Residents bushwhacked a path to our Commons Room, where exotic flowers, vines and leaves appeared to have grown. There also were a few wild animals roaming about!
The Maine Marimba Ensemble’s musical performance lead to some lively dancing. Even the lion thought they were wonderful!
Before heading off to a special dinner with an African-influenced Caribbean menu, residents could hop in a jeep to have their picture taken. “Look out behind you, Joan!”
We can’t thank our incredible residents and staff enough for making this such a wonderful community for yet another year. As we now enter our 30th year, we’re excitedly looking forward to our “pearl” or “trigentennial” anniversary!
The Cumberland Wood Bank, a community based non-profit volunteer organization, provides wood and monetary heating assistance to Cumberland and its neighboring communities. They operate through donations of hardwood logs from the generosity of both private individuals and development projects.
OceanView has and will continue to donate usable hardwoods from trees being removed for building the remainder of our Schoolhouse Cottages Neighborhood.
What wood the Bank doesn’t give to those in need, is sold at current market rates or above, and 100% of those funds are used to provide fuel assistance to those who can’t burn wood. Funding for operational expenses and equipment maintenance is supported by the volunteers and private donations.
For more information about the Cumberland Wood Bank, how you can volunteer or make a donation of wood, money or equipment; visit: www.woodbank.org .
Artist’s endering of Completed Expansion
In November 2014, Falmouth residents voted overwhelmingly to approve the town issuing of a $2.8 million bond to cover half the cost of expanding the library. The remainder of the $5.6 million project will be raised through individual and business donations through a two-year fundraising campaign.
Robert Emple, Treasurer & Capital Campaign Steering Committee,
Library Board of Trustees
A host committee of OceanView residents held a wine and cheese reception on Tuesday, September 8th, for a presentation on the project.
Architect, Scott Simons
The expansion will allow for an increased collection of books and other media, added technology and meeting spaces. Even with the addition of approximately 8,000 square feet, energy costs are expected to go down, thanks to the energy efficient building and improvements.
OceanView Owner, John Wasileski
John Wasileski, OceanView’s Owner, said he has “always intended OceanView to be a part of the community, not apart from it.” John is especially excited that the expansion will allow for increased collaborative programming and services offered between OceanView and the library. He went on the say, “As OceanView residents, your property tax is included in your monthly fee, so you may feel you’ve already contributed your part. OceanView is the town’s largest taxpayer and I could have said the same, but I feel this need is important and therefore am pledging $250,000 and am challenging all of you to match that amount!”
For more information on the Falmouth Memorial Library’s expansion and how you can help support this important effort, please visit: www.supporttheexpansion.com
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Artist’s rendering of completed Passivhaus school.
A special partnership between OceanView at Falmouth and the Friends School of Portland has led to monumental achievements in energy-efficient building. The new 15,000 square-foot facility has become the first school in Maine, the first commercial project in Maine, and the third school in the nation to achieve Passive House Certification – the highest international energy efficiency standard.
Through a funding agreement with OceanView, a 144-panel solar array was purchased and installed, enabling the school to fulfill its vision of being a Net Zero Building – meaning it will produce as much energy as it uses and will eliminate the need to rely on traditional heating fuels such as oil, gas, coal or wood.
“This partnership extends beyond a financing component,” said OceanView owner, John Wasileski. “OceanView shares the Friends School of Portland’s commitment to clean energy and stewardship, and we envision a great intergenerational partnership for years to come. With multiple solar projects across all of our (OceanView’s) properties, the value of alternative energy cannot be understated.”
Read the full article in The New England Real Estate Journal: http://nerej.com/84373
Research studies have shown that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia effect the part of the brain that responds and reacts to music last, allowing for memories associated with certain songs to be triggered and brought back to life when listened to. Bringing personalized music selections into the lives of the elderly through digital music technology is shown to improve quality of life. Here at OceanView, we have been engaging our residents at Legacy Memory Care in a program inspired by the film Alive Inside.
