Honoring our Veterans

Nov 12 2015

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Harrogate proudly honored all Veterans at the Annual Veteran’s Day program.   The ceremony was opened with the Prayer for Veterans by Pastor Jim McNaull of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River.  The bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” and was followed by the Pledge of Allegience.  There were speeches by our Executive Director, Don Johansen and Karen Argabright of the Disabled American Veterans, Ocean County Memorial Chapter 24.  Amy Shimmin led the “Star Spangled Banner” prior to the Wreath Cermony which was conducted by Harrogate’s own Corporal, Henry Parcell, U.S. Army.  After “Taps” was played by Joseph Prxebieglee, the entire group assembled in our Clark Auditorium sang “God Bless America.”


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Harrogate’s Halloween Parade of Pumpkins

Nov 02 2015

It is that time of year again and no one celebrates Halloween quite like the Residents and Staff at Harrogate.  The annual pumpkin decorating contest wowed everyone as they were displayed in the Schnetzer Dining Room.

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The Colors of Fall at Harrogate

Oct 21 2015






Harrogate’s beautiful Clock Tower













Our front entrance.














And our lovely back yard.







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2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Oct 19 2015

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Harrogate helped in the fight against Breast Cancer for October’s Awareness Month.  We started out with a delicious bagel sale which raised money towards the cause.  The Residents and Staff were all dressed in their pink.  Even the Schnetzer Dining Room was adorned in fine pink linen.

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Alzheimer’s Fundraiser at Harrogate

Oct 02 2015

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On Monday, September 28, Harrogate held a full day of fundraising at the community for the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.   As a result of a bake sale, bingo, raffles and generous donations, Harrogate was able to raise over $1,100.

Thank you to all our bakers, volunteers and donators (staff and residents).  It was a tremendous success!!!



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Social Media and Chef Joe?

Sep 08 2015

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Harrogate’s own, Chef Joe Alonzo, has been known to surf the web and use social media to discover new and exciting recipes to prepare for the Harrogate family.

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Harrogate’s own “iHenry”… featured in the Asbury Park Press

Aug 07 2015

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From the Asbury Park Press, Friday, August 7, 2015

Seniors need tech help?

Call iHenry!

LAKEWOOD – Henry Parcell sat at the head of the table one July day and fielded questions. How do you get to the website? What’s a home page? How do you turn up the volume?

If they could figure it out, the opportunities were endless. They could video-chat with their children and grandchildren. They could post photos of their recent travels. They could play games and read the news and email their friends.

“I’m simply amazed and blown away by what it can do,” Parcell, 81, said. “If you want to stay up with the times, you have to be on it.”

Parcell, known here as iHenry, has become the go-to technology expert at Harrogate, a retirement community here, hosting workshops with his iPad-wielding neighbors.

What was significant during a recent visit both to Parcell’s apartment and the workshop he led, however, was what was missing. You didn’t hear any complaints about new-fangled devices or kids that didn’t know how to communicate or the world that is getting smaller and scarier by the day.

“You find people with common interests, and that keeps you engaged in life,” said Don Johansen, executive director of Harrogate. “The more engaged they get, the deeper friendships result from it.”

Parcell has lived here with his wife of 55 years, Pru, for a little more than a year. He owns: an iMac for his desk that he uses to keep track of records and finances; an iPad mini that he uses to read the news and keep track of his appointments; and an iPhone 6, along with 75 apps.

Henry Parcell, also known as “iHenry,” works with Jan Shannon and her iPad at the Harrogate senior village in Lakewood, Friday, July 17, 2015. (Photo: THOMAS P. COSTELLO)

Not a techie

There is nothing in his past to suggest he would become a techie. He was born in Plainfield during the Great Depression in 1933, came of age during World War II and spent his career selling baby and adult diapers.

His job took him on the road as many as 40 weeks a year. When he needed to make a call, he searched for a pay phone. When he got lost, he found a gas station, where the attendants always knew the directions. There was no Yelp to suggest restaurants or MLB.com to watch out-of-market baseball games.

He retired in 1995 – before the Internet was as vital as electricity. But three years later, he bought a Dell desktop computer to keep his personal records. Over and over, he found that technology made his life easier. When a new gadget came out, he embraced it, making regular visits to the Apple store at the Freehold Raceway Mall for pointers.

You can try to get him to talk about what’s been lost to technology – the personal interaction, the work ethic, spelling and grammar. But he won’t take the bait.

“Yes, they can talk, they can make sense, they can communicate,” Parcell said of the younger generation. “It’s just a different way of doing things. They’re using the tools of the time.”

‘You have to be patient’

To those gathered at his workshop, there is no sense fighting it. Jan Shannon, 77, has an iMac, an iPad, an iPhone, a Kindle and a Facebook page that’s filled with photos from her travels around the world. Hungary, Morocco, Hawaii, India.

Parcell is “very patient,” she said with a laugh. “You have to be patient.”

The tools of the times are changing in a blink. How do you keep up? Have a place where you jot down all of your passwords in case you forget them. And think about whether the new device is a want or a need, Parcell said.

“He keeps saying every other day, I’m going to get an (Apple) watch,” Pru Parcell said. “I say, ‘You don’t need a watch.’ ”

But by the end of the interview, it wasn’t clear who would win this particular debate.

“Do I need it? No,” Parcell said, smiling. “Do I want it? Yes.”

Michael L. Diamond; 732-643-4038; mdiamond@gannettnj.com


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Party Time at Harrogate!

Jul 30 2015


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Welcome to a Garden Party

Jul 21 2015

2015 Garden Party 027 034 037Harrogate held it’s Fifth Annual Garden Party on July 17th.  The weather cooperated by giving us a gorgeous day and we had a bigger turnout than ever before with over 80 people in attendance!































































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Harrogate Hosts Seeing Eye Dogs

Mar 06 2015








Barbara Semanchik and 7 of her four legged friends from the Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Program and the 4-H Youth Development Program presented an uplifting program to the Ladies of Harrogate.

Ms. Semanchik explained how the program works and what to expect if you choose to raise a puppy.  The youngest puppy that visited was 10 weeks old and the other pups ranged in age from 7 to 14 months.

The Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Program began in 1942.  It is a joint effort of The Seeing Eye, Inc. and the 4-H Youth Development Program.  The participants are as young as 9 years old and include adults.  The participants are required to attend puppy club meetings and activities.    The puppies are placed between 7 and 8 weeks of age.    The most important role of the puppy raiser is to show the puppy as much of the outside world as you can so the puppy can become accustomed to its future work environment.  Puppies are exposed to all elements of life so that they will not be intimidated by these things as Seeing Eye dogs. The dog will be returned to The Seeing Eye at about 12 to 15 months of age.  It is difficult to give the puppy back, but know that you have raised your puppy to enhance a blind person’s independence makes it worth the effort.

As anyone can imagine, the room was lit with smiling faces and these precious puppies stole the hearts of everyone involved!







































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