May CookOut

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Come celebrate our new Grill Areas with a CookOut in May! We are cooking out at Chatham Gardens Apartments Thursday May 17th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at Burnam Woods Apartments Thursday May 24th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and at Old Orchard Apartments Wednesday May 30th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Hope to see you there!

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Today April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day! You can celebrate and enjoy the cheesiest, freshest, yummiest Grilled Cheeses at Grilled Cheese & Co on Edmondson Avenue in Catonsville, in Columbia Mall in Howard County or on Light Street in Federal Hill. In celebration, the Original Grilled Cheese is only $1.99. Also, 15% of the proceeds today go to AARF, Animals Allies Rescue Foundation. So take the kids after school for a snack or take the family for dinner tonight – they are open until 9pm.

Living with Us Means Living Near the Best Schools

All of Century’s apartment communities are in some of the best school districts in Maryland.

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CHATHAM GARDENS APARTMENTS in Ellicott City are in the CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL district with Centennial Elementary School and Burleigh Manor Middle School.

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OLD ORCHARD APARTMENTS in Catonsville are in the WESTCHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL district with Catonsville Middle School and Catonsville High School.

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BURNAM WOODS APARTMENTS in White Marsh are in the JOPPA VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL district with Perry Hall Middle School and Perry Hall High School.

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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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!

Celebrating Halloween

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Happy Halloween! There are many ways to celebrate this year. Residents of Burnam Woods Apartments can enjoy Trick or Treating this evening from 5-7pm. When the kids are finished Trick or Treating, the adults can go across the street to the Halloween Party at Della Rose’s at The Avenue at White Marsh. Throughout the day today the residents of Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments can stop by the leasing office for a yummy treat. Today from 4-6pm is the 30th Annual Trick or Treating on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, where vendors will be giving out candy. For those who want a truly spooky Halloween experience tonight, you can visit Edgar Allan Poe’s grave in the catacombs under the 1851 Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore City. However you decide to celebrate, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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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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!