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Glenridge Veterans’ Luncheon to Honor Crowell and Normile The fourth annual Glenridge Veterans’ Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 11, will honor two veterans for their outstanding service and deep commitment to the United States. Lt. General Howard Crowell and U.S. Army Air Corps Capt. J.R. “Bob” Normile will highlight this special Glenridge salute to all veterans. Former CEO of The Glenridge, General Lt. General Howard Crowell Crowell’s military career

spanned 34 years and included a variety of command and staff assignments throughout the United States and overseas, including Japan, Vietnam, Germany and Belgium. Army Air Corps Captain Bob Normile was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff of General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in the South Pacific. Normile completed 1244 hours of flying time. He flew 13 combat missions, completed 79 U.S. Army Air Corps Capt. Bob Normile hours of combat time and please turn to page 3

Veteran Pardee Served Country in Wartime Glenridge member Adele Pardee had a diverse and distinguished tour of duty with the Army during World War II. We asked her to summarize her experiences for Piper readers. May 14, 1942: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law a bill that Adele Pardee would, for the first time in American history, create an army of women called Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, or WAAC. The idea please turn to page 19

Sarasota Concert Band to Perform Tribute to Veterans in GPAC by Cynthia Cudworth The Sarasota Concert Band will present A Tribute To Veterans on Sunday, November 14, at 3 p.m. in our Glenridge Performing Arts Center. The Sarasota Concert Band is an outgrowth of an old time brass band. It is a well established local art group performing throughout our area for 50 years. Their music is reminiscent of the John Philip Sousa style. Our concert here will include tributes to our veteran men and women and their branch of service as well as other well known selections. Watch for future Sarasota Concert Band shows.

Charley’s Corner

Fall Greetings by Charley Tirrell, CEO

This is a great time of year as the summer heat migrates away and is replaced with an occasional chill in the early morning. The holidays are fast approaching. The scary goblins have approached and have been patronized with chocolate-covered tribute. Gardens are getting more attention with the cooler weather. We have been lucky this year and avoided the many storms and potential hurricanes from the Southern Gulf. I encourage you and yours to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and plantings that define The Glenridge as an award-winning campus. Take the time to enjoy the new bike rack in front of the Fitness Center. As we wrap up the fall, we are focusing on the final quarter of 2010. The financials from September are complete and we continue to be financially strong and the recipients of much hard work from the members and staff. We continue to achieve record levels of membership. Fewer apartments are available – please tell your friends that NOW is the time to join us at The Glenridge. It is the place to be. I want to highlight the very hard work done by your Board mem-

bers. These dedicated people do much for The Glenridge and remain solely dedicated to you – the members. The 2010 year-to-date budget success and proposed budget for 2011 prove their continuing focus on the success of The Glenridge. This financial achievement has allowed our 2011 monthly fees to be held to a historically low two percent (2%) increase. This is below past levels and well below the regional rate of increases of 4 to 7 percent. The ability to keep this at minimal levels is due to the hard work of your fellow members, staff and board. Please take a moment to thank these dedicated SERVANT LEADERS for their contributions. We are in the process of collating your responses to the questionnaire for planning the 2011 Guest Speaker series. My first contact with The Glenridge was a viewing of the 2010 Speaker Series on the web site. It was and is one of the most impressive endeavors I have ever seen from a community. I am thrilled we will continue this excit-

The Glenridge Board of Directors has approved a 2011 monthly fee increase of 2%. The Board of Directors, our management company PRAXEIS, and the G.A.C. Financial Committee representatives to the Board of Directors agreed that with good management, The Glenridge can maintain and improve on our current standards with this monthly fee increase.

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ing and rewarding series. We are planning the installation of automatic doors to the Cypress and Oaks buildings shortly. This will allow at least one assisted entry to all our buildings on campus. I look forward to writing in detail about the groundbreaking for the Carroll Center expansion next month. We all have much to be grateful for. Share your thoughts with a neighbor or staff member. We are truly interested in your thoughts in continuously improving The Glenridge. We are finishing our seventh year of service to our members. I appreciate your patience and continued support in our quest for excellence. This month of thanksgiving, I have much to be grateful for as I approach my first set of holidays at The Glenridge. Let me begin by wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and telling each of our members and staff: Thank you for a great beginning. Best regards, Charley

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ROMEOS Enjoy Dinner & Conversation Every Monday by George Measer

“Wherefore Art Thou, Merry Widows of Glenridge?” cried the gentlemen of Glenridge, the “ROMEOS” – Retired Old Men Eating Out. (Some folks might say “Raunchy” Old Men; we are not of that type. But we do keep an eye on the Merry Widows.) Every Monday evening at the dinner hour, eight or nine of these humble but active resident youngsters of The Glenridge gather together to feast on Chef Tim’s offerings. The large round southwest corner table of the Formal Dining Room (never could remember those fancy names given to our two

dining areas) vibrates with these single Glenridge men. Although it isn’t Verona of Shakespeare’s time, Sarasota does well with these ROMEOS. They include Dave Ambrose, George Davis, Ralph Franklin, Jim Harrington, Cliff Killips, Sham Lall, Addison Lesser, George Measer, Dick Schranz, Bill Sponzilli, Dick Torrey and Roy Walters. Each ROMEO takes a turn at being “Chairman of the Week” (here it is correct to say “chairman,” not “chairperson”). The chairman calls the others for attendance and makes the table reservation. What do these ROMEOS chat about? Well, of course, the women of

The Glenridge are a favorite topic. But then the subject could turn to cars, politics, sports and something all ROMEOS have in common, doctors and prostate adventures. Of course the wait staff and Claire and Terri take good care of these guys. After all, here is a table filled with good looking, vibrant men…of a certain age. There is not a black hair in the group! And some men, more than others, have a way of magically reflecting light from their foreheads. So next time you see a gathering of these ROMEOS, give us a smile and a hearty “hello.” And if you are a single man and would like to dine with this group, just call one of the ROMEOS listed above.

