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June 10, 2013
Thanks to Jean Marbella for her uplifting story about the Charlestown retirement community ("Charlestown ages gracefully," June 7). My mother, a very independent and independent-minded mother of eight and grandmother of 15, was a resident of the Charlestown community until her recent passing. A few weeks before her "being called home," Mother exclaimed that she had something important to tell me. My first thought was: "Oh no, what is coming next?" Instead, I was taken aback by Mother's words: "Do not worry about me," she said, "and tell your brothers and sisters not to worry about me. I have everything I need right here.
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August 31, 2014
When I came to Baltimore-based Erickson Living to work as a public relations summer intern, I imagined I would enrich my professional experiences and skills but never dreamed I'd walk away with such a wealth of knowledge on memory care, memory health and memory fitness. With more than 5 million Americans now suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the timing could not have been better to help raise awareness for the Erickson Living-managed Charlestown retirement community's Memory Support Program and funds for Alzheimer's research.
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By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
There are many rooms in the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, but none of them are louder than the new fitness center, where — with a mix of music and timely movements — Zumba instructor Robin Rouse keeps residents on their toes, and off them. "I truly think that Zumba is for everyone," said Rouse, a licensed instructor who teaches at several senior facilities. "The only way to work on balance is to be off-balance. " How it got started: Charlestown began offering Zumba classes about a year ago. After the instructor left last June, Rouse stepped in and started teaching the class, which is held every Friday.
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By Bob Allen | December 13, 2013
When Our Lady of the Angels Chapel was built and dedicated in the early 20th century, it was surrounded by the rolling hills and open countryside of a farm that served as a retreat for the members of the Catholic order of the Sulpician Fathers.  For years, the chapel was the centerpiece of St. Charles College, a Catholic Seminary that operated at the site on Maiden Choice Lane from 1911 until 1977. Through the years, the chapel, with its vaulted Italian marble walls, 68-foot-tall dome and ornate stone, buff brick, limestone and terra cotta construction has stood as an exquisite example of Italian Renaissance architecture.
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July 19, 2012
Erickson Living named Clara Parker executive director of Charlestown, the continuing care retirement community in Catonsville. The Severna Park resident will be responsible for daily operations on the 110-acre campus on Maiden Choice Lane, where more than 2,000 residents are served by 1,100 employees. Parker had worked as vice president-regional finance director for Erickson Living communities throughout the country. In 2005, she was named director of finance at Oak Crest.
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June 27, 2012
I would like to thank everyone involved in the first Catonsville Kite Flying Contest, held at Charlestown retirement community May 19. This intergenerational event brought together our residents with families and students from Arbutus, Hillcrest and Lansdowne Elementary schools, along with Our Lady of Victory School, on a bright sun-splashed morning. In particular, much appreciation is extended to Charlestown resident and Rotarian Pat Kasuda for her vision and leadership in creating the contest.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
Erika Gonzalez, 18, has been working at the Charlestown retirement communtiy in Catonsville for nearly two years, coming in after school and on weekends to wait tables and serve as a hostess in the Atrium dining room. She started working there because it was close to her Catonsville home, and it gave her a chance to "save up some money to help my parents out," she said. Now, like 45 other teens who work at Charlestown and recently graduated from high school, Gonzalez is beginning her college career with a welcome financial boost of $1,200 per year.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Johannesburg Bureau of The Sun | April 14, 1994
CHARLESTOWN, South Africa -- These days, there seems to be little that can take the smile from Matthew Sangwene's face.Although he sits in front of a tin shack next to where his two-story house used to be and looks out over empty fields where a community once thrived, he smiles because he has come home.A victim of apartheid policies, he has made a journey back that many others hope to make in the new South Africa.For now, it is a journey made by a precious few, those blacks who actually had title to land, something that was illegal for most.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,Sun reporter | April 26, 2008
A bunch of guys loaded the contents of William Donald Schaefer's Pasadena townhouse into a truck the other day while he lunched, unsuspecting, at Petit Louis in Roland Park. The former mayor, governor and comptroller was moving, only he didn't know it. A longtime aide with power of attorney had been pushing for him to move to Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville for a long time. And the famously cantankerous politician had been pushing right back. "I wasn't ready to move," Schaefer, 86, said yesterday, recalling how the aide initially sent movers to his house three weeks ago, not long after a fall at home required a trip to the emergency room and stitches.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | November 22, 1992
Despite strong community opposition, the Baltimore County Planning Board voted to let the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville change the location of a planned $6 million wing to its existing medical building without having to repeat the development-review process.By a vote of 9 to 5 Thursday, and after much debate, the board granted Charlestown the waiver.Charlestown, which opened in 1983, is located on a 110-acre campus at Wilkins Avenue and Maiden Choice Lane. It is the largest full-service retirement community in the country.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
Erika Gonzalez, 18, has been working at the Charlestown retirement communtiy in Catonsville for nearly two years, coming in after school and on weekends to wait tables and serve as a hostess in the Atrium dining room. She started working there because it was close to her Catonsville home, and it gave her a chance to "save up some money to help my parents out," she said. Now, like 45 other teens who work at Charlestown and recently graduated from high school, Gonzalez is beginning her college career with a welcome financial boost of $1,200 per year.
