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Fireside Art Committee Thrives at Charlestown

Mar 8, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 8, 2017) -- Thirty Charlestown residents -- among them a former teacher, college dean, journalist, engineer, accountant, housewife, and spy -- get together each Friday morning for a few hours in the retirement community's newly-refurbished art studio. They work on their watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, and oil paintings, as well as their pottery.

They are members of the Fireside Art Committee, and this studio is their creative oasis of sorts. Each artist has his or her own locked storage cabinet and drawer. The studio is...

Dramatic Play at Charlestown on March 10 and March 11 Examines Women's Secrets Revealed at High School Reunion

Mar 2, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 2, 2017) – “Martha’s Party,” a two-act drama about secrets revealed by women at their high school reunion, will be performed Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11 (beginning at 7 p.m.) in the auditorium of Charlestown retirement community.

The play follows five cheerleader-wannabe friends from Wooster High School (class of 1938) who meet 62 years later at the Plaza Hotel in New York for a reunion. Their conversations unexpectedly lay bare the joy and heartbreak each have experienced in their lives.


Charlestown’s Winter Putterland Raises $8,900 for Benevolent Care

Mar 1, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 1, 2017) – Winter Putterland, a series of indoor miniature gol f events held last week, raised a total of $8,900 for Charlestown retirement community’s Benevolent Care Fund. This fund helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control.

Scores of Charlestown resident volunteers brought this unique miniature golf course to life. A full 18-hole course designed and built by members of Charlestown’s woodshop was outlined with 100 two-by-fours. Volunteers sawed, sanded, hammered,...

Charlestown's Stephen Schimpff, MD, Publishes Historical Tale of West Virginia

Mar 1, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 1, 2017) – Charlestown retirement community resident Stephen Schimpff, MD, has published “Fortune Seekers in the Promised Land: A Tale of Exploitation and Development in the Canaan Valley and Blackwater Region in West Virginia." This historical story follows the transformation of the area from pristine plateau to pillaged woodland to wildlife preserve to tourist destination.

Dr. Schimpff spent five years researching the story of Canaan Valley, the highest valley east of the Mississippi. Most of the information in his book is factual and is based on review of original patents from the Virginia land Office held...

Deb Herold, RN, is Charlestown's Leader of the Year

Feb 27, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 27, 2017) -- Deb Herold, RN, Manager of Charlestown's Home Support Team, has been named the retirement community's Leader of the Year. She will be honored next week at Erickson Living's Annual Meeting in Baltimore City.

She joined Charlestown a year ago at a critical time of service volume growth and professionalization of services and staff. she has challenged service delivery models of the past and recast a new vision and framework for services tha t have re-positioned Home Care Services at Charlestown.

As a leader, Deb consistently demonstrates intelligence, critical thinking,...

How to Choose the Best Moving Company

Feb 16, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 17, 2017) -- Whether you’re planning a move locally or long distance, moving can be stressful. One of the most important factors in planning a move is to hire the right mover for the job. Not knowing what to look for while searching through the vast range of moving options can be overwhelming.

Erickson Living, the manager and developer of Charlestown retirement community, has simplified this process for incoming residents by narrowing down the wide range of options to a list of “preferred” movers.


Charlestown's Lon Chesnutt Publishes " A Devotional for Progressive Christians"

Jan 30, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 30, 2017) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Lon Chesnutt, a United Methodist minister, has published "A Devotional for Progressive Christians," a paperback that uses non-traditional language in addressing God or thinking about Deity as an attempt to move away from the understanding of Divinity as an outside source of power.

"The Divine is already in the workings of our own thinking, feeling, and decision-making inner self," said Chenutt, who served in campus ministry at Georgia Tech and Emory University and...

Jangar Richards is Named an Associate Executive Director of Charlestown

Jan 25, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Erickson Living has named Jangar Richards an Associate Executive Director of Charlestown retirement community. Richards will assist in the facilitation and coordination of various teams of management, and will provide vision and leadership to ensure Charlestown achieves its objectives for quality care and services, financial viability, resident relations, and staff development.

Richards has more than 15 years of experience in various roles in healthcare and hospital operations, managed care, consulting, project management and strategic planning. As a proven hospital operations leader with numerous achievements, she has had a career distinguished by commended performance and proven results....

Charlestown Dining Ambassadors Help New Residents Feel at Home

Jan 23, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 23, 2017) -- Barbara and David Weaver felt welcomed from the moment they first set foot in their new apartment at Charlestown retirement community last October. But it was dinner with their new neighbors a few weeks later that made them feel right at home.

The Towson, MD, couple received a dinner invitation from Charlestown’s Dining Ambassador Program, a resident-run group that welcomes new neighbors to the community.


Charlestown's Betty Boop Bead Club Donates Children's Clothing to Riverview Elementary School

Jan 23, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 23, 2017) – Charlestown retirement community residents who are members of the Betty Boop Bead Club this week visited Riverview Elementary School in Lansdowne to present clothing for children that the club purchased through their Craft Fair money and other money that resulted from jewelry sales.

The club donated $237 worth of children’s clothing. The clothing will be used by school nurse Mary Montoro, R.N., when children in the school may need warmer clothing, or need a clothing change due...