Summer Skin Safety

HeadlineApril30png.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Did you know your skin is the largest organ in your body? Did you know it weighs about 3.5 pounds?!

The skin is also (unfortunately) the easiest target for the sun. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop some type of skin cancer in their lifetime. In fact, most of the costly burns took place before you reached the age of 21-scary right?

Ray Wiltshire, the President of OnSite Dermatology, delivered a very informative and educational lecture last week about protecting your skin. The best part? It’s never too late to protect your skin from the sun.

I actually took a lot away from the lecture, especially because I do spend so much time in the sun during the summer. Ray stressed the importance of always putting on sunscreen; no matter if you’re spending time inside or outside. And for all you ladies out there, listen up! SPF can actually be found in most of your makeup AND moisturizers!

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day that we forget to reapply sunscreen. We might be headed to the beach, so excited to jump in the ocean, that midday, we look down and realize we have taken on a bright pink color. Uh oh…

Ray suggested applying sunscreen every 4 hours when you’re outside. He also said using an SPF greater than 30 doesn’t really make a difference and the companies selling 50 and above are trying to rip you off!

Later in the lecture, he also talks about some services that are available through OnSite Dermatology. There is a dermatologist on campus every two weeks who you are able to make appointments with. The nice thing is that most of the treatments can be done right here on campus in the medical center!

For more information on how to protect your skin, which areas to pay close attention to, and special treatments that are available, tune in on Tuesday, May 2nd on Channel 973.

The program airs at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available online the following day at

Out With the Old…In With the New

HeadlineApril24psd.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

As we all know, Long Range Planning for Town Center is underway! Dust is flying, walls are being torn down and beams are going up. Just think, the next time you blink, Town Center could be complete!! If only things worked like that…

This past Thursday there was a Town Hall meeting held in Erickson Hall to discuss the progress for the certain projects occurring in the Town Center area. Many photos were shown with updated chairs, tables, floor patterns, and furniture. Due to the weather and a delay on some approvals, the time frame was pushed back a bit.

I know the construction can be frustrating, but the other day I was watching the beams go up right outside of the studio and I have to say, it was amazing. First, I am terrified of heights, so seeing those men climb like monkeys all over the beams was truly incredible (also made me SO nervous).

Within 5 minutes the workers had seemed to gather a crowd of residents and staff watching them from the window. We were all talking about how they got up on the beams, how they knew what to do, and how fast they were moving. One resident leaned over to me and said “Isn’t this incredible? We get to see the whole process happen from right here! I can’t wait to see what happens when it’s finished!”

I couldn’t agree with you more! And to be honest…I think I stood at that window for about 20 minutes that day, getting shots and pictures, and just taking in what would soon be the new outside area of Windows.

So yes, change is scary, it’s unsettling, it’s annoying and it’s frustrating. BUT, with patience and a good attitude, change can be FUN! I mean, who else is excited for this new Bistro?!? This is only the beginning for this community and how cool is it that all of us get to be part of this!

The Long Range Planning Meeting airs on Wednesday, April 26th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day at

RESIDENTS: If you have a great view in your apartment of construction, feel free to send us pictures—we would love to show them on the air!



Monumental Baltimore

2017NewsletterHeadlineapril14.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Sarah Achenbach and Bill Mcallen are no strangers to the Oak Crest community. This dynamic duo presented their lecture last year on their book, The Spirit of Place: Baltimore’s Favorite Spaces. If you have not picked up this book I highly recommend it. I have lived in Baltimore my entire life and there were at least 5-7 places I have never visited, or even heard of! 

Personal Side note: If you HAVE read this book, I would also recommend picking up Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton. The author captures people on the streets of New York City in amazing photographs, along with a quick caption or paragraph of this person telling their unique story…truly amazing and inspirational. 

This past Wednesday, Oak Crest was graced with the presence of Bill and Sarah once again for a very entertaining lecture. What made this so entertaining you might ask? Well, before putting together this presentation, neither Sarah nor Bill knew a thing about the monuments in Baltimore. They did as much research as they could before coming to present to the residents, and I have to say, they did an amazing job.

They talked about the history of the monuments from Mt. Vernon, to Mt. Washington, to the Inner Harbor, and everywhere in between. The pictures Bill photographed really helped add to their storytelling and got everyone very excited for the upcoming trip in May.

I think my favorite part about the lecture was when Bill was talking about the new 9/11 Memorial that was built right outside the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor. I run past this monument at least three times a week and have never stopped to realize how powerful it was. The way this monument was constructed was almost as powerful as the monument itself. 

You can hear this story along with many others when the show airs on Tuesday, April 18th at 10AM. You can watch rebroadcasts at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available the following day online at

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way!


Here comes Peter Cottontail!! Well…not quite, more like Lauren and Barbara…but we’re just as good as Peter (if not better), we promise!

Though I have to say Spring is my least favorite season, I think Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I feel like the sun always shines a little brighter and people smiler a little wider on that day…but it could also be from everyone wearing such bright and lively colors!

With help from the Media Arts Group, Barbara and I sat down and talked about some of our favorite Easter memories. You’ll learn a bit about the history of Easter, how the White House egg roll became so popular, some of our favorite Easter candy, and you’ll even see us dye eggs!

But that’s not it…we have one more surprise in store but of course you’ll have to wait for the show to air to find out.

So make sure your TV is set to Channel 973 on Thursday, April 13th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available online the following day at

Hoppy Easter!