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Bill and Joyce Cummings
Woburn Advocate - 6/18/2021

Giving Pledge philanthropists Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester will share the history of Cummings Foundation’s operation of New Horizons at Choate in Woburn, and discuss the philosophy behind this strictly not-for-profit independent and assisted living community. MORE

Servers at New Horizons
The Pilot - 5/7/2021

The New Horizons at Marlborough campus is abuzz about its new farm-to-table project. And residents at New Horizons at Choate, in Woburn, are looking forward to resuming themed “Dress for Dinner” events. MORE

New Horizons tests negative
Marlborough Enterprise - 4/14/2021

Widespread COVID-19 testing conducted recently at MetroWest retirement campus New Horizons at Marlborough has returned zero positive results. The senior living community provided the tests to all 473 residents and staff at no cost. MORE

101st birthday
WHDH Channel 7 - 3/28/2021

A Woburn woman got a drive-by parade Sunday to celebrate her 101st birthday. Lillian Braudis said the parade of cars past the New Horizons senior living community was a big surprise. “It’s overwhelming, to tell you the truth,” Braudis said. “Fortunately I’ve had very good health, I didn’t notice the years passing by.” MORE

Nonprofit Senior Living
The Pilot - 3/19/2021

Massachusetts is very fortunate to have many very good to excellent assisted living communities, both for profit and not for profit. The abundance of local senior living residences can, however, make choosing the right community a challenging endeavor. One important distinction among these communities is whether or not they are operated as for-profit entities. MORE

Courtyard Suites
Woburn Advocate - 3/1/2021

New Horizons at Choate independent and assisted living community in Woburn is ready to welcome new neighbors. Construction is now complete on a brand-new residence wing housing 17 newly built oversized apartments. MORE

Vaccine clinic
Main Street Journal - 2/27/2021

While problems related to the state’s roll out of COVID vaccines continue to be a source of frustration to many, there is one group of high risk residents that has been well served in Marlborough – those who live in private and government residential buildings. In fact, earlier this month, New Horizons in Marlborough was among the first retirement communities in Massachusetts to complete both rounds of vaccinations for residents and staff. MORE

Tidd Home donation
Woburn Advocate - 2/19/2021

Former nonprofit senior housing facility Tidd Home Inc. has donated $900,888 to Woburn’s only remaining not-for-profit retirement community, New Horizons at Choate. Tidd Home had been located in a historical mansion at 74 Elm St., Woburn, until its 2017 closure. MORE

Why move to senior living
The Pilot - 2/19/2021

While COVID-19 has caused some seniors to defer relocating to an independent or assisted living community, it has prompted many more to make a move more quickly. During the pandemic, the two New Horizons retirement communities in Woburn and Marlborough have welcomed a number of new neighbors. MORE

NHC COVID-19 vaccination clinic
Woburn Advocate - 2/8/2021

Residents and staff at New Horizons at Choate senior living community received the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 4. A total of 193 residents and staff at the Woburn campus have now been fully vaccinated. MORE

NHC COVID-19 vaccination clinic
Woburn Advocate - 1/25/2021

New Horizons at Choate senior living community received 188 COVID-19 vaccination doses for residents and staff on Jan. 14. The large-scale vaccination operation was completed in just over five hours by North Woburn’s CVS Pharmacy. All current residents received the first round. MORE

NHM COVID-19 vaccination clinic
Milford Daily News - 1/23/2021

On behalf of the residents and staff of New Horizons at Marlborough, I applaud Bouvier Pharmacy for its stellar handling of the Jan. 13 COVID-19 vaccination clinic on our large senior living campus. Six staff members administered an impressive 476 doses of the Moderna vaccine to New Horizons residents and staff in just seven hours. MORE

WWII 100th birthday celebration
WHDH TV 7 News - 1/8/2021

United States Army veteran Arthur Butler celebrated his 100th birthday in style today, complete with fire trucks, police cruisers, a visit from Mayor Arthur Vigeant, and a parade in his honor around the New Horizons retirement community, where he lives. MORE

View photos of the event.

Employee honored for saving life
Community Advocate - 12/4/2020

An employee at New Horizons at Marlborough was recently honored by the company for helping to save the life of a resident by identifying a medical emergency over the phone. MORE

New associate director
Natick Bulletin and Tab - 11/4/2020

New Horizons at Marlborough has named Tony Sosa its newest associate director. A Natick resident with a nearly 30-year career in the hospitality industry, Sosa will join the senior management team and oversee the food services program at the 430-resident Hemenway Street community. MORE

New Horizons Marlborough
The Pilot - 10/23/2020

More than 50 percent of Americans aged 65 and older will need long-term care services at some point in their lives, according to data collected by the Urban Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Although many seniors have included long-term care insurance in their retirement planning, families are frequently unsure when and how to activate their coverage. MORE

Betsy Connolly
Marlborough Enterprise - 9/25/2020

New Horizons at Marlborough has named Betsy Connolly its new executive director. The veteran senior-living administrator had served since 2017 as deputy director of the 430-resident Hemenway Street community. MORE

