The Bristal at Westbury Blog

Westbury Residents Visit the Tackapausha Museum

Some of the nature loving residents from Westbury spent a day out at the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford. The museum is home to a nocturnal animal exhibit and live fruit bats. Residents learned all about the animals native to Long Island, and thoroughly enjoyed all of the exhibits.

Memorial Day in Westbury

This Memorial Day, We celebrated all of the veterans who fought for our freedom. We had an enormous barbecue spread outdoors on the patio for everyone to enjoy. The weather was perfect, and spending the day with our Bristal family was perfect too. Happy Memorial Day!

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:

Cooking & Chopsticks Demonstration in Westbury

Chef Paul did a cooking demonstration for us here in Westbury. This time, it was stir fried rice. The recreation team added a chopsticks demonstration to help anyone who wanted to learn how to use them. It was a fun and educational afternoon. The best part was enjoying a taste of Chef Paul’s creation!

Westbury’s Mother’s Day Celebration

All of the moms here in Westbury were celebrated this Mother’s Day. Everyone received beautiful corsages in the morning. Chef Paul prepared a special luncheon for everyone. Later in the day, at the Sweet Mother’s Day Social, everyone enjoyed little sweet treats. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us here at The Bristal!

Hofstra Students Meet with Westbury Residents

Westbury residents hosted Hofstra students for a discussion about successful aging. Residents shared some amazing life experiences that they felt contributed to their successful aging, while the Hofstra students got to share their ideas of what they think contributes to successful aging. The two different generation viewpoints made for great conversation, and it was a great learning experience for everyone involved. We look forward to having the Hofstra students back again soon for another afternoon of great conversation.

The Shake Shop Visits Westbury Residents

Recently, employees form the Shake Shop came to the Bristal at Westbury. They brought with them some of their delicious frozen custard to share with us. We learned that egg yolks are what make the difference between ice cream and frozen custard. It was the first time that some of us had tasted frozen custard! It truly was a delicious special treat.

Westbury Residents Throw Miss Gilly a Birthday Party

Residents from The Bristal at Westbury threw a great big party for their great big Great Dane therapy dog, Miss Gilly! Miss Gilly turned three years old, and has been visiting with residents since she was just three months old. Over the years, Gilly has learned all sorts of new commands and tricks, and her owner Joan loves to show them off to the residents. Miss Gilly enjoyed a hamburger cake and birthday presents, including a new bone and a rope toy. We were so glad to be able to throw a special party for Miss Gilly’s third birthday and we look forward to many continued years of visits from her!

Senior Prom at Lutheran High School

Brookville’s Lutheran High School students invited Westbury residents to join them for their senior prom. The students treated us to a night filled with entertainment, music & dancing, and an amazing Italian dinner. We all had a wonderful time!

Dyeing Easter Eggs in Westbury

Some of the residents decided that they wanted to dye Easter eggs for all of their fellow residents! So we got to work, hard boiling dozens and dozens of eggs. We recycled large cans from the kitchen to hold our dyes. It was a big help that the cans accommodated many eggs at one time. When we were finished, we placed an Easter egg at each place setting on Easter Sunday morning. It was a lovely gesture by the crafty ladies in Westbury. We hope you all had a very Happy Easter!

Passover Seder Dinner in Westbury

For Passover this year, Cantor Howard officiated at the Seder Dinner here at the Bristal in Westbury.  Dining Room Manager Rob set the room up in the most beautiful fashion. Fresh flowers were at each table and a beautiful floral piece of white and blue lilies and roses decorated the dais table. A delicious meal started out with matzo soup and Gefilte fish. The main course choices were:  salmon, chicken and brisket. For dessert, macaroons and honey cake were served. It was a very warm and moving ceremony, one that few will soon forget.

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:

Westbury’s Trip to Oheka Castle

Residents from Westbury took a trip to enjoy a lunch at Oheka Castle. This historic Long Island Gold Coast landmark is rich in history. According to their website, the castle was built in Cold Spring Harbor almost 100 years ago. After changing hands many times, the property was purchased by Gary Melius in 1984. Since then, it has been the backdrop to films and television shows and regularly hosts weddings and events. Residents enjoyed a tour of the lavish restored castle followed by an equally lavish lunch.

Westbury’s Cooking Demonstration

Chef Paul did another cooking demonstration for the residents of The Bristal at Westbury. This time, he treated everyone to giant chocolate dipped strawberries and salted pretzel rods. Dining Room Manager Rob assisted Chef Paul.  The men made a very interesting presentation. After they were through, we all got to enjoy the results!

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.