Celebrating the Holidays…Together!

The Regency celebrated Passover and Easter with our residents, families, staff and the Glen Cove Community. We started the month by celebrating Passover together with a Model Seder a couple days before Passover began. The Passover seder (meaning order) is probably the most
celebrated and beloved of Jewish home rituals. Beth Evans along with The Regency’s Recreation Department sang songs and read from the Passover Haggadah. “It was a beautiful way to celebrate our holiday together with our new friends.”, Don Rubin, The Regency’s Resident Council President stated. Thank you for making us feel special and
connected to our faith and new home.”

On April 8th, The Regency’s Annual Easter Eggstravaganza was held. Resident’s grandchild, great-grandchildren and Glen Cove children from the Glen Cove Community filled our lobby waiting for the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Our Easter Bunny hopped around helping the children collect over 2000 candy and toy filled eggs that were scattered
throughout The Regency. The Magic Show was awesome. The kids shrieked with delight when the magician made a real bunny appear. Happy Easter to all. As Easter is a foundation of the Christian faith, residents participated in confession when Father Ambros came from St. Rocco’s
Church and attended church on Easter Sunday. “It was wonderful to have my grandchildren attend the fun Easter event at The Regency. More importantly, we loved that were spent our first holiday here with our family and friends”, Joan Brannon stated.

We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays.

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year


Written By Resident Joe Krupinski
Loud and clear, the voice of Sam Goldman rings to the distinct rhythm of resolute players in the daily Bingo games at The Regency. The 19-year-old senior at North Shore High School works in tandem with the caller, Danielle or Ilana, at our home where he has become a welcome fixture. For his contribution as an honorary member of the staff, he has been named The Regency’s Volunteer of the Year.
Whatever numbers come up, Sam repeats them in a resonating tone for the benefit of 30 or more dedicated players who rely on him not to miss a single call. Since the game revolves around strict concentration, he is an intricate part of the action.
Before the action even begins, Sam goes around the room helping to hand out the Bingo cards along the way and giving his trademark lucky fist to as many people as he can with “I hope you win, Mary” and “I hope you win, Wally”. His conviviality is contagious, causing the players to take on an air of sportsmanship that is not always present in Bingo games held elsewhere.
At the signal to start, Sam sits down in the calling box and becomes ultra-serious about his job to reach out with his rich voice so that everybody has an equal chance to advance their numbers. Each winner earns a hearty congratulations from Sam that has become his trademark. Even the runners-up are happy with their achievements and feel primed for the next round.
Everybody loves Sam because he sincerely loves all of us who are fortunate enough to come in contact with him. “His attitude is contagious,” says Frances, a resident and Bingo fanatic. “I have never seen him upset or angry. He is just one happy kid and it rubs off on you. He is helpful and eager to please.”
Sam is the middle child with three brothers and one sister. While his siblings have had their aspirations to attend college, Sam is anxious to join the workforce after his graduation next June. He will seek a job with a CVS pharmacy or Starbucks because he’d like to work in a busy place where he can interact with customers and readily advance himself. Sam says, “I would like to be in a position to answer the phone and organize stuff.”
“He is delighted to help out and eager to please,” says Suzanne, The Regency’s past-president of the Residents Council. “It helps me play when he echoes the numbers.” Adds Olga, “He is very sweet and very dependable.” Her tablemate Ruth says, “And he knows everybody’s name by heart.” Ralph, a retired mathematics teacher, says, “He’s amazing. He acts like every day is the best day of his life.”
Nicole Langone, Sam’s school aide, knows him best and agrees with all of the praiseworthy comments by The Regency residents and staff. “He is fantastic,” she says. “He is in this internship program after school. He wants to blaze a trail for other students while working in a pizza parlor, washing dishes and clearing tables from 4-6 p.m. He is caring and loves to talk to customers about their day. He makes my life easier.”
“We are proud to have him as part of our family. And that is why we are proud to name him our Volunteer of the Year.”, Beth Evans, Administrator stated.

Cooking Demonstration with Chef Pat Marone a Hit!