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served overseas in the Asiatic-Pacific theater for 18 months. Normile flew Gen. MacArthur from the Philippines to Okinawa on his way to Japan to sign the surrender documents, and later drove General Wainwright to the

Japanese surrender ceremony. The Glenridge Veterans’ Day luncheon is open to all men and women with or without military service. Call the Concierge for reservations (552-5315).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR To our fellow members and the Glenridge staff: Words escape me, but I want to thank all of you who helped us over Anne’s sad death. I always thought I would go first, but because of her fall and subsequent illness, it didn’t happen as I wished. Lisa, Mark and I, who were here at the time of her passing, offer our deepest and most sincere thanks for the outpouring of sympathy, kindness and help at this difficult time. Again, thank you. We wish all of you the best. With good wishes for a healthy and happy future, Maurice Shapiro NOVEMBER 2010


Thistle Stop Plays Important Role in Glenridge Social Life by Joyce Morrison

It’s almost 4:30 p.m. in the timates that about 60 to 100 are served each night and Thistle Stop. A few early celadds that “now we are moving into after-dinner drinks ebrants are moving toward the as well, so that will increase the nightly numbers.” empty tables, set with bowls The Thistle Stop was not always planned to be such of trail mix or nuts. The large a big part of Glenridge life, according to Garry Franko, open area awaits its nightly Director of Dining Services. “We opened with three crowd. tables, 15 chairs and a very small bar. We still didn’t Bartender Slade Alan Crawhave our liquor license,” he recalls, “which meant we ford is standing in front of the could not sell drinks. We could only give them away.” long mirror that lines the back While that didn’t seem to bother the customers, wall of the bar, adjusting the many of whom still tease Garry and Slade about liking Slade Crawford green silk tie that matches his the old system better, Slade kids “Do you know, that green silk vest. He spins around to greet the newcomnearly killed Garry.” ers, always by name. “Hello there. What can I get you It took another two to three months to get the license tonight?” but finally the Thistle Stop was in business and has It’s showtime! now grown in size, equipment and use to where Slade Slade arrived in Sarasota from Guam in 1997 when says customers are asking for more tables. Garry says Shells Seafood Restaurant recruited him to manage the fire regulations won’t allow that right now. restaurant. Raised as an army brat, mostly in England, Ordering supplies is another big part of the job and he had never lost his travel yen, and Slade estimates that vodka, the most had happily accepted the offer of ordered liquor, requires a case every managing one of the noted Chuck’s week. “Wine is another very big restaurants in Guam. But when he seller here,” he says. “We generally got word of his mother’s illness, he order 12 to 15 cases a week. Four knew it was time to be more availof those will be chardonnay. The able to family. Shells’ offer was his favorite used to be merlot but it’s ticket home. very trendy.” Slade serves Don Evory, Marie Keegan He enjoyed the restaurant – and It takes three to four cases of other and Jane Dye their favorite beverages. Sarasota, “but working 70 hours a alcohol each week, including probweek, which is what it takes to do ably a case each of scotch and boura good job, leads to early burnout, bon. “Not much beer,” Slade says. and I decided to retire.” That led to The favorite Glenridge cocktail is a return to bartending around town, a martini, Slade reports, some with and then to The Glenridge. vodka, some with gin. “An apple When Slade first came to intermartini is quite poplar now,” he view at The Glenridge two years says. “We’re very cosmopolitan.” ago, he was told by dining room The favorite after-dinner drink has Barb Corbett, Anne Sbarounis, and Jay manager Claire Pelletier that he was turned out to be The Hummer, Slade Corbett enjoy Happy Hour in the Thistle says, a drink mixed with ice cream facing a big job to fill the previous Stop with Slade. (Slade says every hour in bartender’s shoes. After a 35-year and a dark rum. “We’re ready to try the Thistle Stop is Happy Hour!) bartending career Slade knows his anything,” he says with a laugh. worth and replied, “That’s okay. I’ve got big feet.” He is quick to credit Garry, Claire, and his young And he has been proving that ever since he made the assistants for making the Thistle Stop the smooth Thistle Stop home. operation it is. “If not for them, we couldn’t serve the The Thistle Stop seats about 60, with an early group number of people we do as quickly and accurately,” he arriving about 4:30 or 5 p.m. and moving in to dinner, acknowledges. and a second seating around 5:30 or 6 p.m. Slade es-



A Flurry of Memoirs Are Being Written by Anne Calvert

Are you aware that a number of members are deeply immersed in the writing of their memories? It could be that we have uncovered just the tip of the iceberg, for in just one day I found six books in various stages of being written. The reasons for writing are as diverse as the books themselves. What an interesting place to live! Phyllis Willever may win the prize for the most written at this point. Neatly typed, with a title page – it looks like a book to the observer until she admits she still has thirty-six years to cover! She has used decades as her technique for organization and has been selfmotivated to finish the project. Marge Hammond has followed a different path. One year a grandson sent her a hard-bound book for grandmothers to fill in the blanks to tell a life-story. She did it, but felt constrained for it had to be handwritten, it had no space to add paragraphs of explanations, and she had other stories to tell. That lead to the thought of expanding a grandmother’s story with pictures, and that is where we find her today. Marge has a large collection of generational pictures. The writing has stopped while she and a grandson work together to print the pic-

tures – then she will add the story as the pictures are organized. Dr. Phil Nelson has backed into his writing through his interest in genealogy. Through the years he has put together and published the genealogy for his family. He has tried several different techniques such as a flip recorder and special booklets for family occasions, but now he has become interested in the actual process of writing. This has led him into researching the study of grammar and its importance in the telling of our stories. He is organizing about forty stories, grouping similar subjects under headings. The conclusion seems to be imminent. Norma Claypoole decided in the third grade to write the story of her life. That interest has persisted throughout her life, moving her forward in her writing as well as backward into the genealogy. At this time her interest is the annual Christmas letter which becomes the record of the current year. Martha Vinick has been a writer all of her life but only recently has she started to pull her stories together as a memoir. She thinks of her work as a scrapbook of experiences and hopes to complete her work as a miscellaneous collection.