New Courtyard Suites wing
Woburn Advocate - 9/9/2020

A new wing at Woburn’s New Horizons at Choate will soon provide 17 additional residences. Construction is underway on the second-floor wing, to be known as Courtyard Suites, which features a veranda overlooking a courtyard. MORE

New Horizons minimizes risk
The Boston Pilot - 8/21/2020

New Horizons at Marlborough’s management team had many sleep-starved nights these past months as they worked to minimize risk and safeguard quality of life for the hundreds of senior residents who live at the MetroWest retirement community. MORE

Barbra Graham recognized as Hometown Hero
Boston 25 News - 7/31/2020

Barbra Graham of Woburn was recently recognized as a Hometown Hero when the Boston 25 Morning News crew visited local retirement community New Horizons at Choate, where Graham serves as community relations director. MORE

New Horizons Choir member
Community Advocate - 7/4/2020

When faced with restrictions due to COVID-19, the New Horizons at Marlborough retirement community chorus got creative to ensure its melodious voices are heard. Unable to conduct its traditional Fourth of July performance, the 25-member singing group created a video rendition of “God Bless America” and posted it on social media channels for the independent and assisted living community—and others—to enjoy. MORE

New Horizons Graduation
The Patriot Ledger - 6/24/2020

Knowing that most graduation ceremonies had been canceled this year, the management team at Woburn's New Horizons at Choate retirement community staged its first ever ceremony, featuring the 11 graduating seniors who work in its dining room. MORE

New Horizons Ice Cream Delivery
Woburn Advocate - 6/15/2020

Residents at New Horizons at Choate recently opened their doors to a happy midday surprise: freshly made ice cream sundaes. According to dining room supervisor Jenna Messina, whose 11-year tenure at New Horizons began when she was in high school, these regular apartment visits give staff and residents a chance to catch up and connect in a fun way, especially given that communal dining has been suspended as a COVID-19 precautionary measure. MORE

New Horizons Seniors to Seniors
Woburn Patch - 5/14/2020

Unable to join family for graduation ceremonies as usual, residents at Woburn's New Horizons at Choate assisted living community shared messages with the class of 2020 for a "seniors to seniors" Facebook post. Dozens of seniors wrote whiteboard messages to family, the 11 graduating seniors who work at the facility, and other graduates in the community. MORE

New Horizons Seniors to Seniors
Woburn Advocate - 5/13/2020

Residents and staff at New Horizons at Choate in Woburn are benefiting from a grassroots aid effort. Residents' families and members of the local community have been supplementing protective garment reserves at the senior living community by sending batches of homemade face coverings. MORE

New Horizons avoids COVID
Boston Business Journal - 5/5/2020

New Horizons at Choate, in Woburn, and New Horizons at Marlborough both underwent coronavirus testing by the National Guard in late April. Of the hundreds of tests performed of all residents and staff at both facilities, only one resident and one employee initially tested positive at Choate, and none of the residents or staff initially tested positive at Marlborough. MORE

New Horizons avoids COVID
Marlborough Enterprise - 5/1/2020

No residents or staff members at the New Horizons assisted living community tested positive for the coronavirus after a round of tests this week. The Massachusetts National Guard performed tests Tuesday on 159 residents and 147 staff members. MORE

New Horizons avoids COVID
Woburn Patch - 4/23/2020

No resident cases of the new coronavirus were detected in widespread testing at Woburn's New Horizons at Choate assisted living facility on Monday. The Massachusetts National Guard tested all available residents and staff, the facility's owner and operator, Cummings Foundation, said. MORE

New Horizons uses technology to connect
Metrowest Daily News - 4/14/2020

Residents at local senior living community New Horizons at Marlborough are jumping into the digital age with both feet. Thanks to the innovation of video calls and social media—and the efforts of a host of tech-savvy staffers—the seniors have been connecting virtually with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. MORE

New Horizons resident turns 102
CBS Boston - 4/9/2020

Thursday brought a parade of love for a Woburn woman turning 102, as family and friends wished her happy birthday from afar. Agnes Carson has reached a huge milestone, and while making sure to keep their distance, people turned out to help her celebrate. MORE

financial considerations of retirement living
The Pilot - 3/20/2020

As we advance in years, concerns about health, safety, and a lack of socialization can make a strong case for transitioning to independent or assisted living in a retirement community. Finances are typically an important consideration when deciding whether to make this move and, if so, in selecting a community. MORE

Grassroots Effort to keep Daily Mass
The Pilot - 2/21/2020

New Horizons at Marlborough has hosted daily Catholic Mass at its on-site chapel since the retirement community's doors opened in 1994. In 2018, that practice appeared to be at risk, until New Horizons residents and staff came together in a grassroots effort to continue the important tradition. MORE

Sisters of st anne select New Horizons
Main Street Journal - 2/17/2017

The Sisters of Saint Anne, part of the Marlborough community for more than a century, recently selected New Horizons at (Hemenway Street) Marlborough to become the new home for twenty-six of their congregants. MORE

