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Charlestown's Barbara Walker Shoots, Writes and Edits Videos of Her World Travels -- and Then Shares Them on TV

Sep 22, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 22, 2015) -- Merriam-Webster defines the word wanderlust as being a strong desire or urge to wander or explore the world. But for Charlestown retirement community resident Barbara Walker it’s simply doing what she loves.

“I’ve traveled my whole life and pretty much covered all the continents,” says Barbara, who shoots, writes and edits videos of her world travels – and shares them on TV.

Barbara prefers to take the road less traveled, capturing her excursions on a handheld video camera and developing them into documentaries.

“I have a camera that fits in the...

Newly-Renovated Atrium Restaurant Opens at Charlestown

Sep 21, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 21, 2015) -- The Atrium, a newly-renovated 3,000-square-foot restaurant with an adjoining bar and lounge/library, this week opened at Charlestown retirement community. The $800,000 project took four months to complete.

The Atrium, which is located in the St, Charles neighborhood on Charlestown's 110-acre campus, features American fare, ranging from comfort foods to upscale offerings such as tenderloin and lamb chops. It seats 118 in a main dining room, with seating for an additional 12 in a private dining room.

The Atrium has a new tavern bar area, a rich décor throughout the entire service area...

Charlestown's John Saint-Amour Gives the French Horn its Proper Respect

Sep 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 8, 2015) -- For decades John Saint-Amour played the French horn among a “Who’s Who” list of legendary singers, musicians, and entertainers. Today he shares his talent with his friends and neighbors at Charlestown retirement community.

Nearly every day, the sound of the French horn fills John’s apartment home where he practices for upcoming performances. A vibrant musical atmosphere was one of the things that attracted John to the community a little over a year ago.

“I love to perform, and the French horn is a rare enough instrument that you can’t really perform alone,”...

Charlestown as Seen From the Other Side of the Tracks

Sep 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown retirement community’s new 32” by 260” model railroad mural depicts western Pennsylvania mountains, bringing nature’s virtual beauty to the winding tracks below.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The mural’s paper on vinyl adhesive photo is by Dave Burgess of Backdrop Junction based in Massachusetts. Residents Roberta Poulton and Ed Serp technically mounted the mural.

“The mural looks so nice,” said Ann MacKay, president of the community’s Residents’ Council.

The HO-scale model railroad has a rolling stock of 200 cars and engines. It features miniature replicas of main street Catonsville, Bethlehem...

Winnie the Penguin Charms Charlestown Residents

Sep 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 4, 2015) -- Winnie the penguin today charmed 60 Charlestown residents when the Maryland Zoo’s ZOOmobile made a visit to the retirement community. She pranced and danced as Zoo staffer Laura Newman talked about Winnie's unique personality.

Winnie, who is an African penguin, is 25 inches tall and weighs 5 pounds. Her diet consists of small fishes such as pilchard, anchovies, house mackeral, and sardines.

There are 18 penguin species. African penguins are closely related to the Humboldt, Galapagos and Magellanic penguins.

African penguins are in danger of extinction. Major reasons include depletion of...

Cristo Rey - Charlestown Partnership Helps Baltimore City Youth to Succeed

Aug 27, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 27, 2015) -- Quanetta Cox always knew she wanted to do something with her life to help others. She took proactive steps to do this as a student at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School , a Catholic co-educational college preparatory school that empowers students in Baltimore City to succeed in college, work and life.

Today she is a Home Support Aide at Charlestown retirement community where she is responsible for assisting independent residents in their home with personal care such as dressing and eating and activities related to daily living such as doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping...

Charlestown is Co-Champion of 2015 Regional Employee Softball Tournament

Aug 17, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 17, 2015) -- On Saturday, August 15, Charlestown Retirement Community hosted the annual Erickson Employee Softball Tournament. Teams from Charlestown, Riderwood (Silver Spring) and Oak Crest (Parkville) retirement communities participated in the tournament, with scores of cheering residents, employees and family members in attendance on a summer day.

In the Round Robin portion (to determine the seeding for the tournament) Charlestown defeated Oak Crest 15 - 14 by scoring 9 runs in the final inning to win the game. Oak Crest then defeated Riderwood 12 - 11. In the final Round Robin game, Riderwood defeated Charlestown...

Victor Cirrincione is Charlestown's New Executive chef

Aug 13, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 10, 2015) – Erickson Living has named Victor Cirrincione the Executive Chef for Charlestown retirement community. Chef Victor, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Silver Spring, MD., has always had a passion for the culinary arts.

Chef Victor’s first job was working at Sir Walter Raleigh Inn, a steak and seafood restaurant in Wheaton, MD. He has also enjoyed a successful career at many popular dining venues, including the Sagamore Hotel and Resort in New York, the Equinox Hotel in Vermont, the Boar’s Head Inn, Kingsmill Resort and The Inn at Little Washington...

Charlestown Helps Riverview Elementary School

Aug 13, 2015

CATONSVILE, MD (August 13, 2015) – The Erickson Living Values Team and Charlestown retirement community’s resident Fab 40 group collaborated on a “Back To School” drive to benefit Riverview Elementary School in Lansdowne, MD. The following generous donations – in addition to $675 in cash -- were given today to assist children in need:

130 spiral notebooks

90 composition notebooks

30 packs of loose leaf paper

77 packs of pencils

86 boxes of crayons

23 packs of ink pens

149 glue sticks

21 bottles of Elmer’s glue

32 pairs of scissors...

Charlestown's Diane Winn Works to Bring Anti-Malarial Plant Medicine Product to Market

Aug 11, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 11, 2015) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Diane Winn, a medical researcher, has worked for decades on plant medicines in Ghana to treat many diseases. She is currently involved in efforts to bring a product made from the root of a plant which has been traditionally used to cure malaria to the African, American and world markets.

“I need to get this product on the market because people are suffering.” said Winn, whose work in Ghana dates back to 1962 when she first travelled to the nation as a member of a 20-person medical research team...