Seniors at The Bristal at Armonk Celebrate Summer with Luau Party
September 14, 2016 Seniors at The Bristal at Armonk recently celebrated the summer season with a special Luau Party. Staff joined in with seniors to enjoy music, decorations and flower leis.
The Bristal Hosts Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Association By Jackson Harrower
August 18, 2016 On Wednesday evening, August 3, the Bristal at Armonk hosted a fundraising event where five local Chamber of Commerce groups came together to raise money for the Hudson Valley and Connecticut chapters of the Alzheimer's Association. Over 120 members and friends of the Armonk, Chappaqua-Millwood, Greenwich, Mount Kisco, and Somers Chambers of Commerce gathered for an evening of poolside cocktails and networking.
Bristal executive director Samantha Krieger was pleased with the turnout, noting, “This event is near and dear to our hearts as we care for 40 residents here who are affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We're very proud to be part of such a great fundraiser.”
Director of business development Dean Brown agreed, “This event interlocks us with the community; we’re all here to fight this together. We’re proud to help raise almost $3,000 for the Hudson Valley and Connecticut chapters of the Alzheimer's Association.”
"We’re thrilled to be a part of this special multi-chamber event benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. We truly appreciate The Bristal Assisted Living Communities ongoing partnership and their efforts to spearhead this event," said Beth Jabick, Director of Corporate Relations, Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley Chapter. "The Alzheimer's Association is present in the local community to enhance care for those living with the disease and to advance research to end Alzheimer's and dementia."
Neal Schwartz of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce observed, “This event is great because it brings us together for the same goal; it breaks down the barriers between the local Chambers of Commerce. This is great from a business perspective and even better from the perspective of giving back to the community.”
The two and a half hour event was cheerful and enjoyable for all the participants. Bristal resident Beverly Shechtman concluded, “This is a fabulous event for all.”
The Bristal Assisted Living at Armonk has taken a leading role in caring for seniors with memory challenges. It offers a private and secure memory care neighborhood called Reflections. The Reflections program is designed to reinforce a sense of place and purpose for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It is customized and personalized to ensure each resident receives the care they need.
For questions or to get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association as a supporter or volunteer, call the organization’s 24-hour help line at 800-272-3900.
Strawberries Festival at The Bristal
June 24, 2016 A vast variety of strawberries--served in cheesecake, daiquiris, dipped in chocolate, served whole, in gazpacho--were served to 120 guests at the Bristal Assisted Living’s second annual Strawberry Festival.
Armonk residents, neighbors, and business community members celebrated the summer season, networked, and welcomed the Bristal’s new Executive Director Samantha Krieger. Working at The Engel Burman Group corporate headquarters for about a year now, Krieger said she has traveled to all the Bristal communities to learn the best practices and training in a hands on way.
She says we can count on her to hold onto the Armonk director’s seat. As the daughter of Steven Krieger, a partner of Engel Berman, she is a welcomed addition who prides herself on the ability to build, motivate and maintain a strong team.
Bristal Resident Turns 107 By Emily Sherman
May 9, 2016 Family and friends gathered in a room full of big silver balloons for Marian Henry’s birthday last week, not just any birthday: her 107th birthday. Born on May 5, 1909 Marian has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and 19 presidents.
Marian grew up in New York City, living in Brooklyn and then Queens. After graduating from Jamaica High School, she went on to business school and then worked as a secretary for various attorneys. She got married at 21 years old and had a son and daughter. Marian later worked on Wall Street as a broker for small private companies. She worked on Wall Street from age 49 to 99. She now lives at The Bristal Assisted Living.
Marian attributes her longevity to hard work, good faith, and a healthy lifestyle. She believes in doing what you’re supposed to and living a happy life, as well as living healthy with good diet and exercise. She is known as an optimistic person and her daughter says, “She has been blessed with good genes, good luck and the love of her family.” Additionally Marian enjoys playing the piano. Among her favorite memories from her life were the births of her children.
The Bristal employees gave their thoughts and wishes to Marian on her birthday. George Solano, executive director at The Bristal, said, “Marian is very outgoing and one of our most active residents. We congratulate her on her 107th birthday!” Another Bristal employee, Melissa Sheehan, expressed how The Bristal was “proud to have her as a resident.”
May 5, 2016 was declared Marian Henry’s Day in North Castle, Westchester, and the state of New York, as she was described as an “outstanding citizen.” She was given three proclamations citing her birthday as Marian Henry’s Day. Representatives from the North Castle Town Board and the Westchester County Executive office presented her the proclamations.
The afternoon was spent celebrating her family and life of 107 years!
November 13, 2015 The Bristal Assisted Living at Armonk celebrated on Veterans Day to honor a group of 16 Bristal residents who served in the military.
