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Darcy Lee loves to garden. But the small yard at his townhouse in Lauren s Harbor, N.J., doesn t afford him enough room for more than a few plants. Instead, he gardens with his friend Augie Chai at Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls.

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The thing that sold me to move to Seabrook was the auditorium, Lindo Meli says. I saw the potential to do showshere that would appeal to people my age, who live here. A life-long entertainer, Meli started the Seabrook Performers Theatrical Group upon moving to the Tinton Falls community. The group produces at least two shows a year in Seabrook s 250-seat auditorium.

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Scads of volunteers cover the sand at Fifth Avenue and Gazebo in Bradley Beach, N.J.

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In honor of those serving overseas, Seabrook provided some comfort to troops and offered its own special way of saying thanks. [caption id="attachment_13564" align="alignright" width="280" caption="May Yeh, Shirley Sliker, Ruth Gay, Jane Finton, and Art Wenzel load donated items.

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Tea Party may now be synonymous with a rising political movement, but to Ruth Eckle, it s an entertaining afternoon spent with friends. [caption id="attachment_12854" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Edith Lovette entertains with soft piano music during the high tea at Seabrook.

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Marie Cook isn t a professional photographer. She doesn t even use Photoshop to correct color and clarity. But she does turn out heartwarming photographs of friends and family that bring smiles to their faces. She s proof that learning the art of photography doesn t have to be overwhelming or expensive.

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Swimming laps sounds like exercise to most people. But for Ed Braun, swimming is in addition to exercise.

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Seabrookresident Regina Thomas believes that one of the keys to successful aging is to give and receive love. Widowed later in life, this former dental hygienist, trade publication writer, and TV talk show host has spent the past year putting her theories about love and older adults down on paper in Love and C