She has wonderful family stories as well as stories she wrote for the local newspaper, all of which reflect the times through which we have lived. On a recent birthday of mine, our son asked the question, “When are you going to write our family stories? You seem to have time to write other things. When is it going to be our turn?” It is more than their turn to read the family stories! They are beginning to get their facts mixed up, for they have lived half-way around the world and back again! Of course, my memories are accurate, so I will have the last word! I hope to have it under their Christmas trees this year. Rumor has it Herb Zimmer, Adele Pardee and Dick Torrey are also penning their life stories. Perhaps there are many more members who have been so inspired. We can rest assured the reflections on lives well lived by Glenridge members will make fascinating reading.


New Housekeeping Manager is Stepping in Right Direction by Jan Linehan

It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of a popular staff member such as Oscar Martinez, but Douglas Giammona has Douglas Giammona the credentials and determination to step right into those shoes effortlessly. After a career at the Glenridge which went from dishwasher to floor technician to maintenance to head of housekeeping, Oscar heard the call that “Uncle Sam needs you!” and realized that joining the army might give him the opportunity for further schooling. He reported for duty on October 24 at boot camp in South Carolina, which will be followed by advance training, probably with tanks, in electronics and mechanics. He hopes, eventually, to be sent to college, to complete the degree started in his native Colombia, where he had three years at university studying engineering. Oscar came to the United States in 2003 with his wife, and after a week in Miami, followed an aunt to Sarasota. Since then his family has grown: He and his wife now have a daughter, Anna Maria, age 2½, and a second daughter, Julianna, seven months. Oscar’s wife and children will be going to Columbia while Oscar is in basic training. She will stay with her parents and visit often with Oscar’s parents. Oscar was cheered on his way by a round of well wishes: the 31-member housekeeping staff pulled off a rousing surprise fare6

well party, and Glenridge folks said goodbye at a get-together on his last day on the campus.

ter. Two sons, another daughter and five grandchildren all live in Illinois. Doug’s goal is to assure that residents’ expectations and receipt of services coincide. “The housekeeping staff is here to help,” he says, “to provide the right answers for people’s needs,” but there are many misconceptions of what can be done, which in turn give rise to confusion. Many people do not realize, for example, that time allotted to each unit includes travel time to the unit and time to assure that cleaning tools are clean and sanitized. “We don’t want to move one person’s cold from place to place!” Nevertheless, he says, he wants to make sure that residents have a sense of security in relationship to cleaning personnel, that there is mutual trust, and consequently a consistency in services. At The Glenridge since mid-October, he is already fitting into the boots of his predecessor.

Doug will be equally enthusiastically greeted as people get acquainted. He comes to the Glenridge with 20 years of continuing care retirement facility and other managerial experience and is a Florida-certified facilities manager. Over the course of his career, he has worked throughout the United States in defense plants, hospitals and retirement communities, and in multiple departments. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Even in his brief time on campus, Doug says that he has been impressed with the friendliness and integrity of both residents and staff. He himself likes people and working with the many facets of CCRC facilities (and is very happy in Sarasota’s Housekeeper Maria Victoria Restrepo recently became a climate!). Doug U.S. citizen! Shown here with Oscar Martinez, she celebrated resides in Osprey both her birthday and her citizenship with her Glenridge famwith his wife and ily. Congratulations, Maria, on this wonderful accomplish17-year-old daugh- ment! NOVEMBER 2010

A New Way to Be Grateful by Kery Helmer, Fitness Center Program Manager

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The holidays are upon us. I recalled the article I wrote for last year’s November Piper, “Gratitude is Good for Your Health.” Being grateful is something that can be easily forgotten, especially as we busy ourselves Kery Helmer with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. This year I’d like to take this concept one step further and share my most recent experiment in my journey to health and perhaps inspire you to join me. Just under two months ago, my attention was brought to an article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune - “Chronic Complaining.” Immediately I thought of certain individuals in my own life who I could diagnose as chronic complainers without a doubt. I read on… “Complaining is one of the most pervasive and annoying of all human behaviors.” I thought about that for a moment, and decided that yes, I would have to agree. As I continued to read my attention began to shift from a judgment of others whom I was sure I could diagnose, to myself and how I might rate if I really took a good, hard look. According to the article, most of us tend to complain 20-30 times a day. Why do we do this? Perhaps we just need some attention. Maybe we are attempting to have others side with us in some cause. Sometimes complaining becomes a way of excusing ourselves from poor performance. Complaining can be a great icebreaker. Have you ever been standing in a long line, looked at the person standing in front of or behind you, and said, “I can’t believe this line. This is going to take forever.”? Or how many times have you been sitting in the doctor’s office and heard two people competitively complaining about their illness or ailments? It is very common to respond to a complaint with another complaint and quite often it becomes a competition. Another common form of complaint is venting. It stands to reason that chronic complaining can have a negative effect on us in social situations and

