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Cedar Crest in the News

See the latest happenings at our Northern New Jersey retirement community.

Cedar Crest Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Sep 10, 2016

In August, Crest Crest celebrated its fifteenth anniversary as one of North Jersey’s most popular continuing care retirement communities. On August 19, Cedar Crest c ommemorated this important milestone with a ceremony on campus.

Executive Director Lou Varella gave a warm welcome to the more than 100 guests in attendance.

“Fifteen years ago our first two residents made the choice to add more living to their lives and chose Cedar Crest...

Cedar Crest Tour Showcases Spectacular Resident Patio Gardens

Jul 12, 2016

On June 12, during National Garden Week, more than 65 residents enjoyed the beauty of their neighbors ’ patio gardens during Cedar Crest’s Birdhouse and Garden Tour.

The tour featured the resident gardens of Colleen Canavan and Karnig Thomasian. The annual fundraising event supports the Cedar Crest Resident Care Fund, which provides support to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources. Tickets were $5 and included a tour and refreshments.



Apr 5, 2016

On Sunday, May 1, Cedar Crest residents will host a tricky tray fundraiser at Woodland Commons Conference Center at Cedar Crest, 1 Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance (no sales at the door) and includes a light lunch, 20 tier 1 tickets, and a special performance by the Pequannock Township High School Band. To purchase tickets, contact Rich Cirelli at 973-835-2579.

The event features more than 100 prizes including a Go-Pro...

Cedar Crest Residents Participate in Free Group Exercise Day

Feb 17, 2016

Cedar Crest, an active continuing care adult community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, hosted a free Group Exercise Day on February 2. More than 60 residents participated in the fun event that included a variety of fitness classes such as Ageless Grace, Posture and Power, Zumba, Cardio Circuit, Balance, Stretch-n-Tone, and Yoga as well as free blood pressure readings, heart rate readings, healthy refreshments, and raffle prizes.

"Exercise is important for seniors,” said Cedar Crest Fitness Coordinator Jennifer Schweizer. “It bolsters the immune system and lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis....

WWII Letter Returned to Cedar Crest Resident, 70 Years Later

Jan 4, 2016

Cedar Crest resident Carolyn DePodwin was surprised when she opened a Fed-Ex package recently and a letter, postmarked July 1945 with a 6-cent Airmail stamp, addressed to her husband Horace fell out. The letter was written by Carolyn 70 years ago to her soon-to-be husband, a soldier serving in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during WWII. Luckily, the Australian couple who found the letter in a used book they purchased online realized how important the historical document was and wanted to return it to its original owner.

The couple googled the name “DePodwin,” found...

Cedar Crest residents Donate Over 100 gifts to Local Shelter

Dec 16, 2015

Residents at Cedar Crest, an active retirement community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, donated over 100 gifts to a local shelter in December. Gifts included toys, games, stuffed animals, shoes, clothing and coats. The drive is organized each year on campus by Cathy Matich, Gloria McCormick and other Cedar Crest residents.

A holiday party was held at the shelter on December 12. At the party, children met Santa, played games, and received candy canes. The presents were delivered secretly to the shelter so the mothers could give the presents to their children on Christmas day. In addition, each mother...

Cedar Crest Residents Donate $242,646 to Staff Appreciation Fund

Dec 10, 2015

Residents at Cedar Crest raised $242,646 for the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. The annual campaign is a way for residents to show their gratitude to non-management hourly employees at the community.

On December 8, Cedar Crest hosted a Staff Appreciation Fund celebration where residents were able to express their gratitude toward employees and help distribute donated funds to each eligible employee. Over 755 hourly staff members received a gift.

“It’s one of my favorite days of the year at Cedar Crest. The residents enjoy giving this gift to the employees and the employees always graciously thank the residents,”...

Cedar Crest Seniors Remember Frank Sinatra in Short Documentary

Dec 4, 2015

A screening of “Seniors in Sinatra’s Backyard,” a short documentary paying tribute to Frank Sinatra on his 100th birthday, featuring residents of Cedar Crest, an active continuing care retirement community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, will be held on December 11 at 3 p.m. at Woodland Commons Conference Center.

Many of the residents of Cedar Crest have been faithful fans of Sinatra since they were teenagers and their love and passion for the man and his music continues to this day. The seniors recall meeting him in person, attending his concerts, and of course, singing and dancing to his...

Cedar Crest Residents Craft Over 220 Angels and Snowmen

Dec 4, 2015

Residents of Cedar Crest, a retirement community in Pompton Plains, created over 220 Angels and Snowmen to give as holiday gifts to residents in Mountainview Gardens, the continuing care community on campus. The crafters are members of Cedar Crest’s “Compassion and Caring Angels” group.

“We wanted to put a smile on the faces of residents and let them know that they are not alone,” said Barbara Schmitt, founder of the campus group.

“Everyone has an opportunity for a gift,” said Alan Bowen, Chaplain at Mountainview Gardens. On December 7, Bowen will dress as St. Nick and distribute the...

Crime Novelist Allison Leotta to Visit Fox Run May 17

May 11, 2015

NOVI, MI (May 11, 2015) -- Allison Leotta, a Michigan native and author of four novels, will visit Fox Run retirement community Sunday, May 17 , at 2 p.m., to talk, read and sign copies of her book A Good Killing.

Leotta’s novels capture the inner workings of criminal investigations. She served as federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., where she handled sex crimes, domestic violence and crimes against children.

She is a graduate of Michigan State University and Harvard Law School and has provided legal commentary for CNN, PBS, Reuters TV and MSNBC on Ariel Castro, Dominique Strauss-Kahn,...