AMANDA SABGA/Staff photoThe pool offers a cool down for members on a hot summer day at Cedardale Health & Fitness in Haverhill. 

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When it comes to service clubs, readers of the Haverhill Gazette say the Exchange Club of Haverhill is the best in the city.

One does not have to look very hard to understand that Have-a-Heart Animal Hospital focuses on quality and compassionate care for pets — from cats and dogs to reptiles and birds.

With 30 years of operation and 30 seasons of dancing now in the books, the Karla Pattavina Dance Academy has a history that makes their dancers and teachers proud.

Albie Defusco, who owns Albie D’s Bakery, has been a baker for decades, having learned the grit and finesse involved in making pastries and cakes at his father’s bakeries.

Six years into running Bradford Country Club and one year into their second phase of growth, Kristin and Kevin Murphy know what it takes to drive a family business.

For the eighth year in a row, Krueger Flatbread has been voted as having the best pizza in this year's "Haverhill's Best'' voting.

What started as a tennis and racquetball club 45 years ago, with just four indoor tennis courts, is today the model for health clubs in Haverhill.

For Fred Malcolm Jr., being part of Gazette readers’ choice for best insurance agency in Haverhill comes down to offering a friendly — and honest — face to customers. 

Every Thursday at the Barking Dog Ale House downtown, the Haverhill Exchange Club meets to discuss its fundraisers, volunteer work and service to the community.

What makes the coffee at Heav'nly Donuts the best in the city according to this year's Haverhill Gazette readers poll? 

If you’re looking to hold an event for a large or small group, DiBurro’s Function Facility is the place to go, say those who voted it “Haverhill’s Best” function hall.

When you’re looking for the best fried chicken in town, head to The Chicken Connection on Broadway where the chicken was voted “Haverhill’s Best.”

Just north of downtown at Butch's Uptown restaurant, you'll find what Gazette readers say is a hamburger above all others.

Although the Lasting Room has had three different chefs over the last few years, the restaurant's excellence has remained consistent.

Cedardale Health and Fitness members like a change in their workout routines, which is why new equipment and programs are always being added to the athletic club.

Located near the train station in downtown Haverhill sits Bruce's Clip Joint at 118 Washington St., which was voted best barber shop by Gazette readers. 

Many people give flowers to express their feelings, and Gazette readers say no one does floral arrangements better than Flowers By Steve.

At Srybny Farms, every crop grown there stays there to be sold.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The cover photo for this special section is of young girls in a ballet class at Karla Pattavina's Dance Academy. It was taken by photographer Amanda Sabga.

Albie D's Italian Bakery is a traditional, full-line bakery serving everything from Italian cookies to pastries, cakes, pies, meat pies, pizza, breads, dinner rolls and more — all from scratch. 

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