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Three-Peat a Rare Feat by Riderwood Employee Softball Team

Jul 23, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD--The Riderwood Penguins, the employee softball team of the Silver Spring-based Erickson Living retirement community, accomplished a feat on July 12th that the Miami Heat could not do in this year's NBA Finals: they pulled off a three-peat.  After winning the annual Erickson Living Employee Softball Tournament in 2012 and 2013, Riderwood completed the rare achievement defeating Baltimore's Oak Crest Ostriches 7-6 in extra innings.  The win came in dramatic fashion as George Mishraky's walk-off single scored Kevin Patterson from second base.  It was an exciting day of softball that concluded with a celebration at home plate followed...

Riderwood Appoints Wendy Ferris as Director of General Services

Jul 16, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Wendy Ferris as the Director of General Services. Previously, Mrs. Ferris served as an administrator at Ginger Cove, a retirement community in Annapolis, MD, for eleven years. In her leadership position at Riderwood, Mrs. Ferris will oversee the daily operations of the General Services Department that includes over two hundred employees.  She will coordinate long-range, master planning infrastructure projects such as Riderwood Connect, the implementation of Wi-Fi services throughout the 120-acre campus.  Mrs. Ferris will also work with campus leadership on achieving high resident satisfaction results. Mrs. Ferris...

Riderwood to Host 7th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on August 7st

Jun 19, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host its 7th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on Thursday, August 7th. Open to the public, the five-round competition will be governed in accordance with rules established by the National Mah Jongg League.  Approximately 110 Mah Jongg enthusiasts from the mid-Atlantic participated in the 2013 tourney. Registration will take place at 9:15am with tournament play beginning at 9:45am.  The event will occur in Maryland Hall, located in the Montgomery Station Clubhouse of Riderwood (3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904). The event is a fundraiser for the community's Benevolent Care Fund. A...

Riderwood to Host Symposium on Preventing Fraud Against Seniors on July 25th

Jun 17, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---It is said often that knowledge is power.  Nothing could be truer when it comes to protecting yourself versus scams and fraudulent behavior.  Sadly, lawbreakers often target seniors and other "vulnerable adults" in crimes ranging from telemarketing scams to identity theft. With the proper awareness and education, though, the tools exist for you to safeguard your loved ones and assets from these crimes. That is why Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, is hosting the Symposium on Preventing Fraud Against Seniors on Friday, July 25th from 10am-3pm.  This free event will take place in Maryland Hall (Montgomery Station...

Riderwood's Village Protestant Church Celebrates Ten Years of Service

Jun 10, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---The Village Protestant Church of Riderwood retirement community celebrated ten years of weekly worship in the Chapel on Sunday, June 1st. The congregation held a special 11am service in the Riderwood Chapel followed by a reception at 3pm that combined fellowship and nostalgia. Don Hawkins, a former College Park resident who moved to Riderwood in 2003, serves on the Village Protestant Church Council and the Church Life Committee. "The spiritual element is an important aspect of retirement, and Riderwood provides residents of all faiths the opportunity to worship," noted Mr. Hawkins.  "We are blessed with a beautiful Chapel...

Riderwood Appoints Chandra Kumar as Associate Executive Director

May 27, 2014
[caption id="attachment_117045" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Chandra Kumar, Associate Executive Director at Riderwood[/caption] SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, appointed Chandra Kumar as Associate Executive Director. Ms. Kumar brings over eighteen years of experience in the senior living industry to Riderwood.  Previously, she served as Administrator for Friends House, a continuing care retirement community in Sandy Spring, Maryland, as well as Vice President for Amertel Communication.  Ms. Kumar also served as Health Care Administrator and Assisted Living Manager for Marriott Senior Living Services and its successor, Sunrise Senior Living. In her leadership position at Riderwood, she will oversee...

Riderwood EMS Team Receives Star of Life Award in Geriatrics

May 23, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, received the Star of Life Award in Geriatrics from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). The state agency's presentation to the Riderwood Emergency Medical Services team was held on May 21st at the Miller Senator Office Building in Annapolis. The recognition was given "for providing high quality care for Maryland's geriatric population through effective institutional policies, outreach in the community, health & well-being and training staff in administering basic first aid." Anthony Fowler, Senior Services Manager for Security, and Steven Hoffman, Senior EMS Paramedic, attended the ceremony. "On behalf...

Sean 'P Diddy' Combs Spreads Spring Cheer to Riderwood

May 21, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---When Debra Vinh, Communications Specialist at Riderwood retirement community, signed for a large delivery of flowers on May 13th, the mystery had just begun. The notecard on the delivery read "To the Residents of Riderwood: Wishing you a bountiful and beautiful spring! -Sean 'P Diddy' Combs & Combs Entertainment." "I wondered if these were really from THE Sean Combs, or just someone's idea of a joke," wondered Ms. Vinh.  "But the dogwood flowers were so beautiful."  So she contacted Simone Gomez, a Facilities Coordinator at the Erickson Living retirement community. After a series of phone calls, the mystery...

Riderwood to Host A Feast for the Eyes II, an Artwork Showcase, May 7-9

May 5, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD--- The celebration of art holds a special place for residents of Riderwood, the Erickson Living community.  Their creativity and professional-level quality will take center stage during A Feast for the Eyes II, a showcase of original artistry.  Forty-two residents and employees will display over 165 pieces, including paintings, metal weavings, silk screens, photography and sculpture.  They will be available during the showcase to discuss the processes and stories behind their work with attendees. Sponsored by the Riderwood Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the 3-day event will take place during the following dates and times: Wednesday, May 7th 2pm-7pm...

Riderwood to Host Sales Spring Barbecue on May 15

Apr 30, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, is firing up the grill for an old-fashioned cookout on Thursday, May 14th at 11:30am. The event, hosted by the Sales Department, will feature delicious barbecue fare and drinks prepared by Riderwood's award-winning Dining Services Team.  Additionally, attendees will learn about Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a comprehensive program successfully used by future residents to sell their houses quickly and for a good price. Riderwood's Personal Moving Consultants, Kimberly Schoeberlein and Diane Thometz, will provide helpful tips on downsizing, house staging and move management.    Riderwood is located at 3140 Gracefield Road...