The President’s Letter

Joe Poisal
2018 President

On Monday, April 16, I had the honor of accompanying UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, and the President’s Council through downtown Catonsville. About thirty UMBC staff took part in the tour along with Chamber Board Members Cathy Schneider, Andy Bridges, Sue Plitt, Linda Sauer, Eric Lamb, and Executive Director, Teal Cary. The purpose of the bus trip was to show UMBC staff what Catonsville has to offer them and their students. After receiving a brief history of Catonsville during their bus ride, the tour stopped in the Chamber office where introductions and gift bags from the Chamber and Atwater’s were given. We then visited the 818 Market (under construction), pointing out along the way the many Frederick Road businesses such as Blue Iris, Pat’s Porch and our many restaurants. Stops at Bill’s Music House, and Sally Grace’s Peace A Pizza/Babas concluded their visit. Our guests expressed how impressed they were with Catonsville and its thriving businesses.

On Thursday, April 12, the Catonsville Chamber held the 7th Annual Outstanding Teachers Awards ceremony at CCBC Catonsville. It was our privilege to grant the 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Eric Sloan of Hillcrest Elementary School; to grant the Teams That Make a Difference Award to the Technology Team at Mount de Sales Academy – Valerie Fuecker, Michael Mnkande, Lindsey Murphy and Matas Webb; to name Devin Blackwell from Johnnycake Elementary School as one of two recognized Outstanding Elementary School Teachers for 2018; and to present the second Outstanding Elementary School Teacher Award to Nicole White of Catonsville Elementary School and to present the 2018 Outstanding High School Teacher Award to Shawn Krause from the Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies.

UMBC hosted another bus tour of Catonsville and Arbutus on Saturday, April 14 for incoming students and their parents. Chamber Board Secretary, Sue Plitt, was the tour guide, and this bus tour was also beneficial to the Catonsville and Arbutus businesses. The tour traveled through Arbutus, up Maiden Choice Lane to Frederick Road, through Paradise and Catonsville, turned onto Rolling Road to Route 40, hit the Beltway, and traveled past the Metro Station, back through Arbutus to the campus. The idea was to highlight businesses and restaurants in the area that will be attractive to students along with offering a bit of history of the town. This was an excellent way to introduce the UMBC parents, and students to what our area has to offer.

See you around the ‘Ville.