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New Zoom Webinar Format for Town Board Meetings

 Town Board meetings and public hearings are a challenge during COVID, but at last we have a workable way. Meetings, including but not limited to Town Board Meetings and budget workshops, will be held via Zoom, in such a way that attendees will have opportunity to comment and ask questions.  Our new ZOOM webinar system will allow hundreds of citizens to attend, and we will return to first and second privileges of the floor.  You will be able to raise your virtual hand at the beginning and end of the meetings and you will be called on to speak.  As we have done in the past, speakers may speak for 2 minutes and we will have to hold firm to that limit.

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Stanford Fire Company’s 9/11 Flag Raising Memorial

The members of the Stanford Fire Company will be honoring their 343 fallen firefighting brothers who were lost on that terrible day, 9/11/2001.  They commemorate, as well, all of the brothers that were lost from the injuries sustained from 9/11, including Stanford’s own beloved Dennis Gilhooly.  Here is a letter written by Ed Zick, a 30 year member of the Stanford Fire Company:

 
I’d like to thank everyone here for caring enough to share this moment with us. Your support is always vital to our organization, our town, and our community. Also, my sincere appreciation goes out to the Town Board for their assistance and complete encouragement for our visionary plan.
I especially want to express my gratitude to the ten men and women of this Fire Company, who, as committee members, have worked tirelessly since February to bring this project to life. Their combined skills, commitment, enthusiasm and devotion to commemorating those who gave their lives on 9/11 has been overwhelming.
The idea for this display came about after one of our members drove by a volunteer firehouse in Massachusetts, and observed dozens of flags waving in honor of 9/11 victims. Thoughts of doing something in our district, that would be a remembrance of those souls, came to mind, and using town hall grounds seemed to be the perfect venue. But instead of a few dozen flags, why not 2977 tributes in celebration of lives lost – lives of people we will never know, and those of brother firefighters we loved, including Dennis Gilhooly, Stanford Fire Lieutenant and Commissioner, who recently succumbed fro illness as a result of his work at the scene of the World Trade Center. The flag in the middle of our display is dedicated to this brave, unassuming man who instilled courage in all of us.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 struck before we could implement other ideas, like asking young school children to participate by attaching a name to each flag, commissioning the high school band to mark our event, and inviting the public to attend a town-wide dedication ceremony on Community Day.
Many of us lost friends, family, neighbors on that dark day that changed history. This memorial honors all of them. we hope it represents essential values of firefighters in the spirit of togetherness, respect and tolerance.
The exhibit will run from September 5th to September 19th.
“Never Forget”

 

A New Kind of Community Day for 2020 – September 19th, 2020

The 62nd Annual Stanford Community Day will be like no other.  The chosen theme is perfect :  We’re All in This Together!”  

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our world and our daily lives: all in the light of hoping to keep everyone safe from this new worldwide health crisis.

However, in the midst of this pandemic, people came together to help those in need: The Grange’s new Little Food Pantry which so many people have generously contributed to, the sewing of masks, the Town’s Community Hotline are just a few examples.  People checked on family and neighbors, delivered food, and offered other assistance either personally or through an organization of their choice. 

While Community Day this year looks very different from what we’re used to, we still wanted to plan something to celebrate our Town and bring us together safely as a community.  A lot of heartfelt discussion went into the planning of this year’s Community Day for the last 4 months.  With proper precautions, guidance and being “New York Smart”, we hope this year’s Community Day will be remembered in a positive way.

We will emerge from this pandemic stronger and more resilient. We will get through this together?

62nd ANNUAL STANFORD COMMUNITY DAY SCHEDULE

4:00 p.m.

Annual Lloyd Woodcock Memorial Chicken Barbecue

Sponsored by Stanford Grange #808

Donation $15 per dinner

All Dinners are Take Out Only

For Reservations, call Ryan Orton at 845 868 7869

or 845 868 1700 (Day of Dinner Only)

7:00 p.m.

