Maryland 2012, year in review

2012 was a stormy year in Maryland filled with great achievements and unthinkable tragedies. Here are a few moments that we will never forget.

Derecho summer storm

Derecho summer storm

On June 29th a derecho storm blew through Maryland causing hundreds of thousands to lose power. A derecho storm is a series of  severe thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds. This summer storm brought winds as high as 70 mph. Besides power outages, Maryland’s derecho storm caused downed trees, crushed cars, and roofs blown off houses. Six months later on October 29th, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Atlantic Coast. Although Maryland was not hit as hard as New Jersey, Sandy did cause damage – especially in Ocean City. This storm caused downed trees and flooding throughout Maryland and almost 200,000 people were without power. The fishing pier at the inlet in Ocean City was severely damaged, as was some of the boardwalk.

Maryland Live Casino

Maryland Live Casino

Maryland Live Casino, the third largest commercial casino in the U.S., opened on June 6th with long lines and causing terrible traffic. Maryland Live is a $500 million casino located at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, MD. Along with 4,750 slot machines, Maryland Live is also home to great restaurants such as Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, Phillips Seaford and The Prime Rib and concert venue Rams Head Center Stage. The casino just began 24-hour operation this week and has plans for table games in 2013. Maryland Live Casino has generated more than $1 million a day for five of the past six months that it has been open. Almost half of its revenues goes to the state’s Education Trust Fund, which is used for health, education, public safety and environmental programs.

Ellicott City train derailment

Ellicott City train derailment

Two unthinkable tragedies occurred in the same week in August. On August 21st, 21 cars of an 80-car freight train derailed in historic Ellicott City killing two young women who were sitting along the train tracks. Elizabeth Conway Nass and Rose Mayr, both 19, were from Ellicott City and were scheduled to return to college the following week. The train derailment also caused damage to many parked cars in nearby lots as well loss of business to many restaurants and shops while Main Street was closed. Just six days later on the first day of school, there was a shooting at Perry Hall High School. One student opened fire in the cafeteria, shooting and seriously injuring another student, Daniel Borowy. Luckily no one was killed thanks to the heroics of one of the teachers.

Cal Ripken and his statue

Cal Ripken and his statue

2012 was a great year in Maryland sports. It was the year Orioles Magic returned to Baltimore, and we proudly admitted that we were Orioles fans! For the first time in 15 years, the Baltimore Orioles made it into the playoffs. Throughout the season, the Orioles unveiled statues of its Hall of Famers. September 6th marked the 17th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2131 record-breaking game (for most consecutive games played). Cal’s statue was unveiled with much fanfare and a pregame ceremony that had fans arriving hours before the first pitch. Another team in Baltimore also made the playoffs in 2012. For the fifth consecutive year, the Ravens made the playoffs winning the AFC North division. And Baltimore native Michael Phelps broke the record for winning the most Olympic medals on July 31st when he won his 19th, a gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Orioles Magic

Orioles Magic

What will you remember about 2012? Hopefully next year’s review will have more achievements and less tragedies. Have a safe and happy new year – 2013!

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Santa’s visit to Century Corp

This week Santa visited our apartments at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard. It was the end of our Toys for Tots toy drive. Families brought new, unwrapped toys to donate, and children got their picture taken with Santa. Everyone enjoyed the refreshments, spending time with Santa and the staff, playing games and dancing. A great time was had by all, and we collected many toys for the kids!

Santa visits Old Orchard

Santa visits Old Orchard

Toys for Tots collected at Burnam Woods

Toys for Tots collected at Burnam Woods

Santa's helpers dancing at Chatham Gardens

Santa’s helpers dancing at Chatham Gardens

Happy Holidays from everyone at Century Corp / Awalt Bldrs!

Century Corp / Awalt Bldrs

Century Corp / Awalt Bldrs

Santa Claus is coming to Century Corp

Santa Claus is coming to Century Corp’s apartments at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard next week. Santa will be in the leasing offices at Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments Tuesday December 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. On Wednesday December 19th Santa will be in the leasing office at Burnam Woods Apartments from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and have your picture taken with Santa. Light refreshments will be provided, and each child must be accompanied by an adult.

bring a toy and meet Santa

bring a toy and meet Santa

Burnam Woods Apartments is also having a Gift Wrapping Open House Monday December 17th and Tuesday December 18th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the leasing office.

Maintenance Monday – carpet refresher

Make Your Own All-Natural Carpet Refresher

To keep our place smelling fresh, we like to employ carpet refresher. We used to buy the commercial stuff in powder form, but found out that it can contain chemicals that aren’t good for the environment. Here are a few recipes for homemade, all-natural carpet refresher.

Baking soda is an ever-popular deodorizer. Crush up a handful of dry lavender and mix with a cup of baking soda, and sprinkle that over your carpet. If you’d like to use essential oils, mix a few drops of your favorite(s) in with baking soda (not enough to make it wet), and then break up any clumps and sprinkle that over your carpet.

For a carpet mist, fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil. This can be used to freshen your carpet and upholstery.

Feeling fresher already, aren’t you?

Today’s Maintenance Monday tip comes from Apartment Therapy.

Holiday Lights

This is the time of year when it is normal to decorate your house in lights. Blue lights, white lights, blinking lights. People even drive around just to look at all the lights. And sometimes, people even pay to see them. Where can you go to see the Holiday Lights this year? Two of the most famous and spectacular lights display that are closest to our apartments at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard are Miracle on 34th Street in Baltimore City and Symphony of Lights in Columbia.

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street
Through January 1, 2013
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including all night on Christmas Eve. FREE.
Baltimore City

Symphony of Lights in Columbia Symphony Woods
Through January 2, 2012
6-10 p.m.
Symphony of Lights is a spectacular drive-through display of more than 75 animated and stationary holiday lights. All proceeds from the Symphony of Lights benefit the services of Howard County General Hospital
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia
Howard County

For more information on all the Holiday Lights display throughout Maryland, please go to Visit Maryland.

Maintenance Monday – cooking odors

While celebrating during this holiday season, please remember that not everyone wants to smell what you are cooking. Please keep your front door shut and use your kitchen exhaust fan when you are cooking aromatic foods. Using your fan will keep your cooking smells from leaving your apartment and migrating into the hallways and other apartments.

considerate cooking

considerate cooking

This week’s Maintenance Monday tip brought to you by Michigan Tech.