A Fond Farewell

blog161202_chrisby Christopher Taydus

It has been nine years almost to the day. My first day at Oak Crest was December 3, 2007…my last day is today, December 2, 2016. I’ve had more apartments and roommates than I’ve had full-time jobs in the span of time I’ve worked here.

First Day vs Last day
First Day vs. Last day

I am going to miss this place terribly. The residents, the staff, the families, the buildings, the grounds…all of it. This was my first full-time job ever, and it was my first job after college. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting to when I graduated college, but it was a job that was willing to pay me. I learned quickly that this job and this place was so much more than I ever thought it would be.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the residents of Oak Crest. Those that are still with us, and those that are no longer here. From the smallest greeting to the longest, most dedicated volunteers, every single resident has had some impact on my life. Your life stories, your kind words of encouragement (and your kind suggestions for improvement), your smiling faces…all of it has made my day each and every day of the past nine years.

I also wanted to thank the various staff members that I’ve worked with through the years. Just like the residents, many of you have had a large impact on my life and helped to make me the person I am today.

Also, thank you to all the guests that have come through the studio doors. The residents, the staff, and the off-campus visitors have each helped to create some very entertaining segments that helped me to bring joy to the residents of Oak Crest.

Thank you to all my friends and family that have been so supportive during my nine years. You’ve each supported me and this community in ways that you may never fully understand. Special thanks to one of my best friends Brian for never passing up the opportunity to help me with an Oak Crest shoot even if the pay was non-existent. Another special thanks to my girlfriend Amanda for supporting me through the whole process of transitioning to my new job.

Finally, I wanted to thank the various TV Studio employees I’ve worked with at Oak Crest: Josh, Lauren, Stephanie, Tameka, and all of the studio’s past interns. Things in this studio can be incredibly hectic, and I’m so proud to have created some fantastic programming to present to the residents of Oak Crest. Each of you has some amazing skills that I hope will continue to benefit you for days to come where ever you may end up. Specifically to Josh and Lauren, thank you for helping me to get to the next chapter in my life. You two have been so understanding and helpful with my interviews and getting ready to wrap up my time here. I’ll miss seeing you guys every weekday morning at 8 AM.

Specifically to Josh and Lauren, thank you for helping me to get to the next chapter in my life. You two have been so understanding and helpful with my interviews and getting ready to wrap up my time here. I’ll miss seeing you guys every weekday morning at 8 AM.

For those that don’t know, I’ll be starting at our sister community Riderwood in Siver Spring, MD as the Manager of their TV studio. Josh and I have already discussed planning some inter-studio events between Oak Crest, Riderwood, and Charlestown, so don’t think that you’ve seen the last of me.

It’s definitely going to increase my commute, but my girlfriend and I are preparing to move down to Columbia, MD early 2017. I will be sure to keep Josh and Lauren up to date on what’s going on in my life, so feel free to bug them to find out what I’m up to!

Well, that’s it! I don’t want to wrap this good bye up, but the telethon is starting soon, so I’ve got to go. For the last time, though: “For Oak Crest Now, I’m Chris Taydus. Have a great day, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!”

Make the Call, Make a Difference


by Christopher Taydus

It’s that time of year. The tree is set, the phones are connected, and Oak Crest TV and Philanthropy are ready to raise some money. It’s the 8th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Telethon, only on Channel 973!

This year is an exciting telethon for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s the first telethon for new Philanthropy Manager Stacey Schiano, and new Philanthropy Coordinator Beverly Venedam. They definitely have some big shoes to fill, but if the Benevolent Care Gala in September is any indication, those two will have no problem raising money for those four hours.

While we’ll be welcoming Stacey and Beverly to the telethon excitement, we’ll be saying farewell to a member of the team as well. Television Production Coordinator Chris Taydus will be finishing his time at Oak Crest on the day of the telethon. Chris will be taking over as the Manager of the Television Station at Oak Crest’s sister community Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD. Since things will be hectic in the studio on Chris’s last day, please take an opportunity to stop down to the studio on Monday, November 28th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to say farewell (Click here for more information).