Many of the 16 veterans served in World War II, a few served during the Korean War and one served in the Vietnam War. Some of these men and women were teenagers when they enlisted over 70 years ago, yet they haven’t forgotten the years they served.
Leon Yablon pulled a photo out of his wallet. He said it was a photo of him when he was a U.S. Army combat engineer for three years between 1942 and 1945. The photo shows him when met the Russians in Lepsig at the end of World War II.
His daughter says he still has dreams from post traumatic war syndrome that flairs up if he is not feeling well. “I’ll walk into his room and he’ll tell me to take cover and to get deeper in the fox hole.”
Yablon does magic trick as he carries a pair of dice and a rope. He said he used to entertain his company to keep everyone occupied.
“The Bristal consistently tries hard to celebrate every holiday,” Stanley Weiss says who gave a couple of years of service between wars during the occupation of Japan.
Weiss compared his service to boys scouts with machine guns. But he says it’s an honorable profession even though compared to his older brother who served in WW II and the Korean War, he doesn’t feel like he did much. As we thanked him, he said, “I was paid for [my service], it wasn’t free. He added, “Everyone should serve in one way or another to give back to the country.”
Local politicians who joined the ceremony included North Castle’s Deputy Supervisor Stephen D’Angelo, Councilwoman Barbara DiGiacinto, State Assemblyman David Buchwald and County Legislator-Elect of District 3 Margaret Cunzio. Dean Brown, Director of Business Development at The Bristal and Winsome Bent, Regional Director, also attended the event.
Centenarian Celebrated at The Bristal
July 2, 2015 Martha Clyman turned 100 years old on July 2. She celebrated at The Bristal Assisted Living Community with a birthday party that was attended by family and friends as well as The Bristal staff and residents.
Mrs. Clyman was born in New York City and lived in Mount Vernon with her family as a child. She then married and lived with her husband, Sam Garrison Clyman, in Mount Vernon before she retired to Tampa, Florida. She moved to The Bristal last June to be close to her family again.
Armonk residents Karen and Jeffrey Rosenthal are her great-niece and nephew. Karen’s paternal grandfather is Martha’s brother. Karen said she and her Great Aunt both have lots of energy. “She is still going strong, although there’s a little less of that seen today. She was photographed on her motor scooter in front of The Bristal just last year,” said Karen.
Karen Robin and Mark Clyman are also Mrs. Clyman’s niece and nephew. Karen says, she’s our Aunt, but she’s more like a grandparent to us. “Growing up, we were really close; she and Uncle Sam were at our house every weekend. It’s so nice to be part of her life still,” said Karen.
As her family surrounded her, Mrs. Clyman said, “It’s a lot to think about. I’ve taken everything in moderation and I’m very lucky.”
“We are so excited to celebrate Martha’s 100th birthday today! What a remarkable milestone,” said Nichola Johnson, Executive Director at The Bristal. “She has a great memory and her stories are enjoyed by her peers. She is such a delight to everyone in our residential community.”
Everyone gathered around the chocolate cake and sang “Happy Birthday.” Mrs. Clyman blew out the candles with help from her nephew. She said, “I thank everyone who has been so delightful to me. I’m so appreciative.”
On behalf of the North Castle Town Board, Deputy Supervisor Stephen D’Angelo, representing the Town of North Castle, wished Mrs. Clyman a happy birthday and many more to come. “Congratulations on this milestone and we’re very happy to have you live in our town,” he said.
The family has been celebrating the centenarian’s birthday for the entire week. They started at The Beehive where everyone in the restaurant sang her “Happy Birthday.” They taped a video that was sent to relatives in Israel. Further birthday celebrations will continue as the family gathers again at the Crabtree Kittle House.
Community Meets New Executive Director at The Bristal
April 23, 2015 Nichola Johnson, the new Executive Director at The Bristal Assisted Living in Armonk, was introduced to residents’ families and friends as they gathered at an informal welcoming event at The Bristal’s Bistro on Wednesday evening, April 22.
Johnson, who has been at The Bristal for a month, says, “the residents themselves have made my welcome quite inviting as they share with me the beauties of Armonk and what it has to offer.
“You have welcomed me with open arms and have been supportive,” she says. “I look forward to partnering with your families, as it’s a great pleasure to serve your loved ones every day.”
Johnson has relocated to Westchester from North Carolina where she also served seniors. She has been in the senior living industry for 18 years. She says she could not serve without the other professional members on her staff, who she introduced to everyone.
“She seems to be settling in seamlessly as the Executive Director,” says resident Barbara French, whose residency began in August. “She’s not overwhelming, yet not invisible. She seems to be taking care of business without appearing to do so,” added French.
