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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...

"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.


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...