In order for Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Region to begin re-opening in phases and importantly to contain COVID-19 and prevent further spread, the County is in vital need of individuals to serve as contact tracers, who can work remotely and telephone residents who may have been exposed to COVID-positive individuals. New York State will not allow our county or region to begin Phase One of reopening until we can prove we have sufficient residents willing to serve in this capacity. if you would be willing to take a 4-hour training to fill this critical gap and help our community take the next step in the re-opening process, please send your name, email address and cell phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Signing up to add your name to available volunteers does not prevent you from applying for a paid contact tracing positions with the State.
We had hoped to announce a full entry into the Phase I Reopening today, but Dutchess County is being grouped within the Mid-Hudson Region, and although Dutchess meets 6 out of 7 metrics to move into Phase I, we are being held back by other counties within our region. That being said, both Dutchess & Ulster Counties have been given the green light for these activities:
- Drive-in Movie Theaters are open for movies as well as for church services and graduation services
- Houses of Worship may conduct services outside as long as the congregation stays in their vehicles
- Our library in Stanford is not yet open, but there are many opportunities they are offering. Check out their FB page.
- Retail can deliver to curbside no matter the size of the store. They can deliver items to a customer’s home or have the customer pick-up at curbside. The owner and one employee can be on site.
- Single student horseback riding with a single instructor
- Hunt clubs and gun clubs can operate. However, there can be no food service indoors. Food can be sold for “curbside” pick-up
- All elective medical procedures are now allowed as well as acupuncture
- Auto Maintenance
- Pet grooming [if it involves the animal’s health]
- Landscaping. Please continue to social distance and wear mask protection if you are landscaping as a crew.
- Non-motorized boating
- Golf – one person to a cart
The County is also postponing its Foreclosure Auction so owners still have time to pay back taxes.
We will make every effort to restrict only certain areas of Sparc Park so the picnic tables and open air spaces are available to enjoy. We ask that people outside of direct family clusters still maintain social distancing. I hope to make this announcement within a few days.
As the weeks have morphed into a second month, I know that many of us are experiencing Cabin Fever. It’s particularly hard on our children. Teachers are performing gymnastic feats of creative teaching and learning while social distancing continues with their students, but still it is a lonely time. A brilliant act of caregiving was created by the Stanford Fire Company in partnership with the Pine Plains Fire Company for cheering up both children and adults who are having birthdays during this time of physical isolation. For the past two Saturdays, a parade of Engines and pick up trucks along with one of Duffy Layton’s Dump Trucks, visited twenty-five homes. They blew the sirens and flashed their lights with a call out for every birthday girl and boy. Even during this time of quarantine, this would be a birthday to remember.
We have the best Fire Company anywhere! They have been making some very tough trips since the outbreak of COVID-19 and yet they have found the time to make our children happy. Thank you, firemen and EMTS for taking such great care of our Community.
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.