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Every day Pennswood Village is abuzz with activity. From art gallery shows and yoga classes, to lifelong learning opportunities and cultural performances, residents can always find an abundance of things to see and do. This page posts the latest news about events and happenings, from announcements about your favorite causes to new staff members. Just click on the title of the press release to get all the details. Be sure to check back often, as items are updated regularly. Also, if you have news to share, please call 215-504-1118 or email us at



Pennswood Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception for Lucy Graves-McVicker on Sunday, January 21

On Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, an exhibit of paintings by Lucy Graves-McVicker will open at The Pennswood Art Gallery, located in Pennswood Village, a senior living community at 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA. The opening starts with an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall followed by a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Graves-McVicker’s work  combines abstraction with representation, displaying experimentation with various media, but always, attempts to capture the essence of the moods of nature. By experimenting with various media, such as watercolor, collaged layers of rice paper, acrylic, pastel, graphite, encaustic and/or any other material or methods,  she encourages the  viewer to mentally join her in the creative process. But, Graves-McVicker says that no matter what the medium, her subject matter is always the same – the nature around her – the woods, scenes along the towpath, memories of her childhood farmland.

A fine arts graduate of Principia College who also studied at Parsons School of Design, The Brodsky Center at Rutgers University and the Printmaking Council in New Jersey, Graves-McVicker has shown in numerous venues, and won many awards including a Gold Medal from the Audubon National juried show in New York City and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Purchase Award.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Tremain Smith, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School.  For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.

Update on Pennswood Village Power Outage 12/15/2017

9:45 a.m. December 15, 2017. On Thursday afternoon, December 14th, at approximately 2:30 p.m. a fire was detected in Pennswood Village’s emergency site generator.  Emergency services were immediately called.  Due to the fire, all electrical power to the campus was disrupted as our power supply from PECO comes in through the site generator.  There was limited emergency power provided by generators in our Skilled Nursing Residence (Woolman House) and the Passmore Center, which houses our fitness areas. The site generator is located away from campus buildings so thankfully there were no injuries as a result of this fire.

The Middletown Township Fire Marshall was on site very quickly to help assess the situation. Once the fire was extinguished, which took several hours due to the hazardous conditions, PECO and other high voltage electricians were able to assess the damage and determine next steps to restore electrical power.

We were informed that there was a possibility that electrical power could be lost for the remainder of the night and possibly for several days. Since the temperatures were dropping rapidly as evening approached, the Fire Marshall made the determination that we should evacuate our apartment residents and find overnight accommodations. The George School Library was used as a gathering point where residents were kept warm and dinner was provided. We were fortunate to have support from the transportation department at Woods School to assist getting residents to local hotels. Also, many Pennswood staff from all departments stayed behind to assist with the evacuation and to support our residents who were taken to Woolman House for the night.

While we hope that we never have to evacuate our campus, we believe the call by the Fire Marshall was correct. Concern for safety and security of our residents was paramount.

Later in the evening we were fortunate that power was restored. However, the Fire Marshall was not comfortable allowing residents to return. There remained concern about any possible electrical damage that may have occurred within our buildings as a result of the generator fire that could trigger subsequent fires. Staff checked all buildings and electrical panels and made inspections of all apartments throughout the night to be sure that there were no issues. The all clear was given early Friday morning for residents to return and we are currently working to provide transportation back to our campus..

We’d like to thank so many who have been helpful during this emergency situation, including all emergency personnel, George School, Woods Services, Attleboro, Chandler Hall, staff at local hotels, Pennswood Village staff, and especially our residents and their friends and families. I’m sure this list will grow exponentially as we return to normal operations and everyone returns to campus. We are grateful to everyone who has helped!

Current Electrical Outage (12/14)

12/14 at 9:10 p.m. Glad to report the power is back on! We are awaiting the all clear from the Fire Marshall. Residents are asked to stay put for the night in their hotels or with family until we are allowed to return. If all is safe, we will be in touch in the am to arrange transportation back to the community. Thank you to everyone for their cooperation and for the amazing response from the Middletown Township emergency responders!

12/14 at 6:00 p.m. Pennswood is experiencing a major electrical outage, as of December 14. Updates to be posted as soon as possible. All residents and staff are safe and accounted for.

