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Author: Wendy Burton

2020 Grievance Day COVID Procedure for May 26th

The Board of Assessment Review has worked diligently in order to be able to hold Grievance Day remotely, via ZOOM.

To meet with the BAR during the 1-3 PM session, your documents must be submitted by 9 AM on the 26th.  And you must provide your email so Stacey Adams can send the Zoom meeting login details.  You can contact here at 

To meet with the BAR during the 7-9 PM session, your documents must be submitted by 3 PM on the 26th.  An email address must be provided so Stacey can send the Zoom meeting login details. 

Any documents received from 3-9 PM will be reviewed later.  To make an in person virtual presentation, you may do so on Thursday, May 28 at 10 AM.  Again, an email address must be provided so Zoom meeting login details can be sent.

Instructions will be placed on the Front Door of Town Hall 

Thank you!

PARKS UPDATE !

As the warm weather has arrived,  we are all so very tired of being housebound.  Our kids are even more stressed out than we are.  I would like to remind everyone that even within Stanford there are are open spaces we can take advantage of.  Within your family groups, masks are not necessary.  We just remind everyone to be mindful of social distancing when you approach others who may also be enjoying our beautiful outdoor spaces. We are so happy to be able to announce that Sparc Park has been opened in anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend. The playground is not open, but picnic tables are out, and social distancing measures are visible around the tables. We are asking residents not to move them.  The Tennis Courts are open.  The baseball field is not.  Roosters 82 has graciously donated two Dog waste stations to the park, so please make use of them and enjoy our beautiful park!   

Wilcox Memorial Park is open and will have picnic tables on the grass and near grill stands for families to enjoy. Social distancing measures will be visible around the tables and residents are asked to please not move the tables from the designated areas. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are allowed.  Whitlock Preserve is open.  The Harlem Valley Rail Trail in Millerton is open as well as the Dutchess Rail Trail.  I am working with the Audubon Society in an effort to reopen Buttercup Sanctuary.  It was their decision to close it.  This is a difficult time for all of us, but nature is still out there and I believe there are safe ways we can all enjoy it.  

Wendy

Please fill out your 2020 Census ! You can even do it by phone!

Have you filled out your census yet? Stanford is counting on you!  The final numbers will determine how federal funding gets divided across the country.  Congressional and legislative districts will be redrawn based on the figures as well.  You can even fill out the Census by phone 844-330-2020 for English and 844-468-2020 for Spanish.  You can also go to click here to fill out your census form.  

Right now the national self-response rate is 59.7%; New York state is 54.5%; Dutchess is 58.2% but Stanford is at 49.5%.  Please take a moment to Stand up for Stanford by completing the 2020 Census form.

Memorial Day Update

Memorial Day Activities

Although we find ourselves in the tragic position of not being able to hold our traditional parade with an Honor Guard and formal wreath laying ceremonies to honor our fallen heroes, wreathes will be laid at 8 a.m. at the Bangall Monument, the Civil War Monument and at the Peter Miller gravesite at Sparc Park. Our flags will fly at half staff.  Everyone will be able to visit the monuments during the weekend, though the state is still asking that gatherings do no exceed 10 people at a time and social distancing be used outside of family groups.

A convoy of county, police, fire and local municipality vehicles will traverse Dutchess County (see attached map) as part of this year’s Memorial Day celebrations on Monday, May 25th. Residents are asked to please not gather in large group settings to watch the Memorial Day Convoy. To show support, residents are instead encouraged hang American flags along the convoy’s route. For those families who live along the route, children are encouraged to paint and draw flags to be displayed in their windows, or on driveways. For more information, contact Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services at (845) 486-2060. 

Dutchess County Needs Contact Tracers

In order for Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Region to begin re-opening in phases and importantly to contain COVID-19 and prevent further spread, the County is in vital need of individuals to serve as contact tracers, who can work remotely and telephone residents who may have been exposed to COVID-positive individuals.  New York State will not allow our county or region to begin Phase One of reopening until we can prove we have sufficient residents willing to serve in this capacity. if you would be willing to take a 4-hour training to fill this critical gap and help our community take the next step in the re-opening process, please send your name, email address and cell phone number to dcpersonnel@dutchessny.gov Signing up to add your name to available volunteers does not prevent you from applying for a paid contact tracing positions with the State.

Latest Update from the County on Reopening Dutchess / Stanford

We had hoped to announce a full entry into the Phase I Reopening today, but Dutchess County is being grouped within the Mid-Hudson Region, and although Dutchess meets 6 out of 7 metrics to move into Phase I, we are being held back by other counties within our region.  That being said, both Dutchess & Ulster Counties have been given the green light for these activities:

  1. Drive-in Movie Theaters are open for movies as well as for church services and graduation services
  2. Houses of Worship may conduct services outside as long as the congregation stays in their vehicles
  3. Our library in Stanford is not yet open, but there are many opportunities they are offering.  Check out their FB page.
  4. Retail can deliver to curbside no matter the size of the store.  They can deliver items to a customer’s home or have the customer pick-up at curbside. The owner and one employee can be on site.
  5. Single student horseback riding with a single instructor
  6. Hunt clubs and gun clubs can operate.  However, there can be no food service indoors.  Food can be sold for “curbside” pick-up
  7. All elective medical procedures are now allowed as well as acupuncture
  8. Auto Maintenance
  9. Pet grooming [if it involves the animal’s health]
  10. Landscaping.  Please continue to social distance and wear mask protection if you are landscaping as a crew.
  11. Non-motorized boating
  12. Golf – one person to a cart

The County is also postponing its Foreclosure Auction so owners still have time to pay back taxes.

