April 29, 2008

Blue Ribbons on Frederick Rd.

You may have noticed the dozens of Baby Blue Ribbons that are tied to the fronts of businesses along Frederick Rd. and homes throughout the surrounding community. These purpose of these ribbons, is to call attention to and show support for a wonderful family that lives here in Catonsville and comfort them during this terrible time.

Scott and Amy Morses' , Four Month Old Son Jeremy, was hospitalized on 4/1/08. While in the ER to treat dehydration, Jeremy went into cardiac arrest and was placed on life support.

Please see www.morselawmd.com/Jeremy.html for permanent postings of information and events about Jeremy, like the upcoming blood drives, donation information, etc.

A Message from Scott & Amy:

What began as a visit to alleviate dehydration and to rule out any complications as a precaution, quickly changed to our worst nightmare. Jeremy went into cardiac arrest for one hour and was placed on an ECMO machine for life support. Looking back we are thankful to have had the insight to bring him to Hopkins where he has received the best care in the world. Jeremy has been held in the palm of the Lord's hand, he has the best medical team, and the love and support of so many. Jeremy has survived the first 48 hours post cardiac arrest and as of now we have been asked to take it one minute, one hour, one challenge at a time. Anything can happen, but we choose to remain hopeful that he WILL survive. Please pray for our son and share our story with as many people as you can. We know the Lord will hear our prayers. We know that Jeremy's life is in his hands.


This is a temporary page dedicated to my critically ill son, Jeremy Morse, with information about contacts and events.
For more information about Jeremy, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeremymorse.

We are incredibly appreciative and thankful of all of the love, care, support, and encouragement of family, friends, and strangers, who are supporting us through this very difficult time!

Blood Drives in Honor of Jeremy:

Blood donation takes about 1.2 hrs, please see http://www.redcross.org/ for donation rules/regs/restrictions

4/29/08, Tues, 2-8 pm @ Christ Lutheran Church Gym, 5700 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville
- this is a scheduled event so please contact Jen Stauffer to sign up, 410-788-6928, jenstauffer@cavtel.net
- volunteers and donors needed5/12/08, Mon, 8:30a - 2:30p @ Laureate Education Corporate Offices, 650 S. Exeter Street, Baltimore

Date to be determined - Early June 2008, Cedarmere Elementary School, Reisterstown


Many have expressed an interest in supporting the family with the overwhelming medical costs and financial obligations that will come about as a result of Jeremy’s intensive and long-term care.

If you wish to support the family in this manner, you may do so in whatever amount you choose. An account has been established in Jeremy’s name. Donations should be sent to:

Jeremy Morse
c/o Kelli Nelson
761 Sussex Court
Eldersburg, MD 21784

Checks or money orders should be made out to: Jeremy Morse

(Please do not send cash through the mail).

If you’d like more information, please contact Kelli at (410)781-0369 or email: belle2gabby@yahoo.com


Meals and food are being coordinated by friend Joan Robinson, chef_joan@comcast.net


Childcare is being coordinated by sister-in-law Patti Morse, plmorse@comcast.net

Thank you everyone and God Bless!

Ex -hockey player's new power play comes in radio booth

Ken Sabourin operates his insurance business out of our property located at:
1011 Frederick Rd. Lower Level, Catonsville, MD 21228
you may reach him for all of your insurance needs at 410-869-0405

