Town Center Renovation Updates

July21Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

On Tuesday, July 18th, two Town Hall meetings took place in the Auditorium involving some updates and progress reports about Town Center. The phase has been long and tiring for many, but over the next few weeks much more progress is going to be made that is going to be easier for us to see.

For example, over the next few days, if you walk downstairs by the Auditorium you’ll be able to see the construction team painting, working on the ceiling, adding wallpaper, and putting in new flooring. Things are going to start to get interesting now that everything is happening right out in the open! As I write this, they have already removed the top part of the wall right across from Windows Dining Room.

During the Town Hall, Wendy Kelly, Jeff Hohenberger, and Kevin Goedeke explained what would be happening over the next few months, along with some updates on the new entrance to Town Center.

The most common items discussed included:
– Where the mailboxes will be located
– Where the new entrance to Town Center would be located
– What would happen when deliveries are made
– Updates on the new name that will be replacing Central Park
– A potential new route for transportation pickup

Residents then had the opportunity to ask questions expressing the areas they were most concerned about. The most common question involved the mailboxes and how residents would maneuver in and out of the apartment, along with the new location of the front lobby.

These questions, along with many others, can be seen on Wednesday, July 26th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the program online the following day at

Remember, there are also many other ways to have your questions answered and stay informed! These include:
– Information cards located at the front desk in each lobby
– Flyers located in the communication racks
– Town Hall Meeting in September
– Monthly Call In Shows on Channel 973

Lights, Camera, Action!

July14headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Do you ever wonder how those concerts every Sunday end up airing on our channel? What about how the mics get set up? What about adjusting the lights and playing videos for certain performances? This can all be attributed to The Lite and Sound Committee.

This group formed a few years ago and we at the TV Studio are so proud it falls in our department! I am lucky to work with such great residents each day and it’s incredible to me that most of them had 0 years of TV Production experience prior to coming to Oak Crest. Talk about impressive!

Currently there are about 7 members on this committee. They rotate throughout the month working the concerts. The best thing is that when John Barnold creates the schedule, you reply saying when you are free- no one is ever forced to work a concert and you will never work a concert alone. Plus, most of them just sign up for the shows they want to see! Win-win situation!

You might be asking what is required if you decide to join the committee. Easy. You set up the mics, you turn on the lights, and you film the concert. ABC, easy as 1,2,3. I mean, sure, it’s a little more detailed, but that’s pretty much the gist of it! Nothing to be afraid of.

During the interview we will show you what the camera looks like, what the camera sits on (which is called a tripod) and then some basic camera moves that are used during the shows.

Make sure you watch Channel 973 on Wednesday, July 19th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight to find out more about this group. If you’re interested in joining, feel free to give the TV Studio a call at 410-663-3013 or stop by one day and we can provide more information.

The program will also be available the following day online at

Sweet Land of Liberty

July10Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Just because the 4th of July has passed doesn’t mean the celebration has to end! Next week, make sure your channel is set to 973 on Thursday to watch the July 3rd event that took place last week in Erickson Hall.

Things were a bit different this year, and people were thrilled! A new band took the stage in Erickson Hall and people were anything but disappointed. The 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band performed a variety of songs for almost an hour! It was nice to see all the men and women who served (and are currently serving) our country come together for such a great event.

And of course, there was ice cream; who can forget the ice cream.

Tune in to Channel 973 on Thursday, July 13th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight to watch the performance. The program will also be available the following day online at

Brain Week Wisdom

June30Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The week of June 26th was Brain Week here at Oak Crest and what a week it was! From learning about healthy eating to how to properly exercise, many residents took away information to prolong their life.

A familiar face during this week was one of the Oak Crest nutritionists, Adriane Kozlovsky, who also teaches yoga to the staff members. Some of the key points she focused on during this week dealt with nutrition and health eating; especially when it comes to Signature Dining.