relationships. What we don’t realize is that too much of this does have a negative effect on the body. An overdose of negativity can create stress and lead to increased levels of cortisol. Cortisol is our body’s natural stress hormone. Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as: impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function, blood sugar imbalances, decreased bone density, decrease in muscle tissue, higher blood pressure, lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and increased abdominal fat. Because these patterns are contagious it can affect the morale and the health of an entire office, group, or even an entire community. The good news is that the opposite of complaining – GRATITUDE – can and does have the opposite effect. Rev. Will Bowen, who is the lead minister of the One Community Spiritual Center in Kansas City, MO, challenged his congregation to form a habit of gratitude by “going 21 days without complaining.” In the beginning everyone in the congregation was very excited by the idea. Very quickly it became apparent that it was no easy feat. About 1/3 of the group gave up very quickly, another 1/3 vacillated, and the final 1/3 stayed with it. The interesting thing is that the entire congregation became more aware of their complaint patterns whether they completed the challenge or not. The shift that he saw, not only in his congregation but also in the community, was so impactful that it sparked an international movement and the creation of an organization. “A Complaint-Free World” seeks to impact a positive shift in our world's consciousness by inspiring individuals to leave the toxic communication of complaining behind and experience an internal shift toward being more positive, hopeful and optimistic. So the goal is to go 21 consecutive days without complaining. They offer many forms of advice and support through books, manuals, and also on the website, You receive a purple please turn to page 17



Members Tee Up for 2nd Annual Glenridge Open Golf Tourney Join us for the Second Annual Glenridge Open Golf Tournament on Monday, November 15, 2010. This is a wonderful opportunity to play the prestigious Stadium Course at Prestancia surrounded by Glenridge friends on a beautiful November day! Members and staff are invited to participate. The schedule of events is as follows: 11:15-1:30 – Registration and Deli Buffet Lunch at Prestancia 1:07-2:10 – Assigned Tee Times 6:30-7:15 – Reception in the MacIntyre Room at The Glenridge 7:15-9:00 – Awards Dinner We are using a SCRAMBLE format, with handicaps taken into consideration, so everyone has a chance to win and maximum FUN is assured!

Friends and family are welcome. Make your own foursome – or let us do it for you and meet someone new! After the tournament there will be a reception and awards dinner to celebrate and have some fun. PRIZES will be awarded for Closest to the Line, Closest to the Pin (men and women) and more. Prize sponsors would be most welcome! The cost is $85.00 for golf and lunch, and $15 for dinner at The Glenridge. All charges will be billed to members’ accounts. Dinner charge will be allocated to your dining allowance, if applicable. Non-golfing guests may join you for dinner. The deadline was Friday, October 29, but check with the concierge for last-minute registration opportunities. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call David Ambrose at 923-3506 or Alan Hochman at 359-2341.

Entertainment, Education and Edibles on Tap in Health Center by Karen Radcliffe, Activities Manager

I hope everyone got a chance to visit the Haunted House in October. Sorry, no photos were available at press time. We have a variety of programs planned for the month of November and there is something for everyone. On November 11 we will be honoring our Veterans during lunch with a ceremony. Our month-

ly entertainers continue to bring a smile – Jim Wood on November 4; Patti Highland on the 15th and Callie Chappel on the 18th. Several educational sessions will be held this month: the French Impressionists on November 15; Priscilla Alden at the Women’s Gathering on the 22nd and the Plymouth Colony on the 24th.

Members and residents continue to be involved throughout the day in exercise, discussion groups, sing-alongs, arts and crafts and cooking. Good news: Our “Skillet Goodies” program has become a success. If you have any ideas for easy skillet recipes that take 20-30 minutes to complete, please contact Karen in Activities (552-3596).

Dog Show to Showcase Cute Canines by Anne Calvert

The excitement is growing throughout our community as preparations develop for the Fourth Annual Dog Show organized by the Health Center activities staff. The show has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the outside area in front of the theater. Sign-ups will begin November 1, so 8

call Karen Radcliffe at 553-3596 to register your dog. Information such as name, breed, age, birthplace and weight should be given to Karen during registration. A beautiful fall day has been ordered to make this event as memorable as the preceding ones. It is a tossup whether the owners or the participants enjoy the afternoon more!


Magnificent Private Collection Awaits Glenridge Art Lovers by Jean Minneman

Attention art lovers! A great opportunity to see one of Florida’s largest private collections of original paintings, sculpts, and graphics awaits! The “Emerging Kachinas” corporate headquarters by Dan Namingha of the Raymond James Courtesy Photo Financial Center in St. Petersburg has scheduled a docent-led tour for Glenridge members, Tuesday, November 16. Tom James, the firm’s board chairman, selected most of the art and purchased each of these hundreds of originals directly from the artists, reflecting his commitment to support living artists. His early purchases were works primarily by Florida artists. Today the collection includes many originals by modern American artists including Calder, Dali, Lawrence, Lichtenstein, Neiman, Raushchenberg, Warhol, and J. Wyeth. Also, the collection includes works by awardwinning Southwestern artists including Roy Andersen,

Earl Biss, Glenna Goodacre, Allen Houser and Frank McCarthy, and bronze pieces by the famous Dave McGary. Dan Namingha, the Native American, is represented as well. Lunch will be at the Café Ponte in Clearwater, with a choice of entrees, appetizers (including their specialty, wild mushroom bisque), and desserts. The bus will depart from the Glenridge lobby entrance at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 16. The expected return is about 3 p.m. Reservations are due to the concierge (552-5315) by Monday, November 8. With a minimum of 30 attendees, the cost of transportation will be $20 per person or less. There is no charge for the tour; lunch is on your own. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes!

