Crane’s Mill Blog

Celebrating Earth Day

Today marks the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day! It’s hard to believe this “new” holiday is approaching its golden anniversary. Started in 1970, Earth Day began as a day to “honor the Earth and the concept of peace.” Today, the tradition continues as people gather to pay tribute to the planet, march for environmental causes, and gather for service projects like neighborhood cleanups. At Crane’s Mill, we have a special place for Earth Day. Our campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and sits alongside an area of protected wetlands. That means two important things: 1., we’re done building, so …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 »


Crane's Mill Pi Day 2019

National Pi Day

Crane’s Mill Distributes Deliciously Clever National Pi Day Treats National Pi Day, celebrated through the world on March 14—yes, that’s 3-14—not only commemorates a very special, non-ending number, but also celebrates the birthday of one of the greatest scientists and mathematicians of all times—Albert Einstein. National Pi Day has become the day to celebrate numbers, math, and in the case of LSMNJ—census numbers! This year, social workers, discharge planners and case managers in the Essex County area were acknowledged by Crane’s Mill with mini chocolate cream pies, courtesy of our very own in-house pastry chef. …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 »


Mardi Gras Party at Crane's Mill 3

Residents Celebrate Mardi Gras in Usual Upscale Style

Seniors living at Crane’s Mill enjoyed traditional Mardi Gras favorites, live music, and the company of fellow residents at their annual Mardi Gras party. One Tuesday, March 5, residents flocked to Hinman Hall for their annual Mardi Gras party. Live music filled the air through the great room’s newly-renovated sound system. Attendees even received strings of purple, gold, and green beads to mark the occasion. Nicole Smith, director of community programming, provided the details on the affair: “The food includes beignets, hush puppies, and Cajun shrimp. They are all typical Fat Tuesday, and Crane’s Mill resident, favorites.” All in all, it was …Read More »


The Essex – One Bedroom with Den – Now Available

We are excited to feature The Essex, a one bedroom with den senior living apartment—currently available for immediate occupancy at Crane’s Mill. Are you ready to take the next step towards a carefree retirement lifestyle? Visit Crane’s Mill and view The Essex—it’s a unique floor plan featuring one bedroom, a cozy den, two full baths, a living/dining room, full kitchen, laundry, and a wonderful screened-in porch. It comes fully stacked with modern appliances, brand new flooring, cabinets, and countertops. Upon becoming a resident, our maintenance team will help hang your pictures, mirrors, and more exactly where and how you desire. Like all …Read More »