04/23/08 Catonsville Times TOM WORGO Email this story to a friend

Professional ice hockey

Ken Sabourin has seen the National Hockey League playoffs from both sides.
The Catonsville resident, 41, played parts of four seasons for the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames during the 1980s and 1990s.
He and his wife, Angela, moved to Catonsville three years ago to be closer to St. Mark's School, where two of his three children are enrolled.
For Sabourin, it's a fairly easy commute to the Verizon Center in Washington to continue a broadcasting gig as a color radio analyst for the Capitals on Washington-based 1500AM.
After playing his last NHL game 17 years ago, he is back in the thick of the playoffs, the annual chase that ends with the victorious team drinking from the Stanley Cup.
Sabourin said he hasn't been this excited about hockey since his playing days.
The best-of-seven games Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers matchup, which will end this week (series tied, 3-3 at press time), is the second playoff series Sabourin has broadcast during his five years as a part-time broadcaster.
His first was in 2003 when the Capitals lost in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.
"It really gets my juices going," Sabourin said about the playoffs. "I am having a ton of fun, especially with the playoffs. I can feel myself getting excited, and I get right into it. I used to be in the playoffs, and you grind it out."
The Scarborough, Ontario native had a reputation as a bruising, stay-at-home defenseman during his 13 years of professional hockey, which included 11 years in the minors.
He had a two-year stint with the now-defunct Baltimore Skipjacks (1991-93) of the American Hockey League.
After his last season in the minors (1998-99) with the Orlando Solar Bears, Sabourin moved into broadcasting with the Florida-based team.
"I did eight games on TV for the Sunshine Network," Sabourin said. "I really enjoyed it."
Even before Sabourin broadcast Orlando games, he was intent on doing radio or television work once his on-ice career ended.
"I thought about it my last couple of years in the minors," Sabourin said. "I also did some radio stuff when I was suspended or hurt. I enjoyed doing it."
Sabourin owns an insurance brokerage company in Catonsville -- Sabourin Insurance Services -- so he is not with the club as much as broadcasting partner Steve Kolbe, who works full time for the team.
That poses a unique challenge.
"He is not around the club as much as full-time announcers," said Joe Benenati, the Caps play-by-play announcer for Comcast Sports Net. "He has to do a lot of work in a short amount of time. I think that points to his preparation skills. I would like to get the opportunity to work with him."
Sabourin's favorite game-day calls usually are prompted by Washington star forward Alexander Ovechkin, an MVP candidate who set a new single-season record for goals by a left wing this season.
Yet, Sabourin also enjoys talking about the sport's physical aspects and its game-winning goals.
"The goals, fights and hard hits," he said, breaking down the essence of hockey at the highest level. "Everything like that. I love to see when they are grinding it out and watching the excitement and celebration with this team. It gets me going, too."
Kolbe said Sabourin, who has broadcast Caps 200 games, has the perfect on-ice background to help fans understand the sport's nuances.
"It's never easy to break in, but he has grown leaps and bounds as a broadcaster and should be doing this for a long time," Kolbe said. "Some guys are meant to be in the game at some level, and Ken is one of those guys. He's probably been in almost every situation on ice that he can possibly talk about."
E-mail Tom Worgo at mailto:tworgo@patuxent.com

April 27, 2008

The Matress Store Has been Replaced!

We have a New Pretty Window Display on Frederick Rd. and a Nice New Shop to go along with it.

Variety and service ring true for bridal shop owner

Catonsville Times 04/23/08By Marcia Ames

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Joseph and Deborah Blackwell recently opened a bridal shop called Paris Couture on Frederick Road. The white bridal gown adorning Paris Couture's display window in Catonsville pales further in contrast to the colorful dresses packed into the showroom.
Bright shades of turquoise and pink, also known as "Rio turquoise" and "bubblegum" in a coordinating men's vest collection that store owner Deborah Blackwell recommends, dominate the selection of bridesmaid and prom dresses.
"Those are the hot colors this year," said Blackwell, a first-time business owner. "But whatever color somebody wants, I can get and make them look beautiful."
She can also make it happen in a timely fashion.
A bride following timeline advice from The Knot, a popular Web- based resource for all things wedding-related, would order her gown eight to 10 months before a walk down the aisle.
Yet for those in a hurry, Blackwell says she can fill an order for bridal, bridesmaid or prom dresses within 10 days, possibly three for a rush job.
She credits a good relationship with dress companies and Catonsville seamstress Linda Felder for the rapid service.
But "individual customer service" is her main selling point to wedding parties or anyone needing a special-occasion dress.
"I give them my undivided attention," she said.
The Owings Mills resident opened Paris Couture March 1 in the former site of a Mattress King store that moved out in January this year, according to Joe Loverde.
His JLT Management Co. handles leasing for the property at 707 Frederick Road, which is owned by Elmer and Gertrude Morsberger.
Where bedding once filled the bill, a selection of white, cream and ivory-colored wedding gowns hangs at the rear of the showroom near a row of curtained dressing rooms.
Strapless and corset styles are among the popular items, Blackwell said.
Sashes and other trims can be used to provide color for a pale gown.
Photographer Kevin Brown, another Blackwell collaborator, describes Paris Couture as a "one-stop shop" for weddings.
In addition to the gowns, customers can utilize Blackwell's connections with Brown and with her husband of almost 25 years, videographer Joseph Blackwell, as well as florists, bakersand other event-critical vendors.
Her display of resources also includes a brochure from Cy's Tuxedos at 719 Frederick Road, Marvin and Bella Meyer's family-owned business that offers ties and vests in a wide array of colors to match almost any dress a bridesmaid or prom goer would choose.
"We coordinate everything along the way with the girls," said Karen Miller, a manager at the nearby store and one of the Meyers' daughters. "Sometimes the girls bring their dresses in."
Paris Couture is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
A Web page is under development at www.pariscouture.net.
E-mail Marcia Ames at mames@patuxent.com

