Reading Police Chief Mark Segalla Graduates from FBI National Academy Program


Reading Police Department
Mark D. Segalla, Chief of Police
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Reading Police Chief Mark Segalla Graduates from FBI National Academy Program

Reading Police Chief Mark D. Segalla recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. (Courtesy Photo)

READING — The Reading Police Department is pleased to announce that Chief Mark D. Segalla completed the FBI National Academy Program this month.

Chief Segalla graduated from the 10-week training program on Friday, March 16. This was the 271st session of the National Academy and consisted of members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 18 international countries, five military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

“We are so proud of Chief Segalla for completing this advanced FBI program,” said Reading Town Manager Robert LeLacheur, Jr. “His experience and enhanced skills as a result of this training will only make him a stronger law enforcement leader in our community.”

The National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, offers advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records as professionals in their agencies.

As part of his training, Chief Segalla completed an optional final physical fitness test called “The Yellow Brick Road” — a grueling 6.1-mile run through lowlands, woods, muddy waters, simulated windows, up hills, over walls, under barbed wire and across a cargo net.

As a symbol of accomplishing the Yellow Brick Road physical fitness test, Chief Segalla received a yellow brick. (Courtesy Photo)

“While it was difficult to be away from my department and my family for so many weeks, I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to complete this program at the FBI Academy,” Chief Segalla. “I would like to thank Deputy Chief David Clark for keeping things running smoothly while I was away, and the entire department for their continued support.”

Chief Segalla is now one of the 50,808 alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.


Neighbor Brigade to Host Celebrating Neighbors Event

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-690-0003

Neighbor Brigade to Host Celebrating Neighbors Event

BEDFORD – Neighbor Brigade is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an event to support the organization and celebrate neighbors next month and invites the public to attend.


Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m.


The home of Diane and David Bernstein
7 Alaska Avenue, Bedford, MA


Neighbor Brigade invites residents to join them for a cocktail reception and silent auction to celebrate neighbors and support the work of the volunteers in their communities.

Neighbor Brigade establishes community-specific networks of volunteers that can mobilize to help residents facing sudden crisis manage their day-to-day tasks like meal preparation, rides and basic household chores. Using a web-based coordination system, the Brigade manages recipient requests and the recruitment of volunteers to fulfill those requests sensitively, quickly and free of charge.

During the event next month, former recipients of care, Nibha Jolly and her husband Ashish Bhatia will briefly share their story.

“The volunteers we work with throughout Neighbor Brigade are such a special group of people and we want to take this chance to show our appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication to helping others,” said Bedford chapter leader, Amy Mason. “We invite the public to join us and enjoy a nice evening with good company and to support a wonderful cause.”

The Bedford Neighbor Brigade chapter has 304 volunteers who have donated approximately 670 hours of their time to serve clients and families in need. Since its founding, the Bedford Chapter has served more than 710 families and completed 2,332 tasks.

For more information about the event, including ticket sales, click here or email To learn more about the Neighbor Brigade, visit the website by clicking here.


Arlington Announces 2018 Patriot’s Day Parade

Retained by the Town of Arlington Health and Human Services Department

Town of Arlington
Department of Health and Human Services
Christine Bongiorno, Director
27 Maple St.
Arlington, MA 02476

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Arlington Announces 2018 Patriot’s Day Parade

ARLINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s Patriot’s Day Parade in Arlington.


Sunday, April 15

  • 8 a.m. – Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fun Run
  • 12 p.m. – Menotomy Battle Reenactment
  • 2 p.m. – Parade kickoff


  • Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fun Run – The race will begin at the Arlington/Lexington line on Massachusetts Avenue and finish at the Boys and Girls Club, 60 Pond Lane.
  • Menotomy Battle Reenactment – Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St.
  • Patriot’s Day Parade – The parade route will be on Massachusetts Avenue from Brattle Street to Adams Street. Residents should note that adjacent areas will be closed to traffic and should walk to the parade if they can. Click here to view the parade route and all road closures.


Arlington’s Patriot’s Day celebrations will kick off with the 54th Annual Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fun Run. The 2.5-mile event is open to all Arlington residents and members of the Boys and Girls Club. For more information, including registration, visit their website by clicking here.

Following the road race, a reenactment of the Menotomy Battle will take place at the Jason Russell House, the site of the most violent encounter during the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The reenactment is free to the public.

The annual Patriot’s Day parade will conclude the day’s events and will be held rain or shine. In order to help defray costs associated with the parade, the Parade Committee is seeking donations. Donations of any amount are appreciated and can be made online by clicking here or by mailing a check to the Arlington Patriot’s Day Committee, c/o Veterans’ Services, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476.

For more information about the parade, click here.


Ipswich Public Health Shares Tips for World Oral Health Day

Ipswich Public Health Department
Colleen Fermon, Director
25 Green St.
Ipswich, MA 01938

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Ipswich Public Health Shares Tips for World Oral Health Day

IPSWICH — With World Oral Health Day coming up next week, the Ipswich Public Health Department is reminding residents about the importance of proper dental hygiene habits and encouraging the community to take advantage of a free dental clinic next month.

World Oral Health Day is recognized every year on March 20 and is meant to increase awareness about good oral hygiene and the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.

“Practicing good oral hygiene is extremely important to protect your mouth, but also your entire body,” said Ipswich Public Health Director Colleen Fermon. “Make sure you’re keeping up with regular dental visits and talk to your dentist if you have any concerns.”

This year’s theme, “Think Mouth, Think Health,” is meant to remind people of the importance of the close relationship between oral health and general health, and the impact that one has on the other.

According to the FDI World Dental Federation, 3.9 billion people worldwide are affected by oral diseases and chronic conditions kill 39.5 million people every year. The most common oral diseases are tooth decay and gum disease, but can take many on many other forms. When oral diseases are not properly managed they can affect the rest of your body.

To protect your mouth and body, Ipswich Public Health recommends the following tips from the FDI World Dental Federation:

  • Eat a healthy diet low in sugar, high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid tobacco use.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, using either a manual or electric toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Don’t rinse with water straight after brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste instead.
  • Rise with a fluoride mouthwash or chew sugar-free gum after meals and snacks when brushing isn’t possible.
  • Clean between your teeth using floss or other interdental cleaners for additional benefits.
  • Wear a mouthguard when engaging in contact sports.
  • Have regular dental check-ups.

In conjunction with the Ipswich Public Schools, the Ipswich Public Health Department will be holding its eighth annual free dental clinic for children on Thursday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. in room C.

The free preventative care clinic is provided by the Polished Teeth team, based in Southbridge, and includes free dental screenings, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments for children. Adults are also able to receive a screening and cleaning for a discounted rate of $49.

The dental clinic is available by appointment only. For questions or to schedule an appointment please text Ellen at 508-237-5378 or email