According to Richard Youngberg, Regional Director of the Engel Burman Group that developed The Bristal, Armonk's residency is growing at a steady pace. Currently, The Bristal is at 60 percent of the total capacity of 112 assisted living residences, plus 40 apartments dedicated for residents who require memory care. As any new business evolves, people learn who you are, adds Youngberg.
Everything Johnson brings is an asset to this community, says Youngberg, as we create this community within a community while supporting the local businesses.
“She’s right on point,” he says. “She knows how to care for our residents and staff.”
With seniors, it’s important to pay special attention to the integration within the community.
The interaction of the community is important to the residents who recently benefited from a intergenerational visit from Byram Hills’ school children. “It was an instant bond,” says Youngberg.
Johnson’s goal, that The Bristal become a part of the larger Armonk community, is welcomed by others as well.
The Bristal at Armonk Announces Appointment of Nichola Johnson as Executive Director April 19, 2015 The Bristal at Armonk, an assisted living community that offers memory care support as well as enhanced levels of care, has announced the appointment of Nichola Johnson as Executive Director.
As Executive Director, Mrs. Johnson will oversee all aspects of community operations for The Bristal at Armonk, ensuring that each resident maintains the highest level of service and excellence. With her strong background in elder advocacy and senior options, Mrs. Johnson excels in the creation of high quality senior living environments.
She brings more than 18 years of professional experience to the senior living industry. Prior to joining The Bristal, she served seniors in North Carolina, Florida, California, South Carolina, Virginia and Kansas. Her experience includes quality assurance, program development and creative integrated market planning, and the execution of strategies and actions.
Mrs. Johnson is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She received her Bachelor’s degree of Gerontology/Healthcare Administration from the University of South Florida. She is currently in the process of relocating to Westchester County from North Carolina.
Located at 90 Business Park Drive in Armonk, the three-story 119,000-square-foot building includes a total of 112 assisted living residences comprised of eight friendship suites, 36 studios, 56 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom residences. There are also 40 apartments dedicated for residents who require memory care.
Residents at The Bristal at Armonk enjoy top-of-the-line health care services including a full-scale wellness program, onsite doctor visits, medication supervision, bathing and dressing assistance and a RN/LPN on duty.
The Bristal at Armonk has many of the best in class amenities and services featured at The Bristal at White Plains including an elegant lobby, cinema, fitness center, salon, arts & crafts studio, bingo center, card and game room, library, wellness center, and outdoor pool and an activities center for visiting grandchildren. Added amenities which residents will find are a walking path, bocce and an internet café. Gourmet meals will be prepared and served three times a day in the beautifully appointed dining room, or residents can get a snack in the bistro any time of day. There is also a private dining room that can be reserved for private family gatherings.
The Bristal at Armonk is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Armonk with its fine dining and shopping. The Bristal at Armonk is within 10 minutes of Chappaqua, 20 minutes of Greenwich, less than an hour’s commute from New York City by car or rail, and only 15 minutes from White Plains with its fine malls and restaurants. Westchester Airport and the Westchester Medical Center are only minutes away. For information about The Bristal, visit www.thebristal.com.
Byram Hills Students Visit ‘Grandfriends’ at Bristal Assisted Living
February 25, 2015 Members of the VIP Jr. Club at The Wampus School staged a talent show for their “grandfriends” at the Bristal Assisted Living facility in Armonk this week.
And, after watching the children do cheers, put on skits and perform card tricks, one of the Bristal residents put on a show of his own.
Leon Yablon pulled dice and coins out of his pocket, and soon was pulling quarters out of students’ ears as a small group in front of him quickly swelled to include most of the Bristal’s young visitors. “How’d he do that?” the students asked one another.
This week’s visit was the second time that VIP Jr., a service club at Wampus, has visited the Bristal. The visits provide an opportunity for members of different generations to spend time together and offer benefits to both the students and the seniors.
“I really like meeting with the grandfriends,” said Ella Pilchik, using the term coined by the club’s faculty advisors, Antoinette Addonizio, Janet Thompson and Natalie Reilly. About 50 fifth-graders belong to VIP Jr. at Wampus, in the Byram Hills School District.
“It’s very nice for them to be so patient with us and welcome us here,” said classmate Gaby Colabello, “They’re really nice.”
For their part, the Bristal residents said the students are fun to have around. “They’re very refreshing, and they’re so anxious to please,” said Annette Cavallaro. Agreed Phyllis Gitomer, “The kids are so outgoing, and they bring a lot of energy!”
The VIP Jr. advisors said the students have enjoyed their visits to Bristal and are looking forward to a continuing relationship with their new grandfriends. During this week’s visit, the club invited residents to attend the school’s upcoming talent show as their guests.
