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Three-Day Charlestown Treasure Sale Raises $25,865 for Programs

May 12, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 12, 2015) -- A three-day Treasure Sale at Charlestown retirement community resulted in a total of $26,865 being donated to the community's programs.

Monies from the sale held May 7-9 helped to support the Benevolent Care Fund, the Staff Appreciation Fund, the Chapel Concert Series, Continuing Care activities, the Book and Film Library and the Harmonizers choral group.

Nearly 1,000 people shopped at the Treasure Sale. They bought items that included furniture, lamps, clothing, glassware, kitchenware, home décor, books, CDs, and DVDs.

“I always come to the Treasure Sale to shop,” said Mother Emily...

Husband and Wife -- and Wife's Mother -- Live in Same Charlestown Apartment

May 11, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 11, 2015) -- They say two’s company and three’s a crowd, but for one multi-generational family living together in an apartment at Charlestown retirement community the arrangement is working.

Patricia (Pat) and John Gross -- along with Pat’s mother, Rose Landis -- live together in an apartment that is actually two adjacent apartments that were reconstructed into one.

Pat, John, and Rose moved to Charlestown last September from a four-bedroom, two-story home they shared for more than 20 years. Empty nesters, John and Pat decided it was time to trade-in their oversized house.


Resident-Run Shop Supports Charlestown's Benevolent Care

May 6, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 7, 2015) – Patricia Leslie, a registered nurse, drives from the Pimlico section of Baltimore City each week to Charlestown to browse and shop at the Treasure Chest, an on-site resale and gift shop at the retirement community managed by residents that raises $15,000 annually to support Benevolent Care.

“The shopping atmosphere is pleasant,” said Leslie, who just bought a toaster for $4. “I can eat lunch after I am finished shopping and also get a chance to talk with residents.”

The Treasure Chest offers an assortment of kitchenware, home decor, lamps, small appliances, puzzles,...

Charlestown Resident and Red Cross Volunteer Barbara Riester is Ready to Help Whenever Disaster Strikes

May 4, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 4, 2015) -- Barbara Riester was just settling into her new home at Charlestown in June 2013 when she got the phone call and jetted off out west. Barbara, an American Red Cross volunteer, was needed in Black Forest, Colorado where wildfires were ravaging acres of land and ultimately destroyed over 500 homes.

“I call it the ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ program. If we get called we have to be on our way to the disaster by the next day,” says Barbara who has responded with the Red Cross to disaster calls all over the United...

Sulpician Priests' Hallowed Ground is at Charlestown

Apr 30, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 30, 2015) – More than 200 priests who once taught at seminaries in Maryland and throughout the United States rest eternally in the Sulpician Cemetery’s hallowed ground near Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown retirement community.

Rows of metal crosses – aligned in syncopation and nestled among trees -- mark the graves of the priests. Accompanying plaques note their names, geographic places of birth, days of birth and days of death. A total of 150 of the priests once taught at St. Charles College Seminary, the site of what is now Charlestown


April 24 Charlestown Passion Walk to Support an Array of Local Charities

Apr 21, 2015


A Friday, April 24, Passion Walk encompassing a half-mile in which nearly 100 Charlestown retirement community employees (many of whom will be joined by residents) will walk to support an array of causes and organizations they feel passionate about.

Some of the causes they will walk to support include:

Breast Cancer Research Alzheimer’s Association American Diabetes Association Leukemia Research Various Animal Shelters and Humane Societies.

When the walkers make donations to the qualified charities of their choices, Erickson Living, the manager of Charlestown, will extend the charitable reach by matching a portion of the contributions....

"Let's Go, O's!"

Apr 9, 2015


Charlestown retirement community’s score-calling Oriole bird is back at his perch atop his package shelf after the long winter.

Florence Wolfe, who took over the tradition started by the previous resident of her apartment home, is the second generation “bird displayer.”

Each day, Florence and a neighbor make sure the stuffed Oriole Bird shares the previous day’s Orioles score.

“Let’s go O’s!”

Charlestown Residents Donate 5,000 Books to Help World Literacy

Apr 7, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 7, 2015) -- Residents of Charlestown Retirement community this week donated nearly 5,000 books to Books for International Goodwill to help recycle books for schools and libraries to improve literacy in developing communities around the world.

Books for International Goodwill is run by volunteers, providing an outlet for them to help the less fortunate improve their education and welfare. By sending thousands of books to people throughout the world the project helps them advance their learning and economic well-being.

The goal of the project is to provide the basic tools for educating the public both...

Charlestown's Diversity & Inclusion Council Celebrates Individualism

Apr 1, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 1, 2015) -- In 2010, the Charlestown Diversity & Inclusion Council (DIC) was formed as a team dedicated to celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive community that respects and appreciates individual differences.

The DIC endorses a broad definition of diversity, and seeks to provide programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of diversity. The group is comprised of both staff and resident members.

The DIC meets once a month to discuss and plan ways to promote and strengthen cultural diversity among staff and residents.

Members of the DIC are:


Charlestown Residents Embrace Facebook

Mar 31, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 31, 2015) -- A recent study from Pew Research Center shows the use of Facebook and other social networks are on the rise among older adults. For the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook, up from 45% who did so in late 2013 and 35% who did so in late 2012. Among those who go online, Pew found that 71 percent do so every day or every other day, while 11 percent do so three to five times per week.

Charlestown retirement community residents...