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Community Updates Blog: Friends & Neighbors

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Samantha Holden

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Concierge services at Crane’s Mill provide top-notch customer service, and Samantha is at the helm of the Health Center team! Say hi to Samantha Holden, our Health Center Concierge. Sam is the go-to person for Health Center residents and family members who may have questions, need directions, or just need a helping hand.   Sam has worked for Crane’s Mill for more than two years, provides excellent customer service, and we are excited to feature her as this week’s Neighbor! …Read More »


Jean reading in Towne Square

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Jean Meyers

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Trips, travel, and lifelong learning are just some of this week’s featured resident’s interests Jean Meyers has a variety of interests including classical music programs, lectures, reading, and writing articles for our newsletter. She was the former chairwoman for the activities committee, and enjoys quilting, knitting and sewing—she is one of the leaders of our Thursday morning needlework group. Jean also enjoys museums and traveling.   Jean is pictured here (on the right) with friends Dick Carter and Denise Harrison; reading in Towne Square; and on a recent visit to …Read More »


Mallory Loehr, Crane's Mill Resident Board President

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Mallory Loehr

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Crane’s Mill Resident Board President Mallory Loehr is all about Kindness and Community Mallory Loehr is our Crane’s Mill Resident Board President. An active and engaged member of the community, Mallory recently rolled out the community’s “Kindness Campaign,” which encourages the exchange of kind words both in-person and on the community’s Be Kind Bulletin Board. Mallory hails from Virginia but has lived around the world (Mexico, Libya, India, and Thailand) with her husband, Larrie, who was a diplomat with the US Foreign Service. When they returned to the US, they …Read More »


Roberta and her dog Dolly

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Roberta Brodlie and Dolly!

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week This independent living resident is known for her friendly personality and her adorable pet dog Dolly! Roberta Brodlie resides in her apartment with her husband Alvin and her dog Dolly. Roberta enjoys reading, taking her dog for walks, going shopping, and serving on the activities committee. Hi Roberta (and Dolly)! …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Coach Frank Verducci

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Coach Frank Verducci was a staple of Barringer High School’s football program. This week’s Neighbor is Frank Verducci, a friendly resident often seen in Towne Square alongside his wife, Joan. Frank always has a story to share or a piece of advice to offer, as seen in this photo from last year’s “Seniors’ Advice to the Seniors” series.   Mr. Verducci is a retired Newark teacher, and was a well-known very successful football coach, serving as head coach for Barringer High School in Newark in the 60s and 70s. “A …Read More »


Crane's Mill resident Jean Weber

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Jean Weber

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Volunteering and keeping active are high priorities for this Crane’s Mill resident. Jean Weber is an independent living resident who is considered a friend to many on campus. Jean enjoys being on the landscape committee, she’s an avid gardener, and enjoys the Cranes Mill garden club. Jean is a Crane’s Mill volunteer who helps keep our greenhouse organized and plants watered when we bring them inside for winter. Jean enjoys reading and she is part of the Crane’s Mill book club. She also enjoys happy hour with friends and taking day …Read More »


Pastor Nancy and the rest of the Crane's Mill clergy members

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Clergy Members

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! This week, we are honoring our clergy members who graciously serve our residents of all faiths. These devoted men and women helped engage residents throughout the pandemic via Zoom, over the phone, and outdoors. Over the past few months, we captured video footage as they returned to in-person spiritual celebrations. These devoted members of the Crane’s Mill family took part in our “We’re Back” campaign, sharing messages of joy with our followers. While still socially-distanced, the return to “live” observances has been a true blessing for our residents, and we …Read More »


Crane's Mill Pet Friendly Community - dogs, cats, birds are welcome

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Our Pets

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! 🐶🐱🐦 Residents of the West Caldwell retirement community are welcome to have pets including dogs, cats, and other companions. Crane’s Mill is a pet-friendly community, so this week we’re celebrating some of our “best friends” as neighbors! Check out this fun pic taken after last week’s Pet Parade! Small dogs, cats, birds, and other companions are welcome in our apartment homes, and cottage residents are welcome to have larger dogs. …Read More »


Bill and Nola Nikel

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Nola Nikel

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Nola and her husband Bill moved from Montclair, NJ to Crane’s Mill This week we’re featuring a true original–Nola Nikel. Nola has called Crane’s Mill her home for 23 years! Nola, along with her beloved late husband Bill, were among the first group of residents at Crane’s Mill. Now living in the Assisted Living neighborhood, Nola enjoys any activity where she can express her creativity including painting and arts & crafts. Here is a photo of Nola and Bill outside of their apartment courtesy of The Progress newspaper: …Read More »


Happy New Year from Crane's Mill residents Mr. & Mrs. Guida!

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Don and Connie Guida

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! Don and Connie Guida moved from Maplewood, NJ to Crane’s Mill in 2019. Connie is a registered nurse who trained at Jersey City Medical Center and went on to earn a BS degree at Ohio State. She had a varied career: head nurse at Overlook Hospital where she set up the Intensive Care Unit, worked for the VA, did industrial nursing at AT&T, and ended up as a school nurse. She enjoyed the challenges of each phase of her career. Don was a criminal defense attorney who started in private …Read More »