Rising Stars – Absolute Care Aurora Park

Rising Stars – Absolute Care Aurora Park

Rising Stars Reflect New Management, Leadership at

Absolut Care of Aurora Park


East Aurora, NY – Absolut Care of Aurora Park is under new management and making notable strides to improve the quality and services it offers to those in East Aurora, Buffalo and the surrounding communities. 

In October, the federal government updated its Nursing Home Compare website with the latest star ratings highlighting survey results, staffing and quality measures for every facility in the nation.

Results can be found at www.medicare.gov.

Absolut Care of Aurora Park earned a new star in the survey category, bringing its overall rating to three stars.

This improvement is significant given the fact that it had a one-star rating when RCA Healthcare Management took over administration of the bankrupt facility in March of 2020.  At that time, RCA’s takeover was highly regarded to be the only viable option for saving Aurora Park and four sister facilities from potential closure. Currently, the facilities are being operated under an administrative services agreement while a formal change of ownership takes place. 

One of the keys to a successful acquisition is having dynamic, progressive leadership to facilitate the transition. As such, RCA appointed industry leader Stacy Bastian, RN, as administrator in March of 2020. Since that time, she and the professionals at Aurora Park have been committed to improving the quality of services at every level within the facility. A modification in the culture isn’t something that matures overnight; it’s the result of deliberate changes focused on investing in staff expertise, implementing technological advancements and adhering to best practices in order to improve the quality of services provided.    

The rise in star ratings is important because it places a quantifiable value on some of the most important aspects of care, including Aurora Park’s Department of Health surveys, staffing levels and quality measures. “Our team of exceptional caregivers understands what it takes, both clinically and operationally to improve our star ratings as we strive to achieve five stars,” Bastian stated. “We are committed to seeking new and innovative ways to deliver services, mentor one another and most-importantly provide the best care possible to our residents.” 

Absolut Care of Aurora Park provides 24-hour skilled nursing care, subacute rehabilitation, secured memory care, hospice care and in-house dialysis services. Learn more at www.absolutcare.com.

Absolut Care of Aurora Park is an Annual Sustaining Sponsor of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce.


Sometimes the Simple Things Make the Biggest Impact

Sometimes the Simple Things Make the Biggest Impact

Very few times as a Chamber of Commerce do we take the opportunity to toot our own horn.

We go about our daily work – planning events that bring in visitors from across the region, state, and country; working with members to fulfill their business needs; creating new programming; and of course answering emails, phone calls, and talking to visitors from the local region and around the world – with our heads down, quietly moving from task to task.

We let people know when our events, meetings, and other programs are occurring so they can attend and participate.

But what does all this activity mean? Are all these efforts an end in themselves?


Everything we do, plan for and carry out; on our own or in collaboration with like-minded partners (businesses, sponsors, local government and elected officials, various service groups, agencies & organizations) has the goal and purpose of promoting and encouraging the success and growth of our businesses and community.

From the simple things of answering phone calls, emails, or Facebook requests to the big things such as events like the Sidewalk Sale and Taste of East Aurora, we are directing attention to our businesses and community by driving people and dollars here to support our local economy.

Our efforts in the marketing and promotion of the community, creation of events, development of tourism and business development initiatives as well as a strong focus on workforce development through partnerships with our schools and businesses are things that help to ensure a vital and vibrant community.

It is due to the continuing efforts of the Chamber – small as they may sometimes be – that drives tens of thousands of people to our area each year and brings in millions of dollars in economic impact, which drives the local network of payroll, taxes, and disposable income.

In any other non-covid year this would also impact job creation but we’ll do our best to continue to address that.

I’m not overstating when I say the East Aurora community you see today is not the same community it was 20 or 30 years ago, and that the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce has played a role – and still is – in that growth and development.

There is no other organization locally that consistently addresses these issues as a whole.

We as a Chamber – from the Board of Directors to me as Executive Director and Victoria Sturman as Associate Director – stand committed to carrying on this work to ensure the continued growth of the Greater East Aurora community.


Gary D. Grote

Executive Director

Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Carolcade is BACK!

Carolcade is BACK!

49th Annual Carolcade to be held Saturday, Dec. 18

Carolocade is BACK in East Aurora!

 Join us for the 49th Annual Carolcade celebration in the Village of East Aurora on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. along Main Street, between Elm and Olean Streets.

 The street will be closed to traffic starting at 6:30 p.m. and will reopen at approximately 8:30 p.m.

 The Salvation Army Band will provide musical accompaniment while Carolcade Choral Director Rob Goller will lead the gathering in some favorite holiday songs. Music books will be provided by the East Aurora Advertiser.

