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New Jersey State General Assembly and State Senate Honor Cedar Crest Employees for Battling Tough Winter

April 2, 2014


POMPTON PLAINS, NJ - New Jersey faced a brutal winter and Cedar Crest, located in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains, was no exception. Approximately 60 inches of snow was recorded at the campus, one of the region's premiere continuing care retirement communities.
Now, the New Jersey General Assembly and State Senate have paid special tribute to recognize the more than 1,100 Cedar Crest employees who worked to dig the campus out from that snow, make sure residents were well taken care of and kept safe, secure and well cared for.
Assemblyman Scott Rumana, State Senator Kevin O'Toole and Assemblyman David Russo, all from New Jersey's 40th District, co-authored a "Snow Commendation" honoring Cedar Crest employees who put forth the special effort during the multiple snow storms this winter. The proclamation was read  by Assemblyman Rumana to staff at the community's "Spring Fling" appreciation luncheon.
Assemblyman Rumana said, "The entire state of New Jersey, notwithstanding the country, took the full-force of Mother Nature squarely on the chin this winter with excessively cold temperatures and high amounts of snow fall. The employees from Cedar Crest provided a wonderful example of what it means to work as a team, show determination and accomplish goals when they worked around the clock to keep their community sustainable and desirable for nearly 2,000 seniors."
"On behalf of all our dedicated staffers who worked so tirelessly this harsh winter I want to extend a hearty thank you to our friends and legislators Assemblymen Rumana and Russo and Senator O'Toole for recognizing the people who work here," said Cedar Crest Executive Director Cathy Guttman. "Staff spent many sleepless hours managing the relentless storms plowing, shoveling, preparing meals and tending to our residents. I am so proud of this community for pulling together and happy winter is over!"
In addition to the staff who worked throughout the day, a total of 223 dedicated staff members spent overnights at Cedar Crest caring for the residents and the community. Some of the departments that were represented included staff from Resident Life, Home Support, Security and Communication, Dining Services, Grounds, Continuing Care, Medical Center, Housekeeping, Administration and HVAC.
Cedar Crest was well prepared for the snow this year:

  • The Grounds crew would use Cedar Crest snow removal equipment, including five tractors, eight snow blowers and three trucks while our contractor used as many as seven plow trucks, two salt trucks spreading both liquid and granular ice melting products, two loaders with five yard pusher boxes, one back hoe with a four  yard pusher box, three skid steers, and a single axle dump truck onsite to keep our roads clear.
  • Cedar Crest has two miles of sidewalks which ate up over 3,000 bags of ice melt.
  • Twelve tri-axle trucks (320+tons) of bulk salt was used to break the ice on the campus' roads.
  • Dining Services staff packaged and delivered over 5,000 meals for residents during the storms.

About Cedar Crest:  Cedar Crest is one of 17 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 104 acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and is home to more than 2,000 residents. Cedar Crest is the perfect northern New Jersey retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure. 
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