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Daily Happenings on My Erickson Improved

When you log in to My Erickson now, check out the improvements to Daily Happenings.
You can reach Daily Happenings by swiping to the second screen of My Erickson

It now displays the same announcements you can see on Channel 972 or on the Digital Displays around campus.

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Wilton Overlook Overnight Waterline Installation on Apr. 22 & Apr. 23

On Sunday night, April 22 and Monday night, April 23, overnight installation of a waterline across the Fountain Hill parking lot will require a loop road closure from 8:00 PM to 5:30 AM on both days. Due to the loop road closure at the Fountain Hill parking lot, all vehicles entering campus between 8:00 PM and 5:30 AM on Sunday and Monday nights must turn right at the gate house entry.

Below is a map to help identify the affected areas.

Charlestown Continuing Care Phase 2 Timeline

Building 6

Substantial completion end of June, 2017
Staff relocated by end of August, 2017

Phase 1

RGT building demo completed: Mid-April, 2017
Install temporary RG entrance completed: End of May, 2017
Construction : July 2017 through October, 2018
Licensing complete: End of December, 2018
Occupancy: End of January, 2019

Phase 2

RG South building demo completed: End of April, 2019
Construction: May, 2019 through June, 2020
Occupancy: End of September, 2020
Final sitework/landscaping: End of February, 2021

Dates are subject to change.

Cross Creek Renovation Project

Please note that Phase 1 of the Cross Creek renovation project is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 23, 2018. Renovations for Phase 1 will include the Cross Creek lobby area and Shortline Cafe. Project milestone dates and renovation-specific communications will be coming soon. [Department: Administration; 4/9/18]

Tin Cup Golf Tournament on June 11, 2018

Charlestown presents the 26th Annual Tin Golf Tournament to benefit the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund on Monday, June 11 at the Rolling Road Golf Club [814 Hilltop Ave., Catonsville, MD] with a 9 AM Shotgun Start.

Registration: $200 per person or $700 per foursome

Golfers will receive: Round of golf with cart; commemorative gift; foursome photo; and breakfast, lunch buffet, on-course beverage station including beer, soda, water, and snacks

Silent Auction: Place your bid on exciting items, unique packages, and autographed items.

50/50 Raffle: Chance to win $2,500 cash! Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased in Philanthropy. Only 200 tickets will be sold, so you have better chances than the Power Ball! Need not be present to win!

Hole-in-One Car Contest


Please contact the Philanthropy Office at 410-737-8892 for additional information.

Please Donate Now to the 30th Anniversary Scholars’ Fund

Our Charlestown Scholars’ Fund Campaign has begun and continues through April 30th. Steve Harders, our Residents’ Council President, sent an appeal to all residents to acknowledge an opportunity to invest in the futures of people you know personally, our dining servers and kitchen staff, while filling a great need in our society.

30 new candidates have been accepted into the Charlestown Scholarship Program for 2018, which is an increase from 23 students last year. They are wearing the new green aprons during their shifts that indicate they are scholar candidates and posters are on display throughout the community with their names and photos. Candidates also have the opportunity to apply for 8 additional scholarships through the special Named Scholarship Program that was explained by Pat Kasuda on page 3 of the March Sunburst,

Did you know that your family and friends outside of Charlestown are also welcome to donate to the campaign? 100% of the donation will go directly to the University for the student scholarships (not to the student) and is 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law. Cash, checks, resident charge, and credit cards ($25 credit card minimum) are accepted by the Philanthropy Office in Cross Creek, which will move temporarily to Harbor View in the beginning of April. American Express and MasterCard are now accepted forms of payment. Please be generous as our scholars work hard and appreciate our help! In addition to the 30 scholar candidates in 2018, the program also has 103 current students receiving scholarship dollars. In 2017 we provided scholarship checks for 131 students totaling more than $200,000 which is why we do a campaign annually.

If you have already donated, thank you very much, and please be our ambassadors by talking to your friends and neighbors in the hallways and during meal times about how important giving is in supporting our students’ educational pursuits. Our goal is to raise more than $174,000 which is what was raised in 2017. Donation collection boxes are located at all lobby front desks or you can call to use a credit card by phone.

