Crane’s Mill Blog: Eat, Drink & Play

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your Friends at Crane’s Mill

We hope your St. Patrick’s Day is filled with fun! At Crane’s Mill, our residents are gearing up for our annual St. Patrick’s Day social, which is typically well-attended, and is always a blast. You can bet there will be plenty of green clothing and accessories, and perhaps an Aran sweater or two! …Read More »


Crane's Mill Pi Day 2019

National Pi Day

Crane’s Mill Distributes Deliciously Clever National Pi Day Treats National Pi Day, celebrated through the world on March 14—yes, that’s 3-14—not only commemorates a very special, non-ending number, but also celebrates the birthday of one of the greatest scientists and mathematicians of all times—Albert Einstein. National Pi Day has become the day to celebrate numbers, math, and in the case of LSMNJ—census numbers! This year, social workers, discharge planners and case managers in the Essex County area were acknowledged by Crane’s Mill with mini chocolate cream pies, courtesy of our very own in-house pastry chef. …Read More »


Mardi Gras Party at Crane's Mill 3

Residents Celebrate Mardi Gras in Usual Upscale Style

Seniors living at Crane’s Mill enjoyed traditional Mardi Gras favorites, live music, and the company of fellow residents at their annual Mardi Gras party. One Tuesday, March 5, residents flocked to Hinman Hall for their annual Mardi Gras party. Live music filled the air through the great room’s newly-renovated sound system. Attendees even received strings of purple, gold, and green beads to mark the occasion. Nicole Smith, director of community programming, provided the details on the affair: “The food includes beignets, hush puppies, and Cajun shrimp. They are all typical Fat Tuesday, and Crane’s Mill resident, favorites.” All in all, it was …Read More »


Area Attractions: Location is Everything

Seniors living at Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey, are only a short distance to many great area attractions. The staff at Crane’s Mill does an amazing job of bringing live entertainment, cultural activities, and more. But what’s truly special about Crane’s Mill is that residents are only a short jaunt to many different area attractions. Museums, movie theaters, malls, restaurants, parks, and even daily errands are right around the corner … and transportation is fully included for all Crane’s Mill residents. Please click here for more details on specific area attractions, including the Turtle Back Zoo, Montclair Art …Read More »


Fred Miller’s Lectures-In-Song Comes to Crane’s Mill

Pianist/Singer/Narrator Fred Miller presents his musical & anecdotal overview of the great American songwriter’s life & career. On Tuesday, January 15, residents will be treated to a wonderful musical lecture presented by Fred Miller. In this special presentation, Mr. Miller will focus on the life’s work of Jerome Kern. A member of the Songwriting Hall of Fame, Jerome Kern composed over 700 songs, including “Ol’ Man River,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “A Fine Romance.” Enjoy this preview of the performance below: This is just one of 200 unique programs each month at Crane’s Mill. Interested in learning more …Read More »


Residents Dance the Night Away at Crane’s Mill

Looking to stay fit this season? Try dancing! It’s a fantastic approach to keeping active during our snowy, bitter-cold northern New Jersey winters. Sometimes you just feel like dancing! Crane’s Mill residents keep active with professional dance class plus multiple live musical performances each week in Hinman Hall, the community’s main theater. It’s a great way to keep yourself active and limber the whole year round. What’s more, live entertainment, dance class, and so many other programs are always a short, indoor walk from every Crane’s Mill apartment. With so much going on, maybe it’s time you asked to “cut in” and …Read More »



Pie Baking Contest at Crane’s Mill

The pie baking contest was filled with fun! Crane’s Mill resident Don D., the only gentleman in the contest, took home top prize! On Friday, November 30, Crane’s Mill held the community’s first ever pie baking contest. There were eight entries in all, including pumpkin, apple, key lime, sweet potato, and even an apple-free “mock apple” pie! Pies were blind-taste-tested by a panel of judges (one resident, Ms. Phyllis Novick, and two staff members–Chad Murin, VP and Executive Director, and Tom Ragusa, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications). The judges scored the delectable entries on their taste, texture, and appearance. The first-place …Read More »



A Poem for Grandparents Day

Crane’s Mill would like to wish all the grandparents and great-grandparents a very happy day! We owe a lot to our grandparents–from taking the time to listen and teaching us to fish or knit, to passing us that extra piece of cake, they provide comfort and support in a one-of-a-kind way. Their stories provide glimpses into days past, before smartphones and twitter made things move so fast. Some times may have been tough and streets may have been rough, but laughter and love were plentiful and provided more than enough. You can count on them for a joke every once in a …Read More »