Recognition due Orenstein on Oct. 18

Toby Orenstein, founder and director of Toby's Dinner Theatre, will be honored Oct. 18 by Maryland Life magazine and the Maryland Board, the magazine's advisory panel, at the 2007 Marylander of Distinction Award Dinner at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.

Founder of Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia (1979) and Baltimore (2006), Orenstein also created the Columbia Center of Theatrical Arts, a variety of programs designed to educate through the arts.


Orenstein is also a visiting professor at Catholic University, and producer and director for USO productions for U.S. troops. She has been inducted into Maryland's Top 100 Women and Howard County's Women's Hall of Fame.

Patty Rouse, wife of the late James W. Rouse, is honorary co-chairwoman of the event, and pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will one of those presenting the award to Orenstein.


Vantage House names Ritacco

Meriann Ritacco has been named executive director of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community in Columbia.

She is former executive director of North Oaks in Baltimore, and has spent 25 years in personal care, nursing home and continuing care communities.

Vantage House in Columbia's Town Center includes 222 apartments for active senior citizens, ranging from studios to luxury penthouse apartments.

There are also 26 assisted-living rooms and 44 nursing care beds in an attached health center.