Crane’s Mill Blog

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 »


What’s for Dinner Tonight at Crane’s Mill?

Here is a look at tonight’s Crane’s Mill dinner menu. The Candleberry Dining Room offers Crane’s Mill residents an array of menu options each and every night. Served in a restaurant-style atmosphere, complete with a host and wait staff, the Candleberry’s signature mix of featured entrees and a set menu is designed to satisfy even the selective palettes. Here is a look at the menu for Tuesday, July 30, 2019: Italian Wedding Soup Warm Wheatberry Salad Tomato Zucchini Pie Panko Eggplant Mozzarella Grilled Chop Steak Green Beans & Carrots Escarole & Garlic Rustic Berry Tart …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 »




Old Timers’ Day 2019 is This Sunday

Mark your calendar, this Sunday the annual New York Yankee tradition continues as the Yanks take on the Astros on Old-Timers’ Day At Crane’s Mill, it’s no secret that we’re big New York Yankee fans. This Sunday, June 22, is one of our favorite days of the year—the annual Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. On this one nostalgic afternoon, great players in Bronx Bomber history come together for a special day including the pomp and circumstance of the grand introductions and of course, the Old Timers’ Day Game itself. Through the years, there have been so many extraordinary players …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Takes You Down the Jersey Shore

At Crane’s Mill we’re ready to celebrate the summer a little early this year, so we’re revisiting our guide to the Jersey Shore, complete with Garden State Parkway exits (click the exit number for a map of each location). As it turns out, going “down the shore” is a very “New Jersey” thing to do! No, we’re not (even close to being) the only ones with glorious beaches, but the idiom “down the shore,” much like Bruce Springsteen and jug handles, are very much New Jersey originals. Memories of the Jersey Shore revolve around lots of different aspects for lots of …Read More »


Check Out Today’s Heartwood Cafe Lunch Menu

Crane’s Mill in suburban Essex County, New Jersey offers residents a number of options with its Flexible Meal Plan. The flexible meal plan at Crane’s Mill enables independent living residents the ability to dine in the Candleberry Dining every single night. So that means, if they choose, they can enjoy a five-course, restaurant-style meal every day of the week. However, many residents enjoy using the flexible meal plan in different ways, including taking advantage of the outstanding food and service at the Heartwood Cafe. Open three times every day of the week, the Heartwood Cafe offers residents so many great …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 »