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Charlestown Resident Publishes English Translation of Ancient Chinese Monk's Tales

Jul 17, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown retirement community resident Janet Shaw has just published the first English translation of 12th Century Chinese Chan Buddhist monk Ji Gong's tales as a promise to her late husband, John, who translated the book. The book is entitled "Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong." It is published by Tuttle Publishing, which has offices in Vermont, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Janet's  husband John, a former U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant who spoke and read Chinese, came across an obscure book about Ji Gong's tales in 1980 in a Chinese bookstore in Hong Kong, where he...

Local Charities Benefit from Charlestown Field of Honor

Jul 15, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (July 15, 2014) -- Charlestown Retirement Community and Hubbard Funeral Home today donated $6,483 to Operation Second Chance and a similar amount of money to the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund.  The money represented net proceeds from this year's  Memorial Day weekend (and ensuing week) 1,000-flag Charlestown Field of Honor. Operation Second Chance is a Maryland-based charity that helps care for wounded warriors and their families. The Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund is the community-supported program that guarantees all residents with a home for life in the event that they outlive their personal assets The Charlestown Field of Honor paid...

Unsung Hero: Charlestown Resident Polly White Flew Hundreds of WWII Missions

Jul 11, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (July 11, 2014) - Charlestown retirement community resident Polly White flew hundreds of WWII missions as a Women's Airforce Service Pilot. She today is among a small group of unsung women heroes whose aviation skills helped the United States win the war. White served as a flight instructor and a tow-target pilot for gunnery training. She was also an engineering flight test pilot and she flew radio-controlled planes. Less than 100 of the nearly 1,100 original Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) remain. "I always wanted to fly," said White, who just returned from a reunion of her WASP...

Charlestown Residents Award $141,000 in Scholarships to 40 Student Workers

Jun 18, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD  (June 19, 2014) -- Through the generous donations by Charlestown retirement community residents, a total of $141,000 in scholarships this week was awarded to 40 student employees.   The money was raised by Charlestown residents during the past two months to show their appreciation of the students' work and to help assist them financially in their post-secondary education. The student scholarship recipients are: Crystal Agna (Western Tech) Robert Boswell (Catonsville High) Cole Creman (Catonsville High) Breanna Jolley (Western Tech) Kayla Jones (Western Tech) Jeseela Kakkidi (Lansdowne High) Kendra Lyle (Arlington Baptist) Shayla Maybin (Western Tech) Dillon Mayer (Catonsville High)...

1,000 People to Sing National Anthem June 13 at Charlestown to Set World Record

Jun 5, 2014
WHAT: A crowd of 1,000 people of all ages will sing the National Anthem Friday, June 13, in Catonsville, MD, to set a record for the Largest Intergenerational Singing of it. This historic Star-Spangled National Anthem event at Charlestown retirement community will celebrate the 200 th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of the poem during the bombardment of Fort McHenry that became our National Anthem. A 30-foot by 42-foot replica of the flag that flew above Fort McHenry will be unfurled by Charlestown residents, staff and schoolchildren ITINERARY: Everyone will meet on the field in front of Our Lady...

Charlestown Volunteers and Veterans Welcome Troops Home

Apr 29, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (April 29, 2014) -- After experiencing an emotional Welcome Home event with her family, Suzanne Levitt decided to recruit her neighbors from Charlestown retirement community to greet U.S. troops returning from overseas. In just a few weeks, Levitt recruited volunteers from Charlestown to be part of Operation Welcome Home, a group of volunteers from local churches and community groups, organizes the nonpartisan events. A dozen Charlestown residents each month greet U.S. troops each month at the International Arrivals area at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Charlestown provides free transportation to and from the airport, and the Dining Services department...

Public Invited to be Part of Charlestown's "Virtual" Kite Flying Event

Apr 10, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (April 10, 2014) - The public is invited to send photos of their favorite kites and of kite flying to be posted on Charlestown retirement community's Facebook page ( ) as a way of celebrating everyone who will participate in the Saturday, April 26, Kite Flying Contest at the retirement community in Catonsville, MD. Photos can be posted directly to the Facebook page or sent to: Children of all ages are invited to register for the 3rd Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest, which will be held Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m...

Freida Williams is Named Assistant Adminstrator of Continuing Care at Charlestown

Mar 25, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (March 25, 2014) - Erickson Living has named Freida Williams the Assistant Administrator of the Continuing Care neighborhood at Charlestown retirement community.  She is responsible for assisting in managing the overall operations of Continuing Care including resident satisfaction and employee engagement. Williams has held several leadership roles in health care administration prior to joining Erickson Living.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida, Tampa and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University's H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship in Davie, Florida. She resides in Montgomery...

Charlestown Names Earl Shaw its Housekeeping and Laundry Manager

Mar 21, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (March 21, 2014) - Charlestown retirement community has named Earl Shaw its Housekeeping and Laundry Manager. Shaw has more than 10 years of experience in the senior living industry and more than 20 years of managerial experience in housekeeping and laundry. For the past five years Shaw was the Housekeeping and Laundry Operations Manager for Sodexo Senior Living Division serving all phases of resident life at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His strategic initiatives with Asbury Methodist Village included continuous development of resident satisfaction, employee engagement and operational excellence. Shaw served seven years in the U.S. Army...

Dining Ambassadors Welcome New Neighbors at Charlestown

Mar 17, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (March 17, 2014) -- When was the last time you invited your neighbors over to dinner? If you're Sally Pound and Mary Ann Ressler, the answer is all the time. In the last year, the duo has wined and dined more than 70  of their new neighbors through the Dining Ambassador Program they helped start at Charlestown retirement community. Each month, Pound and Ressler plan one dinner party in each of Charlestown's four full-service restaurants. Armed with a list of new residents, the two get to work scheduling dinner dates, mailing out invitations, and planning the details. They...