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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...

Charlestown Hires Neal Gantert as Director of Finance

Jun 27, 2012
CATONSVILLE, MD---Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Neal Gantert as the new Director of Finance. Mr. Gantert has been with Erickson Living since February 2000 in leadership roles in the Financial Planning & Analysis, Finance Systems and Accounting Departments.  Previously in 2012, he served as Corporate Finance Director. As the Director of Finance at Charlestown, Mr. Gantert will be responsible for establishing and maintaining comprehensive financial controls and efficient procedures, financial planning and reporting as well as supporting all financial needs of operations. "With our campus modernization project well underway, this is an exciting year for...

Charlestown Announces Scholars Class of 2012

Jun 22, 2012
Thirty-three students earn collegiate scholarship from donations raised by residents, community partners CATONSVILLE, MD---Charlestown retirement community announced its Scholars Class of 2012 during the 24th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony held on June 14th at the Erickson Conference Center. Thirty-three students currently attending college and high school and employed by the Dining Services Department of the Erickson Living retirement community earned scholarships for their collegiate careers.  The value of these awards is $1,200 per year for a four-year total of $4,800 paid directly to the accredited higher education program. To this point, the community has raised more than $120,000 during the...

Erickson Living Named by IDG's Computerworld to 2012 List of Best Places to Work in Information Technology

Jun 19, 2012
Cited for its Team Culture of Employee Engagement, Career Development, Work-Life Balance, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Service Outreach and Employee Benefits/Compensation  BALTIMORE, MD--Erickson Living, developer and manager of Charlestown and Oak Crest retirement communities, today announce that IDG's  Computerworld  magazine, has selected it as one of the top 100 organizations that provide their information technology (IT) professionals with a creative and stimulating work environment, great career opportunities, as well as exceptional benefits and compensation.  Erickson Living was ranked 93rd on this year's list.  Honorees are included in coverage in  Computerworld   (June 18, 2012), along with results from the 19th annual...

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...