What are You Doing this Summer?

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Summer is quickly approaching and so are all the fun events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments. Just this past week we’ve had Ice Cream Socials and Bingo Night, but the best is yet to come. Look for fliers and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for information on our super summer events culminating with our Movie Nights in August and Resident Appreciation Carnivals in September.

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You lucky residents at Chatham Gardens Apartments get two events at the pool this summer: Pool Bingo in June and the annual Pool Party in July. What fun!

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Maintenance Monday – Test Your Air Conditioner Now

With Memorial Day next week, Summer is quickly approaching. Please test your air conditioner now to make sure it works before the real heat is upon us. Set your A/C so it comes on then let it run for a while to make sure everything is working correctly. If there is a problem, please call the maintenance department at 410-465-2151 to get your air conditioner fixed now.  You don’t want to wait for the heat of summer to fix your A/C when it will be uncomfortable without it.

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Sadly We Say Goodbye

Two weeks ago on May 3, 2016, Richard Awalt, the original owner of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation and our boss, passed away at his home in Florida at the age of 88. Yesterday on May 17th, a beautiful memorial service was held at Loyola followed by a reception at Baltimore Country Club. Besides Mr. Awalt’s family and friends, almost every employee of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation was in attendance. A majority of these employees have been with the company for over 10 years – and some for more than 30 years. Mr. Awalt changed the lives of so many people. This great man will surely be missed.

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Jacques Kelly of The Baltimore Sun writes,

“J. Richard “Dick” Awalt, a Howard Country home builder and real estate developer, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease May 3 at his Johns Island, Fla., home.

He was 88 and also resided in Bozman in Talbot County.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hunting Ridge, he was the son of George S. Awalt, also a home builder, and E. Grace Freeland.

He attended St. William of York School and was a 1945 graduate of City College, where he played football and lacrosse. He served in the Army at the end of World War II and was assigned to the Philippines.

After his military service ended, Mr. Awalt earned a bachelor’s degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and studied at the University of Maryland School of Law. The main playing field, where Loyola’s men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer games are held at the Ridley Athletic Complex, is named Awalt Field in his honor.

He followed his father in the home construction business. After the death of his father, he joined his brother, Robert W. Awalt, and bought land and built homes in the West Baltimore suburbs of Ten Hills and Hunting Ridge.

Beginning in 1955, the Awalt firm developed parts of Dunloggin in Howard County. They also built homes in Howard County’s Glenmont and The Oaks in Ellicott City.

Mr. Awalt bought a tract of land owned by his mother off Frederick Road near the Rock Glen School in 1964. Family members said the property initially lacked water and sewage, but when the city constructed the school, it extended utility lines and roads to access the property. It was his first apartment venture.

Mr. Awalt established Awalt Builders with his brother, who died in 2014, and a partner, Richard E. Dietrich. He also co-owned the Century Corp., which managed and maintained his real estate holdings. His firm remains in business on Baltimore National Pike.

The Awalt brothers went on to construct other apartments: White Oaks on Leeds Avenue, Caton House and Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville and Burnam Woods in White Marsh.

In Howard County, they developed the Chatham Garden Apartments and a residential community, also called Chatham, of nearly 150 homes. He also constructed an early Howard County office building at U.S. 40 and St. John’s Lane in 1964.

“Richard was very perceptive about the future of Howard County,” said Mr. Dietrich, who lives in Ellicott City. “People would say he was a tough businessman but was very fair. He was cautious but consistent in his decisions. His employees remained with him for years.”

Mr. Awalt also built the Village Green shopping center in the 9300 block of Baltimore National Pike, where he co-owned a business, Village Green Spirits Shop, with business partner Joseph Lucido.

“Richard said to me one day, ‘Pack a bag. We are going to Lexington, Ky., to buy horses,'” said Mr. Lucido, a lifelong friend.

“I also remember the day his [horse] You’re Smart ran. He told me to bet $20 across the board,” Mr. Lucido recalled. “I collected more than $700 for him that day. You’re Smart came on the outside — flying. He was a good turf horse.”

Mr. Awalt had been a board member of the old Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association.

“He brought his caring and playful spirit wherever he went,” said son-in-law Michael Molloy of Baltimore. “He was well liked and respected by his employees. He had a tremendous sense of humor and could laugh at himself or laugh at others.”

He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Johns Island Club. He lived for many years on Glen Allen Drive, and had also lived in Howard and Baltimore counties.

He enjoyed spending time near the water and in 1974 built a home on Harris Creek in the Bozman area. There he had a garden, sailed, hunted, fished and planted trees. He spent winters at Johns Island.

A memorial Mass will be held at noon Tuesday at the Loyola University Maryland Chapel, 4501 N. Charles St.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Patrice Awalt of Johns Island; a son, Paul Awalt of San Diego; three daughters, Dr. Kathleen Awalt of Baltimore, Elizabeth Awalt of Concord, Mass., and Sally McCoy of Howard County; and 11 grandchildren. His marriage to Hazel Clary Awalt ended in divorce.”

 jacques.kelly@baltsun.com  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-richard-awalt-20160513-story.html 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Actually he is coming to three towns: Catonsville, Ellicott City and White Marsh. Santa will be in the Leasing Offices at our apartments at Old Orchard, Chatham Gardens and Burnam Woods to take pictures with you – for FREE! He will be at Old Orchard Tuesday December 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Chatham Gardens Thursday December 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and at Burnam Woods Tuesday December 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Be sure to grab a snack after meeting with Santa.

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Century Corporation and Awalt Builders is once again hosting a Toy Drive for Toys for Tots. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Leasing Office by December 17th.

