News Stories

Resident Ranked #1 in Orienteering

OceanView resident Ruth was excited to discover that she was ranked 1# for her age category in this year’s “Orienteering North America” magazine! Orienteering is a sport in which individuals traverse a predetermined course over diverse terrain, using a topographical map and compass to navigate from point to point.

Having taught physical education for 25 years, Ruth has been active her whole life. She first tried orienteering at a workshop offered by the Appalachian Mountain Club and discovered she liked doing it and was good at it. Ruth continued to participate in the sport all over America, as well as Sweden, Scotland and Canada. Forty years later, Ruth still enjoys orienteering, and has an impressive collection of plaques and medals on display.

Ruth isn’t alone in her passion for the sport here at OceanView. Another resident, Tony, has been orienteering for over 40 years and designs some of the maps that groups use. Tony started an OceanView orienteering group and designs courses overlaid on our campus map! The group meets about 6 times throughout the year and has residents scrambling all over OceanView’s 80 wooded acres.


Maine Family Business Award

OceanView Receives Maine Family Business Award

Maine Family Business Award

At the Maine Family Business Awards Gala held this past Wednesday, OceanView at Falmouth was honored to receive the Environmental Leadership Award. The evening was hosted by WCSH-6 anchor Cindy Williams, who said OceanView was chosen for its many sustainable practices including recycling 95% of all generated waste, a robust composting program, and use of solar energy throughout its campus, making it Maine’s “greenest” retirement community.

Presented by the Institute for Family-Owned Business in partnership with MEMIC, the awards recognize exemplary Maine firms that demonstrate excellence in family involvement, business success, and commitment to employees, customers and community. With 166 nominations, an independent panel of judges selected the 7 winners from among 20 finalists.

We would like to thank the Institute for Family-Owned Business for this honor. We also are very grateful to our incredible team of employees and the residents they serve, we couldn’t do it without them.


Legacy Memory Care Receives Corporate Champion Award

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, held a Volunteer Recognition Event this past Tuesday at the Maine State Capital’s Blaine House, where Legacy Memory Care at OceanView was delightfully-surprised with a Corporate Champion Award! The Association’s Director of Corporate Initiatives, Elizabeth Elliott (center), can be seen here with Legacy’s Sales Associate, Elaine DuMais (left), and Legacy’s Program Manager, Valerie Lamkin (right).

Solar Electric Vehicle Charger On Campus

Continuing in line with OceanView’s Commitment to Sustainability, a new Electric Vehicle Charger has been installed on our campus, powered by solar energy. Barry Woods, Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation at ReVision Energy, says, “As we continue to see more electric vehicles come on the roads, there will be a real need to provide infrastructure to accommodate the increasing need for charging stations. Maine also has the highest usage of oil per capita than any other state, so finding energy alternatives is crucial in chipping-away at that number. Between all the solar installations and now this vehicle charger, OceanView really is ahead of the curve.”

New OceanView resident Mollie loves her Tesla and had a vehicle charger installed in her new Schoolhouse Cottage, which all include grid-tied solar electric systems and each save 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of CO2 per year. Mollie is glad that OceanView values the environment and recognizes that green energy alternatives are important to sustainability.

Last month OceanView was honored to be named the top winner in the Business Leadership Category at the “eco-Excellence Awards” held in Portland [Read More Here]. And last week, OceanView hosted a Business Energy Fair along with the Chamber of Commerce and Town of Falmouth.

See more media about OceanView’s commitment to sustainability at: oceanviewrc.com/green


OceanView Awarded Top Winner in Business Excellence

 

OceanView at Falmouth was named the top winner in the Business Leadership Category at the ‘eco-Excellence Awards’ held in Portland.
 
The ‘eco-Excellence Awards’ is an annual program organized by ‘ecomaine’ to recognize individuals, businesses and schools that demonstrate effectiveness in raising awareness, community impact, and ease of replication of their sustainability programs or initiatives. A non-profit, ‘ecomaine’ is a recycling and waste-to-energy operation serving a third of the Maine’s population.
 
As OceanView has thrived and grown over the past 31 years of operation, it has kept a thoughtful eye toward sustainability. The list of OceanView’s accomplishments include diversion of 30,000 pounds of food scraps, dozens of kilowatt hours of grid-tied solar electric, a 360-tube solar hot water collector, 18,000 gallons of displaced propane, over $1 million invested in renewable energy, elimination of more than 223,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, and rooftop solar arrays being installed on new residences which will each save an additional 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of CO2 per year.
 
