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.

Ch Ch Changes

HeadlineMay19.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO


As David Bowie once said in his ever popular song Changes, “time may change me, but I can’t trace time”…and don’t we know it.

Speaking of changes…how about that Temporary Windows Dining Room?
Scary? Annoying? Frustrating? Exciting? All of the above?

Last week there were two Town Halls each focusing on the Temporary Windows Dining Room.

Here are some important dates that will be approaching quickly:

November 2017: New Grille Opening and Windows Closing
July 2018: All dining venues will be completed
(please note this time frame is subject to change)

There have also been added hours for certain dining rooms to allow room for more residents to eat since Windows will not be able to seat as many.

After the presentation, there was a question and answer section where many residents asked about the following:

Where will be parking our vehicles (scooters, walkers, etc)
Can we still bring the same amount of guests to dine with us?
What will happen to playing cards?

Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Wednesday, May 24th to find out the answers to these questions. The program will also be available online the following day at

The MOLST Form

headline_may12.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The MOLST form, better known as the Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment is an extremely important form that all residents should have in their possession. In fact, most residents have this located behind their front door, and some even have copies around their apartment.

Dr. Landsman provided great insight into what this form was and how important it is to have the most up to date version. Basically, the MOLST form honors patient’s preferences when it comes to the end of their life. Most residents fill out this form with a health care agent or health care professional telling them how they should be taken care of.

During the lecture, Dr. Landsman shows you what the form looks like and goes in detail through each section. Each form must be signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner…even when the form is updated.

Some common questions and sections to fill out on this form are as follows:

  1. Whether or not to give CPR
  2. Are the use of antibiotics available for this patient?
  3. Are they able to give chronic dialysis for end of stage kidney disease?
  4. Can a feeding tube be used if the patient is unable to eat on their own?


For more information on the MOLST form along with Advance Directives, tune to Channel 973 on Tuesday, May 16th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The lecture will also be available online the following day at

A Little of This…A Little of That…

Headline_May5.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

This week’s newsletter is a little different. I’m going to be highlight some upcoming shows and events happening in the month of May!

Monday, May 8th: General Services Call In Show
We have a General Services Call In Show airing on Monday at 10am where you can call in and have your questions answered. During this time, we will also be airing a short video on how to operate your Comcast remote (who’s excited?!). Make sure you tune in and call in with any questions!

Wednesday, May 10th: LegalLine
Steve Bailey is back…but this time he has a special guest with him! Make sure you watch Channel 973 on Wednesday to find out who we’re talking to.

Friday, May 12th: Philanthropy Updates
The dynamic duo returns to the Oak Crest Now set to tell you about some upcoming information regarding the Gold Tournament on May 22nd. So for all those golfers out there, if you haven’t signed up to play yet, make sure you contact the Phil Office! And of course, the Oak Crest TV Studio will be at the event filming all those great hole in ones!

Tuesday, May 16th: The MOLST Form with Dr. Landsman
I’m sure this is a show that many residents have been waiting for! Dr. Landsman talks all about the ins and outs of the MOLST form, where it should be in your apartment, and some updates you should make.

Mid May: Meet the Politicians
Jeff Getek is back with some of your delegates in District 8! Find out how their most recent session went along with some bills they were part of and what their plans are for the summer months.

Thursday, May 25th: Monthly Call In Show
One of my favorite shows of the month! We’re back again and hopefully we hear from you whether it’s positive feedback, critiques, or suggestions—we want it all! Remember to call 410-663-3013.

So get those calendars out and mark those days! And if there is ever a show you want to see again, or if you have any ideas for new shows, please let me know! As always, if you want to watch any of these shows after they air, head over to!

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!