Chef Pat Marone treated the Locust Valley Library Seniors to his delicious Penne ala Cognac with Sausage and Mushrooms. The cooking demonstration was a hit. More importantly, everyone loved the tasting! Thanks, Chef Pat!



Chef Pat’s Penne alla Cognac with Sausage & Mushrooms
Penne Pasta with Hot Sausage, Mushrooms and Shallots in a Creamy Tomato Cognac Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound Penne Pasta, cooked al dente
  • 6 Three ounce Sausage Links
  • 2 Cups Mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 Shallots, diced
  • 4 Cups Pomodoro Sauce
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ Cup Cognac or Brandy
  • 1 Bunch of Basil, chiffonade
  • 2 Ounces of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • ½ Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, add olive oil.
  2. Once oil is hot, add diced shallots and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove sausage from casing, add to sauce pan and cook for about 8 – 10 minutes until browned.
  4. Add mushrooms, cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pull pan off flame and add Cognac
  6. Carefully place pan back on flame and shake to stir the shallots, sausage and mushrooms.
  7. Add pomodoro sauce, heavy cream, basil and salt.
  8. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes longer.
  9. Add penne and stir into Sauce. Add grated pecorino romano cheese, toss and plate. Garnish with basil leaves.

Plate up and enjoy!

Prep time = 10 minutes
Cook time = 30 minutes
Ready in = 40 minutes
Serving = 4

Regency’s own Fred Mueller Proves that it’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Passion


At 91, Glen Cove resident Fred Mueller has not let his age stop him from doing what he loves — telling jokes. Mueller, who has been a comedian for 12 years, headlined his own comedy show for the first time at The Regency Assisted Living on March 9. He is a resident there.

Laughter was heard throughout the audience, which mostly consisted of senior citizens, as Mueller told each of his jokes. He received a huge standing ovation from the crowd and smiled with joy when he heard the round of applause.

“I enjoy getting up in front of people and hearing them laugh over the jokes that I am telling them,” Mueller said.

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Recap of Healthy Heart Week at The Regency

In honor of February being Healthy Heart month, we planned a full week of educational heart-centered activities here at The Regency. We had an awesome start of the week with getting our hearts pumping by dancing at Michael Harley’s concert. Of course, it’s not a Healthy Heart Week without Chef Pat and his delicious homemade smoothies. A favorite for all! Big thanks to nutritionist, Elizabeth Dapp and cardiologist, Dr. Badhey, for the informative talking points about how we can stay healthy. We wrapped up the week with our annual Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance. After a week of voting, our 2017 King and Queen, Lenny Lorusso and Anne Sambucci were crowned. Don’t forget to wave to them when you see them ride by in The Regency’s town car in the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 19th. Congratulations Lenny and Anne or better yet King Lenny and Queen Anne!

What’s New in Recreation at The Regency

Happy New Year!  Residents have been keeping very busy here at The Regency.  From festive holiday celebrations to trips and fabulous entertainment- they have been doing it all!

Everyone really got into the spirit this year with our annual holiday parties and even a special visit from Santa and his elves!  Residents enjoyed hearing the Girl Scouts sing Christmas Carols and the Glen Cove High School’s Jazz Concert performance.  And of course, the Secret Santa Party and nightly lighting of the menorah for Hanukkah were also a hit! We would also like to thank all of the residents, families and employees who contributed to our Holiday Toy Drive to benefit the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club.  They were so grateful that we helped them make the holiday brighter for so many local families.

Some residents enjoyed going on shopping and lunch trips to Target, TJ Maxx and Wild Fig throughout the month.  There were also many vendors here at The Regency to help residents get their holiday shopping done.  And there were 2 extra special outings to see Mary Poppins at the John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport and The Nutcracker at Hofstra University.  They were both truly extraordinary performances!

And of course, December wouldn’t be December without our annual New Year’s celebration.  With a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, music and noisemakers everyone said goodbye to 2016 and happily welcomed 2017 together.