It’s not all Hellos and Goodbyes though as the telethon will be full of fun and excitement. The whole show kicks off with ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Josh Runkles & Executive Director Mark Roussey. Based on the popular segment created by late night television host, James Corden, Josh and Mark will drive around the Oak Crest campus talking about Benevolent Care and singing their favorite songs. A few special guests may join in as well.

Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some 'Carpool Karaoke' with resident Audrey Buchanan.
Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with resident Audrey Buchanan.

The telethon will also include performances by the Oak Crest Line Dancers, resident Duke Baugh, and some Oak Crest staff members, Stacey and Chef Joe Bollinger making Christmas cookies, a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the Oak Crest Treasure Chest, and much much more!

The telethon will air live on Channel 973 from 10 AM till 2 PM on Friday, December 2nd only on Channel 973. If you miss the telethon, the show will be available the following week at http://www.oakcresttv.com, and you can catch highlights from the show at 7 PM, 9 PM, and midnight. Telethon highlights will also air at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM on both Saturday and Sunday on Channel 973.

A Trip to the Beauty Shop


by Christopher Taydus

For the past few months, residents have seen the transition of all the Oak Crest Salons over to the new salon management company, PS Salons. While the transition has been a smooth one, many residents are still left asking why they should choose PS Salons over an outside service.

First and foremost, PS Salons is here on the Oak Crest campus. Whether it’s Town Center, Crestview Station, Village Square, or Continuing Care, you receive the same excellent quality service throughout the campus.

Also, PS Salons is a company dedicated to providing a modern, inviting environment where residents, friends, and family want to come together and enjoy a social spa experience. These are salons/spas designed with seniors’ needs in mind. The services, products, and stylists are geared towards residents of retirement communities and their particular needs.

Learn more about PS Salons, their staff, and their service when members of the salon staff join Lauren Costello on Tuesday, November 1  as part of Oak Crest Now. The show will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. It will also be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.

Meet the New Associate Executive Director

by Christopher Taydus

The Oak Crest Now Monthly Call-In Show is an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered, but next week, it’ll also be an excellent opportunity to meet Oak Crest’s new Associate Executive Director, Bo Lundh

Bo Lundh will be joined the Oak Crest team as the new Associate Executive Director starting September 26th, 2016. Bo has been with Erickson Living for 21 years. He began his career with Erickson as a senior accountant at Oak Crest in 1995.

“I look forward to coming back to Oak Crest and join the team where I started my Erickson journey,” says Lundh. Bo has served many roles at Erickson Living including Director of Finance, Assistant Executive Director and most recently Director of Operations at Riderwood.

Regardless of title or position changes, the one constant is that Bo is all about serving others. Bo holds a B.S. in Administration with a focus in Finance. Bo is married with two children and resides in New Market, Maryland.

Learn more about Bo and ask your questions about him or the community when he and Mark join Chris Taydus on Thursday, October 27th on Oak Crest Now! The show will be live at 10:00 AM with replays at 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM. The show will also be available the following day at http://www.oakcresttv.com.

Preparing for the Future

blog160923_camerasby Christopher Taydus

For the last three years, OCTV has been filming many of their field productions (TV shoots outside of the TV Studio) using High Definition cameras. Now the studio is getting ready to upgrade it’s studio cameras to High Definition, but how will this affect residents? To better understand the benefits of HDTV, let’s start with the difference between HD and SD TV. Continue reading

Oak Crest TV Featuring You!

There are plenty of ways to get involved at Oak Crest TV including coming up with show ideas.
There are plenty of ways to get involved at Oak Crest TV including coming up with show ideas.
By Christopher Taydus

Do you have a special skill or talent? Do you have an interesting story to tell? Are you just looking to advertise a new group? Then Oak Crest TV is the place to do so!

Oak Crest TV is always looking for new and exciting guests to feature on our daily morning show, Oak Crest Now. Whether it be a local author, an Oak Crest Director, a community group leader, or any number of other guests that have appeared on the show, the studio is always glad to welcome interesting people to the show.

