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Northern NJ, and Cedar Crest Retirement Community, Feel First Flakes of the Season -- Dedicated Staff Are Ready, Willing and Able to Battle

November 27, 2014

POMPTON PLAINS, NJ – Thanksgiving turkeys all across the region were not even stuffed but Mother Nature gave Northern New Jersey her own tasty treat the day before the holiday by dumping several inches of snow across the area.

Cedar Crest, located in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains in Pompton Plains, was fully prepared and it was more reminiscent of last year's well-coordinated effort to clear the white stuff in parking lots and walkways.

Last season was the seventh snowiest in New Jersey's history. Cedar Crest recorded more than 65 inches of snow prompting 1,100 of the community's dedicated employees to answer the call to ensure a safe and easily navigable home for approximately 2,000 residents.

During last year's many measurable snow events, Cedar Crest staff spent many sleepless hours managing the relentless storms plowing, shoveling, preparing meals and tending to seniors. In fact, the community did such a tremendous job creating a safe atmosphere for Cedar Crest residents that State Senator Kevin O'Toole, Assemblyman Scott Rumana and Assemblyman David Russo, all from New Jersey's 40th District which represents Cedar Crest, co-authored a Snow Commendation honoring employees who put forth effort above and beyond the call of duty.

"Last year the entire Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions took the full-force of what winter is truly capable of giving out," said Cedar Crest Executive Director Lou Varella.  "In addition to the staff who worked throughout the season, a total of 223 dedicated staff members spent overnights at Cedar Crest caring for the residents working around the clock to keep their community sustainable and desirable for our residents. And, we are ready to take on that task again."

Cedar Crest Grounds Supervisor Ted Thiessen leads the charge and troops that handle snow cleanup duties. "The Grounds crew has an arsenal of snow removal equipment, including five tractors, eight snow blowers and three trucks," Thiessen said.

"In addition, our contractor may use 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. I love this time of year!" continued Thiessen.

Oh, and winter doesn't begin for another 24 days!

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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