October 4, 2019
Recycling for Monday October 7th: 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
Wed., October 9, 2019 - Board of Selectmen Mtg. - 6:00 PM
Helpful Resources
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?

The Richmond Congregational Church
Has set Saturday, November 23 rd from 7:00 - 10:00 A.M. to host the 12 th Annual Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for Richmond’s Emergency Food and Fuel Assistance Program.  
The Town of Richmond and the Richmond Congregational Church partner with Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) to help Richmond families in need.

BCAC data (as of September 10, 2019) for the 2019 season.
40 Richmond families were served in the 2019 season.
1 family was provided a furnace cleaning.
4 furnaces were repaired.
4 furnaces were replaced.

This was all made possible with fuel assistance from money appropriated by the town and community-wide fund raising efforts. And cleaning, repairs and replacements were possible with money raised at the breakfasts, or otherwise donated.

We are thrilled that we have such a caring community and are able to help so many neighbors in need.
The Richmond Cultural Council is Seeking Grant Applications
Proposals from organizations, schools and individuals applying for support for cultural activities in the community are due by October 15, 2019. These grants support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Richmond including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

Grant application forms and more information about the local Cultural Council program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx. Forms are also available at the Richmond Town Hall, the Richmond Library and the Consolidated School. For specifc information on the Richmond Cultural Council, contact Catherine Gamberoni at OL4eyes@gmail.com.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Great Barrington Recycling Center, 601 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington

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

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 Comm. ....... 413-553-7792
Town Accountant ............. 413-553-7409
Town Clerk ....................... 413-553-7409
Admin. 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
D.P.W./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
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
Errors & Fraud in Medicare - A lecture by the Mass. Senior Medicare Patrol Program
Sponsored by the combined Richmond and West Stockbridge Councils on Aging.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the St. Patrick Church Parish Hall on Rte. 41 in West Stockbridge.

A free workshop that will provide tools to become better educated and engaged health care consumers and protect ourselves and our loved ones from Medicare fraud and deceptive marketing tactics. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Please call to make a reservation at 413-553-7793.
Richmond Author Carolyn Brancato will read from her new novel, "The Circus Pig and the Kaiser"
at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 26, at the Richmond Free Public Library. A Lively World event. Coffee, refreshments.
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)

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.


Theme: Whistle Blowers

Featured: The Post (2017)
The owner of the Washington Post (Meryl Streep) and her executive editor (Tom Hanks) risk their freedom and livelihoods to reveal the secret activities of the U.S. government during the Vietnam War. Whistleblower is Daniel Ellsberg, the case the Pentagon Papers. ON DISC OR FREE ON ROKU WITH SUBSCRIPTION

The Constant Gardener (2005)
A widower (Ralph Fiennes) is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. PRIME VIDEO
The Insider (1999)
A research chemist (Russell Crowe) comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. PRIME VIDEO
Serpico (1973)
Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) was the first NYPD officer ever to speak up and report the widespread, deep rooted corruption in the force, where some police officers were taking payoffs. PRIME VIDEO OR FREE ON ROKU WITH SUBSCRIPTION

Silkwood (1983)
A worker (Meryl Streep) at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant. ON DISC ONLY

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!!!

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, or 604 please arrange to have it picked up and paid for.


The Community Health Association
offers Blood Pressure Screenings every Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the Richmond 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 8 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 .
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 AM
except major holidays

Tuesday, October 8 th 5:00-7:00 PM
                                       Monday, October 21st 12:00-2:00 PM
          Every Thursday: 9:00 - 10:00 am (except major holidays)
                            Wednesday, October 9 th 12:00-2:00 pm
                            Tuesday, October 15 th      5:00-7:00 pm

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

The Richmond Recreation Committee has member openings 

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. 
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
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.

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
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.