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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...

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...