Nature Trail Committee Update

Our last Nature Trail Committee blog input was in April, just prior to our Wildflower Day celebration on April 20, which went off very nicely. Mother Nature again graced us with her ephemeral presence. Since then a lot has been happening. Our specialty gardens are all looking beautiful in June. The Butterfly Garden has many types of flowers in bloom, with coneflowers currently dominating and a rear echelon of milkweed ready to bloom. The Wildflower Garden is dominated currently by coneflowers and daisy asters (fleabane), with some of the latter rising to 6′ tall. Swamp milkweed and pokeweed form the rear echelon in this garden, along with about a dozen small trees which have been planted here before they are moved to permanent homes. The Rock Garden continues to be a thing of beauty on the Nature Trail, under the Herbert’s Run – St. Charles skywalk. We also have a small new garden being developed around the Nature Trail sign behind Cross Creek where folks can access the middle parts of the Trail.
There were two accidents since April – One a broken ankle due to slipping on a wet wooden stairstep on the Trail access from Cross Creek, and the other a tipped-over EMV out on the Lake Trail. Both accidents, and others elsewhere on campus, indicate a definite need for improved new emergency pendants which have GPS capability, and these have been requested by the Residents Council for inclusion in the FY18 Charlestown budget. The slippery wooden steps associated with the Trail have now been covered with skid-resistant colored tape.
Nine tree identification signs have been placed in windows of the high skywalks between Edgewood & Brookside and Herbert’s Run & The St. Charles. The signs are small, but informative, and are placed directly in front of the tree identified. At least a few additional signs are planned for the same walkways.
A new group has been formed on campus – The Tree Working Group (called the TWiG). It is composed of Charlestown, contractor, and Catonsville personnel who have expertise and interest in our campus trees. The purpose of the advisory group is to help develop a more efficient, planned tree program on campus. The first major action was to photographically document and map all trees on the main part of campus which are dead, dying, or otherwise pose a hazard. The trees were individually prioritized for removal, and contractor cost estimates were made on a per tree basis. This information was made available to the Residents Council via the Grounds Committee and inputted to Management for inclusion in the FY18 budget process.
Lastly, a new document is being made available to residents and staff. It is called “Eco-Charlestown”, and it deals with virtually every environmental aspect of Charlestown. It also includes lists of the trees, birds, and mammals of the Charlestown campus.
Bert Clegern
Nature Trail Committee
Posted in Nature Trail Committee

Traffic Impact Statement, June 12, 2017


Additional demolition equipment for RGT will be mobilized to site on Monday 06/12 at 7:00am.

Traffic Impact

One lane of the road in front of RGT will be blocked for approximately one hour while equipment is offloaded. Flaggers will direct traffic around the delivery while the drive lane is blocked. If necessary, traffic will be rerouted through the Chapel parking lot.

Resident Impact

No resident impact anticipated.

Posted in RGT Demolition

2017 Farmers Market

Beginning, Thursday, June 8, the 2017 Charlestown Farmers Market is here! Again this year, we will be offering a  variety of seasonal, local, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers and flower arrangements.

Our Vendor, Stoney Acres Farm, is located in Westminster Maryland. The Farm is owned by a husband and wife team, Eileen and Allan.

The Charlestown Farmers Market will be open weekly on Thursdays in the Cross Creek Lobby from 8:30am to 1:00pm!

For More information regarding the Farmers Market contact the dining services department at ext 8333

Posted in Farmers Market

Goal Accomplished!

Congratulations Charlestown residents! Due to your generous donations, we exceeded our goal of $150,000 by raising $175,000 with 52% household participation. On May 17th we awarded 23 new scholarships at our Scholars’ Ceremony, $2,000 for each student, which will go toward their tuition to the institutions of higher learning which they have chosen to attend. The new Scholars are: Abigail Antoine, Briahnna Talbott, Bryant Henry, Courtney Hancock, Danae Hebron, Emma Olszewski, Jamie Atkins, Jasmine Franklin, Kayla Berry, Kieran Van Zant, Olivia Judson, Zevroniqa Brogden, Ca’ron Bell, Esther Eze, Trashawna Hollingworth, Tae’la Jones, Glen Griffin, Chadea Laws, Shelby Murphy, Justin Naylor, Kanyia Smith, Malik Townsend and Jordin Watkins. These students join the current 138 Charlestown Scholars, some of whom will graduate this summer.

