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Residents travel in style with Seabrook’s transportation

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September 20th, 2011

Imagine: It s Saturday night in New York City. You re driving, trying to get to a Broadway show. You can t find parking, the sky just opened up, and you re now 15 minutes late. Now imagine the same scenario, except you re riding comfortably in a shuttle bus driven by your favorite driver, who drops you off at the theater s front door and picks you up there to go home. You barely even get wet.

Day or night out

SeabrookTrip Coordinator Yvonne Van Pelt arranges day trips to local theaters and restaurants, as well as farther destinations like New York City and Atlantic City, fromErickson Living s Tinton Falls, N.J., community. Aside from planning itineraries, she coordinates shuttle buses with responsible Erickson Living drivers to take community members to and from their destinations. I plan trips to theaters, restaurants, museums any place of interest to our residents, Van Pelt says. Jim McDonnell, who moved to Seabrook two years ago with his wife, Grace, says theater trips in particular are extremely important to his lifestyle, and the ease of travel with Seabrook makes a huge difference. We have so many theaters right in our backyard just within a ten-mile radius, Van Pelt says. There s always something playing any time of year. Jim and Grace have been to several shows since moving two years ago, from local theaters like the Ocean Grove Auditorium to New York City s Broadway district. They ve seen a variety of performers and performances Tony Bennett, Billy Elliott, Anything Goes, and Sister Act, among others. My wife and I have always been theater-goers. It s very important to us, and it s far more convenient traveling with Seabrook, Jim says. The bus drops you off at the front door of the theater and picks you up at the front door. You don t have to take a train or worry about parking. It couldn t be easier. Van Pelt says most day trips use Seabrook transportation vehicles and drivers. For larger excursions, they hire a charter. Either option requires trip-goers to purchase a ticket, which covers transportation and admission to the event or destination. Jim says it s worth every penny. It s affordable to travel with Seabrook, he says.

Transportation nation

Fellow Seabrook community member Helen Vesper, who doesn t drive, owes her frequent excursions to local restaurants to the convenience afforded by Seabrook s transportation, The drivers are fantastic, and it s always a pleasant ride. I enjoy that as much as the food, she says. Helen says she likes to try a different restaurant each month. And while she says Seabrook s transportation department provides excursions to a variety of restaurants, I stick to my favorites, which include Old Man Rafferty, in Asbury Park; Molly Pitcher Inn, in Red Bank; The Shrimp Box, in Point Pleasant Beach; and What s Your Beef, in Rumson. I enjoy eating out, Helen adds, but it s also something I can do on my own. It s a way for me to see New Jersey, and it s affordable. The transportation charge for each day trip runs between $10 and $13.

Travel-ease

The ease of excursions corresponds to the easy lifestyle at Seabrook for Jim, Grace, Helen, and their fellow travelers. We love living at Seabrook, Jim says. Everything one needs is available here the medical center, restaurants, fitness center. You don t need to go anywhere to get what you need. When Seabrook community members do want to venture off campus, the community provides its own shuttle bus service to local shopping malls, grocery stores, and other areas of interest. The monthly service fee covers this service, along with 24/7 home maintenance, use of all community amenities, and one meal a day in any of the on-site restaurants. Some residents have told me that one reason they moved here is because of the benefits of the transportation department in addition to all the other services we provide, Van Pelt says. It s a real advantage to have all these services right at their fingertips.

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