State, County and Local Officials Join with The Engel Burman Group to Celebrate Grand Opening of The Bristal at Armonk
October 9, 2014 More than 300 local business leaders and dignitaries including State, County and Town officials today joined with executives from The Engel Burman Group to celebrate the Grand Opening of The Bristal at Armonk, the company’s newest assisted living community in Westchester County.
“We’re delighted to celebrate today’s grand opening of The Bristal at Armonk,” said North Castle Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro. “This is a wonderful addition to our Town that provides seniors the opportunity to continue to live close to their friends and families. I also want to thank The Engel Burman Group for their generous support of events and organizations in our community. Earlier this year, I had to pleasure to celebrate the restoration of the Armonk Eagle, a project that was funded by a donation from the Engel Burman Group. On behalf of all our residents, we wish The Bristal at Armonk the best of success.”
“These are very exciting times for The Engel Burman Group as we celebrate the grand opening of our second assisted living community in Westchester County. Last year, we celebrated the grand opening of The Bristal at White Plains. We’re very pleased with the success we've achieved in White Plains and plan to continue that momentum with The Bristal at Armonk,” said Jan Burman President of The Engel Burman Group. “It is particularly gratifying to know that many of our new residents are from Armonk and surrounding communities. With the aging of Westchester’s population, it is important that older adults be able to remain here close to their families in a caring and enjoyable environment,” he added.
“The Westchester market is an ideal fit for the exceptional care and high quality amenities that we offer at all of our Bristal Assisted Living communities. We’re delighted with the tremendous response that The Bristal at Armonk has generated locally and throughout northern Westchester. We also greatly appreciate the warm welcome we have received from residents of this fine community,” said Steven Krieger, Partner of The Engel Burman Group.
Located at 90 Business Park Drive in Armonk, the three-story 119,000-square-foot building includes 106 assisted living residences comprised of eight friendship suites, 36 studios, 56 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom residences. There are also 40 apartments dedicated for residents who require memory care. Residents at The Bristal at Armonk enjoy top-of-the-line health care services including a full-scale wellness program, onsite doctor visits, medication supervision, bathing and dressing assistance and a RN/LPN on duty.
The Bristal at Armonk has many of the best in class amenities and services featured at The Bristal at White Plains including an elegant lobby, cinema, fitness center, salon, arts & crafts studio, bingo center, card and game room, library, wellness center, and heated outdoor pool and an activities center for visiting grandchildren. Added amenities which residents will find are a walking path, bocce and an internet café. Gourmet meals are prepared and served three times a day in the beautifully appointed dining room, or residents can get a snack in the bistro any time of day. There is also a private dining room that can be reserved for private family gatherings.
“On behalf of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, I would like to congratulate The Engel Burman Group on the outstanding job they have done in the development of this beautiful new assisted living community. In addition to providing exceptional care for our older residents, The Bristal at Armonk is also adding to the vitality of Westchester’s economy and creating new jobs in the healthcare sector. Westchester welcomes companies such as The Engel Burman Group that are investing in the future of our county’s economy,” said Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett.
The Bristal at Armonk is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Armonk with its fine dining and shopping. The Bristal at Armonk is within 10 minutes of Chappaqua, 20 minutes of Greenwich, less than an hour’s commute from New York City by car or rail, and only 15 minutes from White Plains with its fine malls and restaurants. Westchester Airport and the Westchester Medical Center are only minutes away.
The Bristal at Armonk is the second assisted living community in Westchester for The Engel Burman Group. Last year, the company opened The Bristal at White Plains which is located on North Street just minutes from downtown White Plains. The Engel Burman Group has been delivering exceptional assisted living for over a decade on Long Island where it currently operates nine assisted living communities. The company recently opened a new community in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. For more information about The Bristal at Armonk, please call 914-432-8200 or visit www.thebristal.com.
New York State Senator Talks About Upcoming Election with Seniors at The Bristal
August 14, 2014 Senator George Latimer’s visit to the residents of The Bristal Assisted Living on Tuesday August 12 was a Town Hall-style meeting of questions and answers with constituents, who are among The Bristal’s 40 senior citizen
residents. “Who is going to work on my car, who is going to cut my hair, who is my dentist?” Latimer asked some of the new North Castle residents at The Bristal, who moved in as recently as March. Just as the residents ask these questions about everyday things, Latimer said they should ask questions of politicians: if something happens, you want to know who to turn to for answers.
“How much do you care to know about your state government? What priorities are important to you? What policies do you want to see from the political candidates?” asked Latimer, who is seeking re-election for a second term as a Democratic State Senator. His Republican opponent is Joseph Dillon.
“If you care who makes these decisions,” said Latimer, “—and you are certainly educated people—you don’t come into a facility like this without having had some success in your life and being diligent --, learn about the issues and be an informed voter, know who the candidates are. Check the local news sources to find out what are their positions on issues and how do their positions match up to what you think is right or wrong.”
