August 30, 2019
Reminders
HAPPY LABOR DAY - MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2019
Town Hall will be closed on Monday for the Holiday
Trash Pickup will be on Tuesday September 3rd
Recycling for Tuesday September 3rd: Cans, Bottles, Plastics, other
 Please place trash and recyclables in an easily accessible location by 7:00 AM. Contact the hauler directly at 442-8390 with questions or concerns. Please note: the trucks used are dual functioning. Trash and recyclables are collected together but placed in separate compartments within the truck.
The new 2019-20 Recycling Schedule is here!
The new schedule begins with July 1st. Stop into Town Hall for a color copy, or you can print one HERE.
Upcoming Meetings
Tuesday September 3, 2019 - Board of Health Mtg. - 5:00 PM
Helpful Resources
QUICK LINKS TO THE WEBSITE
Office Hours

Board of Assessors: Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Conservation Commission Agent: Wednesdays 9:30 - 12:00 N
Always call for an appointment - 413-298-0044

Board of Health: Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Building & Zoning: 1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Board of Assessors: Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Council on Aging: Mon -Thurs, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Town Clerk: Mon - Wed 8:00 - 3:00 PM, Fri 8:00 - 12:00 PM
Useful Links

  • Info about Burning Permits can be found HERE.

  • Town of Richmond taxes can be paid online HERE.

  • Apply for building, gas or plumbing permits HERE.

  • We're here to help! Contact Town Hall staff HERE.
What's New in Richmond?
Richmond Bulky Waste Day
Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Highway Department.
 
Acceptable Items : old furniture, rugs, scrap wood, etc. Mattresses and box springs will incur a $25.00 per item charge.
 
Unacceptable Items: Tires, TV’s, glass, hazardous waste, construction materials, toilets/porcelain products, estate clean-outs.

Items Incurring a Charge Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers will incur a $10.00 charge. Mattresses and Box Springs will incur a $25.00 per item charge.
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Great Barrington Recycling Center, 601 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington

WHAT TO BRING
From The Yard/Garden: Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Insect Sprays, Rodent Killers Muriatic Acid, Flea Powder, No-Pest Strips,Chemical Fertilizers, Lighter Fluid, Moth Balls

From The Workbench: Rust Proofers, Wood Preservatives, Wood Strippers & Stains, Paint Thinners, Lead & Oil-Based Paint, Varnish, Full Aerosol Cans, Sealants, Adhesives, Solvents.

From The House: Drain Cleaners Oven Cleaners Floor Cleaners Metal Polish Arts & Crafts Supplies Photo Chemicals Chemistry Kits Rechargeable Batteries

From The Garage: Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene Brake &Transmission Fluids Car Wax, Polish, Engine Degreaser Swimming Pool Chemicals Driveway Sealer, Antifreeze
Car-Lead Acid Batteries

Mercurv Products: Thermometers Thermostats Other mercury Button Batteries
Debris, Gas or Propane Cylinders, Smoke Detectors, Radioactive Material, Fire Extinguishers, Fluorescent Lamps, Electronics, PCB's, Medications, Medical Sharps

DO NOT BRING
Latex Paint, Motor Oil, Medical Waste, Asbestos, Fireworks & Explosives, Ammunition, Construction Debris, Gas or Propane Cylinders, Smoke Detectors, Radioactive Material, Fire Extinguishers Fluorescent Lamps, Electronics, PCB's, Medications, Medical Sharps

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Great Barrington Dept. of Public Works
(413) 528-0867
Please Note: Telephone numbers at Town Hall have changed. Here is a list of the correct numbers:
Conservation Commission - 413-553-7792
Town Accountant - 413-553-7409
Town Clerk - 413-553-7409
Administrative Assistant - 413-553-7793
Council on Aging - 413-553-7793
Treasurer/Collector - 413-553-7804
Town Administrator - 413-553-7803
Library - 413-553-7795
Assessors - 413-553-7473
Richmond Dept. Public Works/Highway - 413-553-7794
Emergency Alarm System to be Tested Regularly
Emergency System Alarms will be tested to be sure that the Emergency Weather Alarm is functioning,

On the last Saturday of every month, at 12:00 noon, the system will be tested to see that it is working.
Events & Announcements
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The Annual Richmond Pie Social
The Annual Pie Social, co-hosted by the Richmond Land Trust, the Richmond Civic Assn . and the Richmond Historical Society, will be held on Saturday September 7th from 1:00—3:00 PM at Hollow Fields on Perry’s Peak Road to celebrate Richmond’s recent acquisition of significant additional acreage to extend the Hollow Fields reserve over Perry’s Peak to the New York State line, protecting the reserve and the mountain.

