Renovations All Around

Aug18Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

If you’ve been in Town Center lately you’ve noticed major renovations happening upstairs, downstairs, right, left, and pretty much anywhere you look. But, did you know the TV Studio is also undergoing some renovations?

For those that have asked, we are not moving anywhere! We’re going to be in the same location, same equipment, same staff…but we are getting some new decor.

The wallpaper has been stripped and the walls have been painted beige and blue. Our green carpet is going to be more of a blueish green and we’re getting a new floor for our set! I can’t wait to see what it looks like on television.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.49.33 AM.png                              The Control Room with the newly painted blue wall!

We also have new desks in the control room allowing for much more room when it comes to editing and taping shows. In fact, I have so much more space when writing this article!

Trust me when I say this has been quite an eventful process. I’m not one for clutter so I’ve been trying not to watch what is happening too closely because I know I’ll get super overwhelmed. I totally sympathize with what you are all going through with these renovations. But, it is fun to see how some color and new desks can totally change the entire look of the room and I’m so excited for everything to be done!

Sidenote: I’ve become really good at ripping wallpaper off, it’s actually really fun.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.49.43 AM.png                               Part of the inside of the studio with another blue wall!

Feel free to come swing by the studio to check out our renovations! We’re really excited to see what the final product will look like next week!




Going the Distance


“Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” — Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner

The past few days have felt much cooler for the month of August which can only mean one thing; fall is near! And you know what that means; running season is upon us!

Exercising and eating healthy is a big focus of many Oak Crest residents and with the new fitness center scheduled to open in November, I can only imagine what is to come! Over the next few weeks Channel 973 will be airing some shows focusing on summer fitness and healthy eating so make sure to check the TV Guide for the listings.

As for me, this summer I feel like all I have been doing is sleeping, eating, and running. And I’m sure Catherine, Jeff, and Bob can say the same. When it comes to training for a race, your whole mindset changes and your schedule is dedicated to long runs, hill repeats, and speed workouts. You are tired 24/7 and you are hungry all.the.time.

This summer, I decided to join the Charm City Marathon training group to get in shape and cut down my time for my fall race. It’s really nice being able to run with others who share the same passion and get the time commitment aspect. It’s even better because on days when I feel lazy, that group holds me accountable. So I lace up my shoes and head out the door.

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Last year, I sat down with Jeff Getek and Bob Gralley to talk about the Baltimore Running Festival. To this day, it might be one of my favorite stories. Bob started running at the age of 45; marathons, half marathons, 5ks…he did it all. A few years ago, Bob and Jeff got to talking and Jeff said when he turns 45, if Bob is still running, he will run a half marathon with him.

Now, we all know Oak Crest is comprised of very special people…so of course, the “marathon man” was still running races at the age of 90, which meant Jeff had to live up to his promise and run a half marathon. An incredible experience for everyone, that will be repeated again this October!

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For our show this year, we’re adding a veteran into our group; the one and only Catherine Cohen. From marathons, to 50ks to 100 mile races, to winning a 72 hour race, (yes, you read that correctly) SEVENTY TWO HOURS OF RUNNING, she is definitely a book of knowledge when to comes to running. No matter what advice I need, she always has a detailed answer of what to do.

Catoctin.jpg                                       (Catherine after finishing the Catoctin 50k)

During the interview, we talk about healthy eating tips, how to stay on top of getting enough sleep, and training smart. We also talk about the races we’re running this fall and how our training process is going.

This shows airs on Channel 973 on Friday, August 18th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the show online the following day at

So remember “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” —Julie Isphording, former Olympic runner

20 Years and 6,600 Questions Later


The most anticipated trivia show is back for its 20th season!
That’s right, the big 2-0.

I remember when I first started here, I heard talk of this ever popular “Mind Over Memory” show and I had no idea what it was or how it worked. I figured it was just a little game show, where someone asks questions to a group of people. I quickly learned that this show was much more than that.

First, did you know we are the only Erickson community to put on such a show? Let alone we have continued to air this program for the past TWENTY YEARS?! Let that soak in—truly incredible.

If you have ever watched Mind Over Memory on Channel 973, you might compare it to Jeopardy, however there are a few differences. Instead of 3 people competing individually, there are two teams, made up of three players competing against each other. The team has one captain that gives the final answer, but another difference is they do not have to phrase the answer in any certain format, unlike Jeopardy.