The staff of Oak Crest TV Channel 973 is happy to work with residents and other guests to produce outstanding programming to bring to the residents. Whether it’s as the host, the guest, or just a behind the scenes producer, the staff will help guide resident volunteers to help make that show a reality.

The first step in the process of creating a new show (whether it be a recurring show or a one time program) is to contact the Oak Crest TV Staff. The studio can be contacted by calling (410)663-3013, e-mailing the staff at studio@oakcresttv.com, or stopping by the studio in the Town Center building, across from the fitness center.

The next few steps will involve developing the idea. This includes locating and contacting guests, scheduling shoots, and figuring out the flow of the program. Then the production work begins: the show is shot (filmed) then pictures, video clips, and graphics are put into the show to increase the production value of the program.

To get a better idea of the types of programs the studio creates, residents should visit the Oak Crest TV On Demand page at www.oakcresttv.com, but don’t ever get discouraged as the studio staff is ready to help you every step of the way to make your TV dreams a reality.

Walk on the Wild Side


A fan favorite Good Morning Oak Crest show is Zoomobile Live. We all love seeing  Kathy Hogue talk about many of the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and we are so lucky we get the chance to do that live in our studio on a regular basis. So…we figured why not bring the fun to everyone on campus!

In May we had Zoomobile Live in the Crestview Conference Room as part of the Live the Life event put on by the Sales & Marketing department. It was PACKED. Everyone was so excited to see all the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Current residents and potential residents stopped by to learn about some animal ambassadors from the zoo. Kathy brought a wide array of animals starting with a gator and ending with a Flemish Giant Rabbit! And trust us, this is no ordinary bunny!

Each of the animals were taken around the room so guests had the opportunity to get an up close look at some wild friends from the zoo. It was great to see the interactions between the audience and the animals- it really made for a great show.

There are many upcoming events coming to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore over the next few months that are definitely worth checking out. You can visit www.marylandzoo.org to find out more information.

This program can be viewed on Channel 973 on Wednesday, July 20th at 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 7:00PM, 9:00PM, and 12 midnight. The show is also available right now at www.oakcresttv.com.

Where are they Now?: Angela Foster

A familiar face returns to Oak Crest to share the details of being a television personality and her favorite parts of working at Oak Crest.
A familiar face returns to Oak Crest to share the details of being a television personality and her favorite parts of working at Oak Crest.
by Josh Runkles

As many of you may know, every once in a while we get the opportunity to highlight a former Oak Crest employee in a segment known as, “Where are they Now?”. Over the years we have featured many memorable studio employees who have gone on to do wonderful things with their talents. From photography to sports production to public relations– talent has consistently been fostered at our community. Next week’s episode is no exception! On Thursday, June 9th, I will sit down with former Good Morning Oak Crest host, Angela Foster for the first time in ten years for what is sure to be a memorable interview.

Tune into this Oak Crest TV exclusive as we welcome back Angela to reminisce about her early interviews with guests that you are sure to remember! Did you ever wonder what Cal Ripken was really like in person or how we acquired all those special guests? The answers might just surprise you. She will also focus on the steps it took to make a name for herself in the chaotic world of traffic reporting. Enjoy various photos and video clips as Angela takes us into the world of an early (and I mean early!) morning news personality and shares what she is doing with the remainder of her time to help several charities in the area.

Angela Foster will be featured on Oak Crest Now on Thursday, June 9th at 10, 2, 7 , 9 or midnight. You may also view this program on demand at oakcresttv.com. If you would like to reach out to Angela directly, feel free to contact her via twitter @Angelatraffic.

Anthem of the Seas

Oak Crest Now joins the Special Trips department aboard the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas for a sneak preview of an upcoming trip.
Oak Crest Now joins the Special Trips department aboard the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas for a sneak preview of an upcoming trip.
by Lauren Costello

This past weekend I took a trip up to New Jersey with Kayla Coulson and Tina Moskunas to check out the newest ship, the Anthem of the Seas. This was the first time the ship has been in the United States after touring in Europe for several months. It was amazing to see how many activities there were on the ship for passengers to partake in. We know residents will love it! Continue reading