March 26, 2009

Taste of Catonsville 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009
Rolling Road Golf Club
$35 with advance tickets,
$45 at the door

Michael Mastracci - Local Catonsville Attorney Publishes New Book

Local Attorney Michael Mastracci, has just released his new book "Stop Fighting Over the Kids" .This book could be a great help to anyone going through this tough situation.

“STOP Fighting Over The Kids Resolving Day-to-Day Custody Conflict in Divorce Situations” has just arrived at and is now available for purchase.
To find out more about the book and to sign up to receive a free chapter visit the STOP Fighting Over The Kids book website.
The book is available as a paperback edition for $29.95 and is exclusively sold only on

March 25, 2009

Friends of Patapsco Valley - Spring Clean up

WHEN: Sunday, March 29, 2009
WHERE: CCBC, Catonsville Campus
TIME: 12:45 pm to register. We begin promptly at 1 pm – 4 pm!

IMPORTANT: In the event of rain, call before you leave at 410-480-0824 to insure the event has not been cancelled.

WHERE TO PARK: In Parking Lot 3. Go to for a campus map. If you are using Google map, put in the GPS coordinates of 39.255768, -76.736927 which is pretty close to Parking Lot 3.

WHERE TO REGISTER: Look for Parking Lot 3 on campus, and signs to direct you to the registration area in Parking Lot 3.


- Comfortable clothes with long sleeves and pants and waterproof shoes
- Used plastic grocery bags (for trash pickup and to REUSE them!)
- Shovels, wheelbarrows & garden clippers for invasives (please mark your name on it in case it is misplaced)

Any volunteers under 16 must be supervised by an adult volunteer. If we get enough volunteers, we will clean the stream throughout the entire campus property!


From Route 95
Take Exit 47A-47B for State Highway 166 North
Merge onto I-195 West
Stay to your right, past the exit to UMBC, away from the park and ride parking lot.
Turn right at MD-166/S. Rolling Road
Travel approximately 8/10 mile
Turn LEFT at the traffic light into the CCBC – Catonsville Campus
When you get into the campus, bear right onto Campus Drive to parking lot 3 – look for signs to direct you to the registration area.

The address of Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville Campus, is 800 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization that treasures the Patapsco Valley and is working to preserve, protect and interpret its historic, natural and cultural resources. FPVHG sponsors stream clean-ups, bike rides, kayaking, tree planting and mulching, trail maintenance and the Garlic Mustard Challenge, which is a weed-pulling and picnic event held the first Sunday in May.

March 23, 2009

Frederick Rd Fridays

The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the second season of Frederick Road Fridays. Starting on June 19th. This year the events will be held
The Time has Changed
6:30pm -8:30pm
The place is the same
Egges Lane at Frederick Rd.
Automatic Slim, Appaloosa and The Alan Reisinger Band have already been confirmed.
Stay tuned a full schedule will be released soon!

March 18, 2009

Record & Tape Traders to Close Today

Record & Tape Traders in Catonsville to close Wednesday

Store recently relocated to smaller space on Frederick Road; other area locations will stay open
By Joe Burris (Baltimore Sun)

Loretta Lynn will be leaving the building soon.The old album cover featuring her big hair and greatest hits is coming down from the display window at Record and Tape Traders in Catonsville, which is scheduled to close its doors for good Wednesday.The company that owns the six-store chain said the Catonsville location has been unable to make a go of it after moving last summer from its longtime site down the street to a smaller location.The news came as a disappointment to patrons accustomed to the picture window's motif of vinyl discs, concert photos and an old phonograph.

