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.
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
It is critically important that our community continue to practice social distancing and adhere to Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order through April 29th. Dutchess County will experience its surge in the next two weeks so we need to be extra vigilant. The key points are as follows:
*All non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
*Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are canceled or postponed at this time;
*Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
*When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
*Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a tele-health visit to to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
*Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
*Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes
Violations of this order would be subject to punishment and fines per the State enforcement directives. “The fine for such violation by an individual who is participating in any gathering which violates the terms of the orders or is failing to abide by social distancing restrictions in efffect in any place which is not their home shall not exceed $1,000.
The Stanford Fire Company and Pine Plains Hose Company are teaming up to celebrate the birthdays of children in our towns. They are planning to drive their engines to the homes of children with birthdays and blow the sirens, honk the horns and hopefully make their day. The plan is that the trucks will be making the rounds on Saturdays between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
If the birthday is between April 9th and 19th, they will be driving by on Saturday the 18th.
If the birthday is between April 20th and April 26th, they will be driving by on Saturday the 25th.
If the birthday is between April 27th and May 3rd they will be driving by on Saturday May 2md/
Parent should should call any of the following people to get on the calendar and provide their phone number, address and birthday child’s first name so they can call out to the child by name.
Matt Zick 845-705-5533 Ed Zick 845-266-8366 Kathie Spiers 845-868-7320
Please call by Thursday 8 p.m. prior to the Saturday they want the drive by to occur. Once the schedule is set, the parents will be called to get an estimated time for the drive by. Please make sure you are outside with your child so they are properly supervised.
Our Town Board Meeting will be held on April 9th, 2020 at 7:00 via ZOOM. The meeting will be live-streamed to our TOWN OF STANFORD NOTES FROM THE SUPERVISOR Facebook page, and you will be able to send in questions from that site which we will answer. The meeting will be recorded and posted to the Town website hopefully within a day or two. We are still trying to learn a lot of new technology so we can keep the working of our government going and at the same time keep you all informed.
The Town Board has decided to postpone discussion on the Tax Restorative Levy due to the urgency and immediacy and financial ramifications of our Community dealing with the COVID-19 virus. Although the forensic investigation will continue into the unauthorized 59% tax levy, now is not the moment to try to rectify this c. $547,000 loss to Town Finances. We realize that Town other revenues will be hard hit by this Pandemic, including sales tax revenue..but all of us are struggling right now to come to grips with how COVID-19 will impact each one of us financially, so we have put the Restorative Levy on the back burner.
Stanford Grange 808 has done an extraordinary service to the Stanford community what began as a project called Our Little Food Pantry. It has turned into a much larger enterprise, with two pantries stocked at all times, as well as a small donated refrigerator. Citizens in need can simply drive up behind the Grange and take whatever supplies they need, from lentils to oatmeal to hygiene products as well as hand-sewn makes donated by a fellow citizen. The Grange can always use additional food donations as well as cash infusions. Checks should be made out to the Stanford Grange 808 and mailed to PO Box 108 Stanfordville, NY 12581
The LFP is a place where non-perishable, hygiene products, pet food and household supplies can be found. It can help those in immediate need and creates and environment of community. The Stanford Grange needs your help to get this project started so that our community can add one more thing we offer the people to show how much Stanford cares. A beautiful wooden pantry has been donated, so donations can be made to help the Grange stock it full of goods.