Community Dinners a hit with residents
Westborough – Rekindling a tradition begun many years ago in Westborough – and still carried out by some of the churches in town – the Senior Center will host a Community Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 30.
This will be the third Community Dinner since the program was restarted in October.
"It's a chance for residents to have a nice hot meal and reunite with friends they haven't seen in a while, or make new friends with other folks in town," Council on Aging board member Sue Abladian said. "We're a close-knit community and we want our residents to feel welcome at and included in the things that are going on in Westborough."
The menu for the upcoming Community Dinner, which will be cooked on-site by Bob Silvester, will include roast turkey, salad, rolls, potato, dessert, coffee and soda. The meal will be followed by an informative program called, "Living Healthier in the New Year."
The entire program, including the meal, is free of charge, but Abladian urged residents planning to attend to call the Senior Center at 508-366-3000 by noon Wednesday Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) to reserve a spot at the dinner table.
"We're only asking for people to call the Senior Center so we'll know how many people to cook for," Abladian said. "They don't even have to leave their name. All we really need is to know that they're coming and how many people they're bringing."
The Westborough Rotary Club is sponsoring this month's dinner. Westborough's Youth and Family Services (WYFS) sponsored November's Community Dinner, the Friends of the Senior Center sponsored October's dinner.
Abladian said more than 120 residents attended the October Community Dinner, despite the fact it was held on a cold and rainy night. She said about 85 residents enjoyed November's dinner.
"We realize the holiday season is a tough time for people to come because they're busy with so many other things," Abladian said. "I think participation in the dinners will increase after the first of the year.
"One of the nice things that happened in November is that a flyer went out in the schools about the dinner so a lot of folks brought their whole families," Abladian said. "That was great fun, watching everyone get to know each other and the kids hanging out together."
Abladian said the decision to bring back the Community Dinners came from an idea that was generated out of an informal periodic meeting that includes, among others, Abladian, Senior Center Director Alma Demanche, Police Chief Alan Gordon, Fire Chief Nick Perron, Department of Public Works Director John Walden and WYFS Director John Badenhausen.
"We were discussing the fact that this is the time of year where we really need to look after our residents, especially the elderly," Abladian said, "and how this year, more than ever, people are going to need assistance with food and gas and medicine and heat. Someone in the group suggested having a monthly dinner free of charge, for residents, and everyone really loved the idea and it really took off ."
Abladian said inquiries about the dinner have increased every month since they began.
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