card with you. Homeland Health Specialists will bill the insurance provider.

Those without insurance will be be required to pay $35.00 per injection. 

The flu shots are strictly voluntary. Flu shots can be beneficial to all people, especially those in the following high-risk categories:

  • People age 65 and over
  • People of any age with the following medical problems; heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, immune system disorders or chronic medical illness requiring regular doctor visits
  • Children and teenagers receiving chronic aspirin therapy
  • Health care workers or those who perform essential public service jobs
  • Pregnant women who will be in their second or third trimester or immediately postpartum during the flu season (December-March)
  • All household members and caregivers of the people listed above.
  • Children must be at least 3 years of age to receive the flu shot.
To sign up for the Flu Shots, go to the online registration here. After you sign up, you will receive an email confirmation with your date and time. Each family member must be signed up individually.


Employee PicnicEmployee-Picnic-Save-the-Date
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this year's employee picnic. The picnic takes place at the Public Works garage. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch and spend some time with your co-workers!


 


Coon Rapids Fire Department Fall Golf Classic

Interested in the CRFD Fall Golf Classic? There's still time to sign up! The event takes place
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. - Registration, driving range and practice green opens
11:30 a.m. - Tee times start for 18-hole play
4:30 p.m. - Social hour begins followed by dinner
See complete details in the brochure.

Fruit order
If you are interested in ordering Washington Peaches, Pears, Blueberries, Nectarines, Neptune Plums or Italian Prunes, contact Liza Brazelton, ext. 410, by the end of Tuesday, August 8. The shipment for the order will arrive Monday, August 21.

IT Tip - How to export your address book
Instructions on how to export your address book can be found here in the Information Technology area of the Employee Web. Access this area for "Outlook Tips and Tricks" to learn some of the ins and outs of Outlook.

CRFD Fall Golf Classic


Mark your calendars for the Coon Rapids Firefighters Fall Golf Classic:
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. - Registration, driving range and practice green opens
11:30 a.m. - Tee times start for 18-hole play
4:30 p.m. - Social hour begins followed by dinner

CRFD Fall Golf Classic


Mark your calendars for the Coon Rapids Firefighters Fall Golf Classic:
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. - Registration, driving range and practice green opens
11:30 a.m. - Tee times start for 18-hole play
4:30 p.m. - Social hour begins followed by dinner

CRFD Fall Golf Classic


Mark your calendars for the Coon Rapids Firefighters Fall Golf Classic:
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. - Registration, driving range and practice green opens
11:30 a.m. - Tee times start for 18-hole play
4:30 p.m. - Social hour begins followed by dinner
Aug 07

7/31/17 - Blue Ox, Night to Unite, Spam Alert

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 3:54 PM by Tara Jenkins

Hello everyone!

Here are some highlights for this week….

Exciting news for the Coon Rapids Ice CenterMinnesota Blue Ox 225

The event last Friday to welcome the MN Blue Ox hockey team to the Coon Rapids Ice Center went very well, and this new team has gained quite a bit of attention in the online world. See a recap of Blue Ox management talking about this new team at the Ice Center in this CTN Story on the  City website.


Night to Unite – A Huge Success

The Police Department extends a huge thank you to the hundreds of residents who hosted a Night to Unite party on Tuesday night. Several teams of officers, fire fighters and other City staff visited dozens of parties. 110 parties were registered in the city, including a new party at the soccer complex: A Multi-Cultural Night to Unite. This event helps to build community, with an emphasis on getting to know your neighbors and building police-community partnerships.

Night to Unite 2017

Summer Concert

Thursday, August 3 marks the final outdoor concert of the summer series, featuring Church of Cash (Johnny Cash Tribute). The band will perform at 7 p.m. Rain is in the forecast; the show will go on rain or shine. There is a covered pavilion area with picnic tables to keep people dry. View more information on the City wesite.


SPAM ALERT! From the IT Dept.

Employees have been doing a great job of recognizing spam and phishing emails and either letting IT know about them or just deleting them immediately.   Keep up the good work, and just to keep it fresh in our minds, Dave wants to present one to you that was caught recently.


The email you see below came to our general email address.  Misty Bowe is a real person working for a real company called Excelsior LLC; however, it’s a phishing attempt by someone else to gain access to login credentials to our network or maybe dupe us into seeing some other company’s web site, or maybe some other scam.  Can you find the clues that are an indication that it’s bogus?


- The first thing I did was hold my cursor over the hyperlink address at the bottom of the email.  You can’t see that here, but in the original email, the actual URL link behind the text was jaya@missionconstruction.com

- You also can’t see this in my copy and paste of the email text, but there was an attached .PDF document called PPTX.#.PDF.  That’s a very strange name which does not indicate what it really is. 

- The grammar and punctuation is pretty bad.  See the places I’ve highlighted.

- According to the web site for Excelsior LLC, Misty Bowe is a vice president.  I don’t think she would send a business email without a signature that contains full contact information.

- Lastly, the body of the mail is urging you to use your work/office password to access the file.  Why would a document coming from some OTHER company be able to be accessed with YOUR password?

Even if you didn’t recognize any other signs, be very careful with any email that urges you to enter private information of any kind.

Again, keep up the good work in recognizing these bad emails.

===========EXAMPLE OF PHISHING EMAIL==================================

From: Misty Bowe [mailto:misty.bowe@excelsiorllc.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:30 AM
Subject: See attachment- Excelsior LLC Bid Instruction


We would like to collaborate with you on this Project proposal Below. find all the necessary information in sheet. If you have any other questions concerning this project, please contact me.? 

Log-in with your work/Office email and password to access file.  Best Regards

Best Regards


Thanks
Misty Bowe
misty.bowe@excelsiorllc.com

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