August 23, 2019
Reminders
Recycling for Monday, August 26th: Paper
 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
What's New in Richmond?
PLEASE NOTE: Chief Bullett will be out of town and not holding office hours on Wednesday, August 28th.
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.
 
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
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.
NEW RICHMOND TOWN PHONE DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE
At Last - a local town phone directory has been completed and is available as a downloadable file on the Richmond Town Website while we await printed copies from the telephone company. For those who cannot open and download an electronic file, there are a very few hard copies available at Town Hall. Call and ask if there are any left before you make the trip!
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Toys for Tots Summer BBQ and Concert
The Marine Corps League and the Berkshire County Sheriff's office are hosting a special event on Saturday August 24th at 6:00 - 10:00 PM at Camp Russell, Richmond Shore, 341 Boys Club Road to benefit the Berkshire County Toys for Tots Foundation.

The $10.00 ticket includes live Music, BBQ Cookout from the Smokers and Jokers, a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar for beer and wine for those 21 and over. Tickets are available at the Berkshire County Sheriff's office front lobby (467 Cheshire Rd.) from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM or at Mad Macs in the Allendale Plaza.

All proceeds will go to the Berkshire County Toys for Tots Foundation to ensure that all area children receive a Christmas gift this Holiday season.
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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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The Richmond Town Beach
Town Beach opened this year (with Lifeguards) on Saturday, June 15 th. Hours remain Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Gate closes at 7:00 PM. Weather permitting. 
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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.
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)

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 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: 413-698-3834
Protecting Perry’s Peak
That’s the campaign to raise Richmond Land Trust’s share of the cost of adding 340 acres of land at Hollow Fields, the preserve off Perry’s Peak Road. The Land Trust has already raised almost half of its share – $125,000 – and the Conservation Commission has provided $125,000 from its land conservation fund. Berkshire Natural Resources Council is also providing $125,000.
 
This extra protection for the western slopes of Richmond – a range of hills we all enjoy – is being purchased from Berkshire Farm Center in Canaan, NY. Richmond Land Trust is seeking donations, large and small, and hopes a maximum number of residents will sign on to the project. The area will be accessible to the public free of charge and will provide trails to the Taconic Crest Range.
 
Donations may be made on the Land Trust web site at www.richmondlandtrust.net or by sending a check to Richmond Land Trust, P. O. Box 21, Richmond, MA 01254. All gifts are tax deductible. Brochures with additional information are available at Town Hall and the Richmond Free Public Library.
OFFICE OF THE TREASURER/COLLECTOR
TO: Town of Richmond Taxpayers
FROM: Paul A. Lisi, Jr. - Treasurer/Collector
RE: I st Preliminary Tax Installment Due on August 1.2019

The Preliminary Tax Bill(s) for Fiscal Year 2020 real estate, personal property, and sewer betterment were mailed on June 28, 2019. The Preliminary Tax Bill(s) for real estate and personal property cover the period July l , through September 30, 2019 and October l , through December 31, 2019. The Sewer Betterment Bill(s) cover the period July l , through September 30, 2019.

The due dates for these bill(s) are August 1, 2019 and November 1, 2019. If payment is received after the bill due date, interest will accrue from the due date until the date payment is received at the rate of 14%.

A bright orange sheet of paper was included with the mailing which included useful information in regard to the receipt of the tax bill and how it may be paid.
If you have already paid the installment due for August l , 2019 please disregard this notice.

Paul A. Lisi, Jr.
Treasurer/Collector

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, 120 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
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.
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 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
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.
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.