Explorers of the Seas!

Sep 11 2014

Some of the group posing on "formal" night.

Some of the group posing on “formal” night.















The Harrogate Travelers embarked on a 9 day cruise this past August 28th.  Thirty eight residents, along with family and friends travelled from Port Liberty to Portland, and Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John’s, Halifax and Boston.  The weather was great and a wonderful time was had by all on the Explorer of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Line.

Next cruise…. Bermuda in June, 2015!!!
































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Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS!

Aug 23 2014







The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral, and the Staff at Harrogate was challenged!  The challenge was accepted and, in turn, our Executive Director, Don Johansen, nominated our Life Care Services sister communities:   Essex Meadows, Vantage House and Heritage of Green Hills.

The residents of Harrogate came out to cheer the Staff on as a couple dozen dedicated employees doused themselves in ice water to benefit this most worthy cause.   Our own “ice bucket” of donations is accumulating quickly and will be sent to the local chapter of the ALS Foundation.











































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Harrogate Helps with Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Aug 20 2014
































Today is National Lemonade Day and in recognition and to support “Alex’s Lemonade Stand,” Harrogate is sponsoring a lemonade and bake sale today.

For anyone unfamiliar with this fundraiser, let us tell you more….  Alexandra “Alex” Scott was born in Connecticut in 1996 and shortly before her first birthday was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer.  She was a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments and fought a tough battle.  She appeared to be beating the odds,  and after receiving a stem cell replacement the day after her fourth birthday, she informed her mother, “When I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.”  She said she wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to “help other kids, like they helped me.”  Sure enough, later that year she and her older brother held her first lemonade stand and raised an amazing $2,000 for “her hospital.”  While battling her own cancer, Alex and her family continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard to benefit childhood cancer research.  As news spread of this remarkable child, people from all over the world held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex’s cause.

In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8 years old with the knowledge that she and others had raised more than $1 million to try and find a cure for the disease that took her life.

As you can see below, the Harrogate family is proudly adding a contribution to the cause!!










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Fun in the Sun!

Aug 13 2014






On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, the Harrogate family celebrated our 26th Anniversary with a fabulous Barbeque.  With all of the residents, guests and employees in attendance, we had a party of well over 400.  The weather could not have been more perfect; yet,  the feast and festivities continued not only outside, but in our beautiful dining room and auditorium.  Each of the three venues provided live entertainment, including a barbershop quartet, steel drum, DJ and a band.

The menu was delectable with Executive Chef Joe Alonzo’s amazing, fall off the bone ribs, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers, bratwurst and more.  And, of course, the usual homemade salads and desserts that topped off a wonderful meal.

All in all, this was a barbeque to beat all barbeques!!!


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Harrogate’s Wine Club Makes the News!!

Jul 17 2014

Harrogate Wine Club





The Harrogate Wine Tasting Club travelled to the Wine Room in Manalapan to bottle their latest vintage, the 25th Anniversary bottle of wine which was pressed and barreled at an earlier date.  This vintage is a 2012 Rosie’s Red.

Not only was the press there to cover the event, but the local area news sent cameras also.  We are proud to say our group was on the news broadcast yesterday and last night!!

To see the video of the broadcast yourselves, just click on this link:



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We Went to a Garden Party!

Jul 11 2014

Garden Sign






Harrogate’s Fourth Annual Garden Party was held Friday morning, July 11, 2014. The weather was bright, sunny, and breezy…. just perfect and we had a great turnout. Even the gang in Harrogate’s Doggie Park right next door participated in the festivities!

Bruce S., our Resident Building and Grounds Committee Chairperson, opened the party with his wonderful sense of humor we have all come to expect and appreciate; followed by remarks from the “Mayor of Harrogate”, Executive Director, Don Johansen. Certificates were presented to Helen G., Anne H., and Louise S. for the best gardens and Gardener of the Year.  Other fun prizes were awarded to Helen W., Louise Z. and Millie B. for the most decorative costumes and accessories.

Prize tickets were drawn for lucky members of the crowd who were given prizes of flower bouquets, baskets of fresh fruit and veggies, and bottles of wine.

Pat O. and Evelyn A. serenaded everyone with “What a Wonderful World” and ended the program by leading the group, who accompanied the song with Kazoos, in “You Are My Sunshine.”

The Food Services Department provided lemonade and iced tea, along with delicious fresh pastries and fruit for all to enjoy.


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Casino Night is a Winner at Harrogate

Mar 05 2014

Welcome to Casino Night!!

