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Community Updates Blog: Neighbor of the Week

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Coach Frank Verducci

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Coach Frank Verducci was a staple of Barringer High School’s football program. This week’s Neighbor is Frank Verducci, a friendly resident often seen in Towne Square alongside his wife, Joan. Frank always has a story to share or a piece of advice to offer, as seen in this photo from last year’s “Seniors’ Advice to the Seniors” series.   Mr. Verducci is a retired Newark teacher, and was a well-known very successful football coach, serving as head coach for Barringer High School in Newark in the 60s and 70s. “A …Read More »


Crane's Mill resident Jean Weber

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Jean Weber

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Volunteering and keeping active are high priorities for this Crane’s Mill resident. Jean Weber is an independent living resident who is considered a friend to many on campus. Jean enjoys being on the landscape committee, she’s an avid gardener, and enjoys the Cranes Mill garden club. Jean is a Crane’s Mill volunteer who helps keep our greenhouse organized and plants watered when we bring them inside for winter. Jean enjoys reading and she is part of the Crane’s Mill book club. She also enjoys happy hour with friends and taking day …Read More »


Pastor Nancy and the rest of the Crane's Mill clergy members

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Clergy Members

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! This week, we are honoring our clergy members who graciously serve our residents of all faiths. These devoted men and women helped engage residents throughout the pandemic via Zoom, over the phone, and outdoors. Over the past few months, we captured video footage as they returned to in-person spiritual celebrations. These devoted members of the Crane’s Mill family took part in our “We’re Back” campaign, sharing messages of joy with our followers. While still socially-distanced, the return to “live” observances has been a true blessing for our residents, and we …Read More »


Crane's Mill Pet Friendly Community - dogs, cats, birds are welcome

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Our Pets

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! 🐶🐱🐦 Residents of the West Caldwell retirement community are welcome to have pets including dogs, cats, and other companions. Crane’s Mill is a pet-friendly community, so this week we’re celebrating some of our “best friends” as neighbors! Check out this fun pic taken after last week’s Pet Parade! Small dogs, cats, birds, and other companions are welcome in our apartment homes, and cottage residents are welcome to have larger dogs. …Read More »


Bill and Nola Nikel

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Nola Nikel

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Nola and her husband Bill moved from Montclair, NJ to Crane’s Mill This week we’re featuring a true original–Nola Nikel. Nola has called Crane’s Mill her home for 23 years! Nola, along with her beloved late husband Bill, were among the first group of residents at Crane’s Mill. Now living in the Assisted Living neighborhood, Nola enjoys any activity where she can express her creativity including painting and arts & crafts. Here is a photo of Nola and Bill outside of their apartment courtesy of The Progress newspaper: …Read More »


Happy New Year from Crane's Mill residents Mr. & Mrs. Guida!

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Don and Connie Guida

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! Don and Connie Guida moved from Maplewood, NJ to Crane’s Mill in 2019. Connie is a registered nurse who trained at Jersey City Medical Center and went on to earn a BS degree at Ohio State. She had a varied career: head nurse at Overlook Hospital where she set up the Intensive Care Unit, worked for the VA, did industrial nursing at AT&T, and ended up as a school nurse. She enjoyed the challenges of each phase of her career. Don was a criminal defense attorney who started in private …Read More »


Bernie is a helpful and happy resident

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Bernadette Farley

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This independent living resident keeps busy in and out of the community by volunteering to help others. Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Bernadette Farley is a well-liked and respected resident who has always been involved in staying active and helping others. Bernie has been a longtime volunteer at Turtle Back Zoo and the Low Vision Support Group here at Crane’s Mill. …Read More »


Nichola working with residents in Memory Support

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Nichola Assad

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Nichola works with Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Skilled Nursing residents at Crane’s Mill This week’s Neighbor is Nichola Assad from the activities and life enrichment department in our Health Center.   Nichola specializes in creating engaging and rewarding programming for seniors living in the community’s Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Skilled Nursing neighborhoods. …Read More »


Bebe Antell - Crane's Mill Neighbor of the Week

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Bebe Antell

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Ms. Antell takes advantage of many of the 200+ programs and activities scheduled for seniors at our community each month. Bebe Antell moved to Crane’s Mill in 2015. Ms. Antell previously lived in Millburn and West Orange, NJ. Bebe enjoys all sorts of activities at Crane’s Mill, including the garden club, exercising in the fitness center, musical entertainment, and movies on the big screen in our auditorium, Hinman Hall. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Peter Marzano

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! A respected member of the Essex county community is now part of our community, too. This week, the spotlight is on Peter Marzano, who moved to Crane’s Mill in May of 2020. Mr. Marzano grew up in Newark, attending East Side High School before serving in the Army during World War II. Mr. Marzano had a long career in law enforcement, including 28 years as a Newark police officer. He enjoys playing cards and spending time with his family, who live close to the community. …Read More »