The President’s Letter

Joe Poisal
2018 President

Summer is here, and in Music City Maryland, that means the kickoff of our Frederick Road Fridays! The attendance continues to grow year after year, and there is good reason. Guinness has proven to be a popular addition to the beer selection.

Our Frederick Road Fridays’ committee works diligently over the winter, and spring months to bring you quality entrainment. I want to thank our sponsors for their generosity, and keeping this a free event. Please keep our sponsors in mind! This years sponsors are: Premier Sponsor-Whalen Properties; Diamond Sponsors-Guinness Brewery and Barrel House, Narcissus Salon & Spa, The Shops on Mellor, and We love Catonsville; Platinum Sponsors-ABC Rental, Brightview Rolling Hills and Brightview Catonsville; Gold Sponsors- 818 Market Coldwell Banker & DyAnn Moree, Cosmic Comix & Toys, Edible Arrangements, McFarland & Masters, LLC, Mohler & Gary Realtors, New Hope Community Church, Peace A Pizza, R.A.W. Tree Experts, Inc., St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church, Therapeutic Foster Care at Kennedy Krieger, Tom Quirk – Retirement & Investment Group, LLC, Valley Landscaping, Stone & Patio, Varsity Auto Repair, Wall to Wall Construction, Wolfe & Fiedler, CPAs; Silver Sponsors-Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club, UMBC 50th Anniversary; Food Sponsors-Catonsville Gourmet, Tim’s Treats, Mango Mama’s and SweetFrog.

There is a lot of buzz around Catonsville lately with potential businesses moving into available properties. According to Rita’s website, they are moving into the former Carnival Delights at 609 Frederick Road. Rita’s sells mainly Italian Ice, frozen custard, and specialty creations. There seems to be a deal in the making with the former Friendly’s Restaurant, but nothing official yet. Many of us are anticipating some good news in the future!

On the Memorial Day weekend, Catonsville and Ellicott City sustained a tremendous down pour causing devastating flooding. I was attending a graduation party, and had no idea that our area was getting so much rain until I checked my phone. I was heartbroken when I read what had happened. Your Chamber board met just after the holiday to discuss ways to help both Catonsville, and Ellicott City businesses. If you would like to donate to help Catonsville businesses visit the Chamber’s website and click Flood Relief.

July 4th is Catonsville’s 71st parade! Dating back to its beginning in 1947, our parade has been attended by families near and far. I’m in the parade every year, and it is amazing to see all the homes on Montrose Avenue and the parties on the front lawns. It’s great to see our friends and neighbors on such a great holiday.

See you around the ‘Ville.