Love for the Game

Get that bat ready and step up to the plate to learn all about the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball on Oak Crest Now!
Get that bat ready and step up to the plate to learn all about the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball on Oak Crest Now!
by Lauren Costello

Get that bat ready and step up to the plate to learn all about the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball! The museum is located in the CCBC building right in Owings Mills. The museum makes up three floors filled with bats, jerseys, pictures, and so much more sports memorabilia.

The museum opened its doors in September of 2009 with the help of Baltimore County and many public officials. Mr. Rayner Banks, who is the Chair of the Museum, helped bring forth many past baseball players, family, friends, and political figures in the county to show what all the museum has to offer.

In November 2013, Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz officially declared the Owings Mills Metro Center Complex as the permanent location for the Negro League Baseball Museum. Now, many students can explore the museum in between classes, or while visiting the Library.

We were able to speak with many people who helped establish the museum, and it was amazing to see how much work went in to bring all the items in to showcase. Rayner Banks spoke with Lauren Costello about the different floors of the museum, as well as many other famous Negro players who are in the museum.

Along with Mr. Banks, Audrey Simmons, the Executive Director of the museum, was able to share the story of her husband, whom the museum is about. During the interview, you will notice that Audrey is wearing his baseball jersey showing what number he wore. It’s great to hear some great stories from someone who lived and breathed Negro baseball.

Some other faces in the show include, The Barnstorming Negro League Player, Luther Atkinson, the right hand man to the Baltimore County Executive, Tony Baysmore, and Ben Mason, the Vice President of the Museum. Each person we spoke with told us different stories from their times spent either playing in the Negro League, or helping with the establishment of the museum.

This show will air on Oak Crest Now on Friday, February 5th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the show online at the following day.

Farewell Phriday

Todd Sullivan appears in the intro to the 2013 Benevolent Care Telethon
Tune in this week as we take the opportunity to say goodbye to Director of Philanthropy and Communications Todd Sullivan.
by Christopher Taydus

For the last 8 years, Todd Sullivan has been the face of fundraising at Oak Crest. Todd is the originator of the Oak Crest telethon, the Dancing with the Oak Crest Stars competition, Philanthropy Phriday, and the Legacy Tree in Crestview Station. He’s become the face of Long Range Planning, Resident Satisfaction Surveys, and all three charitable funds at Oak Crest (for which he’s raised over 10 million dollars). His boundless energy, limitless creativity, and positive attitude will be sure to leave an indelible mark on Oak Crest for years to come.

Because of his numerous contributions to the community, it was bittersweet to hear that Todd’s tenure at Oak Crest was coming to an end on January 29th. Todd will be taking his talents to The John Carroll School in Bel Air, MD. Todd is ready to help John Carroll pursue its mission just as he’s helped Oak Crest do the same since 2007.  

“John Carroll’s mission is one that goes beyond the classroom and teaches students not only how to make a living, but also how to live,” he said.  “To have the opportunity to lead the advancement efforts as way to continue the tradition of John Carroll’s mission, celebrate those who have come before and help ensure a solid future, is an honor.  It is an exciting time to be part of the John Carroll family.”

As a tribute to Todd, Josh Runkles will be sitting down with Todd on Oak Crest Now to talk about his time at Oak Crest and some of his favorite moments from the last eight years. This show will air on Friday, January 29th at 10:00 AM. The show will re-air on 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. It will also be available the following day at

Oak Crest TV would like to wish Todd (and his whole family) good luck in the new endeavor and let him know that he’s always a welcome guest on Oak Crest Now!

Oak Crest Game Night


Look for new recurring segment, 'Oak Crest Game Night'.
A new recurring segment, Oak Crest Game Showdown, will be premiering on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00 AM.
by Christopher Taydus

A number of important historical sites, artifacts, and documents shed light on early board games. Whether it be the ancient Egyptians and the game of Senet, or the Mesopotamians 4,600 years ago playing the Royal Game of Ur, Board games have been played in most cultures and societies throughout history.

There are many benefits to playing games as well. Board games help the brain retain and build cognitive associations well in later years. The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex especially benefit from playing board games. These areas of the brain are responsible for complex thought and memory formation.

One of the primary benefits of playing board games is reducing the risk of cognitive decline, such as that associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Keeping your mind engaged means you are exercising it and building it stronger. A stronger brain has lower risks of losing its power.

