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Charlestown Wins a Top Prize in 22nd Annual Crab Soup Cook-Off

Sep 12, 2012
Retirement community's Dining Services Team scores with Classic Maryland Crab recipe during Maryland Seafood Festival CATONSVILLE, MD---The Dining Services Team from Charlestown retirement community won first place for the best Classic Maryland crab soup during the 22nd Annual Crab Soup Cook-Off at the 2012 Maryland Seafood Festival. The competition was held on Saturday, September 8th at Sandy Point State Park on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay.  The community earned its award as selected by a panel of culinary experts. The cook-off included twenty teams from Maryland, including well-recognized restaurants like Azure Annapolis, Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant, Federal House Bar...

Charlestown's Mary Evans Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award from The Rotary Foundation

Aug 20, 2012
CATONSVILLE, MD---Mary Evans, the community resources manager at Charlestown retirement community, received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation. The Award was presented in August to Mrs. Evans by John and Pat Kasuda, members of the Rotary and residents of the Erickson Living community based in Catonsville.  It is named for the founder of the Rotary International as a means to recognize an individual who performs exceptional community service and values humanitarian work. "When we moved to Charlestown three years ago, continuing our community service was very important to my husband and me.  We enjoy staying active," described...

Charlestown's Christmas in July Project Benefits Riverview Elementary

Aug 17, 2012
Employees, residents collect 40 boxes of school supplies CATONSVILLE, MD---With the upcoming school year less than two weeks away, school shopping season is in full swing.  However, for less fortunate families, it can be a challenge to prepare their children for class. Beginning on July 16th, residents and employees of Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community, partnered to collect an assortment of new supplies including pencils, highlighters, pocket folders and backpacks at three locations throughout the campus. It was all part of the community's Annual Christmas In July project sponsored by the employee-led Charlestown Erickson Living Values Team and the...

Charlestown Celebrates the World at International Extravaganza

Aug 16, 2012
Over 275 residents, employees learn about traditions, cultures at event sponsored by the Charlestown Diversity & Inclusion Council CATONSVILLE, MD---Summer is typically the time to see the world, but for residents and employees of Charlestown retirement community, the world came to them. On August 1st, Charlestown hosted its 2nd Annual International Extravaganza, sponsored by the Diversity & Inclusion Council.  Over 275 attendees enjoyed a festive celebration of worldwide culture through education, dance, music and delicious food. The mission of the Council is to create a diverse and more inclusive community that respects and appreciates individual differences.  The Council seeks to...

Charlestown Employee Chases Her Musical Dreams on the National Stage

Jul 30, 2012
Renee Lucas auditioned for American Idol, The Voice, gaining valuable experience, memories CATONSVILLE, MD---For Renee Lucas, a line cook at Charlestown retirement community, her love of music was fueled by simple times with family. "We would just belt out singing while we played cards," recalled Ms. Lucas.  "And my grandfather still sings pretty much everything and anything including Sinatra tunes and his version of Danny Boy." As a youngster, she took voice, guitar and piano lessons and made All-State, All-Anne Arundel County and All-Gospel in chorus.  She would sing wherever she could. But it was the dawn of popular musical-themed...

Charlestown to Preview Its New Apartment Homes

Jul 25, 2012
Priority List Members to see new floor plans, experience 360-degree virtual tour  CATONSVILLE, MD---Charlestown, the flagship retirement community of Erickson Living, is currently building brand new apartment homes, scheduled to open in the spring of 2013. As construction progress continues, members of the community's Priority List will have three unique opportunities to preview these new homes at upcoming events. The new Edgewood building will feature ten never-before-seen layouts that all boast granite counter tops, upgraded flooring and open floor plans.  Some of these new apartment homes will have spacious screened-in porches. "Charlestown is meeting the senior living demand of the...

Clara Parker Named Executive Director of Charlestown

Jul 19, 2012
CATONSVILLE, MD---Erickson Living has named Clara Parker as the Executive Director of Charlestown, the continuing care retirement community in Catonsville. Ms. Parker has over twenty-five years of not-for-profit experience.  In 2005, she began her career with Baltimore-based Erickson Living as the Director of Finance at Oak Crest.  Most recently, Ms. Parker served as the Vice President-Regional Finance Director for Erickson Living communities throughout the country. As Executive Director, Ms. Parker will be responsible for the daily operations and major capital projects of the 110-acre campus that is home to over 2,000 residents served by 1,100 employees. The flagship campus of...

Charlestown Resident Unveils Sculpture Created from Forgotten Sycamore Root Found on Construction Site

Jul 16, 2012
Carroll Yingling's Charlestown 2012: Rooted and Reaching celebrates past and future  CATONSVILLE, MD---In January, Carroll Yingling, a resident of Charlestown, watched wistfully as construction workers went about their business as part of the retirement community's modernization project. "As I observed the debris accumulate and be trucked away, the thought occurred to me.  I needed a reminder of that place behind the Charlestown Square clubhouse," described Mr. Yingling.  "So I kept an eye out for materials that might serve as a souvenir." One day, he noticed that a giant sycamore root had been unearthed.  "That's it," he said to himself. Mr...

Charlestown Resident Cheers on Her Grandson During U.S. Olympic Trials

Jun 29, 2012
Anna Husson is #1 fan of UMBC swimmer Patrick Husson CATONSVILLE, MD---For Anna Husson, a resident of Charlestown retirement community, the final outcome of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the men's swimming team was not as important as the enduring pride she has in her grandson, Patrick. "He is such a hard worker and a great young man," said Ms. Husson of the sophomore member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) men's swimming team. Patrick was in Omaha, Nebraska on June 28th with other family members, where he was attempting to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Swimming...

Honored for D-Day Service, Harper Griswold Reflects on Sacrifices Made for Nation's Independence

Jun 29, 2012
Charlestown resident among three D-Day veterans recognized at Army Twilight Tattoo event in Virginia CATONSVILLE, MD---As the United States of America prepares to celebrate its independence, Frederick "Harper" Griswold is well aware of the sacrifices made to preserve it. "I was a first-hand witness to the most important military invasion in history," described Mr. Griswold. The resident of Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville, was one of three D-Day veterans honored in June at the United States Army Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. At an awards luncheon prior to the military pageant, Mr. Griswold received...