Seabrook Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Grand Fashion

TINTON FALLS, NJ -- On October 13, 1997, ceremonial shovels stabbed into a cleared patch of land off of Essex Rd. near the Garden State Parkway in the Borough of Tinton Falls. What was being christened that day was not just a mound of dirt for another housing development, but the genesis of what would become a life changing, positive and vibrant way of life for many seniors who would call a place named Seabrook their new home. One year later, Seabrook opened its doors to the first residents, and 15 years from that milestone, the home to so many has become a thriving continuing care retirement community serving hundreds upon hundreds of seniors throughout the region. Earlier today, Seabrook held a ceremony to honor its 15 year anniversary - a legacy that marks the community as a vital part of the Borough of Tinton Falls and Monmouth County. Seabrook proudly received proclamations from the New Jersey State Senate, General Assembly, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and was also recognized by the Borough of Tinton Falls. The Board of Chosen Freeholders declared November 6, 2013 as "Seabrook Day" throughout Monmouth County. The proclamations were read by Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley; 13th Legislative District Aide for State Senator Jennifer Beck, Morganne Firmstone, who also represented Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini; and Tinton Falls Borough President, and Seabrook resident Gary Baldwin. Students from the Tinton Falls Middle School also performed several musical numbers for Seabrook residents and guests. In addition, Seabrook's very own resident stellar musical group, The Silvertones performed as well. A professional-quality style video, videotaped, written, produced and edited by the Seabrook Television Department was played for residents, giving audience members a glimpse into Seabrook's past, and what the early days were like. Throughout the entire week Seabrook will be celebrating fifteen years as a premiere retirement community in grand fashion. This past Monday, a tree planting took place, which will leave behind a legacy of nature, growth and remembrance. On Tuesday, Seabrook held an Interfaith Prayer Service, followed by entertainment by Lenny King. Later this week there will be an Ice Cream Social and an Anniversary Cake will be cut to honor Seabrook's Happy Birthday. On Saturday, the community will host the 15th Anniversary Party. This will be an evening of delectable dining and entertainment by Tim McLoone and the Shirlies. Much has happened in 15 years. Seabrook aspired to be a community where older adults could lead an active and engaging lifestyle under one roof with a small town feel - offering dozens of exciting amenities and services.  The community would consist of two large clubhouses featuring an on-site medical center, staffed by full-time doctors, restaurants, convenience stores, beauty parlor, a fitness center, swimming pool, activity rooms, classrooms, game rooms and even a bank. It wouldn't be long before the residents of Seabrook would reach out into the community beyond its own walls for benevolent causes. Many of the residents became involved in volunteering their time and experience with local organizations like the United Way, FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties or the Mahala F. Atchison School. Seabrook also has had a positive economic impact on the region by generating jobs and tax revenue. From 2000 to date, Seabrook has paid $47.5 million to the borough in taxes. Seabrook is also a major contributor to the regional economy, providing jobs to approximately 650 people living in the area. From the period of 2000 through the end of 2012, $181 million in wages have gone to full and part-time employees. And, for 2013, $15.2 million has been paid to employees. Seabrook also provides jobs and career opportunities for local school students who work in our dining rooms and other departments. "Seabrook is a place that promotes an active, engaging and healthy lifestyle for its residents and helps them live life to the fullest," said Art Sparks, Seabrook Executive Director. "For 15 years this community has made a difference in the lives of so many, and as we enter the next 15 and beyond, we will continue to strive to improve the lives of so many more who become a part of this great community." About Seabrook:  Seabrook is one of 16 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 98 acre campus is located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey and is home to more than 1,400 residents. Seabrook is the perfect greater Monmouth and Ocean County retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure. # # #