Starting on Tuesday, January 19th, Oak Crest Now will feature a new recurring segment called ‘Oak Crest Game Showdown’ that will highlight various board games. The show will see our residents and staff team up to compete in various family style games. Our first show features Associate Executive Director Mark Roussey and resident Del Lloyd facing off against Philanthropy Director Todd Sullivan and resident Audrey Buchanan in two classic competitive games: Catchphrase and Pictionary.

Catchphrase is a game similar to charades. The timer starts as one member of a team tries to get his or her team to guess the word or phrase on a card. A clue-giver can make any physical gesture and give almost any verbal clue, but may not say a word that rhymes with any of the words, give the first letter of a word, say the number of syllables, or say part of any word in the clue (e.g., “worry” for “worry wart”). When the team guesses correctly, the other team takes its turn. Play continues until the timer runs out. The last team to secure a correct guess when time runs out scores a point.

In the Oak Crest version of Pictionary, one team member heads up to the drawing board and receives a card. On the card is a word or phrase that they must get their team member to guess without speaking or drawing any letters, words, or numbers. The team gets one point for each correctly guessed clue completed in the 90 second time limit.

So be sure to tune in on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00 AM to ‘Oak Crest Game Showdown’ on Channel 973. The show will reair at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM, and it will be available on demand the following day at

And if you’d like to be a contestant on ‘Oak Crest Game Showdown’ send an e-mail to

All Aboard

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
Locomotives and passenger cars in the roundhouse at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum. Oak Crest Now will feature some highlights from a recent trip to the museum on Monday, January 11th.
by Christopher Taydus

It has been called one of the most significant collections of railroad treasures in the world and has the largest collection of 19th-century locomotives in the U.S. and it’s located in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s old Mount Clare Station and adjacent roundhouse in Baltimore City. So of course, our Oak Crest Special Trips department couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad museum with our residents with a trip there on January 5th.

The B&O Railroad Museum houses collections of 19th- and 20th century artifacts related to America’s railroads. The collection includes 250 pieces of railroad rolling stock, 15,000 artifacts, 5,000 cubic feet (140 m3) of archival material, four significant 19th-century buildings, including the historic roundhouse, and a mile of track, considered the most historic mile of railroad track in the United States. Train rides are offered on the mile of track on Wednesday through Sunday from April through December and weekends in January. In 2002, the museum had 160,000 visitors annually.

Be sure to tune in to Oak Crest Now on Monday, January 11th at 10:00 AM on Channel 973 to get a preview of the museum. The show will reair at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM, and the show will be available the following day at For more information on the B&O Railroad museum, visit

Your Link to Annapolis

Your Link To Annapolis
Delegate Christian Miele speaks at the Oak Crest Meet the Candidates Night. Miele will be appearing on Oak Crest Now on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 only on channel 973.
by Lauren Costello

As we move into the first week of 2016, two of our shows focus on our elected officials; Senator Klausmeier and Delegate Miele. Public Affairs Manager, Jeff Getek, will conduct the interviews with each elected official, asking them all the questions our residents want to know. You will find out more about their personal life, what is happening in District 8, and what is on the table for the 2016 legislative session in Annapolis.

“Oak Crest is fortunate to have excellent relationships with our local elected officials. Senator Klausmeier, Delegates Bromwell, Cluster & Miele and Councilman Marks are frequent visitors to our community. Their appearances on WOCV allow our residents to learn about their backgrounds, positions on issues and most importantly, how to contact them. We look forward to continuing these interviews in 2016, especially surrounding the legislative session in Annapolis.” – Jeff Getek, Public Affairs Manager.

Delegates Cluster and Bromwell have already stopped by to tell us some topics on their agenda for the 2016 legislative session. Delegate Cluster plans to focus on schooling, hoping to provide each school with a police officer along with spending time working on some legislation in Baltimore City to better the community. Delegate Bromwell hopes to work more closely on getting financial support to our Veterans along with finalizing and planning certain laws for many of his various committees.

One common trend between all the elected officials seems to be their focus on reaching out to the community. They encourage all Oak Crest residents to contact them with their concerns or questions about District 8. As Jeff said before, Oak Crest is very lucky to get an opportunity to listen to these elected officials right in their own home. Even so, our community is able to become even more involved since Oak Crest is its own voting prescient; making it very simple for residents to vote and become involved.

The first show with Delegate Christian Miele will air on Tuesday, January 5th and the second show with Senator Kathy Klausmeier will air on Friday, January 8th. Both shows will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM and you will also be able to watch both programs online the next day at Interviews with Delegate Bromwell and Delegate Cluster are already available on demand at