Crane’s Mill Blog: Friends & Neighbors

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 »


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 »



Crane’s Mill Residents Treated to Holiday Concert by West Caldwell Police Detective

Detective Mazzeo performed holiday favorites and provided info on keeping seniors safe from scams. Over 100 residents at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell were treated to a festive holiday concert when Detective Paul Mazzeo of the West Caldwell Police Department shared his musical talents the evening of December 17. Combining traditional Christmas carols with stories and dialogue, residents were not only entertained but also educated about senior scams that target the elderly during the holiday season. Detective Mazzeo (second from left) was joined by his brothers in blue, including (left to right):  Officer Michael High, Officer Brett Keeps, 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 »



Happy Veterans Day

Please join us in honoring our country’s veterans today. They are responsible for protecting the freedoms which we all hold dear. At Crane’s Mill, many of our residents have served across the different branches of the military. Each year, we look forward to seeing their photos and hearing stories of their time in the service, in training, and when stationed overseas. For more on the history of Veterans Day, you can click here to visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website which has a complete account, along with resources for veterans and their families. …Read More »