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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 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFmE2L6bELc ) 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...

"Jamaican Me Hungry" at Charlestown

Jun 17, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (June 16, 2015) -- Jamaican culture and cuisine today came to Charlestown retirement community when two employees born and raised on the island shared stories of their hometown as they prepared a traditional Jamaican Sunday dinner of brown stewed chicken, rice and peas.

Nearly 100 residents and staff attended the presentation by Dean Crawford, practice manager in the Medical Center, and Kenny Francis, a housekeeping utility worker. Charlestown's Diversity & Inclusion Council sponsored the hour-long event, which was called “Jamaican Me Hungry.”

Crawford and Francis grew up in a Jamaica where sweet time and mother nature...

"Llamas and Bunnies and Goats -- Oh My!"

Jun 15, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (June 12, 2015) -- Mavis Davis laughed hysterically when the baby goat she held licked her face. “He’s a sweet pea,” said Davis, who once raised goats and many other animals on a family farm in North Carolina. “And he’s so good.”

Davis was among 50 residents of the continuing care neighborhood at Charlestown retirement community who participated June 12 in a patio Petting Zoo.

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Japan's Kyodo News Comes to Charlestown

Jun 15, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- -- Takuya Arai, Washington Deputy Bureau Chief, and Mariko de Freytas, Staff Writer, for Japan's Kyodo News visited Charlestown on Friday, June 12.

They toured the 110-acre campus and spoke with residents and staff as part of their research for a news article about continuing care retirement in the United States.

Kyodo News is a nonprofit cooperative news agency based in Minato, Tokyo. It was established in November 1945 and it distributes news to almost all newspapers, and radio and television networks in Japan.

Tournament Loss Does Not Dampen Charlestown Sluggers Enthusiasm

Jun 11, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (June 11, 2015) – On defense Charlestown Sluggers third baseman Carlton Butler caught a sharply-hit line drive down the line, and second baseman Al Blackburn stopped a ground ball up the middle of the infield, turning it into a double play.

On offense the home team Sluggers had the bases loaded on three occasions, led by the hitting prowess of Angie Beltram, Gene Martin and Walt Plitt.

It wasn’t enough, though, as the Sluggers went down to defeat – their enthusiastic love of baseball unaffected -- in a double elimination softball tournament involving four Erickson Living-managed...

Charlestown Residents Raise More Than $150,000 to Help Their Student Scholars

Jun 9, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (June 9, 2015) – Arbutus resident Greg Olszewski was a student at Mount Saint Joseph High School 27 years ago when he received the first Student Scholarship ever awarded by Charlestown retirement community residents. He graduated from Loyola College of Maryland with a degree in Business Management and now works as Dining Director for Calvert School in Baltimore City.

Greg returned to Charlestown recently to speak at a ceremony in which his son, Dylan – who also attended Mount Saint Joseph High School – was among a 28-member Class of 2015 Student Scholars.

This year’s recipients...

Charlestown's D-Day Veterans Commemorate Invasion Their Way

Jun 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (June 6, 2015) -- D-Day Veterans who live at Charlestown retirement community today kept their annual tradition of toasting with a bottle of Calvados Boulard liquer from France to commemorate the invasion and give tribute to their fallen comrades.

Participating in a ceremony in Charlestown's Fireside restaurant were Harper Griswold (U.S. Navy), Bill Doyle (U.S. Army), Bill Tabling (U.S. Navy), Harold Rummel (U.S. Air Force), and Jack Strauch (U.S. Navy).

On June 6, 1944, a 5,000-vessel armada transporting more than 150,000 Allied troops and nearly 30,000 vehicles crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches...

Joseph Peacock Wins Charlestown's Field of Honor 5K Race With a Time of 19:18

Jun 2, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 31, 2015) -- Joseph Peacock won the inaugural Charlestown retirement community Field of Honor 5K run with a time of 19:18. He is the grandson of Charlestown resident Pat McDonough.

Charlestown residents 68-year-old Sarah Nixon and 75-year-old John Strumsky were winners in their age group.

The May 22 evening event, which was held under the auspices of Race IT, attracted nearly 100 runners.

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Charlestown D-Day Veterans to be Honored June 7 at "D-Day to Victory" Program

May 20, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD – Five Charlestown residents who took part in the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy will be honored at a “D-Day to Victory” program at the retirement community. This event will be held Sunday, June 7, from 2 -3 p.m., in the Conference Center at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

The itinerary will include a panel discussion about the D-Day invasion, testimonials by the veterans, and the showing of American Hero Channel’s film “D-Day to Victory.” This film profiles Charlestown resident Bill Doyle, U.S. Army, who saw combat at Omaha Beach.

Other Charlestown D-Day veterans who will...

Come to 1,000-Flag Charlestown Field of Honor on Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2015

WHAT:

A Charlestown Field of Honor May 22-26 Memorial Day weekend display of 1,000 full-size American flags to honor veterans. Hubbard Funeral Home is presenting the Charlestown Field of Honor.

This event benefits Operation Second Chance, a Maryland-based charity that helps care for wounded warriors and their families, and Charlestown's Benevolent Care Fund.

This display of 1,000 American flags pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of past and present American veterans who have served their country and to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Opening Ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 23, at...