The Bristal at Westbury Blog

Westbury’s Craft Group Makes Pumpkins

The craft group in Westbury came up with a great way to use an old or damaged book – make it into a pumpkin! They cut the ends of the book into an arc. When you open the pages and spread them, they create a round “pumpkin.” They glued twigs to the spines to create a stems, and stained the edges of the pages with tea bags as a neat effect. Residents topped off the pumpkins with a bow. We each took our own project home to decorate for the fall season.

Coney Island Pretzel Bar at the ADRC Walk

Residents and staff from The Bristal Assisted Living attended this year’s Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center Walk in Old Bethpage. The theme was “Coney Island Street Fair” so The Bristal showed their support with a booth where attendees could get fresh, hot soft pretzels. Our Coney Island Pretzel Bar was a huge hit, but most importantly, the ADRC raised funds that are so desperately needed to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. The Bristal was proud to be a part of this effort.

Westbury’s Car Wash to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

We held our 2nd Annual Car Wash for a Cause here in Westbury to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Staff and residents all pitched in to raise funds and awareness. They had refreshments available along with the car washes, and had Alzheimer’s Association t-shirts available for purchase. It was a fun day spent with The Bristal Team and in the end, we were proud to be able to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association!

Residents from Westbury and East Meadow at a Ducks Game

On a perfect summer day residents from The Bristal in Westbury and East Meadow went to see a Long Island Ducks Minor League baseball game together.  Everything worked out perfectly, the weather couldn’t have been better and  our seats were in the shade and right between home plate and first base. We didn’t miss a pitch!  The stadium is absolutely beautiful, and our hot dogs and sodas were delicious. We got the full baseball experience. Even though our team lost the game to the Connecticut Bluefish, everyone still had a great time and enjoyed a perfect day out at the Ducks Game.

Westbury Residents Enjoy Funday Monday at Bar Beach

We have been taking full advantage of Funday Monday at Bar Beach in Port Washington. We have loved heading out after a weekend of fun at The Bristal to relax by the beach, enjoy the live music, play games and dance the day away. We’re glad that we made the most of these summer days on Long Island!

Gardening in Westbury

We started our garden last month and are growing some amazing vegetables! As you can see, we’ve been taking good care of it: weeding and feeding the plants. So far, we have a few eggplants, peppers and tomatoes. We’re patiently waiting for them to ripen so we can pick them and make something delicious and fresh for social hour! We have all been enjoying gardening together this year.

The Bristal at A Taste of Westbury / Carle Place

The Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce hosted A Taste of Westbury / Carle Place at Westbury Manor. For this event, Chef Mark Hann from Massapequa, Chef Amanda Ciniglio from East Northport and Chef Joe Albert from Sayville each prepared a signature dish the week before. They tasted the three dishes and selected Mark’s Pan-Seared Halibut to be served at A Taste of Westbury / Carle Place. Chefs Mark Hann, Patrick Sheppard and Daniel Cucinotta, all from Massapequa, represented The Bristal at the event and did what they always do: made delicious food! The final dish was Pan-Seared Halibut over Roast Sweet Corn and Black Bean Salsa topped with Lump Crab and Horseradish Aioli. Everyone who attended really loved it, and our table was crowded all night! Thank you to everyone who attended A Taste of Westbury / Carle Place, and to the chefs for doing another amazing event.

Westbury’s Hawaiian Day Celebration

Each year, we have a Hawaiian Day Celebration. This year, we enjoyed entertainment by the Aloha Dance Troupe. While we watched, we sipped on rum punch cocktails and ate fresh fruit kabobs. Some of us even got up there and did our best hula with the dance troupe! It was a fun day for everyone.

Fourth of July in Westbury

Here is Westbury, we celebrated Fourth of July in style. We all donned our best red, white and blue outfits and hats. We enjoyed a baton show – followed by an incredible buffet lunch. It was huge family barbecue, and it was delicious. Happy 4th!

Starting the Garden in Westbury

Here in Westbury, we are starting the garden! Dining Room Manager Rob expanded on the room we had to grow our plants by bringing in extra planters. This leaves lots to do by our gardeners! All the sprouts are up and the residents spent the morning thinning out the little plants. After the big harvest, we intend to prepare some tasty dishes to be sampled during Social Hour.

Westbury Visits the Whaling Museum

Westbury residents took a trip to the Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor. The purpose was to learn about the art of scrimshaw and eventually try our hand at it to create a scrimshaw project. It was interesting to examine some whale teeth that sailors carved their designs on. After the project was completed, we took a tour of the Whaling Museum. It was a beautiful day with an added bonus – the ride along Cold Spring Harbor was spectacular!

Westbury’s Holtsville Ecology Center Trip

Westbury residents headed out for a day at the Holtsville Ecology Center. They have a great animal preserve there, complete with bald eagles, bears, owls, horses, cows, goats, llamas, buffalo, peacocks, emu and mini horses. We made sure to stop and feed the goats. It was a beautiful day and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

Westbury Residents at Eisenhower Park

As the warmer weather sets in, one of our favorite things to do here in Westbury is head out to Eisenhower Park.  Every Wednesday morning, the Miniature Sail Boat Club gathers to sail their boats on the lake. It’s always fun to watch their fancy maneuvers. Some of us visit the 9/11 Memorial, and others take a leisurely stroll around the lake. Either way, everyone gets out to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine in Eisenhower Park.

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.