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Welcome Noralee Grace Evans

Born on August 8, 2020 to Shannon and James Evans.

We welcome you to this beautiful, crazy planet and wish you every happiness.


The Dutchess County Public Transit Department will be reaching out to Stanford this Fall to see if we would want public transportation stops in Stanford and I’m looking for Volunteer to participate in that Project.  It would mean reaching out to all of our Organizations to get feedback – the Forever Young Club, The Grange, The Lions Club, the Gardening Club, the Historical Society, the Library, Hunns Lake Association and as many citizen groups that can be reached.  Please contact Ritamary Bell at 868 1310 option 5 if you are interested in volunteering for the town in this way.



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 “” 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:

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




Flea Market Canceled for 2020

The Lion’s Club has canceled this year’s Flea Market due to  ongoing concerns about COVID-19. We are all saddened by this  but feel it was the responsible decision to make.  

Closing Date for The Rec Park set for Sunday, August 30th

We are thrilled to have been able to meet the many challenges of COVID and still have our Rec Park open for the season.  Lauren Osterman, our Rec Supervisor, has been steadfast in her writing and enforcing of protocols, which all were approved by the Dutchess County Board of Health.

Because of staffing issues, with some of our Life Guards leaving before Labor Day, and the necessity to at all times have someone 18 years or older working the waterfront, we will be closing the Rec on August 30th.

Thank everyone who participated in utilizing the Rec and helping to keep it safe.  Next year we are hopeful COVID will be behind us and we can return to a completely full schedule.

Saints of Swing Concert

The Stanford Business Association is Co-Sponsoring  the first Summertime Concert Series in the Park featuring The Saints of Swing !  The event will take place on Saturday, August 29th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Please pre-register HERE.  The event will take place on the lawn around the Rec Pavilion and family ‘pod’ circles will be painted on the grass.  The “pods” will provide social distancing and masks must be worn into the park and when moving around the aisles.  We are SO grateful to the Stanford Business Association for working with the Town to bring community together through music.  See you there!

The Sale of Hunting Licenses

The Sale of Hunting Licenses begins on August 10th.  To accommodate the public, Town Hall will be open to anyone wanting to purchase a license.  Masks must be warn and there will be markings on the floor to indicate six foot social distancing.  Please remain outside when the hallway to the Town Clerk’s office is occupied, until the line moves up.  We want to make it as easy on the public as we can, and keep Town Hall a COVID-FREE Zone.  

For all other offices, please continue making an appointment in advance.

Thank you.

Wanted: A Volunteer Liaison to the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights

The Town of Stanford is looking for a Volunteer Liaison to the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights. This person would:

  1. Represent the Town to the Commission and provide input and perspectives to the Commission as may be beneficial
  2. Communicate to the Town Board on a frequently basis concerning the nature, purpose, goals and activities of the Commission and the responsibilities of its members.
  3. Invite members of the Commission who reside in eastern Dutchess County to attend meetings of the Town of Stanford to speak about their membership on the Council and its work.
  4. Provide information to the Town Board and the public regarding events sponsored by the Commission [and recommended resource organizations] and invite participation of Stanford residents.
  5. Attend monthly meetings of the Commission as may be practicable and report to the Town Board and public
  6. Consider participation in one of the Commission’s Work Groups as a Town Liaison volunteer.

The commitment of time for this volunteer position s is anticipated to be 5-8 hours per month.


Now Hiring

The Town has several positions open:

Secretary to Master Plan Review Committee – attends bi- monthly meetings and writes up minutes of the meetings. Research for Committee Members may be involved.  Part-time hourly work, salary $16.00 per hour. 

Secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals [Z.B.A.] – attends monthly meetings and take minutes.  This is an in office position for up to 6 hours a week, to answer queries from citizens in need of appearing before the Z.B.A., providing necessary documents and materials, and interacting with the Secretary of the Planning Board when projects intersect. Part-time hourly work.  Salary $16.00 per hour.

Volunteer Liaison to the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission – this is a volunteer position that we are hoping to fill.  The Dutchess County Human Rights Commission meets monthly and are doing important work that involves working with groups within Dutchess County to combat discrimination and civil rights abuses.  We would like for the Town of Stanford to be involved with this Commission, and the Liaison would be our connection to that organization.

Please contact our Town Clerk, Ritamary Bell, at if you are interested in applying for any of these positions.