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The Memory Nurturer

Quality of Life in a Safe Neighborhood Riley Finnegan is only 23 years old, but she’s already making a difference as the Program Coordinator in the Memory Care Neighborhood at New Pond Village. The neighborhood, dedicated to individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory disorders, places a strong emphasis on quality of life in a safe […]

Phil Sullivan: The Unofficial Mayor of New Pond Village

From Workplace to Heartplace Phil Sullivan was born exactly 58 years before New Pond Village opened, both occurring in Walpole, Massachusetts on November 26. Before the continuing care retirement community became Phil’s home, it was his place of employment. Phil had spent the majority of his career working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. “I had […]

Adventures in Service and Retirement

A High Flying Serviceman John Medailleu has lived his whole life in the Walpole area—but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t experienced the world. As a student at Northeastern University, he joined the ROTC. “They sent me to Wiggins (Airways) in Norwood to learn how to fly fixed-wing planes. That’s what I thought I was getting […]

Lacey Rainey: New Pond Village’s Kitchen Rockstar

New Pond’s Kitchen Rock Star When Lacey Rainey was a kid, she wanted to either be a rock star or a chef. As the Food & Beverage Director at New Pond Village, she gets to be both. “Even after a long day I leave for work smiling and I come home smiling,” says Lacey, who […]

Finding Home: Carol Fiske’s Story of Moving to New Pond Village

When Carol Fiske saw the first signs of construction at New Pond Village’s groundbreaking, she knew she wanted to live here but wasn’t sure the timing was right. Experiencing the community as it began to take shape, she soon realized that she was ready to make make a move and transition to a welcoming, social […]

Walpole Native Calls New Pond Village Home

Leif Jacobsen is a shining example of what life can be like at a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). The 84-year-old resident of New Pond Village moved to our community more than eight years ago. A savvy businessman and formerly the owner of an electronics company, Leif’s active and engaged life breaks stereotypes of senior […]

The Good Pope’s Legacy of Love: Rita and Walter Kaeding’s 70th Anniversary

Rita and Walter Kaeding are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year. Childhood sweethearts, they’ve known each other since kindergarten, growing up together in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Raising Three Daughters The couple raised three daughters in their Dedham, Massachusetts home, where they lived for 60 years before moving to New Pond Village, a continuing care […]

Adrienne Noble: From Ballet to Bright Lights

From Fairfield to New Pond Village Adrienne Noble has lived, as she calls it, “a charmed life.” And, for a long time, it literally kept her on her toes. She started dancing at a very early age because, “I had a problem with my foot and my mother started me with ballet classes at four years […]

Generations of Independence

Jackie Mason and her sister embarked on a journey to find the perfect community for their beloved mother, Eileen York. They sought a place where she could not only receive the care she needed but also thrive in an environment filled with activity and companionship. Through recommendations from friends at church, they discovered New Pond […]

Jewelry for Good

Crafting a Legacy at New Pond Village When Joe Bickford moved to Independent Living community New Pond Village in Walpole, MA., he brought with him a lucrative and charitable hobby.  Joe repairs and sells jewelry. “My wife passed away almost four years ago and I decided to do something with her jewelry. I collected all […]