May 10, 2019
Reminders
Recycling/Trash for Monday, May 13th - 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 2019-2020 Recycling Schedule has arrived!
The new schedule begins with July 1st. Stop into Town Hall for a color copy, or you can print one directly from our website at:

Upcoming Meetings
May 13, 2019 - Planning Board Mtg. - 5:30 PM
May 14, 2019 - Conservation Comm. Mtg. - 7:00 PM
May 15, 2019 - ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - 7:30 PM @ The School
What's New in Richmond?
IMPORTANT REMINDERS - NOTICES!
RICHMOND ELECTION SCHEDULE - 2019
Annual Town Meeting at the School....................May 15, 2019
Annual Town Election..........................................May 18, 2019
Richmond Spring Bulky Waste Day
Saturday, May 25, 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.

For a complete list of acceptable white goods, light metals and electronics, please see our website at: www.richmondma.org , listed under the "Latest News" tab.
The Richmond Democratic Town Committee
will host a meeting on May 23rd to elect new Richmond Committee Leadership as well as a Caucus to elect delegates to the 2019 State Convention (which will be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on September 14th).

The Richmond caucus meeting will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Richmond Town Hall,1529 State Rd, Richmond, MA 01254.

6:30PM Check in and registration
7:00 PM Caucus to nominate delegates to the 2019 Convention
7:30 PM Meeting and Election of New Officers
All Richmond Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend.   

At the Democratic State Committee meeting earlier this year, changes to the Method of Selecting Delegates were enacted to increase access for our youngest activists. Now, pre-registered voters who are 16 by May 11th are eligible to run and be elected as delegates. Additionally, the MassDems are committed to ensuring that all delegates are able to attend our Convention, regardless of financial standing. Students, seniors, and persons with disabilities are eligible for a reduced rate of $50, and any delegate in need is encouraged to apply for a fee waiver.   
2018 Town Reports have arrived!
Stop by Town Hall to pick up a copy during regular business hours. We’ll also leave copies at the Post Office, Bartlett’s, and the Library as available space permits. 

You can also download an electronic version at: http://www.richmondma.org/FINAL%202018%20Richmond%20Town%20Report.pdf
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:

Ø   Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
Ø   Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
Ø   Reviewing the annual school building budget
Ø   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.
HELP WANTED: Richmond Pond Boat Ramp Monitors:
Seasonal part-time position, from June 16 to September 7, 2019. Available shifts 6:00 AM-12:00 Noon and 12:00 Noon-6 :00 PM.

Duties include greeting the public; ascertaining that boats entering the water are not carrying zebra mussels or other invasive species; keeping a daily activity log; and maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and safety on the ramp and in the adjoining areas.

Candidates with flexible and available weekend hours, prior or similar experience, access to a motor vehicle, and CPR/first aid certifications are preferred. Training is provided. For more information contact Matthew Palardy at mpalardy@berkshire.rr.com



Samantha is the winner of the library's "Made in the Berkshires" Give Away. Congratulations!


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Richmond Free Public Library
On May 30, 2019 the library will be starting 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

May 30th: How to hook up and play the library’s Roku.

June 27th: How to search the library’s catalog and place holds from home. Call ahead if you’re having login problems.

July 25th: Your Android phone. (Submit specific questions in advance.)

August 29th: Your Apple phone. (Submit specific questions in advance)

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 You Tube videos. 
Richmond Historical Society 27th Anniversary Event
On Friday, May 17, 2019 7:00 P.M. Rick Ryer from Hancock Shaker Village will present a Shaker Oval Box talk and demonstration at the Richmond Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 1515 State Road, Richmond.

Rick has been a volunteer interpreter at Hancock Shaker Village for 8 years and has been demonstrating oval box building for the past 6 years. In addition to presenting workshops, Rick leads behind-the-scenes “Attic and Basements” tours at the Village.

There will be a question and answer opportunity following his demonstration. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are always appreciated. Refreshments will be served. A short business meeting will precede this presentation.  

NEW INFORMATION!  
Rick has generously donated a few of his oval boxes to benefit our society. Come see how YOU could have a chance to go home with one!  
The Richmond Historical Society
is seeking photos showing people involved in farming or household activities during the time period 1910-1940 for a photo exhibit. Please contact Virginia Larkin if you have photos to submit or for more information
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Richmond Consolidated School
Preschool and Kindergarten Screening for Fall 2019 Enrollment

Richmond Consolidated School will be conducting a Preschool screening for all Richmond 3 and 4 year-olds on Monday, May 20 and Friday, May 24 at the school located at 1831 State Road in Richmond. Children who are 3 years old as of Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to attend our Preschool program based on a lottery system. Please call the school office at 413-698-2207 as soon as possible if your child is eligible. Current Preschool students and Richmond residents have first priority. Should there be additional openings, families from surrounding communities can apply.

