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Reisterstown: Shopping center changing to meet customers' needs

You could hear the beat of the drums all the way out on Reisterstown Road heralding the grand opening of Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet.

Fellow members of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, along with local politicos came to wish their newest member and business venture well.

There were citations and congratulations all around as the ribbon cutting took place amid drums, cymbals, and a traditional Chinese Lion Dance. Then venerable host and Hibachi Grill general manager Jack Wang invited all to lunch.

Robert Pollokoff was also there, representing the Fedder Co., which manages the Reisterstown Shopping Center. He said that the entire bank of buildings that were in front of what was the bowling alley were slated to be razed, just as soon as the gas and electric were shut off. This, to make way for what will be offices.

Add to this, the overhaul of the building that was home to Ames and now Big Lots, and the re-positioning of businesses and services that got their start in here, and you see a burgeoning shopping center morphing to meet the changing needs of the community.

The weekend of Sept. 10 and 11 saw the 25th annual Reisterstown Festival squeak in its opening day parade, following Hurricane Irene and days of rain and power outages to the relief of parade Chairman Mark Hemler. Saturday night's fireworks also took place despite some sprinkles.

But the big event Saturday evening was Stevenson University's first home football game in its brand new Mustang Stadium. Stevenson played Christopher Newport University in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,500 and earned a 46-43 victory,

The pre-game program was hosted by Stan "The Fan" Charles of talk show radio and the "Inside PressBox" TV show. The Stevenson University Marching Band took to the field to open the program, replete with fireworks from the sidelines.

The national anthem was sung by 11-year-old Hannah Langmead of Seven Valleys, Pa., and then two sky divers parachuted onto the field.

Look for more excitement in this inaugural season of the Mustangs as they play Widener University on Saturday, Oct.15 at 1 p.m.; battle Lycoming College on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. for their Homecoming & Family weekend; and play their final home game against Albright College on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.

Check out your Sunday Sun for the special insert on Stevenson University. It provides a very comprehensive overview of what has gone on in the building and growth of this now co-ed university.

Joining the openings and ribbon cuttings seemingly cropping up at every turn in the community was one for the new Hampton Inn that is visible from Owings Mills Boulevard. Opening remarks were from Nick Mangione Jr. of Mangione Family Enterprises. Mangione went on to chronicle his family's rise to a business force, beginning in the 1950s with the construction company started by his father, Nick Sr. The 60,000-square-foot hotel has 105 rooms and employs 32 full-time staff.

Amid this, Memphis on Main Street (formerly Michos) experienced a fire in the rear of the building in the wee hours of Friday morning, Sept. 16. Word is the restaurant will re-open.

Congregation Beth Tfiloh is celebrating its ninetieth anniversary. To augment the occasion, they have invited Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan to join them on the evening of Tuesday, Oct.18. The program opens at 7:30 p.m., and a dessert reception follows.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Beth Tfiloh continues its celebration with Rabba Sara Hurwitz joining them for their Penn Lecture. Rabba Hurwitz was recently ordained as the first Orthodox female rabbi.

Congregation Adat Chaim welcomes its new spiritual leader Rabbi David Greenspoon. He assumes the position following the untimely passing of the congregation's beloved Cantor Sharon Wallach, who lost her battle with cancer last year.

Rabbi Greenspoon is a 1995 graduate of the rabbinical school of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He comes to Adat Chaim from Beth El Congregation of Baltimore, where he held the position of assistant rabbi director of congregational programming. We wish him well in this his latest endeavor.

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