Carolcade is hosted by the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce and supported by Chamber Sustaining Sponsor Absolute Care, Title Sponsor Bank of Holland, and Presenting Sponsor Vidler’s 5 & 10.

More details will be announced as the event gets closer.

Even though this is an outdoor event, the Chamber is working with the Erie County Health Department to ensure this event meets all current COVID guidance.

In order to insure a safe, healthful environment for all attendees, and, in compliance with the NY State Hero Act, masks are encouraged at all Chamber events, but not required. With the same considerations in mind the Chamber also kindly asks that if anyone is having symptoms of COVID-19 that they not attend this event.

For questions, please contact the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce at (716) 652-8444 or eachamber@eanycc.com.



Thank you to our 2021 Carolcade Sponsors!!

Sustaining Sponsor

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

And the Best of the Taste of East Aurora are……

And the Best of the Taste of East Aurora are……

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Taste of East Aurora “Best of” Awards.

The winners are:

  • Best Bite – Holland Willows for its Banana Pepper Soup
  • Best Sweet Treat – Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream for its Peach Sundae
  • Best Healthy Option – East Aurora Cooperative Market for its Greek Orzo Salad
  • Best Vendor Booth Presentation – The Griffon Gastropub

Voting this year was done online.

More than 10,000 people visited the village for the Taste of East Aurora this year and sampled food from 20 of our local restaurants. The Taste of East Aurora was held on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Congratulations to our Best of the Taste of East Aurora winners! From left to Right: Megan Kelley of Holland Willows; Joel Arcadipane, pastor of I-61 Church (Title Sponsor of the event); Sue Greis of the Griffon Gastropub; Cassandra and Deacon Tasker of Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream; Jessica Armbrust, General Manager, and Rachel Haas, Prepared Foods Manager, both of the East Aurora Cooperative Market; and Gary D. Grote, Executive Director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

10th Annual Taste of East Aurora

10th Annual Taste of East Aurora

Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce to hold Taste of East Aurora September 11

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce announces that its 10th Annual Taste of East Aurora will be held Saturday, September 11th, 11am – 5pm on Main Street between Olean Road and Elm Street.

The organizers plan on having 25 plus local Greater East Aurora area restaurants offering their best “Taste” menu items.

Restaurants will be selling a variety of food and drinks priced from $1.00 to $5.00. All transactions are cash. Food tickets are not sold for this event.

To recognize those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the East Aurora American Legion Post #362 Color Guard will have a brief ceremony to lead off the Taste opening at 11 am.

The Old Hippies, who have performed at the Taste for many years, will be playing between 12 noon and 4pm with DJ Entertainment providing music throughout the day.

Attendees to the event will be able to vote for their favorite vendor for recognition for the Best Bite, Best Sweet Treat, Best Healthy Option and Best Vendor Booth presentation. Winners will receive plaques to hang in their restaurant.

Sponsorship support that enables this event to continue is provided by Sustaining Sponsor: Absolut Care of Aurora Park, Title Sponsor: I-61 Church, Presenting Sponsors: East Aurora Bee, Martyn Printing & Graphics, Tops Markets, West Herr Buick GMC Cadillac, Supporting Sponsors: University Pediatric Dentistry, Trinity Medical OB/GYN with Entertainment Sponsorship provided by member businesses of the GEA Chamber’s Networking Group.

Vendor registration is available online at www.eanycc.com but is only available to Chamber members.

A listing and locator map of vendors and menu items, will also be posted online at the Chamber website www.eanycc.com approximately a week prior to the event.

For questions and further information contact the Chamber at 652-8444.

New Catering Business Opening on Main Street

New catering business opening on Main Street brings a taste of the Pacific Northwest to WNY

Holding an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on June 18

A new catering business is bringing Western New Yorkers a flavorful taste of the Pacific Northwest!

Pacific Underground Catering is owned by Marleta Stansberry, who is on a mission to create beautiful and great-tasting food and memories while developing an atmosphere of hospitality.

To that end, Pacific Underground Catering, located at 700 Main Street, will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Reservations are appreciated by June 11. To RSVP, please email pacificundergroundcatering@gmail.com.

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Marleta has lived in WNY for the past 20 years and is a chef, mom, food enthusiast, artist, and educator.

Marleta is passionate about beautiful food. Her background is in art, education and culinary arts.  She has worked in the culinary field officially for nearly 10 years, has been a chef instructor, a catering chef, and a personal chef.

Pacific Underground Catering also provides a small event space and will be a place of education.  Cooking classes will begin in July.

If you are interested in attending the Open House and Ribbon Cutting on July 18 or would like more information on Pacific Underground Catering, please email pacificundergroundcatering@gmail.com.