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November 16, 2018
Reminders
Recycling/Trash for Monday, November 19th: 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.
Upcoming Meetings
November 16, 2018 - Board of Selectmen - 3:00 PM
November 20, 2018 - Council on Aging Cte. - 2:00 PM
What's New in Richmond?
New to our Website Under the “Residents” Tab and Just in Time for Winter
We’ve added a link to the new Eversource power outage map. This enhanced outage map provides detailed outage information, including Estimated Time of Restoration (ETRs), number of customers impacted, when the outage began and the cause.

The map also features a new weather overlay, geolocation, the ability to bookmark areas of interest, as well as the ability to report an outage and sign up for Outage Alerts directly on the map. All of this is accessible from your smart phone or tablet even during a weather event.
THE RICHMOND CIVIC ASSN. 2019 CALENDARS ARE HERE!
Calendars are available now at Town Hall, at the Post Office, the Library and at Bartlett's Orchard.

By the way: With the costs of production constantly rising, the Civic Assn. finds itself in need of financial support in order to continue to produce these much sought-after and appreciated calendars. Take a look at the new cover sheet on your calendar for an easy way to help.
Richmond School Thanksgiving Homecoming Feast
Tuesday, November 20, at 12 noon at the Richmond School Gymnasium
Cost: $10.00 per person. For Reservations call 413-698-2207

Preparations are well underway! The staff is busy in the kitchen preparing your favorite holiday dishes and the jazz band is rehearsing a program that will dazzle you.

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with friends and classmates and to visit with your teachers and staff members as well as community members and alumni.
Come home…to Richmond School. We look forward to seeing you
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The 11th Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Richmond Congregational Church
To benefit the Richmond Food and Fuel Fund on Saturday, November 17th from 7:00 10:00 AM - $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for age 10 and under.
A BIG THANK-YOU TO ALL OF OUR ELECTION WORKERS
For putting in a long and very busy day on Election Day. Your service to the Town is very much appreciated!
NEW THIS YEAR - THE ANNUAL TOWN HOLIDAY PARTY AND THE COUNCIL ON AGING HOLIDAY PARTY HAVE COMBINED!
The Council on Aging and Town Hall will be hosting the Annual Winter Holiday Party at the Richmond Congregational Church’s Fellowship Room on Wednesday December 19th at Noon.
 
There will be festive decorations, a delicious catered luncheon, caroling by the Richmond School Children’s Chorus, and friends and neighbors to meet and socialize with at this free event.

It is imperative that we have a confirmed headcount for this event by Wednesday, December 12th for the caterer, so please be sure to make your reservation early. Call Phyllis at 413-698-3656 or email her at coa@richmondma.org now. We will, regretfully, be unable to accommodate late reservations.
 
NEED A RIDE TO THE CHURCH? Let Phyllis know when you call or email your reservation and rides to the church and back home will be arranged.
Winter Parking Ban
Just a friendly reminder that the Winter Parking Ban began November 1st. Overnight parking on all town roads is prohibited and violators may have their vehicles towed. Please remember that you may not pile, plow, or push snow onto public roads at any time.
SCROLL DOWN FOR A SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT FIREARMS PERMITS
Richmond Free Public Library Film Discussion Group
Film Club meets the second Thursday of every month for discussion. Watch the movie of the month on your own and any other movies with the same subject or theme. Richmond Library will have some copies available through inter- library loan. Most can be found on Prime Video or Netflix. Themes in the future may include Betrayal, Redemption, Ecological Meltdown, Mother/Daughter Relationships, Father/Son Relationships, etc.

For the December 13th Meeting:
Subject: Movie musicals that use song and dance to move the story forward

“Singing in the Rain”  
Others:
“Top Hat”, “Gigi”, “Meet Me in St. Louis”
“High Society”, “An American in Paris”, 
“The Wizard of Oz”, “La La Land”
 
Toys For Tots Holiday Open House
Senator Hinds plans to display the holiday card entries during the holiday season, and will announce the contest winner during a Holiday Open House in his Pittsfield office on Thursday, December 13 th from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to mix and mingle with the Senator and his staff on December 13 th
 
The Senator’s Pittsfield Office is a Toys for Tots donation site this year; he will be collecting unwrapped toys for children of all ages during the Holiday Open House, which will be distributed to children throughout western Mass. by the Marines this December. 
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

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

OPENINGS ON COUNCILS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
 
The Board of Registrar 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 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
Effective during the Chief's absence, from November 10, 2018 through April 15, 2019, all applications for new and renewals of LTC's and FID's will be handled and processed by Tracy Dunn. Appointments can be made by calling Tracy at 413-884-2820.

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, and sewer betterment bills for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 were mailed September 27, 2018. The second quarter bill is due on November 1, 2018 and covers the period October 1 through December 31, 2018. Payments that are not received by that date are subject to late payment interest.
 
Interest begins to accrue immediately following August 1st and is charged at the annual rate of 14%. Please contact the Tax Collector for the amount that is due after November 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 receive your next tax bill due for 02/01/2019 there will be two Remit Copy Coupons with this bill. One will be clearly marked for the payment due on 02/01/2019 and the other will be clearly marked for the payment due on 05/01/2019. 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 until the conversion process is completed, in which the sewer betterment bills will follow the same schedule as real estate and personal property tax bills. Sewer operation and maintenance bills will continue to be mailed out in late March of each year being due on May 1 st of each 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.