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Blessing of Pets to be Held October 4 at Charlestown

Sep 12, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 10, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community residents will gather in front of Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on Tuesday, October 4, at Noon, for a Blessing of the Pets and Dedication of a new St. Francis of Assisi statue honoring this patron saint of animals. Father Leo Larrivee will officiate.

There are more than 150 pets who live with their owners at Charlestown. There are dogs and cats, birds and fish, and even a bunny. The residents...

"Hidden" Catonsville, MD, History is Discovered by Charlestown Residents

Sep 6, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 2, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community residents Bert Clegern and John Strumsky today stumbled upon a hidden part of Catonsville history when they surveyed an old stone bridge not previously known to exist.

The bridge is above east branch of Herberts Run that led from Wilkens Avenue to Beverly Mansion on the former George S. Watts Estate, which is now part of Charlestown's 110-acre campus at 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

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"Lights. Cameras. Action. Charlestown is On-the-Air!"

Aug 29, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 29, 2016) – Twenty retirees volunteer to work video cameras and host talk shows at Charlestown retirement community, where state-of-the-art closed circuit Channel 972 is on-the-air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They collaborate with a three-person studio staff on a wide spectrum of ‘live’ and taped human interest, informative and educational programming. And they are having the time of their lives.

They participate in newscasts, help out with the setup of lights/microphones, and they do some video editing. They also record voice-overs.

Programming includes shows about history, weekend whacky weather forecasts,...

St. Agnes Hospital Honors Charlestown's EMS Staff

Aug 25, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 23, 2016) – The St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department and Cardiac Care Team this week honored Charlestown retirement community emergency medical technicians Eric Ernst and Craig Nelson for providing excellent care to ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction patients and meeting the national standard of door-to-balloon time in less than 90 minutes.

The award specifically recognizes the quick response work of Ernst and Nelson on a May 11 th chest pain call. They rapidly assessed and made the differential diagnosis. The patient was,...

Charlestown's Ann MacKay is on a Social Media Mission to Stop Ageism

Aug 15, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 15, 2016) – “I am so tired of being called sweetie or honey just because I have gray hair,” writes Charlestown retirement community resident Ann MacKay in her new blog entitled Stop Ageism Now. And she is determined to do whatever she can to to help destroy negative stereotypes of aging.

“Yes, I know ‘hon’ is a name of endearment here in Baltimore,” writes MacKay, a former geriatric nurse and association manager. “If you know me, most people will not describe me as sweet. Do you notice their voice takes on a different tone? I notice....

Charlestown Residents and Staff Make Olympic Memories

Aug 15, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (August 15 , 2016) – Nearly Charlestown retirement community residents and staff August 5 participated in the Memory Support team’s first Memory Support Olympic Triathlon held to improve individual strength, cardiovascular capacity, cognitive functioning and flexibility. This event celebrated the start of the Rio Summer Olympics Games.

A total of 24 teams (each comprised of two residents and one staff member) completed 2 laps in the pool, ½ mile on the NuStep and ½ mile on the Cycle Bike. Each person...

Rare Berlin Wall-Era East German Puppets Now on Display at Charlestown

Jul 27, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (July 28, 2016) -- Barbara Fahey's collection of rare East German puppets are now on display in the Chesapeake restaurant at Charlestown retirement community 715 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville.

These puppets were purchased by Fahey in East German antique shops immediately prior to construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

Fahey, who is an artist, lived in West Berlin at the time with her husband, John (U.S. Navy Commander, retired) and their three children.

Under the Huebner-Malinin Agreement signed by the military leaders of the United States and the Soviet...

Diane Winn's Pastel Portraits Now on Exhibit In The Gallery at Charlestown

Jul 6, 2016

Diane Winn's Pastel Portraits Now on Exhibit in The Gallery at Charlestown

CATONSVILLE, MD (July 6, 2016) -- The pastel paintings of Diane Winn, the majority of which are portraits that capture the unique personalities of people, are on exhibit through July in The Gallery at Charlestown retirement community, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

Winn started drawing as a young girl, studying art extensively in high school. She later did botanical...

Charlestown's Kathy Crouse Records Her Original Country Song

Jul 5, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (July 5, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Kathy Crouse this week traveled to the Garrick Alden Studios in Silver Spring, MD, to record vocals for "Shining Star," a song she co-wrote with Dean Crawford, a past recipient of the Maryland Music Association's Songwriter of the Year award.

Crouse plays keyboard and Crawford, who is Charlestown's Medical Center Practice Administrator, plays guitar on the recording.

This Loretta Lynn-esque song tells the story of Crouse's relentless ability to overcome...

Oriole Bird Frolics at Charlestown Employee Appreciation Week Event

Jun 28, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (June 28, 2016) -- The Oriole Bird frolicked with his many fans and made new friends June 22 as the guest of honor at Charlestown retirement community's employee picnic.

The picnic, which was held during Employee Appreciation Week festivities, thanked the more than 1,000 full and part-time Charlestown employees for everything they do each day to help create a community that celebrates life.

The Oriole Bird led a Fire...