President’s Column

Our Board, and its role, was reorganized about two years ago after adopting a Task Force report, which looked at how we were managing ourselves. The major and initial change was opening up Board Meetings to greater Villager participation. Other important changes involved expanding the responsibilities of the six Directors and, more recently, initiating full Board participation with management in informal Leadership and Planning sessions. To understand why a Village Board exists, it is first necessary to look at the role of management and our staff. We pay our monthly fees and, in turn, they provide the services that are … Read on…

Who Gives a Hoot?

One year, early in the morning in mid-September, I heard six deep hoots, answered a short distance away by another six or so. This serenade went back and forth for about twenty minutes. The performance was repeated that day about 6PM. This was the Great Horned Owl, a common resident here and one of our largest owls. The male selects the territory and then calls to attract a mate. The female then selects her lifetime mate and she will also select the final nest site.* Mated pairs may occupy territories year-round and the territories are established and maintained through the … Read on…

I Remember Pearl Harbor

My brother, Ted, was having trouble “finding” himself. We were still in the Depression, jobs were non-existent, he was dating a girl who lived 45 miles away, he had no car, no money so – he joined the Navy. As a college graduate, he qualified for their Officer Training Program and was assigned to a training ship in New York harbor. Life was looking better but his love life flopped. She returned his engagement ring. After several months, Ted received a commission as Ensign in the US Navy. He got orders to report to the USS West Virginia at Pearl … Read on…

In the Run

The scene? The Cafe in the dining room. The time? Usually 5pm. Across from our table I often notice a man who appears very distinguished, almost resembling the artist, Degas, but quiet in nature. I hear from others that this man is most interesting, I can’t resist being inquisitive and curious, and I set up an interview. Our Villager for December is Gene Grayson. Gene, an only child, was born in New York City. He attended public school until 5th grade, and then went to the Ethical Culture School, New York City. After high school, Gene entered Cornell University; but … Read on…

Re-Creating the Pine Run Welcome “Green” Wagon

Last August, Ceil asked me if it would be possible to repair the Pine Run “Green Wagon”, a basically classical buckboard wagon historically used on farms in their fields and to transport produce to market. I think our wagon is between 100 to 130 years old. I formed a team with Irv Thompson and Tom Swartz to see if we could possibly at least repair the platform box, which had rotted out over the years. We concluded that it could not be repaired, but we strongly felt that a new platform could be made exactly as the old one. The … Read on…

How to Use Our Library

Lucky are we who come to Pine Run and find an inviting library awaiting us! Located just behind the lounge in the Community Building and overflowing a bit onto shelves in the Pub, it offers books in both regular and large print, hardbacks and paperbacks, and a rather comprehensive selection of magazines. There are also reference books including atlases, dictionaries, coffee-table histories of the World Wars and the works of favorite artists. The books on the shelves—fiction, biographies and many others of interest—can be signed out at the high desk by the doorway to the lounge. Take the card from … Read on…

Who’s jumping in the giant leaf pile at Beech Cluster?

Autumn scene at Pine Run…with leafy details by Marc Stine: Last year we collected a little over 200 cubic yards of leaves. To date this season we estimate to have already collected and recycled 80 yards of shredded leaves. The leaf trucks haul our donations to two offsite collection facilities that recycle them into compost and blended soil mixes. We started picking up leaves this year in the second week of October and will continue to collect into December. Right now the majority of the leaves from our crabapples, linden, tupelo, sweetgum, locusts, ash trees and a fair number of … Read on…

Halloween Festivities

Pine Run Associates show their Halloween spirit with a theatrical display of pumpkins in the Health Center. Paint, fabric, lights, and spooky props come out of the bountiful “Life Enrichment” closets of Tracy Mullarkey and Emily Cuff to help the creepy creations take shape. Eerily amazing is the Pumpkin Graveyard all aglow with lights and complete with tombstones, crackling leaves, and a headless horseman. The charming bug-eyed Purple Hat Witch is a flash back to tradition – her twisted stem nose, with sparkling granny glasses, and a giant black bug perched at the end could be a crowd favorite. A … Read on…

Making Their Day! Garden Beach Trip

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you take someone you love back for one last trip to the beach? The Jersey shore is place held dear in the memories of so many of the residents we serve, their family members, and of course many of us that grew up in this part of the county. Garden team member, Emily Cuff, had this dream and shared the vision with us to consider. After many, many months and hours of planning and consideration, we were excited (and admittedly a little nervous) when Barbara Dumas and Cathleen Stewart gave … Read on…

Make a Wish

Dear Ceil, Thank you for putting together another great Make a Wish Day!!! Great job organizing the day and making sure the wishes were granted to our villagers. It is always so amazing to me to see all of us come together to do what we do best…Make the Day of those we serve. I always say that we get so much more than we give and these days are true evidence of that statement. It leaves you with such a good feeling to know that you helped someone have a brighter day with a small act of kindness. I … Read on…