April 2021 Technology Newsletter

By: Michael Kealy

Please Welcome William Stamberg To The Technology Department

Please join me in welcoming William Stamberg to the Technology Department as an Information Services Specialist. William is a recent graduate of Mount Saint Mary College and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology. We look forward to adding him to our extraordinary team.
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Reminder: Website creation in classic Google Sites will no longer be available starting May 15, 2021

What’s changing

As Google announced, they are replacing classic Sites with new Sites. All Google Workspace customers will have until the end of 2021 to complete this transition.

We’d like to remind you that starting May 15, 2021, users will no longer be able to create new websites in classic Google Sites.

Note that the timeline for this transition varies for users with personal Google accounts — see the “Getting Started” section below for more details.

Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why it’s important

If you want your organization’s classic Sites content to continue to be viewable without interruption, make sure all of your existing classic Sites are migrated by December 31, 2021.

Admins should also review the remaining transition timeline and take any necessary action:
  • Starting May 15, 2021: New website creation will no longer be available in classic Sites. This means that any new websites created in your organization will only be in new Sites.
  • Starting December 1, 2021: Editing of any remaining classic Sites will be disabled.
  • Starting January 1, 2022: When users try to visit a classic Site, they will no longer see the website content. Any remaining classic Sites will automatically be:
    • Downloaded as an archive and saved to the website owner’s Google Drive.
    • Replaced with a draft in the new Google Sites for site owners to review and publish.

We anticipate the transition process for all remaining classic Sites that starts January 1, 2022 will take one to three months to complete. You’ll receive a notification once this is completed for your domain. During the transition period, you and your users will still be able to take action on remaining classic Sites. Visit the Help Center for more details on the Classic Sites migration.

If you don’t take any action, the changes outlined in the transition timeline above will automatically be applied.. Use our Help Center to learn more about the transition from classic Sites to new Sites.

Getting started


Google Maps adding new features, including augmented reality

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E-Sports Coming To Wappingers Falls

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IRS Phishing Scam Targeting Education Institutions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reported on a phishing scam that impersonates the IRS and is targeting educational institutions. Emails may contain an IRS logo and have subject lines like, “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your Tax Refund Payment.” The phishing email encourages the victim to “click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.” Once a victim clicks the link, they are redirected to a phony IRS landing page that asks them to provide sensitive information, including their “Driver’s license number and Electronic Filing PIN.”

While the IRS notice states the scam is primarily targeting “.edu” addresses, the emails have been sent to a variety of higher ed institutions. If you receive this phishing email do not click anything and report the email to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. Information on how to safely report this scam email and additional details about this phishing campaign can be found on this IRS News Release page.