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Riderwood Resident Elbert Link Made the Best 'Cuts' in Congress -- Haircuts!

Dec 2, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (December 2, 2011) -- On a day in late November, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B Johnson came into the Capitol's private Senate Barbershop, stepping into barber Elbert Link's empty chair for a haircut. Little did the two dream that in a few days, Johnson would ascend to the Presidency following John F. Kennedy's mortal wounding in Dallas. The shop's porter had accidentally made an appointment for another Johnson, Elbert, who today lives at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD,  recalls. When the Vice President arrived, he found the chair of his regular barber, Dave Highley occupied,...

Hanukah and Christmas to be Jointly Celebrated for 39th Consecutive Year December 17 at Riderwood Residents' Apartment Home

Dec 2, 2011
Hanukah and Christmas to be Jointly Celebrated for 39 th  Consecutive Year December 17 at Riderwood Residents' Apartment Home in Silver Spring, MD; Mary and Roy Popkin Always Find Room for a Menorah and a Christmas Tree SILVER SPRING, MD (December 2, 2011) - Hanamus, the name coined to describe a combined Hanukah and Christmas party, will be  celebrated for the 39 th   consecutive year December 17 at the Riderwood retirement community apartment home of  Mary and Roy Popkin. This year's celebration will be extra special since members of their family have recently become their neighbors at Riderwood. The Popkins -- along...

Riderwood Offers Tips to Help You Protect Yourself From Fraud During the Holidays

Dec 1, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD  (December1, 2011) --  'Tis the season for tele-thieves to make their living at your expense. Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD,  offers the following tips to help you protect yourself from fraud during the holidays: Keep your credit and identity safe this holiday season by outsmarting the evil-doers. You may receive a phone call this time of year from a person claiming to be with your bank's fraud department. They will claim that your account shows some suspicious activity and they want to review your purchase history or verify your account number.  If you receive this...

Retired Toy Aficionado Living at Riderwood Has No Intention of Ever Stopping the Holiday Magic

Nov 22, 2011
Riderwood Resident Ralph Kaufman Has Been Making HolidaysMagical for About as Long as Chestnuts Have Roasted on an Open Fire; He Has No Intention of Ever Stopping SILVER SPRING, MD (November 22, 2011) - Ralph Kaufman, who lives at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, has been making the holiday season magical for about as long as chestnuts have roasted on an open fire. And he has no intention of ever stopping because the magic - literally - is in his blood. Kaufman is one of the founders of KB Toys, a family-run business when it was established many decades ago...

Riderwood's Free Speaker's Bureau Now Accepting Winter Speaking Engagement Requests From Organizations

Nov 22, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 22, 2011) - Riderwood retirement community's free Speaker's Bureau is now accepting Winter speaking engagement requests from civic, nonprofit and business groups. Riderwood officials are available to speak anytime, anywhere on all aspects of retirement. "We want to provide people with information that will help them excel spiritually, socially, recreationally, intellectually, and physically as they - and/or their friends and family members --- approach retirement and transition into their new lifestyles," said Chip Warner, Executive Director of Riderwood. To schedule a date and time for Riderwood speakers to come to your group please email:  ...

Daughter of Riderwood Residents Donald and Helen Hawkins Selected "Mentor of the Year"

Nov 16, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 16, 2011) - Laurie Cooke, the daughter of Riderwood residents Donald and Helen Hawkins, has been selected "Mentor of the Year" by the American Society for Association Executives. Cooke is CEO of the Healthcare Business Women's Association (HBA), the leading nonprofit professional association in the women's leadership space in healthcare globally. With a network of more than 20,000 individuals and nearly 130 corporate partners across several continents, Cooke is perfectly placed to impact the lives of individuals and companies. As the first CEO of HBA she laid the groundwork to more than triple the organization's membership...

Hundreds of Retired Veterans to Rally for Peace November 11 at Veterans Day Ceremony at Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD

Nov 10, 2011
WHAT: A Veterans Day ceremony in which hundreds of Riderwood retirement community veterans from the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and  Coast Guard will rally for peace. They will be joined by their spouses - who kept their families together on the home front during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War - and by their fellow residents. The hour-long ceremony will include tributes to all branches of the military, as well as anecdotal stories of life in the military from the following residents. WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, November 11, from  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., in the Riderwood Encore Theater,...

Riderwood's Facebook Sees a 27% Increase in Viewings During the Past Month

Nov 8, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 8, 2011) - Riderwood retirement community's Facebook page (  or  ) has seen a 27% increase in readership in the past month. A total of 12,940 people viewed the page, an increase of 2,000views from the prior month. More than 400 people are viewing the page daily. The majority of traffic (55%) came from email servers, indicating people are referring their friends to Riderwood Facebook through email. The second most common source of referrals came via Google (30%). This is representative of the power of social media.  It indicates people are using this...

Riderwood Nurse Practitioner Julaine Harding is Appointed to University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty

Nov 8, 2011
Riderwood Nurse Practitioner Julaine Harding is Appointed Faculty Associate sn the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at University of Maryland School of Nursing SILVER SPRING, MD (November 8, 2011) - Julaine Harding, a Nurse Practitioner at Riderwood retirement community, has been appointed Faculty Associate in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Harding works at Renaissance Gardens, which is the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood.  She rotates between the rehab floor and the long-term-care and assisted living floors. She orders and interprets diagnostic tests such as lab work and...

Riderwood Lions Club Delivers 92 Large Bags of Clothing and Toiletries to Shepherd's Table in Silver Spring, MD, to Help People in Need

Nov 7, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 7, 2011) - The Riderwood Lions Club this week delivered 95 large 55-gallon bags (and five large boxes) of donated clothing and toiletries to Shepherd's Table to help people in need. The items will help more than 100 people weekly who visit Shepherd's Table's Clothes Closet and more than 100 people daily who receive assistance from the organization's Resource Center. The donations resulted from a two-week Care Packages for the Homeless drive held among residents and employees at Riderwood, a continuing care retirement community. "We are here and serving because of your generosity and your deep caring for...