We will make every effort to restrict only certain areas of Sparc Park so the picnic tables and open air spaces are available to enjoy.  We ask that people outside of direct family clusters still maintain social distancing.  I hope to make this announcement within a few days.

Our Fire Company Delivers Birthday Cheer

As the weeks have morphed into a second month, I know that many of us are experiencing Cabin Fever. It’s particularly hard on our children.  Teachers are performing gymnastic feats of creative teaching and learning while social distancing continues with their students, but still it is a lonely time.  A brilliant act of caregiving was created by the Stanford Fire Company in partnership with the Pine Plains Fire Company for cheering up both children and adults who are having birthdays during this time of physical isolation.  For the past two Saturdays,  a parade of  Engines and pick up trucks along with one of Duffy Layton’s Dump Trucks, visited  twenty-five homes. They blew the sirens and  flashed their lights with a call out for every birthday girl and boy. Even during this time of quarantine, this would be a birthday to remember.

We have the best Fire Company anywhere!  They have been making some very tough trips since the outbreak of COVID-19 and yet they have found the time to make our children happy.  Thank you, firemen and EMTS for taking such great care of our Community.  

Summer Jobs and Other Jobs

TOWN OF STANFORD – Seasonal job.  Perform and oversee maintenance of recreation area and other town facilities.  Generally, mid-April to mid-November.  Mon.-Fri. 8 hours a day.  Work to include: lawn mowing, minor carpentry, bush hogging, swimming pond / filter maintenance, baseball field maintenance, other misc. jobs. Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license. 

Send or deliver resumes on or before  April 24th to Jim Myers, Superintendent of Highways, 11 Creamery Road, Stanfordville, NY 12581. Phone # 845.868.7804

We are also looking for a new Secretary for the CAC [Conservation Advisory Committee]. The job involves one meeting per month and some intermittent clerical work.  Please contact the Town Clerk at RBell@townofstanford.org to request information on the position.

 

Pets Together – A home-grown Stanford non-profit makes a Difference

Animal Farm Foundation Launches Pets Together Program

-Response to COVID-19 crisis designed to ease social isolation- 

 

Bangall, NY April 16. 2020: Animal Farm Foundation has announced the launch of Pets Together, a free virtual program that allows those who are socially isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic to enjoy friendly interaction with pets (including dogs, cats, goats, horses, and other critters) and people. The goal of the program is to increase social connection and mitigate the loneliness that is a painful aspect of the pandemic. 

 

Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing dogs and people together to end discrimination. Using live video-conferencing platforms (Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts), the AFF team will schedule real-time visits where people can watch the animals and participate in friendly conversations with those who care for them. Notably, the Pets Together model greatly expands access to pet visits that have traditionally been reserved for face-to-face interactions for people living in group settings (such as nursing homes and hospitals) through formal therapy animal programs. The video chats are also available to doctors, nurses, and other health professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

 

“One of the many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is social isolation and loneliness, which were already highly prevalent before the crisis” said Stacey Coleman, Executive Director of Animal Farm Foundation. “We designed Pets Together to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances by tapping into the power of pets to spread joy and bring people together.”

 

Even before the pandemic, social isolation was a public health threat negatively impacting the wellbeing of many individuals, including but not limited to older adults. Now, with the mandate to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, so many more people are at risk for social isolation—further threatening physical as well as mental health. 

 

Defined as a state in which the individual lacks a sense of belonging socially and engagement with others, social isolation can result in a 29% increased risk of mortality over time, researchers have found. In fact, social isolation is comparable with other well-established risk factors such as poor access to health care, exposure to environmental hazards, injury and violence, obesity and physical inactivity, substance misuse and mental health disorders. 

 

Kim Wolf, Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work Candidate at the University of Georgia, worked with AFF to create the innovative Pets Together Program. She explains, “Pets bring us comfort during times of distress, but not everyone is in a position to have one. I can’t imagine going through this pandemic without my pets, so I wanted to share them with others. Pets Together is a model that brings joy and comfort to those who are feeling socially isolated and lonely. We are all in this together, even the pets!”

 

For more information about the Pets Together Program, or to learn how to participate, please visit https://petstogether.org/

 

About Animal Farm Foundation

 

Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) brings dogs and people together to end discrimination. As a 501(c)3, AFF creates positive change for dogs, people, and communities through our service dog program, PAWS prison program, and by funding the training of K9 detection dogs. We provide lawmakers and policymakers with the information they need to create non-discriminatory laws and policies. If necessary, we work within the legal system to end breed-specific discrimination. We also consult with and offer free resources to animal welfare workers and community advocates. www.animalfarmfoundation.org