September in Maryland

September starts off with 180 mph of excitement this Labor Day weekend in downtown Baltimore with the 3rd Annual Grand Prix of Baltimore August 30 through September 1. Catch all of the action as the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series snake through the heart of downtown Baltimore on a 12-turn course. The following weekend head down to Sandy Point State Park for the 46th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival September 7-8. Enjoy a weekend of  family entertainment, arts & crafts, and the best seafood that Maryland has to offer. On September 19-22, make the trip over the bridge to Ocean City for the 39th Annual Sunfest. Enjoy four fun-filled days of family fun, delicious food, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment at the Inlet at the end of the Boardwalk. The next weekend stroll through Mount Vernon Place for the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27-29. With more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, there are appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, and nonstop readings on multiple stages. Continuing weekends through October is the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. Relive the times of King Henry VIII through theatrical performances, pubs, food booths and over 130 craft shops. Continue to support your Baltimore Orioles in their last month of baseball. September’s home games include series against the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox. If football is more your game, then you are in luck because September is the start of the NFL season. The Baltimore Ravens have home games September 15 against rival Cleveland Browns and September 22 against the Houston Texans.

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Maintenance Monday – avoid musty books

Even though today most of us read books on our kindle, we still have our old books collecting dust on shelves. It would be nice to keep our treasured classics smelling fresh and new. Here’s how: 

If you’re placing some old books in storage and don’t want them to acquire a musty smell, here’s the solution for you. Just place a new sheet of fabric softener inside the pages, and that old copy of To Kill A Mockingbird will stay nice and fresh until you need it again. If you fail to follow this tip or if you have books that are already musty, just place them in a paper grocery bag with an open box of baking soda. Fold over the bag, staple it shut, and let it sit for a week or two. Your books should smell considerably better when you take them out.
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Back to School!

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Three of the most frightening words for kids are also the same three most glorious words for parents – BACK TO SCHOOL! Students who live at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard apartments will start school this Monday August 26th, as both Howard County and Baltimore County public schools start on the same day. Before school starts, get out and enjoy your last weekend of summer. Check out the Party on the Plaza Concert at The Avenue at White Marsh, or Frederick Road Friday in Catonsville, or the Outdoor Movie at the Wine Bin in Ellicott City. Starting August 26th, please remember to watch out for stopped school buses and children crossing the street. Have a safe and happy school year!

Maintenance Monday – the many uses of aluminum foil

There are many uses for aluminum foil other than for wrapping up food. Here are just a few:

No More Wrinkles
– Covering your ironing board with foil before you iron your clothes will get them wrinkle-free twice as fast, saving you time and energy!

Perk Up Houseplants
– If your houseplants aren’t getting enough sun, maximize the amount of light they are getting by placing them on top of a table covered in foil (shiny side up). The foil will reflect the light, and your plants will thank you.

Silverware Saver
– To keep your silver from becoming tarnished, store it on top of a piece of aluminum foil. You can also wrap clean silverware in plastic wrap, then in foil, for tarnish-free long-term storage.

Sharp Scissors
– If your household scissors are getting dull, sharpen them back up by cutting through several layers of aluminum foil at one time. It’s that easy!

Replace Steel Wool
– You have a pot that’s in need of a good scrubbing, but you’re out of steel wool. Simply reach for the aluminum foil! Roll it into a ball and use it (with some dishwashing liquid) to scrub off caked-on grease. This is also a great way to reuse foil before you recycle it.

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Tax Free Shopping In Maryland This Week

It is Christmas in August! Select clothing and shoes under $100 are exempt from Maryland state tax, so you will save 6% on each item. The National Retail Federation says back-to-school time is the second-largest consumer spending season of the year. So hurry up and get to the stores because this 4th Annual Tax Holiday ends Saturday August 17th. For full information about tax-free week including a complete list of tax-free items, please click here.

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Maintenance Monday – turn off breakers while away

Don’t forget one very important item on your to-do list while preparing for your vacation – turn off your breakers. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, please call the maintenance office to turn off all the breakers in your apartment except for the refrigerator and smoke detector. You need to leave the breaker for the refrigerator on because if you turn it off, then it will cause bacteria growth and can cause damage to the refrigerator. You must leave the breaker for the smoke detector on because of fire safety codes.

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Chatham Gardens Apartments Welcomes Jaime Heinbuch

Have you visited the Chatham Gardens Apartments Leasing Office recently? There is someone new to greet you. We have a new Assistant Leasing Manager, and her name is Jaime Heinbuch. She is a real people person who wants to help make your experience at Chatham Gardens the best ever. When Jaime is not working, she enjoys cooking (ask for her lasagna recipe), reading, listening to her favorite band Aerosmith, swimming, visiting the Aquarium (especially the sharks), and spending time with her family. Jaime is married and has three children, one grandchild, three cats and many turtles (about 12 right now). Jaime loves football! And being a Baltimore girl, her favorite team is of course The Ravens! If you ask Jaime where you should you eat in Ellicott City, she will tell you her favorite place is Cocoa Lane on Main Street. If you have any other questions for her, or just want to say ‘Hi,’ please stop in the leasing office and welcome Jaime to Chatham Gardens.

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Maintenance Monday – lemon, not just for iced tea

There are many uses for lemon besides squeezing it into your iced tea. Here are just a few:

Worry-Free Carving
– To quickly and easily sanitize a cutting board, rub salt onto it with a wedge of lemon.

Cleaner Glass
– Lemon juice makes an excellent glass cleaner, and will even give it an extra shine. Pour it directly onto glass and rub with a soft cloth to dry. Rub newspaper over the area to get rid of any streaks.

Easily Clean Graters
– Clean soft cheese, garlic, or any other food from your grater by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the pulpy side against the grater. For extra abrasion, add a little salt.

Say Goodbye to Mineral Deposits
– If mineral deposits have built up in your faucet, cut a lemon into quarters, then shove one quarter up into the faucet until it sticks. Leave for about 10 minutes, then twist the wedge out. Repeat with remaining lemon quarters until the deposits are gone.

Shower Curtain Saver
– If your shower curtain has become more disgusting than you’d like to admit thanks to mildew, first wash it in hot soapy water. Then rub a wedge of lemon on the stains and leave the curtain out in the sun. By the time it dries, the stains will be gone.

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Chatham Gardens 1st Annual Pool Party

Fun was had by everyone, both those who live and work at Chatham Gardens Apartments, at the First Annual Pool Party yesterday! There was plenty of music, volleyball, pizzas, snow balls, sodas and of course swimming. Thanks to everyone who attended and to those who helped out. Thanks to Verizon Fios for the pizzas and to Comcast Xfinity for the DJ. We are already looking forward to the second annual pool party next summer.

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To look at all of the pictures from our pool party, please click here.