Armed with a library of music and fleet of MP3 players, OceanView staff member, Mike Maddock, has been meeting individually with Legacy residents, interviewing them about their favorite music from the past and present. “Sometimes they can’t recall many song titles or artists, but I can get insights by asking them about their life experiences,” says Mike. “One gentleman I met with told me he was in the Navy during WWII and was stationed on a boat next to Liberty Island, right under the Statue of Liberty, so when he had shore leave, he would go into the city. I tried playing him songs from the 30s and 40s, big band jazz, Sinatra. His eyes lit up and foot started tapping. But it was Wonderful World, by Louie Armstrong that trigged a story about when he met his wife and going out dancing with her.
OceanView staff member, Mike Maddock, with Legacy Memory Care resident, Karen, who is a Beatles fan.
With this project we hope to give each Legacy Memory Care resident a MP3 player loaded with their own personalized playlists to enhance their memory retention and quality of life. Mike says it’s really special for him. “I feel like these MP3 players are little time machines and I get to witness these people get instantly transported back and relive their past experiences. It’s truly incredible.”
We are very pleased to announce that the first residents have officially moved into their new cottages on Principal Lane in the first phase of the Schoolhouse Cottages! It’s starting to look like a real neighborhood!
John and Pat are proud to be the first Schoolhouse Cottage residents. Here they are on the front porch of their “A” style cottage.
Hi neighbors! Bruce and Marion moved-in next door a couple of days later. They are settling nicely into their “B” style cottage with a loft.
Enjoy a spacious cottage custom-built just for you! The second phase with 2016 completion dates is almost fully reserved, and phase three with 2017 completion dates will soon be open for reservations. Enjoy a choice of floor plans, locations and custom décor in a brand new Schoolhouse Cottage at OceanView!
Contact Gloria Walker to reserve your cottage site today!
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Each spring, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) celebrates real estate development in Maine by recognizing various development projects throughout the state that meet certain criteria such as “notable” and “significant.” OceanView was proud to learn that our recent expansion including Blueberry Commons, Legacy Memory Care, Lunt Professional Building and Lunt Auditorium were chosen as a Notable Project for 2014.
The decision was based in part on the following criteria:
- Noteworthy & significant project completed in 2014 and fully tenanted
- Environmentally sustainable
- Economic impact
- Energy efficient
- Social impact
- Job creation
MEREDA is the state’s leading organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers, and the only voice for the real estate development industry in Maine. The association’s efforts to promote responsible growth through fair and predictable legislation and regulation are vital for a return to a healthy, thriving economy.
The Top 7 Notable Projects for 2014 were recognized at MEREDA’s 2015 Spring Conference on May 12th, in Portland. The photo above shows Chris Wasileski, Project Manager, and Matt Teare, Director of Development, of Seacoast Management, accepting the award.
Donna Beveridge and Ken Capron, both of whom have a dementia related diagnosis, decided to pursue the quest of creating grass roots support for those living with dementia. They began to explore outreach and create activities for themselves and others using the Memory Cafés as a tool.
The non-profit MemoryWorks was launched in 2012 with minimal funding and limited support and has been growing ever since. In its initial year, MemoryWorks established a network of nine Cafés. While Ken and Donna were the driving force in getting things started, a lot of people in the dementia care community have helped with new Cafés – helping as volunteers, providing venues and having patience while the magic bean took root. MemoryWorks is also an active member and supporter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America along with its purpose, programs and outreach.
Memory Cafés are places where anyone with any form of dementia, or memory loss, can go to socialize, learn and have fun. At a Memory Café, people can relax and just be themselves, knowing that no one judges them and all who are there are going through similar challenges. There is no real agenda or stated purpose, except to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes the group may decide it wants to have speakers, an educational presentation or do a special activity like go to a museum or music recital. Each Memory Café around the country is different, but all are grass roots efforts to assist the person with dementia and their care partner to have a good day.
Legacy Memory Care at OceanView is proud to be the host location for Falmouth’s Memory Cafe. It happens the second Wednesday of the month, at 1:00pm, located in the newly renovated Lunt Auditorium at 74 Lunt Road in Falmouth. The Cafe will be facilitated by Robin Norcross and Diane Kibbin. For more information, please call: 207-781-4621 or 207-781-4460.