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Charlestown Marketing & Sales Continues Reward Program

Sales & Marketing is interested in meeting full capacity of independent living units, as it benefits all of us. They have increased the regular $1,000 Resident Referral Offer to a ONE (1) month credit of a resident’s Monthly Service Package for a referral of someone who is not currently reserved, actively meeting with the sales team, or already referred by a current resident.

In order to qualify for this new referral credit, a resident must submit a referral form directly to the Sales Office. Forms submitted July 15, 2020 through December 31, 2021 will be eligible for the monthly service package credit. Referral forms are available from the Sales Office or at any front desk. Sales will also continue to offer the $50 Giant Food gift card reward when the referral joins the Priority List.

The Sales team offers in-person, virtual and home visit appointment opportunities for potential residents. Feel free to reach out to the Sales Team at 410-737-8830 or Don Grove, Director of Sales, at for questions or further details.

Caring for Your Kidneys: March 15, 2021

kidney support
“Caring for Your Kidneys”
Tina Hamilton, CRNP
Mid Atlantic Nephrology

Monday, March 15, 10:00 AM
(A limited number of classroom seats may also be available.)

For reservations contact: Cal Williams

Aquatic Center Reopens March 11

Charlestown pool image

The Aquatics Center is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, March 11, 2021, as the repairs and painting of the pool area will be complete.

To make reservations to use the pool, you may call the Fitness Center x601-8730 beginning on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 7 AM – 4 PM.

When making your 3 reservation times, please remember to leave your name, phone number, and the days and times you prefer.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these past few months.

 ~~The Fitness Team~~

Movies Shown at Charlestown: March 2021


Friday, Mar. 5 Continental Cinema
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), 2 hr.
Foreign film – much acclaimed
Sat/Sun, March 6 and 7 The Irishman (2019), 3 hr. 19 min.
Many awards, DeNiro, Pachino, and Pesci.
Sat/Sun, March 13 and 14 Brooklyn (2015), 1 hr 57 min.
A St. Pat’s delight.
Sat/Sun, March 20 and 21 Marriage Story (2019), 2 hr 17 min.
Scarlett Johanson and Adam Drive face a difficult divorce.
Sat/Sun, March 27 and 28 The Trip to Greece (2020), 1 hr 50 min.
Two Brit actors take a delightful, scenic, and funny trip – joyous fun.

Resident Book Review for April, 2020

Apr. 21 – The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming – CANCELLED
[New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2019] by David Wallace-Wells, reviewed by Donna Martin.
Event to be rescheduled after the coronavirus threat is over.


Table of Contents
Article by Author: Uninhabitable Earth [New York Magazine]
…Apocalypse is Now [New York Times]
Review: Our Terrifying Future [The Guardian]
Review [NPR]
It is Absolutely Time to Panic about Climate Change [Vox]
Interview with Author [Talks at Google] (video)
The Strange Optimism of Climate Alarmist… [RollingStone]
A Pathway to Decarbonization is Clear [climate one] (video)
Destruction from Climate Change… [Washington Post]
Review [Slate]
Review []
Review []
Interview [GQ]
Interview: Press Conference USA [Voice of America] (audio)

Ladies Boutique Offers Personal Shopper Service

Are you looking for a new outfit? Do you have a special event coming up? Call on the Ladies Boutique Personal Shopper Service! The Ladies Boutique will assist you by selecting items you request and delivering them to your apartment or meeting with you at your convenience at the Boutique.

If you live in Brookside, Herbert’s Run, St. Charles, Harborview or Caton Ridge, call Peggy Romenesko**  for more information or for an appointment.

If you live in Fountain Hill, Maple Terrace, Courtyard Crossing, Edgewood, Arborside, Greentree Court, Chapel Court, or Parkview, call Barbara Weaver** to set up your appointment.

** Contact information can be found in the Resident Directory, by logging into MyErickson and clicking on the Resident Directory icon.

Book Review of “This is Happiness”

This Is Happiness by Niall Williams

Resident Janet Neer’s review of This Is Happiness by Niall Williams [New York: Bloomsbury, 2019] is scheduled to be shown on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 on TV 972 at 7 PM and directly after Charlestown Today which runs at 10 AM, Noon, 4 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM.

This novel takes place in the Irish village of Faha in 1958, when electricity was brought to town.  Narrated by Noel Crowe, a 78-year-old man, the story focuses on the year he was 17 and confronted by circumstances which led to his living with his grandparents in the village.  Christy, a sixty-year-old boarder of his grandparents, is part of the crew constructing power lines in the area.

Having moved from the city of Dublin to Faha, Noel has adapted to the quaintness of the village and the perplexing characteristics of its inhabitants, noting that “eccentric was the norm.”  He found his grandmother Doady and grandfather Ganga to be contrary and crafty.  Yet he saw this as the place he learned how to live.

The impact of change and its meaning to the villagers are threads throughout the story. The predictable, constant rains have stopped for the longest time in Faha history, which causes great unease. Their resistance to electricity has placed them nearly last in the country to be wired. Noel notes, “The future of modernity was uncertain and people were consoled to backwardness.” Only the priest of St. Cecilia’s Church could convince his parishioners to allow progress.

Christy, the “electric man,” is a mysterious character, who has another reason for being in Faha.  Noel gets few clues while the two men explore the area on bicycles and stop into pubs.  Eventually the mystery is solved, revealing the poignancy and complexity of love and loss.

Noel reflects on the capricious nature of memory, as he tells his coming-of-age story. He observes that we see stories of our own construction with flawless clarity.  His recalled relationships with the Troy sisters are especially amusing.

The story is the main character of this beautifully written novel.  According to Noel, “Story was the stuff of life, and to realize you were inside one allowed you to sometimes surrender to the plot, to bear a little easier the griefs and sufferings and to enjoy more fully the twists that came along the way.”

This is Happiness was listed as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.  Niall Williams has written other novels and nonfiction, including   History of the Rain, longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2014.

Janet Neer is a coordinator of the monthly book reviews with Ellyn Loy.

Special recognition goes to Jane Backstrom, who has decided to step down as coordinator after many years of recruiting and supporting wonderful reviews and reviewers!

Drumming Class at Charlestown Combines Music, Fitness and Fun

Drumming is back beginning Wednesday, February 24, 2021.  Come and have some fun in the Drumming and Weights class held every Wednesday morning!  All levels of fitness are welcome.


9 AM – 9:45 AM

Charlestown Square, 2nd floor next to the Gallery


Sign up by calling the Fitness Center at 601-8730. This class falls under the Group Fitness Class fee of $25 per month.

Resident Book Review for February, 2021

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 on TV 972.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
[New York: Random House, 2020] by Isabel Wilkerson, reviewed by Ken Weeden.


Author’s website
Author Talk [Atlanta History Center] (video)
Author with Bryan Stevenson on Caste [Politics and Prose] (video)
Darren Walker and Isabel Wilkerson discuss Caste [Ford Foundation] (video)
The Work of Analogy…. [LA Review of Books]
Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ Is an ‘Instant American Classic’… [NY Times]
Review [NY Journal of Books]
‘Caste’ Argues Its Most Violent Manifestation…[NPR]
Running Deeper Than Race…. [Washington Post]
Review [Spectrum]
Caste Offers a New Word for Injustice in America…[Vulture]
Reviews [Book Marks]
Review [WNYC podcast]
Review [Rokeby Museum/VT]
Does America Have a Caste System? [The Gospel Coalition]