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Ground Breaking for Expansion at Continuing Care at Brooksby Village

Oct 15, 2015

Peabody, MA -- Many attended the ground breaking ceremony for the expansion at Continuing Care at Brooksby Village. The expansion will add 28 assisted care units, including four two-bedroom units.

From left to right; John Evans, Brooksby Village resident; Sue Evans, Brooksby Village resident; State Rep Leah Cole; Senator Joan Lovely; Lois Anderson, Brooksby Village resident; Helen Lanagan, Executive Director, Brooksby Village; Tracie Bettano, Associate Executive Director; Brooksby Village; Dick Thornburg, Brooksby Village resident; Garth Johnson, VP Cutler Associates; Stan Yeakel, Director of General Services, Brooksby Village and Justin Paradis; Director of Continuing Care, Brooksby Village....

Charlestown Centenarians Celebrate 75th Wedding Anniversary

Aug 19, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 18, 2015) -- Centenarians Walter and Lisette Kimmel today celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m. – the exact date and time when they were married in 1940 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Baltimore. They did so at a party held in their honor at Charlestown retirement community where they now live.

Their celebration included Big Band music, cake and an opportunity to reminisce about the great year of 1940. SugarBakers of Catonsville generously provided a personalized cake for Walter and Lisette to enjoy.

Walter and Lisette met at 22 years of age...

Perez Triplets All Work Together at Brooksby Village

Aug 4, 2015

Peabody, MA -- They were all born together so why not all work together! Olivia, Gilberto and Sofia Perez, triplets from Danvers, all work together at Brooksby Village.

"We have friends who work here and they all spoke very highly about Brooksby Village," said Olivia Perez. "I applied first and got the job, shortly after me Gilberto got a job here and then Sofia. Just like the order we were born! I love talking with everyone who lives at Brooksby Village and meeting new people every day. So far it has been an amazing experience."...

Brooksby Village Wraps Holiday Gifts for Operation Troop Support

Aug 4, 2015

Peabody, MA -- It was Christmas in July at Brooksby Village!

More than 40 people attended a Holiday Gift Wrapping Party at Brooksby Village for Operation Troop Support (OTS). They also signed holiday cards.

“Brooksby Village does this event with Operation Troop Support every year,” said Fran Gerrior, Community Resources Lead Coordinator. “Residents and OTS volunteers wrap gifts in holiday paper while listing to music. OTS then sends the gifts to troops overseas and to those in hospitals. It’s a wonderful event every year.”

Brooksby Village is one of 18 continuing care retirement communities...

Brooksby Village Hosted The Longest Day, an Alzheimer’s Awareness Event

Aug 4, 2015

Peabody, MA -- The residents and staff at Brooksby Village, a continuing care retirement community in Peabody, participated in The Longest Day. Events were held throughout the day beginning at 6 AM and ending at 10 PM.

“The Longest Day at Brooksby Village has a goal of raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kate Hayes, Social Worker, Brooksby Village. “ The team at Brooksby Village created a great opportunity to join together around the summer solstice and raise Alzheimer’s awareness. Some of our events included swimming and exercise activities, a Memory Support expo, a walk around...

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

Jun 22, 2015

Peabody, MA -- This fall local students working at Brooksby Village will head to college and for some, continue on with their college/trade school education. Thanks to the over 1700 people who live at Brooksby Village, 35 students from the North Shore will receive the $5,000 Brooksby Village Student Scholarship.

“We have awarded the Brooksby Village scholarship to 359 students (including this year’s students) since the program started in 2002,” said Kim Whitworth, 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. We...

Brooksby Village Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Jun 15, 2015

Peabody, MA -- Fifteen years ago, Brooksby Village opened its doors for the first time. This month, people who live and work at Brooksby Village celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Continuing Care Retirement Community with a number of events.

“This is an exciting time for everyone here at Brooksby Village,” said Helen Lanagan, Executive Director, Brooksby Village. “Our committee worked very hard to make all of the events happen including a special lunch for all the residents who have been with us from the very beginning.”

Events included a 15th Anniversary Outdoor Concert, a Celebration, a Bench...

Brooksby Village Resident Turns 100 and goes Parasailing in Jamaica!

Jun 2, 2015

Peabody, MA -- Gert Schutz, who lives at Brooksby Village in Peabody, wanted to do something fun and adventurous for her 100 th birthday. The party that was thrown for her was fun but she wanted to something more exciting.

While in Jamaica celebrating her big day she decided to parasail!

“I have always wanted to try it for years!” said Schutz. “I absolutely loved it and when I came back on land my first comment was “it wasn’t long enough.” I have to say I was talk of the island while I was there! People...

Antiques Show at Brooksby Village celebrates 25th Episode!

May 12, 2015

Peabody, MA – Marie Wakefield, Brooksby Village resident, has always enjoyed watching Antiques Roadshow on television. As a host at Brooksby Village’s own TV station she thought there would be potential in having a similar show.

Now 4 years and 24 shows later, they are celebrating their 25 th show!

“We have over 1700 people who live here at Brooksby Village and I always thought people must have interesting things here they would want to share,” said Wakefield. “I reached out to Henry Jensen, an antiques dealer, and he from the very beginning has always come on...

Melanie Bernardin Promoted to Director of Resident Life at Brooksby Village

May 12, 2015

Peabody, MA -- Melanie Bernardin has been promoted to Director of Resident Life at Brooksby Village.

In her new role she will manage several departments including Community Resources, Trips, Fitness/Wellness, Pastoral, TV/AV, Philanthropy, Visiting Nurse Services, Home Support Services, Outpatient Rehab, and Social Work at Brooksby Village.

Melanie first joined Brooksby Village in 2007 as a Senior Social Work Manager. Previously, she worked in various hospitals and outpatient medical settings. She holds a B.A. Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Married with...