November 13, 2020
Reminders
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.
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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.


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!
QUICK LINKS
Recycling for Monday, November 16th: Paper and Cardboard
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

Mon., November 16, 2020 - Planning Board - 6:30 via Zoom

Weds., November 18, 2020 - Board of Assessors - 1:30 PM via Zoom

2021 RICHMOND CIVIC ASSN. COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

Will not be available this year as the Association will not be printing them. Information about meetings, events and the materials scheduled for recycling that week will continue to be posted here in the Newsletter from Town Hall.
Announcements
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Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser Nov. 21, 2020
Mark your calendars for November 21, 2020, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, from 7:30 - 10:00 am to help our Richmond neighbors in need.
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The diaconate is delighted that our mission of support for Richmond’s Emergency Food and Fuel Assistance program, a blueberry pancake breakfast, will be able to take place this year at the Richmond Consolidated School as a “Grab and Go” event. Thanks to Tammy Jervas and her capable kitchen staff at the school, the 13th annual fundraiser promises to be a success.

The price of the breakfast is $5 per adult and $3.00 for children under the age of twelve. It is hoped that persons will pay with the correct amount, or with donation checks made out to the Richmond Congregational Church and marked “fuel fund”, to reduce the need to make change. This year again, all food and supplies have been donated. All money received will go toward your neighbors in need.

Volunteers will be working at the rear of the school where you will be asked the number of breakfasts wanted, whether blueberry or plain pancakes, and if you would like orange juice and coffee.

Hope to see you there!
COVID-19 Information
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
FREE THANKSGIVING BASKET RAFFLE
The library is hosting another free Thanksgiving basket raffle. Any patron who visits the library can be entered into the raffle.

The drawing will take place on Saturday, November 21. The basket has been provided by the Friends of the Richmond Library.
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THE LIBRARY IS OPENING 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   
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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
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VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR

Our Book Fair is Virtual! Support RCS and help your child or grandchildren discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more!

You'll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free.

Every purchase benefits our school library and helps develop a love of reading.
Shop virtually using this special link from Nov. 9th – 22nd
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.