Stained Glass windows
Marlborough Patch - 6/2/2016

The donation of two stained-glass windows has unexpectedly created a connection between Catholic nuns from Marlborough and students at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester. Eight of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd made a rare trip from their convent at the New Horizons retirement community for a May 12 ribbon cutting ceremony for the 55-year-old windows, which now brighten the Academy's media center. New Horizons had salvaged the windows from the chapel at Madonna Hall School for Girls after purchasing that property from the Sisters in 1993. MORE

NHC 25 anniversary
Woburn Advocate - 8/18/2015

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, New Horizons at Choate retirement community, a nonprofit, held an evening reception for about 250 residents and guests on 21 Warren Ave. Additionally, 10-year-residency and service anniversaries were celebrated with four residents and one staff member. MORE

Shake it Off filming
Boston Globe - 3/12/2015

Sometimes, the folks at New Horizons in Woburn just don’t act their age. Wednesday was one of those days. A year after shooting a video in which they lip-synched along to the Carly Rae Jepsen hit “Call Me Maybe,” residents of the assisted-living community were at it again, this time shooting a video of themselves lip-synching Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” MORE

VNA Care
Marlborough Patch - 2/9/2015

New Horizons at Marlborough senior living community started the New Year with a new provider of supportive and personal care services, VNA Care Advantage, as well as a new resident service director, Theresa Quinn, RN, BSN, MS. “Like New Horizons, VNA Care Advantage is a mission-focused not-for-profit organization,” said Bob O’Connor, executive director at the independent and assisted living community since before its opening in 1994. VNA Care Advantage is part of VNA Care Network. Established in 1891, VNA Care Network provides a wide range of home-and community-based health care in more than 200 Central and Eastern Massachusetts communities. Services include disease management programs for heart failure and diabetes, IV therapy, joint replacement therapy, falls prevention, palliative care, and hospice care for the terminally ill. MORE

Cardinal O'Malley
The Metrowest Daily News - 1/31/2015

On Friday, January 30, 2015, New Horizons at Marlborough welcomed Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley to celebrate Mass and meet with residents. More than 150 people filled the on-site Cardinal Cushing Chapel for this special service. “We were so delighted to welcome his Eminence to our community,” said New Horizons’ Executive Director Robert O’Connor. “The Cardinal was incredibly gracious. Our residents and guests will long remember the time and attention he shared with them." During his visit to Cummings Foundation’s not-for-profit senior living community, the leader of the Archdiocese of Boston also spent private time with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who recently marked their 50th anniversary in Marlborough. Visit FLICKR to see photos of the event, and check out Cardinal O’Malley’s blog to read His Eminence’s brief recap of his visit with the Sisters. MORE

NHM award
YouTube - 1/13/2015

New Horizons at Marlborough was recently featured in a local Marlborough Access WMCT Magazine video. The piece discusses New Horizons recent recognition by as "Best of Assisted Living in Marlborough" 2015 for receiving consistently high ratings in the past year and includes comments from Executive Director Bob O'Connor. MORE

NHM award
Marlborough Patch - 12/23/2014

New Horizons at Marlborough was awarded the “Best of Assisted Living in Marlborough” 2015 award for receiving consistently high ratings in the past year on, a national ratings and reviews site for senior care and services. Winners of this honor rank in the top 1 percent of senior care providers nationwide. New Horizons also received this recognition in 2013. “ aims to help families research and locate reliable first-hand feedback on senior care options from other families who have gone through the same experience,” said Eric Seifert, president of “We are proud to celebrate the exceptional businesses that care for our greatest generation, ... and provide these organizations with the recognition they deserve.” MORE

NHC Trustees
Woburn Patch - 10/31/2014

New Horizons at Choate welcomed two new trustees at its annual board meeting, held October 15 at the Warren Avenue independent and assisted living community. Joseph R. Tarby III of Woburn and Lynne Rahmeier of Winchester will officially begin their three-year terms on January 1, 2015. MORE

YouTube - 3/28/2014

Not to be left out of the hottest lip-sync craze of recent years, Woburn’s New Horizons retirement community recently created its first-ever music video. Nineteen residents teamed up with Woburn High School sophomore Doug Huynh to produce their own young-at-heart version of the Carly Rae Jepsen hit “Call Me Maybe.” MORE

New Horizons Marlborough
Marlborough Patch - 2/14/2014

Two national organizations that collect consumer ratings recently recognized New Horizons at Marlborough for providing top-tier service in independent and assisted living for senior citizens. presented the not-for-profit retirement community with its Caring Stars 2014 award. MORE

Sisters of the Good Shepherd
The Pilot - 8/10/2012

On Oct. 1 the Sisters of the Good Shepherd will have a new home for their 12 sisters in Marlborough. Cummings Foundation Inc., a charitable foundation funded by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester since 1986, is in the process of building the 12,000-square-foot site costing $870,000 at 406 Hemenway Street, across from St. Matthias Church. MORE

John Marion Graduates
The Boston Globe - 5/27/2004

He was resplendent in a black robe and mortarboard, an old farmer with a back crooked from years stooped over lettuce plants. John Marion, surrounded by well-wishers at New Horizons at Choate retirement home, became a high school graduate yesterday at age 87. MORE