Crane’s Mill Blog: Eat, Drink & Play

Bridge Players Unite!

Crane’s Mill, an Essex County, New Jersey Retirement Community is home to a number of bridge enthusiasts. Bridge is a very popular pastime here at Crane’s Mill. Nicole Smith, our Director of Community Programming, frequently plans Bridge games in our Cherry Blossom Lounge. In addition, many residents put together their own Bridge games throughout the week. Personally, this author has seen this card game bring together people from all walks of life. For example, our Assisted Living and Independent Living residents often meet up for weekly games, as do guests from the outside community including residents’ friends and family members. …Read More »


What’s for Dinner Tonight at Crane’s Mill?

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 Tuesday, July 30, 2019: Italian Wedding Soup Warm Wheatberry Salad Tomato Zucchini Pie Panko Eggplant Mozzarella Grilled Chop Steak Green Beans & Carrots Escarole & Garlic Rustic Berry Tart …Read More »



Old Timers’ Day 2019 is This Sunday

Mark your calendar, this Sunday the annual New York Yankee tradition continues as the Yanks take on the Astros on Old-Timers’ Day At Crane’s Mill, it’s no secret that we’re big New York Yankee fans. This Sunday, June 22, is one of our favorite days of the year—the annual Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. On this one nostalgic afternoon, great players in Bronx Bomber history come together for a special day including the pomp and circumstance of the grand introductions and of course, the Old Timers’ Day Game itself. Through the years, there have been so many extraordinary players …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Takes You Down the Jersey Shore

At Crane’s Mill we’re ready to celebrate the summer a little early this year, so we’re revisiting our guide to the Jersey Shore, complete with Garden State Parkway exits (click the exit number for a map of each location). As it turns out, going “down the shore” is a very “New Jersey” thing to do! No, we’re not (even close to being) the only ones with glorious beaches, but the idiom “down the shore,” much like Bruce Springsteen and jug handles, are very much New Jersey originals. Memories of the Jersey Shore revolve around lots of different aspects for lots of …Read More »


Check Out Today’s Heartwood Cafe Lunch Menu

Crane’s Mill in suburban Essex County, New Jersey offers residents a number of options with its Flexible Meal Plan. The flexible meal plan at Crane’s Mill enables independent living residents the ability to dine in the Candleberry Dining every single night. So that means, if they choose, they can enjoy a five-course, restaurant-style meal every day of the week. However, many residents enjoy using the flexible meal plan in different ways, including taking advantage of the outstanding food and service at the Heartwood Cafe. Open three times every day of the week, the Heartwood Cafe offers residents so many great …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Spring Trip – You’re Invited!

Crane’s Mill Spring Trip Opportunity  Vermont –A Special Place….. “Here We Go Again” Part III (Southern Vermont) 4 Days, 3 Nights Monday, June 24th — Thursday, June 27th, 2019 (4 days, 3 nights) $1,285.00 per person (double occupancy) $1,510.00 per person (single occupancy)  Friends, family and all who are interested are welcome to attend! Please contact Nicole Smith, Director of Community Programming for details at 973-276-3012or click here to send an email. *Price includes Luxury Motor Coach Transportation – Gratuities for driver – All Taxes, Baggage Handling and restaurant gratuities* Motor coach transportation (full-size luxury coach with lavatory)  3 Nights …Read More »



Celebrating Earth Day

Today marks the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day! It’s hard to believe this “new” holiday is approaching its golden anniversary. Started in 1970, Earth Day began as a day to “honor the Earth and the concept of peace.” Today, the tradition continues as people gather to pay tribute to the planet, march for environmental causes, and gather for service projects like neighborhood cleanups. At Crane’s Mill, we have a special place for Earth Day. Our campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and sits alongside an area of protected wetlands. That means two important things: 1., we’re done building, so …Read More »


Crane's Mill Gift Box

Visit the Crane’s Mill Gift Box—Goodies & Gifts for All Occasions

The Crane’s Mill Gift Box is a resident-run program located right in Towne Square—walking distance to every apartment across Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing. Looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one? Need to pick up a birthday card for a friend? Hungry for a quick snack to get you through the afternoon? Look no further than the Crane’s Mill Gift Box. Located in Towne Square at Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, NJ, the Gift Box is a resident-run boutique offering an array of merchandise. A recent trip inside the store saw a variety of Valentine’s …Read More »