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Halloween Prep at Heywood Wakefield Commons

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October is “spooktacularly” busy at Heywood Wakefield Commons with preparations in full swing for their 7th annual Holiday Bazaar, 1st annual Variety Show and, of course, Halloween festivities. These residents recently decorated bags that will be filled with candy that the residents will hand out to trick-or-treaters from a local private school. The annual trick-or-treat visit from the kindergarten and pre-k classes at the Holy Family school here in Gardner, MA is a favorite resident event.







Fenway Block Party!!!

Thursday, October 04, 2018


Fenway held a resident appreciation block party with the Fenway CDC.






There was pumpkin painting, pizza, and all sorts of fun activities and food for the residents.






We love seeing our residents and staff getting out into the community, getting to know one another, and enjoying themselves!




"Guess Who" game at Brigham House

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The residents at Brigham House enjoyed reminiscing with their peers over old photographs of themselves and each other by playing a “Guess Who” game to figure out who was who!

Each person was given a piece of paper with a list of all the residents on the board. They had to fill in the correct person with their corresponding number. After everyone was done with their paper, they were collected and we went through the photos as a group.


Thelma Carter had always felt her sister was “the beautiful one” in the family. Although after reflecting back on her photo, and seeing it for the first time in decades she saw how stunning she was, too. She was very bashful receiving so many compliments from her peers. Her daughter also mentioned the photographer who took the photo tried to romantically pursue Thelma, which caused a giggle.


Elbis Andonian’s photo was taken of her in her classroom; she still identifies as a teacher so it was interesting for her fellow residents to see her in her element. She spoke about how the rowdy teenagers she taught made her "tough" and that she used to play pranks on her students.



Dominick D'Agostino is a proud veteran; he wears his Army hat and pin every day. He shared his stories of being a paratrooper. The ladies were swooning over him!


Everyone had such a wonderful time reflecting on old memories, and a bag of goodies was given to the person who matched the most people.

Brook Hill Village Grand Opening

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Our newest property Brook Hill Village had its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last Thursday, and what a great outcome we had. With over 40 attendees and wonderful speeches from Representative Tami Zawistowski, Commissioner Klein, from the CT Department Of Housing, CHFA Executive Director Karl Kilduff, Suffield's Town Manager Melissa Mack, and Robin M. Gallagher, from Webster Bank --- it was truly wonderful!

Brook Hill Village is Suffield’s first ever affordable housing community and what a tremendous accomplishment to be celebrated! Everyone involved worked tirelessly on this project and we were so honored to be a part of the success.

Guests enjoyed Chicken Broccoli ziti, salad, finger sandwiches, and cookies.

It was so nice to see so many fellows HallKeener’s, and our friends at Dakota there to celebrate this special event!We look forward to many more events like these. 


Brook Hill Village Grand Opening, Thursday September 13th 2018!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Our newest apartment community Brook Hill Village is scheduled to have its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony tomorrow, Thursday September 13th.



The event begins at 11:00 a.m., with the ribbon cutting, property/model tours, and lunch to follow! We are very excited for the attendees to see the property and celebrate such a wonderful event. We will be posting photos from this special day in next week’s blog… Stay tuned!

Sunapee Cove Resident Celebrates her 110th Birthday!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Sunapee Cove resident, Hazel, celebrated her 110th Birthday last month. Over 30 relatives came to enjoy this special event all the way from Illinois and Virginia! Governor Sununu sent her a citation to help celebrate her special day. People in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire also sent her cards from a card request ad placed by Sunapee Cove.




Brookside Park Apartments Grand re-opening!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

We had yet another successful Grand Re-Opening this past Friday, August 24th. 

Our team has been working on Brookside's face lift since 2015, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this properties beautiful renovations.

Between the 50 attendees, our guest speakers, and the excellent catered food… this event was a hit!

We heard from our very own Senior VP and Acquisitions and Development Principal of HallKeen, Mark Hess.

Ben Frost, the Director of Legal and Public Affairs for New Hampshire Financial Authority was one of our wonderful guest speakers.

And Congresswomen Annie Kuster was there to cut the ribbon.

Guests enjoyed meatballs, spring rolls, sandwich wraps, and bacon wrapped scallops. They also had cookies and brownies for desert! The group was also able to tour a couple of the newly renovated apartment homes.



Brigham House Hosts Cookout For Local Heroes

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

This past Friday Brigham House Assisted Living hosted a cookout honoring their local heroes of the Watertown Police and Fire departments!

On the menu they had hot dogs, burgers, and BBQ chicken accompanied by a selection of salads, and side dishes, and watermelon for desert (YUM!)

Pictured below we have residents Tom Quirk, and Pat Hanley enjoying their lunch with two of the officers from the WPD.

Brigham House could not have picked a better day to host this event… it was a beautiful sunny day, and not too hot!

The resident’s and their family members really enjoyed laughing and conversing with the officers and fire fighters and it was overall a wonderful day enjoyed by all!


Lenox Schoolhouse Apartments Grand Opening!

Monday, May 07, 2018

Lenox Schoolhouse Apartments had its Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 3, 2018. This event marked the official opening of the 38-newly renovated apartment homes in Lenox, MA.

Formerly an assisted living community, this property has found new life as an affordable community for households of 55 years and older. Lenox opened in November of 2017 and has limited availability left!

Attendees enjoyed a catered lunch and tour of the apartments and amenities. Guest speakers included Andy Burnes, Kathy McGilvray from MHIC and 2 residents, Gary LeBeau and Marilyn Benoit.

The event was the perfect occasion to celebrate the residents, staff and everyone involved in the transformation of this remarkable community!

Ribbon Cutting Photo – from L to R: Joe Rettman (NEI), Chris Finch (NEI), Stephen Caswell (TAT), Kathy McGilvray (MHIC), Gary LeBeau (Resident), Andy Burnes (HK)

Learn more about: Lenox Schoolhouse Apartments

Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations

Thursday, March 22, 2018

At this Boston-based company, Saint Patrick's Day can be a pretty big deal! Check out the fun resident events around HK's properties this year.

The Courts of Camp Springs in Camp Springs, MD, held a St. Patrick’s Day coloring contest this past week! What a fun & easy resident event to make the kids at your property feel involved– we love it!

Corcoran House in Clinton, MA had a local family visit and enjoyed an Irish Step Dancing performance from 8 out of their 11 children. Residents loved watching them perform and had a grand time socializing with the whole family!

Brigham House in Watertown, MA had a Saint Patrick's Day celebration last week! The event featured music from Ireland native, Anthony Crossey, who played the guitar, fiddle and sangfor residents. He stayed to socialize and take photos with residents afterwards.

We love seeing these seasonal celebrations from our properties - keep 'em coming team!