Happy Earth Day 2016

Apr 22 2016

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Earth Day at Harrogate included a Vitamin D station, a friendly game of recycling ring toss and an Earth Day trivia game.  There were also snacks such as  Ants on a Log and Yogurt and Worms Cups.

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Leap Year Day at Harrogate

Mar 01 2016

There is always something to celebrate at Harrogate and Leap Year Day was no exception!

Our fantastic Activities team decided to use frogs (leaping, of course!) as the theme for this fun evening in our Clark Auditorium.   We had over 75 particpants in the games and festivities, which included:  A Whacky Hat Contest, Frog Race Kentucky Derby, Leap Frog Lilly Pad Bean Bag Toss, and a game of tossing an inflatable frog into a basket.  Refreshments kept to the theme with green grapes, honeydew melon, cupcakes with green icing, kiwi and green frosted cookies.  There were even frog legs on the menu in the dining room that day!

We made the most of the gift of an extra day this year at Harrogate!


Mr. Artale














The girls










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Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Harrogate

Dec 24 2015

Santa and his Mrs.










The annual visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for the children of the Harrogate family was held this past week.  The children were delighted to see their favorite couple in red velvet!  Each child had their pictures taken, and received a nice gift to take home.  They played with balloons and their gifts and were entertained by Santa reading the all time favorite “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”



Santa and Mrs. Claus







Play time in Clark Auditorium







The children having fun













Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!






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Harrogate’s Holiday Brunch

Dec 22 2015











It is an annual tradition that Harrogate hosts a magnificent Holiday Brunch for the Residents and the Board of Trustees.  Every year is better than the previous, it seems!

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The Chefs prepared omelets to order and there were bagels and lox and thick French toast, along with every breakfast item imaginable.  Also being served was skirt steak from the carving station, and a delicioius Chicken Roulade, along with fresh vegetables and a huge assortment of desserts to top things off!  Refreshments included a cranberry drink called a Pointsettia, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and so much more.






































Happy Holidays one and all!!







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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Harrogate’s Cafe

Dec 21 2015

The Kettle Creek Cafe Sign









On Friday, December 18th, 2015, we had the ribbon cutting ceremony for Harrogate’s newest addition…. the Kettle Creek Cafe.  For those familiar with the Toms River area, Ocean County’s Kettle Creek runs through Harrogate’s 52 acres and our own Clark’s Pond is a part of this well known creek.  Thus, the name seemed only fitting for our beautiful new dining option.

Our Board President and Resident Council President do the honors.







The entrance to the Cafe after the ribbon cutting.









The Staff is ready to serve







A Champagne toast







The crowd enjoys







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Even Kettle Creek mugs















Welcome to the Kettle Creek Cafe!






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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

Mary O'Hara












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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