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Piper Series Concludes with Service and Smiles The Piper series on Glenridge departments began in June of 2009. In this issue we wrap up the series by highlighting Options/Move-In Coordinator Linda Bishop, Executive Assistant/Office Manager Jennifer Berkey and our receptionists, who report to Jennifer. We hope you have enjoyed learning about the key staff members who serve you. Linda Bishop Options & Move-In Coordinator I have the rewarding job of facilitating the move-in of new Glenridge members and helping members Linda Bishop customize their apartments so they can live in a unique environment they love. I provide remodeling and home décor resources for our members, and often design floor plans, assist members with decorating decisions, develop cost estimates, schedule and monitor the work of contractors and vendors, and coordinate a project from start to finish. My work brings me in contact with moving companies, appraisers, consignment companies, flooring installers, cable technicians, luxury home furnishings manufacturers and many more. I work closely with our Life Planning and Maintenance teams on all projects. The Carroll Center expansion is an exciting new aspect of my job, as I have developed furniture floor plans and provided cost estimates for furniture, fixtures and equipment related to the project. I graduated from Ray College of Design in Chicago and owned my own commercial and residential in12

terior design business for 22 years. I have been happily married to my husband Len for 21 years. Together we have reared six children. The best part of my job is getting to know Glenridge members, who fill a special place in my heart. Jennifer Berkey Office Manager/Executive Assistant to the CEO My main focus is keeping Charley informed and getting him where he needs to be on time. I also do the same Jennifer Berkey for our Board members. I oversee Reception and keep the front office well supplied and running smoothly (most days). Many of you see me sitting in the corner at meetings with a notepad and pen. I record the minutes of numerous meetings as well as produce most of the PowerPoint presentations that you are forced to endure while attending our many meetings. If you need to meet with Charley, have a complaint or suggestion, I’m the one to call. I love that my job here is very fast paced and offers a little something different every day, but my favorite part of the job is collecting the “snowflakes” each morning. I NOVEMBER 2010

have really gotten to know many of our members by reading their comments on a daily basis. I moved to Sarasota 12 years ago from Pennsylvania to marry my high school sweetheart Frank, who has been in the CCRC business for over 25 years. We have three grown children and are enjoying our empty nest (before they all begin moving back home). Our favorite pastimes are boating or relaxing at the beach, enjoying the natural beauty of our adopted home. Before having the privilege of joining The Glenridge team, I was the Executive Assistant to the COO at The Florida Center and also worked at All Faiths Food Bank for a couple of years. In my life before Florida, my career was in law enforcement. After leaving the Army (Military Police) I worked for a number of high-end department stores as a loss prevention manager. I guess you can say I’ve come full circle, as my very first “real” job at the age of 16 was as a nursing assistant at what would now be considered a CCRC . . . although it would never compare to The Glenridge! Reception You all know Carol, Fran, Naomi and Arlene, our receptionists. They are the “front-lines” of The Glenplease turn to page 14

Welcome New Members by Jane Goehrig

Josephine DeFeo

Jack and Pat Lane

Josephine DeFeo, Apartment 2224, came to The Glenridge from St. Petersburg. She was born in West New York, NJ, and during her school years she lived in The Josephine DeFeo Bronx and Manhattan. Josephine founded her own business, DeFeo Studios, in Cliffside, NJ, in 1950. She was honored when she was recently inducted into The Hall of Fame of The National Church Goods Association. She has spent 60 years in the church goods industry where she manufactured ecclesiastical and liturgical vestments. Some of the highlights of her career included making the vestments for Archbishop Spellman when he was elevated to Cardinal and for completing an order for 3500 vestments to be shipped from Cliffside to Poland. She was also often contacted by Hollywood filmmakers who placed orders for movie stars playing religious roles. She occasionally spoke with the actors including Walter Pigeon, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Richard Chamberlain and others. Eventually Josephine moved her business to St. Petersburg, FL. Later she sold it to Murphy Cap and Gowns, but she stayed on with them for seven years to train the employees in the products designed and manufactured by that company. She continued attending Chicago shows and conventions in many different cities. She was also active in planning conventions. Josephine has already made many friends in The Glenridge, and we are very happy to welcome her here.

Club House 10 is the new home of Jack and Pat Lane. Although they moved in last spring, they left shortly afterwards to spend the summer in their 100-year-old Jack and Pat Lane log cabin in northern Wisconsin. They came here from the Venetian Golf and River Club in Venice. They also lived in Sorrento Woods for 14 years. Pat grew up in Burlington, Vermont. Her family were all enthusiastic sailors on Lake Champlain and skiers on Mt. Mansfield. She and Jack met on a ski slope when they were students at the University of Wisconsin. Jack lived in southern Wisconsin. Since their marriage they have lived in many different states. Jack started as an industrial engineer for Marathon Corporation, a paper company. He switched to the manufacturing division and, when Marathon was bought out by American Can Company, he joined field sales and soon became a sales manager. In that capacity he flew in small planes to remote parts of Alaska to check on many salmon canneries. After his retirement he volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for 19 years. Pat has always been active in church work. She served as church secretary, volunteered in programs for handicapped children and taught English as a second language. Both Lanes love music. Jack was on the board of the Venice Symphony for six years. They admire antiques and have many beautiful pieces in their home. As outdoor people they are part of a group, The Bike Bunch, who ride each week, often exploring out-of-town Florida trails. They are active in the University of Wisconsin alumni affairs. Because their son developed a mental illness as an adult, they are very involved with research at the university. A new laboratory there has been named The Lane Neuroimaging Laboratory. The Lanes have three children, John in Wisconsin, Stephen in North Dakota and Tom in Atlanta. They also have two grandchildren, Jack, 7, and Annie, 1. Welcome Pat and Jack.



