July 29, 2009

Frederick Rd. Friday's - July 31st 2009

The Gigs The same guys that you heard at your school dances back in the 60's and 70's playing alot of the same music.

Established: Again March 2006
Members: Steve Adamski- Lead/Backing vocals, Lead GuitarReed Martin - Lead/Backing vocals, Flute, SaxKirk Dancy - Keyboards/backing vocalsNorbert Bertling - Lead/backing vocals, Drums and Percussion

Style: Classic Rock and Pop, Soul and What ever we want
The Gigs Song List:

Along Comes Mary - The Association

Alright Now - Free

Bang A Gong - T Rex

Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Because - Dave Clark Five

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Behind Blue Eyes - The Who

Brick House - The Commodors

But, It's Alright - J.J. Jackson

Buss Stop - The Hollies

Carrie Ann - The Hollies

Come On Down To My Boat - Every Mothers' Son

Dance Tonight - Paul McCartney

Dirty Water - Standells

Don't Bring Me Down - The Animals

Don't Do Me Like That - Tom Petty & Heartbreakers

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry & The Pacemakers

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

Everybody Wants to Rule The World - Tears For Fears

Ferry Cross The Mercy - Gerry And The Pacemakers

Gimmie Some Lovin - Spencer Davis

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

Hey Little Girl - The Syndicate Of Sound

I Need You - The Beatles

I'll Be Back - The Beatles

It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones

It's My Life - The Animals

I Should Have Known Better - The Beatles

Jenny Jenny - Tommy Two Tone

Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd

Little Children - Billy J Kramer

Little Sister - Elvis

Living In The Past - Jethro Tull

Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull

Love Is All Around - The Troggs

Love Potion # 9 - The Searchers

Low Down - Boz Scaggs

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet

Mass. - The Bee Gees

Midnight Hour - Wilson Picket

Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds

Mustang Sally - Wilson Picket

Needles And Pins - The Seachers

New York Mining Disaster - The Bee Gees

Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

No Matter What - Bad Finger

Penny Lane - The Beatles

Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

Please Come Home For Christmas - Eagles

Riders on The Storm - The Doors

Rocket Man - Elton John

Sara Smile - Hall & Oates

She's Not There - The Zombies

Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

Something - The Beatles

Soul Man - Sam & Dave

Teacher - Jethro Tull

Tell Her No - The Zombies

This Boy - The Beatles

Time Of The Season - The Zombies

Tired Of Waiting - The Kinks

To Love Sombody - The Bee Gees

Turn Turn Turn - The Byrds

Tuesday Afternoon - Moody Blues

Under My Thumb - Rolling Stones

Walk Away - James Gang

Walk Away Renee - The Left Bank

Whip It - Devo

Wild Thing - The Troggs

Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Words - The Bee Gees

You Really Got Me - The Kinks

July 22, 2009

Private Parking

'Parking war' on Frederick Road driving away customers
Letter to the editor- Catonsville Times

Posted 7/22/09

I mean this from the bottom of my pocketbook -- never again will I spend one hard-earned dime at the eating establishments on the Frederick Road corridor.
Last Thursday turned what should have been a nice evening out with a couple of friends, patronizing businesses in what I consider my hometown, into an expensive and exhausting nightmare.
I was not aware of the parking war taking place over spaces on various off-street lots.
Although I have spent many a good dime at the Catonsville Gourmet, we had heard good things about the soft crabs at Ship's Café and decided to eat there.
There was no on-street parking available, and we had a handicapped adult with us, so I decided to park toward the back of the lot behind Catonsville Gourmet.
Yes, I saw signs about unauthorized or illegal parking.
But I genuinely did not think I was in violation because no sign stated that the lot was for Catonsville Gourmet patrons only. I was patronizing a local business so did not see anything unauthorized about it.
Yet, upon exiting the restaurant and (after) browsing around other businesses along the route, we headed back to my vehicle. But it was not where we left it.
Instead, a man wandered around the lot, cell phone in hand, calling a tow truck to come and get yet another unsuspecting patron of downtown Catonsville.
When I asked if he had my van towed away, he said he had.
The man further enlightened us to the "feud" among various eating establishments taking place over liquor licenses and parking.
So, bottom line, because of the short-sightedness of these business people along Frederick Road, once again the average worker, seeking an evening's respite and entertainment, is made to suffer the consequences.
After calling for a ride to the bank machine and then the impound yard, I am $260 poorer and infuriated that this town is allowing such nonsense.
Never again!
Connie Szczech

Connie -

I must ask, why, if you had a disabled person with you, would you have parked on a lot all of the way accross the street. Ship's Cafe has valet parking and would have taken your car right at their front door. Instead you chose to park in a spot that was reserved for someone that may have really needed to be close to the door. There are 15 Private Parking signs posted on the lot - 4 of them indicate "Parking for Strawberry Fields Only" and two of those list the specific businesses that the parking lot is intended for.

Somehow, I imagine that when you travel to down town Baltimore, to avoid patronizing your neighborhood businesses, you will avoid parking in a lot that has a similar warning posted. Be sure to tip the parking lot attendant in addition to the $7. hr parking fee.