This is an election year and we will vote for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, US Congress Districts 17 or 18, Attorney General, the State Comptroller, State Senate, State Assemblyman, Legislator, and Judges. On the local level there is also a special election to fill the final year of Supervisor Mike Schiliro’s term as Town Board member that was vacated because he was elected Supervisor. The two Town Board candidates are: this year’s appointed Town Board member Democrat Jose Berra and Planning Board member Republican Guy Mezzancello.
The two dozen audience members were engaged and asked questions about various topics, including where-out-of-state voters can re-register. The deadline to register for the September 9th Democratic Primary is August 15. At this time, it appears there will only be a gubernatorial and Lt. Governor Democratic primary on September 9th. The Democratic gubernatorial race is between Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout. The winner of the primary will face Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive, and for now, three other third party gubernatorial candidates.
The Westchester County Board of Elections has a downloadable form to register for the general election on November 4, 2014. Voter registration forms can be obtained at http://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com. For those interested in working as an election inspector, there are 11 polling places in North Castle; each usually has two inspectors, one from each of the major parties. The County Board of Elections oversees the election inspectors and the election inspector information is available at: http://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/
There will also be two propositions that will appear on New York State’s election ballots this year. The first proposal is the Smart School Bond of 2014 which will provide the sale of state bonds up to the amount of $2 billion to provide improvements in classroom technology throughout the State of New York. The other proposition is to establish “new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years.”
Latimer discussed the topic of “Common Core” in public education. In the last 10 years there have been major efforts to improve American education. “No Child Left Behind,” under the Bush administration, involved a series of competency tests that were required of students before they could be promoted. The Obama administration unveiled “Race to the Top,” which included teachers’ and administrators’ evaluations that were coordinated with “No Child Left Behind” incentives. “Common Core” is the latest initiative that sets high standards in math and English Language Arts for all high school graduates nationwide. “Common Core” includes mandatory testing as well as teacher evaluations. The educational incentive--and its implementation and concept--has been both criticized and supported by both sides of the political spectrum. The concern is that the “Common Core” will “dumb down” exceptional school districts such as Byram Hills, Bedford, Harrison, Blind Brook, Harrison and Bronxville, according to Latimer. But not every school district is exceptional. There are the urban issues in the districts of Mount Vernon, Yonkers, and Peekskill. “Does the changing of the curriculum under ‘Common Core’ intrinsically mean that students are going to perform better?” asked Latimer. “I would argue, as I’ve been critical of the ‘Common Core,’ that [the issue] is not the curriculum, it’s what you do to help kids that aren’t ready to perform when they walk into the classroom because of no structure in their family home life, or they live in an environment where there’s bad behavior, bad nutrition, or a host of [other] social ills.”
Bristal’s resident Dave Kaufman said his daughter instructs teachers nationwide how to implement the “Common Core” for a standard curriculum. Kaufman says with the “Common Core,” a student who moves out of state will be on the same level as every other student in another state. Otherwise, Kaufman says a student may be a year ahead, or a year behind (there’s no way of knowing) when they move to a new district.
Another resident asked about the downsizing of New York State’s prisons. Latimer said the state prisons are under capacity, but if state prisons were to consolidate there would be an economic impact of job losses in the communities where the prisons were closed. Latimer said there was a drop in prison population because of the reduction in violent crimes that generated long-term prison terms over the last five to seven years, with a slight uptick more recently. Drug use, especially heroin, is a prominent issue today. But there is less use of crack now than there was during an epidemic during the 1980’s.
With a New York State budget of just under $140 billion, over $50 billion is allocated toward health care, including medicaid and other public health issues. Over $30 billion is dedicated to education, which includes support of public secondary schools and the higher education system of the state universities, including SUNY Purchase, community colleges and technical colleges. This might not affect senior citizens, but it will affect their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and so on, said Latimer. There are many secondary school districts that are primarily located in the poor urban districts of New York State. The wealthy school districts of Byram Hills, Bedford, Bronxville and Rye receive relatively little state aid, but districts such as Port Chester, Mount Vernon, Yonkers and Rye Brook are districts that receive a lot of aid, said Latimer. The agencies that the state has the responsibility for are the state police, prisons, Metropolitan Transit Authority, the New York thruway system, and the bridges and tunnels.
Latimer, a Westchester resident for 30 years, represents about one-third of Westchester County. His legislative district starts at the Bronx border near the Yonkers casino raceway, and goes north to Bedford, to the Hamlet of Katonah. Latimer is one of the 63 senators in the State of New York who serves in the Senate. If a law passes, it must pass in both houses of the Senate and the Assembly that includes 150 Assemblymen.
