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A Recipe for Success at Charlestown

Feb 27, 2019

Executive chef brings passion for people and food to Short Line Café

Catonsville, Md. -- Chef Paul Brewer got his first taste of the culinary industry as a teenager steaming crabs at a seafood restaurant in Maryland. After college, he pursued a career in the hospitality field and honed his skills at restaurants throughout the region. But it was the moment he set foot on Charlestown ’s campus four years ago that he really found his calling. Now, as the Executive Chef of the new Short Line Café, Brewer is pursuing his passion for serving the...

Charlestown Model Railroad Welcomes Record Number of Visitors in 2018

Jan 25, 2019

The numbers are in, and Charlestown, an Erickson Living retirement community, is pleased to announce that it welcomed a record number of visitors to its Model Railroad during 2018.

Last year, more than 2,190 visitors visited the Model Railroad, located in The Chuck Anders Train Room along Charlestown’s “Main Street. These guests included 1,342 members of the Charlestown community and nearly 850 outside visitors.

“This has been a banner year for the Model Railroad,” said Roberta Poulton, Co-Leader of Charlestown’s Model Railroad Club.

The visitor count is up from last year, when the Model Railroad...

Charlestown’s “Cannoli Lady” Shares Family Recipe in Special Cooking Demo

Jan 7, 2019

Charlestown’s Diversity & Inclusion Council recently presented a special edition of its “Cooking with Dean” program, which regularly invites the community to enjoy a cooking demonstration with Dean Crawford, Medical Center Practice Administrator.

For the first time, the program featured a Charlestown resident as the guest chef. With two of her three adult sons in the audience, Charlene “Sally” Didomenico took the stage to whip up fresh Italian cannolis from scratch and share a bit of family history.

The recipe that Sally uses to make cannolis is handwritten on a yellowed piece of paper, taken down by Sally...

Charlestown Residents Contribute $256,000 to Hourly Staff for a Job Well Done

Dec 6, 2018

The holiday season just got a little brighter for more than 1000 hourly employees at Charlestown .

Whether serving a meal in one of the seven restaurants or maintaining the scenic 110-acre campus, hourly staff work hard to enhance the vibrant retirement lifestyle of Charlestown residents all year long. Now, their service and dedication are being recognized through the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund.

A total of $256,000 was raised from resident contributions. 1,030 eligible hourly employees received distributions from the fund, less taxes, from Charlestown residents at scheduled times and locations across the community on...

An instant connection to Charlestown

Nov 20, 2018

Amy Bishop, a human resources senior recruiter at Charlestown , prides herself on knowing the residents who live there by name—a challenge in a community that more than 2,000 people call home. But there’s one name that comes easy for Amy. Her Godmother Nancy Scoville moved from Ellicott City to Charlestown in 2018.

Nancy and Amy are part of a growing trend that Erickson Living is seeing across the country: employees who have family members or longtime friends who live at one of their 19 communities. Nancy and Amy’s mother Rosemary have been best friends since...

Charlestown Treasure Sale Breaks Record

Nov 8, 2018

Charlestown recently held its largest Treasure Sale in the community’s history, bringing in a total of $37,529.20.

Four times a year, Charlestown ’s Treasure Sale provides an opportunity for shoppers from the retirement community and local area to scoop up bargains on gently used clothing, jewelry, and accessories, furniture, small household items, electronics and appliances.

All proceeds from the event directly support community programs, including Charlestown ’s Benevolent Care Fund, Scholars Fund, the Staff Appreciation Fund, the Chapel Concert series, and more. The most recent sale surpassed the last record-breaking sale of $37,293.49, which took place...

Fitch Affirms ‘A’ Rating for Charlestown

Nov 7, 2018

Charlestown recently announced that Fitch Ratings affirmed its ‘A’ rating on the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority bonds issued on behalf of the community. A variety of key drivers are responsible for the favorable rating.

“We are extremely proud to earn another ‘A’ rating from Fitch,” says Pamela Stiner, Director of Finance at Charlestown . “The rating reflects our continued commitment to providing a premier retirement lifestyle complemented with financial strength and stability for seniors in Maryland.”

Fitch cites three major drivers in the 2018 bonds rating for Charlestown : the...

Charlestown Resident Wins Four Medals at Maryland Senior Olympics

Nov 1, 2018

Charlestown is now home to an Olympic gold medalist. Barbara Garner, a resident at Charlestown, won four medals, including two golds, at the Maryland Senior Olympics in September.

Garner, who moved to Charlestown two years ago, placed first for gold in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events, and won silver in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races for her age group at the swimming competition.

Having grown up in rural Connecticut, Garner says that she’s always been active and sees no reason to slow down. A naturalist, much of her career was spent working with nature centers...

Charlestown Volunteers Have The Time of Their Lives at Annual Party

Oct 30, 2018

Charlestown recently hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event, filling the John Erickson Conference Center with about 300 attendees.

The evening’s “Dirty Dancing” theme was a smash hit, featuring fun nods to the classic movie, including signature cocktails: the “Baby & Johnny”, named for the main characters, and the “Kellerman’s Cosmo”, a reference to the resort where the movie is set. The watermelon salsa and chips was another detail that fans of the movie will recognize as inspired by a favorite scene.

Dance instructors were on hand to perform and teach guests a few new steps. The floor was...

Charlestown Celebrates Re-Opening of Shortline Café

Oct 12, 2018

Today, Charlestown residents and staff gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of one of its signature dining venues, the Shortline Café.

Located in the community’s recently updated Cross Creek Station, the Shortline Café is named for Catonsville’s historic Short Line railroad, which began service in 1884. The Catonsville Short Line shuttled both people and freight between Catonsville and the mainline tracks of the Baltimore & Potomac (later Pennsylvania) Railroad for decades before ending operation in 1972, due to competition from streetcar lines.

This local heritage features prominently in the restaurant’s décor as well as its...