JANUARY 13, 2023
Announcements
Recycling for Monday, January 16th: Cans, Bottles, Plastics, Other
Recycling for Monday, January 23rd: 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. Please click here to see the 2022 calendar or you can pick them up at the Post Office, or Town Hall
QUICK LINKS
Upcoming Meetings

Wed. January 25, 2023 - Board of Selectmen - 6:00 PM
Hybrid

Q3 and Q4 Tax Bills were mailed out today with a Q3 due date of February 1st. As some of you may have already heard, Paul Lisi has left the Town of Richmond and taken another job. We have hired Jodi Hollingsworth as the new Treasurer Collector.

She has many years of municipal experience in this position and we welcome her to our team. If you have any questions on your bill just give her a call or stop by and introduce yourself. Her hours are Mon-Thurs 8:30 - 4p.m. and Fridays 8:30-12:30. She is closed from 12 - 1 for lunch.
A SPECIAL REQUEST
The Berkshire Beagle Club, at the corner of Sleepy Hollow and Dublin Roads, is accepting tinsel free used Christmas trees. Please drop off your trees by the large rock to the left of the driveway, or in the tree pile.  Thank you
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MESSAGE FROM THE
RICHMOND RECREATION COMMITTEE

Basketball
The Richmond Recreation Committee is in need of basketball coaches for our Richmond Consolidated School in-house teams. We usually have practices starting in early December and they go into March or April depending on the players and/or coaches.

We generally have 2 groups Grades K-3 and grades 4-8. Experience not necessary just enthusiasm. The practices typically are on Saturday mornings but that could change depending on coaching needs/interest. The groups are co-ed and the kids are looking just to have some fun.

Volleyball
There has been a high school volleyball league that has been using our gym to play during the past few years. This year they are offering to run a clinic for those kids that may be interested in learning and playing the sport. Please let me know if you have children that are interested and what days and times you may be available.
Contact: Jeff Konowitch
Richmond Recreation Committee chair wj@konowitch.com or 698-3415 leave message.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
You may need Assistance from the Mass Environmental Police
 
Richmond Town officials occasionally receive phone calls about issues that may fall within the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP). We thought it would be helpful to provide information about both the Environmental Police’s mission and how to reach them should you need their assistance 24/7 - call 1-800-632-8075.

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is alerting the public that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID full enforcement date from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025.  

Click here for more details
RICHMOND CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL
FIFTH ANNUAL RCS WINTER CARNIVAL 
January 27, 2023 ~ 5:00-6:30
Need something to get you out and moving?
Come join the fun at the RCS Gymnasium and Cafetorium!
Ping Pong, Rock Climbing, Crafts, Face Painting, 
Musical Chairs…and many other family-friendly activities!
No kids? No problem! Come anyway- ALL ARE WELCOME to this community event!
Cost: $7 per person or $20 per family
This includes all games and activities- 
bring extra $$ for dinner and the bake sale! 
**All proceeds benefit the Middle School Trips**

The first 25 students can choose a prize! 
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Richmond Consolidated School is now registering Preschool and Kinder-garten for students who live in Richmond for the 2023-2024 school year. District policy states that children must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1, 2023 to enter Kindergarten.

Children who are 3 years old as of Sept.1, 2023 are eligible to attend our Preschool program. Parents or guardians of eligible children should call the school office at 413-698-2207 for more information. 

Preschool and Kindergarten orientation and screenings will be held at a later date: information will follow. If you suspect your child may have special needs and is three years old or older, please call the Special Education Director, Mary Shook, at 413-698-4001. to schedule an evaluation.
COMBINED RICHMOND AND
WEST STOCKBRIDGE COUNCILS ON AGING
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PAPER-FOLDING CLASS!
 
A new, free paper-folding class will be starting on Tuesday March 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Parish Hall of the St. Patrick’s Church on Rte. 41 in West Stockbridge.
 
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day you will learn the easy and fun way to create beautiful baskets. If that class is successful, a follow-up on April 14th will teach you how to add Easter decorations to your basket.
 
Coffee and snacks will be served and all materials will be provided. But in order to make this happen I need to know that there is some interest, so please call me at
413-441-1106 or email me at coa@richmondma.org and let me know you intend to be part of this fun new program. 
THE RICHMOND COUNCIL ON AGING IS URGENTLY SEEKING
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

If you have free time during the week and are looking for a way to "pay back" to your community - volunteering for the Council on Aging transportation service is a very rewarding way to do it.

Please call Phyllis LeBeau at 413-441-1106 or email her at coa@richmondma.org if you are interested or have any questions.
If you need a ride, please call (413) 553-7793. Give us a week's notice if you can, tell us when and where you need to go, and we will pick you up at home, take you there and bring you home.
Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.
EXERCISE CLASSES - SCHEDULE
Monday - Yoga - 3:15 - 4:30 PM at the Church
Wednesday - Tai Chi - 3:15 - 4:15 PM at the Church
Thursday - Weights - 11:15 - 12:15 PM at Town Hall
Friday - Line Dance - 3:15 - 4:15 PM - at Town Hall

Call Christine at 413-243-2497 or email her at rfaber9@msn.com to sign up.
RICHMOND LIBRARY
LIBRARY HOURS:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 7:00
Saturdays 9:00 – 2:00

Don’t forget that WIFI is available in the Library parking lot.    
  Donate to Help Build our New Town
Building with a New Home for the Library!
 