12/15 at 8:22 am. We have permission to return to campus from the Fire Marshall. If residents are returning from friends and family please call the front desk when you arrive back to let us know. Those in hotels — we are working on transportation back to campus. Buses are currently dispatched and Pennswood staff is present at all of the hotels in case you need anything. Thank you all for you patience during this emergency.

Pennswood Village Establishes Foundation to Support Fundraising Needs of Community

l to r: Lance Mervine, Leslie Wendel, and David Satterthwaite

November 15, 2017. Newtown, PA – The Pennswood Village Board of Directors has established the Pennswood Village Foundation to serve as the philanthropic arm of the senior living community, located in Newtown, Bucks County. Today, the Chair of the Pennswood Village Board of Directors David Satterthwaite; the President of the Pennswood Village Residents Association Leslie Wendel; and the Chair of Hospice Care by Pennswood Lance Mervine, gathered together with members of the organization’s Stewardship Committee to sign the Articles of Incorporation.

“Pennswood Village has a long and rich tradition of philanthropy,” said Ben Hoyle, Pennswood’s CEO. “Throughout our history, our residents, families, board, staff, and other stakeholders have contributed generously to all of our fundraising efforts. In the past giving opportunities at Pennswood were offered through a variety of different organizations and a variety of different funds. The establishment of the Pennswood Foundation will enable us to integrate our fundraising efforts so that our generous donors can better meet their philanthropic goals and Pennswood can better meet the needs of the various organizations that depend on this generosity under the Pennswood Village umbrella.”

Susan Abtouche, currently Pennswood Village’s Director of Development will serve as the Foundation’s Executive Director. “A donation to Pennswood Village changes lives, makes a difference, and builds community,” says Susan. “A donor’s gift can support residents who have outlived their financial assets, contribute to the educational advancement of our staff members, remember a loved one, or help enhance the financial strength of our community. People’s reasons for giving are numerous and the establishment of a Foundation to integrate donors and their wishes will help us carry out our Quaker Guiding Principles.”

“Pennswood Village’s Stewardship Committee has been integral in the development and founding of the Pennswood Village Foundation,” said Nancy Morrill, Clerk of the Stewardship Committee and Pennswood Board Member. “I would like to congratulate my fellow committee members for all of their hard work and dedication.”

The Stewardship Committee Members are: Nancy Morrill, Clerk; Susan Abtouche; Bob Anderson; Delia Dandridge; Jennifer Doone; Helen Greven; Michael Griffin; Ben Hoyle; Cindy Johnson; Paul Keenan; Linda Krause; Harriet Maneval; David Satterthwaite; Leslie Wendel; and Bruce Woodger.


Media Contact: Jennifer Doone, 215-504-1122,


Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at

Pennswood Art Gallery Features Works by Fine Art Photographer Peter B. Treiber

“Ethereal Luminescence 18407″ with neon. Digital photo on Aluminum.

An exhibit of abstract photographs entitled “Ethereal Luminescence,” by Peter B. Treiber opened in The Pennswood Art Gallery on Sunday, November 19. The gallery is located in Pennswood Village, a senior living community, at 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road in Newtown, PA.

The works shown in this exhibit are part of Treiber’s current project, “Ethereal Luminescence,” a series of abstract, expressionist photographs that was, as he says, born out of an effort to express the happiness, joy and excitement experienced by viewers and participants at fireworks shows, urban street scenes and amusement parks. This resulted in chromogenic  prints laminated to acrylic or as backlit (LED) Translite prints with neon  accents that portray a magical explosion of color, light and motion —  all resulting from Treiber’s not accepting the first representative images he produced.

Treiber, a native New Yorker and member of a family of painters and photographers,  has exhibited extensively.  He started his photography journey in New York City as a photo assistant, then went on to earn an AA degree in graphic design at S.U.N.Y. Framinngdale, NY, and BFA degree in photography from Art Center College of Design, CA.

The Pennwood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Pat Martin, and Tremain Smith, is a non-profit, fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Rt. 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School.  For information about the exhibit call 215-968-9110.

Pennswood Village Community Sparks Social Action with “Seeking Justice Conference”

Keynote speaker Lawrence Hamm of People’s Organization for Progress

November 15, 2017. Newtown, PA–Pennswood Village residents, staff, and administrations have sparked action and are making waves, starting in their own community and spreading outward, in hopes of a more just world.