NEWS
June 18, 2013
All you folks out there who were celebrating the repeal of Maryland's death penalty, rejoice. A 29-year-old Cecil County man has been charged in the rape and murder of 10 year old Kami Ring of Charlestown ("Man Charged in Killing of Girl, 10," June 14). The worst punishment in the great state of Maryland this animal can receive is life without parole. If convicted, we taxpayers get to provide his room, board and medical care for the rest of his life (maybe the next 40 or 60 years). Brian Spector, Easton
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BY DAVID ANDERSON and ALLAN VOUGHT | June 13, 2013
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit have charged an acquaintance of a 10-year-old Cecil County girl in connection with her death earlier this week. Richard Madden, 29, of the 100 block of Waibel Road in Port Deposit was arrested by State Police and charged with first and second degree murder, first degree assault and first degree rape in the death of 10-year-old Kami Ring of Charlestown, according to a new release from State Police. Madden was being processed at the North East Barrack at the time his arrest was announced early Thursday evening.
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June 10, 2013
Thanks to Jean Marbella for her uplifting story about the Charlestown retirement community ("Charlestown ages gracefully," June 7). My mother, a very independent and independent-minded mother of eight and grandmother of 15, was a resident of the Charlestown community until her recent passing. A few weeks before her "being called home," Mother exclaimed that she had something important to tell me. My first thought was: "Oh no, what is coming next?" Instead, I was taken aback by Mother's words: "Do not worry about me," she said, "and tell your brothers and sisters not to worry about me. I have everything I need right here.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Engelina van Opstal remembers having a problem with the air conditioning in her apartment at Charlestown Retirement Community and calling for someone to come repair it. "John came," van Opstal recalled Thursday, "and he got it working. " That would be John C. Erickson, who 30 years ago opened Charlestown on the grounds of a former seminary in Catonsville, the first of what would become a chain of 16 retirement communities in nine states. Erickson, who sold the company in 2010, returned Thursday for what he called "a big homecoming" to help residents and staff celebrate Charlestown's 30th anniversary.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Joe Datsko was an admitted workaholic for the first 25 years of a 47-year career as a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Michigan. Datsko likes to say that until he was in his early 50s "most of my exercise was writing on a blackboard. " That changed in the early 1970s when the younger of Datsko's two sons - he also has three daughters - was invited to the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials in cycling. Robert Datsko, who was in high school at the time, failed to secure one of the 12 spots, finishing in the top third of the 66-person field.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2001
The way Louise Wetzel sees it, they're just good kids. Wetzel is one of hundreds of residents at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville who make an annual cash donation to help pay the college tuition of young employees such as dining service workers. Since the program began 12 years ago, Charlestown officials say the seniors have contributed more than $1 million to help 494 students through college. "We always hear about the bad kids, you never hear about the good ones," said Wetzel, 80, who has donated "hundreds" to the cause.
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Staff Reports | May 27, 2013
The Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville kicked off its commemoration of Memorial Day on Saturday with an exhibition of more than 500 full-size American flags. The display, known as the Charlestown Field of Honor Veterans Tribute, raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund. Each flag was “sponsored” by businesses and residents for $35 each. On Saturday, the community on Maiden Choice Lane hosted an event featuring the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard presenting colors; the National Anthem sung by Julia Tucker; the Charlestown VFW Post; the Civil Air Patrol and the Lansdowne Junior ROTC.  Hubbard Funeral Home presented the event. 
HEALTH
By Zach Sparks, For The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
There are many rooms in the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, but none of them are louder than the new fitness center, where - with a mix of music and timely movements - Zumba instructor Robin Rouse keeps residents on their toes, and off them. "I truly think that Zumba is for everyone," said Rouse, a licensed instructor who teaches at several senior facilities. "The only way to work on balance is to be off-balance. " How it got started: Charlestown began offering Zumba classes about a year ago. After the instructor left last June, Rouse stepped in and started teaching the class, which is held every Friday.
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