Village at Duxbury residents take the no-fear approach to trying new activities. The retirement living community recently began offering instruction in how to play the ukulele. Judging by the turnout, the new offering was music to everyone’s ears!
Opening the Welch Senior Living 2018 Awards Dinner by congratulating the staff on their role as the “Promise Keepers,” Principal Paul T. Casale reminded employees that they are the ones who provide the care, comfort, energizing activities, and home-like atmosphere that ensure residents a wonderful life, and families, peace of mind. Casale said that keeping the promise is all about providing a “culture of caring” and “doing the right thing.”
This staff commitment and longevity of service at the senior living company was celebrated throughout the evening, culminating with the formal awards presentation for individuals who have been with the company five years or longer. This year many awards were given to employees who have been with Welch Senior Living for 15 years or longer.
Welch Senior Living comprises five assisted living communities along the South Shore, and one senior living community in Brighton, as well as two retirement living communities – one in Duxbury and the other in Marshfield. Village Home Services is located at The Village at Duxbury. Mary McLean of Allerton House at Harbor Park in Hingham was honored as Employee of the Year. James Welch, of The Village at Duxbury, was honored for his 30 years of service. The annual awards presentation was held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.
Welch Senior Living’s Allerton House Assisted Living Communities strive to “Capture the Moment!” That was the theme of the recent National Assisted Living Week celebrations. Addressing the Welch luncheon crowd at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, Welch Senior Living Executive Director Paul Casale, Jr. said the day-to-day hope is to “inspire our residents to seize the day.” He thanked the residents for entrusting the company with their care. Casale, Jr. acknowledged the work of the staff to create a beautiful experience for the day, and a week of celebrations filled with exciting activities.
Professional colleagues joined The Village at Duxbury in the first-ever, “Spring into Summer,” Networking Event. The celebration was a “Thank You,” to the many professionals who refer their clients to independent or assisted living at The Village.
The festive celebration under the tent featured Island Creek Oysters, fresh fruit, shrimp, cool summer drinks, and sweet treats.
One of the neat things about The Village is that our cooks maintain their own fresh herb garden just steps from the kitchen. This recipe is the quintessential summer treat. Simple, colorful, fresh, fragrant, and easy to make.
• 1 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced
• grilled Bermuda onion slices
• large bunch of fresh basil
• fresh baguette, sliced
• good quality olive oil
• good quality balsamic vinegar
• ripe fresh tomato slices
Arrange toasted or grilled baguette slices onto a platter or pretty cutting board. Smear with a generous amount of pesto. Layer with mozzarella, onion, and tomato. Garnish with a basil leaf and drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
More than 150 people stopped by The Village at Duxbury for a musical experience under the tent featuring Dan Kostreva’s Tinkertown Big Band, The Infractions, The Atlantic Youth Orchestra & Friends, and The North River Brass Quintet. The first-ever Village at Duxbury event included music to appeal to all ages.
The Village at Duxbury celebrated the 22nd Annual Duxbury Volunteer Awards by recognizing many Duxbury residents for their invaluable community service. The 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Diane Bartlett for decades of volunteerism in Duxbury, most notably her work on behalf of the Duxbury Affordable Housing Trust. Nick Stehn and Will Kelso shared the Youth in Action Award for their service with the Duxbury Fire Department. John Magnarelli was honored with a Lifetime of Service Award for his service to his community and country and for his work on behalf of military veterans. Laura Neprud, daughter of Village resident Grace Benzaquin, received the Harry Katz Award for her work with the Interfaith Council. The Spirit of Bonnie Jernigan Award this year went to Rink Ringquist. Dennis Nolan received the Civic Contribution Award.
Additionally, The Village at Duxbury’s own resident Helen Simmons was honored by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth for having contributed 9,000 hours of service to the hospital.
Each year, the Duxbury Community Volunteer Award Night celebrates the spirit of civic responsibility through community service by honoring exemplary Duxbury citizens whose voluntary contributions of time and talent have made a positive impact on the quality of life in Duxbury. The Duxbury Clipper and Welch Senior Living sponsor the awards.
Another sold-out Black Tie Bingo at the Duxbury Council on Aging drew people from around the community. Bingo boards and dabbers were passed out. Balloons and favors decorated the senior center. Friends and colleagues gathered for a worthy cause.
Welch Senior Living and The Village at Duxbury were pleased to once again sponsor Black Tie Bingo, an evening of fun orchestrated by the Duxbury Council on Aging and the Duxbury Interfaith Council to raise much-needed funds for fuel assistance, which is distributed to neighbors in need.
The Plymouth Girl Scouts (Troop #66019) graced The Village at Duxbury with beautiful voices and an abundance of holiday cheer. Directed by Scout Leader Sunny Beane, the girls performed “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night,” among other holiday favorites.
The Village Voices, a group of residents from the retirement living community, The Village at Duxbury, raised their voices in song, bringing cheer to the Senior Center membership. The choral group sang many holiday favorites, including, “Deck the Halls!”