Home-baked pies are contributed by talented Richmond residents and the winners of the 2019 Photo Contest sponsored by the Richmond Land Trust will be announced and the winning photos displayed. The Charles and Mary Kusik Citizenship Award will also be presented.

This is a free event - open to all Richmond residents - no reservations required, just come on down. 
The Community Health Association of Richmond and West Stockbridge
and t he West Stockbridge Council on Aging
Invite you to join us for a dinner and lecture with Laurence D. Cohen, M.D.

   "Marijuana (All There Is To Know) A Primer"
Cost: $10.00 per person for the buffet-style dinner catered by The Marketplace
               No charge for attending the lecture only
When: Thursday, October 10th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center, Route 41, West Stockbridge, MA

~Reservations are required~
When making your reservation, please indicate if you are planning to join us for both the dinner and lecture or the lecture only.
Contact: Emilie Jarrett: Tel 413-232-0122; email: emilie@charws.com
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Richmond School Council Members Needed 
The school council consists of the school principal, parents of students attending the school, teachers, and community members. The school council  meets a few times throughout the year to assist principals in the following areas:

  • Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
  • Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
  • Reviewing the annual school building budget
  • Formulating a school improvement plan

If you have any questions or are interested in serving on the school council please contact Jill Pompi at jpompi@richmondconsolidated.org or 413-698-2207.
Genealogy Workshops at The Richmond Library
Alan Horbal will be conducting seminars on Thursday evenings from 4:00 – 6:00 PM starting September 12 th and ending October 10 th

If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of genealogy research, call the library for more information at 413-553-7795
Tech Talks with Candy at Richmond Library
The library is hosting a new monthly program called "Tech Talks with Candy". This half hour program will explore different aspects of technology available today. It is our hope that this new service will aid our patrons in navigating the digital world.

Schedule of Dates / Subjects
(all talks take place at 3:00 PM)

September 26th: Your iPod Touch

October 31st: How to digitize your old cassette tapes

November 21st: Genealogy searching on the internet

December 26th: How to take a “selfie”

January 30th: How to use a flash drive

February 27th: Keyboard shortcuts

March 26th: How to download and use iTunes

April 25th: Those YouTube videos
Film Discussion Group at the Library
Film Club meets the second Thursday of every month for discussion. Watch the featured movie of the month on your own and any other suggested movies with the same subject or theme.

Richmond Library will have some copies available through inter-library loan. Most can be found on Netflix or Prime Video.

The September 12 th Film Club movies are listed below
Theme: Films Set in the Depression Era 
 
Featured: Grapes of Wrath (1940)
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land during the Great Depression.. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless. Directed by John Ford with Henry Fonda.
 
Others:
               Annie (1982)
In the depths of the 1930's, Annie lives in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. A musical.
                 Ironweed (1987)
An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, New York after returning there for the first time in decades during the Great Depression.   Jack Nicolson and Meryl Streep.
                 Oh Brother Where Art Thou (2000)
               In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.   Coen Brothers film with George Clooney.
                 My Man Godfrey (1936)
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler. The U.S. was plunged in a depression that forced thousands to the breadlines. The film opens with a treasure hunt and one of the items to find is a forgotten man. William Powell and Carole Lombard.

Richmond Library's Annual Seasonal Basket Drawing
Any patron who visits the Richmond Library may enter a ticket and have a chance to win a seasonal basket! Our current basket theme is “The 50 th Anniversary of Woodstock” and the drawing will be Saturday, August 31.  
Free Delivery of Library Materials to the Homebound
The Richmond Free Public Library is pleased to offer delivery of library materials to our Richmond patrons who are home-bound. Arrangements to have items delivered to and picked up from your home can be made with staff members. (Please note this does not include items that have been Inter-Library loaned from other libraries)

Call for eligibility requirements: 413-553-7795
This Sign Could Save Your Life...!!!
Every minute counts in an emergency, so please help us find your house quickly. Custom 911 signs can be purchased by calling Chief Traver at 413-329-7153. The cost is now $20.00 for a custom sign. You can also install your own numbers if you would prefer, but please make sure they are at least 3" in height and in a prominent place. Please help us help you!!!

A NOTE FROM CHIEF TRAVER
There are a number of 911 Emergency Plaques in Town Hall that were ordered many months ago and never picked up. If you ordered one of these and your house number is: 1834, 105, or 604 please arrange to have it picked up and paid for.

