Woodland Pond Residents and Team Members Celebrate Community’s Five Year Anniversary
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John Fracasse, a resident of Woodland Pond at New Paltz, is looking forward to celebrating the community’s five year anniversary.
John Fracasse, a resident of Woodland Pond at New Paltz, is looking forward to celebrating the community’s five year anniversary.

Woodland Pond at New Paltz, the only continuing care retirement community in the Hudson Valley, is celebrating its five year anniversary from October 18 through October 24 with a myriad of fun events, including an art show, dance, a recital, cocktail hour and a festive party. During the past five years, Woodland Pond has worked toward providing optimal retirement lifestyles for residents, as well as making a positive impact on the surrounding community. Residents and staff have been involved in volunteering for projects and opportunities that make their community a better place. Residents, like John Fracasse, volunteer regularly and are eager for the celebrations to commence.


“I was one of the very first residents who moved into Woodland Pond five years ago,” said Fracasse. “It has been one of the best experiences of my retirement. The staff and my fellow residents are friendly and make this retirement community an enviable place to live. Since moving in, I have been involved with the community in many ways. I spent three years serving on the activities committee and am now serving on the interfaith committee. There are many opportunities for social activity, volunteer work and fitness. Recently, I have volunteered to help with the events for the anniversary celebration. I am most looking forward to the dance. Dancing is one of my favorite recreational activities. I also enjoy volunteering to help with programs that positively impact families and people who live in New Paltz. One of my particular favorites is donating to the Family of New Paltz organization.”


Over the past five years, residents and staff have volunteered to assist with different projects and activities that benefit the New Paltz community. Residents and staff devoted time to operate the call center for the AARP tax program, which assists seniors and low income families by providing free tax services. A group of diligent residents took the time to gather a collection of personal memoirs from veterans to create a novel, Wartimes Remembered, for historical preservation. All year long, residents and staff collect food which they donate to Family of New Paltz and also participate in the organization’s Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays program by purchasing gifts for families in need. Many of the residents are philanthropic and volunteer on their own as well. One couple donates time to assist with building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Another resident takes her dog to visit seniors in skilled nursing for pet therapy. Other make lap quilts for children and seniors in need, and some residents teach classes offered through the Lifetime Learning Institute.


“It is truly an inspiring and unique place to live and work,” said Michelle Gramoglia, executive director of Woodland Pond at New Paltz. “It has been an amazing five years, and we look forward to the continuance of making a positive impact on the lives of the residents we serve, as well as the surrounding community. The week-long anniversary celebration is our way to thank our residents and staff for making Woodland Pond the successful, altruistic and positive community that it has grown to become.”


Woodland Pond will commence the anniversary celebration with the annual Kaleidoscope of the Arts Show and Sale event on Saturday, Oct. 18. On Monday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m., a special anniversary dance organized by the community’s own “DJ Viv” Stoner will be held in the Performing Arts Center. On Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Soprano Tami Petty, 2014 Debut Artist Award Winner of the Joy in Singing organization of New York City, will perform a recital at Woodland Pond in the Performing Arts Center.  On Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m., residents may enjoy an anniversary cocktail hour, featuring a variety of hors d'oeuvres and beverages in the dining room/pub. The community’s initial residents and staff members will be recognized at this event. Later that evening, at 7:00 pm a memorial lantern release ceremony in the courtyard as the residents and staff fondly remember those residents who have passed away. On Friday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. there will be a 5th Anniversary Party in the Health Center’s great room with entertainer Frankie Keene. At 7:30 that evening in the performing arts center, residents may enjoy a special slide show with highlights of the first five years. These events are for the enjoyment of residents and staff, or by invitation.


“We have planned a variety of events to suit everyone’s interests,” said Sarah Hull, life enrichment coordinator for Woodland Pond. “It has been a fabulous five years full of memories. It will be nice to conclude the week’s celebration with a slide show of highlights from the past five years. We are so pleased to provide a place where residents have opportunities to live the life they want, with opportunities for friendship, wellness, fellowship and new experiences.”




Woodland Pond at New Paltz is located in New Paltz, New York, and is a not-for-profit, upscale, continuing care retirement community (CCRC), tailored exclusively for those 62 and over. Nestled beneath the shoulder of the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge, the community opened in 2009 and is the only CCRC in the Mid-Hudson Valley area.  Woodland Pond offers an 83-acre campus that includes a professionally-staffed Health Center and a Community Center with an art studio, fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, salon, market basket, billiard room, library, woodworking shop, game room, computer lab and more.


As a true CCRC, Woodland Pond at New Paltz offers independent living with a choice of a private residence (24 cottages and 177 apartments), services, and amenities. Many of the apartment styles and all of the cottages are now either fully reserved and/or occupied.  Under Woodland Pond’s Life Care program, residents are provided privileged admission to the assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing center. Life Care functions similar to a long-term care policy wrapped in a healthy and fulfilling resort lifestyle – so that residents can enjoy this chapter of their lives in an inspiring and supportive environment free from worrying about future escalating long-term care expenses.


Woodland Pond caters to a diverse group of accomplished individuals with a variety of interests and a zest for life. The community is operated by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, an integrated health care system committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for patients, their families and the Hudson Valley community. For more details, please visit:


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