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Michael DeVito Promoted to Senior Facility Manager at Brooksby Village

Mar 11, 2014

Peabody, MA --  Michael DeVito, of Saugus, has been promoted to Senior Facility Manager at Brooksby Village.  He will be in charge of Maintenance and Engineering at Brooksby Village.

DeVito has been with Brooksby Village for five years working in the Maintenance Department.  A year ago, DeVito earned his Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Certification from the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE).  [caption id="attachment_107573" align="aligncenter" width="222"] Mike DeVito[/caption] About Brooksby Village: Brooksby Village is one of 16 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living.   The scenic 90 acre campus is located...

Residents at Brooksby Village Enjoyed Foods From Different Countries During Olympics

Feb 24, 2014
Peabody, MA -- People who live at Brooksby Village enjoyed different cuisines from around the world every night during the Olympics. "To celebrate the Olympics, we offered a special meal every evening in all of our restaurants highlighting a different country," said Charleen Archambault, Director of Dining Services, Brooksby Village.  "We offered cuisine from Canada, Mexico, France and China. We also featured  Iceland with a monkfish stew, Portugal with a Portuguese stew with calamari and chorizo sausage, Serbia where we featured a dessert called Tulambe, a sweet dough that is traditionally fried and soaked in a simple syrup overnight and...

Seniors Going Back to School at Brooksby Village

Feb 24, 2014
Peabody, MA -- People who live at Brooksby Village are eager to learn and have just started their third semester of Live and Learn courses at Brooksby Village.   "A group of residents and staff came together to talk about ways to increase the number of educational opportunities offered at Brooksby Village," said Fran Gerrior, Community Resources Lead Coordinator, Brooksby Village.  "Residents expressed how interested they are in continuing their life-long learning, most especially from the comfort of their Brooksby Village home.  From these meetings, Live and Learn was created and all of the classes offered are taught by people who...

Tracie Bettano Named Director of Continuing Care at Brooksby Village

Feb 10, 2014
Peabody, MA -- Tracie Bettano of Topsfield, MA has been promoted to Director of Continuing Care at Brooksby Village. Bettano has over 20 years of healthcare experience in the rehabilitation area both as a speech-language pathologist and departmental leader.  She joined Brooksby Village ten years ago as part of the team who opened the Continuing Care building at Brooksby Village.  In 2005, she was promoted to a corporate role as a Director of Rehabilitation Operations.  In 2009, Bettano returned to Brooksby Village to oversee inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and wellness.  Bettano received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology after attending...

Beth McNelis Promoted to Resident Life Director at Brooksby Village

Jan 28, 2014
Peabody, MA -- Brooksby Village has promoted Beth McNelis of Melrose, MA to the position of Resident Life Director at Brooksby Village. McNelis has been at Brooksby Village since 2007 when she was hired as the Director of Philanthropy and then named Director of Philanthropy and Communications. In this role, McNelis will oversee Community Resources, Volunteer Programs, Special Trips, TV/AV, Pastoral Ministries, Rehabilitation, Wellness Services, and more. McNelis has a degree in Chinese Studies from Denison University and is pursuing her Masters in Healthcare Management from UMass. About Brooksby Village: Brooksby Village is one of 16 continuing...

Former Boston Broadcaster Helping Others Quit Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis

Nov 18, 2013

Peabody, MA - Bob Mehrman, a former broadcaster on Boston TV and Boston radio, smoked for years.  When he finally realized smoking wasn't good for him, he quit.  Two years later he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx due to smoking.   In 1990 he underwent a laryngectomy, the surgical removal of his voice box and now talks with an electrolarynx, the handheld device that creates vibration that allows him to speak. 

Since then, Mehrman who now lives at Brooksby Village and was a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, has spent years educating others...

A Giant Turkey and Brooksby Village Residents Will Walk Together for Haven From Hunger

Nov 18, 2013

Peabody, MA - One large turkey and hundreds of people from Brooksby Village will participate in the annual Turkey Trot at Brooksby Village on Wednesday, November 20 at 11am.

Over the last few weeks, people donated canned goods and other food donations and both will be presented to Haven From Hunger before the walk at 11am.  Then walkers will walk a mile around the campus. 

"This is an annual event so it's nice to see everyone turn out year after year to help Haven From Hunger," said Stefanie Fuller,...

Brooksby Village Hosted its own Red Sox Rolling Rally Featuring Mayor of Peabody

Nov 12, 2013
Peabody, MA --   Brooksby Village in Peabody celebrated the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series at their very own Red Sox Rolling Rally.  Residents and staff watched as Mayor Ted Bettencourt, State Rep Leah Cole, people dressed as the Red Sox, a replica World Series Trophy and more passed by in the parade.  There was also a meet and greet with Wally the Green Monster in the Brooksby Village Catering Room. [caption id="attachment_75897" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Left to right: Mickey Ratte, Brooksby Village resident; John Tisdale, Brooksby Village Resident; Wally the Green Monster; Cheryl Whittier, Philanthropy Manager, Brooksby...

For 65 Years, Mickey Ratte has been a Huge Red Sox Fan...and She is Getting a Big Kick out of the Beards This Year!

Oct 15, 2013
Peabody, MA -- Mickey Ratte remembers listening to the Red Sox games on the radio with her parents in her home in Peabody at just 12 years of age.   For 65 years, Ratte has been a huge Red Sox Fan and continues to watch every game where she lives at Brooksby Village in Peabody.  She has also been involved with planning Red Sox Pep Rally's and other sporting events at the Retirement Community. "I loved watching Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr," said Ratte.  "These were great men who were not about the publicity but about their team.  They were...

Brooksby Village to Host Open House and Arts and Crafts Fair

Oct 11, 2013
WHAT:   People are invited to visit an Open House and Arts and Crafts Fair at Brooksby Village, in Peabody on Saturday, November 2 beginning at 9:30am.   People will have the opportunity to tour apartments and get an inside look at vibrant retirement living at Brooksby Village.  There will also be 30 crafters, some of who live and work at Brooksby Village, displaying and selling their handmade jewelry, paintings, holiday items, soaps, scarves, water colors, glass work, knitted items, and more.   Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the vendors will be donated to The Brooksby Village Scholarship Fund, a fund...