Crane’s Mill Blog: holidays


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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 »


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 »


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 »


A Poem for Grandparents Day

Crane’s Mill would like to wish all the grandparents and great-grandparents a very happy day! We owe a lot to our grandparents–from taking the time to listen and teaching us to fish or knit, to passing us that extra piece of cake, they provide comfort and support in a one-of-a-kind way. Their stories provide glimpses into days past, before smartphones and twitter made things move so fast. Some times may have been tough and streets may have been rough, but laughter and love were plentiful and provided more than enough. You can count on them for a joke every once in a …Read More »


Happy Labor Day from Crane’s Mill

Happy Labor Day! We hope your day is full of fun times with family and friends. At Crane’s Mill we’re readying a BBQ in the heart of Towne Square. Friends and neighbors are already beginning to gather, getting set to enjoy an array of grilled goodies that would make Bobby Flay salivate. Have an excellent day and enjoy this unofficial sendoff to summer! …Read More »


Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Today we celebrate the go-to flavor for ice cream lovers everywhere! Here’s the scoop on this fun holiday: Chocolate is too obvious. Pistachio is too green. Rum Raisin is too alliterative. That’s why today, we celebrate the smooth, straightforward, stalwart ice cream flavor of choice of millions: vanilla. Vanilla ice cream is rumored to be created, or at least made popular, by our third president Thomas Jefferson. Having picked up the recipe in France, Jefferson brought the indulgence with him to the new colonies and the rest, as they say, is history. While this may or may not be a …Read More »