Latimer encouraged residents to check for unclaimed funds online on a website that was created by the Office of the State Comptroller. The unclaimed funds from banks, insurance companies, utilities and other businesses are broken down by state. “Any money that was owed to you, by any entity, that was not be properly returned, cannot be held by that organization. The money had to be turned over to New York State and that money will appear in a registry.” To discover if you are owed money, check http://www.oc.stateny.us/ouf.
First Impressions of Luxury at The Bristal
June 1, 2014 When driving up to the entrance and strolling into the nicely appointed lobby of the new 4-star independent and assisted living complex in Business Park, the Bristal at Armonk, one’s first impression is that “this must be a hotel of a luxury scale.” Assuredly, new buildings and freshly decorated rooms can more easily suggest that type of appealing comfort.
A recent tour was handled by the newly appointed executive director, Emilio Di Siervi, a veteran in the elderly living industry. The Bristal is situated at 90 Business Park Drive, next to La Quinta Inn & Suites. It is a three-story, 119,000-square foot building which includes 112 assisted living residences. The units vary from 56 one-bedrooms, six two-bedrooms, 36 studios, and eight friendship suites. There are 40 other apartments specially dedicated to residents who benefit from memory care.
Residents at The Bristal enjoy top-of-the-line health care services including a full-scale wellness program, onsite doctor visits, medication supervision, bathing and dressing assistance and a RN/LPN on duty.
The residents and guests of The Bristal are treated to local cultural events such as Sunday afternoon’s live spring concert. Two dozen residents and guests were entertained with the performances of a selection of melodies presented by a local violinist, pianists, guitarists and solo singers. The Bristal also plans to provide entertain for their residents to see the Armonk Player's local cultural theatrical stage performances at the North Castle Library and the live musical performances of the Small Town Theatre at the Wampus Brook Park gazebo this summer.
Many of the Bristal’s best-in-class amenities and services include an elegant lobby, cinema, fitness center, salon, arts and crafts studio, bingo center, card and game room, library, wellness center, outdoor pool and an activities center for visiting grandchildren. Added amenities which residents will find are a walking path, bocce court and an internet café. Gourmet meals are prepared and served three times a day in the beautifully appointed dining room, or residents can get a snack in the Bistro at any time of day. There is also a private dining room that can be reserved for private family gatherings.
The Bristal at Armonk is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Armonk with its fine dining and shopping. For information, please contact Emilio Di Siervi at (914) 432-8200, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.thebristal.com/armonk.
The Armonk Eagle Has Landed!
Town Officials and The Engel Burman Group Celebrate Restoration of Town Landmark
April 29, 2014 North Castle officials and representatives from The Engel Burman Group, developer of The Bristal at Armonk assisted living community, gathered to celebrate the restoration of a Town landmark – the Armonk Eagle.
Located at the intersection of Routes 22 and 128, the iconic 40-foot long wooden eagle that has been welcoming residents and visitors to the hamlet for nearly four decades has been replaced with an identical new eagle made from aluminum.
The Engel Burman Group donated $25,000 to the Town to replace the wooden eagle which was in disrepair. The original wooden eagle was erected in 1976 to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial.
Speaking at a ceremony held April 28 at the site of the new eagle, Jan Burman, President of The Engel Burman Group, said, “We are delighted to make possible the restoration of this iconic American Eagle, a symbol of our nation’s freedom that has served as a gateway to Armonk for the past 38 years. One of the guiding principles of our company is to be an active and contributing member of the communities where we operate. When we learned about the need for restoring this historic landmark, we immediately decided this is something we should do. And we’re so glad we did!”
“The Town of North Castle is deeply grateful to The Engel Burman Group and The Bristal at Armonk for making the restoration of this cherished landmark a reality. On behalf of all of our residents, I thank you for your generous contribution to our Town and wish you the best of success with your new assisted living community,” said North Castle Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro.
Following the ceremony, The Bristal at Armonk hosted a luncheon for Town officials and other invited guests.
Located at 90 Business Park Drive, The Bristal at Armonk is a three-story 119,000-square-foot building featuring a total of 112 assisted living residences comprised of eight friendship suites, 36 studios, 56 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom residences. There are also 40 apartments dedicated for residents who require memory care. Residents at The Bristal at Armonk enjoy top-of-the-line health care services including a full-scale wellness program, onsite doctor visits, medication supervision, bathing and dressing assistance and a RN/LPN on duty.
The Bristal at Armonk offers best in class amenities and services including an elegant lobby, cinema, fitness center, salon, arts & crafts studio, bingo center, card and game room, library, wellness center, and heated outdoor pool and an activities center for visiting grandchildren. Gourmet meals are prepared and served three times a day in the beautifully appointed dining room, or residents can get a snack in the bistro any time of day. There is also a private dining room that can be reserved for private family gatherings.
