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For residents of Maryland s Eastern Shore, accustomed to fresh crab and bay breezes, the famed Riderwood lifestyle is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. In fact, almost 20% of people who moved to Riderwood last year came from the area. For Betty Phenicie, it was a decision almost too easy to make.

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At family gatherings, whenever I mentioned something about my childhood, my children would say, You never told us that! recalls Ruth Davis. So I decided I should write my memoirs. But as the years went by, I just couldn t seem to find the right time to start the project, she continues. Then she moved to Riderwood. I learned about the memoir writing class and immediately signed up.

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Inspired by Riderwood, artist Sylvia Valentino s mixed-media work Walk at the Pond recently won first place at a local juried exhibition. [caption id="attachment_13556" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Sylvia Valentino s award-winning mixed-media work, Walk at the Pond.

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My husband and I moved to Ocean City, Md., after he retired from the government, says Rita Brennan. While we loved living by the ocean, we found the winters tough, so we escaped to Florida for the colder months.

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[caption id="attachment_12225" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Riderwood's Executive Chef Victor Cirrincione served up a steaming bowl of crab soup to WUSA-TV anchor J.C. Hayward. "][/caption] SILVER SPRING, Md.

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Certified as a wildlife habitat, complete with great horned owls, turtles, deer, foxes, pheasants, and hawks, the Riderwood community embodies a passion for conservation that is hard to match.

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Nothing says Maryland like a big ole bowl of crab soup. And nothing says king of crab like winning the crab soup cook-off in a state known worldwide for its Chesapeake Bay blue crabs. [caption id="attachment_6720" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Riderwood s winning crab soup teams.

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After organizing the Rockville Prime Timers for ten years, it comes as little surprise that Peter Kach would be the man behind Riderwood's popular and ever-growing singles club. Not long after I moved here, I got to thinking, he says.

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This summer, the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of the famous Apollo 10, 11, and 12 missions. Each mission signified America s determination to explore new frontiers. For many living at Riderwood, the Apollo missions came at the pinnacle of their careers. Since that time, they ve dedicated themselves to remaining on the cutting edge of science and technology.