Woodworking tools

I call this my little sanctuary, Bill Phelan says, making his way through the three rooms that together form the woodshop at Brooksby, in Peabody, Mass.

Brooksby's residents and staff create close-knit community

When Brooksby Human Resources Coordinator Estefany Pujols leaves her office for a meeting elsewhere on campus, she gives herself an extra five minutes, knowing she s likely to stop and chat. You just walk in the hallways, and residents stop you to say hi, she says. We re basically in the residents home. When five minutes isn t sufficient, Pujols doesn t fret. We re like a family here.

A colorful scarf

When Tryna Gordon gets dressed for the day, she often dons a basic pair of pants and a shirt. Most people would stop there, she says. That s just the beginning for me. Sitting inside her Brooksby apartment home, Tryna proves true to her word. Large silver and blue jewelry pieces accentuate her periwinkle-blue pants and top.

Laughter

Life took a comedic turn this spring for a handful of friends in the eighth production of Theatre at the Pond (TAP), the theater group at Brooksby, in Peabody, Mass. Old Hams, a play by Robert Rinfret, tells the story of the retired live-in friends of a famous actress.

House with Sold sign

After 15 years in their seven-room Wakefield, Mass., house, Dave and Jackie Piligian were exhausted with the landscaping, painting, and snow shoveling. Dave mused: We didn t want to spend all our time working.

Theatrical masks

Frances Schonfeld is a perfect example of how quickly a new resident can become part of the Brooksby community. As the Old Hams cast member newest to Brooksby, Frances joined the spring theater production as a new face in the community and a novice to acting.

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A farm stand trimmed with pumpkins; a living room enveloping a Christmas tree and fireplace; a lighthouse along the seaside: all are scenes created by Bill Carey, who with imagination and precision plays the parts of architect, builder, and decorator. [caption id="attachment_14545" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Bill Carey stands behind shadow boxes that he builds at Brooksb

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[caption id="attachment_13908" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Grace Ittleman stands beside the countertop she had custom-built in her Brighton-style apartment home at Brooksby Village.

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[caption id="attachment_13904" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Loretta Tenaglia holds up the magazine in which she appeared as one of the North Shore s 100 most influential people. (Photo by Setarreh Massihzadegan)"][/caption] She is a familiar face at Brooksby Village, but one rarely seen sitting still.