The Bristal at East Northport Blog

East Northport Visits the Museum of American Armor

East Northport residents enjoyed a gorgeous day out at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage. On account of the wonderful weather, the residents were invited to take a ride outside on a halftrack. A New York Times reporter who was there doing a piece on the museum interviewed some of the visitors, including our residents! Resident Bob Rubin, who was an infantryman in Japan, was quoted in the piece saying of the ride: “We didn’t know anything about these halftracks – we walked…this was a luxury ride for me.” All of the residents truly enjoyed the experience at the Museum of American Armor.

Staff Appreciation Week in East Northport

This year, The Bristal at East Northport celebrated Staff Appreciation Week with style. They had tons of fun dressing up for themed days throughout the week. The weather was just perfect for the Happy Hoedown BBQ that they held in honor of the amazing team who make The Bristal at East Northport a wonderful place. Thank you to the staff for all that you do!

The Bristal Attends SunriseWALKS! at Sunrise Day Camp

The Bristal Helping Hands community volunteers proudly supported Sunrise Day Camp at this year’s SunriseWALKS! event. The Bristal provided the VIP breakfast before the walk got started. It was a warm day, but that didn’t stop anyone from coming out to support the first dedicated camp in the United States for children with cancer and their siblings. Residents, staff and their families donned their Helping Hands t-shirts and either volunteered their time, or participated in the walk. After the walk, Sunrise Day Camp provided an amazing carnival of games and treats for the children to enjoy. The Bristal team bounced around beach balls and gave them to the crowd. It was a great day, and we were glad to be a part of SunriseWALKS!

Learn more about The Bristal Helping Hands community volunteers on our Signature Programs page.

East Northport Visits Belmont State Park

East Northport residents headed out for a day at Belmont State Park. We strolled along the grounds and watched the ducks on the lake. We settled down at a table in the shade for a picnic lunch. Everyone enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine.

American Airpower Museum 2014

Residents from all of the Long Island Communities kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with a trip to the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport. Out on the grounds, there were planes of all kinds parked so that we could get a close-up view. In the hangar was where we enjoyed lunch and dancing!

The day started with the National Anthem sung by our very own Barbara Heaphy from East Northport. The Bristal and the Airpower Museum arranged for certificates to be handed out to veterans who wished to be a part of the Legacy Keepers program. The vision of the program is to allow Long Island students and living historians to meet with our veterans, listen to their life’s experiences first hand and then pledge to retell those stories for years to come before school groups, at living history events and veterans tributes. It is a great opportunity for our veteran residents to share their stories so that the community at large can learn from their courage, strength, patriotism, and sacrifice for our nation.

After the ceremony, the Bay City Rambers took it away and played all of our favorite standards. Some of us danced the day away, and others took the chance to tour the planes. We all enjoyed a lunch of assorted sandwiches, and hot dogs right from the cart! It truly was a wonderful way to begin our Memorial Day Weekend. Check out our photo gallery from the day:

Fashion Show in East Northport

We had a fabulous “Walk on the Wild Side” fashion show here in East Northport. Our models donned outfits provided by Fashion on Wheels. After the show, Fashion on Wheels set up their pop-up shop and residents shopped ’til the dropped!

Cinco de Mayo in East Northport 2014

We enjoyed Cinco de Mayo here in East Northport by learning all about why this holiday is celebrated. After the morning learning session, we enjoyed a luncheon specially prepared for the day. After lunch, we had a huge Cinco de Mayo fiesta with entertainment by Georgie Maselli. Everyone had a fantastic time.

Next Generation Dance Studio in East Northport

The Next Generation Dance Studio of East Northport brought some very talented children in to perform for our residents. The program, called “Next Generation Dance Studio Gives Back The Gift,” is aimed at sharing the gift of dance with everyone. The children, aged 7-16 performed group numbers as well as dance solos. It truly was a terrific afternoon.

East Northport’s Earth Day Celebration

We celebrated Earth Day here in East Northport with a full day of festivities. First, Suffolk County Legislator Steven Stern visited us for an Earth Day presentation on the Suffolk County Water Quality Initiative. Suffolk County is the recent recipient of a $500,000 IBM grant that will help fund efforts to improve our water quality. Afterwards, Legislator Stern engaged residents in a Q & A session afterward. Later that day, local girl scouts came by to do an Earth Day craft with residents, using recycled water bottles and paper.

Employee of the Year 2014

Congratulations to Guadalupe Tovar from our White Plains Community! Guadalupe was chosen as The Bristal’s Employee of the Year at our annual celebration, held in Westbury (pictured below with the golden envelope). Last year, Al Montalvo enjoyed his trip to the Caribbean – we’re sure Guadalupe will be doing the same this year. He has won an all expenses paid trip for two to the Caribbean, and as an added bonus, he gets an additional week of vacation time so that he can enjoy that trip. Congratulations to Guadalupe, and thank you for all of your hard work!

Employee of the Year 2014

Here are some other great shots from the celebration:

The Bristal at A Taste of Long Island

The Bristal Wins The People’s Choice Award at A Taste of Long Island

The Bristal Assisted Living attended A Taste of Long Island, held at Coindre Hall in Huntington. We got to cook in the company of 2013 Master Chef winner Luca Manfe, Hell’s Kitchen Contestant Barret Beyer and Anna and Michael from LI Restaurant Review. Chefs Amanda, Joe and Michael prepared a shrimp and grits with avocado aioli appetizer for everyone to enjoy. There were more than thirty amazing restaurants and food establishments from all over Long Island at the event, but the culinary creation made by The Bristal chefs was so delicious, that it was awarded the People’s Choice Award that night! Congratulations to the culinary team on their impressive win. It was a fun night for everyone, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s Taste of Long Island.

 

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The Bristal at the Katie Couric Show

Residents from East Northport, Massapequa, North Hills and North Woodmere attended a live taping of The Katie Couric Show today! We had so much fun being in the audience. We were in the third row and had a great view of the set. The topic that they discussed was “How to Live to 100.” In between the taping of the segments, the producers kept us all entertained by pairing up some of our residents with other audience members to come on stage and have a contest for the sexiest dance! Some of us really got into it – and June from Massapequa won that contest with her partner. Another resident, Rudy, entertained the crowd by singing, and even got to sing for Katie Couric! Everyone at the studio was so wonderful to us. We’ll be patiently awaiting the airing of the episode. As soon as we know the air date, we’ll announce it on our Facebook page. Thanks to The Katie Couric Show for having us!

St. Patrick’s Day in East Northport

Here in East Northport, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a full day of fun. We all wore our favorite green attire and began the morning learning the history of St. Patrick’s Day. After that, we all had an enormous luncheon together. As you may have guessed, we feasted on the traditional corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and vegetables. It was absolutely delicious. After lunch, we enjoyed a live entertainer playing Irish music. We all had a great day.

East Northport’s Mardi Gras Party

We had a terrific Mardi Gras Party here in East Northport! We all donned our masks, hats and beads for the Fat Tuesday celebration. We enjoyed a New Orleans style feast that was fit for a king. Afterwards, we enjoyed the sounds of Tony Grant as we danced the afternoon away. Everyone had a great time!