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 

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May is National Burger Month – who has the best burger?

What’s better than a hot juicy cheeseburger? Not much. You still have two more weeks in May to celebrate America’s favorite food during National Burger Month.

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The Baltimore Sun lists the Top 10 Burgers in Baltimore:

  • Heavy Seas Alehouse Burger is served on a brioche roll, the signature burger is a half pound of Angus beef, topped with Double Gloucester cheese and onions smothered in Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout.
  • Crosstown Burger at Hamilton Tavern is Roseda Farm beef, shredded iceberg lettuce, onion and horseradish cheddar. Add “sticky-spicy” bacon or a fried egg for $1.
  • Pat LaFrieda Burger at The Food Market is dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and pickles. The secret, chef Chad Gauss says, is the diced bacon, which spreads the bacon flavor evenly on the burger.
  • Classic Bacon Cheeseburger at Of Love and Regret starts with a custom-blend of all natural hormone-free chuck and rib eye. It’s served on a toasted kaiser roll with Bibb lettuce, tomatoes and pickles.
  • Prime Rib Burger.
  • Woodberry Kitchen Burger is now a permanent suppertime feature at Artifact Coffee.
  • Burgers at Kooper’s Tavern are made with Creekstone Farm Black Angus beef, and the new brioche buns are from Stone Mill Bakery.
  • Ring of Fire Burger at Golden West is a Springfield beef patty topped with roasted jalapenos, chipotle ketchup, hot sauce and queso blanco cheese.
  • Harry’s Bistro Burger at  The Abbey Burger Bistro is made with Roseda Farm beef and topped with cheddar, bacon and an egg, sunny-side up.
  • Alonso’s Famous Burger is the only burger in Baltimore that can legitimately call itself famous, and it lives on, at everyone’s favorite Keswick hangout.

If you are in Ellicott City, go to Bare Bones Bar & Restaurant in St. John’s Shopping Center and get the Bare Bones’ BBQ Burger with bbq sauce, aged cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, and fried onion straws. Any burger at Bare Bones is yummy and tastes like it is hot off the grill. Each burger comes with two sides – try the Corn Fritters and Apple Sauce.

Where do you go for your favorite burger?

Orioles Opening Day – April 5, 2013

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Opening Day is this Friday April 5th at 3pm. Are you going to be at Camden Yards to watch the Orioles begin their 60th baseball season in Baltimore? If you hadn’t planned on it, you should. The Orioles are eager to continue where they left off last year – making the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. And so far they have done just that with a winning Spring Training season and breaking attendance records at their home stadium in Sarasota. Opening Day will be filled with excitement, hot dogs, beer, good friends, sunshine (hopefully) and of course baseball. The game is sold out, but you never know who may have an extra. So even if you don’t have a ticket, go downtown at lunchtime and party with the rest of Baltimore at the Pickles block party across from Camden Yards. Click here for Opening Day plans. See you at The Yard!

Baltimore is America’s 14th Coolest City

Forbes ranked Baltimore 14th among coolest cities to live in – and Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard apartments are within 20 miles of Baltimore City!

Baltimore – America’s 14th Coolest City
(courtesy of Visit Baltimore)

Forbes refers to Baltimore as an “up-and-coming metro area” and according to Bert Sperling, founder of Sperling’s Best Places, “Baltimore is in transition because it has been down and out for a long time but it’s beginning to come back because it’s affordable.” Using seven criteria, Forbes ranked 65 of the largest Metropolitan areas according to their “coolness.” Here are Baltimore’s stats:

Arts & Culture Index: 96
Recreation Index: 98
Diversity Index: 57
Number of Local Eats: 4,451
Median Age: 38
Unemployment: 7.1%
2011 Net Migration: 4,610 people

Baltimore native Michael Phelps winning his 19th Olympic medal to become the world’s most decorated Olympian in history definitely adds to Baltimore’s cool factor.

Michael Phelps makes Baltimore proud!

Read the full story from Forbes here