She spoke about making healthy choices at dinner and filling your diet with a sufficient amount of antioxidants. What are antioxidants, you ask? They are mainly found in fresh fruits and vegetables that prevent the oxidation of other molecules in the body. These include blueberries, cranberries, avocados, pecans, raisins, plums, oranges…and many, many more.

She also talked about how it’s important to include those Omega 3s, or the good fats, in your diet as well such as salmon. In our memory fitness class a few residents talked about how they are not the biggest fish fans; and that’s ok! You can take fish supplements which is great to lower your elevated triglyceride levels and keep your risk for heart disease down. Fish oils can also help lessen joint pain (did someone say arthritis??)

The rest of the week focused on keeping your heart and brain happy and healthy. There was a great brain health event where residents were able to learn more about the Memory Fitness class offered in the fall along with the Memory Cafe class, updates on the Memory Care unit and the Intermissions Program. If you happened to miss this event make sure you stop by the Resident Life Suite to pick up some pamphlets filled with information and who to contact for each area.

Make sure you tune into Channel 973 over the next two weeks to see these programs. Check out the TV Guides located at each community front desk to see when the shows air. They will also be available after they air the following day at

Shippin’ Up…to Baltimore!

june23headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The month of June brought a great Speaker Series lecture focusing on the USS Constellation. Many of you may have seen this ship downtown at the Inner Harbor. But do you know the history behind the ship?

Larry Bopp gave the presentation about the ship in full uniform attire. I think everyone enjoyed hearing what he had to say since he lives and breathes this ship! You can truly tell the ship hits close to Larry’s heart.



The USS Constellation launched in 1854 and is still afloat today (after some repairs here and there, of course). The best part? You can set foot on the ship and see what it was like for sailors during the Civil War. In fact, Larry shared some exciting news about the ship. They have been doing multiple renovations, and a new part was just updated and finished that week that has just opened to the public!

The USS Constellation is the second of three US Navy Vessels that carried the same name; the first being the Frigate Constellation. This ship was built right in Baltimore and launched in 1797. It was also the first of 6 ships built by the US Navy.


While visiting the ship, you will learn all sorts of historical facts about the ship’s voyages and battles at sea. For example, the United States did actually have a fleet of ships at sea designed to free slaves who had been captured and were on their way to the Western Hemisphere. So, you not only get to experience the immensity of the ship, but you also have the chance to learn something new!

Watch Channel 973 on Wednesday, June 28th at 10AM for the launch of this voyage. You can also watch later in the day at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available online the following day at

They Didn’t “Bocce” This…

2017NewsletterHeadlinejune16.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

This past Thursday about 50 residents and staff gathered around the new bocce courts right outside of Town Center. Yes, it was still a fairly hot day, but the smiling faces, cookies, and drinks made up for the heat.

I think the best thing about all this construction is seeing the final product; and we got our first glimpse on Thursday.  Two new (flat) bocce courts for the 100+ residents interested in this social sport were finally opened. Good news for the residents, not so much for the Executive Team. But hey, this year might be there year!


bocce image 1.JPG*drone aerial footage of the bocce courts*


bocce image 2.JPG*back drone shot of the two bocce courts*


The event lasted about an hour and even after that a few residents were still left playing. Brand new bocce balls, brand new courts, and a brand new “bocce picker up” to make bending down to get the bocce balls a thing of the past. It was a day filled with joy to finally see the front part of Town Center come together. Over the next few months construction will continue out near the courts. A path will be formed, a fountain will be put in place, and trees will be planted, making the area feel whole.

You can watch some highlights from the bocce ceremony on Monday, June 26th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and midnight. You can also watch the highlights the following day at


Anchors Away!

june9headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Though I do get sea sick when I’m on a boat, I have to say that did not happen while doing last week’s interview. Was it because the interview took place on land?….Maybe….

I am truly amazed each day how talented our residents are. I am so lucky to have such great stories to share with the Oak Crest community, and one of our shows next week is no exception.