Help us continue to grow the amount we will contribute to the new home for our Richmond Library.
 
Gifts are tax deductible. Your checks should be made out to The Friends of the Richmond Library and please mark your check - Library Furnishings Fund and send it to:
      The Friends of the Richmond Library
      2821 State Road
      Richmond, MA 0254

THE BERKSHIRE
PUBLIC HEALTH ALLIANCE

BERKSHIRE ALLIANCE BEGINS BI-WEEKLY BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC

Nancy Slattery, R.N., is holding free blood pressure clinics on the second Thursday of each month at the Richmond Congregational Church meeting room beginning at 9:00 AM.
UPDATE ON COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 UPDATE

Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Family:
 
·    Get Vaccinated: The best way to protect yourself and each other from respiratory illnesses like the flu or COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and stay up-to-date on COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.
 
·    Stay home if you are experiencing any upper respiratory symptoms or if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. When symptomatic, use a COVID-19 test. If negative, test again 48 hours later. 
 
·    Take an at-home COVID-19 test if you are feeling sick or will be around a large group of people especially those that may be immunocompromised. Check the Expiration Date column of the List of Authorized At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests to see if the expiration date for your at-home COVID-19 test has been extended and how to find any new expiration date.
 
·    Consider wearing a mask especially in crowded areas in communities where transmission rates are high.
 
·    Practice diligent hand hygiene and other COVID-19 and flu prevention activities, such as improving ventilation.  
 
·    Consider postponing or not attending a gathering if you have any upper respiratory symptoms or if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you have been exposed consider taking a COVID-19 test five days after known exposure if not experiencing symptoms.
 
·    If you test positive for COVID-19, please consult with your physician about whether therapeutics may be a treatment option for you. DPH offers a free telehealth service for treatment. You can access telehealth services by calling 833-273-6330 or visiting mass.gov/CovidTelehealth. In a new CDC study, adults who were prescribed Paxlovid for mild to moderate COVID-19 were over 50% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID.


Need help?
Telehealth is now available to help if you contract COVID. Telehealth service is offered in collaboration with Color Health, Inc. If you need help, contact the Color Support Team at 844-352-6567 or email treatments@color.com from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.  
Also, review Frequently Asked Telehealth Questions to learn more.

Important updated information on the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic - data on numbers of cases of COVID and the Flu; and, most importantly, information on how to protect yourself and your family.

Read more - click Here for more details
Up-to-Date COVID-19 Booster Information
 
Updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters are now authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC:
 ·   What are the updated boosters?
·    The new COVID-19 booster vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are updated versions of
the original vaccines. 
·    Who should get the new booster?   
·    Anyone age 12 or older who completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series or
received a booster dose at least two months ago.
·    Why do I need a booster?   
·    Staying up to date on vaccines, including boosters, is the most effective way to prevent
serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. While vaccine protection
decreases over time, boosters re-stimulate the immune system and increase vaccine
efficacy again. Boosters are an important defense, even if you’ve already had COVID.
·    When and where can I get a booster?  
·    Where you received previous vaccines, doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and
community health clinics.
 Where can I get more information?
You can visit www.mass.gov/covidbooster for the latest information
MESSAGES FROM YOUR BOARD OF HEALTH
The Richmond Board of Health would like to remind everyone that the COVID pandemic is not over!

Admittedly, numbers of cases are declining, but the Board strongly recommends that everyone continue to maintain social distancing in all indoor situations, and continue to wear masks indoors except when at home.
There is a new app available on your I-Phone that can alert you immediately to your possible exposure to the COVID viruses. Go to "Settings" scroll down to "Emergency SOS," exposure notification should appear under that heading. Follow the prompts to register.
Click Here for COVID-19 Information and Helpful links
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Police Department - Firearms Permits
During the Police Chief's absence, from November 11 to the end of April, applications for firearm carry permits will be handled by Patrick Barry, whose phone number is 413-842-7825.

Applications may be obtained from the police department, the town clerk’s office, or by using the link below. Only include the affidavit attached to the application for renewals. Patrick will call you to schedule a half hour time convenient for you, to be fingerprinted and interviewed, if you are applying for a new license. Renewals do not require an appointment.
 
Submit your completed and signed application, including social security number, and affidavit if required, to the Richmond Police Department, either by regular mail, or by dropping it off at town hall, along with a check or money order for $100, made out to the Town of Richmond, for the processing fee. For those 70 years or over when the new license issues, the fee is waived. 
 
Applications are generally processed within a week of receipt by Richmond. Then, if all is in order, the Firearms Records Bureau mails the new license to the police department, where it is then activated in the state system, and mailed to the licensee, along with their assigned PIN, for any potential purchases. The process usually takes several weeks. Once an application is submitted, there is an automatic grace period until a decision is made on a renewal. Additionally, there is an automatic 60-day grace period on all expired licenses.
 
Download application here.
NOTICE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF

Massachusetts General Law requires that all homes have 911 signs with the correct street address number posted at the end of the driveway and on the building. Call Fire Chief Steve Traver at 413-329-7153 to arrange for a sign. Signs cost $20.00 each.
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.