November 27, 2016

Inbox [Nov. 27]: McNickles garners human rights award, Auburn Mall touts ‘giving tree,’ Auburn Rotary raises $3,500, Sutton author to sign new outdoors book

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McNickles named Hawley Award winner

Joyce McNickles was named the 2016 winner of the Eleanor Hawley Human Rights Award by the Worcester Human Rights Commission.

McNickles, a human rights activist, social justice practitioner, and racial justice educator and leader, will be honored at the Human Rights Day Celebration Dec. 10 at the YWCA of Central Mass., 1 Salem Square.

The awards breakfast is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. It is followed by a human rights fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Human Rights Day is observed every Dec. 10. It commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For more information or to register, see the Worcester Human Rights Commission’s event page

Auburn Mall and Auburn Youth and Family Services partner on giving tree

The Auburn Mall and Auburn Youth and Family Services are partners once again in a giving tree to benefit local families in need.

Shoppers can visit Center Court — near the Guest Services booth outside of Macy’s — where the tree will be on display with “Gift Wish” tags. Shoppers can choose a “Gift Wish” tag, fulfill the item(s) and bring the unwrapped gifts to the mall management office by Monday, Dec. 12.

In addition, the mall, in conjunction with Together Noerr Programs, will host a Caring Santa event dedicated to providing families a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs to visit with Santa, before the mall opens. This year’s event takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Guests to this event can register in advance at

Auburn Rotary breakfast raises $3,500 for high school scholarships

The Rotary Club of Auburn‘s annual “Flips for Scholars” Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 23 at Auburn High School raised $3,500 for scholarships to be awarded to local high school graduates. Over the course of more than 50 years, Auburn Rotary has raised in excess of $420,000 for such scholarships.


Club scholarships awarded at the end of the 2015-2016 school year will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The recipients are:

  • Thomas Anderson, an Auburn High School graduate who attends Worcester State University
  • Abigail Lucas, an Auburn High graduate who attends the University of Connecticut
  • Zachary Martins, a Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate who attends the University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Zachary Randall, an Auburn High graduate who attends the University of Maine

Read the entire story on the Rotary Club of Auburn website

Sutton author book signing Dec. 10

Sutton author Tom Johnson will be signing his new book “Threaded Journeys” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Sutton Center’s colonial Brick Block Building, formerly known as Polly’s Antiques.

The book highlights fly fishing and bow hunting adventure narratives coupled with discussions on the conservation and preservation of our natural resources, healthy living and America’s future.

The Brick Block Building is home to one of New England’s premier landscape artists, Linda Sinacola. She will have many of her plain-air paintings hanging for holiday sales.

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