The community held a “Seeking Justice Conference” on November 9—a daylong event that was open to Pennswood residents, staff and invited guests—that explored a wide range of social justice topics that are currently plaguing the United States, in hopes of arming participants with the tools to combat them.

“The idea came from our Diversity Committee, because diversity is so closely tied up with justice,” says Liz Serkin, a Pennswood resident who helped organize the event.

The day opened with a keynote address by Lawrence Hamm of People’s Organization For Progress, followed by morning workshops, a World Café Lunch focusing on the topic of justice, and then afternoon workshops.

“The keynote address had people literally in tears,” said Serkin. “What happened is that [the keynote speech] set the tone for the rest of the conference. Here’s the situation, and here’s what we must do.”

Sessions included Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System, Tools for Interrupting Bigotry, Social Impact Through Music, and Seeking Justice for Native American Peoples, among many others. The conference closed with a special “Drumming for Justice” participatory percussion event with Gabriel Globus-Hoenich and Rogerio Boccato.

“Staff, administrators, and residents were all making this beautiful concert together. It summed up what the conference was about: working together to create something beautiful,” adds Serkin.

The conference was dedicated to the memory of Leon Bass, a resident of Pennswood Village and a lifelong educator, author, speaker and agent of nonviolent social change.

“People are still talking about it,” says Serkin. “It does not have a beginning and an end, we’re talking about what we do next.”

Pennswood Village Board of Directors Names Dan Murray as Chief Executive Officer Effective, January 2018

October 12, 2018. Newtown, PA: The Board of Directors of Pennswood Village, together with the CEO Search Committee, is pleased to announce that Daniel J. Murray has been selected as the next Chief Executive Officer of Pennswood Village, effective January, 2018. Dan will succeed Benjamin Hoyle, who last year announced his retirement after 22 years of service to Pennswood Village, including four years as CEO.

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed Continuing Care Retirement Community for people age 65 and over located in Newtown, PA in Bucks County.

“The Pennswood Village Board of Directors looks forward to welcoming Dan into the Pennswood Village Community as our next CEO,” said David Satterthwaite, Chair of the Pennswood Village Board of Directors. “The pace of change in Senior Living is exponential and we look forward to creating a future under Dan’s leadership that will utilize his ability to translate vision and strategy into results that will best serve our current residents, as well as those considering Pennswood in the future.” David continued, “I would like to thank our Board and CEO Search Committee, as well as the many residents and staff who played a part in reviewing a number of impressive candidates during the extensive search process. Together we have chosen a leader that is visionary and accomplished, and who will be able to energize, inspire, and connect with Pennswood staff, residents, families, and other important stakeholders.”

Dan is currently CEO of Friends Village at Woodstown, also a Quaker Continuing Care Retirement Community, in Southern New Jersey. He has served in senior leadership positions there, including as CFO, for the last 14 years. He also serves on the Board of Friends Services for the Aging (FSA) and as the organization’s Chair.  Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Health Administration, both from the University of Scranton. He is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

“Working in a Quaker community for 14 years has given me a great understanding of the benefits of choosing this kind of community for retirement living,” said Dan. “The collaboration between residents, staff, and Board is something that I appreciate, admire, and will continue in my new role at Pennswood Village. Pennswood is a highly dynamic community and I am humbled to be tasked with leading Pennswood into its next chapter.”

“I would like to congratulate Dan as he transitions into his new role at Pennswood. I have worked with Dan through FSA for a number of years and I know that Pennswood will continue to innovate and flourish under his direction,” said Ben Hoyle.

Dan is a resident of Maple Glen, PA in neighboring Montgomery County where he lives with his wife, Theresa, and his three children.


Media Contact: Jennifer Doone, 215-504-1122,

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at

Pennswood Director of Health Services Recognized by The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)

Charles Whitlock, LCSW, NHA of Pennswood Village is the 2017 recipient of the ACHCA Education Award.

May 15, 2017. Newtown, PA – Charles Whitlock, Director of Health Services for Pennswood Village, a local retirement community, received recognition from the American College of Health Care Administrators for his exceptional contributions and achievements in long-term health care education. He was presented with the 2017 Education Award during the ACHCA’s Annual Convocation and Exposition.

