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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...

Public Invited to Participate in Charlestown's February 25 Winter Putterland

Jan 18, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD – The public is invited to participate in Charlestown’s 6th annual Winter Putterland, an indoor miniature golf tournament that will be held Saturday, February 25 (10 – 2 p.m.), to benefit the retirement community’s Benevolent Care Fund. This fund helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control.

Open Play will take place in the Erickson Conference Center, located at 715 Maiden Choice Lane. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door....

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...