Crane’s Mill Hosts First Ever Interfaith Passover Dinner

Crane’s Mill residents of Jewish faith, along with their friends and family members, will come together this evening for a very special holiday dinner.

A Traditional Seder Plate

For the first time in the community’s history, Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey, is hosting an Interfaith Passover Dinner.

At Crane’s Mill, we tend to each of our residents’ religious and spiritual needs. In many cases, special meals are a key component to fulfilling said needs.

The planning for this special event has been months in the making. It started with our director of dining services doing what she does best—staying on top of the year’s calendar, and working with our residents to make sure all holidays and special occasions are marked appropriately. For our Jewish residents, the Spring holiday of Passover is of course a landmark event.

This year, our residents decided it would be a great idea to open the dinner up to people of all faiths, so they could enjoy the holiday as a community, and those of different faiths could better understand their traditions. To help further the discussion, each table will have a Jewish resident to help share the Passover traditions.

The event grew larger from there. What started as a small gathering has grown to a group of over 115, and the dinner has moved from its original location in Hinman Hall to its new home in the Candleberry Dining Room.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Gefilte Fish with red horseradish
Matzo Ball Soup
Baked Sweet Potato
Choice of Beef Brisket or Baked Chicken
Dessert Buffet
Matzo Bread
Coffee, tea and Grape juice
Seder Plate at each table

We’re so excited for this special holiday. If you’re interested in learning more about Crane’s Mill, please call 973-276-6700 or click here to send us email.

Introducing Tech Support with Savvy Students

A Free Service for Crane’s Mill Residents

Crane's Mill now offers its residents tech support provided by students from James Caldwell High School

Did you know? Tech-savvy students from James Caldwell High School are now available on a weekly basis to provide our residents with assistance with their technology needs.

The service is free, and open to all Crane’s Mill residents. To make use of the service, residents are asked to fill out a tech support request form, which are available on the table outside of the Activities office.

Public computers in the library and lounges (located in Sycamore I & II and Creekside) can be reserved for tech support appointments. Students will make “service calls” to residents’ apartments if assistance is needed with immobile/connected devices (desktop computers, televisions, home phones, cable connections, etc.).

Examples of “technology” include:
Computers (desktop and laptop)
Microsoft Word (word processing)
Cable/Internet/Phone Connections (Verizon, Comcast)
DVD Players
Computer Programs
Cell Phones
Smart Phones (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone)

Residents or family members with questions about the program may contact Meredith Wu, Director of Community Programming, by calling 973-276-3012, or click here to send her an email.

Second Annual Crane’s Mill Easter Egg Hunt

Kids of all ages had a blast at this Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt!

Crane’s Mill played host to residents, their family members, and parents and children from around the area on Saturday, April 12 for the community’s Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

The action took place in Towne Square, with plastic, candy-filled Easter Eggs hidden all around the main lobby (including some clever placement in planters—see pic below). Through the doors of Hinman Hall, guests were treated to cupcakes, juice boxes, and even more candy!

Of course, the Easter Bunny himself was on-hand and posed for photos with kids and grown-ups alike.

In addition to the egg hunt, kids took part in an Easter-themed coloring contest were able to try their luck by guessing how many jelly beans were in the jar. The best guesser came within 1 single jelly bean of the total—outstanding!

Here are some photos from the event—we hope to see you there next year! In the meantime, be sure to check out our calendar of events to plan your next trip to Crane’s Mill!

What’s for Dinner in the Candleberry Dining Room?

Here is a look at tonight’s Crane’s Mill dinner menu.

The Candleberry Dining Room offers Crane’s Mill residents an array of menu options each and every night. Served in a restaurant-style atmosphere, complete with a host and wait staff, the Candleberry’s signature mix of featured entrees and a set menu is designed to satisfy even the selective palettes.

Here is a look at the menu for Wednesday, April 9, 2014:

Chicken Orzo Soup
Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese
Shrimp Scampi
Almond Crumb Chicken
Fresh Vegetable Medley
Cut Corn
White Rice
Angel Hair Pasta
Lemon Layer Cake

Housekeeping at Crane’s Mill: Fully Included and Always Friendly

At Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey, housekeeping is fully included for every resident.

Housekeeping is included for all Crane's Mill residents

Crane’s Mill is an all-inclusive style retirement community. What that means for our residents is that amenities like dining, transportation, and live entertainment are fully included—akin to an all-inclusive vacation, there’s no need to carry extra cash.

What may surprise you is that housekeeping is also fully included. Every other week, at a scheduled time, a member of our environmental services staff visits your apartment or cottage for a general housekeeping session, and typically some friendly conversation.

Also, once each year, there is an “annual cleaning” for every apartment, which involves extra staff members and includes moving furniture and cleaning exterior sliding doors, just to name a few items on the long checklist.

So, when you consider a move to a retirement community, make sure you know what’s included—and what is extra—so you can make an informed decision about your future.

If you’d like to learn more about Crane’s Mill and the services and amenities included at the community, please call us at 973-276-6700 or click here to reach our “contact us” page.