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‘I’ve been a busy girl’

Seabrook resident takes full advantage of all the community offers

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April 16th, 2015
While Judy Tier owns an interior design business, she is also involved in a host of clubs and activities at Seabrook, where she lives.
While Judy Tier owns an interior design business,

The Tribune interviewed Judy Tier last summer before she moved to EricksonLiving community is treating her. 

Seated comfortably at her espresso-colored dining room table adorned with a stunning arrangement of green and purple hydrangeas, she immediately says, “I love it here.”  

She starts from the beginning: “One of the highlights was the moving process itself,” which started her new life on the right foot. 

Though Judy works as an interior designer and often coordinates with local real estate agents to stage homes for sale, she decided to use an agent recommended by Laurie Williamson, Seabrook’s personal moving consultant. It was worth it. She sold her house in just ten days “for more than what I was expecting,” Judy says.

She also used a moving company Williamson recommended. “They were wonderful.” 

And on moving day, “Seabrook had lunch waiting for me in the refrigerator,” she says. 

Three days later, a greeter—a resident on the Welcome Committee—arrived at her apartment with a handout of quick information such as restaurants and hours, who to call for general services, and her own personal phone number. Later, they went out to dinner in one of Seabrook’s restaurants so Judy could meet neighbors and get acclimated. 

The experience made Judy jump right into the activities she now embraces daily—welcoming and acclimating new residents. 

Getting connected

Seven months after moving to Seabrook, Judy now leads the Welcome Committee, serves as a resident ambassador to prospective residents, and started a new program called Get Connected. 

“I think the welcome committee and ambassador programs are integral part of getting acclimated,” she says. 

Resident ambassadors attend sales luncheons to answer questions from people interested in moving to Seabrook. They also buddy up with those who participate in the Live the Life program, which enables priority list members to experience Seabrook for a day and/or night before reserving a home.

Welcome Committee members greet new residents shortly after they move in, take them to dinner with a small group of neighbors, introduce them to activities, and generally help them get acclimated. 

New this year, the committee also posts photos of new residents on bulletin boards outside the Princeton and Fireside Restaurants. 

“Every month, we put up pictures of people who are moving in and which building they’re in,” Judy says. “I’ve had new residents say ‘So-and-so saw my picture, and now we’re going to lunch.’ It’s another way to get people connected.”

Speaking of connecting people, Judy’s new Get Connected program hosts each month’s new residents for a meal in Seabrook’s private dining room. “We invite the new residents for that month and eat in the private dining room in a circle and get to know each other. I have a list of questions,” Judy says. 

“At Get Connected, we’re proactive,” she explains. “We find out their interests and have the leader of a club call that person to see if they’d like to get involved [if it matches their interest].”

Freedom to participate

Judy has taken full advantage of life at Seabrook, which is exactly why she decided to move there at 71.

After listening to her mother, who moved to Seabrook at age 84, say over and over, “I should have done this sooner,” Judy followed in her footsteps—but earlier. 

“You come here to live,” she says. “Everything you need is here, and you have the predictability.”

The “predictability” she refers to encompasses both finances and home maintenance. She can budget easily because her monthly service fee stays the same and includes all utilities, a flexible meal plan, maintenance, and use of all community amenities. 

“My months are predictable; my finances are predictable. I’m not concerned about a $2,000 assessment because the roof caved in or the air conditioner unit needing to be replaced, which both happened to me,” she says. “I don’t have to worry about the surprise of finances.”

“And,” she adds, “the practical way of living enables me to be a participator and be socially productive.”

The latter is especially important to Judy since she owns an interior design business and has two to three appointments a week. With her busy schedule, not having to worry about home repairs or maintenance is a blessing—it allows her to enjoy her free time. 

“I have more time to think about and do the fun things now that I live here,” she says. “I don’t have the pressure of owning a home.”

Some of those fun things include attending worship services at Colts Neck Community Church, Bible study at Seabrook with Pastoral Ministries Manager David Bowman, and rummy cube once a week with friends. 

“Boy,” Judy reflects, “I’ve been a busy girl!”