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Paul Hurd, a 92-year old US Army Veteran, has always loved flying. During the war, he spent time in Italy, flying in helicopters and even jumping out of them! Now a resident of Crosby Commons Assisted Living, Paul often takes advantage of the different out trips offered by the community. When visiting the Sikorsky Helicopter Museum, Paul took such an interest in aviation and showed such delight touching the controls of a grounded copter, Kelly Coppola, Recreation Director of Crosby Commons, began to think how she could incorporate Paul’s love of flying into a Journey of Dreams wish and make it possible for him to fly again.
Tim Donovan, an 8 year resident of Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community, was recently recognized by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA), with the Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award. This award honors the service and accomplishments of senior living residents. Donovan was nominated to receive this prestigious award because of his extraordinary example of aging and his exceptional contributions to the community.
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Residents of Crosby Commons, an award-winning senior living community in Shelton, were honored to learn that a jigsaw puzzle they completed together would soon hang proudly in a West Virginia hospital. The 1000 piece puzzle exhibits serviceman across the military and credits veterans with many of the freedoms Americans enjoy today.
Kind gestures, no matter how small, have an incredible ability to create lasting joy and happiness for all parties involved. This certainly was true for the residents of Crosby Commons, an independent and assisted living community in Shelton, CT, as they worked to inspire New Haven schoolchildren. This mission was part of a project where volunteers created inspiring messages on lunch bags for local schools in hopes of reducing stigmas within their communities. After hearing about this cause, Crosby Commons residents helped make 100 inspirational lunch bags for students who participate in the Free Lunch Program. The bags were covered in drawings, colorful stickers, and quotes like “Happy Lunching”, “Do Great Things” and “Have a great meal!”
Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community at Wesley Village is the proud recipient of three prestigious Connecticut Assisted Living Association Awards (CALA), including one Humanitarian award, one Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award, and one Distinguished Service Award.
Mary Ann Griffiths, a chef at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community at Wesley Village, was recognized by LeadingAge Connecticut as a “Hero of the Storm” on Tuesday, October 8th at the LeadingAge 2013 Annual Meeting held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Remembering the blizzard of this past year and the many difficulties that arose as a result of all the snow, the event highlighted the dedicated staff who went “above and beyond” throughout this time. Known for her quiet, willing, spirit of caring, Griffiths was nominated by Wesley Village for her leadership and commitment to residents and staff and for ensuring that residents’ dietary needs remained unchanged by the blizzard. Formally recognized by LeadingAge, she was honored as a “Hero of the Storm” and also given the opportunity to be photographed with WFSB meteorologist, Scot Haney, who also attended the event and recognized the nominees.