Now that the new year is here there are many more fun activities and celebrations to look forward to this January and February.  In January, there will be a Roaring 20’s Day and Chinese New Year Celebration.  In February, our annual Healthy Heart Week will take center stage along with the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance where The Regency’s new King and Queen will be crowned.  They will have the chance to represent The Regency and ride in the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  So, don’t forget to come by the Regency to watch the parade and help us cheer them on.  It is always a fun afternoon!

You can always see the full Recreation Calendar on our website at www.theregencyatglencove.com, just click on Social Activities under Experience the Regency.

What’s New in Recreation at The Regency

Residents have really been busy here at The Regency.  From fun outings and trips to fabulous entertainment- they have been doing it all!  Everyone enjoyed going out to lunch at Grand Lux Café and shopping at Marshalls.  Heading to the Glen Cove Cinemas and spending time with the beautiful horses at SUNY Old Westbury’s HorseAbility program was also a big hit.

In October, residents went on some really fantastic trips to the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Resorts World Casino.  A good time was had by all!  And this month’s Regency University seminar was really out of this world! It was all about Living in Space and was presented by the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Everyone was also treated to a lot of entertainment back at home base.  There were fun musical performances and celebrations throughout the month.  There was a whole day dedicated to Oktoberfest.  Residents enjoyed making pretzels and eating yummy bratwurst and sauerkraut sliders while listening to German music and learning all about the history of Oktoberfest and doing trivia as well.  We also had an Apple and Pumpkin Creations Baking Contest which staff members participated in.  Residents judged and picked a winner…  Congratulations to Gia Garcia for winning with her Amazing Apple Cake!  A perfect autumn recipe.

And of course, October wouldn’t be October without a Halloween celebration, or in this case, two!  On Saturday, the 29th neighborhood children joined us for Spooky Story Hour and Trick or Treating.  It’s always fun to see the kids in their cute costumes.  And on Halloween, residents really got into the spirit!  There were some very clever costumes, like Elaine, who was a bumblebee with different words pinned all over her….  She was a spelling bee!

And last, but definitely not least, we would like to welcome aboard a new member of our Recreation team, Ilana Konel.  Ilana is a recent graduate of Drexel University.  She is enjoying getting to know everyone.  We are so happy to have her as a new addition to our Regency Family!

You can always see the full Recreation Calendar on our website at www.theregencyatglencove.com, just click on Social Activities under Experience the Regency.  A great big thank you goes out to our amazing Recreation team for all of their hard work.  We are all looking forward to seeing what other activities John has planned for the rest of the year!

All About Veterans Day

veterans-dayNovember 11th is the day set aside to honor the millions of Americans who have served their country in the Armed Forces, especially those who risked their lives in defense of the United States. Here are some facts about how the day came about and how it has been transformed over the years.

WHY WAS THE DATE CHOSEN?
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as “Armistice Day” to honor those who had died in World War I. The date was chosen to mark the armistice, or ceasefire, that had ended the fighting on November 11th, 1918. Wilson’s proclamation called for a day of parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business starting at 11 am — the precise time when the fighting was to have stopped. The date was known officially as Armistice Day for the next 35 years.

WHEN DID IT BECOME VETERANS DAY?
After the end of World War II in 1945, a Navy veteran from Alabama named Raymond Weeks got the idea to transform Armistice Day into a day to honor all the nation’s military veterans, not only those who had died in World War I. Weeks pitched the idea to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander in Europe, and then organized the first National Veterans Day in Alabama in 1947. Weeks’ idea caught on, especially since World War II and the Korean War had created millions more American veterans. After Eisenhower became president, he officially changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

WAS IT ALWAYS CELEBRATED ON NOVEMBER 11TH?
In 1968, Congress moved Veterans Day commemorations from November 11th to the fourth Monday in October. In all, the new law shifted commemorations for four national holidays – George Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day – to Mondays in order to create more three-day weekends, which supporters believed would encourage travel and tourism business. Changing Veterans Day, however, drew public outcry because of the historical significance of November 11th. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford ordered Veterans Day restored to its original November 11th date, effective in 1978, regardless of the day of the week it falls on.
Adapted from Stars and Stripes 11/11/2015
Joe Gromelski