Along with the Charlestown scholarship, the students had an opportunity to apply for additional scholarships. During the ceremony, the Special Named Awards were presented to Jamie Atkins – Ruth Harden-Inglis Award ($750), Emma Olszewski – Virginia Niccolai Scholarship ($1,000), Alwin Joy – Dr. Carroll Yingling Jr. Award ($1,500), Kieran Van Sant – Andrew Murray Myers Scholarship ($2,000), Abigail Antoine – Treasure Sale Award ($2,000), Courtney Hancock – Committee Choice Award ($500), and Jamie Atkins – Four-year Towson Scholarship ($6,000).

We thank each of our residents who made a donation to the 2017 Scholar Campaign, which helps to alleviate some of the financial burden our scholars experience during their college years. We also applaud the Jim Davis Family Foundation for their continuous support of the Scholars program with a $5,000 contribution this year.

We are grateful to this year’s guest speaker, James McBride. James is a previous Charlestown Scholar and will be graduating from Morgan State University this December. James started working here at Charlestown in 2006 in Dining at the tender age of 15 and continued until this past year when he left to become CEO of his own Public Relations firm. His speech content, directed to the Scholars and the residents, was exceptional!

A special note of appreciation to my fellow 2017 Scholar Committee members: Michelle Chenoweth, Leigh Anne Cooper, Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Tony Hansen, Pat Kasuda, and Betty Ruff, and to the Philanthropy Department team of Patti Santoni, Emily Fowler and Brittany Owens.

If you missed the ceremony, it will air on CTN972 on June 3 and 4 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tune in to watch this year’s terrific celebration of our student workers’ accomplishments.

-Charlie Eichenlaub-
Scholar Committee Chair

Posted in Scholars Fund

Fire Safety in the Kitchen

– A safety message from the Security and Emergency Services team-

  • Don’t leave your cooking unattended – stay in the kitchen.
  • Don’t store items in the oven or microwave.
  • Don’t store items on top of the stove.
  • Always set the proper time (microwave) and temperature (oven) to the right setting.
  • Don’t place metal objects or products containing metal in the microwave.
  • If there’s a fire don’t open the oven or microwave – Call 410-737-8806 SES Dispatch immediately.
Posted in Safety

Going Away? Suggested Rules to Follow

– A safety message from the Security and Emergency Services team-

Suggested Rules to Follow

  • Please plan early and please fill out a “Resident Away Form” anytime you’ll be away overnight.
  • Forms can be picked up at any front desk.
  • Please make sure the form is fully completed with the correct departure and return date (with times)
  • Please drop the form off at any front desk – at least 48 hours in advance (this allows Security time to process the form).
  • Please contact the front desk and Security (410-737-8806) if you have to leave unexpectedly and please try to fill out a form before you go.
  • Have a nice and enjoyable trip!
  • If you are planning on extending your stay – Please notify security at 410-737-8806.
  • Please notify the front desk when you return or if you return earlier than expected.

This will allow Communications and Security to assist you when your going on vacation. Have a safe trip and we’ll see you when you come back.

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Please Be Courteous in Our Hallways

– A Safety message from the Security and Emergency Services team –

Everyone in our community has a mode of transportation in the hallways; whether it’s walking, using an assistance device, such as a wheelchair, EMV, or rollator. Please treat everyone how you would want to be treated. It’s the Charlestown thing to do.

  • Please share the hallway.
  • Everyone should be safe, kind, and patient.
  • Announce yourself or if on an EMV honk your horn when attempting to go around someone.
  • Be courteous and assist others by opening a door or holding the elevator, door.
  • Allow room for people, rollators, walkers, and EMV’s as they get on and off an elevator.
  • Allow room or space for others when there’s a crowded elevator. (most are uncomfortable in this situation).
  • EMV’s please watch your speed and allow time to stop.
    • Use caution around corners by looking, slowing down, and being aware.


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