There is Plenty to do in Maryland this October

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Looking for something fun to do in Maryland this October? We got you covered. Check out these great events:

  • Free Fall offers over 300 free events every October in Baltimore City, including walking tours, festivals and free admission to museums and the Zoo. For more details, please click here.
  • In it’s 38th season at Revel Grove, the Maryland Renaissance Festival takes place weekends through October 25th. It is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. For more details, please click here.
  • Also throughout weekends in October are the Ghost Tours of Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City, which is perhaps the most haunted town in America. For more details, please click here.
  • The Maryland Pumpkin Festival is October 10-11 at Summers Farm in Frederick. Celebrating All-Things Pumpkin with farm fresh attractions with pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides and a 12-acre themed corn maze. For more details, please click here.
  • In the spirit of Oktoberfest, check out Baltimore Beer Week October 9 – 18 at participating pubs in downtown Baltimore City. For more details, please click here.

Whatever you do, have a safe and happy October!

Resident Appreciation Carnivals at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders

This month has seen Resident Appreciation Carnivals at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders apartment communities of Burnam Woods in White Marsh, Old Orchard in Catonsville and Chatham Gardens in Ellicott City. A great time was had by all playing games, getting faces painted, winning prizes and eating lots of food such as cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, hot dogs, french fries and pizza. We look forward to seeing you at our next Resident Event!

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Maintenance Appreciation Month

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September is Maintenance Appreciation Month, so here at The Century Corporation / Awalt Builders we are making a special effort to show our sincere appreciation to our Maintenance Team. When you see one of our Maintenance Rock Stars, please make a special effort this month to let them how much you appreciation all their hard work. As a small token of our appreciation, we have given each member of our Maintenance Team a Candy Gram.

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Who at Burnam Woods, Old Orchard or Chatham Gardens Apartments would you like to nominate for Maintenance Rock Star?

Resident Events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments

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Over the past few weeks the residents of Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments have enjoyed our Annual Free Outdoor Movie Nights. Residents voted on which movie they wanted to see and we brought in a huge outdoor screen and supplied the popcorn, candy and drinks – all for FREE!

If you missed our Movie Night, don’t worry there are more Free Resident Events coming up this Fall and Winter. In September we will have Resident Appreciation Days at each of our communities featuring food, drinks, games, prizes and local vendors. Burnam Woods Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Thursday September 10 from 5:00-7:00pm, Chatham Gardens Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Wednesday September 23 from 5:00-7:00pm and Burnam Woods Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Wednesday September 16 from 5:00-7:00pm. For the upcoming Holiday Season, we have planned a Food Drive in November and a Toy Drive and Pictures with Santa in December.

We hope to see you in the coming months!

5 Simple Items to Decorate Your Apartment

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From ApartmentTherapy.com, check out these five simple items to style your apartment:

Professional stylists, obnoxious Instagram stars and your super-stylish friend who’s house always looks just so— what do they all have in common? Whether it’s for a photo, a party, or just a bookcase, they understand the importance of styling. To the uninitiated, creating “vignettes” around the home might sound a tad pretentious, but it’s really just a combination of tidying, arranging and displaying your belongings in a visually pleasing way. And you really don’t need to own anything special to get started— check out how how five simple things that we (usually) already own can add interest and life to almost any room in the house.

Plants
When it comes to styling, bringing the outside in is always a good idea. Nothing brings life to a space quicker than a bit of green in the form of a houseplant. Whether it’s succulents in the bathroom, a fig leaf tree in the living room or a hanging plant in the kitchen, you can’t really over use this one.

Candles
Whether you love to burn them or hate the smell, you’ve got to admit that there are some really attractively-packaged candles on the market. An expensive-looking glass jar here or there does wonders for your home’s style cred.

Books & Magazines
Maybe we’re all really well-read. Maybe we just want others to think we are. But despite new technology and the success of ebooks, old-fashioned paper isn’t going anywhere— at least for design purposes. Not just relegated to the bookshelf, some well-displayed books can make anything from a wall to a window ledge a thing of beauty.

Trays
For real. Throw any group of random items together on a tray, and it somehow looks intentional and chic. I use this trick all over my home, from the kitchen for oils/salt and pepper, to the bedroom for my beauty products.

Textiles
Almost every room could use a bit of softness. From decorative toss cushions to practical items like towels, textiles are a great way of adding color, pattern and texture to your home.

SNOW expected Tonight and Tuesday!

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Snow is headed our way tonight, so please be careful out there. Watch your step on the slippery sidewalks and watch for the plow trucks while pulling out of your parking spot and driving through the courts. When it snows, we will clear and treat the sidewalks and parking lots. Please remember to stomp your feet outside before entering your building, so you do not track in chemicals. Also, be careful when walking up or down the stairs on the tile so you don’t slip with your wet shoes.

When snow is expected, please do not park your car so close to the curb that your front or rear bumper extend over the curb edge as it prevents us from being able to clear the sidewalks with the plow. When we start clearing the parking spaces when snow starts accumulating, we ask the residents to please move your vehicles in order for us to clear multiple spaces at a time. We also ask you kindly push the snow & ice off their vehicles onto the drive area, rather then back onto the side walks or in between the vehicles. Even when we have already plowed the drive areas, please push the snow back to the driveway rather than in between the cars when clearing the snow off your car. This will help prevent unnecessary falls and allows for better snow removal and treatment between your vehicles.

Please be respectful of the snow plows, and give them ample room to move about in the parking lots. When you are driving toward or behind the plow trucks and tractors, please keep a safe distance. Wait for a signal from the plow driver that it is safe to enter or exit. In return, please give them a warning when you are about to enter or exit. The drivers are multi-tasking with the operation of the plows and salt spreaders along with the driving of the vehicle.

Be safe!