The store is on a stretch of Frederick Road where a collection of guitar, piano and brass instrument shops have earned Catonsville the nickname "Music City, Maryland.""It's a real shame," said John Tully, one of several customers who bypassed stacks of cardboard boxes partially obscuring the picture window at the entrance Monday."This store represents a lot of the music scene, it holds a lot of the feeling about music," the Catonsville resident said. "It's cool to come get vinyl here, because you just can't in a lot of places."Many once-popular national chains such as Sam Goody and Tower Records have succumbed to online purchasing and one-stop-shopping stores such as Best Buy and Target. But locally, Record and Tape Traders has been a mainstay.Founded in a house in Towson in 1977, the operation grew and added locations throughout the region.The Catonsville location was once one of the more popular stores on Frederick Road. The business previously occupied a two-story building on a corner with parking out back and an unmatched display of music from most any genre, as well as movies and posters."In the old location, they used to have country, jazz and hip-hop upstairs, and the first floor was predominantly rock," said Joseph Peyton of Catonsville. "I used to come here two to three times a week and buy at least one CD every time I came." Two years ago, local owners sold the chain to Marrietta, Ga.-based Value Music Concepts, which operates regional chains and shopping mall music stores from the South to Northern California.Brian Smith, a vice president at Value Music, said the Catonsville store had to be relocated last summer to a smaller, one-story building a block away with no parking because the owner of the previous location sold the building.The new location wasn't big enough to allow the store to offer the variety patrons have come to expect, he said.The chain's other locations - in Towson, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Westminster and Rehoboth Beach, Del. - are unaffected by the closing and will absorb much of the remaining merchandise from Catonsville, Smith said."When they were hot, Record and Tape Traders did bring people to Frederick Road," said Brian Higgins, manager of Bill's Music House, one of the largest music stores on Frederick Road.Record and Tape Traders used to be directly across from Bill's, which often benefited from the flow of customers. Other music merchants on Frederick Road are bemoaning the demise of a musical comrade, including workers at Jim's Guitars directly across the street."It's been beneficial, them being in that location, because as soon as people walk out of their store, they can see us," said Shawna Potter, manager of Jim's.The current location is in the middle of a block and has few signs. Higgins said that some patrons at Bill's were unaware that the store had relocated nearby.While Record and Tape Traders has struggled, other Frederick Road music stores have fared well despite the recession. Bill's recently expanded, and Higgins said sales have been brisk.Potter said the popularity of video games such as Guitar Hero has led to parents bringing in children eager to purchase a real instrument."It's sad to see another empty building, but I'm not worried about this area," Potter said. "The fact that Record and Tape Traders is leaving, I think, is a sign of consumers getting into digital files versus business just being bad. I have no doubt that something else will move in and be very successful in this area."

March 16, 2009

21228 Catonsville Reunion

"21228 Catonsville Reunion"

on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00pm

"A Blast from your Past "

Reunion for anyone associated with 21228

Past or Present

Food, Music, Drink and Friends

Start Time: Saturday, May 9 at 2:00pm

End Time: Saturday, May 9 at 6:00pm

Where: Knights of Columbus

Tickets are on Sale now!

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Saint Agnes Hospital News

(Baltimore, MD)— In an effort to expand its Palliative Care Services and strengthen its HOPE Palliative Care Services Program, Saint Agnes Hospital has hired Kimberly Barrett to serve as Director of Palliative Care Services. Kimberly comes to Saint Agnes with a history in medical social work, most recently working at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland. In her new role as Director of Palliative Care Services, Kimberly will be responsible for the design and implementation of palliative care services at Saint Agnes Hospital. She will also oversee the HOPE Palliative Care Services Program. This two-part program is composed of Beds for End-of Life-Care Services, a 2 bed pilot program for patients who have an estimated prognosis of less than 24-72 hours, and a counseling program. HOPE Palliative Care Counseling Services program offers psycho-social care, provided by Loyola College pastoral counseling students. As director of the HOPE Palliative Care Team Kimberly will assist in the development, execution and evaluation of HOPE Palliative Care Services Programs, oversee the case management of patients enrolled in the HOPE Counseling Services and provide clinical supervision to HOPE counseling students. Kimberly is “looking forward to being part of the HOPE Palliative Care Team at Saint Agnes Hospital. The team is committed to a comfort care approach that is compassionate and dignified.” Saint Agnes Hospital is a 307-bed hospital founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862. Saint Agnes is a full service teaching hospital with residency programs in a number of medical and surgical specialties. Key services include: The Saint Agnes Cancer Center and Center for Blood Disorders, The Chest Pain Emergency Center, The Bariatric Center of Excellence, Joint and Spine Care, Cardiovascular Services, Women’s Health Services, and Seton Medical Group. Saint Agnes is a member of Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health care organization in the nation. Ascension Health is dedicated to reaching new heights in health care and service to communities, as well as serving as a model for faith-based health care throughout the world. For more information on Saint Agnes HealthCare, visit .

