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Awed by the food on a sunny day! By Magda Dakin

On a Saturday of gorgeous weather, the 3rd Annual Wooed By The Food took place at the Whitin Community Center’s Whitin Park. “It’s a perfect day for this event,” said Jeanine Dionn, an activity director for the Northbridge Senior Center and actively involved in The Giving Tree project. “Last year we were standing here in the rain, hoping people would stop long enough to ask why we had a Christmas tree up in May.” Twice a year, Susan Smith and friends organize the Senior Giving Tree Project to help local senior citizens who need a little help to make it through the month. “Even simple things like toothpaste, socks or a hairbrush can make life so much easier. Often, it’s a choice between food or the item gifted via the tree,” she noted. Other vendors at the event were smiling as well, both because of the great weather and because there was a steady flow of attendees enjoying the food, music and items for sale. The happy screams of kids at play in the children’s area, the loud thumping of music from the speakers and the incredible scent from all the food trucks afforded patrons a great way to spend a glorious Saturday in May.
Long lines formed for some of the most popular choices: Cod Squad Seafood with Captain Mardens, an incredible BBQ with GottaQ with Smokehouse BBQ, delicious organic southern fried chicken at SoulFull, a savory hand pie with the Roving Lunchbox.
Food trucks with sweets were a big hit, serving ice cream novelties at Sweet Wise Ice Cream, cupcakes from Sara’s Sweets Curbside Cupcakes, homemade fudge and bark from The Fudge Lady, and whipped fun from UniBank, which served cotton candy to everyone.
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The Northbridge Cleanup - Doing Our Part

The staff of the Whitin Community Center held a Day of Service event last week as part of the Northbridge Community Cleanup effort. Pictured here are: (front row, left to right) Heather Elster, Tammy Bodwell, (back row, left to right) Denise Foster, Tom Clarke, Christine Dumais, Sarah Lawson, Ginny Alicea, Tony Papadakis, Monique Boucher-Adams, Alice Benson and Karen Boyle. After the clean up, they stud- ied one of the bags for its contents and counted 1,562 cigarette butts collected from a stretch of Main Street in Whitinsville.
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Wooed By The Food A Rainy Day Hit!

Food and fun was the order of the day on Saturday, June 11, in the Whitin Park when hundreds and hundreds of people came to be part of the Whitin Community Center’s Wooed by the Food event. With two dozen food vendors and almost as many other event vendors it was a great place to spend the day, even with the mid-day showers. Not much would dampen their spirits or as one mom of three said, “We’re here to have fun - a little rain isn’t going to get in the way of that.” In fact, one visitor even said it was a lot nicer waiting in line with a little rain than the 90 degree temps from last year. “We get to try lots more things today because the wait wasn’t as long. I got to have some BBQ too!” For the kids the event featured face painting, inflatable animals, hats, beads, toys, custom- made marshmallow guns, children’s books, Radish Story walk, bouncy house, Zentangle coloring, penny candy at the Wacky Candy Shack, popcorn at Windsor Popcorn and of course The Food! For adults the stops included Little Man original hand bags and accessories, a virtual elders giving tree to raise community awareness, some home projects ideas, unique handcrafted artists works from The Maker’s Waypost,, essential oil choices from doTerra, Brazilian Gourmet Spices from a new locally owned business, beautiful handmade glass gardens/terrariums from Nikke Rodgers, a sunglass station and the much appreciated support of local banks UniBank and Milford Federal Savings.
If you were feeling lucky there was the opportunity of a 50/50 raffle and lots of donated gifts and gift baskets to put your raffle ticket in. Since the event is to benefit the programs at the Whitin Community Center there was lots of activity at the raffle tables. And the food…. Whatever you were in the mood for, you could find it here. The Hive, a mobile bar, housed an intimate Luxurious Lounge, perfect for very sunny or in this case, rainy, days, offering a full bar and a great place for a few minutes of relaxation. At their perfect location under a giant shade tree the award winning Armenian Church Ladies Guild was popular not only for the Losh Kebah, Choereg and sweets, but for the rain free space in which to enjoy it. Barbeque in all its forms is perfect for the picnic in the park experience rain or shine and there was a plethora of options all with waiting lines even in the pouring rain. Bit’Chin BBQ featured baby back ribs, pulled pork, cornbread and sides. GottaQ BBQ served their winning pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, sirloin tips and sides. Soul Full Fried Chicken offered organic southern fried chicken and sides while Mo’Rockin Fusion had authentic Moroccan cuisine with a twist. Seafood lovers swarmed to Captain Marsden’s The Cod Squad for their favorite seafood choice. Hot dogs at The Dog Father, sandwiches at Curbside Capriotti’s, authentic Puerto Rican fare at Buen Provecho and hamburgers, cheeseburgers, Italian sausage, pastrami, salad and fried dough at the Uxbridge First Holiday Night booth rounded out the choices Pizza and Italian fare are always favorites and Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza prepared and baked on site was an incredibly fresh cheesy delight. And speaking of cheesy, Say Cheese! Has perfected the art of the grilled cheese sandwich with eight different kinds of cheese choices topped with bacon by request. First time out with their brand new food truck, Nonnie Rose’s “The Next Generation” offered an interesting collection of choices including authentic Italian meatballs, pizza, cannolis, eclairs, Italian cookies and more. Mmm yum, pizza and sweets at the same booth!
Speaking of sweets, calories consumed while walking don’t coun,t right? A veteran of the even,t Sara’s Sweets Curbside Cupcakes, featured beautifully designed cupcakes, cake pops and frosting shots, each in their own container. The Cake Shop Café featured assorted cookies, brownies, bars pastries and even some dog goodies. Dean’s Bean Organic Coffee was the perfect finish for tasty food and sweets. Ice cream time! Split My Banana offered frozen bananas with toppings and refreshing smoothies of all kinds. Street Wise Ice Cream had a full selection of novelty ice cream on a stick or in a cone, and even something for the dogs. Hawaiian Shave Ice and The Big Freezy provided lots of blue mouths, big smiles and sticky hands with their full selections of shaved ice with tropical and fruit flavorings. Wooberry Frozen Yogurt offered vanilla and chocolate yoghurt with over 35 options for toppings, making a complete sundae! There were lots of smiles and full tummies all over the park. We’ll all be looking forward to doing it again next year.
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Whitin Community Center Receives Community Building Award

