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Evelyn’s 100th Birthday in East Northport

Yesterday, resident Evelyn Kuck turned 100 here in East Northport! She was born in Willimantic, CT in 1917. She graduated from Willimantic State Teachers College (now Eastern Connecticut University) and went on to have two children – Nancy and Gary – as well as 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Evelyn taught 5th grade for more than 30 years, teaching in the Kings Park School District for most of her career. To this day, she can name almost all of her students in school photos from years back. One of her students from 1969 was there to celebrate this wonderful milestone, bringing pictures and reminiscing. Teaching was, and still is, her great love. She belongs to an organization called Kings Park Retired Teachers.

Legislator Steve Stern presented Evelyn with a Proclamation acknowledging her milestone in a special program attended by Evelyn, her daughter, Nancy and 50 of her friends from The Bristal. They raised a glass to toast her many accomplishments. Evelyn is so loved by all – and admired for her tenacity, strength and great attitude. We are so glad to have shared this 100th birthday celebration together.

Valentine’s Day in East Northport

There was love in the air here in East Northport on Valentine’s Day this year. We proudly displayed our wedding photos in the main lobby to celebrate the special people in our lives. We also loved hosting local school children for a valentine exchange. Later, members of the Men’s Club handed out red roses to all the ladies as they entered the dining room for a special Valentine’s Day luncheon. Tables were sprinkled with rose petals, and residents dined on herb-roasted rack of lamb, chicken cordon bleu and sweet sauteed shrimp. It was an elegant affair truly enjoyed by everyone! After lunch, we gathered for a social, complete with chocolate covered strawberries and classic American love songs. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Santa Claus Visits East Northport

You’ve got to believe! Resident Lou made a special call to Santa Claus, and asked him to fly to East Northport to visit with residents. We’re so glad that Santa took time out of his very busy holiday schedule to listen to our holiday wishes. Lou, and Santa, brought joy to us all, no matter our faith. Happy Holidays from all of us here in East Northport!

‘Through Our Eyes’ Art Exhibit

This year, we created a special art exhibit called “Through Our Eyes.” Residents from all of The Bristal communities created artwork using various mediums. Then, our art went on display at the Long Island Museum for a month as a special exhibit! There were photos and bios of the artists, and so many people got to enjoy our unique artwork. Thank you to everyone who participated, the Long Island Museum for their hospitality, and to everyone who came to support us.

East Northport Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

The Bristal at East Northport went pink for breast cancer awareness this month. Residents and staff showed their support of this worthy cause by wearing pink, and also by holding a fundraiser in honor of a fellow resident who is battling breast cancer. Handmade pieces of jewelry were created by this resident, and were give to anyone who made a donation to the American Cancer Society. Residents also decorated The Bristal bus and took a community awareness drive through the local neighborhood. Resident Claire McAullife, our Resident Council President who organized the fundraiser, added that “It was a beautiful day of people coming together. It makes you feel good to help lift another person’s spirit.”

Hawaiian Luau in East Northport

Aloha from The Bristal at East Northport! We all felt like we were transported to the sunny island of Hawaii during our annual Aloha Luau. Traditional Hawaiian music filled the air while residents dined on island fare, including coconut-crusted Mahi Mahi and Grilled Chicken Breasts with Tropical Fruit Salsa prepared by Director of Food Services, Vincenzo, and his team. Afterwards, the Aloha Hula Dancers put on a spectacular show and taught audience members how to hula – including our Director of Dining Services, Jelani. Residents and staff had a wonderful time.

Staff Appreciation Week 2016 in East Northport

This year, our Staff Appreciation Week was themed: The Bristal Under the Big Top. The week-long circus was chock full of exciting events, games and prizes. We had staff “Walks of Appreciation” each morning, and three times each day, we did a musical spin on the wheel of fortune to win prizes. There was trivia, staff breakfasts, ice cream sundaes, and a community wide hunt to find the lion tamer, bearded lady and the strong man. We topped off the week with a giant outdoor BBQ complete with carnival games, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, a DJ, and everyone’s favorite game – Pie the Director!

Memorial Day in East Northport

Veterans and residents of The Bristal at East Northport welcomed retired US Army Colonel Alan Vitters as the keynote speaker at a Memorial Day Program held in honor of the brave men and women in all branches of military service. A graduate of West Point Military Academy and a local graduate of Northport High School, Colonel Vitters is a twenty plus year veteran of the Army and the recipient of numerous awards/citations, including the Bronze Star for Valor. He served as a Platoon Leader in Vietnam, a Commander of a Mechanized Infantry battalion in Germany and led the prestigious “Honor Guard” in Washington D.C., where he played a significant role in the state funerals of Truman, Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover.  We thank Colonel Vitters for his attendance and for his words. It meant so much to so many of us here in East Northport.