The Bristal at Armonk is the second assisted living community in Westchester for The Engel Burman Group. Earlier this year, Engel Burman opened The Bristal at White Plains which is located on North Street just minutes from downtown White Plains. Engel Burman has been delivering exceptional assisted living for over a decade on Long Island where it currently operates seven assisted living communities. For more information about The Bristal at Armonk, please call 914-432-8200, email Ellen Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thebristal.com.
The Bristal at Armonk is the second assisted living community in Westchester for The Engel Burman Group. The company opened their first Westchester community in White Plains, which is located on North Street just minutes from downtown White Plains. The Engel Burman Group has been managing exceptional assisted living residences for over fifteen years and currently operates nine assisted living communities on Long Island. The Bristal also has a community located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. For more information about The Bristal at Armonk, please call 914-432-8200 or visit www.thebristal.com.
The Bristal Welcomes Olympic Swimmer
October 13, 2015 The Bristal at Armonk recently welcomed Olympic Swimmer Ariana Kukors for an inspirational program with 100 local children. Kukors has won seven medals in major international competition including two gold, three silver and two bronze, spanning the World and the Pan Pacific Championships. Most recently, she placed fifth in the 200-meter individual event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Kukors is currently the Director of Health Inspiration for LifeWise Health Plan of Washington, which provides information, tools and encouragement that people can use to live a healthy life.
Volunteer Drivers Needed
April 30, 2015 Can you spare some time to make a difference in the life of an older adult in our community? RideConnect, a non-profit program of Family Services of Westchester, is seeking volunteers to help drive older adults to a variety of activities: shopping, medical appointments, religious services or other errands in Westchester.
These rides enable older adults to remain active in their communities and to continue to lead fulfilling lives. RideConnect asks that volunteers be able to provide one ride per month. Please consider giving the gift of mobility and independence. Call Karen Ganis at (914) 864-0955 or email to: email@example.com.
The Bristal Hosts Fall Festival
October 18, 2015 The Bristal at Armonk hosted a Fall Festival for its residents and their families on Saturday October 10. “This event is great for the residents and tremendous for their family and friends,” said Barry Reiter, North Castle’s Town Board member whose relatives live at the assisted living community.
Those attending the afternoon event enjoyed a fall smorgasbord of cider, pumpkin pie, and apples, as well as hors d’oeuvres. Children played games, painted pumpkins and enjoyed face painting while adults danced to music by a DJ.
“This works well as people can come together to hang out,” added Reiter. “As people are living a lot longer today with a good quality of life, these events are good for the senior community. The Bristal has come a long way and has done a lot for the town,” he added, “and over time it’s only going to get better.”
The Bristal is embedded in the Town of North Castle and they have become welcome participants of the community.
Guests Welcomed at The Bristal
June 19, 2015 Bill Golub, an Armonk resident for 56 years, attended the Strawberry Festival at The Bristal Assisted Living on Thursday evening. The place is beautiful, he said, as the Strawberry Daiquiri’s and Strawberry Pina Colada’s were freshly blended at The Bistro. A smorgasbord of strawberry cheesecakes, strawberry salads and strawberry shortcakes were on display.
Golub, known as an entertaining storyteller, said that he finds the common denominator in all the assisted living places is the elderly people who live there. But this evening’s event was attended by Westchester corporate workers who are perhaps future prospects, or at least have elderly relatives who may be future residents.
Art Adelman, Chairman of the North Castle Planning Board, has attended other Bristal community events. He said he is always pleased to have the opportunity to come back and see the result of what the Planning Board approved. The Bristal opened in Armonk in October 2014. “This turned out particularly well,” he said, “it’s rather resort-like.”
Barbara French, a Bristal resident, agreed. She especially enjoyed the eclairs dipped in the flowing chocolate fountain that was surrounded by marshmallows and strawberries.
Adelman added that The Bristal was a productive reuse of an existing space that was slated to be an office building zoned for Business Park. Office buildings are not used today as much as they were in the past, so the Bristal Assisted Living is a welcomed repurposed use in Armonk.
Breakfast with Heroes
May 18, 2015 The Bristal Assisted Living at Armonk acknowledged North Castle’s First Responders with a heroes’ breakfast on May 11. The buffet spread was a small token of appreciation for the 24/7 protection and responses to community emergencies.
The North Castle Police work hand-and-hand with the town's three fire departments and ambulance services, says North Castle Police Chief Peter Simonsen. When a 911 call is received, the call is managed and distributed to where it needs to go, so that the community will receive good care right from the start, says Chief Simonsen. A police officer frequently arrives on the scene first because he is on the road at all times. The officer provides the initial care as needed, and then the fire department and ambulance take over.
