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We’ve Got Signs!

In an effort to make Route 82 safer for our pedestrians, the DOT has put up Pedestrian Crossing Signs at the Post Office as well as the north end of the McCarthy’s parking lot.

Trauma Helpline is Available

If you or your child has experienced trauma and would like to speak with a counselor from the Dutchess County HELPLINE, that service is available to you 24/7.  Please reach out if you need help.  Our entire community supports you.

Gov. Cuomo mandates a 14-day Quarantine for NY Residents who visit the Following States

On June 24th, Governor Cuomo mandated a 14-day quarantine for New York residents who visit the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi 
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Obviously there will be no enforcement agent for this new policy, but if you have come from one of the states named above please follow the mandate and help protect our Community.  

Please check HERE for a current and updated list.

Indoor Dining to Resume at 50% Capacity

Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd, restaurants will be able to serve indoors at 50% of their capacity.  See the guidelines below:

Mandatory Recommended Best Practices Physical Distancing Limit indoor capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, exclusive of employees. Limit outdoor capacity to the number of tables that can be safely and appropriately arranged, such that each table is a minimum of 6 ft. away from another. All indoor and outdoor tables with seating for customers must be separated by a minimum of 6 ft. in all directions. Wherever distancing is not feasible between tables, physical barriers must be enacted between such tables. Barriers must be at least 5 ft. in height and not block emergency and/or fire exits. Regardless of physical distance, employees must wear an acceptable face covering at all times. Patrons must wear face coverings at all times, except while seated; provided that the patron is over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate such covering. Individuals seated at the same table must be members of the same party (but may be from different households), with a maximum of 10 people per table. Seating in bar areas and communal tables are only permitted if at least 6 ft. can be maintained between parties. Clearly signal 6 ft. spacing in any lines for customers waiting to order, pick-up food, be seated, or use the restroom, as well as in any pick-up or payment location. New York STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD. SAVE LIVES

July 4th Fireworks hosted by Dutchess County

Dutchess County will be hosting three July 4th fireworks celebrations :

  1. Rhinebeck Fairgrounds
  2. Amenia – adjacent to Silo Ridge
  3. Dutchess Stadium

These events will be car-based and will be on a first come, first served basis.  More details will follow as the time draws closer.

2021 School Budget Vote Postponed

Dear Members of the Pine Plains Central School District Community:

The very important school budget vote and election that was to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, will been postponed.  This postponement is by Executive Order of Governor Cuomo.  There are important aspects of this order that you should be aware of, especially if you have not yet sent in your ballot.

Ballots may be accepted in person or in our drop box at the Stissing Mountain Jr/Sr High School, but only until 5:00 pm tomorrow, June 9th.  After 5 pm tomorrow, the only ballots that may be accepted will be those received by mail.  Mailed ballots will be accepted until Tuesday, June 16thAll ballots will be counted on Tuesday, June 16th beginning at 5:00pm.

Once again, if you did not receive a ballot and feel that you are a qualified voter of the Pine Plains Central School District please contact the District Clerk, Julia W. Tomaine at (518) 398-7181 ext. 1408.

If you have any questions on the budget please contact me directly at (518) 398-7181 ext. 1401.

One final reminder, the completed ballot should be placed in the enclosed oath envelope. The affidavit on the back of the oath envelope needs to be signed, dated and sealed.  The completed oath envelope is returned in the postage paid envelope provided.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Martin D. Handler


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


Beginning this coming Tuesday, June 9th, open air dining will be available at Stanford restaurants.  The NY State protocols call for six feet between tables, and if an open-air bar is actually provided, people will not be permitted to congregate in the ‘”bar area” but can take drinks back to their seats.  Our Town Code Enforcer will meet with all restaurants to go over kitchen and other protocols, but as long as we maintain social distancing to keep down the potential for the virus to spread, this is another step in our entry process.