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Charlestown Wife and Husband Earn Art Kudos

Aug 11, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 11, 2015) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Barbara Fahey’s watercolor “Please Come Out and Play” and her acrylic “Kitty Found the Kitchen Table” has won Honorable Mention Awards in this year’s Baltimore County Department of Aging “The Power of Age” Art Show.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The Art Show featured entries in seven different art categories ranging from woodwork to painting.

Her husband John Fahey’s sunset photograph of a migratory swan won First Place in the photography category of the summer Arbutus Senior Center Art Contest.

First Place winners in...

Steel Pan Music Enchants Charlestown Residents

Aug 10, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 10, 2015) – Steel pan artist John Patti brought his intriguing music to scores of residents of Charlestown retirement community’s continuing care neighborhood Friday, August 7. He came to Charlestown days after he performed the National Anthem at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and he shared interesting facts about this unique, enchanting instrument.

John tapped the mallets and made the pans take on a new life of melodies and styles during his one-hour performance. In addition, he blended Latin percussion and steel drums into various genres to create a refreshing twist on popular hit songs....

"Honeymooners" Coming to Charlestown

Aug 4, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- "Filming of the Honeymooners" presented by CDT Theatrical Company with Chuck Dick as Ralph Kramden wil be held Friday, September 18, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 19, at 1:30 p.m. and 7p.m., in Charlestown Retirement Community's Auditorium, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Tickets are are $20. Ticket sales begin August 18. Proceeds benefit the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund.

For tickets and Information contact Emily Fowler at 410-737-8892, or Ray Miles at 301- 412- 9917

Worldwide Fashion Visits Charlestown

Jul 30, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (July 29, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community resident Edith Gessert represented the Southern part of Germany Bavaria and wore a dirndl bought in 1978 in either Strasberg, France or Heidelberg, Germany. Her dirndl , which was like a jumper, was very blue with red and white flowers and fastens in front. The blouse had some lace on sleeves and the apron had some lace, too. The apron was trimmed with some of the red and white flowers.

She was one of 26 residents and staff who today modeled cultural attire from their native countries during an International...

Japan's Kyodo News Comes to Charlestown

Jul 30, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 1, 2015) – Japan’s Kyodo News sent two of its reporters to Charlestown recently to learn more about continuing care retirement in the United States.

A news article (see image) appeared in the July 8 edition of The Chugoku Shimbun, which is the dominant newspaper in the city and prefecture of Hiroshima.

An English translation (courtesy Kyodo News) follows:

An Open and Friendly 'Final Home'

As part of its "Vitalizing Local Economy," the Japanese government is encouraging the migration of the elderly from large cities to rural areas. There is great expectation...

Charlestown's Edward M. Dunn, Jr. Pens Autobiography

Jul 28, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (July 28., 2015) -- What comes now is a result of what came before. In " This is Me " (published by Xlibris), author Edward M. Dunn, Jr. (a resident of the Charlestown Retirement Community) shares and examines his life and family history by penning an autobiography meant as a legacy for his grandchildren.

The author adds to the storied Dunn family history, with his own life story in "This is Me." As legacy of his ancestors lived in him, he wrote this book to pass it on to the...

Zuchinni Seems to Jump Off the Table at Charlestown

Jul 27, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (July 24, 2015) --Cucumbers, corn, kale, cantaloupe, peaches, squash, onions, and zuchinni seem to jump off the table each Thursday at Charlestown when Stoney Acres arm of Hampstead, MD, brings its Farmers Market to the retirement community.

Seasonal fruits, vegetables and fresh-cut flowers rule the day as hundreds of residents and staff lineup -- beginning at 8 a.m. in the morning -- to buy.

“We enjoy providing fuits, flowers and vegetables to the lovely people here,” said Eileen Stoner, who operates the family-run, 48-acre farm along with her husband, Allan, a horticulturalist.. “Everyone...

Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz Visits Charlestown with a Plan

Jul 27, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (July 23, 2015) -- Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today visited Charlestown retirement community to report on the "Regional Plan for Sustainable Development" by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, which Kamenetz chairs.

Nearly 100 residents heard Kamenetz talk about the first-ever plan that brings together housing, workforce development and transportation for the region to reduce disparities and connect all citizens to a prosperous future.The Charlestown Residents' Council and Legislative Committee sponsored his presentation.

Kamenetz said the outcomes of the plan will lower transportation costs for families, create cleaner and safer communities and increase educational and employment opportunities...

Charlestown's Naomi J. McAfee Will Join Western Kentucky University's Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Jul 20, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD, (July 20, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community resident Naomi J. McAfee, an internationally recognized pioneer in engineering, will join Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. She will be inducted during WKU’s 2015 Homecoming celebration at a November 6 luncheon at Sloan Convention Center.

The first woman to graduate with a degree in Physics from WKU, McAfee distinguished herself throughout her pioneering engineering career. In those days, women engineers were rare, receiving less than 0.1 percent of the engineering degrees granted. She is an exemplary role model for women in the fields of engineering,...

Charelstown French Horn Player Emulates Phrasing of Sinatra for Upcoming Performance

Jul 14, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown resident John Saint-Amour is a self-taught French Horn player who performed with bands that backed up a “Who’s Who” list of legendary popular, classical and Broadway singers, musicians and entertainers.

He spends much of his time nowadays practicing and emulating the phrasing of Frank Sinatra’s songs ( ) for an upcoming small ensemble performance at the retirement community.

“Sinatra’s phrasing is a bit unique,” said Saint-Amour, who first played the French Horn nearly eight decades ago in Addison Junior High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he grew up. “There are nuances...