NORTHBRIDGE - Each year, at the organization's annual Thank You Reception, Alternatives recognizes an individual or organization that has used their talents and resources to strengthen the community with the UniBank Community Building Award. This year's award, Alternatives' most prestigious, was granted to the Whitin Community Center in Whitinsville. More than 700 people were on hand at the Holiday Inn in Boxboro as Heather Elster, the community center's executive director, accepted the honor from Alternatives Executive Director Dennis H. Rice. In his remarks, Rice noted that the Community Center's mission to "enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families and to build a strong community" mirrors Alternatives own values. Alternatives, which is headquartered at the Whitin Mill in Whitinsville, serves individuals with disabilities, some of whom regularly participate in swimming and health and wellness classes at the Community Center. Rice added that "over the years, the relationship between the community center and Alternatives has become a true and successful partnership." Another area of commonality between the two organizations is their shared history. Both the Whitin Mill and the Community Center have historical significance as part of George Marston Whitin's vision for Whitinsville.
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Greenway Challenge Race Raises $10k For Whitin Center

NORTHBRIDGE - The 16th Annual UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge raised $10,000 to the Whitin Community Center, which was the non-profit beneficiary of this year's event. The race, held on September 24, 2016, took place over an almost 60-mile course with 8 segments, from the starting line at Lincoln Woods State Park in Rhode Island, to the finish line in the Whitin Community Center's Whitin Park in Northbridge. Transition areas included Riverbend Farm, Goat Hill, and Douglas State Forest. Almost 300 individuals across 63 teams participated in this, "Adventure Race Like No Other."
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Rockdale Youth Center Celebrates Grand Opening In Former St. Peter's School In Northbridge

NORTHBRIDGE - Adorning the walls of Whitin Community Center's new Rockdale Youth Center are several framed works of art. Meant to inspire, many of them contain uplifting quotes. One of them is late poet Maya Angelou's quote, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Hanging in a large room that contains everything from table sport games and a big screen TV to guitars and a library of books, that quote appears to have resonated with many of the approximately 100-150 people who attended the center's grand opening. By the end of the Sept. 29 celebration, held at the new center at 57 Church Ave., it was clear how they wanted the children and teens served by the center to feel. They wanted them to feel good about themselves. They wanted them to realize their talents, skills and potential and to feel confident in pursuing their dreams. The loud chatter and enthusiasm that filled the building - which used to be St. Peter's School - created a palpable excitement. The event began with a jovial ribbon cutting by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. She was surrounded by people supporting the center, including WCC Executive Director Heather Elster, state Sen. Ryan C. Fattman, state Rep. David K. Muradian Jr., Bishop Robert J. McManus, Rev. Tom Landry and Ezequiel De Leon, a former RYC student and volunteer, as well as some of the kids who attend the center. That was followed by a blessing of the center by Rev. Landry from St. Peter's Parish, which is leasing the center to WCC for only $100 a year for the next 25 years. After the blessing, congratulatory remarks and words of gratitude were expressed by Ms. Polito, Mr. Fattman, Mr. Muradian, Mr. De Leon and Ms. Elster. They were also given by Patricia Roushanaei, a representative from the state's Department of Housing & Community Development, which administered a grant for the center, and Mark Widner, the former RYC volunteer who initiated the project. Ms. Polito's speech seemed to reflect the sentiments of all who spoke. "Every child needs a champion - every one of them," she said. "And whether there are parents at home or caretakers, that's different in every family. But one thing that's constant here is you have a team of people that will be the champions for the kids that come here. And I know that there is much love and attention to that." Mr. Widner, who saw the need for a new center and took action by finding and obtaining a grant to fund a large part of the construction needed to renovate the former school, expressed the humble attitude of those who spoke. "I was just fortunate enough to be able to write the grant," he said. 'The rest of you guys did all the work. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it."
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WCC Hosts 3rd Annual Cars In The Park

WHITINSVILLE — The Whitin Community Center played host to the 3rd Annual Cars in the Park event on Saturday, Aug. 20, with the 7.5 acres of Whitin Park being filled with vendors, visitors and, of course, classic cars and modern classics for all to enjoy. From more modern flashy vehicles to classic Bel Airs to modified rat rods and even a Delorian straight out of “Back to the Future” the show had a bit of everything from every time period showing off the history of style, color and features of automobiles. Each car owner also hoped to take home any of 25 different awards handed out later in the afternoon and despite the threat of rain the Cars in the Park event proved to be a dry, comfort- able and fun success.
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