The Bristal at Massapequa Blog

Massapequa Director of Food Service Asked to Speak at Nassau BOCES Certificate Ceremony

The Bristal at Massapequa’s Director of Food Service, Ian Rousseau, was asked to be the keynote speaker at the certificate ceremony at Nassau BOCES. Ian, who has been a team member of The Bristal for almost eight years, was a graduate of the Food Service program at BOCES. Since receiving his certificate from the program, he has gone on to travel all around the world cooking for others, including three U.S. presidents! Fortunately, he found a home here at The Bristal at Massapequa as the Director of Food Service. As he spoke to the graduates he shared his love for his job and encouraged them to be kind, observant and caring in all of their future endeavors. We always love to see The Bristal team members keeping in touch with the people and programs that led them to where they are today, and inspiring others with their stories of success.

The Bristal Attends Veterans Appreciation Dinner

Residents of Massapequa, West Babylon, Sayville and Holtsville attended a very special Veterans Appreciation Dinner on January 20th. From the moment they arrived they were treated like royalty. From a special salute as they entered, to other veterans coming over to shake their hands, they could not have felt more special. Each resident also received a challenge coin based on their branch of service. It was such an honor to have been a part of this event. It will certainly be one that will remain with us as a cherished memory. As always, we thank all of our veterans for their service.

Reopening Ceremony in Massapequa

Massapequa had a special Grand Reopening Ceremony to celebrate the recently completed building renovations, as well as the community’s 11th anniversary. Attendees included the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce and many of the Town of Oyster Bay officials.  Councilman Tom Hand, and the Town of Oyster Bay Town Clerk, James Altadonna, presented us with a beautiful citation to put on display in our building.  Residents attended proudly in celebration of their new and improved home!


Massapequa’s Mini Walk to Benefit Sunrise Day Camp

Residents and staff from The Bristal at Massapequa held a Mini Walk this weekend to raise funds and show support for Sunrise Day Camp. The camp, located on Long Island, is available at no charge for children with cancer – as well as their siblings. We decorated the courtyard on this lovely day with butterflies and walked, ate s’mores and laughed, and then laughed again at our afternoon comedy show. We’re proud to say that we raised over $100 today, which will be donated directly to Sunrise Day Camp!

Massapequa’s April Fools Pranks

We had so much fun in Massapequa on April Fools’ Day pulling pranks on each other! This year, residents made packets of ‘doughnut seeds’ to give out as a goof. We cut the patterns out, glued them, and filled them with Cheerios! We also had the kitchen cut up carrots for us, which we wrapped in parchment paper to make them look like salt water taffy. Then, after lunch, we offered some free taffy to our unsuspecting friends! Everyone got a kick out of this year’s April Fools’ Day pranks. We’re already planning for next year!

Testimonial from Mary Price

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Dear Marissa,

I can’t thank you and your staff enough for the valentines program. I say this even if Gary and I were not one of the couples renewing our vows. If was such a memorable affair. Unlike the original, 40 years ago, this time was stress free and more enjoyable, you’ll understand when your date comes around.

You and your staff left nothing to want – the flowers, rings, music, and of course the garters.

I’m sure everyone, even the spectators, had a great time.

Thanks for always organizing such thoughtful events.

Mary Price

Dancing with The Bristal Stars in Massapequa

We had an unforgettable “Dancing with The Bristal Stars” event here in Massapqeua. We partnered with Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Bay Shore. In preparation for the event, staff member Vans and intern Lindsey both went to the studio to get private dance lessons. Then on the day of the big event, three professional dancers came to The Bristal and performed five different dance style demos for us. Afterwards, we introduced the resident judge panel: Hipster Helen, Judge Joe and Swanky Shirley! Then, the competition began. Vans from recreation danced with professional Milan, and art therapy intern Lindsey danced with Joel. The judges had a tough time deciding on scores because they were all so wonderful! Ultimately, Vans scored a 28.5 and Lindsey a 27, so Vans went home with the mirror ball trophy. After the competition, we all enjoyed a group dance lesson. We learned the basics of the Foxtrot and the Merengue. There were delicious treats to snack on, including an impressive dancing with the stars cake! Everyone had an amazing evening.

Vow Renewal in Massapequa

Here in Massapequa, we had the sweetest Valentine’s Day, made extra special by our Vow Renewal ceremony! There were seven couples who participated, and Deacon Michael acted as our officiant, blessing the rings and the renewal of vows certificates. There were so many more people who helped make the day so wonderful: Our therapy dog Rosie the pug was our ring bearer, the couples signed their certificates with rose pens that the Crafters Club made, and the veils and bouquets were also made by the Crafter’s Club. All of the couples sealed their renewals with a kiss, and we all threw rose petals. The couples had their second first dance, we had a champagne toast and then a cake cutting cereomony. We danced the afternoon away and it was memory that we all will cherish.

Massapequa Residents at ‘Dogability’

Once a month, residents from The Bristal at Massapequa takes a trip to ‘Dogability’ in Plainview. Dogability is a program designed to allow anyone to come in and enjoy the company of dogs. Volunteers supply the trained therapy dogs, as well as their time, and residents just love attending. There are all kinds of dogs, some small, some large, some that relax with us and some that do tricks for us! Every resident who attends gets to spend time with the perfect “pet.” Here are some photos from our recent visits – and we can’t wait to go back again soon!

‘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.

Massapequa Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association

We decided that a fun way to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s research this year would be to put a twist on the classic car wash. We decided to hold a walker wash instead! Karen from the Alzheimer’s Association joined us for the fun event. We cleaned each resident’s walker and then decorated them with flashy ribbons, leis, bows and Alzheimer’s Association flowers. Residents had a great time being apart of the fundraising efforts.

Paint Party in Massapequa

Here in Massapequa, we had a Paint Party hosted by our Director of Recreation, Marissa. We gathered everyone together for an afternoon of instructional painting, and we all had so much fun! Our sunflowers came alive as Marissa walked us through each step. We’re already looking forward to our next Paint Party!

Massapequa’s Grandparents Day Carnival

Everyone had a great time at our Grandparents Day Carnival this year here in Massapequa. We invited all of our families to come spend the day playing games like bean bag toss, pick a duck, knock down cans, baggo, and basketball. We had a photo booth, temporary tattoos, a DJ, and face painting too! Everyone loved our carnival treats: churros, cotton candy, and popcorn. We’re glad that so many families were able to join us to celebrate Grandparents Day.

Alzheimer’s Fundraiser Car Wash in Massapequa

The Bristal at Massapequa has been hard at work raising funds to donate to organizations dedicated to finding the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, we had a car wash in our side parking lot. The Bristal team took turns washing cars, and together, they raised $688 in just one day! We’re looking forward to coming up with more creative ways to raise funds for this important cause.