Happy Halloween from Crane’s Mill

We just finished up our Halloween social here at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community!

Staff members handed out candy and yummy baked desserts to residents in Towne Square while fun Halloween music filled the air. Residents got in the spirit, too. Costumes ranged from traditional favorites such as witches and devils to flapper girls and a penguin!

Here’s a photo of the ever-dedicated marketing team. They certainly wear many different hats!

Tom Ragusa, Michael Brophy, and Kristopher Almquist of Crane's Mill

Soup’s on! Twice a day, in fact!

Crane’s Mill residents, staff and guests LOVE the delicious, homemade soup options available at the Heartwood Cafe and Candleberry Dining Room.

Homemade soup—the perfect way to warm up on a cool fall day.

Autumn is one of our favorite seasons. There’s an array of colors on, and falling from, the trees, the kids are preparing to trick or treat, and there’s a slight chill to the air. There are few things we love more on a cool fall afternoon than a delicious bowl of homemade soup.

To satiate our need for a delicious way to warm up, Crane’s Mill offers one delicious homemade soup at lunch, and another at dinner, every day of the week! There are a number of mouth-watering choices perfect for lunch with a fresh salad or grilled cheese sandwich, or as an early dinner course at the Candleberry or 4 Five 9.

Here is a look at this week’s selections:

Asian Vegetable
Cream of Tomato
Sweet Potato
Cream of Asparagus
New England Clam Chowder
Italian Wedding
Cream of Mushroom
Turkey Rice
Chicken Rice
Beef Chowder
Cream of Zucchini
Spinach & Lentil
Navy Bean

See one of your favorites? Call us at 973-276-6700, and we’ll set up a lunch date so you can taste for yourself!

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Fitness Center and Indoor Pool – Cornerstones of Healthy Aging at Crane’s Mill

Crane’s Mill has a state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor pool & hot tub.

The Crane's Mill Fitness Center and Indoor Pool.

Located in Towne Square, just a short, indoor walk from every independent living apartment, the fitness center and pool are state-of-the-art, sparkling clean, and frankly, fun areas for our residents to stay fit and healthy as they age.

The pool is home to an array of exercise classes, including water walking, water aerobics, and lap swimming. Beyond that, it’s open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., all year round.

Adjacent to the pool is the Horseneck Gym, home to high-end fitness equipment designed specifically for seniors. Plus there’s a personal trainer on-staff to help our residents learn the equipment, and is available to contract for individual sessions.

To learn more about the pool and gym, you can call 973-276-6700 to schedule a tour, or click here to reach our ‘contact us’ page. We look forward to meeting you.

A Look Inside the Crane’s Mill Library

Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in Essex County, New Jersey boasts a library stocked with periodicals, classics, technology and more!

A Look at the Crane's Mill Library

Recently, the Crane’s Mill Courier  blog covered the renovation of our Library and Gift Box. Located in Towne Square, both are completely run by our residents, and are popular spots for Crane’s Mill residents, their guests and staff members.

Today, we’ll take a closer look inside our library. Why, you ask? Well, the Crane’s Mill Library is no run-of-the-“mill” collection of books in a room—it’s an artfully-designed collection of all sorts of reading material, periodicals and multimedia.

A wide shot of the library

Every day, residents enjoy copies of the Star Ledger and New York Times delivered directly to the library. Since the library is located right in Towne Square, we frequently see folks grab a quick breakfast friends, then enjoy a trip to the library to get caught up on the day’s news. Residents also enjoy magazine subscriptions, with favorites that include Time, the New Yorker, AARP, and National Geographic.

Two brand-new large screen computers were recently installed, so staying up-to-date on email, social media, and news throughout the day is always just a click away.

The Telesensory Machine

Plus, there’s a Telesensory machine for the vision-impaired. The special desktop machine magnifies type up to 50 times its original size, so books, newspapers, magazines and more can be read with ease. Additionally, there is a dedicated section of large print books.

Speaking of books…there are plenty to choose from! Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, reference, and more line the wood shelves from top to bottom. We hear resident favorites include suspenseful fiction and historical biographies, as is evident by the rich collection of each.

Curl up with a good book in one of the seating areas.

On top of reading, the library serves as a social gathering place. For instance, the Crane’s Mill Book Club meets there each month to discuss their latest literary adventures, and frequently there are lectures and learning sessions that also take place right inside.

Next time you’re at Crane’s Mill, be sure to swing by the library to see what’s new. We look forward to meeting you!