Crane’s Mill Blog: Friends & Neighbors


Tech Support Program Continues to Bring Residents and Area Students Together

Free Service for Crane’s Mill Residents has Become a Wednesday Afternoon Tradition Did you know? Tech-savvy students from James Caldwell High School are available on a weekly basis to provide our residents assistance with their technology needs. The service is free, and open to all Crane’s Mill residents. To make use of the service, residents are asked to fill out a tech support request form, which are available on the table outside of the Activities office. Public computers in the library and lounges (located in Sycamore I & II and Creekside) can be reserved for tech support appointments. Students will …Read More »


Financial Meeting

Crane’s Mill Offered Free Tax Preparation for Area Seniors

As part of AARP Tax Aide, Crane’s Mill served as a tax preparation location for West Essex seniors. Each Friday afternoon beginning on February 8, 2019, Crane’s Mill, in partnership with AARP, provided free tax preparation service for area seniors. The Tax Aide program provides preparation and filing help to those in need. With the adoption of new laws and guidelines for the 2018 tax year, this year’s sessions were well attended. Volunteers included Crane’s Mill residents and friendly folks from outside the community. Some were experienced, retired tax professionals, while others were simply there to lend a helping hand. …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 »


April is National Garden Month – Join Us in Celebrating!

Residents of Crane’s Mill, an Essex County Retirement Community, enjoy gardening as a fun spring activity. April is National Garden Month Although today may mark “April Fools’ Day,” we’re not joking when we tell you that that April is National Garden month. Considering we’re in the Garden State, and that our residents enjoy gardening, how can we not celebrate this colorful month! In the colder weather, all sorts of plants and flowers can be seen in our campus greenhouse, but as the weather warms, the ground thaws, and the days grow longer, you’ll begin to see many different gardens sprouting up all …Read More »


The First Color TV Was Manufactured 55 Years Ago Today!

March 25 … a colorful day in history! On this date in 1954, RCA manufactured the first color television set. The price? $1,000–about the same price as a Chevrolet! 55 years later, you can watch hundreds of channels, stream movies and series, and of course, watch our latest commercial … all in full color 🙂 …Read More »


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 »


Lifelong Learning at Crane's Mill

Lifelong Learning Classes Offered for Crane’s Mill Residents

Each lecture is led by a local college professor who specializes in the given topic and visits Crane’s Mill for our residents’ benefit. Today, Crane’s Mill will residents begin the first of this season’s Lifelong Learning educational series. Consisting of six, two-hour lectures, the spring semester includes a variety of topics from history to the arts. The first lecture, presented by Drew University Literature professor Chris Nugent, will focus on “Arthurian Legends.” Residents will get take a scholarly look at King Arthur, the Round Table, and how these stories developed over the years. Later in March, Douglas Simon, also of …Read More »


Residents Share Vacation Memories

We asked our residents to tell us about some of their favorite vacation memories. They’ve traveled far and wide, from the Jersey Shore to across the Atlantic, to the west coast and beyond. Here we take a look at a once-in-a-lifetime trip one resident took 67 years ago! Thanks to Anna Bihun for sharing this exceptional vacation memory. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we have. In the summer of 1948, future Crane’s Mill resident Anna Bihun took the trip of aTr lifetime—she spent a summer visiting family in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Mrs. Bihun’s flight took off from Prague in …Read More »


Did You Know? The Crane’s Mill Campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here’s more on that certification, and what it means to our residents. We are proud to share that Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. We have signs posted on our campus that read: “This habitat is certified in the National Wildlife Federation’s worldwide network of mini-refuges. Because of the owner’s conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, wildlife may find quality habitat.” To be classified as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the Crane’s mill campus has to continually provide the four basic basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to …Read More »