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September 21st, 2010

Ashby Ponds to host Oktoberfest

In addition to preparing delicious meals daily, the culinary experts atAshby Ponds Blue Sky Restaurant and Robin s Nest Caf host special themed dining celebrations throughout the year. [caption id="attachment_14356" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Everyone loves to party. Dining Services staff members Joey Longo, Elizabeth Athey, Hunter Jamieson, and Raymundo Uribe celebrate the end of summer, Hawaiian style. (Photo by Stephen Aigner)"][/caption] This month, they will be serving up a German-style feast in recognition of Oktoberfest. On September 22, residents donned Hawaiian shirts and muumuus to celebrate the end of summer with the community s second annual luau. Both restaurants were fully decorated with a Hawaiian motif. While feasting on mouthwatering lomi-lomi salmon (a traditional Hawaiian salad made with salmon and tomato), chicken and vegetable kebobs, grilled mahi mahi with fruit salsa, ono spareribs, and coconut shrimp, guests mingled to the music of a ukulele player strolling between the two venues.

Riderwood and Greenspring awarded five stars for health care

Renaissance Gardens, the extended-care neighborhoods atRiderwoodandGreenspring, both recently received five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for providing top-notch care. In June 2008, CMS announced it would launch a ground-breaking ranking system, giving each facility a star rating, with one star being much below average to five stars being much above average making meaningful distinctions between high performing and low performing facilities. Ratings were based on CMS review across three dimensions: quality health inspections, quality measures, and staffing. To achieve the five-star rating,RiderwoodandGreenspringrevised internal procedures and held staff members to a higher degree of accountability than the maximum rating required. With the bestowal of the prestigious rating,Renaissance GardensatGreenspringandRiderwoodare considered to be among the best assisted living and nursing facilities in the nation. We are all very proud of this rating, saysGreenspring sRenaissance GardensSenior Administrator Ben Cornthwaite. Providing high-quality care to residents in a safe and secure environment is a top priority.

Riderwood dancers raise heels and $25,000

[caption id="attachment_14355" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Shirley Dearfield and Gerome Shipman do the Charlestown during Dancing with the Stars. (Photo by Mel Tansill)"][/caption] Eight resident-staff pairs recently put their best foot forward in the second annual Dancing with theRiderwoodStars fundraiser for the Benevolent Care Fund, a campus charity. I had a great time with a wonderful partner, says Roz Wetstone, who did the foxtrot with Andre Kinard of the medical center. Dancing to Frank Sinatra s Come Fly with Me, Kinard lifted Wetstone up in his arms and twirled her around at the conclusion of their number. We had so much fun! she says. Peter Traversa, who dances weekly at the Hollywood Ballroom in Silver Spring, took to the stage like a pro with Renaissance Gardens April Punzo. I love to dance and I love music, says Traversa, who deejaysRiderwood smonthly ballroom dance socials. To determine a winner and raise money, audience members received an envelope where they could place their donations, with $1 equaling one vote. Voting continued for two weeks after the event and totaled more than $27,500. Wetstone and Kinard were the winners. If you want to see theRiderwoodstars in action, visit and type in Riderwooddancing.

Greenspring apartment homes go green

[caption id="attachment_14357" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Countertops made from recycled materials are quickly becoming the most popular green request at Greenspring. (Photo by Danielle Shaurette)"][/caption] Greenspring sCustom Interiors department recently began an ambitious initiative to make apartment homes more environmentally friendly. Custom Interiors helps residents personalize their apartment homes with options like crown molding, built-in bookshelves, and wallpaper. But in addition to our regular services, we want to provide residents with the most up-to-date green options, says Custom Interiors Coordinator Danielle Shaurette. An exciting new offering is quartz countertops made from recycled materials like broken mirrors, glass, and porcelain. We just introduced it on campus, and I have had a lot of new residents request this product, reports Shaurette. It is actually just as durable as it is beautiful. Other green options include fluorescent/energy-efficient light fixtures, low VOC paint, and Energy Star appliances. Custom Interiors is also working with manufacturers to recycle cabinets that have been replaced in residents kitchens and bathrooms. These new green options are a great step for theGreenspring community, says Shaurette. By choosing materials that reduce impact, we are being accountable for our actions and setting Greenspring up for success in the future. It is just another way that we can give back.