December 18, 2020
Reminders
Recycling for Monday, December 21st: 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.
QUICK LINKS
tree_ornaments.jpg
Upcoming Meetings

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


2021 RICHMOND CIVIC ASSN. COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

Calendars will not be available this year as the Association will not be printing them. Information about meetings, events and the materials scheduled for recycling will continue to be posted here in the Newsletter, on our website and at Town Hall.
Hazard Mitigation/ Municipal Vulnerability Program
With climate change, the Town of Richmond is expected to experience more precipitation, heat waves, and increasingly frequent and intense storms. To prepare for these hazards, the Town was awarded funding to complete the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) planning process alongside an update to the Town’s 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).

Please check out the website for more information and to watch a short video and take a survey to help us with this plan update.
Announcements
Dear Seniors,

I have 4 wonderful Richmond School 2nd graders. I help them on Wednesdays when they have to learn remotely. I am doing a little after school project with them and looking for some help. We are going to do some baking and crafts. I would like the girls to be doing this for other people, not themselves. A community outreach. 

Our Holiday jingle 

    Seasons Greetings. 

The 2nd Grade Elves are keeping busy 
During this time when the world seems dizzy.

The Elves have made things with love and care
We're looking for friends with whom they can share

Our studies have taught us to read and to write 
We have make things worth sharing this holiday night

If you would like an Elf to deliver
Please reply to this note from the Holiday Giver.

We will be working together the next two Wednesdays and will deliver after the 19th.
Please let me know if you would like to participate by filling out and emailing the note below. 

Thank you,
Carolyn Sebring
_______________________________________________________________________

____ I would like to get a holiday surprise  

 
Name;________________________________________

Address _______________________________________ , where you would like the Elves to deliver 

email back to;
Carolyn Sebring
NOTICE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF
Remember to change the batteries in your fire alarms and CO2 detectors and get your chimney cleaned because the cold weather is definitely coming on soon!
NOTICE FROM THE HIGHWAY DEPT.
Winter parking ban begins November 1st through April 1st. No parking on any roadways is permitted to allow for adequate snow removal.
Thank you for your cooperation.

COVID-19 Information
NOTICE FROM TOWN HALL
Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the area, Town buildings are closed to the public until further notice. If you need assistance, Call 413-553-7793 to schedule an appointment.

Notice from the Board of Health regarding Travel and Holiday Celebrations. Click here to read.
SOURCES OF ACCURATE INFORMATION ON THE COVID-19 VIRUS

BERKSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS HAS ESTABLISHED A TOLL-FREE HOTLINE FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19). IT IS OPEN FROM FROM 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM PM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK .
CALL 855-BMC-LINK, OR 855-262-5465.
 
More information is available on the Berkshire Health Systems website:: https://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/body.cfm?id=4261&fr=true
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also provides daily updates on Massachusetts-specific information and resources at: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has helpful information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
RICHMOND LIBRARY
Donations for the New Library and Town Building
 
Tax deductible donations to the new library/town building fund can be sent to the Richmond Library. Checks should be made out to Friends of the Richmond Library. 
HOLIDAY BASKET RAFFLE

In lieu of our annual Winter Solstice event, the library will be holding a Holiday Basket raffle. All patrons who visit the library will be eligible to enter. The basket items have been provided by generous patrons. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, December 22. 
HOLIDAY GIVING

This Holiday Season the Richmond Library would like to fulfill a need at St Joe's homeless shelter in Pittsfield. Please drop off any of the following items in a bag marked "Donation to St Joe's homeless shelter" at the library during normal library hours. 

The last day to drop items off at the library for the St. Joe’s homeless shelter will be Saturday, January 2.

NEW items including (in any size) socks, gloves, undershirts, underwear and any other layering piece for warmth. Toiletries would include deodorant, toothbrushes, soap, hair brushes and nail clippers. Toothpaste and shampoo in travel sizes only. 

We thank you all in advance. Stay healthy.  
Tumble Book Library
The Richmond Free Public Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and children can access it from home! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children. There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!
Below is all the information you’ll need to login to the collection:

username: richmondfree
password: libra
bookstore-merchant-lady.jpg
THE LIBRARY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT!

Some safety measures: Only one family may use the children's area and only four patrons will be in the building at one time.

Call 413-555-7795 for a 30 minute appointment.

All returned items are quarantined for one week and disinfected. You might, therefore, see items on your record for up to a week after you have returned them.

Don’t forget that WIFI is available in the Library parking lot and Virtual Zoom Meeting tutorials are being offered by the Library! If you would like to learn how to participate in an online Zoom meeting, please call the library and schedule a telephone appointment with a volunteer. 413-553-7795   
____________________________________________________________________

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR WOWBRARY
WOWbrary.org is an e-mail sent every Wednesday that lists all the new items added to the library's collection in the last week.
  1. Search online for Wowbrary.org
  2. Enter your Zip code: 01254
  3. Select Richmond Free Public Library
  4. Enter your email address in the box
  5. Re-enter your email address in the second box
  6. Type in the random letters you see above the third box
  7. Click "Submit."
You will receive an email with a link which you must activate. Emails should begin to arrive within a week.

If you would like to read an online magazine, just go to https://cwmars.overdrive.com/collection/184768 . You will need to sign in using your library card number. If you don’t know the number, please call the library.

Library patrons have free access to Tumble Books, Tumble Math, TeenBookCloud, AudioBookCloud and RomanceBookCloud. You can access these databases by going to the Richmond Free Public Library website. http://www.richmondfreepubliclibrary.org/
 
The Boston Public Library has a lot to offer and you qualify because you live in Massachusetts! Interested, click here, https://www.bpl.org/online-resources/

You can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard here: https://www.bpl.org/ecard/
Richmond Consolidated School
Living In Richmond
Police Department - Firearms Permits
During the Chief's absence from November 5 - April 15, all LTC and FID applications will be processed by Tracy Dunn.

Call for an appointment (413) 884-2820. Your completed application and a check or money order payable to the Town of Richmond are due at your appointment.

Chief Bullett will still be available during this time if you have any questions..(413) 698-2691 or (413) 822-5971
Council on Aging - Transportation Program
We're back in business - Call if you need a ride

If you need a ride, please call (413) 553-7793. Give us a week's notice, tell us when and where you need to go, and we will provide you with that service. Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.
Useful Links
Please make sure you are registered for code red

Click the link to the left to be taken through the step-by-step process of creating an account.

If you don't have access to a computer call the Town hall and we will help.