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Pollination Continues Our Choking Planet Series Mar. 13

Join the discussion Our Choking Planet: Beyond Recyling: The Moral Urgency of Living Simpler. This program features retired Pastor Mary Gaut, who serves on the Ecumenical Leaders Green Advisory Group, is Board Chair of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and has been active in environmental issues and sustainability since 1970. The series continues at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the Charlestown Auditorium.

All are welcome.

Be On the Lookout for Telemarketing Scams

The elderly are frequent targets of telemarketing frauds and sweepstakes scams. This type of fraud can include identity theft, fake check and wire transfer scams, investment and credit card fraud, and bogus online charitable solicitations.

Your Charlestown Community has had several recent incidents of these attempted crimes. Fortunately, the would-be thieves were unsuccessful! You are encouraged to report suspicious activities to the Security and Emergency Services Dispatch Center 24/7/365. An Officer will take the report and we can block the suspicious number communitywide. We also follow-up with local, State and Federal law enforcement and related agencies.

Some helpful tips for you:
*It’s shrewd, not rude to hang up on a suspicious caller.
*Do NOT give personal information to people you don’t know, unless you initiated the call.
*Don’t let yourself get pressured into a verbal agreement or signing a contract.
*Be skeptical of online charitable solicitations, insurance claim payments, sweepstakes/ lottery winnings, or unusually low-cost purchase offers. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
*Never agree to pay for unsolicited products or services in advance.
*For reporting purposes, record as much information about the caller as you can:
>Call-back number
>Date/time of the call(s)
>Individual’s name
>Company name
>Specific information about the offer

Source: FBI, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Crime Prevention Council

Adam Dickson to return to Charlestown in the role of Associate Executive Director

February 9, 2018

Dear Charlestown Resident,

I am excited to announce that Adam Dickson will be coming back to Charlestown in the role of Associate Executive Director. Adam will be joining myself and Nathan Blumberg as part of the Administration team in April 2018. As Associate Executive Director, Adam will assist in the facilitation and coordination of various teams of management and provide vision and leadership for the community to ensure Charlestown achieves its objectives for quality care and services, financial viability, resident relations, and staff development.

Adam has over 10 years of health care experience, most recently serving as the Director of Continuing Care at our sister community, Wind Crest, in Denver, CO. During his time with Wind Crest, he had a very strong and positive impact on Continuing Care and Rehabilitation operations. ·In addition to working at Wind Crest, Adam has spent several years as an Assistant Administrator and Business Office Manager at each of the Maryland communities, Charlestown, Oak Crest and Riderwood.

Adam will be moving from Colorado back to Maryland with his wife and two daughters. Please join me in congratulating Adam on this exciting new journey and we are looking forward to him being part of the Charlestown family.

Clara Parker
Executive Director

One Way Road between Carriage House and Chapel Starting Feb.12

A tree near the Fountain Hill parking lot will be removed on Monday, 02/12 at 8:00 am in order to prepare for curb and sidewalk adjustment. To prepare for future utility work in the roadway and allow continuous traffic access, the existing curb near the three way intersection at the Fountain Hill parking lot will be removed and relocated starting on Tuesday 02/13 at 7:00 am and lasting until approximately 4:30 pm on Wednesday 02/14. Additionally, the contractor will move the existing construction fence farther into the Fountain Hill parking lot on Thursday 02/15 at 7:00 am.

Traffic Impact
While this work is being performed, one lane of the road will be blocked. Flaggers will assist traffic through this area to ensure it is safe for two-way traffic.

Resident & Employee Impact
The sidewalk on the Chapel side of the loop road will be closed from the crosswalk at the Chapel parking lot starting on Monday 02/12 and last through Wednesday 02/14 to support the curb rework. Pedestrian access between the RG-South parking lot and the Fountain Hill parking lot will remain open during this work.

League of Women Voters Posts Dates to Remember

League of Women Voters highlights the following dates regarding their activities and the upcoming elections:

Feb. 23, 2018 – Program planning meeting for anyone interested in having input into the LWV upcoming programs. All are welcome. CTS Card Room (2nd fl.), 10 AM – Noon

Feb. 27, 2018 – Deadline for candidates filing for the 2018 Maryland primaries

June 5, 2018 – Deadline for changing party affiliation and close of registration for voting in primary election

June 14 – 21, 2018 – Early voting for primary elections

June 19, 2018 – Deadline for absentee voting request (Forms available at Charlestown lobby desks.)

June 26, 2018 – Primary election

– Diana Holden –


Nature Trail Update

As is our custom, the Nature Trail Committee (NTC) didn’t have a December meeting, but now we are full steam ahead in preparing for our expanded Wildflower Day, now to be known as the Charlestown Nature Festival, to be held in the Conference Center from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 26. We have more than two dozen tables planned, with presenters having a wide variety of interests associated with Nature and our Trail.

The new wildflower and tree signs have been purchased for placement along the Trail before the Festival, and we have the replacement for Olaf the Troll, who will also be in place by the Trail. The new Charlestown birder group has made several local trips to check out our avian friends, and more species have been added to the Charlestown Bird List, which has more than 100 species.

Ruppert, our primary landscaping contractor, has donated a very nice Armstrong Maple as the memorial tree for our departed arborist Harper Griswold. The tree, with a suitable plaque, will hopefully be placed near the front of campus before the April Festival.

Of special interest are two assessments being done on campus. One is for a major upgrade of the Lake Charles area. The second is for contract maintenance along the Nature Trail itself. We greatly look forward to these improvements.

The next meeting of the NTC will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in the Cross Creek Crafts room. Please join us if interested.

RG-North Roadway Closures on 01/23

On Tuesday, 01/23, a large delivery of materials will be made by nine separate trucks to the Wilton Overlook construction site. Deliveries will be spaced 30 minutes apart starting at 7:00 AM.

Traffic Impact
For each of the nine delivery trucks, the RG-North roadway adjacent to Building 6 will temporarily be closed for five to ten minutes to allow the truck to maneuver into the jobsite. Flaggers will be provided to direct traffic for these deliveries – the deliveries are anticipated to span between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Resident Impact
Pedestrians will still be able to access RG-North, but may be asked to temporarily wait until the trucks have moved out of the pedestrian path.

Employee Impact
Pedestrians will still be able to access RG-North, but may be asked to temporarily wait until the trucks have moved out of the pedestrian path.