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Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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Wesley Village Donates Prayer Shawls

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 7th, 2016

A Prayer Shawl Ceremony was held at Wesley Village on Wednesday, March 30th to bless more than 50 prayer shawls and lap robes that were hand-knit by staff, residents, and volunteers from the campus communities of Crosby Commons, Wesley Heights, Lifestyle Transitions, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Middlewoods of Newington Celebrates Their 13th Anniversary!

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 29th, 2016

Middlewoods of Newington Independent and Assisted Living Community celebrated their 13th Anniversary with a South Pacific-themed party for residents, family members, and staff on Friday, March 11th.

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Wesley Village Chef Wins First Place in the 2016 CALA Chef Challenge!

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 21st, 2016

Shelton, CT (Wednesday, March 9, 2016) – Wesley Village Chef, Hector Velez, was recently recognized for excellence in the 2016 Chef Challenge at the Connecticut Assisted Living Association’s (CALA) 21st Annual Conference and Trade Show. Velez, Chef Manager at Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community at Wesley Village, won first place for his entrée, “Mofungo with Shrimp,” in the seafood category of the challenge. The annual competition, which featured several of the best chefs in senior living in all of Connecticut, is designed to showcase creativity using a variety of food products. Contestants are judged by a panel of professional chefs on several scoring elements including: organization, sanitation, creativity, culinary technique, portion size, taste, presentation, nutritional balance, utilization of ingredients, and use of allotted time. All competitors received 60 minutes to fabricate, prepare, and cook their dish, with an additional 15 minutes allocated for dish-up and judging. Winners in each category (Beef, Poultry, Seafood) were awarded the “Chopped Award”. The event was held on Thursday, March 3 rd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Cromwell, CT. Congratulations to Chef Velez and the Crosby Commons community on this fine award! Crosby Commons is located on the Wesley Village Campus and offers award-winning independent and assisted senior living options, along with access to a broad continuum of care. The campus is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local mission-based, not-for- profit organization. To learn more about senior living options at Crosby Commons or Wesley Village, visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org or contact Lisa Bisson at 203.225.5024. Photo Caption: Chef Manager Hector Velez (center) shows off his award-winning entrée at the CALA 2016 Chef Challenge. Pictured with Crosby Commons Executive Director, Lori Pisani (left) and Chef Supervisor, Richard Scaife (right)

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Crosby Commons Residents Cheer on the Huskies!

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 16th, 2016

Shelton, CT (Wednesday, March 9, 2016) - Residents of Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community in Shelton brought their energy and enthusiasm to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, March 5 th for the American Athletic Conference Quarterfinals.

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Conard High School Coaches Reunite at Middlewoods of Farmington

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 2nd, 2016

(Farmington, CT – February 23, 2016) - Middlewoods of Farmington resident and longtime coach, Joe Beidler was pleasantly surprised to learn one day that an old acquaintance of his would be moving in to the community he now calls home. Beidler, a graduate of Trinity College and Columbia University, coached football and baseball at several schools throughout his career including Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Whitman College, (Walla Walla, WA), Weaver High School (Hartford, CT), and Conard High School (West Hartford, CT) before his retirement in 1983. “I heard Bob McKee was moving to Middlewoods,” Beidler shared. “He and I coached several teams at Conard High School for a long time. I knew we would have a lot of catching up to do.”

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Middlewoods “Woodchucks” are Bowling Toward Perfection!

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 1st, 2016

Newington/Farmington, CT (Thursday, February 25, 2016) - Residents from Middlewoods Independent and Assisted Living Communities in Farmington and Newington have been on strike – working their way through an exciting season in the Connecticut Senior Wii Bowling League. The “Woodchucks,” as they are called, began the season in September and will bowl until April, with an end-of-season tournament coming up in May at the Bristol Senior Center. The team includes 10 bowlers; 4 from Middlewoods of Farmington and 6 from Middlewoods of Newington. The Woodchucks are the only team in the league to represent a senior living community (well, two senior living communities, actually). All other opponents in the league are from local senior centers.

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