Presentation of the 2020 Community Citizen Awards 

&

Town of Stanford Movie Night

with Free Ice Cream Social at the 

Town of Stanford Recreation Area

Sponsored by the Town of Stanford , The Stanford Recreation Commission, The Stanford Grange #808

and Stewart’s Shops

Reservations Required!

More information to come

 

 

 

CRITICAL NEW INFORMATION ON 2020 CENSUS

THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT

First, the Census Bureau has decided to tighten what was thought to be the deadline to complete the form. As a result of the COVID-19 crises, the Census had pushed back the response deadline from mid-August to the end of October. The Bureau has now announced it will end the count on September 30. In our area, census workers are now starting to go door to door to help finish the count. But people don’t need to wait until a census worker comes knocking on their door. They can fill out the form now at “My2020Census.gov.” Census assistance numbers are: 844-330-2020 for English; 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

As a reminder, it only takes a few minutes for people to fill out the Census. 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.

Please help spread the word via your municipality’s social media, newsletter, reminders at board meetings, word of mouth etc.

Here are few links: The County Executive just published this news release that has all the pertinent information: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Molinaro-Urges-Fill-Out-Census-Workers-Start-Door-to-Door.htm

Also, this is great link about to expect when Census workers come to your door. This includes safety and identification protocols.

https://2020census.gov/en/census-takers.html

     

 

 
 

The Rec Park will Open on Wednesday, July 8th

TOWN RECREATION PARK
INFORMATION:

The waterfront at the Rec will be opening on July 8th. Operating hours will be 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Waterfront passes will be given to Town of Stanford Residents only.   Please use the link below for registration. We are encouraging online registration and payment via check to minimize contact at the gate. If you must use cash, please use exact change when possible. Your pass will be ready for pick-up on opening day and you can pay at the gate when you arrive. Check the Stanford Recreation Facebook page for more updates, COVID rules and additional information or email townofstanfordrec@gmail.com with questions. 

PHASE II BEGINS TODAY !!! Tuesday June 9th

Phase II of the Re-Starting Dutchess begins today.  

[Photograph courtesy of Bowen Barn]

Here is a recap of what that entails:

  1. All instore retail activities can resume, operating within 50% capacity, and taking protective measures such as 6′ distancing between customers, the wearing of masks and the availability of hand sanitizer.  Our stores have suffered greatly, and if ever there was a time to SHOP LOCAL, it is now!  Bowen’s Barn, Bulls Head Treasures, Roosters 82, McCarthy’s, Big Rock Market, and all other retail shops will be open for business.
  2. Out-door dining is now allowed at our restaurants, and they are working to comply with the guidelines that State has set for table distancing and social distancing.  For example, there can be outdoor bars but customers cannot congregate at the bars.  You will need to take your drinks back to your tables. Uncle Sonny’s, Coyote Flaco and D’Sarno Pizza are all participating
  3. Offices are reopening, again with 50% capacity, 6′ distancing and masks if closer than 6′  Offices are encouraged to post social distancing markers
  4. Real Estate offices are open
  5. Vehicle sales are open
  6. Hair salons and barber shops are open which is a great thing since we all are looking like Woolly Mammoths
  7. Drive in movie theaters are still the only movie theaters that are open

Restarting Dutchess Phase 1 beginning Tuesday, May 26th !

Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today Dutchess County, as part of the Mid-Hudson Region, has been approved by New York State to begin Phase One reopening starting next week having successfully met all of the core health-related required metrics. The Governor is expected to announce the specific reopening date over the weekend. The following business industries will be able to reopen next week under the NY Forward phased reopening plan:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail – Limited to curbside or in-store pick up or drop off)
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Wholesale Trade

County Executive Molinaro said, “This is good news for Dutchess County, a cautious beginning to restarting our local economy. We have worked tirelessly in the battle against COVID-19 and all of the metrics prove we have moved in the right direction. Our local businesses have also been working hard to put plans in place to ensure the health and safety of their employees and their customers. It is critical we all continue to work together to protect our community’s health as we begin the process of ‘Restarting Dutchess’.”

Construction staging – including moving materials and equipment onto job sites and setting up safety precautions – may begin now to allow full construction activities to be able to begin next week once the Governor has determined the specific date.

