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Tracie Bettano Named Executive Director of Brooksby Village

Jul 18, 2017

Peabody, MA -- Erickson Living has named Tracie Bettano as the new Executive Director at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA. In her new leadership position, Bettano will oversee the overall operations of this retirement community; one of two Erickson Living developed and managed sites in the Boston area.

"Tracie began her career at Brooksby Village in 2004 and has over 20 years of health care experience in the clinical, rehabilitation, and management areas," said Chris Emmett, Regional Vice President of Operations for Erickson Living. "Tracie’s outstanding operational experience and leadership skills will allow Brooksby Village to remain one of...

45 Local Students Head to College with Scholarships Thanks to Friends at Brooksby Village

May 19, 2017

Peabody, MA -- An exciting announcement was made at the Brooksby Village Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Due to the generosity of Brooksby Village residents, the scholarships have increased from $5,000 to $6,000.

Thanks to the over 1700 people who live at Brooksby Village, 45 students from the North Shore will receive the $6,000 Brooksby Village Student Scholarship.

“We have awarded scholarships to over 400 students since the program started in 2002,” said Elizabeth Macomber, philanthropy manager, Brooksby Village. “The students become eligible for the Brooksby Village Scholarship by completing 1000 hours of work here over a consecutive 2-year period....

Charleen Archambault Receives Brooksby Village’s Leadership Award

Apr 26, 2017

Peabody, MA -- Charleen Archambault, Director of Dining Services at Brooksby Village, was honored as Brooksby Village’s nominee for Erickson Living’s 2016 leadership award at its corporate meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Archambault was selected for her exceptional leadership qualities.

“Charleen oversees 372 employees in five restaurants in Independent Living and seven dining areas in continuing care here at Brooksby Village,” said Brooksby Village Executive Director Helen Lanagan. “She is a major contributor to our Executive Team, thinks outside of her department, shares ideas and always presents a high level of respect regardless of who she is speaking with. Charleen...

65 Residents and Staff Participate in 16th Annual Brooksby Village Marathon

Apr 23, 2017

Peabody, MA -- More than 65 people who live and work at Brooksby Village participated in the 16th annual Brooksby Village Marathon.

“What a great day we had this year,” said Rokia Paone, Fitness Manager, Brooksby Village. “The sun was shining and many came out to run and walk the one mile course. We also had people along the route cheering on the participants. It’s always a very popular event with both residents and staff.”

Brooksby Village residents also filmed the marathon to air on Brooksby Village's internal TV station, TV 919. The crew filmed the marathon on...

2016 Brooksby Village Of the Year Award Winners Announced

Apr 14, 2017

Peabody, MA - More than 200 Brooksby Village employees attended the annual Brooksby Village Winter Party at Danversport Yacht Club. At the event, the 2016 Of The Year awards were given out to four employees.

“The Winter Party is a night to celebrate and thank all Brooksby Village employees for the outstanding contributions they have made over this last year,” said Helen Lanagan, Executive Director, Brooksby Village. “It’s a wonderful night of great food, music, lots of dancing and most importantly, celebrating the great achievements of Brooksby Village employees.”

This year’s winners were:

Leadership Award: Mike Imbriano,...

Brooksby Village Resident Makes 68x90 Quilt Featuring all 45 Presidents

Feb 17, 2017

Peabody, MA -- Flo Perkins, Brooksby Village resident, loves making quilts, but she wanted a challenge. After coming across an idea she saw in a book, she thought, why not make a quilt featuring all the U.S. Presidents.

“I have always enjoyed making quilts,” said Perkins. “Years ago before I made this one I wanted a new challenge and a quilt featuring all the United States Presidents was the answer! It took me more than a year to complete it!”

The quilt, which measures 68 x 90 (each square is 9x9 with a 1 1/2 border) is currently...

100+ residents come together to run Brooksby Village’s Television Studio

Jan 25, 2017

Peabody, MA -- They come from all different backgrounds; school secretaries, office workers, but now, more than 100 Brooksby Village residents all work together to produce more than 50 original shows at the retirement community’s internal TV studio.

“Our goal is to be the source of all information for people who live at Brooksby Village,” said Chris DeThomas, Brooksby Village TV/AV Manager. “This is possible thanks to the more than 100 residents who work with us every day to act as hosts for both live and pre-taped shows, man the cameras, work in the control room and film in...

Brooksby Village Employees Getting in Shape at Work

Jan 17, 2017

Peabody, MA -- Employees are getting in shape and working out here…at Brooksby Village. Employees are using the fitness center, working with personal trainers who work at Brooksby Village and / or are taking exercise classes.

“I have been doing personal training here at Brooksby Village for the past 5+ years,” said Kristen Desmarais, Occupational Therapist, Brooksby Village. “I work on strength, flexibility, endurance and overall health and wellness. Brooksby Village offers the use of its fitness center free of charge and personal training at an affordable cost. Why would I pay more at an outside gym when we...

Brooksby Village residents built 15 ft long North Pole Village

Jan 10, 2017

Peabody, MA - Joan Pappalardo began creating her Dept. 56, North Pole Village years ago with just a few pieces. Some houses were purchased, and some were gifts, but each year her village grew a little larger.

Now, 13 years later, she and her companion, John Murphy, both live at Brooksby Village retirement community in Peabody, unveiled their North Pole Village at 15 feet long and 6 and 8 feet deep.

"John starting putting together the village in September", said Pappalardo. “We have collected more pieces over the years. It was bigger and better than in years past!"...

Two Brooksby Village residents build 15 ft long North Pole Village

Jan 4, 2017

Peabody, MA -- Joan Pappalardo began creating her Dept. 56, North Pole Village years ago with just a few pieces . Some houses were purchased, and some were gifts, but each year her village grew a little larger.

Now, 13 years later, she and her companion, John Murphy, both live at Brooksby Village retirement community in Peabody, will unveil their North Pole Village at 15 feet long and 6 and 8 feet deep.

"John has been putting this together since September", said Pappalardo. “We have collected more pieces over the years. It's even bigger and better than in...