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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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:
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
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)
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
More information to come
TOWN RECREATION PARK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Phase II of the Re-Starting Dutchess begins today.
[Photograph courtesy of Bowen Barn]
Here is a recap of what that entails:
- 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.
- 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
- Offices are reopening, again with 50% capacity, 6′ distancing and masks if closer than 6′ Offices are encouraged to post social distancing markers
- Real Estate offices are open
- Vehicle sales are open
- Hair salons and barber shops are open which is a great thing since we all are looking like Woolly Mammoths
- Drive in movie theaters are still the only movie theaters that are open
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:
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.