You’ve all seen those wooden bowls around campus? What about the ever famous replica of Memorial Stadium? That rocking horse and motorcycle all made from wood? Ok; well what about the newest addition to the group? The Pride of Oak Crest.

The ever talented, John Swope is at it again with his latest astonishing work of art; a sailboat. Now I’m not talking about your typical sailboat. This boat is massive! I couldn’t even reach the top (and that’s saying something because I’m very tall). This is a piece of artwork that took John about 8 months to complete.

The attention to detail is like something I have never seen before. Each board was placed individually, he made the wheel to the boat by hand, and he even created a mini powerboat to attach at the back. And the most incredible thing to me is learning that John didn’t get involved with this hobby until moving to Oak Crest. True talent.

And the name. Who can forget about the naming of the boat; The Pride of Oak Crest. But what’s neat about this boat is the history. This boat actually has two names. Why? You’ll have to watch on Thursday to find out! But the story definitely hits home.

I had a great time talking with John and learned so much from him. For example, I learned they actually create pretty much every piece to whatever they are working on. I also learned that they do, in fact, get wood from hobby shops and warehouses….not in the woods….

This story sets sail on Thursday, June 15th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also head over to the following day to watch the episode.



Red, White, and You!



On June 14th in the Town Center Auditorium the Flag Day Committee will be having another celebration of Flag Day. The first celebration happened last year and it was a huge success…but this year will be even better.

As a member of the committee, I can tell you how much effort this group has put into the event. We meet once a month and talk about changes we want to make from last year, residents practice their roles, and we discuss what to wear for the event.

This year, there is a GIANT surprise. Now, I don’t want to say what it is, but I know for a fact it will have everyone saying “WOW”. We will also be having candy outside of the Auditorium when the event is over.

We will be singing Patriotic songs, you will learn when each star was added to the flag, you will encounter a folding of the flag, and there will be memorabilia set up outside on a table for you to look at.

Tickets (free!) will be given out on Friday, June 9th.

To find out more about this event, watch Channel 973 on Wednesday, June 7th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or 12 midnight. The show will also be available online the following day at

O say, we will see YOU at the event!!

Online & Informed

Headline_May5.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

I always think it’s funny when people see me in the hallway and say “hey, what are you doing out of the studio?!” But a lot of stuff happens outside of these doors! Whether we’re recording a Town Hall, outside flying the drone, or over in NG filming, we are always on the go. How can you keep up with everything? Easy:

Over the past few months there have been many important Town Hall meetings that we have filmed. This includes any Long Range Planning Meetings, Dining Town Halls, Resident Town Halls, MaACCRA events, and so many more! With Long Range Planning picking up, a great way to stay informed is through our website:

How does our website work? After a show airs at 10AM on Channel 973, we then transfer the show right to our website where it lives for one year. This has been extremely convenient on so many levels. First, if you miss the show that aired that day, you can go right to the website and watch it in it’s entirety. Second, if you don’t have time to watch the entire show online, you can fast forward or select the certain part of the show you want to watch. Third, you are able to share the links with your family and friends so they are able to stay informed. Fourth, you can even download the show and have it on your computer forever. Fifth…well, I’ll stop there because I could go on and on and on…

You can visit our website using your smartphone, tablet, or computer How awesome, right?! Want to check it out now? Here, let me help: 

I think the most interesting thing I have experienced with the website occured when I spoke with two potential residents looking to move to Oak Crest. I remember them asking me what they can do here. So instead of telling them, I showed them. They were amazed. They couldn’t believe we had all the programming online. Town Halls, Game Shows, Politicians, Call In Shows…they didn’t know what to watch first.

The best part about speaking with those two residents was showing them what was happening at Oak Crest while they waited to move in. They never had to feel out of the loop. They would be able to know names and faces before moving in. They could watch group spotlight programs to know what organization they wanted to join. Just because they didn’t live here yet didn’t mean they couldn’t be involved or informed.

So if you have a “smart”device, head over to our website and check it out–we would love to hear your thoughts.

You can always email us your ideas at as well.