Piper Series Concludes with Service and Smiles ridge. Theirs are the first faces members and visitors see when entering the main building, and all are wonderful “Directors of First Impressions.” These ladies schedule your dinner reservations, check you in every morning, assist you with your packages and prescriptions, answer your questions, give directions, and ensure that you know what classes, events and meetings are going on. They also assist me in getting all of those important notices into the cubbies to keep members up to date. They answer approximately a zillion phone calls a day, sort and deliver all of our internal mail, maintain the lost and found and update and distribute member address/email lists. They perform countless tasks for members and staff alike on a daily basis.

day knowing I have the opportunity to be of service to our wonderful members. It truly gives me great pleasure to help in any way I can. I feel like I am part of a wonderful family. Another great advantage for me is the location of our beautiful campus. After a career that required extensive highway travel, I

~ Jennifer Berkey Carol Swensen Receptionist

Clockwise from top left: Fran Brownstein, Arlene Simonitis, Naomi Freidhof, Carol Swenson

I enjoyed a 37+ year career with no longer have to deal with traffic. Eastman Kodak Company, workI live right in Palmer Ranch with ing in outside sales with territories my two kitties, Reggie and Eddie. in Connecticut, New York City I am also fortunate to have famand New England. After retiring ily nearby. I love spending time in 2004, I moved from the Boston with my brother, sister-in-law and area to Sarasota. I tried a number 7-year-old niece. of different positions before finding that “perfect retirement job” right Fran Brownstein here as Receptionist at The GlenReceptionist ridge. After many years on the East My #1 requirement when looking for my job was that I would be able Coast, I moved to Sarasota and found a very different way of life. to be of service to those around My world had been in the enme. I love coming to work each 14


tertainment field, so since I was changing locations, I decided to change careers. I have never looked back. While reading the paper one morning, I noticed a classified ad for a position at The Glenridge and called for an appointment. I was thrilled when I saw the buildings, but it was the people I met who made an even bigger impression. Everyone was so friendly. About twenty-four hours later, I was called and told I had the job at the front desk. That will be four years ago on February 28, 2011. This is a very busy position. I need my hands to locate information, so I wear a telephone earpiece. Sometimes I have to do more than one thing at a time, and occasionally the person in front of me doesn’t realize I am listening to someone on the phone! I love the days when the flowers or longawaited packages arrive. The area around the desk is a very happy place. I truly look forward to coming to work. My newest friend lives in the aquarium. You can find me visiting him each morning and talking to him, for he comes when he hears my voice. Never have I seen a more interesting fish – a cowfish named Tex. Naomi Freidhof Receptionist I was born in Ohio and my family moved to Sarasota when I was please turn to page 16

Hair With Care is a Glenridge Bonus by Nell Martin

Several years ago, when we moved into The Glenridge, I remember seeing the Hair With Care salon. My first thought: “That’s a nice service for the people who are confined to the campus, but I certainly won’t need it for a long time.” One day I desperately needed a hair cut, blow dry and my nails done, so I decided, “I’ll try it once.” Well, that was the beginning of a long continuous

Thoughts from the Thistle Stop…

relationship. Each technician has been as good as the other. I can book with any of the four stylists and be pleased with each one’s work. Our nail specialist is excellent. So a big bonus for Glenridge members is the beauty care provided by the whole staff at Hair With Care. Make an appointment today and treat yourself!

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you invited a new neighbor to lunch or dinner? Reach out and make them feel welcome, and make a new friend in the process.

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you thanked a staff member for all that they do? If you complete a “Deep Purple Service Standards” form (on the table across from the Library), he or she will receive star recognition.


you interested in observing a Glenridge committee meeting? Any member may attend any meeting. If you are interested in joining the group, just speak with the chair. Committee meetings are listed on the Piper calendar each month.

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Ballet Luminary to Speak at The Glenridge Robert de Warren will speak in the Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 17, at 3pm. The former Director of the Sarasota Ballet is the author of Destiny’s Waltz: In Step with Giants. In his memoir, de Warren recounts his life and career as a distinguished ballet dancer, direc-

tor, choreographer and designer. Robert spent his childhood in Argentina, under the Peron regime, and eventually embarked on a career with the Royal Ballet in London. An unexpected career turn brought him to Iran, where he was appointed to direct dance under the Shah. Robert’s story includes how he came to know Rudolf Nureyev, as a collaborator and ultimately as a true friend. During his life, Robert has met

over fifty heads of state, celebrities of dance, opera, music, literature, film, art and more. And throughout it all he has retained a childlike joy at the wonders of our world. He lives in Sarasota with his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline. His presentation on November 17 is an Academy Special Event. There is no charge and no signup needed. Copies of de Warren’s book will be available for purchase.

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very young. I graduated from Riverview High School. I now have four sons and a granddaughter aged 2½ named Trinity. I was working at the JCPenney hair salon as a receptionist and bookkeeper when one of my customers told me of an opening for a part time receptionist at this wonderful place called The Glenridge. I wasn’t sure I wanted a third job, but before the customer left she had set up an interview for me the following Monday. I met with Jennifer Mitchell and got the job. Even though my title is Receptionist at both The Glenridge and JCPenney, they are very different jobs. Taking reservations and answering phones in the evenings at The Glenridge is a quiet change from my full time job dealing with 22 stylists at a hair salon. I have the best of both worlds! That customer was right; The Glenridge is a wonderful place to work.

One of the main reasons I love to work at The Glenridge is that the people are beautiful and live life to the fullest. The members are very understanding and make my job fun and enjoyable. Hours seem to fly by when I’m on the front desk because there are so many people to talk to and so many tasks to attend to. Another high point is the friendliness of other staff members and their willingness to help me when needed.

