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Community Updates Blog: Friends & Neighbors

Bebe Antell - Crane's Mill Neighbor of the Week

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Bebe Antell

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Bebe Antell moved to Crane’s Mill in 2015. Ms. Antell previously lived in Millburn and West Orange, NJ.   Bebe enjoys all sorts of activities at Crane’s Mill, including the garden club, exercising in the fitness center, musical entertainment, and movies on the big screen in our auditorium, Hinman Hall. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Peter Marzano

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week, the spotlight is on Peter Marzano, who moved to Crane’s Mill in May of 2020. Mr. Marzano grew up in Newark, attending East Side High School before serving in the Army during World War II. Mr. Marzano had a long career in law enforcement, including 28 years as a Newark police officer. He enjoys playing cards and spending time with his family, who live close to the community. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Annette Busch

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Ms. Busch moved from Florida to Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Annette Busch moved to Crane’s Mill in 2017 from Delray Beach, Florida. Ms. Busch has three children and seven grandchildren. She has a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College and a M.A. degree from Hofstra University. Ms. Busch was a teacher of Spanish and English, and enjoys writing poetry and song lyrics. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Tony Cirillo

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Mr. Cirillo can be seen in our We’re Back campaign video, celebrating residents removing their masks and showing their smiles! This week’s neighbor is Tony Cirillo, who moved to Crane’s Mill from New York City in 2016. Mr. Cirillo is a friendly conversationist who can be seen talking with any number of people in the Towne Square lobby. Mr. Cirillo provided this spirited “We’re Back!” for our recent campaign video, and when someone delivers a performance with this much gusto, it’s worth repeating! …Read More »


Executive Chef Dominic Ackerman of Crane's Mill

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Chef Dominic Ackerman

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! The New Jersey native and culinary expert provides an upscale dining experience Crane’s Mill residents You know Chef Dominic Ackerman from our Facebook Live Cooking Demos, and we’re excited to share more about our executive chef her as our neighbor of the week! Born and raised in Morris County, Dominic Ackerman has always showed an enthusiasm for the culinary arts from a young age. After an early start in his grandmother’s kitchen, Dominic attended the Morris County School of Technology prior to studying classic French cuisine at the New England …Read More »


Wally Reiling

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Wally Reiling

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Wally Enjoys Performing On Stage with the Crane’s Mill Drama Club Wally Reiling became a Crane’s Mill resident in May 2019. Wally is well-known around campus for his friendly demeanor and quick-witted sense of humor. Wally owned a toy manufacturing company, and enjoys sports and movies. He also has a passion for acting. In fact, he was integral in founding Crane’s Mill’s Drama Club, which meets twice per month and is currently working on their next performance. …Read More »


Lois poses with an award-winning painting

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Lois Schnell

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Lois Schnell enjoys everything our West Caldwell retirement community has to offer Lois Schnell is an independent living resident who is graceful, friendly, and talented. Lois is an accomplished painter, interpreting a wide range of subjects in vivid, colorful creations.   Lois enjoys all different Crane’s Mill programs, and has been the featured artist on the organization’s Christmas card on more than one occasion. …Read More »


Cruise Week 2021

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Crane’s Mill Staff

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! This week, in honor of Employee Recognition Week, our Neighbors are the Crane’s Mill staff! These talented and dedicated individuals go above and beyond every day of the year to keep residents active, engaged, and living their best lives. Stay tuned to our social media channels for more throughout the week: Crane’s Mill Facebook Page Crane’s Mill LinkedIn Page …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Charlotte Mandel

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Charlotte Mandel is a published author, poet, and Crane’s Mill resident This week’s Neighbor is Charlotte Mandel, a long-time Crane’s Mill resident. Charlotte is a friend to many residents and staff members and is well-known as a published author and poet who has given readings right here on campus. Recently, Charlotte presented a program to residents via Zoom titled “A Poet’s Journey: From Coney Island to The Land of Canaan” covering her beginnings and evolution of her life as a poet. She also contributed an original poem to our community’s Wall …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Ralph Perri

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week we’re featuring Ralph Perri, the community’s Director of Plant Operations. An employee for more than 10 years, Ralph is the go-to guy for anything residents may need. Ralph’s team takes on jobs big and small, like changing recessed light bulbs, hanging pictures, installing appliances, and so much more. Ralph’s job is to make sure the community is always running smoothly, and that residents have what they need to live worry-free in their retirement years. Here’s to Ralph for …Read More »