The most obvious difference is that we don’t give away thousands of dollars to the winner…but wouldn’t that be nice?? Hey, this is Season 20 so who knows what could happen! Just kidding…

What is most impressive is how much work goes into planning this show. Resident David Cuneo spends countless hours looking up questions that are just hard enough for our residents to answer. To date, David has come up with more than 6,600 questions. Once he comes up with the questions for each game, he bring them down to the studio, where we type them up and put them on index cards for each host. Then we work on graphics, make sure the music fits, get our commercials ready to air and before we know it, it’s show time!

Another fearless leader and part of our group is resident Ilse Harrop. She spends many days (and nights) on the phone with residents making sure they know what is going on, whose team they are on, and when they are to show up at the studio. She also keeps track of all the scores for each team and is responsible for finding a replacement if a resident calls out the day of a taping. We definitely could not do the show without her help! And, she’s also one of the smartest residents I’ve come to meet.

Now since this is the 20th year, there will be special guests and special things happening throughout the season, so make sure you’re watching. The first episode will air on Thursday, August 24th at 11:30AM on Channel 973 with two more showings at 3:30PM and 10:30PM

So use these next few weeks to read up on some facts and study some trivia so you can play along at home!


On Course for a Cause

July28Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

This past Monday, Oak Crest residents, staff, and vendors set out to raise money for the Benevolent Care Fund. The day opened with a little bit of rain and fog, but after about 20 minutes the sun started shining and a beautiful breeze hit the course.

I spent most of the day talking with the golfers and seeing if anyone got a hole in, resulting in winning a brand new Jeep.

Spoiler Alert: no one won.  

Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 1.28.46 PM.png           Beautiful shot of one of the brides along the course at Rocky Point

Special shout out to Josh who drove the golf cart around and avoided some massive puddles…and also dodged some other obstacles. It was really nice to step outside of the studio for a few hours and see everyone having a great time and enjoying the weather.

Everyone I spoke with was so excited to be part of such a great event. Even some of the vendors were thrilled to be playing on such a beautiful course, on an even more beautiful day. I think there were about 120 people in attendance-a great turnout.

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Filming the intro overlooking the lake behind us

The theme of the day was definitely how wonderful Rocky Point was. Everywhere you looked you were surrounded by water. Don’t worry, you’ll see all these views when the segment airs. And yes, we did get drone footage. And by “we” I mean Josh…I don’t fly the drone anymore…

Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 1.51.44 PM.png                   Gorgeous aerial shot of Rocky Point Golf Course using the drone

A special thanks to Stacey, Bev and all the volunteers who made this such a successful event. They netted over $22,000 for the Benevolent Care Fund. Right on par!

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 Jim Antonakos before his drive (added pressure because we filmed him)

Make sure you watch Channel 973 on Friday, August 4th to see more shots of Rocky Point Golf Course and see who I spoke to and what they had to say. You can also watch this program the following day at

Town Center Renovation Updates

July21Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

On Tuesday, July 18th, two Town Hall meetings took place in the Auditorium involving some updates and progress reports about Town Center. The phase has been long and tiring for many, but over the next few weeks much more progress is going to be made that is going to be easier for us to see.

For example, over the next few days, if you walk downstairs by the Auditorium you’ll be able to see the construction team painting, working on the ceiling, adding wallpaper, and putting in new flooring. Things are going to start to get interesting now that everything is happening right out in the open! As I write this, they have already removed the top part of the wall right across from Windows Dining Room.

During the Town Hall, Wendy Kelly, Jeff Hohenberger, and Kevin Goedeke explained what would be happening over the next few months, along with some updates on the new entrance to Town Center.

The most common items discussed included:
– Where the mailboxes will be located
– Where the new entrance to Town Center would be located
– What would happen when deliveries are made
– Updates on the new name that will be replacing Central Park
– A potential new route for transportation pickup

Residents then had the opportunity to ask questions expressing the areas they were most concerned about. The most common question involved the mailboxes and how residents would maneuver in and out of the apartment, along with the new location of the front lobby.

These questions, along with many others, can be seen on Wednesday, July 26th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the program online the following day at

Remember, there are also many other ways to have your questions answered and stay informed! These include:
– Information cards located at the front desk in each lobby
– Flyers located in the communication racks
– Town Hall Meeting in September
– Monthly Call In Shows on Channel 973

Lights, Camera, Action!

July14headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Do you ever wonder how those concerts every Sunday end up airing on our channel? What about how the mics get set up? What about adjusting the lights and playing videos for certain performances? This can all be attributed to The Lite and Sound Committee.

This group formed a few years ago and we at the TV Studio are so proud it falls in our department! I am lucky to work with such great residents each day and it’s incredible to me that most of them had 0 years of TV Production experience prior to coming to Oak Crest. Talk about impressive!

