Hello June! There’s lots to do in Maryland this month.

Besides the cool events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments, there are some great events throughout Maryland this June.

This weekend, June 3-5, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia ( just a few miles from Chatham Gardens Apartments in Howard County) is the nationally recognized 24th annual Capital Jazz Fest. This year’s lineup includes Toni Braxton, New Edition, En Vogue, Al B. Shore and many, many others. For details, please click here.

Next weekend on June 11-12 is the Colonial Market Fair at Benjamin Banneker Museum and Historical Park in Oella, just a few miles away from Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville. For details to this 18th century crafts and music fair, please click here. If Pirates are more your thing and you live at Burnam Woods Apartments, then check out the Havre de Grace Pirate Fest at the Susquehanna Museum the same weekend (June 11-12). For details, please click here. Also on June 11 and 12 is Bawlmer’s 23rd annual HONfest in Hamden, a cherished Maryland tradition for everyone. For details, please click here.

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If you’re not totally exhausted by the end of the month, then make plans to attend the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival on June 25 at the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. For details and tickets, please click here. To see all the events happening in Maryland this month, please click here. Have a safe and happy June!

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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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 

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

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!

Maryland in June, what are you doing?

Summer is almost upon us and the kids are almost out of school. Whether you like festivals, food, movies or music, Maryland has it all this June!

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Baltimore’s annual Hon Fest is next weekend June 14 from 11am to 10pm and June 15 from 12pm to 6pm. The weekend is full of music, food and contests for Bawlmer’s best Hon. For instance, there is a Best Beehive Contest, an Elvis impersonator and of course Maryland crabs.

Speaking of Maryland crabs, the following Saturday is the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival at the Inner Harbor on June 21st. It is four hours of all-you-can-eat extravaganza with over 20,000 crabs, many beers, music, crafts and so much more.

For our residents at Burnam Woods Apartments, you can enjoy the Party on the Plaza at the Avenue at White Marsh every Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer. It is an evening of free music under the summer stars. This week Baltimore Rockabilly plays Friday night and Elikeh plays Saturday night. Music starts at 7pm.

Our residents at Chatham Gardens Apartments can enjoy free outdoor movies every Saturday night throughout the summer in the parking lot behind the Wine Bin on Main Street in Ellicott City. Bring your chair and pack a picnic dinner. Movies start at 9pm. This Saturday the classic Wizard of Oz is playing.

Just down the road, our residents at Old Orchard Apartments can enjoy free music every Friday night throughout the summer at Frederick Road Fridays at 15 Mellor Avenue in Catonsville. Music starts at 6:30pm. This Friday is Out of the Blue is playing.

All of our residents can participate in our Patio and Balcony Contests this June. Get those patios and balconies cleaned up. Management will be coming around to “Judge” all. We’re looking for neatness, creativity, color, etc. Winners will receive a gift card. Chatham Gardens judging will be on June 12th, Old Orchard’s judging will be on June 17th and Burnam Woods’ judging will be on June 20th. Good luck!

St. Patrick’s Day Snow

No one ever sang “I’m dreaming of a White St. Patrick’s Day,” but that is what we woke up to this morning. 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. 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.

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

When we start clearing the parking spaces, we ask the residents to please move your vehicles in order for us to clear multiple spaces at a time. We also ask you to kindly push the snow & ice off your vehicles onto the drive area, rather then back onto the sidewalks or in between the vehicles. (Even if the drive area has been plowed, we prefer you push the snow onto the drive area).

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.

Magnificent March at Century Corp

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There are lots of fun events this March at Century Corp’s Apartments at Old Orchard, Chatham Gardens and Burnam Woods. Now through March 17th, stop by the Leasing Office at Old Orchard Apartments to pick a lucky coin from the Pot of Gold to win a prize. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Chatham Gardens Apartments, stop by the Leasing Office March 17th for some green cookies and Kool-Aid. And by popular demand, Burnam Bingo Night returns to Burnam Woods Apartments on March 21st at 7pm. You must be 18 years or older to participate. Lite refreshments will be provided. Happy March everyone! We are SO ready for Spring!

Maintenance Monday – keeping your garbage disposal clean

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Garbage Disposals are a great appliance, but they aren’t so great if you don’t keep them clean. Here are three great tips from our maintenance department on how to keep your garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh:

  1. Ice Cubes – Using ice cubes at least once a month will keep your disposal clean and smelling fresh. Simply fill the disposal/drain with ice cubes and turn the cold water on to a slow steady flow directly into the drain. Then turn your disposal on and let it run until the ice has been ground up completely.
  2. Bleach – Use 1/4 cup of bleach in the disposal during this process which will help clear out stale odors. Simply pour the bleach in the drain before filling with ice (this will prevent splash back of bleach), however it would be wise to wear an old shirt when cleaning your disposal with bleach.
  3. Grease – When disposing of grease from cooking, such as bacon grease, you should turn on the hot water and leave it running while rinsing the grease from you pan and dishes. Leave the hot water running for a suffecient amount of time to allow for the grease to completely clear the drain line.