Playhouse Square’s Gina Vernaci Kicks Off the 2014-15 South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

The South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series kicks off its sixth consecutive season of stimulating lectures on Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. with Gina Vernaci, senior vice president of theater operations for downtown Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Ms. Vernaci will present “There is Nothing like a Dame,” a preview of the theater district’s 2014-15 KeyBank Broadway […]

From Russia with Love — Adventure Series Part 3

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

This is the third post in the South Franklin Circle Adventure Series highlighting how independent living residents are making the most of this next chapter of their lives. Residents John and Cathy Lewis recently embarked on a riverboat tour through historic sites in Russia.   This past June, we were fortunate enough to join an Oberlin College Alumni tour entitled “Waterways […]

University Circle is Home to More than Just Institutions

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

This article originally appeared in Crain’s Cleveland Business, authored by Timothy Magaw. For lack of a better phrase, life’s come full circle — in the Circle — for Allen Ford. He was born in 1928 at University Hospitals, and today, the 86-year-old retired Standard Oil exec resides at Judson Manor, a senior housing community in […]

Judson Offers Real Estate Services for New Residents

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

Moving can be a challenging endeavor. Especially when we’re moving from the larger family home we’ve known for 30 years or more to a retirement community. Putting together the pieces of the moving plan, especially the sale of the family home, can be daunting. But having an advocate whose sole purpose is to execute that […]

Harvesting Season for Residents at South Franklin Circle

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

Dick Hartz is proud to show off the tomatoes he’s been growing in South Franklin Circle’s resident-organized community garden. He does a taste test. “They’re sweet this year. I’m not sure why,” he says with a shrug. “It’s OK with me. Sliced and lightly salted, they make a great meal.” Dick is one of about […]

Moving Made Easy, Even Beautiful!

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

There’s good reason why moving is one of life’s great stresses, no matter what age you are during transition. Especially for those who have enjoyed years—perhaps decades—in the same house, the thought of “editing” one’s belongings, packing, relocating and then re-establishing a home in a new space can be overwhelming. Judson’s moving and follow-up services […]

A Commitment to Community at Judson

Posted on: August 5th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

At Judson we believe in community. Together, Judson residents, staff, volunteers and board members demonstrate a cooperative spirit that celebrates this inclusiveness to embrace life’s changes. This commitment to inclusiveness extends outside of Judson into the greater Northeast Ohio community, through the support of community programming and special events. Here are a few examples: Judson […]

Traditional vs. Modern: The Choice is Yours at South Franklin Circle

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

South Franklin Circle’s array of home style options gives residents more than 32 distinct floor plans to choose from—all with the New England charm of the Western Reserve. Home styles include sprawling cottage homes, attached garden homes, and town homes. Each features sloped roofs, large windows, cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, fine interior details and finishes, […]

Lifelong Learning As We Age Benefits both Mind and Body

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

Getting older has its challenges. But how we take on these challenges defines them as positive or negative. Some of us see the half-empty glass, some the half-full. We have some good news that makes a case for the optimist in all of us, because aging doesn’t have to be as difficult as some of […]

Sizing Up a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

Judson’s South Franklin Circle community featured prominently in this story on that offers tips when shopping for a retirement community. The story originated with, a website dedicated to the aspirations and concerns of grown-ups age 50+ who want to keep growing. By Liza Kaufman Hogan, Next Avenue Contributor Pamela and Richard Goetsch weren’t planning […]