About the Award
The award is intended to “[recognize] an individual for educational programs that, because of their content, innovative approach, or other special components, have made an outstanding contribution to professional education in long-term care,” according to a ACHCA press release.

The ACHCA says, “Mr. Whitlock’s unique educational programs increase staff knowledge and sensitivity in managing difficult situations in resident care. He has presented programs locally and nationally, educating thousands of health care professionals and seniors.”

Whitlock was nominated for the award by two other staff members at Pennswood Village.

About Charles Whitlock
Whitlock has been a senior advocate and social worker with the senior population since 1997. He is a Veterans Affairs Accredited Claims Agent, and a VA benefits educator, as well as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

In the past two years, Whitlock has become a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT), and has trained 92 Pennswood staff members, 85 of whom are now Certified Dementia Practitioners.

The ACHCA states, “In addition to resident benefits, the program empowers staff and enhances their self-confidence. We are pleased to present this award to Mr. Whitlock for his outstanding contributions to post–acute care education.”

Last year, Whitlock was also recognized and awarded by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners with the Distinguished Educator of the Year Certificate for his work in dementia and Alzheimer’s education.

Whitlock has proven time and again to be an invaluable asset to the Pennswood Village community. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

“Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long-term care.”


Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh;; 240-575-2008

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people aged 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at


Pennswood Village donates used materials to assist Habitat for Humanity in raising funds to provide local families with affordable housing.

November 15, 2016: Newtown, PA — Pennswood Village, an established Bucks County retirement community, has partnered with ReStore of Langhorne, a Habitat for Humanity store that sells used home goods, furnishings, appliances, cabinets, and more to raise money in order to create affordable housing for local families. When Pennswood Village renovates a residence on its campus, the gently used cabinets and appliances are donated to ReStore where they can be given a new life.

“Pennswood was one of our first partnerships, and it’s been a wonderful partnership,” says Tracy Mulvaney, manager of the ReStore in the Langhorne Square Shopping Center.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community, and this partnership seemed like the perfect fit,” says Jennifer Doone, Director of Marketing at Pennswood Village. “Instead of filling landfills with our gently used materials, we can repurpose them to benefit the greater community.”

Proceeds from items sold at ReStore go directly to Habitat for Humanity’s projects, meaning they are one step closer to building the next home. ReStore accepts donations of furniture, housewares, clothing, books, electronics, cabinets, appliances, building materials, paint, and more. Those items are then sold to a variety of customers, including building contractors and homeowners, as well as hobbyists and decorators.

“[Pennswood is] an incredible community of people who like to give back, and that is what we are about. Our culture is about empowering families and being connected to the community. This relationship with Pennswood is helping to fulfill that connection,” says Mulvaney.

For more information on ReStore, Habitat for Humanity, or how you can get involved in giving back, visit Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County on the web.


Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; 240-575-2008;

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at


Two Executives from Pennswood Village Appointed to Serve on Board of Prominent Quaker Organization

November 9, 2016: Newtown, PA. Pennswood Village CEO Benjamin Hoyle has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Board for Friends Services for the Aging (FSA), and Pennswood Village CFO Michael Griffin has been appointed to serve on the board as a member.

“I’m thrilled to begin my tenure as chair of the board for FSA, said Benjamin Hoyle, Pennswood Village CEO. “As Pennswood’s CEO, I work every day to integrate Quaker principles into all that we do. To have the opportunity to work with FSA to further its mission and to collaborate with many fine institutions and leaders in senior living is truly humbling.”

FSA is a prominent Quaker organization that was founded in 1991 “As a mechanism to support Quaker-affiliated organizations providing services to older adults.” FSA provides services and support for member organizations, united in values and by continuing efforts to serve older adults on the basis of Friends’ belief in the dignity of all people. FSA and its member organizations believe that their communities and services are enriched by Quaker values that lead to policies of inclusion, diversity and nondiscrimination.

“Though I’ve been familiar with FSA for years, this is the first time I’ve been able to server as a member of the board,” said Michael Griffin, Pennswood Village CFO. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to serve seniors in an expanded capacity and am excited to get to work with FSA.”

As a dedicated member of FSA, Pennswood Village is committed to embracing and integrating Quaker values and traditions into the personal level of compassion and care provided on their own campus, as well as hosting many FSA events and seminars for continued development of member organizations.


Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at