Town of Richmond Newsletter: Oct. 9

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October 9, 2020
 
Reminders
 
 
QUICK LINKS
 
Recycling for Monday, October 12th: Cans, Bottles, Plastics, Other
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
 
Tues., Oct. 13, 2020 - Municipal Bldg. Cte.- 5:00 pm (Zoom)
 
Tues., Oct. 13, 2020 - Planning Board - 6:30 pm (Town Hall)
 
Tues., Oct. 13, 2020 - Conservation Comm. - 7:00 pm (Zoom)
 
Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 - Board of Assessors - 5:00 pm (Zoom)
 
Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 - Board of Selectmen - 6:00 pm (Zoom)
 
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Real Estate Taxes, Personal Property Taxes and Sewer Betterments are due on
November 2, 2020.
 
VOTING INFORMATION
FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2020
Early voting by mail will be available for all 2020 elections
Deadline to register to vote and change party enrollment for the General Election -
SATURDAY, OCT. 24th - 2:00-4:00 pm
AND 7:00 - 8:00 pm
 
Deadline to apply for a vote by mail ballot before the General Election - WEDNESDAY, OCT, 28th - 5:00 pm
 
In-person Early Voting begins Oct. 17th
Please click below for more details

 
Announcements
 
With the significant lack of rain across Berkshire County we would like to remind residents to be conservative with their water usage and to check their wells.  
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FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL AND
THE BERKSHIRE PUBLIC HEALTH ALLIANCE
ARE SPONSORING THE FOLLOWING FLU CLINICS
 
Tues., Oct. 13th - 3:00 - 7:00 PM - Monument Valley Reg. Middle School, 131 Monument Valley Rd., Great Barrington
 
Thurs., Oct. 15th - 3:00 - 7:00 PM - Farmington River Reg. School, 555 N. Main Rd., Otis
 
Tues., Oct. 20th - 3:00 - 7:00 PM - Mt. Everett Reg. H. S., 491 Berkshire School Rd., Sheffield
 
Tues., Oct. 27th - 3:00 - 7:00 PM - Monument Mt. Reg. H.S., 600 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington
Registration is required - http://bit.ly/Fairviewflu
 
Community Health Assn. Flu Clinics:
 
Temporarily cancelled due to lack of vaccines.
Emilie hopes to be receiving more vaccine in the near future. In the meantime, she suggests you call her for more information or go to your local pharmacy to get your flu shot.
For more information contact Emilie Jarrett, RN., BSN.
Telephone: 413-232-0122 email:Emilie@charws.com
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  The Richmond Cable Advisory Committee

The Richmond Cable Advisory Committee invites you to join us for a Public Hearing regarding the renewal of our Cable TV License Agreement with Spectrum. The hearing will take place on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m., and will be conducted virtually via ZOOM. 
 
The hearing is open to the public whether you are a current subscriber or not. This is your opportunity to provide valuable feedback in advance of the negotiation of the new agreement. We look forward to seeing you then. If you are unable to attend, any and all constructive feedback is welcomed via email to cacinfo@richmondma.org
 
 
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
The Richmond Library is open for Curbside Pick-up!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 5:00 and Saturdays from 9:00 – 2:00.
 
Although the library is closed to the public, you are still able to check out Richmond items (Inter-Library Loan has yet to restart). How will this work? 
 
You can call the library during our curbside hours and request items or you can go online (https://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home) to place a hold. If you go online, make sure to select Richmond from the drop-down menu. After our library staff has received your request, we will call you to let you know your items are available. We will check the items out to you and place them in a paper bag outside the door with your name on it. We are also taking returns. 
 
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   
 
October 24, 2020 - 11:00 AM - Live Animal Show
 
To be held outdoors in back of the library - Rain Date October 31st. Nature Matters is home to a diverse collection of animals who have been injured or were born in captivity and unable to fend for themselves and cannot released back into the wild.
 
Get up close and personal with furry, scaly, prickly animals from Nature Matters, Inc.
 
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/
 
Living In Richmond
 
 
Police Department - Firearms Permits
 
Your completed application and a check or money order to the Town of Richmond are due at your appointment. Chief Bullett is available for 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.

 

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Massachusetts County Farm Bureaus Hold Meeting

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Twelve Massachusetts County Farm Bureaus gathered virtually to set policy priorities for 2021. 
 
This year, the 12 counties that make up Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) met virtually to elect their officers and establish legislative priorities for 2021 and beyond. Typically, these meetings are held in person, during which members bring forth their concerns to develop Farm Bureau's policy. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, most of the counties held their meetings virtually. 
 
"This grassroots resolution process makes Farm Bureau unique and it is critical, we continue this process even this year," MFBF President Mark Amato said. "Legislators respect our organization's policy as it comes from our farmer members who bring up a concern and provide the staff and board guidance on policy. There is no board making decisions for farmers behind closed doors. The process all starts with one farmer."
 
During the 12 county Farm Bureau annual meetings, farmers bring their concerns forward for discussion and approval by other county members. If a resolution is adopted at a County Farm Bureau annual meeting, it is then forwarded onto the statewide annual meeting. The resolution is then discussed and voted upon by delegate farmer members. This year's meeting is set to be held on Dec. 4 virtually.   
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