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Robust Series of Events Commemorated African American History Month at Riderwood

Mar 16, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland— Riderwood retirement community recently completed a comprehensive series of events and celebrations in February to commemorate African American History Month. Topics ranged from health, music and current events as the resident-led African American History Club coordinated the activities. On February 5, a panel of health care experts provided advice on heart health as the “Go Red Riderwood” program mirrored the American Heart Association’s national Go Red For Women campaign. Participants included Dr. Valeriani Bead, cardiologist with the MedStar Health System, Marquita Parker, fitness specialist with Riderwood, and Kelly Murphy, a dietician with Riderwood. Music literally took center...

Gary Hibbs Named Executive Director of Riderwood

Mar 14, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland— Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, named Gary D. Hibbs as its Executive Director. With Erickson Living since 1995, Hibbs has most recently served as the Executive Director of Oak Crest, a sister community located in northeastern Baltimore County. In his new leadership position at Riderwood, Hibbs will oversee daily operations at the 120-acre community whose 2,600 residents are served by 1,400 employees. “This is a homecoming for Gary as he was raised in nearby Greenbelt and his parents, Ray and Shirley, lived at Riderwood,” stated Chip Warner, Vice President of Regional Operations for Erickson Living. “His...

Lesley Easton Will Be Riderwood’s 23-Year Old Resident

Feb 26, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland— With a spirit of adventure still in her eyes and the love for family always in her heart, Ms. Lesley Easton is about to celebrate a milestone birthday. The resident of Riderwood retirement community will turn 23 on February 29. Yes, Ms. Easton is a Leap Year Baby born in 1924. “My birthday has always been a source of conversation and fun with friends and co-workers,” said Ms. Easton. She continues to lead a full life thanks to her close-knit family and passion for art. A native of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, Ms. Easton graduated from Forest Park High...

Scorecard Collection Tells the Story of Glenn Greenwood’s Passion for Golf

Feb 23, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland— There are 34,011 golf courses in the world, according to a report released in 2015 by the National Golf Foundation. Upon visiting Glenn Greenwood’s apartment home, it is fair to ask if he has seen them all. With his wife Amy, Mr. Greenwood lives at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring. In their den is a closet filled, floor-to-ceiling, with shoeboxes, each containing golf scorecards. Thousands of them. Some duplicates. Sorted alphabetically. Separated by domestic and international categories. Many record the personal rounds from a lifetime of golf trips. Still others have come his way via a...

Riderwood to Host Dr. Jacquelyn Serwer of Smithsonian Institution

Feb 12, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland— As part of its month-long celebration of African American History, Riderwood retirement community will host Dr. Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Chief Curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Dr. Serwer will provide an update on the purpose, history and future of the new museum that is currently under construction at the National Mall and scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. The event will take place in the Erickson Living retirement community’s Encore Theater (Lakeside Commons Clubhouse) on Thursday, February 25 at 2pm. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Riderwood...

Riderwood’s Mel Krupin Honored for Hospitality Career

Feb 1, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland— Last fall, Peter Franchot, the Comptroller of Maryland, paid a visit to Riderwood retirement community to present a certificate of recognition to resident Mel Krupin. The moment was more than just a photo op to Mr. Krupin, a restaurateur known for making both the power players and working folks of Washington feel at home over a meal. “Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930’s, there is no way I could ever have imagined my life’s direction. Family and career have been my true blessings,” described Mr. Krupin. Creating an inviting dining experience for others has been part...

Riderwood Pickleball Group Receives International Spotlight

Jan 26, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland-- According to the USA Pickleball Association, more than 2.4 million people participate in the paddle sport that combines elements of tennis and badminton. With its flexibility as an indoor or outdoor game, relatively inexpensive equipment and easily modified rules, pickleball has caught on across the generational spectrum since its creation in 1965. That popularity extends to Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring. Formed in 2007, the resident-led Pickleball Group meets three times per week to play. The co-ed group utilizes a modified indoor court found in a multi-purpose Wellness Studio for its matches, which...

Riderwood Residents Get “Inside the Numbers” Analysis of Political Polling

Jan 15, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland— As the calendar turns to 2016, Marylanders are focusing on a year that promises to be filled with politics. The presidential campaign and the race for a U.S. Senate seat are dominating news headlines and kitchen table conversations. To that end, the resident-led Riderwood Democratic Club hosted Michael Hanmer, Associate Professor with the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park Department of Government & Politics, as guest speaker for its monthly meeting on January 13. Professor Hanmer, the Research Director for UMD’s Center for American Politics & Citizenship, discussed the results of polling conducted in partnership with the...

Riderwood Holiday Projects Reach Locally and Abroad

Dec 21, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— The lives of people in need…both locally and thousands of miles away…will be brightened thanks to a pair of service projects performed by employees of Arbor Ridge, the extended care neighborhood of Riderwood retirement community. The holiday generosity began as staff members of Arbor Ridge learned about the students of a Title 1 school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. “During a conversation with a staff member, it was shared that most students of a certain second grade class would have a challenging holiday season because of economic and social hardships,” stated Lori Hamilton, LNHA, Director of Extended...

A Milestone Year for Paulette Goodman’s Advocacy Efforts

Dec 7, 2015
Silver Spring, Maryland— For Paulette Goodman, Friday, June 26 began as a typical day at her residence at Riderwood retirement community. In the morning, she ate breakfast and checked her computer’s inbox. But later, she began receiving congratulatory phone calls and emails. Ms. Goodman is considered the “Founding Mother” of the Metro DC Chapter of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and on that summer day in 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling recognizing gay marriage nationwide. “I never thought I’d see marriage equality in my lifetime,” recalled Ms. Goodman, 82. “I simply said ‘Halleluiah.’”...