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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.’”...

Riderwood Promotes Dr. Andrew Kundrat to Medical Director

Dec 1, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— Riderwood retirement community announced the promotion of Andrew Kundrat, M.D. to Medical Director. Dr. Kundrat joins the executive leadership team with over thirty-three years of internal medicine and geriatric experience. He has served with the Erickson Health Medical Group as a Staff Physician at Riderwood since 2008, and previously, he was the Vice President of Medical Affairs/Medical Director at Charles E. Smith Life Communities (formerly the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington) in Rockville. As the Medical Director of Riderwood, Dr. Kundrat will oversee a staff of full-time board-certified physicians, nurses, specialists and other medical professionals who serve...

Riderwood’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee Hosts First of “Breaking Barriers” Series

Nov 16, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of Riderwood hosted the first of a four-part series on “Breaking Barriers” with a panel discussion entitled “What Is the Meaning of Race?” Over 200 residents and guests attended the event on November 12 at the Erickson Living retirement community’s Encore Theater. The distinguished five-member panel consisted of: Rabbi Stan Levin , Rabbi, Riderwood Jewish Community and lecturer Rev. Dr. Bruce Marshall , Chaplain, Unitarian Universalist Community at Riderwood and author Dr. Jeffrey Perry , independent historian and author Dr. Audrey Smedley , Resident of Riderwood, Professor Emerita of Anthropology & African...

Begin Your Holiday Shopping at Riderwood’s Fabulous Fall Fair This Weekend!

Nov 9, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— Looking for a head start on your holiday shopping? Then Riderwood’s Fabulous Fall Fair has something for you! The Arts & Crafts Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held at the Erickson Living retirement community on Friday, November 13 (12:00pm-3:30pm) and Saturday, November 14 (11:00am-2:00pm) in Maryland Hall, located in the Montgomery Station Clubhouse. The family-friendly event will feature the original and handmade work of dozens of local vendors and residents. Items for sale include knits and crochet pieces, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, etched glass, woodworking, handmade greeting cards and much more. Riderwood is located at 3110...

Riderwood Residents to Host Art of Ceramics Exhibition 2015

Nov 6, 2015
Silver Spring, MD-- Twenty residents of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will display their original artistry at the 3rd Annual Art of Ceramics Exhibition. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 10 from 12pm-5pm in the Village Square Clubhouse Crafts Studio (3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904). The artists will be available to share the inspiration and stories behind their pieces. The residents are members of Riderwood’s Art of Ceramics class. They are under the tutelage of Won Yin, a resident of Riderwood and experienced ceramics teacher. She studied with Richard Lafean, a master potter, teacher and...

Riderwood Announces Hiring of Jennifer Hill to Realty & Moving Services Team

Oct 22, 2015
Silver Spring, MD— Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Mrs. Jennifer Hill to its highly successful realty & moving services team. Mrs. Hill will serve as a personal moving consultant, joining Diane Thometz in that role in the community’s Department of Sales & Marketing. Her main responsibility is to assist clients in staging their houses to get top dollar with the least amount of time on the market. She will provide curb appeal resources and refer preferred Realtors® with proven success in the community. In 2014, nearly 93 percent of new residents at Riderwood utilized components...