All eligible businesses who plan to reopen during Phase One must have a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. Plans must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Businesses must review and submit affirmation they will adhere to the guidelines outlined in the NY Forward plan. Summary guidelines, safety plan templates and affirmation statement and submission directions are available, by industry, on the NY Forward website.

Phase One businesses are considered essential to the economy and are the lowest risk businesses. Phase 2 includes professional services, retail, administrative support and real estate/rental leasing. Phase 3 covers restaurants and food services. Phase 4 is arts, entertainment, recreation and education. It is anticipated there will be approximately 2 weeks between each phase being approved.

The NY Forward website also has a Business Reopening Lookup Tool to see if a particular business is eligible to reopen.

County Executive Molinaro offered his gratitude to all the people who recently volunteered to serve as contact tracers to help Dutchess County meet its goal of 252 contact tracers. Dutchess County had already met the original state-mandated metric of 30 contact tracers per 100,000 population with more than 90 contact tracers. Earlier this week, the state increased the required number of contact tracers to 252, basing it on infection rate. The County pushed out a call for additional volunteers, and there are currently more than 360 people (including the original 90) who have signed up to serve as contact tracers.

“We are grateful to all who are working to protect our community health,” County Executive Molinaro. “We all have a responsibility to remain vigilant, it is vital each person continues to do their part to ensure the health & safety of themselves and our community – wear your face mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently and make smart choices. We want to continue moving forward, opening our economy piece by piece, as long as we continue to see improvements in our community’s health and well-being.”

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Please note: New York State has NOT authorized the Department of Motor Vehicles to reopen to the public. DMV remains closed under Executive Order through June 6th. No reopening date has yet been established.

COVID-19 Updates – latest May 22nd, 2020

Click HERE  for the May 22nd Covid Update from the Town of Stanford

Click HERE for the May 13th Covid Update from the Town of Stanford

Click HERE for May 1st Covid Update from the Town of Stanford

Click HERE for the April 21st  Covid Update from the Town of Stanford

 

Update from County Executive Molinaro

April 16, 2020

 

As we face this pandemic together, communicating with you remains a priority. Below you will find the some of the latest information about the virus and our efforts to respond to it. Stay Safe. Be Well. We are all in this together. 

 

Situation Update

There are now 1,975 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dutchess County, 19 fatalities, as well as 212 individuals who have recovered. There are over 213,000 cases statewide with over 18,000 hospitalizations and 11,586 fatalities. As always, we encourage you to visit our dashboard for the most up to date, verified, local data. 

  

Protecting Yourself & Others

As we are seeing the positive impact of our diligent efforts, it is now more important than ever to continue to:

  1. Wash your hands regularly!  Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose etc.
  2. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.  Viruses can survive for days on surfaces.
  3. Practice Social Distancing. Keep at least 6-feet between you and others.
  4. Stay home when possible. Practice social distancing. Keep at least 6 feet between you and others.
  5. Wear a face covering when outside of your home. Face coverings help prevent people who may have the virus and do not know it. Per an Executive Order from Governor Cuomo, all people in New York must wear a face-covering in situations when not maintaining social distancing. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items can stop the spread of COVID-19 when traditional surgical masks and N-95s aren’t available and significant social distancing is not possible. Check out this flyer on how to make your own face covering. 

See our flyer which provides these tips and other helpful information. We encourage you to share this information with your constituencies. We have also created two posters that should be hung in public locations to help keep residents informed about how to stay safe and how to get help.

 

NY on Pause

Governor Cuomo announced today that the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order will be extended through May 15th.

 

Applications Now Open for ‘Dutchess Responds’ Fund

In partnership with the Community foundation, the Dutchess Responds Fund has initiated a rolling application process to support nonprofits that have been providing critical support to the community as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In collaboration with the Dyson Foundation, the first round of Dutchess Responds Fund donations, which exceeded $50,000, was recently distributed to numerous emergency food pantries and programs throughout the county, with a special emphasis on those that provide fresh produce and distribute or deliver food to those in need.