Testimonial From Gail Brandes

My mother moved into the Bristal in East Northport in August 2015. She was having difficulty getting around her large home and had given up driving the year before. She moved into a lovely one

Review from Gail Brandes

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bedroom apartment that she decorated with her furniture and all her treasures from home. She loves her apartment, it is cozy, homey, and a perfect size for her. It is still large enough for friends and family to visit. The amenities that come with living at the Bristal have made her life so much easier. The girls that clean her apartment and do her laundry do a wonderful job and mom has grown very fond of them. Having to give up driving was one of the hardest adjustments mom has had to make. The Bristal bus and wonderful driver has given mom a sense of independence once again. She does her banking, food shopping, trips to Macy’s, Chico’a as well as lunch outings. Mom has an outgoing personality who loves to interact with others. She has become friends with many of the other residents and enjoys the company of all the staff members. The staff are all friendly and caring individuals. Her days are filled with activities and social interaction. Although mom had to leave a home she loved and many dear friends ( she still sees them ) she has made a new and wonderful life living at the Bristal. We do not worry about her living alone anymore .

Ladies of The Bristal Fashion Show in East Northport

Here in East Northport, we kicked off spring with our 3rd Annual Ladies of The Bristal Fashion Show. The models were escorted down the runway by Craig and Michael from our Recreation team. The ladies were radiant on the red carpet, and walked in style to music by Dean Martin, as they showcased fashion collections from designers like Calvin Klein, Alfred Dunner and Alfani. Everyone had a fabulous time!

East Northport’s Mardi Gras Celebration

Residents from East Northport reveled in the spirit of Mardi Gras during a special menu lunch, while listening to the music of New Orleans born and raised jazz trumpeter and singer, Louis Armstrong. The party continued with the ceremony of The King Cake and the coronation of The Bristal’s Queen of Mardi Gras. Queen Gertrude and her chosen King, Lou, were both crowned by last year’s king and queen – Tony and Gunny. They sat on their thrones to face their royal subjects, and will reign together for one year – until they pass their crowns on to next year’s winners in 2017!

Ten Communities of The Bristal Named “Caring Stars of 2016” by

The Bristal Assisted Living at East Meadow, East Northport, Lake Grove, Lynbrook, Massapequa, North Hills, North Woodmere, Sayville, White Plains and Woodcliff Lake Honored Among Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation — Named “Caring Star of 2016” for Service Excellence in Assisted Living

Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from

Caring Stars 2016 - has named The Bristal at East Meadow, East Northport, Lake Grove, Lynbrook, Massapequa, North Hills, North Woodmere, Sayville, White Plains and Woodcliff Lake as “Caring Stars of 2016” for service excellence in assisted living. In ratings and reviews from older adults and their family members, these ten communities earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score), while also meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor.

In New York State, only 38 assisted living communities were named a Caring Star, and The Bristal is so proud that 9 of our communities were among those honored. The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake, our only community in New Jersey, was among the 24 communities that were honored in that state.

Americans are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide important senior care decisions for aging or ailing loved ones. In multiple research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they turn to the Internet and consumer reviews when researching senior living communities, and have relied on these perspectives more so than in-person recommendations from geriatric professionals or medical personnel. Now entering its fifth year, the Caring Stars annual list helps consumers reliably narrow senior living options for their loved ones to the most-acclaimed communities – particularly as they gather for the holidays and discover increased or urgent senior care needs.

The Bristal at East Northport and North Hills Each Win Their Third Award, and Lynbrook Wins its Fourth, Making All Three Communities “Caring Super Stars”

Caring Stars 2016 - SuperStarBadgeOut of only 96 communities nationwide who were awarded the distinction of being “Caring Super Stars” in 2016, we are so pleased to announce that three of those winners are communities of The Bristal. This badge is awarded only to communities who have earned the distinction of “Caring Star” three or more times in the program’s five year history. You can view the past winners here:

2015: Eight Communities Named “Caring Star of 2015” by
2014: Caring Stars of 2014: East Northport, Lynbrook and Westbury
2013: Names Lynbrook and North Hills “Caring Stars of 2013”

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Candlelight Concert in East Northport

We held our second Candlelight Concert here in the grand lobby of The Bristal at East Northport, part of our Candelight Concert series. Residents enjoyed chocolate bon bons and sipped on Italian Prosecco while they listened to the music. We were entertained by the lovely Blythe Merrifield, former Miss America contestant and Wheaton Conservatory of Music alumna. Joining Ms. Merrifield was accomplished pianist/vocalist Bob Boutcher. Everyone had a wonderful evening.