Reisterstown: Chamber honors Deleonardo as president

It is time for the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce's annual Charter Night. In honor of incoming President Brian Deleonardo, whom I understand is a huge fan of Baltimore sports, this year's theme for the event is "Get in the Game."

Join chamber members on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pikesville Hilton's Preakness Ballroom for a sports-themed menu. Raven's mascot Poe will be there, and so will the Oriole Bird, along with some yet-to-be- named mystery sports celebrities. And the sale of raffle tickets continues with the first cash prize being that of $5,000.00, and $500.00 going to the registered seller of that winning ticket.


There will also be several new board members installed that evening: Ryan Cole (Paychecks-Owings Mills), Irwin Kramer (Kramer & Connolly Law Firm), Sally Shapiro and Barry Willen (National Financial Legacy Group of Hunt Valley). Kirsten Beck has also joined the Executive Committee as its new secretary, a post that had previously not been filled.

Tickets are $65 per person and can be had by calling the chamber's office at 410-702-7073.

The chamber has a new logo, furnished courtesy of Bonnie Heneson Communications. It features a tri-color background, on which a tree has been placed. Above the three swaths of color appear the words "work, live, thrive.". The chamber also has a newly redesigned website you can access at

As part of its commitment to the community, the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce gives back from the proceeds it receives from the events it holds. In 2011, proceeds from their 5K Run went to Northwest Hospital's Cancer Infusion Center. The annual Taste of the Town event allowed them to donate to the Community Crisis Center. It also sponsors a 4-year college scholarship, which went this past year to a Franklin High School student, in the amount of $500 per year.

If you missed seeing the Capitol Steps in 2010 at the Gordon Center, take heart. They return on Saturday, March 24 to entertain and once again benefit the Hannah More School. For more info and tickets, contact the school's Development Office at 443-881-2031.

Hannah More School is pleased to recognize the following staff for their service anniversaries:

Tommy Thaniel (30 years), Janis Doten and Marie Wilson (25 years), Stefani Hoffman (20 years), Bryan Mroz, Al Chichester, Michelle Morrison, Charles Beers and Ruth Whiting (10 years), Ivan Bluman, Dean Mann, Michael McKenzey, Joyce Slessman, Matthew Marriott and Craig Piette (5 years).

In the mood for a little Italian dining? You're in luck. The Olive Garden opened its doors for business on Monday, Jan. 23 for dinner, replacing Tony Roma's in the Restaurant Park at the corner of Red Run and Owings Mills Boulevards. Plans are to begin opening for lunch at 11 a.m. by Jan. 28.

Like any new eating establishment, it's sure to be mobbed, but it has seating for more than 240 in its more than 7,000- square- foot facility. And if the wait is too long, you can hop next door to their sister company, Red Lobster. Both are owned by Darden Concepts Inc.

Boy Scout Troop 143 that meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, on Main Street, is looking forward to making a rather memorable trip. The older members, ages 14 to 18, are planning to be a part of the BSA High Adventure Trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. There the Scouts will participate in a 12-day trek into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which they leave for on July 24, returning on Aug. 6.

This exciting experience comes with a price tag of more than $1500 per person and the necessity to raise funds. So, if you have any odd jobs that need doing, the Scouts are at your service. You can make your arrangements through Jen Anderson by calling her at 410-227-6303, or by email at

Congratulations to FutureCare Health and Management, the privately held company that owns 12 skilled nursing centers in the Baltimore area, including FutureCare's Cherrywood facility in Reisterstown. In the December 2011 Sun supplement "Baltimore's Top Workplaces," FutureCare was named No. 1 in the large employers category. The chairman of the board of the family-owned company is Leonard Attman, and his nephew, Gary Attman, is president and CEO.

Also in the large employers category, the T. Rowe Price Group, which has a facilities in Baltimore and in Owings Mills, ranked third.

Reisterstown American Legion Post 116 will hold Comedy Blast Inc. on Saturday, Feb. 18. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by the comedy show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, and can be had by calling the Post at 410-833-9605.


A very special birthday wish to Margie Edelstein (90),

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary Marcy and Buzz Kolodny (50), Sharon and Harvey Miller (50), Marcia and Dr. Jerry Buxbaum (60), Dolores and Martin Zuckerman (60).

Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Weiner, Samuel Gold, Kyle Brady Alperstein, Ethan Reed Rosman, Mason Derek Trippe, Owen Samuel Goetz, Henry Alec Zlotnick, Noah Michael Hammerman, David Nathan Silverman, Gregory Alexander Charlow, Alex David Caplan and Gil Paltiel Feldman.

Mazel Tov on the Bat Mitzvah of Amelia (Amy) Rose Land, Lila Yerman, Miriam Sophie Greenberg, Victoria Rochelle Frank, Zoey Rachael Schunick, Merav Tova Geller Schwartz, Danielle Beth Nechis, Marcellle Miriam Philosophe and Abigail Elizabeth Basciano.

Best wishes for wedded bliss on the marriage of Rissa Bordenick to Josh Perkiel, Aliza King to Brad Friedlander.

Here's to stars in your eyes on the engagement of Kristin Pavlick to Andy Black, Meghan Ran to Harrison Guthorn.

Wishing a complete and speedy recovery to Silk Murray.

My condolences on the passing of Frances Sherman.

Look for my next column on Thursday, March 8.