Crane’s Mill Blog: Friends & Neighbors

About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at Crane’s Mill You may already know that Crane’s Mill is a 48-acre oasis that combines the natural beauty of a Certified Wildlife Habitat with an upscale residential retirement setting. What you may not know is that our nature walking trails on the west end of our campus lead directly into West Essex Park—home to over 1,300 acres of parkland including an environmental center, boating and canoe landings, golf driving range, and so much more! Plus, birdwatchers know West Essex Park as a destination to see some of their more …Read More »


New Crane’s Mill “Review” Posted Online

We are so excited to share this recent review shared by a family member: “We just moved our father-in-law to Crane’s Mill, and we could not be more pleased. They provided terrific support and assistance throughout the entire process. This included providing extensive social support to help our FIL meet lots of people and new groups. Germaine Loudon at CM was, and continues to be, particularly helpful. She not only follows up thoroughly on everything, but importantly, she sincerely cares about the people. Out father-in-law is now very happy in his independent living unit.” William C., NJ For more testimonials …Read More »


Interested in Working at Crane’s Mill?

Crane’s Mill and Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey are always looking for talented individuals to join our statewide team of over 550 professionals and skilled staff members. If you are interested in employment opportunities at Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community or its parent organization, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, please click here to view the current openings. To learn more about Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, including an overview of the programs offered and all of the organization’s latest news and events, please visit www.lsmnj.org. …Read More »



Happy Memorial Day from Crane’s Mill

Happy Memorial Day from Crane’s Mill! We are proud to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful holiday weekend. …Read More »



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 »