The Best of 2013: A Look Back at Top Posts from Crane’s Mill Courier Blog

In 2013, the Crane’s Mill Courier, the official blog for Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey, treated readers to an array of fun and informative posts.

Click each article below to revisit some of the year’s best blog posts!

In November, we recognized National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

We mused about winter and the end of daylight savings time.

We took a detailed look at the changes coming to Medicare in 2014.

The 3rd Annual Community Health Fair at Crane’s Mill was a huge success.

We launched our ‘Reviews’ page, where real people give their opinions of Crane’s Mill.

We followed a day in the life of a Crane’s Mill resident.

Finally, we took a moment to enjoy the scenery with 100 amazing nature photos from on and around the Crane’s Mill campus.

Holiday Happenings: Crane’s Mill Residents Celebrate All Month Long

Crane’s Mill is the top retirement community in Essex County—and the community’s activity calendar is a big reason why.

The Christmas Tree in Towne Square at Crane's Mill

Each month, our director of activities works with our residents to create a full calendar of events. In December, the calendar has a number of fun holiday events! Here is a quick rundown:

December 3—Crane’s Mill Chorus & Tree Lighting
December 7—Oliver at the Paper Mill Playhouse
December 9—Lakeland Youth Symphony Orchestra
December 11—Holiday Cookie Exchange
December 14—Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
December 18—Christmas in Lancaster, a full day excursion to this wonderful winter spot
December 19—Hot cocoa and carols in Towne Square
December 20—Pianist Matt King
December 25—Christmas Dinner
December 26—Pianist/Vocalist Joan Streit
December 31—New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party and the Dean Tomanelli Jazz Trio

Plus, there are religious services throughout the month, and many trips for holiday shopping, including an outing to the Christmas Tree Shoppe—a resident favorite.

Be sure to check the Millstream page on the website to see what our residents are up to. Events listed above are exclusive to Crane’s Mill residents and Mill Club members—call 973-276-6700 or email for info on how you can join the fun yourself!

Curious About Crane’s Mill Cottages?

Maintenance-free, private, and well-appointed, the cottages at Crane’s Mill offer the best independent senior living experience in New Jersey.

A Crane's Mill Independent Living Cottage photographed in October, 2013.

If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the beautiful stand-alone cottages. Tucked away in cul-de-sacs throughout the 48-acre campus, the cottages at Crane’s Mill offer seniors an independent living lifestyle like no other.

Cottage residents enjoy all the same services and amenities as those living in the apartments along with the added privacy that comes from being separate from the main building. Residents can have their own gardens on their private lawns, entertain in their open floor plan living spaces, and sit back while our housekeeping team tends to their household chores.

For more on our cottages, please click here to see the different floor plan options. You’ll find five unique options, some with one-car garages, some with two-car garages; some are smaller and others are quite large.

Pick out the style that you like most, then call us at 973-276-6700 or send us an email to schedule a tour. We’ll show you around the cottage of your choice and treat you to coffee in Towne Square.