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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 info@pennswood.org.

 

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Pennswood Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception for Eva Mantell

On Sunday, Sept. 16, an exhibit of Eva Mantell’s paintings and sculptures will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd., Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mantell fashions soft, evocative paintings by combining acrylic with torn magazine pages on canvases that envelope the viewer in subtle suggestions of nature and emotional atmosphere. Likewise her sculptures each cut magically from a single, paper coffee cup expand on the theme of minimalism often blossoming into objects of wonder and beauty, testing, as Mantell says, an objects tolerance for change, and that gestures and structures grow from actions.

Mantell, a resident of Princeton, received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude, MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and spent a Junior year at Somerville College, Oxford University and has exhibited widely. Her work is in the collections of such renowned venues as Brown University; The Cleveland Art Institute; University of Delaware; The Museum of Modern Art; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Walker Art Center, Yale University; and other private and public collections.

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, Bruce Garrity, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber is a non-profit, contemporary 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 and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.


Pennswood Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception for Bruce Garrity

On Sunday, July 22, 2018 an exhibit  of paintings by Bruce Garrity will open at The Pennswood  Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Garrity’s landscapes immerse the viewer in close-ups that are drenched in primary colors to the degree that at first glance seem abstracted from representation, but with further concentration reveal perhaps the side of a ravine, with large exposed roots, rocks, parts of tree trunks – fusing items into a new way of seeing a scene.

Likewise in a series of studio paintings of objects and models Garrity blocks in the same vivid primary colors creating mood and atmosphere by closing in on details that result in works of poetic exploration that stem from memory, perception and the experience of art history/history in different settings.

Garrity, who received his BFA from the University of Delaware and MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, was born in Philadelphia and raised in Alaska. He teaches painting and drawing at Rutgers University in Camden. In addition to his painting and teaching Garrity has been an active curator. His work is in numerous public and private collections.

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 Rt. 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.


Pennswood Village Foundation Holds First Annual Meeting and Selects Officers

Pennswood Village Foundation Board. Front Row: Susan Abtouche, Nancy Morrill, Cindy Johnson. Back Row: Michael Griffin, Ron Slivka, David Satterthwaite, Dan Murray, Bruce Woodger, George McLaughlin.

June 7, 2018: Newtown, PA – The Pennswood Village Foundation met for its first annual meeting on May 30, 2018. The Pennswood Village Board of Directors, with the support of the Pennswood Village Residents Association and Hospice Care by Pennswood Village, established the Pennswood Village Foundation in November, 2017, to serve as the philanthropic arm of the senior living community, located in Newtown, Bucks County.

During the meeting, the Foundation nominated the following Officers:

  • President, Nancy Morrill, Pennswood Village Resident;
  • Vice-President, George McLaughlin, Pennswood Village Board of Directors;
  • Secretary, Bob Anderson, Community Member;
  • Treasurer, Delia Bass Dandridge, Pennswood Village Board of Directors;
  • Executive Director of the Pennswood Village Foundation, Susan Abtouche.

“We are excited that the Foundation is now a reality,” said Nancy Morrill, “Pennswood Village residents, families, and friends have a long history of generosity and philanthropy in support of our community and its members. The development of the Pennswood Foundation will enable us to integrate our fundraising efforts and better support our philanthropic mission of supporting residents who outlive their assets, provide quality resident activities, scholarship opportunities for our staff, capital improvements, program development, and other support for Pennswood Village.”

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Media Contact: Jennifer Doone; 215-504-1122, doone@pennswood.org

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 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.org.


Pennswood Art Gallery Hosts Opening for Demetra Tassiou

“Escape” by Demetra Tassiou. Mixed media on wood panel, 48” x 48.”

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, an exhibit  of art work by  Demetra Tassiou will open at the Pennswood  Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road., Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.,  preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to  3:00 in Penn Hall.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Tassiou’s work is elemental and abstracted, using shapes that have an organic quality. She says her pieces “can be viewed as exploding or imploding, erupting or collapsing, regenerating or decaying.” With a process of tearing apart and repositioning elements of previous work, she constantly re-invents and allows for the evolution of  her oeuvre, thereby always maintaining a connection between previous subjects and new ideas.

In “Diversity,” Tassiou uses conventional printing techniques to create complex multi-level pieces which introduce a subject in multiple ways. Titling of her work is always minimal – encouraging viewers to find their own connections and interpretations.

Tassiou studied painting, art education and ceramics at the University of Athens in Greece, her native country, to earn a Bachelor in Fine Arts.  After coming to the United States she earned  an MFA in printmaking from the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

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Pennswood Village is a 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.org.


Pennswood Village Resident Jim Smith Appointed to Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2018

Newtown, PAPennswood Village resident Jim Smith has been appointed to serve on the Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board. As a polio survivor, Jim has been a volunteer and advocate for people with disabilities throughout his life.

In addition to his work with the board, Jim has worked with the University of Villanova’s College of Nursing in a ground-breaking program called “Standardized Patients with Disabilities,” which aims to teach nurses and nurse practitioners the skills needed to help patients who are disabled or wheelchair-bound.

According to Middletown Township’s website, “The Disabled Persons Advisory Board assists the Township in all matters necessary to comply with the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, provides a forum for the public to address the problems and concerns of the disabled in our community, and provides education and resources to benefit members of the community with disabilities.”

In the past, the board has worked to increase the number of accessible parking spaces within the township and also to increase access to ball fields and parks. The board also worked with the Public Works Department on the importance of snow removal at crosswalks, and assisted in the acquisition of a listening system for the hearing impaired for the public hall in the municipal center.

The Middletown Township Board of Supervisors established the board in 2000. Board members serve 2-year terms, and the board holds monthly meetings that are open to the public.

Jim and his wife Mary came to Pennswood from Penndel, PA, in November 2015, after being active in the community’s polio support group, as well as the choral group.

For volunteer opportunities with the Disabled Persons Advisory Board, you can visit them online.

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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.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Doone, 215-504-1122, doone@pennswood.org

 

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.org


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.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Doone, 215-504-1122, doone@pennswood.org

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.org


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.

About ACHCA
“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.”

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Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; wshamieh@loveandcompany.com; 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.org.


BUCKS COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IN MISSION TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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.

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Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; 240-575-2008; wshamieh@loveandcompany.com

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.org


PENNSWOOD VILLAGE CEO BENJAMIN HOYLE AND CFO MICHAEL GRIFFIN APPOINTED TO SERVE ON BOARD OF THE FRIENDS SERVICES FOR AGING

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.

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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.org