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Charlestown Residents/Staff Welcome Home U.S. Troops

Dec 22, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 22, 2015) – Sixteen Charlestown retirement community residents and staff today were part of Operation Welcome Home, a group that gathers at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport to welcome home U.S. troops.

The Charlestown group raised $150 from employee and resident donations and purchased snacks to be put into goody bags that were given to the troops as a treat, since many of them were catching connecting flights before their final destination of “ Home for the Holidays.”

In addition, residents and staff signed 200 Christmas cards to...

Charlestown Bride Waited 87 Years to Get Married

Dec 22, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 19, 2015) Charlestown residents Dorothy and Patrick Mullin are Christmas newlyweds. Dorothy, 87, had never before been married, making their love story all the more romantic.

They met three months ago in a dinner group at the retirement community. “He is a gentleman 100%,” said Dorothy, a former bank loan accounting officer, “and he cares about other people. He also loves animals and children.”

Patrick, 83, a former telecommunications company supervisor, was smitten immediately. “I saw Dorothy and said to myself, ‘What a beautiful woman.’”

They began to have dinner...

Charlestown Residents Raise $242,506 to Show Appreciation to Their Hourly Staff for Jobs Well Done in 2015

Dec 15, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 15, 2015) -- Residents of Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD, contributed $242,506 to their campus’ Staff Appreciation Fund to show their appreciation to their hourly staff for jobs well done in 2015.

The money benefitted 908 hourly staff members from all departments, including Dining Services, General Services and Health Services. This fundraising campaign among residents is done annually during the holiday season.

Charlestown, which has more than 2,000 residents, offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Center.

Also, there are nearly 300 resident-inspired and...

Charlestown's Model RR Display is Open Year-Round to Public

Dec 15, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown retirement community's 14-member Model Railroad Club oversees an elaborate train display featuring a few hundred feet of track that wind HO-scale model trains through a miniature 1950s-era town.

Authentic-looking storefronts, farms, local landmarks, and sound effects like crickets and thunder add to the town’s realistic look and feel.

This display is open year-round to the public on Saturdays, from noon - 2 p.m.

Charlestown's Turkey Trot Raises $1,800 for Area Charities

Nov 27, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (November 27, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community’s ‘Movember’ Turkey Trot celebrated Men’s Heath Month and resulted in a total of $1,800 being donated to the Westside Men’s Shelter in Catonsville and Southwest Emergency Services in Arbutus. Ham and casserole were also donated.

Scores of Charlestown residents and staff walked November 18 through their campus’ winding Nature Trail with a mystery guest Turkey ( aka resident John Lorenz ).

Westside Men’s Shelter is a 100+ bed facility housing homeless men in Baltimore County. Its goal is to provide a safe and secure place for men to come...

Harmonizers Make Joyful Sound at Charlestown This Holiday Season

Nov 17, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (November 17, 2015) – The Harmonizers, a 45-member mixed chorus, has been rehearsing for this year’s holiday concert -- a two-day singing event at Charlestown retirement community on December 3rd and 4th filled with inspirational holiday classics – ever since the end of summer.

“We work very hard for three to four months before each concert,” says Director Evelyn Chesnutt.

“I spend the summer selecting the music, and rehearsals begin in September. The entire group practices for two hours every Thursday, and then there is a smaller group that meets for one hour on Tuesdays,” she...

Follies Take Center Stage at Charlestown

Oct 29, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 29, 2015) – Nearly 100 people attended a Follies variety show held October 9 in the continuing care neighborhood of Charlestown retirement community.

Residents, who performed for fellow residents, sang, played music, acted in comedy skits, and shared jokes. The top three performers won prizes.

Participants in the hour-long show were:

George Barranger (Host)

Kathleen Long and Jack Roeth (“Who’s On First?” Abbott & Costello skit)

Richard March and Janet Evans (“The Honeymooners” Jackie Gleason & Alice Kramden)

Eileen Fields (Irish Song vocalist)

Annette McDaniels (Accordion Player)

Chris Buppert...

400 Charlestown Resident Volunteers Get "Pinned" and Thanked

Oct 29, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 29, 2015) – More than 400 Charlestown retirement community resident volunteers this week got "pinned" as a way of being thanked for their year-round service. They will be honored at a luncheon in November.

Residents serve internally on projects/committees and also at many neighborhood-based organizations, including the following:

Our Daily Bread Catonsville Library Our Lady of the Angels Chapel Lansdowne Elementary School Riverview Elementary School Westside Men’s Shelter Arbutus Senior Center Local Churches

“Retirees enjoy volunteering to stay active and maintain a sense of purpose,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Chrzanowski.

“Many of our residents...

Charlestown Gala Raises $65,000 for Benevolent Care

Oct 27, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD – A “Viva Las Vegas!” Gala October 17 raised a total of $65,000 net for Charlestown retirement community’s Benevolent Care Fund, which helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control.

The Gala was held on Charlestown’s 108-acre campus and it featured hotel-themed food stations, a Vegas bar lounge, Vegas gaming tables, a photo booth, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley performances, and raffle drawings. More than 200 staff, residents, vendors, and their guests attended.

“Residents at Charlestown are guaranteed a ‘home for life’ even if they outlive their financial...

Charlestown Honors 1,900+ Years of Living

Oct 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- A Thursday, October 15, Centenarians Luncheon at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD, will be held to honor 19 residents who are 100 years of age or older. It will take place from Noon – 1 p.m. in the Renaissance Gardens Meeting Hall on Charlestown’s campus, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228.

These residents, combined, represent 1,900+ years of life. Agnes Reisenweber, the oldest resident being honored, will celebrate her 109th birthday later this month on October 29.

The following centenarians will be honored:

Norma Zinser (102 years old)

Ruth Burns (103...