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Couple joins longtime friends, neighbors at Brooksby

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October 26th, 2010

Claire and Guy Colella were already regulars at Brooksby Village when they moved in this past spring. As frequent dinner guests of friends who had been living at Brooksby nearly three years, the Colellas became familiar with the community and its apartment homes before deciding the time was right to make the move. The Colellas had downsized from their longtime home in Malden, Mass., to a smaller home in Wakefield, Mass., but they were tired of maintaining a yard and felt ready for the next step. They had taken a liking to their friends Jackson-style, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home, so they put their names on Brooksby s priority list, asking to be notified when a Jackson became available.

You get to know everyone; I find there are very interesting people here. Claire Colella, Brooksby resident The couple sat back and waited, assuming they would get a call about an opening in a year or two. To their surprise, six months later a Jackson was available. The Colellas decided to take a look, thinking the apartment home might be far from their friends, a couple they had lived next to in Malden for 40 years. Lo and behold, of ten residence buildings, they are right above us, Mrs. Colella says. She remembers thinking: It s meant to be for us to be right under our friends; we ve got to move in.

Pleasant spot

The Colellas chose the Jackson in part for its corner placement with windows on both sides and for its kitchen. In a bright corner with large windows and a view of the community s gazebo and gardens, Mrs. Colella says, It s very pleasant. The Colellas kitchen gets more use than most at Brooksby, as Mr. Colella has a penchant for cooking. A hobby since he was a Boy Scout, Colella specializes in Italian dishes. He once owned 100 cookbooks and he often clips new recipes and cooks about twice a week. Though Mr. Colella enjoys cooking, he says he appreciates the food at Brooksby, where one meal a day is included in the cost of living. Mr. Colella s favorite is the salad bar, but his wife says of the changing menu, You can always find something you like. The Colellas eat dinners twice a week with their longtime friends, but the rest of the time they sit with new people at the restaurant s large, round tables. By the time you re finished with dinner, you know everyone s history, he says. His wife adds: You get to know everyone; I find there are very interesting people here.

New interests

The Colellas have begun to get acquainted with Brooksby s activities as well. He plays cribbage once a week and she recently tried Zumba, a new fitness class at Brooksby that involves various types of Latin dance. She also plans to explore the community s line dancing class and knitting groups. The couple remain loyal members of a candlepin bowling league in Malden. They also see new movies shown weekly at Brooksby and they and their grandchildren take advantage of the community s swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The Colellas say they are fortunate to be a short drive from all five of their children and their nine grandchildren. Referencing Brooksby s doctor s office, pharmacy, hair salon, bank, and general store, all a short walk from their apartment home, Claire Colella says: Anything you want is right there.