On Fat Tuesday evening, the Clark Auditorium was transformed and Harrogate was buzzing with excitement. The official games of chance were running nonstop with a standing room only crowd enjoying the Mardi Gras themed Casino Night. The dedicated wait staff, in their Mardi Gras attire, served soda, beer, wine and our own signature punch; along with hot and cold hors d’oeurves, cheese and fruit and so much more. Residents, guests and staff enjoyed the games for several hours, after which they traded in their winnings for tickets. The prize table was filled with gorgeous gift baskets and other fantastic prizes. Management Staff ended the evening pulling tickets for each prize and delighting close to 30 winners!!

It was standing room only around the Money Wheel manned by our fabulous Activities Management.

It was standing room only around the Money Wheel manned by our fabulous Activities Management.

There were four Black Jack tables with professional dealers and Mardi Gras "partyers!!"

There were four Black Jack tables with professional dealers and Mardi Gras “partyers!!”

Some serious black jack

The Craps table!

The Craps table!

The gorgeous Prize table!

The gorgeous Prize table!

Time to give away some prizes!

Time to give away some prizes!

Winners!!  Louise Z and Helen G

Winners!! Louise Z and Helen G



Way to go Janell!  The big Winner!

Way to go Janell! The big Winner!

Bruce S, Resident "Overseer"!!

Bruce S, Resident “Overseer”!!

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Harrogate Employees S.C.O.R.E.!

Feb 04 2014


Welcome to the Tailgate Party!

The EAGLES were the winning team in Harrogate’s SCORE employee customer satisfaction program. SCORE (standing for Smile, Courtesy, Ownership, Respect, and Exceeding Expectations) has been an ongoing program since September, 2013. Employees were randomly and anonymously assigned to different fantasy football teams which were not revealed until the end of the program was approaching. Employees were nominated for Touchdowns, MVPs and Pro-Bowlers by their peers, supervisors and the Residents of Harrogate by going out of their way to provide the best personal attention to every detail of daily life at our beautiful community.

Not only did the winners receive accolades at the monthly All Resident Meetings, but each received cash awards in their paychecks as well! The team with the most points earned turned out to be the Eagles and this team, along with anyone who was awarded during the four month program, was invited to the SCORE Tailgate Party this past Friday before the SuperBowl. And what a great party it was!

We had pulled pork, hot dogs, hot wings, fried chicken, nachos and all the traditional tailgate party fare. We were even treated to a special tray featuring a chocolate football and other homemade treats made by our own staff member, Sharon.

Not only is Harrogate a wonderful place to live, it is a workplace like no other!!

Our Executive and Associate Excecutive Directors were such good sports!!

Bean bag toss

A winner

another winner


Specialty Chocolates!

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Ringing in 2014!!

Jan 03 2014

Harrogate's Holiday Entrance

Harrogate’s residents and guests celebrated the New Year in style. After a scrumptious surf and turf dinner, it was time to party! With live entertainment, an open bar and both hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, the largest crowd ever to attend our New Year’s Eve Party celebrated in style.

As you can see from the photos, this was a very festive evening. Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year wishes from the entire Harrogate family!

Dancing the night away

Happy New Year!!

Conga Line

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Honoring our Veterans

Nov 13 2013

The sun shines brightly on Harrogate's Annual Veteran's Day ceremony as the flags fly in the crisp breeze.

The sun shines brightly on Harrogate’s Annual Veteran’s Day ceremony as the flags fly in the crisp breeze.

Harrogate continued our annual tradition of honoring our Veterans. A parade began at 2:00 pm on Veteran’s Day in the bright sunshine beginning with the Lakehurst Naval Base Color Guard and The Foundation Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps. The program was opened with a prayer by Dr. George Kelsey, from First Baptist Church in Toms River; followed by heartfelt words from our Executive Director, Don Johansen. Lakewood Mayor Albert Akerman gave a moving speech and Harrogate’s own resident, Colonel Ed Fleming, United States Air Force led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. The “Star Spangled Banner” was beautifully performed by Amy Shimmin and another Harrogate resident, Captain Bruce Suter, United States Army (Retired) led the Wreath Ceremony. Bagpiper and drummer, Scott Butts and Jim Doyle, performed “Amazing Grace”; and Taps were played by Joseph Przebieglec, along with “God Bless America.”

Thank you, from Harrogate, to all our brave Military.

Colonel Ed Fleming, United States Air Force





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