The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake Blog

Resident Outing to Yankee Stadium

We had such a great time at the Yankee game this week! Residents from a few of our communities spent the afternoon at Yankee Stadium and enjoyed the beautiful weather, an exciting game, and of course, no baseball game is complete without a hot dog or chicken fingers with a nice cold beer. What made it even better was the Yankees winning with a walk-off home run. Thank you to the New York Yankees for showing us a great time and giving us a shout out on the message board!

Testimonial from Cheryl Auerbach

From: Cheryl Auerbach
Date: August 1, 2018
To: Tiffany Nelson
Subject: Michael Auerbach – Apt. 2

Testimonial from Cheryl Auerbach

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Hi, Tiffany

I just wanted to let you know how happy Mike and I are that Alda is the new Director of Recreation. We were concerned when we heard Michelle was assuming a new position, since we both liked (and, of course, continue to like) her. Alda has continued the excellent program Mike has enjoyed since moving to The Bristal and has added some new entertainment options that we’ve both found enjoyable. Also, her ability to immediately step into unplanned situations where she has to ad lib is truly amazing. This happened when she first started and wasn’t supplied with the equipment necessary to conduct the activity that was planned. No problem for Alda. She just created another activity out of thin air, which we found just as enjoyable as what was originally scheduled. Two days ago, a similar situation presented itself. I wasn’t there on this occasion, but Mike made a point of calling to tell me that he really enjoyed himself at a story-telling event he was fortunate to participate in. This came about after Cristina (whom we also like) was called away on an emergency.

Part of the success of Alda, we realize, is due to your judgment in interviewing and hiring new people. Our thanks extend to you in this regard for your excellent choice. I continue to be grateful to you and your staff for making Mike’s life the best it can be. He wakes up each morning with enthusiasm as he looks forward to the events of the day at The Bristal, starting with breakfast. And if he finishes the day with rack of lamb, well, that’s heaven!

Kind regards,


100th Birthday in Woodcliff Lake

We held a very special event here in Woodcliff Lake today! Resident Sylvia Whitney, born on April 1, 1918, celebrated her 100th birthday with everyone from her friends and family to the local elected officials. Sylvia was the ninth resident to move into The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake when they opened five years ago! Mother of two, grandmother of five, and great-grandmother of ten, Sylvia continues to live a beautiful life. Among the people there to honor her were Councilwoman Nancy Gross, Councilwoman Kristy Herrington, Councilman Corrado Belgiovine, and State Senator Jerry Cardinale. Sylvia was surrounded by pictures of her best memories as well as all of her loved ones as she was celebrated on this special day.

National Wear Red Day in Woodcliff Lake

Today we wore red for National Wear Red Day. Go Red For Women is a movement developed by the American Heart Association in an effort to raise awareness for women’s cardiovascular health, encourage research and educate women. Residents here in Woodcliff Lake were proud to show their support by dressing in red and hosting a bake sale, selling treats made by both the residents and staff. We are always happy to help out a good cause!

Breakfast with Santa in Woodcliff Lake

Here in Woodcliff Lake we hosted a special breakfast with Santa! Families joined us for a morning filled with holiday cheer. We enjoyed breakfast from a beautifully prepared pancake and omelette station, holiday caroling, and of course a visit from Santa Claus. Santa took the time to sit with every girl, boy and resident there! It was the perfect way to kick off this holiday season.

Halloween in Woodcliff Lake

We had such a great time celebrating Halloween this year in Woodcliff Lake. Residents voted for their favorite costumes during our costume contest. After choosing a winner, Anne Tormela, of the Manhattan Opera, gave a beautiful performance that was followed by some sweet treats. Everyone dressed up for the fun-filled day, even the pets that stopped by. The directors participated by dressing up as a team of Pirates! Here in Woodcliff Lake, we love any opportunity to get dressed up and take silly pictures!

Memory Boxes in Woodcliff Lake Reflections

We recently gathered together with our families in Woodcliff Lake Reflections to create special Memory Boxes. Families brought pictures and mementos and reminisced with loved ones. As everyone talked and shared stories, together they created beautiful memory boxes for each resident to hang up. Everyone had a wonderful time, including the staff, who were happy to hear the special memories that residents had to share.

Halloween in Woodcliff Lake

On Halloween this year, we had a fun costume party! All of the directors dressed up as ‘Where’s Waldo’ but only one of us was the “real” Waldo. Residents had to guess which one was correct! Also, we had a costume contest, and Colleen, our Recreation Bus Driver, won with her Mermaid costume! Everyone had a great time on Halloween.