March 13, 2009

Masters Realty

We would like to wish a
Happy One Year Anniversary
Masters Realty!
at their Catonsville location.

record & tape traders is closing!

record & tape traders, who moved from the 800 block of Frederick Rd. to a smaller shop location in the 700 block last year. Will be closing their doors for good on Weds. March 18th.
record & tape traders has been a huge asset to the Catonsville Business district for years, drawing customers from all over the region. They have also been very supportive of the Catonsville Community, among other contributions, they were a Founding Sponsor of Frederick Road Fridays. Stop in and show your appreciation by making a purchase there before next Weds.

To Brian and the staff at R&TT - your presence will truly be missed. Thank you.

March 12, 2009

Catonsville Elementary Auction

Catonsville Elementary School PTA
will be holding their 12th annual Live/silent auction this
Saturday night, March 14, 2009.
$10/person at the Lodge .
Light fare will be provided, drinks are for purchase Doors open at 6pm.
For more info contact Linda Lewis
410-744-4882 or 443-538-7979

March 11, 2009

Automatic Slim at Bare Bones

The Howard County Relay For Life team, The GEA Walkabouts, is having a fund-raiser on March 21st 9pm - closing at Bare Bones on Route 40 in Ellicott City. Automatic Slim will be performing and raffle tickets will be available for chances to win a variety of prizes with all proceeds going to the Howard County Relay For Life! Items will be raffled throughout the evening. The earlier you get your tickets, the more chances you'll have to win! We’ve all been touched by cancer in some way and advances are being made every day that bring us closer to a cure. Here’s a chance for you to help a great cause while enjoying great music, food, drinks and company. $2.50 drafts and 1/2 price appetizers 9pm until closing.

March 10, 2009

Electronic's Recycling

Did you get a new TV, computer or home movie system for the holidays? How about a cell phone, ipod or other electronic device? The Hillcrest Elementary PTA Environmental Committee along with Old Catonsville Neighborhood Association is sponsoring:

An Electronics Recycling Day

on Saturday, March 14 From 10 am -2pm

in the Hillcrest Parking lot

Keep your old electronics out of the landfill and the incinerator and help the community at the same time by dropping off old electronics between 10-2. We will take anything that plugs in or runs off a battery (no large appliances, A/C units, or fluorescent bulbs). There will be a $10 charge for TV's. They will even take old batteries.
Contact Joan Plisko at for more information.

Catonsville Happenings

**4th of July Celebrations Dance -
this Saturday, March 14th
Tickets are still the front desk of Coldwell Banker Real Estate office on Frederick Road and Ingleside Avenues during regular business hours or
contact Jodi Corbitt

**Catonsville Middle School is having their annual MULCH SALE
on Saturday, March 28th
Orders must be prepaid and are due by March 16th. Order forms are available on the middle school website

**Comet Park Night at the Diamondback Tavern -
Thursday, March 26th
Under new Catonsville ownership - The Diamondback (the old Tiber River Restaurant on Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City) will donate a portion of ALL sales (both food AND drinks) to the renovation project for Comet Park!! No coupons required - just stop by for lunch, dinner, and/or drinks! 11am thru midnight

**St. Mark Athletic Association Casino Night
Saturday, March 28th
7pm in the St. Mark Hall

Admission is $30 and covers starting chips for blackjack, roulette, and craps, beer, wine, soda and snacks.
Dealers will be The Shed Guys.
There is a Texas Hold'em tournament for an extra $25 starting at 8pm til 10pm.
Win great prizes at the end of the night.
For tickets email Bill Cook at or call 410-744-5760.
Event benefits the sports program at St. Mark and that of a local needy parish.


**Easter Egg Hunt
- April 4th - 3 pm
(Rain Date April 11th)
Catonsville High School
sponsored by the
Catonsville Men's Civic Association

**Comet Booster Club BEACH BASH
Saturday, April 18th at the Lodge
7pm to midnight
Catered by Picnics Plus/DJ/raffles/money wheel
tickets $35

On the Lighter Side!

Blog Archive