April 11, 2008

Annual Mustard Garlic Picking Event

Once again Spring is in the air and it is time to think about the Villain of the Valley - that nasty invasive plant called Garlic Mustard! We need your help to take a BITE OUT of Garlic Mustard. The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway need you to help raise awareness of "invasive plants" and the importance of trying to maintain the a proper balance in nature. Environmental education is one of the main goals of the Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway and our 9th Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge does a great job but it can do a better job with your help.

We invite you to support the 9th Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge, to be held on
May 4, 2008 from 1PM to 5Pm in the Glen Artney Area of the Patapsco Valley State Park.

We are recruiting teams of volunteers to pull garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata. Immigrants brought this plant here for culinary and medicinal purposes. Now it is crowding out native wildflowers. In past years we have picked as much as a ton of garlic mustard in one afternoon! We also sponsor a Cook’s Challenge in which amateur chef’s create tasty dishes using the weed. We also have games for the kids and a Poster Contest run through neighboring schools with a $100 Savings bond as a prize for first place. Prizes for every one.

We offer several opportunities for you to help:

1. Three levels of ads in our Garlic Mustard Almanac

a. Full page ad 41/2" w x 71/4" h cost $200
b. Half page ad 41/2" w x 31/2" h cost $100
c. Business card (1/3 page 41/2" h x 25/16 h cost $25

2. There are 4 categories of "Major Sponsors":

a. Cascade Donor $100
b. Tiber Hudson Donor $500
c. Patapsco Partner $1,000
d. Chesapeake Sponsor $5,000

We offer several publicity opportunities for the Chesapeake and Patapsco Partner levels of sponsorship including (but not limited to) Press Releases, Poster, Fliers and our famous Almanac. In the past this event has gained national attention from the Travel Industry Association of America, and coverage in the Baltimore sun, the Washington Post, the Business Monthly and on WBFF TV.

3. Join the picking challenge. See how much Garlic Mustard you can pick in two hours. Win a prize. Challenge and beat your competition. Raise morale in your company. Help the environment.

4. Join in the Chefs challenge. All are welcome. Bring your entry and go up against the best in the region. It takes a Master Chef to turn wild garlic Mustard into a culinary masterpiece.

5. Donate prizes. We need prizes to reward our great pickers, chefs and winners. Toys, candy, hats, etc. Something with your name and logo is even better.

So cook up a tasty dish to enter in the Cook’s Challenge, come pull weeds on May 4th and/or simply contribute to our efforts to enhance the Patapsco Valley! Find out more about The Friends by visiting our WEB site: www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org.

We are delighted to present this opportunity for you to lend your name and support to this most worthwhile environmental effort to help restore the natural ecosystem of the Patapsco Valley in a fun and educational way.

Upcoming Events In Catonsville

Justice for Victims - Crime Prevention Seminar
As part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Baltimore County Police Department – Wilkens Precinct, CCBC Foundation, CCBC School of Justice, the Arbutus Business & Professional Association, the Lansdowne Business & Professional Association, St. Agnes Hospital, UMBC and the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization to hold a Justice For Victims Crime Seminar at CCBC Catonsville on April 15. Some of the topics that will be discussed are crimes against persons and property, gangs, workplace violence, domestic violence and a panel question and answer session. There will also be a presentation by Baltimore County State ’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger. The seminar will be held in the Q Theatre from 6 – 10 p.m. The seminar is free and open to all. National Crime Victims' Rights Week is the week of April 13 – 19, 2008. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact the Chamber office at 410-719-9609. If you are planning to attend this important event, please contact the chamber office so that we have some idea as to how many people will be attending. Please car pool if possible!

