Residents and staff of The Overlook got a taste of show business in June, appearing on live television to talk about the community’s contributions to the town and region. It happened when Fox 25 came to Charlton for one of its Zip Trips, which are periodic broadcasts from areas of Massachusetts and New Hampshire spotlighting the people, businesses and organizations that make them special. View the interview segment here!
About two dozen participants from the Overlook traveled in the community bus to the live shot location on the green in Charlton’s town center. When the time came for the Overlook’s several-minute appearance, they held up a banner with a panoramic portrait of the community. It served as the backdrop for Dick Ziegler, president of the resident council, and Maureen O’Toole, executive director, during their interviews on behalf of the Overlook.
Ziegler spoke about the dedication of Overlook residents to the greater community, such as their fundraising and collection of goods for Charlton’s Chip-In Food Pantry and support of the Angel Fund to assist schoolchildren in need.
When the interviewer commented that he looked relaxed, Ziegler agreed that he was. He credited it to the peace of mind he receives from the Overlook’s maintenance-free lifestyle, range of services and amenities, from the putting green and tennis court to the gardens.
O’Toole told viewers that the Overlook is one of the largest and longest-serving employers in Charlton and that Masonic Health System’s commitment to the public has included donating land for the police station. She also explained the community offers the continuum of care, including independent living, enhanced and assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, hospice, and now assisted living memory care for those with memory related impairments with the opening of Fieldstone at The Overlook.
The broadcast was shown live in the Overlook’s performing arts center so residents and staff back at the community could watch the action. Coffee and donuts were on offer there, in honor of National Donut Day.
“This segment was a wonderful opportunity for people throughout the region to learn what the Overlook is all about and to see how connected we are to the town and people of Charlton,” O’Toole.