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Next MaCCRA Meeting Will Be Held Oct. 22 on Zoom


The Charlestown Chapter of MaCCRA will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. It will be a Zoom video call. The agenda will include the election of officers for the next year and updates on issues.

Current MaCCRA members will receive the Zoom link in an email. Contact Ann MacKay or Sherry Stewart for membership information.

At the state level, MaCCRA supported the provider organizations LeadingAge MD and LifeSpan Network’s request to the Maryland Health Department on flexibility in testing and visitation.

Groups Meeting During Coronavirus Phase 2

Groups Meeting During Coronavirus Phase 2

Clubs and Groups

Here is a list of the groups and clubs who are meeting by Zoom or other technologies during this time of self-quarantine. Please let us know if your group is meeting virtually.

Contact information for leaders can be found in the Resident Directory in MyErickson.

Group Leader Date/Day of Week Time
Alanon Anna Marie Ciarrocchi Thursdays 9:00 AM
Apple (CHUG) Users Group Ann MacKay 3rd Thursday of the month 1:00 PM
Bingo Mimi O'Donnell Wednesdays and Saturdays 11:00 AM
Conservative Values Study Group Diana Mood Thursdays 7 PM
Gamers Wayne Smith irregular
Genelaogy Club Hope Tillman and Walt Howe 2nd Friday 1:00 PM
(Virtual) Happy Hour Ann MacKay Fridays 4:00 PM
Journal Club Sam Cushman Monday-Friday 11:00 AM
Nature Trail Committee Bonnie Kawecki/ Donna Ferrara 3rd Wednesday of the month 10:00 AM
Photography Interest Group (PHIG) Betty Caldwell 3rd Thursday of the month 2:00 PM
Progressives Bonnie Kawecki check with Bonnie 4:00 PM
Unitarian-Universalists Planning Group Bonnie Kawecki 1st Wednesday of the month 2:30 PM

Groups meeting in classrooms can be found by looking at Activities in MyErickson. All in-person groups require reservations for attendance. 

Instructions for Learning Zoom

There are lots of Youtube tutorials at I have picked a couple to get started.

Zoom 101 Sign Up & Download Meeting Client
How to join a Zoom Meeting Video if you get an invitation.

Council Annual Dues Collection

The packets were ready. Residents’ Council members were set to stuff the cubbies. Then came COVID-19!

As is the custom each year, last April, the Residents’ Council was all set to deliver a dues collection packet to the cubby of each resident in independent living.  Then the shutdown to keep us safe made the dues collection process impossible. Now, however, with the shutdown easing, the dues collection campaign has been rescheduled for​ October. Expect a dues collection packet in your cubby on or about October 1.​   

In the larger envelope of the packet, you will find a smaller envelope in which to return your dues and a letter with instructions for doing so. The letter also lists some important goals of the Residents’ Association, which it works to achieve through the Residents’ Council. These include promoting the health, comfort, and safety of Charlestown’s residents and working with management to improve services for residents and to control expenses.  Dues of just $2.00 per resident support the work of the Council.  

The Residents’ Council is grateful for all the support it receives from residents through their service on its 12 committees and otherwise and for the cooperation the Council gets from the administration.

Ron DeAbreu, Residents’ Council Treasurer 

Birthday Angels Needed!


This is a special group of “Secret Angel Volunteers” who work to put a smile on the faces of Charlestown residents on their birthdays and has been a tradition at Charlestown for over 35 years!

If interested, please contact Rose Sands in Community Resources at 410-737-8838, ext. 601-8172.


birthday card w/ envelope

Photo Credit:
Dawn Hudson


Photo Credit: maciej326

Delivery Angels for Brookside, Herbert’s Run, Charlestown Square and Courtyard Crossing:
 Blow up a balloon (using balloon pump add ribbon.
 “Secretly” post the pre-made card on residents’ door(s) the night before their birthdays.
 Supplies are provided (cards, balloons, ribbons, list of residents’ birthday for the month and a balloon pump).

District Coordinator for Brookside and Herbert’s Run:
 This volunteer co-chair works with Community Resources and oversees the Delivery Angels for Brookside and Herbert’s Run.
 Obtain Monthly Birthday List from Community Resources
 Distribute lists to their respective Birthday Delivery Angels monthly (via cubbies).
 Oversee the distribution of supplies (listed above) which are stored in the Cross Creek Creative Arts Studios to the Delivery Angels when their supplies run low.*
* Community Resources is responsible for ordering supplies.
* District Coordinators are responsible for notifying Community Resources of their supply needs.

Updated BCPL Bookmobile Service

Photo Credit: NCLINC

Beginning September 11, 2020, in lieu of the traditional bookmobile service, Baltimore county Library is offering book delivery to Charlestown residents on the 2nd Friday of each month!

Call 410-887-7586 to request books.

Books may be picked up and dropped off at the Community Resources offices in Brookside.

Telethon to Benefit Benevolent Care on TV 972

Tune in for the first-ever 2020 Charlestown Telethon

benefitting Charlestown’s Benevolent Care Fund

Photo Credit: Bicanski


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

10 AM – 1 PM

Channel 972


Set a course for adventure and join us to visit ports-of-call around the globe, entertainment, matching gifts to double the value of your donations, special guests, win prizes and help us keep the promise of “a home for life”.


Travel the world with us while staying safer at home!

Tips About Ballots: General Election 2020

League of Women Voters Logo
a future to believe in

Preparing for General Election, 2020

There will be no precinct at Charlestown

Maryland State Board of Elections is the place to go for comprehensive 2020 election information.
• To check your voter record, including status of your ballot, go to Voter Lookup and enter requested info.
• Once in your record, check for accuracy. Bottom line indicates whether you are listed to receive a mail-in ballot for November 2020 election.
• If not, download Absentee Ballot Application or get one at a Charlestown lobby desk.
• Once you have completed your ballot, mail it asap to the Baltimore County Board of Elections or take it to a ballot drop box (e.g. Arbutus Community Center, 865 Sulphur Spring Road.)

No computer? Ask a friend to help you, or call Phyllis Lansing or Pat Payne.
Contact info is in the Resident Directory


Apple Charlestown User Group September 2020 Meeting

Apple Charlestown User Group September 2020 Meeting

Apple Charlestown User Group

September 17, 2020

1:00 p.m. – ZOOM CALL


Using ZOOM as a Presenter


Many of us are using Zoom as our video software. After attending countless Zoom meetings, and watching YouTube videos on the topic, I will share what I have learned. The Zoom information will be sent out closer to the meeting date.


Ann MacKay, Apple CHUG