The business owners in Catonsville do not park in your driveway to visit your neighbor and Catonsville's businesses deserve the same respect.
Sincerely, Craig

Business Owner's Must Protect their Property
Letter to the editor -Catonsville Times

In 1997, we invested in our first property on Frederick Road.
Shortly thereafter, we realized that if we were to focus on investing in properties along Frederick Road, others would follow and together we could make a difference that would revitalize the Catonsville Village.
We have invested our entire life savings, along with our hearts and souls, to realize this vision. So have our tenants.
While no one is more pleased with the current progress of our downtown area than we are, the addition of the new businesses have created a huge problem -- parking.
All of the tenants at Strawberry Fields chose to be here because we could offer parking for their customers and employees.
It is the responsibility of every property and business owner to manage their available parking.
Some businesses pay to rent spaces on other parking lots, only to find those spaces filled daily by employees of businesses that choose not to provide any parking.
This problem has been exacerbated because the county allowed several small, low-traffic businesses to expand greatly and increase their uses, without providing parking for the increased traffic.
When people park on private lots, they are stealing from the property owners and tenants, who pay the expenses to provide these lots.
We have done nothing but try to make Catonsville a better place.
For the last several months, we have gently asked people who park on our private lot and patronize other businesses not to park here.
When we try to stand up for our property rights, just a little bit, we have received threats of boycotts and violence by people who view it as our obligation to provide free parking for every business in this town.
Unfortunately, we have been placed in a position with which we are not very comfortable.
But we have to protect the integrity of our property rights and the interests of our tenants.
We have had to follow the lead of several other Catonsville property owners and hire a towing company to remove cars that are illegally parked on our lot.
This policy has been clearly posted on numerous signs displayed on the lot.
During the last few months, we hoped that people would park elsewhere when they saw the signs.
However, the warnings are still being largely ignored.
We would like to take this opportunity to ask that, when you visit businesses in Catonsville, please ask the owners what parking arrangements have been made for their customers.
It is my hope that business and property owners will be able to work together, along with Baltimore County, to solve this problem in a way that will make it convenient to visit Frederick Road.
Craig and Deborah Witzke
Witzke Properties owns the parking lot behind 821-833 Frederick Road and 9 and 11 Newburg Ave.

July 17, 2009

Frederick Road Fridays - July 17th has been canceled

Due to the forecast of extreme weather conditions tonight's Frederick Rd. Fridays has been canceled.

Fire at Childrens Home

A multiple-alarm fire on the grounds of the Childrens Home in the 200 block of Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville on Thursday night extensively damaged an unoccupied 80-year-old building, authorities said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries. Reported about 9 p.m., the fire went to two alarms and brought apparatus from several fire stations to the scene. At the height of the fire, flames and smoke broke through the roof and entered the attic of the two-story brick building that once housed teenage boys. The fire was brought under control in less than an hour. The complex was once known as the German Orphans Home.

- Richard Irwin
Baltimore Sun

July 11, 2009

This Weekend at the Lurman Theater

Saturday, July 11th, 2009 - 6:00 PM
The Gigs
The Gigs 2008 are the same guys who played all over Baltimore during the 60’s and 70’s doing a lot of the same great rock and British songs -- always with great harmony
The Gigs Website (new window)

Sunday, July 12th, 2009 - 6:00 PM
The Deanna Bogart Band
Bluesion: Blues, Jazz, R&B, and Country
www.deannabogart.com (new window)

July 10, 2009


Local Boutique ReThreads Launches New Handmade Jewelry Line
Boutique Binds Community Ties

The Paradise community on Frederick Rd. may be the last place that comes to mind when thinking of high fashion, clothing or jewelry. However, new owners of ReThreads Clothing Boutique, Janelle and James Williams, are doing just that! This Sunday July 12, Janelle launches her new line of beautifully handcrafted jewelry, fittingly named “Janelle Jewels”. Janelle Jewels are handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings using the best quality sterling silver, gold, Swarovski crystals, precious and semi-precious gemstones. Janelle Jewels are perfect for women who enjoy wearing unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry. At the launching of Janelle Williams’ new line of jewelry, local models will showcase the jewelry during a fashion show, held at ReThreads 6416 Frederick Rd. The show times are 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm; all are welcome. RSVP @ 443-794-2800 to inform which show attending. Janelle calls the jewelry “Fun, Hip and Fabulous” and is also proud and excited that the jewelry is “hand-crafted by 3 very talented local artists.” Boutiques are generally high fashion and high priced, but this could not be further from truth, when it comes to ReThreads Clothing Boutique. This Boutique has very fashionable and stylish new and gently used name brand and designer clothing but for very reasonable prices. Occasionally throughout the year, Rethreads buys clothing from their customers and also donates clothing and accessories to local churches and charities. They are recycling, “going green and helping families save money”, says Janelle. Not to mention ReThreads is keeping business in the Catonsville, Baltimore community by using local businesses and people to create its jewelry.

July 7, 2009

Catonsville 2009 Parade Winners

Congratulations to the 2009 Catonsville 63rd Annual Parade Award Winners

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Marie O'Dea Award Catonsville Elementary School
Best School Award Hillcrest Elementary
Best Business Award St. Agnes Hospital
Best Community Organization Award Greater Oella Community Association
Best Religious Affliation Award Full Gospel Pentecostal
Special Judges' Awards Westowne ElementaryWestchester ElementaryCatonsville Youth Baseball
Trophies will be awarded. Winners will be notified shortly with exact location and date.

July 2, 2009

Choose Catonsville Bracelets Now Available

If you live in Catonsville (or want to), show your pride about our great community by wearing a "Choose Catonsville" bracelet. Contact Karen Gatzke and she'll make sure you get a FREE bracelet. These are great to wear around town, 4th of July parade, at the pool, etc. Dogs like them for their collars too. Call Karen Gatzke, 410-218-0578, or reach her on facebook, www.facebook.com/karen.r.gatzke

On the Lighter Side!