 

This revolving application process will allow current and future donations to the fund to support two priorities—Front Line and Service-Challenged needs. Grants will be available to non-profit agencies in increments up to $10,000 depending on funding availability. For more information, contact Community Foundations at (845) 452-3077 or email grants@communityfoundationshv.org. More information is also available in our press release.

 

Alternate Care Facility Update

Dutchess County’s Recovery Center stands ready as needed should local hospitals exceed their capacity to care for those impacted by COVID-19. Dutchess Community College’s Conklin Hall Dormitory serves as the location for the Recovery Center, with 176 rooms and 457 beds on 4 different floors. Total capacity will vary based on number of guests requiring single room and/or access to private bathroom per their care plan. Staff is trained and prepared and the facility is ready for patient admission, however, it is not expected it will be necessary to open the facility this week as local hospital bed capacity has remained stable. Hospital capacity is evaluated daily, looking out three days, to determine if it is necessary to open the recovery center. Learn more by checking out our press release

  

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

We are proud and grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of our Dutchess County Public Safety Dispatchers who continue to work tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and all year long, at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response to ensure first responders reach Dutchess County residents in need as quickly as possible. This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and we hope you’ll join us in recognizing their contributions in this critical and life-saving role, even if it has to be from a safe distance.

COVID-19 Time Capsule

These are unprecedented times for people of every age, and schools and other organizations have posted the following COVID-19 time capsule for kids, allowing boys and girls to creatively document their experiences living through this pandemic to look back on years from now. Check out our Facebook page for fun worksheets to print out and include in your time capsule!

Local residents are also invited to take part in the Dutchess County COVID-19 History Survey to document their experiences during the current pandemic and will better prepare leaders for the health crises of the future.

 

Business Community Update

Businesses are encouraged to visit DutchessBNN.com to sign up for daily emails and access important information and resources.

  • A Virtual Contact Breakfast was held with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you were unable to attend, or want to re-watch the webinar, you can watch the full recording HERE.
  • The New York Department of Health has issued the Interim Guidance for the requirement that businesses offer face masks to employees that must interact with the public. The guidance can be found HERE.
  • As we work together to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we encourages businesses adopt best practices to protect their employees, as well as customers, when it is absolutely necessary for residents to go out. Check this flyer for more details. 

We’re All In This Together

The uncertainty and anxiety surrounding everything happening in our community with COVID-19 can easily become overwhelming, but we’re here to help. If you need someone to talk to, our HELPLINE is available 24/7 via call or text at 845-485-9700.  

New York State has also established a Coronavirus Emotional Support Helpline at 1-844-863-9314, which is available 8am-10pm 7 days per week.

 

Other Items:

 

As always, we encourage you to visit dutchessny.gov for the most up to date information. Our COVID-19 Information Hotline is available 7 days a week to help answer questions and provide assistance at 845-486-3555.

We have been putting out weekly newsletter emails on the COVID-19 pandemic and what we are doing right here in Stanfordville to help our Community as well as what resources are available on the County Level.  Please sign up for our email list so we can keep you informed. You can do so at the very top of our Home Page.

Please find the link to our April 11th emailers: https://mailchi.mp/59c48f156b0b/town-of-stanford-covid19update-041120

The latest emailer was sent out on April 4th and here is the link https://mailchi.mp/3ba44c3f4702/town-of-stanford-facemasks

Here is the link to our emailer from March 28th  https://mailchi.mp/868fc985d56a/town-of-stanford-covid19update-20200328

Here is the link to our emailer from March 23rd https://mailchi.mp/ef9d748e280a/town-of-stanford-covid19update-20200323?fbclid=IwAR2hDgmOxeipGErIgij30YkAvNS4TZjH36h-QUinsWlwiU3aSrlQcaCwDkA

And our first https://mailchi.mp/504544ddb4f7/update-on-coronavirus-covid-19-from-the-town-of-stanford?fbclid=IwAR0pS1URygejI_-FWKUvIHy5tc_d3wenzyy3QaZjhvpHUkqXp6M2T8GlAvM