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Be Part of Our Community at Gateway at Royce Brook
When you settle in Gateway, you gain more than just a beautiful home; you become part of an active and vibrant community of adults who are always ready to make new friends and give back with the help of their neighbors.
At Gateway at Royce Brook, our residents enjoy many events and opportunities to come together as a community.
Below are some things our community has been up to.
The Gateway Gives Back Club
The Gateway Gives Back Club is a collection of individuals throughout Gateway at Royce Brook who want to give back to our town and surrounding communities by working in conjunction with various charities in aiding those in need. One of those charities with whom we have worked is Veteran’s Haven North, which is located on top of a scenic mountain in Glen Gardner, Hunterdon County, and provides transitional housing for homeless veterans.
During the months of October and November 2019, the Gateway Gives! Back Club initiated a drive throughout the Gateway Community to collect new, consumable items that the Veterans frequently need, and use often. The requested donations included gift cards, clothing, personal care items, household items and leisure activities.
On November 11, 2019, Veteran’s Day, approximately 250 items were delivered to Veteran’s Haven North on behalf of the Gateway Gives! Back Club. The staff who received the donations at Veteran’s Haven North was overwhelmed by the generosity of our wonderful community.
It was a perfect day to honor our Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom!
School Supplies Outreach Project
On August 27, 2019 Barbara and her group presented to IHNSC enough back-to-school backpacks and supplies for over twenty children. Alyssa Martini, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, was on hand to accept these much-needed supplies on behalf of her grateful residents and their children.
IHNSC is a transitional homeless shelter (www.ihnsc.org) that assists families in need in various ways. Gateway Gives! Back stepped up and offered to provide all of the children under the care of IHNSC with backpacks and supplies. Barbara’s group reached out to the individual school where each child would attend to ensure that the supplies provided would be suitable to the unique requirements of that school / district. This was a great example of our community coming together to selflessly lend a hand to those in need.
The Billiards Club
The Billiards Club is made of a diverse group of residents from the community of Gateway at Royce Brook who enjoy playing billiards in its various forms, and who enjoy the company of good friends and neighbors.
Meeting informally every night of the week around 7:30 PM, we usually choose a game which allows everyone to play as much as possible. The games usually played are: 8- Ball, 9-Ball, Elimination (aka Cutthroat), Rotation (aka Chicago), Pill Pool, and Straight Pool. Games are played on Pro-quality tables, accurately calibrated and maintained by all our players.
Early 2019 we conducted our ﬁrst Billiards Tournament and a second towards the end of the year. The trophy won in each tournament resides in the Billiards Room and a nameplate is inscribed with the winning team members’ names after each tournament. All members of our community are welcome to come and play. Instruction is available free of charge from several advanced players who will be glad to get you oﬀ on the right foot.
Community Flagpole Dedication
On a chilly but bright autumn day our community looked on with pride as Old Glory was officially raised by our Veterans Club for the first time outside our clubhouse. To see our red, white and blue American flag atop the 27ft pole against the backdrop of the bright white portico brought a tear to more than one set of eyes looking on that day.
On November 10th a ceremony was held to dedicate our new community flagpole installation. Over fifty of Gateway’s residents, and our town’s mayor, showed up to honor our country and our veterans.
Easter Gift Bag Outreach
As our community and nation continue to be isolated from our daily activities because of of the COVID 19 virus, it is always a treat to know that our community continues to make a difference despite the restrictions.
Gateway Gives Back! was on a mission to help the 27 children of IHNSC (Homeless Shelter) celebrate Easter through a gift bag of fun items. So many of our community members stepped up (as usual) and donated toward that gift bag and also volunteered to help pull those gift bags together for delivery.
Each of the bags had small items that were age and gender appropriate as well as a small note wishing them a Happy Easter from us. In addition, we were able to hand the IHNSC a $50.00 check towards necessities or food items they might need to purchase during this time. The gift bags were all delivered on Monday, March 30th.
The administrators at the center had a huge smile and lots of thank you’s for all of our efforts. Once again, we make a difference every day in how we reach out to help others in both the good times as well as the challenging times. This reflects the spirit of our community at Gateway At Royce Brook.
Diwali, a significant festival in India,was celebrated in our community ballroom this past October. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the ballroom was aglow with sparkling lights. Along with an array of savory Indian foods including sweets, a highlight of this evening was the performance of the socio-religious dance, Dandiya Raas by many of our neighbors. This partnered, rhythmic dance uses sticks that added to the merriment and laughter of the evening. This was certainly an evening to remember and to learn about the traditions of India on this celebratory evening with an attendance of over 75 community members.
Chinese New Year Celebration
For the 2nd year in a row, Gateway at Royce Brook celebrated Chinese New Year with over 75 community guests attending the evening filled with authentic Chinese decorations, food that was absolutely delicious and could have been straight from China Town and a customized cultural overview of the dances, holiday traditions, and the history behind the significance of the White Rat Year in rotation.
The Chinese-American Community came together as a committee to ensure that they shared with the entire community the richness of their cultural background. Some of the decorations were even brought in from New York City as a special tribute to our own celebration.
The evening did not stop at the food and decorations but was even more enriched by a special display of Chinese artwork and calligraphy with 2 of our members guiding conversations, teaching about the heritage of the pieces shared, and continuing to ensure that the “trip to China” could be experientially felt through the music and art.
Nearby Flaming Grill in Manville was the food vendor of choice and rave reviews were heard both during the meal and afterwards. Over 6 authentic Chinese dishes were offered to those who attended in addition to the traditional bowls of mandarins and rice balls to top off the dessert assortment. The evening ended with over 18 gift packages that thanked guests for coming and contributing to all of the evening’s success.
Gateway at Royce Brook 3rd Annual Barbecue
Almost 100 residents joined the Social Activities Committee at our 3 rd
annual barbecue held in August 2019. Seen here standing at the back are
members of the committee which organized the event. New residents also were recognized and welcomed into the community.
The barbecue was held in the main room of our Clubhouse. We enjoyed
burgers, cornbread, corn on the cob and all the fixings catered by a local
restaurant. It was gratifying to have such a great response and to be able to
socialize and make new friends.
This is one of the many activities the Social Activities Committee plans for the residents,
with many more being added each year.
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