Families of children with special needs were welcomed to meet Marlborough first responders April 5 in the library at 1Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School. The releaxed setting of the after-school event was an opportunity tfor children to comfortably mingle with police, firefighters, and ambulance emergency medical technicians," reported Ed Karvoski from the Community Advocate. This first-time event was organized by Rebecca Daughtery, whose son, Riley is a seventh-grader at Whitcomb and living with autism. Volunteers, which included Marlborough High School National Honor students, fourth -graders of Girl Scout Troop 78139, and members of the Marlborough Junior Woman's League, helped coordinate the event and interacted with childrenthroughout the evening. The event was co-sponsored by Marlborough Public Schools and Marlborough's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (M-SEPAC) and was well attended. David Giorgi, the new Police Chief, who was also present and welcomed all families to this special event. "We're very pleased with the turnout and positive response. We hope that this event will become a model for other communities to follow," stated Reina Rago, the district's Communications Coordinator.