A Fond Farewell

blog161202_chrisby Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

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!”

Turkey Time

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Thanksgiving is only a few short days away and Oak Crest TV is bringing you some great entertainment to make your Thanksgiving full of fun and information.

Starting on Thanksgiving day at 10:00 AM, you’ll get to learn about the Thanksgiving memories of some of the residents and staff. Ruth Pundt sits down with some residents to discuss their favorite foods, traditions, and stories of years past. Then Lauren Costello checks in with staff members with their memories and some Thanksgiving trivia questions. The show reairs later that day at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM.

Later that day, the trivia continues as the Mind Over Memory Championship game airs at 11:30 AM. The Retired & Wired take on the Scorpions in the show’s season finale. It’s an exciting game with plenty of tough questions written and asked by producer David Cuneo. The show will re-air at 3:30 PM and 10:30 PM that day, and 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, and 10:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Then on Friday, take the opportunity to learn about the RAC Candidates with host Jim Wetzel. Click here to learn more about that show.

Remember all these shows will be available the next day at www.oakcresttv.com. Plus you can always look at the TV Guide at tvguide.oakcresttv.com.

A Trip to the Beauty Shop

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

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

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

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.

The Fun is Popping Up!

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by Mel Tansil
studio@oakcresttv.com 

Robbie Furman, the manager of Erickson Advantage for Charlestown retirement community, is always full of surprises, especially when it comes to his twisting balloons. He constantly delights residents and staff who are “children of all ages” with his balloon creations that depict people – real and fictional – and a wide range of animals and pop culture characters.

He has been working with balloons for over 20 years, and his original designs and techniques have become a mainstay for many balloon designers and artists around the world.

Ever since he was a young boy, Robbie has known that twisting balloons was what he wished to do for the rest of his life. Now he has had the chance to share his love of balloons and knowledge with those around the world; teaching them his deco-twisting style.

His designs have been featured on many popular television shows such as, ABC’s All My Children, One Life to Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty, and Good Morning America.

Robbie’s amazing balloon designs — from arches to an out-of-this-world life-size car that a person can actually sit in – are now found at Charlestown and other retirement communities nationwide managed by Erickson Living. He often teaches residents and staff the wondrous craft of twisting balloons.

Learn more about Robbie, his ballooning skills, and his dedication to the health and well being of Oak Crest residents when he appears on Oak Crest Now on Wednesday, August 24th at 10:00 AM. You can also catch the rebroadcasts at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.

Born to Run

Some residents and staff are getting ready to compete in the various races of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.
Some residents and staff are getting ready to compete in the various races of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.
by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

October 15th marks the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival, and yet another year where Oak Crest residents and staff will be participating! Last year, many staff members ran as part of the Kennedy Krieger team and raised over $30,000! This year, they are hoping to surpass that amount and raise even more…but that’s not the only goal for this year’s race… Continue reading

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
jrunkles@erickson.com

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.

Meet Stacey

Stacey Schianio, new Philanthropy Manager, just started at Oak Crest and now you get the chance to learn more about her.
Stacey Schianio, new Philanthropy Manager, just started at Oak Crest and now you get the chance to learn more about her.
by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

Just a few short weeks ago the Oak Crest Community welcomed Stacey Schiano, new Philanthropy Manager! She has some great ideas in store for the community and she cannot wait to meet everyone.

Stacey comes from a background spent in the non-profit world…18 years to be exact! Her main focus was in marketing and development, and she is ready and willing to take on her new position. Before joining the Resident Life team, Stacey worked for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America where she worked as the Director of Development. Stacey lives right around the corner in Perry Hall and loves how much shorter her commute is now! She has two daughters who she enjoys spending time with and taking vacations to the beach.

We all know with a new job comes new responsibilities, and Stacey is ready. She is currently looking to hire a new Philanthropy Coordinator who will help her stay organized and enter data. Her main focus right now is the 2016 Benevolent Care Fund Gala which takes place in September. She is still trying to learn all the ins and outs of the job and she is looking for residents to help her and share advice!

A “meet and greet” will be held on June 6th from 3PM-4PM for residents to come out and meet Stacey…however, there is one catch. In order to attend this event in the Garden Room, you must find Stacey beforehand and ask her for a ticket. She can be found walking the halls, or in her office in Village Square.

This program will air on Thursday, June 2nd at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. It will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com. Let’s welcome Stacey!

The Best of the Best

This week Oak Crest Now will feature the broadcast of the Best of the Best ceremony from March 14th.
This week Oak Crest Now will feature the broadcast of the Best of the Best ceremony from March 14th.
by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Throughout the year, the Erickson Values Committee is responsible for presenting 16 deserving employees with 12 Employee of the Month and 4 Manager of the Quarter awards. The winners are employees that excel at the values & principles set forth by Oak Crest. It isn’t simply coming to work and getting the job done, it’s doing everything in their power to share their gifts to create a community that celebrates life. Once a year though, the committee, along with the Oak Crest Executive Team, presents two very special employees with the Best of the Best awards. This awards ceremony brings together residents and staff to celebrate exactly what the title says: “The Best of the Best”. Continue reading