HallKeen is proud to sponsor New Bedford's annual "City Sidewalks" event this month! This event occurs every second Thursday of the month and features cultural and seasonal events. The event took place on Thursday December 14th, but will continue on next month! Check out the full schedule of events and more HERE.
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Properties from the HK family enjoyed a variety of Thanksgiving celebrations as the holiday season kicks off!
Over 50 people attended a Turkey Luncheon hosted by the staff at Barnum House Apartments (Bridgeport, CT). The food was donated by the local restaurant, Miss Thelma's, who also rents commercial space at the property. All the residents left the event with full bellies and happy hearts.
The Apartments at Coolidge School (Watertown, MA) Thanksgiving Dinner took place on Thursday evening, 11/16/2017. They had a great turnout with delicious food and the residents enjoyed a live band, through the TAP Program, as entertainment.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Fall Photo Contest! Properties from all over the HallKeen Portfolio sent in pictures of the foliage in all it's glory at their properties. See out participant photos below!
Fulton Mills, Fulton NY
Flats at 44 (The Box District), Chelsea MA
Power Town Apartments, Turners Falls MA
Brayton Hill, North Adams MA
Highlands on the East Side, Providence RI
Kimberly Place, Danbury MA
Ten05 West Trade, Charlotte NC
We are so happy that everyone celebrated a happy and safe Halloween this week! Here's some of our favorite shots from around our HK properties. Check back here for more updates as they come in!
The leasing team at Courts of Camp Springs in Camp Springs, MD brings some fun to the office!
Over the weekend residents at the Brook Apartments in Utica, NY put on a Pot Luck Dinner party with music entertainment and a few fun residents dressed up to get in the spirit!
Brayton Hill in North Adams, MA held a children's Halloween event last Friday featuring treats and pumpkin painting! Super cute!
The Highlands on the East Side (Assisted Living) in Providence, RI threw their 4th annual Halloween Party and it was widely attended by residents and grandchildren!
The theme for this year's National Assisted Living Week (Sept. 10th - 16th) was "Family is Forever", so our team at Corcoran House in Clinton, MA took that theme and ran with it!
They hosted a big staff & resident game of Family Feud one day, residents made their own family tree another day and they also got everyone together to take one big Corcoran House family picture!
In addition, the team also hosted the Alzheimer's Association for a program called Effective Communication Strategies that was open to the public as well as residents' families. This explored communication changes due to dementia and the skills needed to successfully connect and communicate throughout the disease process.
Corcoran House residents have been doing a lot of fall related activities recently, one of them being to build a scarecrow.
And of course, last but not least Corcoran House hosted service dogs in training! The residents loved having these well behaved puppies visit them!
Thanks to the great team at Corcoran House for hosting so many amazing events for their residents and sharing photos!
Assisted Living Week at The Highlands!
To celebrate Assisted Living Week the team at the Highlands on the East Side in Providence, RI had many fun activities and events to celebrate their residents and staff. Without a doubt, the most popular event was the employee car wash plus Palagi Ice Cream for everyone!! The Highlands Managers washed the employee cars as a thank you to their wonderful staff for all they do! That’s what we call employee appreciation :)
Coolidge School Apartments Resident Appreciation BBQ
Coolidge School Apartments, a senior community in Watertown, MA, held their annual Resident Appreciation BBQ on September 27th featuring a band and food cooked by their staff! Great job Coolidge School team!
Thank you to all of our properties for keeping up your amazing work with resident and staff appreciation!
Brigham House in Watertown, MA held a fabulous Grandparents Day Celebration with the Watertown Family Network.
BH resident, George MacIver was presented with an award as "Best Volunteer Reader". George reads every week at the "Baby Buddy Program", held at BH in partnership with the Watertown Family Network. George reads every Friday, no matter how big or small the crowd and has become a beloved part of the program. At the party, children handed out tea pouches, heresy kisses and poems to BH residents. The bash ended with a raffle and hugs for everyone!
General Shepard Apartments in Westfield, MA held their annual Resident Appreciation Picnic with Richard Mayer’s Country Band to give the 90 residents in attendance a lively show on a beautiful day!
Village Green in Barnstable, MA threw a Resident appreciation BBQ featuring face painting, balloon art, kid’s karaoke, bouncy castles and more! Over 70 residents enjoyed the festivities and delicious food. Great job!
Susan Bailis Assisted Living in Boston, MA held their annual pie baking contest and, as usual, the event was a great success!
Judges for the event were Danielson Tavares, Diversity Chief for the Mayor of Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh, Community Relations Officer Bernadette McCarthy and their resident judge, John Spofford (all judges pictured above). All pies had to be made from scratch and the Susan Bailis staff made 13 of them.
The honor of best pie baker at Susan Bailis went to Executive Director, Mariann Zenitz Jones for her delicious Key Lime Pie! Check out Mariann and Mayor Marty Walsh below!
This coming Monday, August 21st will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible in majority of North America in 38 years and everyone is abuzz about it! This event is a once in a lifetime experience, and a great opportunity to organize a casual event with your residents! Have some eclipse glasses available, put "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on loop and stand outside when the eclipse will be visible in your location!
A reminder of some safety tips, straight from NASA:
"NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards.
Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:
Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
Not use homemade filters
Ordinary sunglasses -- even very dark ones -- should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers
An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the Sun. Never look at the Sun through the pinhole -- it is not safe."
And don't forget about your fur babies! Don't let your animals outside during the eclipse time frame on Monday unless you can strap some protective eye wear to them, because they could incur eye damage as well.
Have fun & be safe everyone!
- Maintenance Mania 2018
- HallKeen Halloween Festivities
- Halloween Happening at Brigham House!
- Heywood Wakefield Commons’ first annual Variety Show
- FALL PHOTO CONTEST!
- Halloween Prep at Heywood Wakefield Commons
- Fenway Block Party!!!
- "Guess Who" game at Brigham House
- Brook Hill Village Grand Opening
- Brook Hill Village Grand Opening, Thursday September 13th 2018!