Spooky Stats

Oct27Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

In searching for what to write about for this week’s article, I thought with Halloween right around the corner, why not share some facts about this holiday!

I actually learned a lot about Halloween, which is great because Halloween is my favorite holiday! I figured you pretty much went to school, dressed up for your school dance, came home, met your friends, went trick or treating, and called it a night. But there is so much more!

First, did you know that Halloween is actually more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day? It’s true! Halloween comes from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain”. The Celts believed that ghosts of the dead walked around Earth on this holiday which led to people leaving “treats” out for them. Pretty cool, huh?

Another tradition for some New Englanders stems from cabbage. This idea involves pranksters collecting stinky and rotten vegetables and leaving them on their neighbor’s porch. Gross! Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to you this year.

What about Halloween colors? Where did orange and black come from. Well, orange is actually a symbol of strength and endurance while black is a symbol of death and darkness. Both colors, along with gold and brown, also relate to fall!

Next is my favorite, candy corn! Most people think this is the most disgusting thing they have ever eaten. But for some reason, I live for the day I see these bags go on the racks in the grocery store! In fact, nearly 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year!

And last, did you know that Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas?

Pretty interesting, right?

Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Halloween to watch last year’s Halloween Costume Contest! Then, check the TV Guides the following week to watch this year’s show!

The Lighthouse: Pastoral Care Week

Oct20Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The week of October 23rd to October 28th marks Pastoral Care Week, and there is no better way to highlight our Pastoral Ministries team than by with a brand new episode of The Lighthouse.

Next Tuesday, October 24th, The Lighthouse will air at it’s regular time, but this episode will be a little different from others. We decided to highlight the Pastoral Ministries team and find out why they love working at Oak Crest, what they love about interacting with the residents, and the best part about their job.

The show is set up a little differently, with the staff talking off camera about their experiences. It’s really great to see how each resident impacts the whole team in a different way.

So if you see one of the staff members from the Pastoral Ministries department next week, be sure to stop in and say “thank you” for all their hard work and dedication to the Oak Crest Community.

The Lighthouse airs on Tuesday, October 23rd at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It can also be seen online the following day at oakcresttv.com.



Scam, Safety, and Security

Oct13Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Next week, Channel 973 will be airing two shows that have shown much interest for many residents; scams and falls.

Fall is here which means the holidays are right around the corner. With that being said, scammers are getting ready to pounce. They know “holiday season” is the prime time to sell products and if they try hard enough, they just might be successful.

The presentation will go over multiple different types of scams such as identity theft, credit card scams, phone scams, and so much more.

Last month on Legaline, we talked about what happens when these people try to call you. Most of the time they talk extremely fast to confuse you, causing you to become very flustered in hopes that you will just agree with whatever they are selling. One tip that was shared was asking for their contact information to call them back at a later date. Most of the time they will immediately hang up the phone.

Also airing next week is a show about household safety and campus falls. Again, falling is something that has happened to all of us at one point or the next, and it’s a scary feeling. But fear no more! Temica Hopson and Angie Stiars share some tips and tricks on how to keep your apartment clean and some things you can do to be more prepared.

Grab rails, bath mats, and step stools are all things that are extremely beneficial to many of the residents here at Oak Crest. In fact, a majority of the residents at Oak Crest have had changes to their bathroom to add more grab bars for safety when getting in and out of the shower. Angie encourages everyone to contact her if you would like some of the things she mentioned in her presentation added to your apartment.

Scam Prevention will air on Wednesday, October 18th and Household Safety will air the following day on October 19th. Make sure you tune to Channel 973 at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or 12 midnight to stay alert and pick up some tips. Both programs will also be available 24 hours after they air online at oakcresttv.com.



Meet the Students


Most of you go to dinner each night with your friends sitting at your regular table with those same faces serving you each night. But, how much do you know about those students who are bringing you your food, parking your scooters, and greeting you as you walk into the dining room?

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting three students from each of the dining rooms. You’ll get to hear about what dining room they work in, what some of their hobbies are, where they’re going to school, and so much more!

So the next time you see those friendly faces in the dining rooms, you’ll know a little bit more about them!

The first episode featuring students from Windows Dining Room will air on Friday, October 13th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day online at oakcresttv.com. Make sure you check the TV Guides to see when the interview with students from the other two dining rooms will air.