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Getting to know you'

New neighbors bond over cards, books, and fitness classes

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July 31st, 2009

Playing card games is one of many ways people who live at Seabrook get to know each other. Do you remember Deborah Kerr singing Getting to Know You in the King and I Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein s 1951 Broadway musical with Yul Brynner? The song, also recorded by Julie Andrews, Bing Crosby, Lawrence Welk, and countless other musicians, is really all about getting acquainted and could be a theme song for anyone moving to an Erickson community around the country. Getting acquainted Marie Lennox recently moved to Seabrook, the Erickson community in Tinton Falls. Although she is still settling in, she is already enjoying fun social events with her new neighbors, who are quickly becoming her new friends. I ve enjoyed a few of the movie nights and bingo, and I plan to start a walking program, Lennox says. What I m really looking forward to is taking advantage of everything that Erickson has to offer, especially the pool because I love to swim. All Erickson communities have a fitness and aquatics center on campus, with group fitness classes. Lennox says her decision to move to Seabrook was as much an important choice as it was a good one because her two daughters live locally in Toms River and Interlaken. It totally takes the burden off of them worrying about me, she says. I m looking forward to taking a few trips and to extending my life here at Seabrook. I really do think it is the place for me. Getting involved Michele Crawford, originally from Brooklyn, lived in Long Branch, Somerset, and Spring Lake Heights before moving to Seabrook in May. Like Lennox, as a new resident she is exploring the campus and getting to know the clubhouse that is packed with dozens of amenities and resources like the library and game room. I ve been to the library and look forward to joining the reader s club that is forming, she says. I love playing games like mah-jongg and have a few neighbors who share my interests and passions. Crawford occasionally attends Torah study class and enjoys the social events like the happy hour hosted at Seabrook. Additionally, campus services like local transportation enabled her to visit the Monmouth Museum, and she took the New York City Museum Mile tour, which she says she liked very much. Now that I m not tied to a house anymore, it s so much easier to just pick up and go, she says. I m really looking forward to catching a few plays in the next couple of months too. There are fascinating people here and fantastic opportunities.