Rolling Road Golf Club to Host 12th Annual Taste of Catonsville
The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce presents the 12th Annual Taste of Catonsville on Monday, April 21st, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rolling Road Golf Club, 814 Hilltop Road . The finest restaurants and catering services in the area will have samples of their best recipes during a festival of food, music, and community spirit. Security Square Mall, Indigo Ink, Rolling Road Golf Club and Catonsville Engine & Transmission are sponsoring this year’s event.

Attendees will be delighted to see perennial favorite restaurants and caterers .We are also welcoming many new restaurants that have made an important impact on the culinary scene in Catonsville. The atmosphere of the evening will be enhanced by the music of Nick Margaritas, “The Piano Man.”

Tickets are $30 per person with advance ticket purchase and $40 at the door. Tickets are available at the Chamber office, 822-A Frederick Road , M-F 10-3, or online at www.Catonsville.org. A portion of the proceeds support Catonsville ’s 4th of July Parade and Fireworks. The winning ticket for the 50th Annual Crab Feast table will also be drawn.

Catonsville Annual Book Fair & Authors Night at the Catonsville Library
An event you don’t want to miss. On Thursday, April 24th there will be a FREE “Authors Symposium”. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to a panel of local authors to get the ins and outs of writing a book and getting it published. This event will be at the Catonsville Public Library and will start at 7PM.

Friday, April 25th will be the Wine & Cheese Party with seventeen local authors. Come mingle and talk with some of Catonsville ’s most creative people. You will have an opportunity to purchase their books and get them autographed. There will also be light music and Poetry Readings from students of Catonsville Senior High School . This event starts at 6:30 and the cost is $20. For more information contact Maggie Schorr at schorr7@comcast.net or call the Catonsville Public Library 410-887-0954.

Frederick Road Friday’s” Is still in the planning, but this will be a major event to hit Catonsville. The anticipated start date is Friday, June 13th at 5:30pm. It will feature live music and fun for the kids and family. The location has not yet been determained.

Chamber of Commerce Crab Feast
Now is the time to reserve your table for the 50th Annual Crab Feast & Auction. The event is Tuesday, July 15th at The Lodge. A table of 10 is $550. You can reserve a table by calling the Chamber office at 410-719-9609. Confirmations are granted only after payment is received. Payment is accepted via VISA, MasterCard, American Express, check, or cash. Individual tickets will go on sale in June.

OnStage Theatre Presents Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall
Heaven Can Wait follows the afterlife of Joe Pendleton, an up-and-coming boxer, accidentally taken before his time. Through a series of fantastic and farcical circumstances, Joe's quest to regain a suitable body inadvertently sets right a number of other people's "wrongs," and leads him to meet the love of his life. Heaven Can Wait is appropriate for theatre-lovers of all ages.

April 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at St. John's, 1000 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
$12 General Admission
$10 Groups of 10 or more, Seniors, military, students and children under 18.
Purchase tickets online at www.onstageplayers.org or call the box office at 443-844-6481.

Baltimore County Residents Encouraged to Recycle Old Telephone Books
What is the largest and heaviest single item residents look to get rid of each year? It just might be an old telephone book! As new telephone books are distributed throughout Baltimore County , the Bureau of Solid Waste Management encourages residents to recycle their old phone books. Combined, the Yellow Pages and White Pages amount to a large volume of paper, stack more than four inches high, and weigh more than eight pounds. Recycling old phone books is an easy way to reduce trash and conserve resources.

Residents in single-family homes or town homes can recycle telephone books on paper collection days in Baltimore County ’s recycling collection program. The telephone books should be placed in sturdy paper bags or cardboard boxes for collection.

Or You can place your old phone books and any old newspapers in the Paper Retriever Bin located on the parking lot at Strawberry Fields!

el Nayar

el Nayar has leased the space where the former Pinnochio's Restaurant was. Look for them to open this summer. You can read more about the restaurant be clicking on the link listed under favorite links.

