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Charlestown's Karl Lamb Publishes "Ragtime for the Rockies"

Jan 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 7, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community resident Karl Lamb has published “Ragtime for the Rockies,” a novel set in Platteville, Colorado, in 1925 when ragtime music epitomized many social changes that were met with resistance.

The novel is the story of newlyweds Owen and Ruby Mattison, a young couple who moved to Colorado during the Roaring Twenties and struggled to achieve acceptance by a community who opposed much of what Owen and Ruby personified.

“I was inspired to write this book after learning about my father’s experiences during the Roaring Twenties...

It's Late Night Karaoke at Charlestown

Jan 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 6, 2015) -- It was standing room only as Dawn Strumsky and Sue Ellen Grove sang their song—a duet of “It’s Raining Men”—during a recent Late Night at the Terrace Café karaoke event at Charlestown retirement community.

“It wasn’t something I planned on doing; it was completely spontaneous,” said Strumsky.

The Wednesday Late Night karaoke events are the collaboration of resident Ray Miles, a musician and retired Prince George’s public school teacher, and Charlestown Sales Associate Patti Goldberg.

“Mr. Miles was instrumental in getting the karaoke night started,”...

Charlestown's Yearend 2014 Occupancy is 10 Percent Above National Industry Average

Jan 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 6, 2015) – Charlestown Retirement Community’s occupancy at yearend 2014 is 10 percent above the national industry average.

More than 300 new residents moved into Charlestown last year, with 200 sales of apartment homes settled. In addition, 295 people joined the Priority List for future move-ins.

“We are excited about the number of people who are moving into new homes at Charlestown,” said Sales Director Don Grove. “Ninety-seven percent of our apartment homes are now spoken for.”

Charlestown currently has 2,020 residents who moved to the community from...

Charlestown Residents Bridge Generations with Lansdowne Students

Oct 6, 2014

Ever since she was a small child, Gloria Paar always wanted to be a teacher. And for 50 years she lived that dream, first in Baltimore City public schools and later as a nursery school teacher in Catonsville, MD. Although she officially retired from teaching in 2001, Gloria has continued volunteering, helping kids through Bridging Generations, a program that teams up volunteers from Charlestown retirement community with students from Lansdowne Elementary School.

"I have always enjoyed little children and wanted to continue working with them, so Bridging Generations was a good fit for me," says Gloria. "It's easy to...

Fox Run, Charlestown and Oak Crest in Friendly ALDS Wager

Sep 30, 2014

NOVI, MI (September 30, 2014) - Michael McCormick, the Executive Director of Fox Run in Novi, MI, today talked congenial "smack" and made a friendly bet on the outcome of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles with his Baltimore-area counterparts at Charlestown (Catonsville, MD) and Oak Crest (Parkville, MD).

He bet a Michigan gift basket filled with Saunders hot fudge, Vernors Ginger Ale, Traverse City Cherries, Faygo Red Pop, Mackinac Island Fudge.

In return, Clara Parker, the Executive Director of Charlestown, and Gary Hibbs, the Executive Director of Oak Crest, bet...

Charlestown Wins Tennis Tournament in Silver Spring, MD

Sep 22, 2014

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 22, 2014) -- The Charlestown Tennis Team competed in Riderwood's annual tennis tournament in Silver Spring, MD, on Wednesday, September 17, and it came home with a clean sweep of 1st place wins in Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles.

The winners from the tournament are listed below.

Men's Doubles:

Bill Brustad and Jack Harrison -- Charlestown defeated Riderwood (6-5) and Ashby Ponds (6-1)

Women's Doubles:

Marie Kibby and Ellie Dipietro -- Charlestown had a bye the first round and defeated Ashby Ponds (6-5)

Mixed Doubles:

Al Blackburn...

Charlestown's Terrace Cafe Wins EFA's Best in Category Design Award

Sep 11, 2014

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 11, 2014) -- Environments for Aging has named Charlestown retirement community's Terrace Café as its Best in Category award winner for the 6th annual Remodel/Renovation Competition , which this year focused on resident amenity projects.

All submissions were reviewed and evaluated by industry experts appointed by SAGE, The Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments , who narrowed the list down to 10 projects that were then opened for reader voting online.

The Terrace Café is the last remaining project of Charlestown retirement community's multi-million dollar modernization renovation.


Sunday, September 14, Civil War-Era Baseball Game at Charlestown

Sep 10, 2014

A Sunday afternoon, September 14, Civil War-era baseball game (played with period game rules and uniforms) in which Charlestown retirement community residents in Catonsville will take the field with the Excelsior Baseball Team of Ann Arundel County, to play the Philadelphia Athletics. This vintage game will be played on the baseball field in front of Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on the Charlestown campus. Its purpose is to:

Root the 1st Place AL East Baltimore Orioles onto the World Series Celebrate the love of baseball when the game was played in its formative years Honor the 200th...

Charlestown Chefs Sweep Maryland Seafood Festival Awards

Sep 8, 2014

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 8, 2014) -- The Culinary Division (CDC) of Charlestown retirement community's Dining Services Team captured an unprecedented three awards in the 47th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival's Crab Soup Cook-Off held Saturday, September 5, at Sandy Point in Annapolis.

The Charlestown team not only brought home a top three award, but its placed in all three judges choice awards. And for the first time it also received a People's Choice Award for an entry in the "Alternative Crab Soup" category.

Charlestown competed against 16 other competitors that included local restaurants and caterers that specializes in seafood....

Charlestown to Construct New Continuing Care Buildings

Sep 8, 2014

CATONSVILE, MD (September 8, 2014) - Charlestown retirement community has received approval from Baltimore County to raze four outdated buildings that serve as residences on its campus and replace them with two updated buildings along with a parking lot expansion.

The construction will cost $70 million, with the first of the two development phases to cost approximately $40 million.

The new buildings will provide 87 short-term rehabilitation and long term care units, 114 assisted living plus memory care units and 96 assisted living units to a total of 321 residents, according to the development plan. The 297 units...