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The Community Health Association
offers Blood Pressure Screenings every Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the Congregational Church. No appointment needed. For more information about additional free skilled nursing services, such as home visits for residents, contact Emilie Jarrett, RN, at 413.232.0122, email: Emilie@charws.com website: www.rwstcomhealth.com

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Flu Clinics will start the week of October 7 th
The Community Health Association of Richmond and West Stockbridge is offering free flu shots for eligible residents over the age of 19 years in both communities. For information about influenza, visit: the Center for Disease Control’s web site: www.cdc.gov/flu .
               
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION WEST STOCKBRIDGE OFFICE:
Mondays and Wednesdays 9-10 am
except major holidays

WEST STOCKBRIDGE TOWN HALL COMMUNITY ROOM:
Monday, October 7 th 5:00-7:00 pm
                                       Monday, October 21 th 12:00-2:00 pm
                                     
RICHMOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
          Every Thursday: 9:00 am 10:00 am (except major holidays)
                            Wednesday, October 9 th 12:00-2:00 pm
                            Tuesday, October 15 th      5:00-7:00 pm

RICHMOND LIBRARY
Tuesday, October 29 th 5:00-7:00 pm

For more information, contact Emilie Jarrett, RN., BSN.

Community Health Association of Richmond and West Stockbridge
21 State Line Rd. - PO Box 368
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
Tel: 413.232.0122
Volunteer Opportunities

Current Opportunities
The Board of Registrars is made up of representatives from both major political parties. We are currently in need of a Richmond Democrat to serve in one of these positions. For more information, please contact our Town Clerk, Marie Ryan, at: clerk@richmondma.org

OPENINGS ON COUNCILS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

The Richmond Recreation Committee has member openings 

The Board of Registrars has an opening for a new member.

The Council on Aging is in need of a new member.

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is looking for two (2) new members to serve as alternates. 
 
The Affordable Housing Committee is short two members, specifically those with a background in Construction or Law. 
 
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE YOUR TOWN:
 
Field Driver and additional volunteers to assist in the occasional round-up of livestock when a local farmer is in need. 
 
Transportation Rep . This volunteer position would require attendance at quarterly meetings to represent the town's interests and work closely with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. 

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions listed above, please contact the Town Administrator at 413-698-3882 or via email at townadmin@richmondma.org
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Richmond Consolidated School
Follow this link to read about some exciting changes for Richmond Consolidated School. If you are interested in receiving the school's weekly newsletter and other updates please sign up here.
Council on Aging
Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.

I F YOU NEED A RIDE - PLEASE CALL 413-553-7793. GIVE US A WEEK'S NOTICE, TELL US WHEN AND WHERE AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THAT SERVICE .
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Exercise Classes with Christine Faber
Mon.-3:30 PM @ Richmond Cong. Church - Yoga
Wed.-3:30 PM @ Richmond Cons. School - Tai Chi
Thurs.-11:15 AM @ Town Hall - Osteo Exercise
Fri.-3:30 PM @ Town Hall - Line Dance
Want to join? Sign up with Christine at 413-243-2497
Police Department - Firearms Permits
Applications for new and renewals of LTC's and FID's can be accessed on the Richmond Town Website www.richmondma.org.

Your completed application and a check or money order made payable to the Town of Richmond must be submitted at the time of your appointment.

Chief William Bullett will be available for questions at 413-698-2691 or 413-822-5971. Download application here .
Richmond Free Public Library
The Richmond Free Public Library offers many museum passes for around the Berkshire area. The passes admit anywhere from 2-4 people per pass for free or discounted admittance. Learn more here.
Around Town
Richmond Reads
A free parent/child playgroup for children up to age 5 meets on Thursdays from 9:30 - 10:30AM in the School Library. Activities include circle time with stories, felt board and songs, and table top time with manipulatives and crafts. For information contact Jessica Maloney , South Berkshire Kids Program Coordinator, at 413-464-5095.
Need Food or Fuel Assistance?
You may be eligible for financial assistance from your friends and neighbors right here in town. Contact the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) at 413-445-4503 or visit their website. All correspondence is strictly confidential.
 
Please Note: Persons in Richmond eligible for emergency fuel assistance are also eligible for food assistance through the South Congregational Church Food Pantry located at the rear of the building at 110 South Street in Pittsfield. Pantry hours are: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 - 11AM and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 6PM.