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Charlestown Residents and Staff Help Low-Income Elementary School Students

Aug 11, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (August 11, 2014) - Charlestown retirement community residents and staff donated $1,000 and 10 large boxes of school supplies - crayons, #2 pencils, glue sticks, erasers, scissors, and notebooks - during a two-week project for Riverview Elementary School This project was sponsored by the Erickson Living Values Team and the Fab 40 group to help low-income students who attend the school. Many Charlestown residents volunteer throughout the year at the school. "This was an opportunity for a resident-run group and a staff group to come together and raise money and supplies for a great cause," said Amy Sarro,...

Maryland Gubernatorial Forums at Charlestown to be Held August 19

Aug 6, 2014
WHAT: A one-hour Tuesday evening, August 19, Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate event at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD, in which Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (D) and Larry Hogan (R)  will speak to about 500 Charlestown residents in a back-to-back forums. The format will feature an introductory statement by Lt. Governor Brown in the first hall hour. He will then respond to questions from the Legislative and Political Committee of the Resident Council at Charlestown and from residents. Mr. Hogan will follow Lt. Governor Brown in a separate, similar-fashion forum.  Candidates Brown and Hogan will appear separately at the invitation of the...

Charlestown Residents Interviewed for Chinese TV Documentary About The Rape of Nanking

Aug 4, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (August 4, 2014) - Charlestown retirement community residents William and Narka Ryan this week were interviewed by a Mandarin Films crew for "Memories of Nanking 1937," a five-part documentary about the Japanese Imperial Army's march into China's capital city of Nanking and its murder of 300,000 out of 600,000 civilians and soldiers in the city. The six weeks of carnage represented the single worst atrocity during the World War II era in either the European or Pacific theaters of war. William's late aunt, Grace Bauer, served as a missionary in Nanking from 1919 - 1942. She was one...

Charlestown's Continuing Care Earns Top CMS Rating

Jul 22, 2014
CATONSVILLE, MD (July 17, 2014) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week gave the Continuing Care neighborhood at Charlestown retirement community its highest Five-Star Quality Rating. CMS created a Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which people may want to ask questions.  It contains quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including more than 17,000 nationwide.  The Continuing Care neighborhood at Charlestown excelled in Health Inspections, Quality Measures and Staffing for an Overall...

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...