Crane’s Mill Blog: Winter

Celebrate the Beauty of Winter at Crane’s Mill

Senior Living at Crane’s Mill provides the finest in apartments, cottages, food, services, amenities, and of course, the freedom to truly enjoy the winter season without concern for snow or ice. What are you favorite winter memories? Ours include celebrating the holidays with family and friends. But sometimes, especially as we age, it becomes harder to enjoy the winter season because of snow, ice, and extreme cold weather. For Crane’s Mill residents, those worries are a thing of the past. They can focus on doing the things they truly enjoy, like staying active and healthy, taking a swim in our …Read More »


Winter is Here—Stay Warm and Safe this Season

Here are some tips to stay secure all winter long. Another winter season is upon us, and along with the majesty of the snowy trees and beauty of the holiday decorations come the dangers of icy roads, slippery walks, and bitter cold temperatures. As we age, it’s especially important to stay mindful of the outdoor conditions before heading out—or deciding to stay in—for the day. For instance, if you have a doctor’s appointment that’s only a short drive away, and the roads seem fine, you may think it’s automatically ok to clean off the car, shovel your driveway, and head on …Read More »


The Polar Express: A Look at our Residents’ Very Special Holiday Train Display

Crane’s Mill residents concoct, conduct lovely locomotives. Crane’s Mill is a special community in large part because of its residents. Many come from Northern New Jersey and beyond, bringing their individual backgrounds and traditions to our lovely community. The holidays are a great example of many different residents coming together and celebrating, embracing their traditions and making new ones along the way. Here’s a great example of a wonderful Crane’s Mill tradition: Tucked away in a corner of the Sycamore II building at Crane’s Mill is a magical train set created by a group of our most passionate and imaginative residents. Small …Read More »


Winter Worries? Not This Year!

At Crane’s Mill, our residents enjoy the beauty of winter without any of the hassle. Here are just some of the ways our residents handle with winter season in stride: Snow Covered Car? We shovel your parking space, clean off your car, and park you car back in your space. Slippery Roads? Our van and car service is fully included, ready to drive you for appointments, errands, and trips. Food Shopping? Our Corner Market is located inside Towne Square, and offers prepared foods, pantry items, dairy items, cold drinks, and more. Dinner? (plus breakfast, lunch & snacks) The Candleberry Dining Room, …Read More »


The Best of 2014: A Look Back at Top Posts from the Crane’s Mill Courier Blog

Join us for a look back at the top posts from the Crane’s Mill Courier—the official blog for Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey. 2014 saw so many wonderful posts on our blog. Thanks to you, the readers, we’re always coming up with new ideas and new ways to share what’s going on at Crane’s Mill (and beyond). We thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the year that was—click the links below to view top 10 posts of 2014…enjoy! In January, we celebrated National Thank You Month. We had …Read More »


Snow Covered Car? Let Crane’s Mill do the Heavy Lifting!

Did you know that Crane’s Mill residents enjoy the luxury of never having to shovel, scrape, or brush ever again? Each winter, our maintenance department and dedicated landscaping team are on stand-by at the first sign of a snowfall. For residents who park outside (there is garage parking available in Creekside and our cottages), our staff cleans off the resident’s car, cleans out the parking space, and puts the car back in the spot, ready for it’s next outing to the grandkids house or holiday shopping trip. This is just one of many winter season services provided by our team …Read More »


We’re Gearing Up for the Holidays

Crane’s Mill residents really have it made in the winter. With the holidays right around the corner (can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?), we thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the annual traditions here at Crane’s Mill. First, there are always multiple holiday-themed performances, both on and off campus. In Hinman Hall, musical performances from pianists, jazz and choral groups are common throughout the year, and in December the usual jazz and pop standards give way to holiday favorites. Off campus, our residents enjoy trips to the Paper Mill Playhouse, NJPAC, and New …Read More »


Are You Ready for Another Snowy, Icy, Bitter Cold Northern New Jersey Winter?

This year, trade in all your winter worries for a lifestyle of convenience, luxury, and peace of mind at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community. This winter, trade in cabin fever for water aerobics, daily exercise classes, and live entertainment. Trade in slippery roads and sidewalks for the security of retirement living—including door-to-door transportation. Trade in running out of groceries for restaurant-style ding and a grocery store just a few indoor steps from your front door. Trade in being stuck at home for having everything you need right at your fingertips—including world-class healthcare. Trade in the inconvenience and dangers of dealing with …Read More »


At Long Last … Spring is Here!

After one doozy of a winter, let’s take a moment to welcome spring with open arms. Ahh spring. Finally. We’ve eagerly counted down the days to this season of renewal, rebirth, and rejuvenation. The temperatures will begin to warm, the days will grow longer, and the beauty of many different colors will appear all around us. It’s truly an inspirational time of year. During an especially long, cold, snowy, icy winter season, the promise of spring can sometimes seem so distant. Yes once again, like clockwork (or, calendar-work?), spring has graciously arrived once again! So let’s enjoy this first day of …Read More »


A Look Back: Highlights from the February Activities Calendar

The Northern New Jersey winter weather didn’t stop Crane’s Mill Retirement Community residents from having an exceptional month filled with all sorts of fun activities. Join us as we take look back at the exciting month that was at Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey: Feb 2: The month kicked-off with a Super Bowl party in the Cherry Blossom Lounge Feb 4: The Music of Oscar Hammerstein live performance in Hinman Hall Feb 5: Reading, Writing, and Graceful Aging in the Library Feb 7: Lyrica Chamber Music concert by guitarist M. Grgic in Hinman Hall Feb 11: “Songs of …Read More »