There is a demand for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at The Bristal that the first responders are happy to do, says Chief Simonsen. The 911 calls ring at the police headquarters right in Armonk, allowing everyone a little more security. The responding officer knows the roads, may know the history of where the call comes from, and may even know the history of the person who is in need. There’s a good rapport that the North Castle Police Department has with the residents, says the Chief. “We know where the elderly live, and know where the people live who have special needs.”
The North Castle Police Department has 18 certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and three more who are going through the written exam and practical this month, says Simonsen. This will more than likely allow for an EMT to respond to all local medical emergency calls.
Michele Berliner and Christy Saltstein’s husbands were critically injured when they were struck by a utility pole during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Their husbands survived, they say, due to the determination, dedication and expertise of saving lives by North Castle’s first responders, which includes the Fire Department, Police Department and the Highway Department.
After the incident, Berliner and Saltstein started Stayin’ Alive, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to the first responders of Northern Westchester. The effort evolved based on our experience, says Saltstein; the organization is not only limited to North Castle, but Valhalla and Bedford as well.
People benefit from the bravery and courage of not just our first responders, but a combination of our town workers and our highway workers,” says Supervisor Michael Schiliro. The founders of Stayin’ Alive realized the huge value of the first responders, and are now giving back tenfold.
“The donations that Stayin’ Alive receive for their fundraising events go directly to the first responders to assist to purchase items that are not funded in their budgets,” says Berliner.
Stayin' Alive's second annual fundraiser is on May 30. The Fun Run/Walk 5K starts at the Windmill Club. Last year there were over 180 race participants. We are looking to double that number this year, says Saltstein.
New this year, Stayin’ Alive’s grant application is limited to $5,000 for each grant and is open to all Northern Westchester first responders. In addition to purchasing items not covered by their budgets, the grant money is used for the emotional well being of first responders. The application process opens on May 31 and the deadline is July 29, 2015. The Stayin’ Alive Board will determine how many grants will be awarded; those who are best determined to benefit the community will receive the grants. Donations are also accepted online at Stayinalive.org.
It is important to understand and recognize what these responders do. Barry Reiter, former North Castle Coalition (NC4) Chairman, and Town Board Member, sat in on most of Westchester County’s emergency operation calls during Hurricane Sandy’s two-week disaster. “There was an amazing commitment from our crews. The progress that we had over the two weeks compared to all the other municipalities was incredible.” NC4 is a volunteer local community group, who with the North Castle Police Department, prepare for emergency events.
The Stayin’ Alive video was played and to see it again brings back the memories of the first responders’ incident during Hurricane Sandy, says Town Board member Steve D’Angelo. The entire rescue team spent all night rescuing the two men who were seriously injured. They climbed over trees and under utility wires to get them to the hospital to save their lives. “Every time I hear that siren go off, perhaps for a smaller incident, I cringe for a neighbor who is in need. The first responders always jump and go,” says D’Angelo.
The heroes’ breakfast allowed the community to get to know the people who are counted on in emergency situations, says Robby Morris, Armonk Chamber of Commerce Board Member.
“What our police and fire department do is the definition of genuine courage and braveness as they go into dangerous situations. To have residents who say we benefitted from this and give back is terrific. All the accolades the first responders receive is deserved,” concluded Schiliro.
Residents are welcome to volunteer with NC4, the town's three fire departments or emergency medical services.
American Legion Veterans Day Ceremony November 11, 2014
At the opening of the Veterans Day ceremony at North Castle’s American Legion 1097, the young men and women of the Color Guard of the Col. Johnnie Pantanelli presented the colors.
“Grant us the grace to remember with love and reference our gallant and honored Veterans. Grant peace and eternal rest to those who have gone before us,” said Chaplain Vincent Grecco, as part of the opening prayer.
“World War I known as the “Great War” that officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France on June 28, 1919,” said Patrick Burke, former Post 1097 Commander. “However fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary succession of hostilities between the allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. For that reason November 11, 1918 is generally regarded as the end of all wars.”
The flags were hoisted briefly and lowered ceremoniously by veteran Harry Tompkins.
“November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first celebration of Armistice Day”, said Burke. President Wilson’s speech was read:
‘To us in America, the reflections to Armistice Day will be filled will solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing for which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations….’
“The original concept of the celebration was a day observed with parades, public meetings, and a brief suspension of business at the 11th hour,” added Burke. Although the latter is no longer conducted today.
A flag burning ceremony was performed by the Armonk Boy Scouts. When a flag’s condition is no longer a fitting emblem for display the flags are traditionally burned with dignity and respect.
The ceremony was closed with a blessing given to all armed services personnel missing in action (MIA) and prisoners of war (POW). “May they never be forgotten.”