April 10, 2008

Saturday Night Menu

The Catonsville Gourmet now has Saturday Night Sushi

California Roll
Crabmeat, Cucumber and Avacodo. With Tobikko

Volcano Roll
Bay Scallops, Dikon Radish Sprouts, Avacodo and Sriracha - Topped with Tempura Crisp and Tobikko

Titanic Tuna Roll
Fresh Tuna, Cucumber,Wasabi Aioli and Dikon Radish Sprouts

Spider Roll
Tempura Fried Soft Shell Crab Roll. With Cucumber, Avocado and coated with Tobikko

Veggie Roll
Shitake Mushrooms, Cucumber, Avocado and Dikon Radish Sprouts

And be sure to try the ever popular - Flash Fried Ahi Tuna Roll available on the regular menu

April 5, 2008

Jeremy Morse

Scott Morse, Esq. has been a part of the family at Strawberry Fields since 2007. His office is at 9 Newburg Ave.
Scott and his wife Amy have a 4-month old baby boy, Jeremy, who was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital Tuesday night and has been fighting for his life ever since. He has apparently contracted an infection that has attacked his heart. He is in critical condition and remains on life support. Some of you may know Jeremy and his family, they live in Catonsville.
Please say a prayer for Jeremy and the entire Morse family.
If you want to hear more about what they are facing and get updates, you can visit www.caringbridge.org and type in "jeremymorse" (no space between the names)under the site name. And, if you would like to help them out with a meal, you can visit www.carecalendar.org (calendar ID: 3757 and Security Code: 9812). There are also some photographs and updates on Jeremy's condition on this site. Craig

Destination Catonsville

Catonsville is in the News again! What a great place to Live.
(Click on the Link above to see the Pictures or better yet - pick up a copy of Todays Baltimore Sun Paper)

Destination: Catonsville

Browse the shopping district's music and craft shops, then satisfy your palate with a sweet treat

By Stephanie Shapiro Sun reporter
April 5, 2008
A monthly feature exploring the stores, restaurants and sights of Maryland neighborhoods.

Catonsville's shopping district is already known for its splendid hodgepodge of possibilities for artisans and musicians. It's easy to get lost in the corridor's sensory pleasures, from looking at bolts of mesmerizing batiks at Seminole Sampler to listening as a customer tries out a 12-string guitar at Bill's Music Store.Proclaimed "Music City Maryland" by the state legislature in 2002, Catonsville has long drawn musicians from afar to its cluster of music shops.With a side-by-side trio of stores specializing in the needle arts, the shopping district is also a haven for lovers of traditional crafts. Now, after a recent streetscape makeover supported by the national Main Street program and the repurposing of several historic storefronts, the commercial district centered on Frederick Road awaits new visitors in search of an afternoon's diversion -- and perhaps a ukulele. Here are some ideas for spending time in Catonsville:

Begin in the soothing atmosphere of Seminole Sampler in the Mews shopping complex, where employees guide quilters around tricky corners and through piecing puzzles. Bolts of gorgeous fabrics, coordinated by color, are therapeutic, even for the non-sewer. But even she or he may leave with a pack of "fat quarters," inexpensive fabric remnants that may inspire a first foray into an enduring art form.

2. The Stitching Post, 10:30 a.m.67 Mellor Ave. 410-788-7760 Next door, the Stitching Post has everything required for doing cross-stitch and needlepoint, including all-important magnifiers for fine work. Needlepoint charts (patterns) range from $4 for small designs to $40 for large, intricate projects. Business has prospered in part from the economic downturn, says shop owner Melinda Zachary. "People are staying home and looking for something to do with their hands in the evening."

3. Appalachian Bluegrass, 10:45 a.m.643 Frederick Road 410-744-1144 appalachianbluegrass.comAround the corner from the Mews, Appalachian Bluegrass holds plugged-in pop culture at bay with its collection of acoustic guitars, mandolins, dobros, autoharps, banjos and ukuleles. On Saturdays, the shop is a "destination drive" for musicians from as far away as New York and Pittsburgh, says owner Emory Knode. They come to buy, to have instruments repaired and to share lore with the shop's knowledgeable staff. And if you've ever thought about picking up an instrument but feared you'd flop, take heart from Knode, who says, "No one is truly tone deaf." Besides, starter ukuleles only cost $29.

4. Plymouth Wallpaper, 11 a.m.720 Frederick Road 410-788-8500 Because it is a mainstay -- and a quirky one at that -- the Plymouth Wallpaper company is a must-see. You'll find miles of wallpaper patterned with apple blossoms, sunflowers and such. Beyond the sign "Welcome to Border City," there's a room dedicated, naturally, to wallpaper borders. You can also score a genuine sea sponge for $1.89, a secondhand fur coat or a cookie jar shaped like a Hawaiian shirt.

