Website Committee 2018
The Website Committee is responsible for creating and maintaining a Residents Website with two goals: a) providing current residents with timely and important information in a single place; b) sharing written and visual examples of the vital and creative resident life with residents, families, prospective residents, and others outside of Kendal on Hudson.
Current members of the Committee are: Amelia Augustus, Peter Berman (content editor), Sheila Darnborough, Eugene DuBow (content editor), Fran Kelly (treasurer), Jeff O'Donnell (co-chair), Caroline Persell (co-chair), Sue Phillips, and Jo-Ann Rapaport (content editor).
History of the Residents Website at Kendal on Hudson
The idea for a resident website arose during a Residents Council retreat in the Spring of 2015. The Residents Council formed a Committee consisting of Harriet Barnett, Sheila Darnborough, Eugene DuBow, Muriel Fox, and Sue Phillips, under Fran Kelly’s able leadership. The committee met several times during the summer and early fall of 2015 to investigate what other Kendals were doing, discuss the purposes of such a website, and identify the major issues to be addressed. As Fran faced additional responsibilities in the fall, she asked Caroline Persell if she would join and lead the committee. She sent her the minutes of their meetings, summaries of what they had learned from corresponding with webmasters at other Kendals, and links to their websites.
The committee clearly identified the key issues to address, specifically: a) Purposes of the resident Website, b) Content, i.e., what to put on the website and how to organize it so people can find it easily. c) Software (What Software, or Content Management System, to use. d) Design and Development, and who might help design the site and get the content onto it. e) Where to Host it (i.e., what set of computer servers to keep it on); and f) Our Domain Name.
Two purposes of a KOH Resident Website emerged: a) providing current residents with timely and important information in a single place and b) sharing some of the vitality and creativity of resident life with interested people here and outside.
We investigated Software, Web Designers and Developers, and possible hosts before deciding what and who to use. We are using a web design software called Squarespace that has some attractive templates into which we can cut and paste our content pretty easily, requiring limited amounts of code writing by a web developer and making it easy for us to add content and update it later.
We found a capable web designer (Rebecca Litt) who helped with color choices, type styles, layouts, and other design issues. We have also found a good web developer (Elliot Isaacson) who wrote what code we needed, found a way to include a protected "Residents Only" section, and customized the Squarespace template as needed. The Committee also brainstormed intensively about the content to include and how to organize it.
Version One of the resident website was presented to interested residents in the gathering room January 13, 2016.
Website Contributors 2016-18
Website Committee Members
Amelia Augustus Harriet Barnett (original committee) Peter Bermas Sheila Darnborough Eugene DuBow
Muriel Fox Fran Kelly (first chair)
Caroline Persell (chair or co-chair and webmaster, 2015-18) Sue Phillips
Suzanne Adel Horst Berger Margo Berger Arthur Brady Sally Costa Gisa Indenbaum Gloria Lewit Shirley Lobenthal Stella Pence Bert Pepper Caroline Persell Martin Smolin
Suzanne Adel Jane Beers
Peter Bermas Dorothea Bone Beverly Child Sheila Darnborough Peter J. Davies
Gene DuBow Muriel Fox
Gloria Cooper Fran Kelly
Ann Lasusa Joan Levine Jan Myers
Joan Oltman Bert Pepper
Caroline Persell Sue Phillips Topsy Preus
Bob Sanders Lois Seulowitz Katherine Sinclair
Cobb Stewart Catherine Trapasso Jackie Wilke
Caroline Persell Bill Seligman
We would especially like to thank the dedicated news-gatherers, writers, and editors who produce the print version of Spotlight each week and much of the timely news that appears on this website. They are: Jane Beers, Peter Bermas, Doris Eder, Brigitte Cooke, Priscilla Holmgren, Claire Limmer, Peggy Pennell (chair), Bill Seligman, Marian Weinberg, and Twink Wood. We also appreciate the editors, writers, and staff who produce Kendal View each month: Horst Berger, Gloria Cooper, Deborah O'Keefe, Joan Oltman, Sue Phillips, Caroline Persell, Norman Sissman, Patricia Taylor, Hubie Wilke, and Jim Wood. This website has been enormously enriched by their efforts.
We were very lucky to find two talented young web gurus:
Rebecca Litt helped enormously with web design issues on Squarespace, as well as being a beautiful artist herself.
Elliot Isaacson is a wizard at coding HTML, customizing Squarespace to do special things, and he plays the viola professionally. We never could have done it without them.
Squarespace designed a wonderfully user-friendly platform, provided numerous on-line help files and videos, and responsive personal help when contacted.
The book by Miko Coffey, Building Business Websites with Squarespace 7, Packt Publishing, Birmingham, England and Mumbai, India, 2015, was also extremely helpful for orienting us to Squarespace, even though we’re not a business.
Last edited 8/28/18