Crane’s Mill Offers Direct Admissions for Skilled Nursing & Sub-Acute Rehab

Make an informed decision about your health.

The Health Center at Crane's Mill has a caring staff and a fun calendar of activities for its residents.

Sometimes staying healthy as we age can be a challenge. We all have setbacks, some are minor and some are more complex. We take the time to choose the best doctors, hospitals and caregivers to ensure that we can remain healthy and active as we age.

As a senior, it is important to know all of your options. One options that you might not know is that Crane’s Mill accepts direct admissions into its Health Center for skilled nursing and sub-acute rehabilitation.

The Health Center at Crane’s Mill is truly exceptional—from it’s caring staff to it’s patient-focused environment, its main goal is to get you back to being independent.

Visit the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation page on the Crane’s Mill website for more information on our services.

Crane’s Mill Residents On The Move: Ogunquit, Maine

Residents at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community enjoy a full calendar of independent living activities, from on-campus fun to off-campus getaways. This Fall saw a trip to Vacationland!

From September 3 through 6, a group of Crane’s Mill residents, along with Director of Resident Programming Meredith Wu, took a lovely trip to Ogunquit, Maine.

Attendees of the trip stayed at the lovely Meadowmere Resort Hotel in Ogunquit. The weather was fabulous, and the group took tours of Portland, Old York Harbor and Kennebunkport, and saw many sights including the famous Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and the Musical Wonder House. Plus, they enjoyed a cruise to a private island with a private lobster clambake! Another highlight included a performance of West Side Story, which was an excellent night of theater by all accounts.

Those who attended the trip enjoyed the fruits of Meredith’s detailed planning and preparation. Transportation, accommodations, meals and entertainment were rolled into one “all-inclusive” trip price, leading to a relaxing and worry-free trip for all.

Currently in Towne Square, there is a fun and colorful collage of photos from the trip, along with our favorite resident photographer’s personal quotes and comments. Here’s a quick look at the display:

Ogunquit, Maine Photo Display

Don’t forget: you can keep up with Crane’s Mill with our monthly Millstream activity calendar, updated each month on the

Bountiful Harvest Food Drive at Crane’s Mill

Crane’s Mill Senior Living Community in Northern New Jersey Hosts Annual Food Drive

Join Crane’s Mill residents and staff in helping support the New Visions Day Shelter in Camden, NJ. This year, Crane’s Mill is once again hosting a food drive in Towne Square to fill the shelter’s food pantry.

The food drive is currently open, and runs through October 3, 2013. Those wishing to donate can bring non-perishable food and pantry items to the Towne Square Building at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ, 07006. Donations are accepted every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please contact Meredith Wu at 973.809.4099 or at

Crane’s Mill Resident Book Signing a Huge Success

Charlotte Mandel, a resident at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in Essex County, New Jersey, hosted a full house in the community’s auditorium.

Beth Sparling and Charlotte Mandel.

Beth Sparling (left), Executive Director of Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, congratulates Charlotte Mandel, a resident at the continuing care retirement community.  Mrs. Mandel was the featured speaker at a poetry reading and book-signing event held on September 18 at Crane’s Mill.  The author of eight books of poetry, Mrs. Mandel received the 2012 New Jersey Poets Prize, and two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Her new book, Life Work, explores the progress of a loving marriage into loss and transcendence, homage to artists, concern for the effects of war on humanity and nature.

Adult School of Montclair offers Classical Music Course at Crane’s Mill

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3

A program from the Adult School of Montclair

Crane’s Mill will be hosting a music appreciation course for the Adult School of Montclair, “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3”, taught by George Marriner Maull.  The class will be held on 4 consecutive Wednesdays—October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. The class will be held in Hinman Hall, the Crane’s Mill auditorium.

Registration is required. The cost of the course is $69.00 per person plus the $10.00 registration fee. Registration can be done online on the Adult School’s website ( or by calling the Adult School at 973-746-6636.

Mill Club Members are able to attend the class at a discounted rate of $69.00. The adult school of Montclair waived the $10.00 registration fee as a discount to Crane’s Mill residents and Mill Club members. Mill Club members should register through Meredith Wu, Director of Community Programming at Crane’s Mill. She can be reached at or by phone at 973-276-3012.

Course Description

Be swept away by Rachmaninoff as you listen and learn about one of his most technically challenging works, Piano Concerto No. 3. Examine each of the three movements of this amazing work as you heighten your listening pleasure. In the fourth session, compare different interpretations of select passages as well as enjoy a complete recorded performance!

About the Instructor: George Marriner Maull

George Marriner Maull, Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra, is a passionate advocate of classical music listener education. He is becoming nationally and internationally well regarded for his televised Discovery Concerts®, Discovery Orchestra Chats on YouTube, and as the featured pre-concert lecturer for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Bank of America Classical Series. The Discovery Orchestra’s Emmy-nominated Bach to the Future© and Telly Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Discover Beethoven’s 5th© television shows have brought Maestro Maull’s engaging approach into millions of American homes.

He brings both educational and performance credentials to this project. In addition to classroom teaching experience in Louisville and New York City, from 1979 until 1997 he was Music Director of the New Jersey Youth Symphony where he worked with more than 1,000 young talented musicians. As a professional violist, he was a member of the Louisville Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and American Symphony Orchestra, performing under legends Stravinsky, Levine, Copland and Foss. During his nearly 40-year conducting career Maestro Maull has held a number of posts including Music Director of the Louisville Ballet and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, has led performances across the United States, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, in England, Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary and Romania, and has recorded three CD’s conducting the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. A Philadelphia native, he received his first training with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, earned two degrees in music performance from the University of Louisville, and studied at The Juilliard School with composer Lawrence Widdoes.