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Charlestown Residents Operate Their Own Professional TV Studio

Aug 29, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (August 30, 2013) -- Charlestown residents are running a fully-functioning, closed circuit  television studio out of their Catonsville, MD,  retirement community, producing original content on-site, shooting and then editing the film to make professional-grade video. Under the guidance of Tom Moore, the Community TV and AV Manager at Charlestown, the residents produce daily live shows, as well as documentaries, interview segments and other community programming on Channel 972 "The involvement is incredible," Moore said. "The residents feel like they're really a part of our team here, not just watching from the sidelines. They become part of our staff,...

Watch Children's Book Hero Tico the Bird's Antics as He Moves Into Charlestown

Aug 29, 2013 CATONSVILLE, MD (August 28, 2013) -- Children's book hero Tico the Bird has moved into Charlestown. Watch his antics as he is interviewed along with resident E.J. Urbas and Carol Durr, illustrator of "Tico's Book." Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit Charlestown's Staff Appreciation Fund.

Children's Book Hero Tico the Bird Moves Into Charlestown

Aug 27, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (August 28, 2013) -- Charlestown retirement community resident E.J. Urbas today took guardianship of children's book hero Tico the Bird. Tico (see following link) became  Charlestown's newest resident and will have a "bird's-eye" view of the campus' Our Lady of the Angels Chapel (no pun intended). Urbas babysits Tico throughout the year in her Charlestown apartment.

Oriole Bird Mascot to "Raft" Across Pool to Start Charlestown's August 14 "Swim for Service"

Aug 13, 2013
WHAT: A Wednesday, August 14 (1 - 2 p.m.),  intergenerational "Swim for Service" lap-a-thon at Charlestown retirement community to honor military veterans and raise money for Catonsville VFW Post 219. Nearly 50 swimmers of all ages will swim and/or walk laps for which they obtained sponsors during the past month. Swimmers registered via the website . PARTICULARS: The Oriole mascot bird will "raft" his way across the pool in a ceremonial first lap to kick-off the event. Loyola University Maryland ROTC will swim with Charlestown residents and grandchildren. Members of VFW Post 219 will officiate. "People can swim...

Charlestown Physical Therapist Heidi Smith Now Training for U.S. Championship Triathlon

Aug 13, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (August 13, 2013) - Heidi Smith, MSPT, a physical therapist for Charlestown retirement community, is now training to compete in The Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship Triathlon,  one of the world's premier events for professional and amateur triathletes. This triathlon, which will be held September 2 at Gray's Lake in Des Moines, Iowa, is for athletes worldwide who meet the qualifying standards at a 5150 event. The number 5150 refers to the total kilometers in an international distance triathlon: a 1.5 kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run, for a total of 51.5 kilometers. This is...

Charlestown Marks 21 Percent Increase in Apartment Home Settlements for First Half of 2013

Aug 6, 2013
 CATONSVILLE, MD (August 6, 2013) -- Charlestown retirement community marked a 21 percent increase in settlements of apartment homes for the first half of 2013. A total of 121 apartment homes were settled in the first half of 2013, compared to 100 for the same period the prior year. A key factor in helping people move to Charlestown was the in-house realty services program that connected prospective residents with movers, real estate agents and move-in officials to make the selling of a home, and the logistics management that go along with it, as easy as possible.

Charlestown Dining Services Department Offers Safety Tips for Cookouts and Picnics

Jul 30, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (July 30, 2013) -- It's that time of the year for cookouts and picnics. Here are a few food safety tips courtesy Charlestown retirement community's Dining Service Department:  Wash hands before preparing food and between handling raw and ready-to-eat foods.  Keep raw food separate from cooked food.  Prevent cross contamination from marinades. Always marinate raw food in the refrigerator, never on the counter. If you use marinade as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion of the marinade before putting the raw meat or poultry in it.  Use different plates to carry...

Charlestown Residents Participate in One Maryland One Book

Jul 29, 2013
CATONSVILLE ,MD (July 29, 2013) -- Charlestown retirement community residents are participating in One Maryland One Book, a project designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Residents are reading "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village" by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. A Thursday, November 7, book discussion facilitated by the Catonsville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will be held on the Charlestown campus. "King Peggy" chronicles the journey of an American secretary,...

Charlestown's August 14 Swim for Service Lap-a-Thon to Support VFW Post 219

Jul 17, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (July 17, 2013) -- The public and businesses are invited to participate in and/or pledge support for Swim for Service, an August 14, lap-a-thon to honor military veterans. The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the Charlestown retirement community's indoor pool, 719 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville, MD. All proceeds will benefit Catonsville VWF Post 219. Online sign-up and/or charitable support can be made by visiting the Swim for Service web site: Participants are responsible for gathering pledges from sponsors. The event is otherwise free for participants. Swimmers of all ages and abilities...

Brian Trotter is Named Director of General Services for Charlestown

Jun 20, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (June 20, 2013) - Erickson Living has named Brian Trotter the Director of  General Services for Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD. Trotter has extensive and diverse experience in facilities management that includes process improvement, production planning, environmental services and laundry management, disaster preparedness, hazardous and medical waste regulations and strategic and master planning.  Trotter most recently served as General Manager for Environmental Services, Patient Services and Communications at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  He has also worked for Sodexo in its Health Care/Senior Living market.  He brings several years of direct experience in the...