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Charlestown Commemorates National Nurses Week

May 21, 2012
Breakfast event celebrates diversity of career opportunities in nursing profession CATONSVILLE, MD---It's been said that nurses are the heart of health care.  At a commemoration of National Nurses Week, everyone at Charlestown heartily agreed. Sixty-five residents who are retired or active nurses shared memories and celebrated the diverse career opportunities of the profession during a breakfast celebration at the City Lights banquet room. "It's been my experience that nurses perform their work not for the next paycheck but for the next person to care for," stated Timothy Sanna, Director of Extended Care at Charlestown.  "Nursing is one of the most...

260 Years Later, Ben Franklin's Kite Will Take to the Air Again at the 1st Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest

May 3, 2012
CATONSVILLE, MD---He was a Founding Father of the United States.  He was also a printer, author, postmaster, musician, politician, statesman and diplomat. But it's his infamous kite flying experiment in June of 1752 that grew the legend of Benjamin Franklin and led to the invention of the lightning rod. On May 19th at Charlestown retirement community, that moment in history will be celebrated as Ben Franklin, portrayed by world renowned, first-person interpreter Ward Larkin of Philadelphia, will kick-off the 1st Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest. Acknowledged as Philadelphia's Freshest Franklin, Mr. Larkin will recount that stormy night in Philadelphia and...

Erickson Living Unveils New Customer-Focused Website

Apr 30, 2012
User-Friendly Interactive Online Resource Sets Industry Standard BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - April 30, 2012 - Erickson Living, developer and manager of Charlestown, today announced the launch of its new and improved Erickson Living website.  This redesigned web-platform was created to provide a more custom and interactive experience that engages, educates and inspires customers and other online visitors.  iProspect, a leading global digital performance agency, worked with Erickson Living to establish maximum online visibility across all search engines. "The customer-focused design of this website is unlike any other in the senior housing industry and uniquely brings to life Erickson Living's brand," said...

Maryland Secretary of Aging Secretary Gloria Lawlah Appears On Charlestown TV to Discuss Upcoming Innovations in Aging 2012 Expo & Conference

Apr 21, 2012
CATONSVILLE, MD---Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community, welcomed Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Gloria G. Lawlah to its in-house TV studio for an interview on the upcoming Innovations in Aging 2012 Expo & Conference. The Maryland Department of Aging, District of Columbia Office on Aging and the Virginia Department for the Aging are coordinating this year's event, which will feature professional training, an expo, job fair and walk for professional and consumer audiences. The Expo and Conference are scheduled for May 3th-5th at the Gaylord National Hotel & Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland.  The Expo will take place on...

Charlestown Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Apr 19, 2012
CATONSVILLE, MD---Extending a thank you to a dedicated group of men and women, Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community, is celebrating National Volunteer Week with a series of special events. The first of two appreciation breakfasts was held in the Refectory Restaurant on April 17th, with another scheduled for April 19th at the Chesapeake Restaurant.  Additionally, a tribute show aired on the community's in-house television station. Participants in the Charlestown Volunteer Program consist of residents and community partners of all ages.  In 2011, these 734 volunteers donated 230,457 hours of their time both on campus and in the greater community,...

Charlestown Modernization Project Meets Demand for Active Senior Lifestyle Spurred by Baby Boomer Growth

Apr 12, 2012
Expanded Charlestown Square Clubhouse, Modernized Edgewood Resident Building Highlight Project CATONSVILLE, MD---Charlestown retirement community, the flagship campus of Baltimore-based Erickson Living, is undergoing a modernization designed to meet the needs of Baltimore-area senior living demand. The three-phase, $28 million project includes an expansion of the Charlestown Square clubhouse, the re-styling and expansion of the Edgewood residential building and construction of four new elevators on the 110-acre campus in Catonsville. Garret Falcone is the Executive Director of Charlestown.  "This project continues Charlestown's rich history of providing a vibrant lifestyle for our current residents as well as the Baby Boomer generation and...

Register for First Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest

Apr 9, 2012
May 19th family event sponsored by the Catonsville Rotary Club and Charlestown  CATONSVILLE, MD---They've been used for power generation and meteorological forecasting.  They've served as light beacons and radio aerials.  Armies have flown them for observation and transport. Inventors Benjamin Franklin, the Wright Brothers and Guglielmo Marconi, the father of long-distance radio transmission, all utilized them for experiments. But since their first known use some 2,800 years ago in China, kites have brought people of all ages and nationalities together. That tradition of fun comes to Catonsville on Saturday, May 19th from 10am-noon for the First Annual Catonsville Kite Flying...

Mission Im-Peeps-ible: Charlestown Employees Enter Annual Peeps® Diorama Contest

Apr 9, 2012
Housekeeping Department's "Dancing With My Peeps" Earns Top Honors CATONSVILLE, MD---Their mission was clear, if they chose to accept it: create a diorama of a famous occurrence, scene or pop culture phenomenon.  It could be of a historic, current or future event; it could even be a local, national, global or even intergalactic scene. There was only one rule: all the characters in the diorama had to be played by Peeps®...bringing to life those fluffy chicks and bunnies during Easter season. Employees of seven departments from Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville, accepted the mission. And after a...

The Fireside Art Committee of Charlestown Presents...

Apr 3, 2012
"Spring Into Art: The 7th Fireside Dining Exhibition"  CATONSVILLE, MD---The Fireside Art Committee of Charlestown, a resident-group at the Catonsville-based retirement community, will be hosting its 7th Fireside Dining Room Exhibition opening reception on Sunday, April 15th from 3pm-5:30pm. The theme of the second show of 2012 is "Spring Into Art," a celebration of the artistry connected to the season of renewal. Seventeen artists will be displaying their original oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, pencil and ink works in the Fireside Restaurant of Charlestown.  Each artist will feature one piece, some of which are for sale. Music will be performed by...

Tour of Maryland Food Bank a Valuable Experience for Charlestown Dining Services Team

Mar 27, 2012
Chefs de Cuisine, managers learn more about partnership, mission CATONSVILLE, MD---Since January, 2011, Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville, has been a proud partner of the Maryland Food Bank. To learn more about its operation and mission, staff members of the Charlestown Dining Services Department, led by Executive Chef Susan Seykoski, toured the headquarters of the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe in March. "Visiting the Maryland Food Bank was an impactful experience for our Chefs de Cuisine and restaurant managers," stated Larry Snowberger, Director of Dining Services at Charlestown.  "Everyone left with a better understanding of the needs...