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Community Updates Blog: Neighbor of the Week

Lois poses with an award-winning painting

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Lois Schnell

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Lois Schnell enjoys everything our West Caldwell retirement community has to offer Lois Schnell is an independent living resident who is graceful, friendly, and talented. Lois is an accomplished painter, interpreting a wide range of subjects in vivid, colorful creations.   Lois enjoys all different Crane’s Mill programs, and has been the featured artist on the organization’s Christmas card on more than one occasion. …Read More »


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Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Crane’s Mill Staff

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! This week, in honor of Employee Recognition Week, our Neighbors are the Crane’s Mill staff! These talented and dedicated individuals go above and beyond every day of the year to keep residents active, engaged, and living their best lives. Stay tuned to our social media channels for more throughout the week: Crane’s Mill Facebook Page Crane’s Mill LinkedIn Page …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Charlotte Mandel

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Charlotte Mandel is a published author, poet, and Crane’s Mill resident This week’s Neighbor is Charlotte Mandel, a long-time Crane’s Mill resident. Charlotte is a friend to many residents and staff members and is well-known as a published author and poet who has given readings right here on campus. Recently, Charlotte presented a program to residents via Zoom titled “A Poet’s Journey: From Coney Island to The Land of Canaan” covering her beginnings and evolution of her life as a poet. She also contributed an original poem to our community’s Wall …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Ralph Perri

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week we’re featuring Ralph Perri, the community’s Director of Plant Operations. An employee for more than 10 years, Ralph is the go-to guy for anything residents may need. Ralph’s team takes on jobs big and small, like changing recessed light bulbs, hanging pictures, installing appliances, and so much more. Ralph’s job is to make sure the community is always running smoothly, and that residents have what they need to live worry-free in their retirement years. Here’s to Ralph for …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Lynne Palmer

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Lynne Palmer and her husband Archie became Crane’s Mill residents in 2013, moving from Glen Ridge to a cottage in the West Caldwell, New Jersey retirement community. Lynne is a nature enthusiast and accomplished artist who creates using watercolor and oil paints. She began to embrace her artistic side full-time after retiring in 2008 from a 40-year career as a social worker. Mrs. Palmer, who has studied at the Oakside Cultural Center, the Yard School at the Montclair Art Museum, and The Art Garage, also hones her skills by participating in …Read More »


Pat ready for the Cafe's lunch rush in this 2018 photograph.

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Pat Rhodes

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week’s Neighbor is Pat Rhodes, an exemplary employee and good friend to residents and staff alike. When you see Pat in the Heartwood Cafe, you know she will ask after your family, tell you a joke, and provide you excellent service. She knows everyone’s names, and knows their likes and dislikes, so she’s ready with residents’ favorites before they even has to ask. Pat is a long-time employee who has been honored as a Lutheran Social Ministries Mission Champion. Thank you for all you do! …Read More »


Anita enjoys outdoor dining

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Anita Goodwyn

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Anita Goodwyn has lived at Crane’s Mill for 17 years. Anita is friendly and outgoing, and can be found in Towne Square for early-morning exercise in the fitness center. The multi-talented Mrs. Goodwyn is the director of the Crane’s Mill chorus and always the first in line to perform at the annual talent show. …Read More »


Outdoor Dining at Crane's Mill

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Richard Carter

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week’s neighbor is Richard Carter. Mr. Carter is well-known around campus as a friendly, kindhearted, and easygoing friend to residents and staff alike. Mr. Carter is involved in so many campus activities including the Millstream newsletter, the library committee, model train room, and grounds committee. He can be seen exercising in the fitness center or walking our outdoor trails. …Read More »


Maxine and Joanne Outdoors

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Maxine Davis

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Maxine Davis is the community’s concierge supervisor, but she can be better described as the friendly, goodhearted, problem-solving, call-answering stalwart of the front desk! Maxine is a fixture in Towne Square, and we are all lucky to have her. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Nicole Smith

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Nicole Smith, director of community programming, is a standout staff member. Nicole is responsible for all independent living activities, playing a key role in keeping everyone active, healthy, and engaged. This quote sums up why she has been a star since before the pandemic, during its height, and will continue to shine long after it’s over: “It’s like having a second family … the residents are like my grandparents. I just love them, care about them, and want them to live a fulfilled life.” …Read More »