 
OceanView’s community also offers a robust composting and recycling program. Cooking oil is recycled and reused for biodiesel and soaps, produce and seafood is locally-sourced, all disposable products are sourced from recycled or compostable materials, along with the composting of food waste. The construction of OceanView’s Blueberry Commons, Legacy Memory Care, Lunt School, and Schoolhouse Cottages projects recycled 95% of all waste and surplus materials. Solid core wood doors, vinyl windows, cabinetry, appliances, and laminate countertops from older buildings are continuously donated to Habitat for Humanity.
 
Artist’s rendering of the Friends School of Portland
 
Through a funding partnership with the Friends School of Portland, OceanView enabled the school to fulfill its vision of being a ‘Net Zero Building’ with the purchase and installation of a 144-panel solar array. The facility was the first commercial project in the Maine, and the third school in the nation, to achieve ‘Passive House Certification’ – the highest international energy efficiency standard.
 
“The Business Leadership category recognizes businesses that don’t operate under a mission focused on environmental sustainability or conversation, but who make it their job to integrate it into everything they do. OceanView has done a notable job of demonstrating that both large scale and small-scale sustainability programs are achievable and replicable,” said Caleb Hemphill, chair of ‘ecomaine’s’ Outreach & Recycling Committee. “We have a growing need for senior housing solutions and OceanView is an exemplary, very relevant model to other developers across the state.”
 
Visit our Commitment to Sustainability page for more information on how OceanView stays ‘Green!’
 
OceanView to host the Chamber of Commerce Energy Fair on April 12th. [Click for Details]



Final Schoolhouse Phase Breaks Ground!

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The final 4th Phase of the Schoolhouse Cottages has officially broken ground! Complementing our original 34 Schoolhouse Cottages, these 14 homes will be customized for each new resident who will be able to choose their floor plan, décor finishes, landscaping and completion date any time through the end of 2018.

Schoolhouse Phase Four 1

Some cottages will have walk-out, daylight basements, views of Casco Bay and Portland! All enjoy gas fireplaces, full service generators and solar panels to ease your electric bill.

Schoolhouse Phase Four 2

This neighborhood will connect one end of the OceanView campus to the other and will also include the final leg of the sidewalk along Middle Road from Blueberry Lane to Lunt Road, allowing safe walking or jogging around the entire block!

Schoolhouse Cottage

Already 65% pre-sold, the remaining sites won’t last long!
Contact Gloria Walker at 207-781-4460


ReStore Cabinets

OceanView Donates $30,000 of Materials

Habitat ReStore

For the past five years, OceanView at Falmouth has made donations to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and the Cumberland Wood Bank. We carry on this tradition with the latest development of an additional 14 custom-built homes for our new Schoolhouse Cottages neighborhood.

ReStore Cabinets

To make room for the new cottages, OceanView bought and razed three homes. About $30,000 worth of usable materials from the homes – including cabinets, doors, windows, copper piping and boilers – was salvaged and donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The sale of these items will help fund new Habitat homes for local families, aligning with OceanView’s value of supporting affordable housing options.

Cumberland Woodbank

Along with the donations to Habitat, all hardwood trees that came down to make room were donated to the Cumberland Wood Bank, which should provide about 10 cords of wood this winter to those in need.Woodbank Volunteers

Here at OceanView at Falmouth, we remain committed to sustainability and social responsibility, values which we strive to incorporate into every aspect of our community.


OceanView Has the Best Soup, Again!

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Patricia Baird, Chef Chris McLaughlin and Chef Chris Ventimiglia 

For the second year in a row, OceanView at Falmouth took home top honors at the Very Merry Falmouth Soup Challenge. In addition to defending their People’s Choice title, OceanView earned the Judge’s Pick for Chef Chris McLaughlin’s butternut squash soup. Chef McLaughlin used local ingredients including chipotle oil, candied maple bacon, and goat cheese.

“Food is such an important part of quality of life. We strive to make the best food every day for our residents,” said Steven Brustein, General Manager of Dining Services at OceanView. “The soup challenge is a great way to share our culinary talents with the community and getting their approval is fantastic validation.”

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OceanView residents enjoy fresh soups daily at our multiple dining venues across campus. Chef Jill Bookataub can be seen here serving a steaming bowl at our Gazebo Grille Café during lunch.

Judges awarded plaques to winners in three categories: Best Soup, Best Chowder and Best Chili. Attendees submitted ballots for the People’s Choice Award to select the overall winner. Chef McLaughlin’s butternut squash soup earned the Judge’s Pick for Best Soup and was selected as the People’s Choice for overall winner! The event is sponsored by the Town of Falmouth and supports the Falmouth Food Pantry.

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