If you suspect your child may have special needs and is three years old or older, please call the Special Education Director, Jenevra A. Strock, at 413-698-4001 to schedule an evaluation.

Kindergarten screening and registration will be held on Monday, May 20 and Friday, May 24. Children must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1, 2019, to enter Kindergarten. Please call the school office at 413-698-2207 as soon as possible if your child is eligible for kindergarten. Screening and registration requires parents to bring their child and his/her birth certificate along with proof of residency to the school.

Richmond Consolidated School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.

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2019 Dog Licenses Due:
Please don't forget that the last day to license your dog without a $5.00 late fee was March 31st. Licenses can be purchased from the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours. For questions, please contact: clerk@richmondma.org  
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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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, 83, 20 or 26, please arrange to have it picked up and paid for.
AGE-FRIENDLY BERKSHIRES VIDEO
Age-friendly communities strive to better meet the needs of their older residents by considering the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. These programs seek to allow older adults to stay in their communities and “age in place.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) supports a framework of “active aging” through age-friendly cities and towns. This framework looks at the determinants of active aging (e.g., social, economic, behavioral, personal, etc.) along with other age-friendly aspects of communities (e.g. transportation, housing, social participants, outdoor spaces, etc.)
 
Age Friendly Berkshires ’ mission is to create a more livable Berkshire County for
people of all ages, with a focus on the needs of an aging population. This region-wide
initiative includes the 32 cities and towns comprising Berkshire County

On Monday, June 10th, a video will be shown at 12:00 Noon at the Richmond Town Hall that explains the initiative and outlines the progress that It has made in Berkshire County.
 
Please let us know if you will be attending the video presentation
Call 413-698-3656 or email to coa@richmondma.org.
The Community Health Association of Richmond and West Stockbridge
Invites you to join us for a dinner and lecture:  "Your Heart: A User’s Manual” with David Finck, MD

Cost: $10.00 per person for the buffet-style dinner catered by The Marketplace
               No charge for attending the lecture only
When: Thursday, May 23rd, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Richmond Congregational Church, State Rd., Richmond, 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
 
Film Discussion Group at the Library
Film Club meets the second Thursday at 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. Themes in the future will include Mother/daughter relationships, Redemption, Foreign animated films, Classical music and opera in movies.


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 4:30 - 7:00 PM, Sat 8:00 - 11:00 AM
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.
Opportunities
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, Mr. Mark Pruhenski at 413-698-3882 or via email at townadmin@richmondma.org
Events & Announcements
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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
The Council on Aging has increased the suggested cost per ride for its van service and clarified the extent of the area our vans will cover. Ride fees are, as always, suggested. Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.

I F YOU NEED A RIDE - PLEASE CALL 698-3656. 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 .
Community Health Association
The Community Health Association offers Blood Pressure Screenings every Thursday from 9-10 AM at the Congregational Church. No appointment needed. For more information contact Emilie Jarrett , RN: 232-0122.
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.
From the Tax Collector
 Real estate, personal property, sewer betterment, and sewer operation and maintenance bills for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 were due on May 1, 2019. Payments that are not received by that date are subject to late payment interest.
 
Interest begins to accrue immediately following May 1st and is charged at the annual rate of 14%. Please contact the Tax Collector for the amount that is due after May 1st.
 
Please ensure any payment made through a third party, such as a bank, clearly shows the bill year (2019), the bill number and the type of bill. If paying the bill directly, please include the “ Remit Copy” with your payment. Payments received without a reference as to the year, tax type or bill number will be returned.   
Please note when you received your tax bill due for 02/01/2019 there were two “Remit Copy” Coupons with this bill. One was clearly marked for the payment due on 02/01/2019 and the other is clearly marked for the payment due on 05/01/2019. The top third of the bill is a summary of taxes, the middle third of the bill is the “Remit Copy” coupon for the 05/01/2019 payment, and the bottom third of the bill was the “Remit Copy” coupon for the 02/01/2019 payment. The next set of bills will not be mailed out until late June of 2019 and will also include two “Remit Copy” Coupons. One will be clearly marked for the payment due on 08/01/2019 and the other will be clearly marked for the payment due on 11/01/2019.
 
Sewer users, please note that a quarterly bill will continue to be mailed for each quarter due. Sewer operation and maintenance bills will continue to be mailed out in late March of each year being due on May 1 st  of that year.
 
Initial, demand and warranted motor vehicle excise tax bills have been mailed based on several 'commitments to collect' issued to Richmond by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Please do not ignore these bills! Significant fees and interest can accumulate on bills not paid by the due date.
 
Motor vehicle excise tax bills that have been warranted now need to be paid through the Deputy Collector's Office. The Deputy Collector, Arthur P. Jones, can be reached at (413) 527-2388 or online at  www.apjones.com .  
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.