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June is Dog Licensing Month

Connecticut state law requires that all dogs 6 months and older be licensed in the town in which they live. All dog licenses must be renewed by June 30th of each year. After June 30th of each year, there is a $1.00 registration penalty for each month a dog has been unregistered. And while that $1.00 for each month late is a penalty for registration, there can be a larger fine imposed by the Animal Control Officer. So it's important to get your dog registered during the month of June; and well, it is the law! Currently there are approximately 2075 dogs registered with the Town of Stafford. This year the Town Clerk honors Stafford's Narcotics Detection K9 with the #1 license and tag! Loki is a remarkably skilled two year old black lab. The Town of Stafford received a generous grant of $2500.00 from the NORCROSS Wildlife Foundation to procure a Narcotics Detection K9. Local Police Officer James Kodzis is Loki's handler. Loki is the sixth narcotics canine that Officer Kodzis has handled. Officer Kodzis passionately states that " Any time we can keep controlled substances out of the Town of Stafford--that is a good thing", and Town Clerk Karen Troiano agrees. That is why Loki will have the honor of wearing Stafford Dog Tag #1 for the year. And while Loki is pretty remarkable, he cannot speak, but if he could he would say "Remember to license your dog by June 30th!" Regular office hours are Monday-Wednesday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Thursday 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. The office is open during the lunch hour. For your added convenience we will have special dog registration hours on Saturday June 4, 2016 from 9 am to noon at the Warren Memorial Town Hall. Animal Control Officer Gary Wilson has arranged a Rabies Clinic in the town hall parking lot for that same date and time. Dr. David Mordasky and pre vet student Andrew Mordasky of Stafford Veterinary Center will be offering rabies vaccines for a $15.00 cash fee. The clinic will be held in the town hall parking lot. They will be returning for a second Rabies Clinic which will be held on Saturday June 25, 2016 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The Town Clerk's office will also be open for licensing at that same time. One stop shopping seems to make a lot of sense. Remember you may also renew your license by mail and please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope for us to promptly return your license via mail. (1-3 tags 70 cents; 4 tags 90 cents). Renewing by mail means no standing in lines! Please check your notice to see if your dog needs an updated rabies certificate. The notice will be stamped in red if the rabies inoculation needs updating. Also, if your dog has recently been spayed or neutered, please submit verification. Registration is less expensive if your dog has been spayed or neutered. If you no longer have your dog or you have moved out of town please let us know so that we may remove the information and update our registration list. You may call the office at 860-684-1765 or email townclerk@staffordct.org We encourage you to stop by in the month of June and register your dog and enter our Guess How Many Candy Dog Bonz in the Jug contest.

Summerfest 2016 Forms

Summerfest 2016 Vendor Forms and Flyer [More Information]

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) announced a new toll-free number connecting residents seeking treatment and services for an opioid addiction to local walk-in assessment centers. Residents will now be able to call 1-800-563-4086, 24 hours a day, to connect them or a loved one to a walk-in assessment center in their area. [More Information]

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule [More Information]

Summer Recreation Program

Please see the attached forms for the Summer recreation program [More Information]

Stafford Community Farmers' Market is Open!

Stafford Community Farmers' Market is Open! When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 29 Where: John E. Julian Heritage Park (3 Stafford St.) in Stafford, CT Something new every week! Music at 11:00 a.m. More info: Email: staffordcfm@gmail.com Web:http://www.staffordcommunityfarmersmarket.com Phone: 860-265-8265 Facebook:www.facebook.com/staffordcommunityfarmersmarket/?fref=ts

Crystal Lake Beach Passes are now available

Crystal Lake Beach Passes are now available on a first come basis. Stafford is allowed 50 passes for Stafford residents. The Town of Ellington has set a fee of $55.00 per family. Please forward your completed application and check payable to the Town of Stafford in the amount of $55.00. [More Information]

Town of Stafford Budget Video Message 2016 / 2017

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Transfer Station FREE Pallets for Stafford Residents

Attention Residents FREE Pallets! The Transfer Station has free pallets available (and more coming). Please see the attendant at the scale house for assistance.

Big Y Volunteers for Seniors

Are you a senior who needs your yard raked or your garden prepared for planting, or need assistance with your grocery shopping? Stafford Big Y volunteers want to help. Please call 860-684-3906 or 860-684-7752 for more information.

Kids Fishing Derby July 9th

Kids' Fishing Derby, Saturday, July 9, 2016, 8-10 AM. Kick off Summerfest Day at Dennis Pond. Free hot dogs and juice boxes and brownies. $20 cash prize for first, biggest and smallest. Ice cream certificates from Chelles. Phone: 860-684-3155; Mobile: 860-614-9098; My LinkedIN profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kschooley

Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series

The Jazz in the Park summer concert series begins Wed May 4th in the Haymarket Common located on Main St Stafford Springs, the concert begins at 6:30pm to 8:30pm and will feature the Blue Skies Big Band, a 20 pieces jazz big band playing swingin standards in the style of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Bobby Darin, etc. This is a free event sponsored by Wayne and Jean Pisciotta Rentals LLC. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the music. The concert series continues throughout the summer on the first Wednesday of the month, hope to see you there!!! Rain location is the Stafford Palace Theater, this is a rain or shine event.

Down to Earth

JOIN THE FOOD REVOLUTION! Buy, in advance, a share of this season's harvest, grown organically in Stafford. Each week, June through October, pick up your safe Local, fresh-from-the-earth, delicious vegetables. Large share (4 People) $475.00 Small share (2 People) $250.00 Non-working large share $775.00 Non-working small share $390.00 A down payment of $150 is required. Large share: about 8-10 pounds of produce weekly for 20 weeks Working share families work at the farm for 2 hours every other week. Application and more information getdowntoearth.org 860-851-9617 [More Information]

Stafford Housing Rehabilitation Program


Village Overlay District Zoning Amendment

The Planing and Zoning Board is currently reviewing a proposed text amendment to create a Village Overly District in Stafford Center (Main Street) and Stafford Hollow. The purpose of this regulation is to provide a process of design review while increasing awareness of the importance of high quality design. It is to enhance the character, landscape and architectural quality of the village areas consistent with the POCD. It is NOT intended to discourage or prohibit the use of a property. [More Information]

Damaged Concrete Foundation Information

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is providing homeowners with information about resources that can help determine if their concrete foundation is damaged, and help find potential options for repair. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and the Connecticut Insurance Department are among the resources homeowners can consult regarding foundation concerns. For more information please visit the DCP website. [Visit Site]

Serve on a Stafford Board or Commission

If you are interested in getting more involved with your Town and if you are looking to play a more active role in helping to move the town in a positive direction, serving on one or more of the various boards, commissions or committees may be for you. If you are interested in filling a current vacancy on one of the Town of Stafford's Boards, Commissions or Committees, please complete the Application of Interest (click visit site to view the application page) and forward it to the Office of the First Selectman, 1 Main Street, Stafford Springs, CT 06076. If there is not a current vacancy, your application will be kept on file for future consideration. [Visit Site]

IRS Income Tax Scam

Please see the attached information from the Stafford Police Department warning residents of an IRS Income Tax Scam. [More Information]

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