Hors d’oeuvre of the Month by Mary Manegold

MOZZARELLA BITES From the kitchen of Betsy Tavenner

Arlene Simonitis Receptionist

1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese 10 strips bacon, fried crisp and crumbled 12 green olives, chopped mayonnaise - enough to moisten 4 English muffins

Originally from Ohio, I am not only a receptionist at the front office; I also serve as a weekend receptionist in the Carroll Center and in dining services in the Highlands. I may be the only staff member to work three different part-time jobs here!

Add cheese to crumbled bacon and chopped olives. Add mayonnaise to moisten. Mix together. Split English muffins in half and toast lightly. Top with mixture and broil until cheese melts. Cut into quarters. Serve hot. Makes 32 bites.



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stretch bracelet to wear as a reminder. Every time you catch yourself complaining you have to switch the bracelet to the other hand, name something that you are grateful for, and start your count again from 1. …And so I decided to join in the quest. It has been 72 days since I began, and I am on day 1 of my count. My record streak of complaint-free days? Only 3. What do I complain about? In the beginning it was everything… traffic, my husband, food at the restaurant, this or that at work, not enough sleep, money…. I had no idea I was such a complainer. Every time I turned around I had to switch the bracelet. Then I began to catch myself on the verge of complaining. Still the thoughts were there, and several complaints continued to slip from my mouth. Now I’m mostly down to complaining in traffic and the occasional husband one. I’m really only switching the bracelet once or twice a day.

But I am noticing a shift even in my thoughts. I feel lighter and happier. I see a change in how others respond to me. I’ve become very aware of what triggers me, and I’ve found that it’s often self-induced. For example, I complain in traffic because I’ve put myself in a position to be running late. This self-discovery is having a profound effect on me. It feels wonderful and I am grateful to be on this journey. The Fitness Center staff is participating in the challenge. Several other staff members throughout the Glenridge and a few members have bracelets now too. I have purchased a supply of bracelets and invite you to join the quest. Please come see me if you are interested. Be grateful this holiday season. Remember, gratitude doesn’t cost us anything, it’s calorie-free, there are no negative side effects, and let’s face it… we all have something to be thankful for!

Members Packing for Elegant Thanksgiving Cruise by Bunny Nesbit, Cruise Society Chairperson

The Glenridge Cruise Society is delighted that over 45 Glenridge members will be cruising together aboard the Silversea’s newest ship, the Silver Spirit, over the Thanksgiving holiday. This will be a 10-day no-fly cruise, November 22 to December 2, 2010, departing from Ft. Lauderdale. The scheduled itinerary includes full day stops in Turks & Caicos, Antigua, St. Bart's, St. Kitts and Virgin Gorda, continuing on for 2 full restful days at sea before returning to Ft. Lauderdale. The ship’s quality (6-star rating), size (540 passengers) and an all-inclusive cruise fare that includes gratuities and an extensive selection of fine wines, champagne and spirits has certainly made this cruise most desirable. Adding to the very special ambiance created on board are the oceanview suites, most with private veranda, and open seating dining options in the six restaurants so guests dine when, where and with whom they desire. But what is also unique is that Silversea Cruise Lines incorporate the favorite amenities found on larger ships, such as an elaborate show lounge featuring nightly entertainment, casino, spa and state-of-the-art fitness facility. Complimentary transportation to and from The Glenridge and Ft. Lauderdale will be provided by Golden Anchor Travel. If you are interested in joining us on this cruise, please call Golden Anchor Travel (922-4070) and speak with Shirley or Monica right away. They are happy to be of service and enjoy the opportunity to “exceed your travel expectations…” NOVEMBER 2010



Glenridge 7th Birthday Sparks Open House by Joyce Morrison

Health Center expansion plans are moving closer to reality as representatives of The Glenridge began meeting in October with individual members of the Sarasota County Board of Supervisors. CEO Charles Tirrell told members at the October 14 G.A.C. meeting that he expected the Glenridge group to be meeting with County representatives in November. In the meantime, work has begun on reconfiguring some of the larger Highlands apartments into one-bedroom units which will accommodate five or six additional members, and covered parking spaces are also under review. Each space available on campus will be included in a careful accounting to assess the needs of each Glenridge group, the CEO said. Director of Life Planning Lisa Snyder has a new life plan: A full Glenridge with a massive waiting list. While there are only nine units available now, she is not slowing down on promotions. Glenridge will be seven years old November 18, so the director has decided that would be a perfect time to hold an open house in celebration of the occasion. The open house follows the Jazz and Art on the Mezzanine program October 28 and will be followed by the popular Speaker Series in January. “The speakers were favorite events last winter,” Snyder said. “They really brought a lot of visitors to our campus, and we had good response from that group.” 18

There are 295 occupied residences now, she says, “which means we are 96 percent occupied and 97 percent sold. We have had 30 settlements so far this year, with 46 new members.” Who are we? We are about 60 percent singles and 40 percent couples. We are 38 percent male and 62 percent female. Our average age is 83. “And,” Lisa says, “we have nine more homes still available for more members.” November events of note include the 18-hole scramble golf tournament with proceeds going to the Glenridge Benevolence Fund, and the Veterans’ Day program with Bob Normile, the co-pilot of General Douglas MacArthur’s plane as main speaker. “We are happy to welcome Bob, who is our near neighbor in Venice, to our campus,”


George Measer, event spokesman, said, adding that former CEO Howard Crowell will also be honored for his service to his country and to this community. Dick Fleming announced Jean Hadden as the Glenridge Unsung Hero for October, citing her fresh ideas and hard work to promote and market The Glenridge.

