The Bristal at North Hills Blog

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.

North Hills Residents Help The Make-a-Wish Foundation

The Bristal Helping Hands community volunteer team in North Hills got together for a very worthy cause. They painted picture frames for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The Make-a-Wish Foundation sums up their goal: “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” The finished picture frames will be used in packages that residents are putting together to help fulfill some of the children’s wishes. It’s truly wonderful to be able to spend time helping others. We’re looking forward to our next volunteer opportunity.

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:

North Hills Residents Baking Dog Biscuits

Residents gathered together to bake home made dog biscuits. They make the dough from scratch, rolled it out, and created little individual treats. The finished dog biscuits were donated to a local shelter so they can be enjoyed by puppies who are waiting to go to their forever homes. What a great way to spend an afternoon – baking with great friends for a great cause!

Green Meadows Farm Comes to North Hills

A representative from Green Meadows Farm came to visit us while we were focusing on Animal Studies as May’s BBU topic. He brought along some critters and took them out one by one. He educated us on all of the animals, let us pet them and answered all of our questions. We learned about chinchillas, guinea pigs, frogs, chickens and more. It was a great educational experience, plus the little critters were all so cute! We’re looking forward to heading out to Green Meadows Farm one day to see all of the animals they have there.

Click here to learn more about Green Meadows Farm

Earth Day in North Hills

To commemorate Earth Day this year, we planted personal flower pots to brighten up our apartments. First, we started by hand painting terra cotta pots. Once they were dry, we filled them with soil and transplanted some beautiful blooms into the pots. We each took our creation home so that we can water them and watch them grow.

Dyeing Easter Eggs in North Hills

North Hills residents joined together to dye Easter eggs for their friends. They spent the morning dyeing eggs every color of the rainbow. The Easter eggs were used to decorate the tables during our Easter breakfast. Thank you to all of the residents who helped bring some holiday spirit to everyone here in North Hills!

Making Easter Bonnets in North Hills Reflections

In celebration of Easter, Reflections residents gathered to decorate Easter bonnets. To beautify our hats, we used silk flowers and also made our own out of crepe paper. When we were through, we donned our new Easter bonnets all day, and wore them again on Easter Sunday.

Passover in North Hills

We celebrated Passover here at The Bristal at North Hills with a traditional Seder. Our favorite Cantor led us in the reading of the Haggadah. We were glad to be able to celebrate Passover with our Bristal family.

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.




St. Mary’s Students Visit North Hills for Wii Bowling

Some of the boys from St. Mary’s Church came to visit us here in North Hills. They helped us turn the Fitness Studio into a Wii Bowling tournament! They took the time to teach us how to use the remote and play the game. We were all bowling strikes by the time the afternoon was over. Thanks again to the boys for teaching us this fun new game.

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!

The Daisies Visit North Hills

The Daisies from the Nassau County Girl Scouts came for a visit. They spent the afternoon with us, doing crafts and singing us songs. They were an absolute joy to have and really brought smiles to our faces. We hope the Daisies will come back again soon for another afternoon of fun!

Mardi Gras – North Hills Style

The Mardi Gras party this year was the biggest yet. Our community was transformed into the French Quarter to celebrate Fat Tuesday here in North Hills. We had a larger than life jester welcoming us to the party. And what a party it was. The DJ played all of our favorite music and we absolutely could not stop dancing. We all had a blast at the Mardi Gras celebration!