Currently there are about 7 members on this committee. They rotate throughout the month working the concerts. The best thing is that when John Barnold creates the schedule, you reply saying when you are free- no one is ever forced to work a concert and you will never work a concert alone. Plus, most of them just sign up for the shows they want to see! Win-win situation!

You might be asking what is required if you decide to join the committee. Easy. You set up the mics, you turn on the lights, and you film the concert. ABC, easy as 1,2,3. I mean, sure, it’s a little more detailed, but that’s pretty much the gist of it! Nothing to be afraid of.

During the interview we will show you what the camera looks like, what the camera sits on (which is called a tripod) and then some basic camera moves that are used during the shows.

Make sure you watch Channel 973 on Wednesday, July 19th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight to find out more about this group. If you’re interested in joining, feel free to give the TV Studio a call at 410-663-3013 or stop by one day and we can provide more information.

The program will also be available the following day online at

Sweet Land of Liberty

July10Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Just because the 4th of July has passed doesn’t mean the celebration has to end! Next week, make sure your channel is set to 973 on Thursday to watch the July 3rd event that took place last week in Erickson Hall.

Things were a bit different this year, and people were thrilled! A new band took the stage in Erickson Hall and people were anything but disappointed. The 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band performed a variety of songs for almost an hour! It was nice to see all the men and women who served (and are currently serving) our country come together for such a great event.

And of course, there was ice cream; who can forget the ice cream.

Tune in to Channel 973 on Thursday, July 13th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight to watch the performance. The program will also be available the following day online at

Brain Week Wisdom

June30Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The week of June 26th was Brain Week here at Oak Crest and what a week it was! From learning about healthy eating to how to properly exercise, many residents took away information to prolong their life.

A familiar face during this week was one of the Oak Crest nutritionists, Adriane Kozlovsky, who also teaches yoga to the staff members. Some of the key points she focused on during this week dealt with nutrition and health eating; especially when it comes to Signature Dining.

She spoke about making healthy choices at dinner and filling your diet with a sufficient amount of antioxidants. What are antioxidants, you ask? They are mainly found in fresh fruits and vegetables that prevent the oxidation of other molecules in the body. These include blueberries, cranberries, avocados, pecans, raisins, plums, oranges…and many, many more.

She also talked about how it’s important to include those Omega 3s, or the good fats, in your diet as well such as salmon. In our memory fitness class a few residents talked about how they are not the biggest fish fans; and that’s ok! You can take fish supplements which is great to lower your elevated triglyceride levels and keep your risk for heart disease down. Fish oils can also help lessen joint pain (did someone say arthritis??)

The rest of the week focused on keeping your heart and brain happy and healthy. There was a great brain health event where residents were able to learn more about the Memory Fitness class offered in the fall along with the Memory Cafe class, updates on the Memory Care unit and the Intermissions Program. If you happened to miss this event make sure you stop by the Resident Life Suite to pick up some pamphlets filled with information and who to contact for each area.

Make sure you tune into Channel 973 over the next two weeks to see these programs. Check out the TV Guides located at each community front desk to see when the shows air. They will also be available after they air the following day at

Shippin’ Up…to Baltimore!

june23headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The month of June brought a great Speaker Series lecture focusing on the USS Constellation. Many of you may have seen this ship downtown at the Inner Harbor. But do you know the history behind the ship?

Larry Bopp gave the presentation about the ship in full uniform attire. I think everyone enjoyed hearing what he had to say since he lives and breathes this ship! You can truly tell the ship hits close to Larry’s heart.



The USS Constellation launched in 1854 and is still afloat today (after some repairs here and there, of course). The best part? You can set foot on the ship and see what it was like for sailors during the Civil War. In fact, Larry shared some exciting news about the ship. They have been doing multiple renovations, and a new part was just updated and finished that week that has just opened to the public!

The USS Constellation is the second of three US Navy Vessels that carried the same name; the first being the Frigate Constellation. This ship was built right in Baltimore and launched in 1797. It was also the first of 6 ships built by the US Navy.


While visiting the ship, you will learn all sorts of historical facts about the ship’s voyages and battles at sea. For example, the United States did actually have a fleet of ships at sea designed to free slaves who had been captured and were on their way to the Western Hemisphere. So, you not only get to experience the immensity of the ship, but you also have the chance to learn something new!

Watch Channel 973 on Wednesday, June 28th at 10AM for the launch of this voyage. You can also watch later in the day at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available online the following day at