Jean Hadden Glenridge Unsung Hero for October

Honore Water Main Construction to Improve Water Quality Sarasota County is installing a 24-inch water main under the northbound lane of Honore Avenue from Palmer Ranch Parkway to Northridge Road (near Publix). According to a news release from the Palmer Ranch Master Property Ownership Association, this project will improve water quality,

water pressure and reliability in the service area, which includes The Glenridge. Northbound traffic within the project limits will be rerouted to the southbound side during the construction period, with two-way traffic maintained at all times. However, side streets entering

Honore Avenue may be designated Right Turn Only. Construction will begin the week of November 1 and the entire project should be finished by the end of February, 2011. Typical work hours are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. This project is not planned to disrupt drinking water availability.

G.A.C. Elections to be Held in December by Jean Minneman

Elections for half the members of the Glenridge Advisory Council will occur in December. Buildings scheduled to elect their representatives next month include: West Wing F, East Wing H, The Oaks, The Palm and Club Homes East. These members will serve a two year term. Those residential units that do not elect representatives this year will do so in December of 2011. G.A.C. members may be re-elected for a second two-year term.

In January, 2011, the new G.A.C. members will be seated and join the carryover members. The complete Council will elect officers for the 2011 year which include president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer. Officers serve for one year and may be re-elected. The G.A.C. is the communications conduit between Glenridge members and management.

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behind the WAAC was that women soldiers could assume support jobs so that more men would be available for direct combat. July 1, 1943: The original bill was amended, and the WAAC was officially named the Women’s Army Corps – WAC – thus extending full military benefits to women. These benefits had not been available in the WAAC. It wasn’t until October 1978 that the WAC was abolished and became fully integrated into the regular Army.

I enlisted in the WAAC in Rochester, NY, in 1942 and left shortly for basic training in Fort Des Moines, Iowa – followed by

Administrative Specialist School. Following that, I was selected for Officer Candidate School, graduated and was commissioned in the 21st OCS class. My first assignment was in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, as a Regimental Supply Officer, then on to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in charge of WAC officers’ sales stores. In 1944 I was transferred to Huntsville, Alabama. This was a very large Chemical Warfare Depot and I was Assistant to the Officer in Charge of Munitions. My next assignment (you can see we were moved around a great deal) was Commanding Officer of the WAC Recruitment Office in NOVEMBER 2010

Huntington, WV, until it closed shortly after VE Day. In 1945 I was transferred to Lockbourne Air Base in Columbus, OH. While there, the Japanese surrendered and VJ Day was declared. Guess what, the final move was to Camp Blanding, Florida, as a Discharge Records Administrator. By now the war was over and military personnel who had been overseas longest were being flown home. This post was open 24/7 to release these men as quickly as possible. After six months there I applied for and received my discharge in March 1946. Like most veterans, I am very proud to have served my country. 19

by Ken Bonwit



Tues., Nov. 2, 8pm: SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT (1995) Comedy/Drama/Romance; Rated R for brief strong language; Run time: 106 min. Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands, Kyra Sedgwick and Brett Cullen Grace (Roberts) discovers her husband Eddie (Quaid) is having an affair. She moves in with her sister Emma (Sedgwick) to decide what to do. Grace breaks from her daily life, finds her own voice and questions authority, especially that of her father Wyly (Duvall). This causes a stir in her parents’ lives.

Tues., Nov. 9, 8pm: OCEANS (2009) Documentary/Drama; Not rated; Run time: 84 min. Lancelot Perrin; Narrated by Pierce Brosnan This powerful yet enchanting sequel to “Earth” chronicles the mysteries that exist in the water that covers so much of the earth’s surface. The latest technologies capture never-before-seen images of the playful splendor and harsh realities of the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the oceans.

Tues., Nov. 16, 8pm: HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953) Comedy/Drama/Romance; Not rated; Run time: 95 min. Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, William Powell and Cameron Mitchell Three New York models, Loco (Grable), Pola (Monroe) and Schatze (Bacall), plan to use their many charms to marry three millionaires. Their outrageous scheme attracts potential wealthy candidates but love and wealth don’t seem to coexist. All three women must choose between the two.

Tues., Nov. 23, 8pm: THE BOYS ARE BACK (2009) Drama; Rated PG-13 for some sexual language and thematic elements; Run time: 104 min. Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser, George Mackay, Nicholas McAnulty and Julia Blake When his wife dies, Joe (Owen) must raise their sons, a six-year-old and a teenager. Joe believes kids should be as free as possible, but this idea does not work well with the boys or with single mom Laura (Booth), whom Joe starts to date. The kids aren’t the only ones who must learn to grow up.

Sun., Nov. 28, 3pm: BABE (1995) Adventure/Comedy/Family/Fantasy; Rated G; Run time: 89 min. James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski; voices of Christine Cavanagh, Miriam Margoyles & Danny Mann Farmer Hoggett (Cromwell) wins piglet Babe (Cavanagh) as a raffle prize at a local fair. Babe learns sheepherding with the help of the dog Fly (Margoyles) and the duck Ferdinand (Mann). He does so well at sheepherding that Farmer Hoggett enters him in the world sheepdog championship.

Tues., Nov. 30, 8pm: NEVER ON SUNDAY (1960) Comedy/Drama/Romance; Not rated; Run time 91 min. Prostitute Illia (Mercouri), the most popular person in Piraeus, entertains locals daily and on Sundays serves food and drink. Homer (Dassin) wants to learn why Greece fell from greatness and believes Illia symbolizes that fall. The vice boss wants to control the irrepressible Illia; her independence inspires other prostitutes.

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