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Students Play a Chess Match with Charlestown Residents

Jan 17, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 16, 2017) -- Students from Cross Country Elementary and Middle School and the Carver School, ages 7-16, today played an afternoon chess match with members of Charlestown retirement community’s Chess Club. This competition helped the students prepare for their future chess tournaments.

Playing chess with Charlestown residents gave the students a chance to learn from more seasoned chess players. Every game of chess played served as an opportunity to learn.

Whether through conversation or the art of observation, the students obtained information that they might have...

Charlestown Residents Dance Their Way to Health and Wellness

Jan 3, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 3, 2017) – Charlestown residents are dancing their way to health and wellness, led by Jack Jackson, 91, who has been teaching ballroom dancing at the retirement community for the last eight years.

“Whenever I hear dance music, it makes me feel like I want to get up and move,” says Jack, who taught dance on nights and weekends throughout his career as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore County, Maryland. “I’ve taught the...

Charlestown Residents Contribute $262,000 to Thank Their Hourly Staff

Dec 16, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 13, 2016) -- Residents of Charlestown retirement community contributed $262,000 to their campus’ Staff Appreciation Fund to show their appreciation to their hourly staff for jobs well done in 2016.

The money benefitted 945 hourly staff members from all departments, including Dining Services, General Services and Health Services. This fundraising drive among residents is done annually during the holiday season.

Charlestown, which has nearly 2,200 residents, offers extensive...

Swallowing Disorders Research by Charlestown's Dr. Pelletier is Nationally Cited

Dec 16, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (December 14, 2016) -- The swallowing disorders research work by Cathy Pelletier, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP, who is the Rehabilitation Manager at Charlestown retirement community, has been cited in more than 400 new publications, according to ResearchGate, a company that monitors author publication. Dr. Pelletier’s research examines the role that taste plays in swallowing disorders.

Dr. Pelletier earned her PhD from Cornell University in Food Science, specializing in Sensory Evaluation. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, and ASHA Fellow (one...

First Phase of $75 Million Repositioning Project at Charlestown Opens

Dec 5, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD ( December 5, 2016) – Charlestown retirement community has opened Caton Woods, a new continuing care Assisted Living community that will be home to 116 residents.

Construction of Caton Woods, which took nearly two years, completes phase 1 of a 3-phase repositioning project with a cost of $75 million. The new building replaces the previous assisted living facility built 29 years ago.

Phases 2 and 3 will include the...

Wine and Friendship Reunite at Charlestown

Nov 30, 2016

CATONSVILLE , MD (November 30, 2016) – Cindy and Rick Jones brought 245 bottles of wine with them when they moved earlier this year to Charleston retirement community. The blueberry-flavored wine – which they named Blue Manga -- had been made from fruit grown at their former home in Randallstown, Maryland.

The wine, which has hot peppers in it, bears the label Harper Hill, named after their home’s original owner, Harper Griswold. Griswold, ironically as it has turned out, is now their neighbor...

Country Music Superstar Loretta Lynn Congratulates Charlestown's Kathy Crouse on Her CD Recording

Nov 30, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (November 29, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Kathy Crouse, who this year recorded a CD of her original country song, is proud of the congratulatory letter and autographed photo she received today from her idol, country music superstar Loretta Lynn.

Lynn told her to "continue to follow your dream" and to "show those 'younguns' that life can be great no matter what your age."

Crouse is a lifelong fan of Lynn. Her song, “Charlestown...

Charlestown Residents/Staff Give Thanks for Their Shared Health and Wellness

Nov 28, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (November 22, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community residents and staff today woke up at "the crack of dawn" to exercise in their 45-munite cycle class. It was their way of giving thanks for their shared health and wellness this holiday season.

Fitness Manager Teresa Reymann-Curran led the 12 participants through a series of jumps, hills, flat roads, and sprints to a variety of holiday music, from the 50’s to the top entertainers of today.


Charlestown Pie Baking/Shelf Decorating Contest Raises $1,800 for Local Charities

Nov 21, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (November 18, 2016) – The Charlestown retirement community Fitness Center today hosted a Pie Baking/Shelf Decorating Contest fundraiser for Thanksgiving. This event raised $1,800 for Southwest Emergency Services and The Marian House.

Southwest Emergency Services provides a food pantry and financial aid (for anything from eviction/foreclosure, prescription assistance, emergency utilities, and much more) to clients needing assistance.

The Marian House offers high-quality rehabilitative services and housing to homeless women...

Charlestown's Bert Clegern and Ann MacKay Inducted Into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Oct 31, 2016

GLEN BURNIE, MD (October 27, 2016) Charlestown retirement community residents Robert Wayne "Bert" Clegern, Ph.D., and Ann M. MacKay today were inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

They were honored for their volunteerism in a ceremony held at Michaels Eighth Avenue attended by hundreds of people.

Clegern volunteers with the Nature Trail Committee, the Charlestown Sluggers softball team (which he coaches), the Rotary Club of Catonsville Book Collection, the Field of Honor, and the Treasure Sale.

MacKay, who is the immediate past President of the Residents Council, leads the Apple Users Group and Website...