5. SugarBakers Cakes, 11:15 a.m.752 Frederick Road 410-788-9478 sugarbakerscakes.comDuck into SugarBakers to ogle its stupendous wedding cakes or purchase an apple-pie cheesecake for $24 or a lemon tart for $3.50. When a frilly little room in the bakery isn't in use for wedding-cake consultations, you can take a seat there and sip some coffee before continuing on your Catonsville.

6. Objects Found, noon 818 Frederick Road 410-744-9000 objectsfound.com Get lost in Objects Found: Antiques, Art and Stuff on Consignment. Owner Reggie Sajauskas has also scheduled a rotating roster of art exhibits, displayed on the walls among other decorative items. Her shop, located in a former Army/Navy recruiting center, meanders through a warren of rooms filled with jewelry, vintage Barbie and Ken clothing, original Fiestaware, Depression glass and wonderfully kitschy pieces such as a mint-condition 1950s planter in the shape of a marlin for $50.

7. Peace of Sunshine, 12:30 p.m.819 Frederick Road 410-788-0942 peaceofsunshine.com
Across the road, Peace of Sunshine will make your 1960s dreams come true in the form of tie-dye T-shirts and Grateful Dead souvenirs. Pseudo-psychedelic fleecy pajama bottoms make a groovy purchase for the college kid.

8. Catonsville Gourmet, 12:45 p.m.829 Frederick Road 410-788-0003The upscale Catonsville Gourmet meets a long-term need for a white-tablecloth establishment, but without too much fuss. In the former Muir Hardware store, the restaurant is a fusion of Eastern Shore comfort and yuppie sensibilities. "The Ultimate Soup Meal" ($11.99) included a delicious cup of spicy seafood gumbo, artisan potato chips and half a turkey sandwich. Had I room for dessert, it would have been a slab of Smith Island cake from SugarBakers. In the rear of the restaurant, there's a butcher, a seafood dealer and carryout items.

9. Little Sugar Shack, 1:45 p.m.821 Frederick Road 410-744-4330If you didn't order dessert at Catonsville Gourmet, be sure to stop at the Little Sugar Shack to sample the hand-dipped caramel/chocolate apples, chocolate-covered marshmallows and peanut paws. Shoppers with a nostalgic streak will find a selection of penny candy, including nonpareils and green-apple-flavored sourballs.

10. Bill's Music House, 2 p.m.743 Frederick Road 410-747-1900 billsmusic.comThe afternoon draws to a close, but a stop in Bill's Music House, the mother lode for garage bands and countless other combos, is mandatory. Revel in the infinite musical possibilities found in a shop where entire sections are devoted to drumsticks and cymbals.

More of Catonsville:If you have more time, Catonsville has more to show you
Record & Tape Traders, where thousands of used and new CDs beg for your ear. 806 Frederick Road, 410-788-6767, recordandtapetraders.com.

A.W.O.L. skateboarding store. 827 Frederick Road, 410-788-2965.

Jennings Cafe, a long-time Catonsville establishment. 808 Frederick Road, 410-744-3824, jenningscafe.com.
Cloverhill Yarn Shop, which specializes in knitting supplies. 75 Mellor Ave., 410-788-7262, cloverhillyarn.com.
The Candy Box, a local landmark filled with sweet treats as well as candy-making supplies. 1610 Frederick Road, 410-747-5291.
The Benjamin Banneker Historic Park & Museum is dedicated to the self-taught African-American astronomer and surveyor. 300 Oella Ave., 410-887-1081.
If the suburban wilderness calls, take a stroll on Trolley Trail No. 9, a paved route for bikers, runners and walkers that runs from Edmondson Avenue to Ellicott City.
Streetcar Trail No. 8 is a shorter path between Catonsville Junction and Frederick Road. For an interactive map, go to home.comcast.net/~crtt/.Nearby Patapsco Valley State Park offers a wealth of trails and picnic spots. Call 410-461-5005 or go to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/patapscovalley.html.

(Note: The Business Names Highlighted in Green are Part of Strawberry Fields)

On the Lighter Side!