Charlestown residents will celebrate the current class of graduating students with a graduation ceremony on May 17th in the Erickson Conference Center. The Special Named Scholarships, most of which have been endowed by residents, will also be awarded to students at this ceremony.

Any Scholars’ Fund questions may be directed to our Scholar Committee members: Michelle Chenoweth, Leigh Anne Cooper, Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Tony Hansen, Pat Kasuda, Mel Milio, Betty Ruff, Marie Skane, and Charlie Eichenlaub or to Lisa Zehring in the Philanthropy Office at 410-737-8838 x601-8397.

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholar Committee

For further information and news, READ MORE about the Scholars’ Fund.

Popular CTN972 Meditative Moments Series Now Online

Meditative Moments is a series of short nature videos set to music by Charlestown resident Betty Caldwell, from photographs that she has taken. She developed the series, now shown on CTN972, as a way to share her sense of connection with the awe and beauty of nature. Other Charlestown residents have also contributed their work to this series. Residents’ feedback has indicated that the videos provide a sense of calm through the beauty of nature. Betty has graciously provided her videos here for residents to watch at their leisure.

(Note: Once you have viewed a video, X out of it from the tab menu at the top of your screen and you should land back on the Charlestown Residents’ Blog.)

Charlestown’s Progressives Together Invite Residents to Support Parkland Students

We want to show support for the Parkland Students on the day of the student march to DC! Join the Progressives Together for an open house in support of the Parkland Students in the Art Gallery in Charlestown Square on Saturday, March 24 12:00-4:00

Drop in. Learn about the students and what they are doing, sign a letter of support and/or sign a petition. All interested residents are welcome.

Singalong: Spiritual Songs & Favorite Hymns

All are welcome to this new opportunity to share in song. The singalongs of favorite spiritual music will be led by Kathy Crouse and Paul Canner every Monday night in the Fireside Lounge from 7 – 8 PM. Bring your voices and an instrument, if you’d like.

Keeping Memories Alive Through the Scholars’ Fund

We are about to embark on another Scholarship Campaign to recognize staff members seeking to enter or continue pursuing educational career goals.  Residents are encouraged to consider Named (special) scholarships to assist with this campaign.

Here is an example of what the Virginia Niccolai family did to honor her.  When former resident, Virginia Niccolai, moved from Pennsylvania to Charlestown, she immediately continued her passion for education.  As an artist, she got involved with teaching art classes and volunteered to assist with registration for classes at CCBC.  Upon her death, family members felt no better way to honor her and the teaching career than to continue her legacy through the establishment of a scholarship in her name.  Annually, a contribution is made to the Student Scholarship Program encouraging young men and women to pursue a degree in education.

This is just one example of a scholarship legacy keeping memories alive.    Named (special) scholarships can be established for general education or designating a particular career path.  The following are examples of such legacy memorials.

In 2005 Marth Yeager sought to honor her brother, Andrew Murray Meyers. This memorial scholarship recognizes a man of integrity always seeking opportunities to assist others.  Ms. Yeager hoped in honoring her brother she could encourage scholar recipients to live with his values of honesty and integrity.  He is remembered as a quiet man, never seeking recognition, but volunteering for the joy of providing service to others.

The Ruth Harden Inglis Scholarship Award originated with a contribution to the campaign for the specific purpose of encouraging applicants to pursue a degree in teaching.

Special scholarships need not be memorials but can also be established as a living tribute for  friends and/or family members.  Imagine, what a delight a family member or special friend would have meeting a scholar, who will be benefitting from such generous giving.

The residents of Charlestown are very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and mentor young folks, who work for us daily to make our home a wonderful place to live.  Encouraging them to enhance their education is a privilege that should be pursued at every opportunity.  If you are interested in learning more about the establishment of a Named (special) scholarship, please contact the Philanthropy Office and discuss options with the Director, Patti Santoni.

For further information and news, READ MORE about the Scholars’ Fund.