About Our Town
This is the official web site for the town of Alford, Massachusetts! Here you’ll find all kinds of important information about our town. Please feel free to browse the various pages of our site, or you can perform keyword searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. If you have an RSS News Reader, you can also subscribe to our RSS news feeds.
For those who are visually impaired or who have larger computer monitors: There are a couple of helpful visual controls in the upper-right corner of the web page. The “Aa” control allows you to increase the text size of the text you are reading on the page, and the “<>” control will expand the web page to fit the width of larger computer monitors.
Our Town Today
The town of Alford features a long history, small demographics, interesting geography, and wildlife diversity. Our volunteer fire department handles Alford’s emergency needs quickly, and our dedicated highway department makes road safety a priority. Alford is surrounded by excellent educational resources, and is part of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District. We also have our own transfer station. Our town offices are located in the school house, and town officials can be reached by phone or by e-mail. Town meetings are held in the town hall. You can download many important documents from this site. You can also subscribe to the site’s newsletter, you can register to receive emergency notifications by phone, and you can read our latest news.
Alford has no post office, no stores, no motels or hotels, and not a single gas station, all of which are available in neighboring towns. Rural mail delivery comes from two neighboring zipcodes; West Stockbridge MA 01266, and Great Barrington MA 01230. There are still a few farms in operation that export their goods, and sell goods in local stores and farmer’s markets. Some full-time residents are self-employed or own their own businesses, focused on trades and professional services. The majority of residents work in surrounding areas, but second homeowners and retirees make up a large percentage of the town’s current population.
Modern communications are somewhat limited in Alford. There is no cable television serving the town, and there is little cellular coverage. Verizon provides our local phone services, but DSL service is limited to minimal residents on the outer edges of town. Most residents have satellite television, and some still receive aerial TV. For internet access, many residents use WiSpring, a local wireless internet provider. Others use satellite or dialup internet services. Read our broadband news regularly to keep up on the status of our town’s internet expansion.
Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot
The town provides a free wireless hot spot to the public at the Alford Town Hall, weekdays 8:00am to 3:00pm, and Saturdays 8:00am to 12:00pm. The internet service for this hot spot is provided by WiSpring.
Public Cellular Hot Spot
For those of you who may need cellular service, there is a publicly-accessible cellular hot spot in the Town Offices (the Alford School House) and it reaches the parking lot in front of the Center Cemetery. The hot spot is provided by a Verizon Wireless Network Extender… it works with Verizon phones, but it may or may not work with other brands of cellular service such as AT&T, Sprint, etc.
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