Maynard Announces Acting Town Administrator

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Town of Maynard, Massachusetts
Andrew Scribner-MacLean,
Acting Town Administrator
Municipal Building
195 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-841-9948
Email: john@jgpr.net

Maynard Announces Acting Town Administrator

Andrew Scribner-MacLean was named Maynard’s acting town administrator. (Courtesy Photo)

MAYNARD — The Town of Maynard is pleased to announce that Andrew Scribner-MacLean has been appointed as the town’s Acting Town Administrator.

He will replace Kevin Sweet, who has accepted a position as the Wrentham Town Administrator. Sweet has worked in Maynard for almost 9 years, serving the past five years as town administrator.

Scribner-MacLean has served as the assistant town administrator and executive director of municipal services in Maynard since 2013, and has more than 25 years of experience in municipal management and higher education.

“I have truly enjoyed my time in Maynard and will miss my colleagues and community members,” Sweet said. “I am confident that Andrew is well-equipped to handle his new responsibilities and know he will continue to do great things for the town.”

Scribner-MacLean holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as well as a graduate certificate in local government leadership from Suffolk University.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to continue serving the Town of Maynard in this new role and wish Kevin well in his new venture,” Scribner-MacLean said. “Residents can rest assured that this will be a smooth transition and we will continue working hard to keep up with all of the good work we have going in Maynard.”

As assistant town administrator, Scribner-MacLean works extensively on economic development in town, oversees human resources, manages municipal services and has coordinated projects such as grant writing, migrating technology to virtual servers and moving town permitting processes online. He was also instrumental in reorganizing the Council on Aging into a full-service department for local residents.

A search committee has been formed to begin the process of hiring a permanent town administrator, which is expected to take approximately four to six months.

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City of Rochester Has Agreement in Principle to Purchase Portion of Rochester Fair Property

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

City of Rochester Has Agreement in Principle to Purchase Portion of Rochester Fair Property

ROCHESTER– Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick announce that the City of Rochester has reached an agreement in principle to purchase a portion of the Rochester Fair property.

Yesterday evening, a representative for the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA), which owns the Rochester Fair, notified City Attorney Terence O’Rourke that the organization’s board voted to accept the city’s offer of $450,000 in exchange for approximately 11 acres of property.

The City of Rochester anticipates that it would use the land to construct a new public works facility.

“This is an extremely positive development for the city, and I’m glad that we were able to come to a preliminary agreement,” Mayor McCarley said. “Having this land will ultimately benefit the city and its residents, and I’m eager to move ahead.”

“We have been working cooperatively with RAMA, and I’m pleased that those efforts have resulted in a mutually beneficial agreement,” City Manager Fitzpatrick. “This is an excellent opportunity to further modernize and streamline our city services for the direct benefit of our residents.”

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Ipswich Public Health Reminds Residents about National Children’s Dental Health Month

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 12, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Ipswich Public Health Reminds Residents about National Children’s Dental Health Month

IPSWICH — As part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Ipswich Public Health Department would like to remind residents about the importance of proper dental care at a young age and to share information about the annual dental clinic for kids.

In order to keep your children’s smiles happy and healthy into their adult years, it is important to start practicing healthy oral practices at a young age.

“Good dental hygiene practices including regular dental visits are vital to prevent cavities, tooth decay and detecting oral health problems,” said Ipswich Public Health Director Colleen Fermon. “We encourage residents to follow these guidelines, as teaching children about oral health at a young age is important to make sure they continue healthy habits as they grow older.”

In order to help your children develop healthy habits at a young age, Ipswich Public Health recommends the following tips from the American Dental Association:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste. Decay can happen as soon as teeth first appear. If you see some pearly whites peeking out when your little one smiles, it’s time to pick up a tube of fluoride toothpaste.
  • It doesn’t take much to clean your child’s teeth. Until you’re confident that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush. If your child is 3 or younger, use a smear of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). For children 3 or older, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste will do.
  • First tooth or birthday, first dental visit. Your child’s first dental visit should take place after their first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. As soon as your baby has teeth, they can get cavities.
  • Kids need to floss too. It doesn’t matter if you clean between your child’s teeth before or after they brush as long as you clean between any teeth that touch. You can use child-friendly plastic flossing tools to more easily clean between your child’s teeth until your child learns to do it.
  • Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth (but other teeth may also be affected). Frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar can cause tooth decay. This can happen when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.
  • Keep their mouths clean. The next time your child’s pacifier goes flying, don’t pick it up and put it in your mouth because you think that makes it cleaner. Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed through saliva, so you could actually be introducing germs to your child instead of protecting him or her from them. The same goes for mealtime. It can be second nature to offer a bite of your food to your baby from your fork or use their spoon to make sure their food is ready to eat. Keep your utensils, and your germs, separate for a healthy mouth and body.
  • Water works. When your child is thirsty, water is the best beverage, especially if it has fluoride. Drinking water with fluoride (also known as “nature’s cavity fighter”) has been shown to reduce cavities by 25 percent.
  • Seal out decay. Brushing and flossing go a long way to protecting your teeth against cavities, but sealants form an extra barrier between cavity-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth. School-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80 percent in molars.
  • Baby teeth are very important. They help your child chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.

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 ellengould@polishedteeth.com.

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Rochester City Manager To Retire This Summer

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Rochester City Manager To Retire This Summer

Rochester City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick (Courtesy Photo City of Rochester)

ROCHESTER– Mayor Caroline McCarley announces that City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick will be retiring from his role at the end of June.

City Manager Fitzpatrick has served Rochester for the past seven years, capping a more than four decade career in government administration.

During his tenure in Rochester, he oversaw several critical projects, including a $5 million bridge that allowed Albany and Safran to expand its manufacturing operations in Rochester, as well as the renovation of the old fire and police station into a state-of -the-art City Hall Annex.

He also made transparency at City Hall a top priority, establishing monthly city manager reports and a more open budgeting process. In addition, he created and used the City Manager’s Corner program on the Rochester Government Channel to keep residents more informed about their city.

“Dan has made numerous meaningful and lasting contributions to our city that will have an impact on residents for years to come,” Mayor McCarley said. “I have no doubt he’ll continue to serve our community well throughout the remainder of his tenure.”

City Manager Fitzpatrick also spearheaded the renegotiation of a new contract with Waste Management that helped boost the city’s non-tax revenues and strengthen the company’s corporate citizenship in Rochester. He also oversaw the development of a franchise agreement with Comcast to foster cable competition in Rochester, marking the first cable overbuild in New Hampshire’s history.

“I’ve loved serving the residents and business owners of Rochester over the last seven years,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I’m eager to continue working on behalf of our community members and look forward to what the future has in store.”

Fitzpatrick’s experience in city government spans multiple cities and more than four decades. Before arriving in Rochester, he served as a city manager in Augusta, Maine, Oak Park, Michigan, Peekskill, New York and Englewood, New Jersey.

His dedication to the cities he served resulted in numerous International City/County Management Association (ICMA) awards, including an Award of Excellence, Professional Award for Career Development and Program Excellence Award for Intergovernmental Relations, among others.

Fitzpatrick graduated cum laude from Marist College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received his master’s degree of business administration and his master’s of public administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He also graduated from the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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