March 13, 2020
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Reminders
Winter Parking
Ban is in Effect
No on-street parking Nov. 1st to April 1st
QUICK LINKS
Recycling for Monday, March 16th: 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.
Upcoming Meetings
Tues., March 17, 2020 - 5:30 PM - Building Cte. (@ Library)
Please make sure you are registered for code red

Click the link at the top of the newsletter 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.
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 7:00 AM TO 7:00 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

Announcements
Recycling Tips
Not sure what to recycle? Richmond’s new solid waste hauler, Casella Waste Systems, has a website with tips on how we can recycle better. Check it out at : https://www.casella.com/services/recycling/recycle-better
Richmond Consolidated School
The Eleventh Annual Richmond Ping Pong Tournament
Friday April 3, 2020
Registration 5:00 PM - Games Begin at 6:00 PM in the School Gym
$5 or $15 for Family
Play for all ages
Pizza and Refreshments available
https://www.facebook.com/richmondmassrec for more info
The Richmond Scholarships
One application covers students applying for eight Richmond Scholarships, including the Anita Chapman awards, which totaled $6,000 last year, and sizable grants from the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department/Malnati Family fund.

The forms are available at Town Hall, Bartlett's Orchards, Richmond post office and Richmond Free Public Library, or from Patricia Malnati at her State Road home.

High school graduates and college students who are year-round residents of Richmond are eligible to apply
Richmond Consolidated School
Preschool and Kindergarten registration is now open for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please call 413-698-2207 or visit rcscares.org for more information.
The School Committee
is looking for a capable and willing person who can take (or transcribe) meeting notes. Please let me know if you, or someone you know, can help in this role. Regular meetings are the second Tuesday of the month and there are occasionally others in between.

There will be pay available, pending formal School Committee approval. Please contact Dewey Wyatt 413.822.3882.
Community Events Calendar
Copies of the Richmond Civic Association's 2020 Community Events Calendar are available at the Richmond Town Hall, Post Office and Library, or by contacting Jan Hartford at (413) 698-3808.
US Census 2020
Are you a “snowbird” who seasonally lives at another address? If you live in Massachusetts for most of the year, you should respond to the 2020 Census addressed to your Massachusetts household. U.S. Census data is for statistical purposes only and your responses will not affect your property tax or insurance premiums . You may fill out the U.S. Census online or over the phone at your convenience. Eventually, you will receive the traditional paper form if you do not respond online by phone.

Census information is used for the next 10 years to determine funding for state and federal programs, as well as your political representation. All information is confidential and will not be shared with any federal or state agency under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. The Census Bureau will never ask for your full Social Security Number, bank accounts, or money of any kind. For more information, call 1-833-MA1-2020.

FRAUD ALERT : The U.S. Census 2020 will ONLY attempt to reach you via the U.S. Postal Service, not by phone or email. Any resident of the U.S. may initiate contact with the Census Bureau by phone at 1-844-330-2020 or online at www.my2020census.gov.
Volunteer Opportunities
The Richmond Conservation Commission has openings for 1 member and 1 alternate.

The Richmond Recreation Committee has multiple member openings. 

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has openings for 2 alternates. 
 
The Affordable Housing Committee seeks 2 members, specifically those with a background in Construction or Law. 
 
A Field Driver and additional volunteers are needed to assist in the occasional round-up of livestock when a local farmer is in need. 
 
Transportation Rep . This volunteer position requires attendance at quarterly meetings to represent the town's interests and work closely with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. 

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions listed above, please contact the Town Administrator at 413-553-7793 or townadmin@richmondma.org
Living In Richmond
Richmond Free Public Library

The library offers a variety of free events and services, listed below. Please call (413) 553-7795
or go to their website for more information.

Tech Talks with Candy

Film Discussion Group
See "Latest News" on the Website Home Page for details
Passes for many museums in the Berkshire area are available at the Library, admitting anywhere from 2-4 people per pass for free or discounted admittance.
Lively World Series
January 25 2020, 11:00 AM A performance by jazz musician Charlie Tokarz and singer/instrumentalist/composer Nana Simopoulos, as part of the continuing Lively World Series. Car pooling advised. Refreshments
Police Department - Firearms Permits
During the Chief's absence from Nov. 18th - April 15th, all LTCs and FIDs applications will be processed by Tracy Dunn. Call for an appointment: (413) 884-2820. Your completed application and a check or money order to the Town of Richmond are due at your appointment. Chief Bullett is available for questions: (413) 698-2691 or (413) 822-5971.
Council on Aging - Transportation Program
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.
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Exercise Classes with Christine Faber
Mon. 3:15 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
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 or Emilie@charws.com. website: www.rwstcomhealth.com
Need Food or Fuel Assistance?
You may be eligible for financial assistance. Contact the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) at 413-445-4503 or visit their website. All correspondence is 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 - 11 AM and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 6 PM.
Helpful Resources
Useful Links
Office Hours

Tues 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Wed 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Wed 9:30 - 12:00 PM; Always call for an appointment: (413) 298-0044

Wed 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

1st, 2nd & 4th Wed 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Always call for an appointment - 413-446-0964

Mon - Thurs 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM