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Date: Nov 26, 2013

Photo of gift items from Java Mamma's in ReisterstownAmy Mantay
Baltimore County Department of Planning

While big-box stores and malls are getting ready for Black Friday, some of Baltimore County’s traditional Main Streets are getting ready for something a little smaller—something with a little more charm. On Saturday, November 30, Dundalk and Reisterstown join other traditional commercial districts in the fourth annual Small Business Saturday.

By shopping in locally owned businesses on Small Business Saturday, you discover unique gifts you’ll never find at the big stores, experience the charm and genuine customer service that you only get from small business owners, and enjoy the sights, the sounds and the beautiful chill in the air that can only be found on Main Street.

In Reisterstown, on historic Main Street, “Holiday Cheer Starts Here!” To kick off the holiday season, businesses are offering a donation discount, which allows consumers to not only shop locally but also give locally. On Small Business Saturday, participating merchants are offering a 10% discount to customers who bring in a canned good donation for the Reisterstown United Methodist Church Food Pantry. When you shop at these small businesses, the money you spend here stays here, and the donations you give stay here, too.

Main Street Dundalk, one of 26 designated Main Street Maryland communities across the state, offers a variety of shopping, eating and entertainment during the holiday season. Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and Little Crystal Bijoux are hosting a Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop at 79 Shipping Place through December 23. The pop-up shop offers original holiday gifts by local artists and craftsman.

Starting Small Business Saturday, Main Street Maryland is offering a coupon for deals at Dundalk’s Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop.  For every $50 spent from November 30 - December 23, you will receive a $10 gift card for your next purchase. You can download the coupon right now.


Baltimore County also offers a great holiday deal:  you won’t have to feed the meters anywhere in Baltimore County from Thanksgiving Day through December 1.  Just look for the red “Seasons Greetings” bags and enjoy the free parking while you support local shops in your neighborhood.

From Catonsville to Pikesville, Essex to Randallstown, get out this Saturday and support your favorite small business. It’s a great way to find unique gifts for the folks on your holiday list while you support your local neighborhood business owners. Such a deal!


Cease the GreaseGerald Chambers, Office Automation Assistant
Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Bureau of Utilities

Baltimore County’s “Cease the Grease” program was created to prevent sewage overflows and basement backups resulting from fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) in the County’s sewage system. For residential customers, Baltimore County is implementing a public education program consisting of educational outreach, informational F.O.G. flyers and a page on the County’s website. For commercial food service establishments, the County enforces F.O.G. requirements under the Food Service Facility Regulations.

The primary F.O.G. sources are everyday foods such as cooking oil, sauces, butter, shortening, etc. These ingredients make their way into the sewage collection system through kitchen drains. Once inside the system, fats, oils and grease will cool, harden and begin to coat the inside of the sewer pipes. Over time, F.O.G. buildup will clog pipes, restrict the flow of wastewater and result in sewage overflows and/or basement backups. These overflows result in raw sewage overflowing into our streets, parks and homes, exposing the public to harmful disease-causing micro-organisms. In cases of backups on private property, the property owner is often responsible for the cleanup costs. To avoid these overflows and backups:

  • Never pour F.O.G. into your sink or toilet. Instead, put F.O.G. into a small can and store in the freezer until full. When it’s full, throw it into the trash.
  • When there is F.O.G. residue in a pan or on a dish, wipe it with a paper towel before washing and throw the towel in the trash.
  • Place a strainer in the kitchen sink drain to catch food scraps and other solids, then empty the strainer into the trash.

For more information, please call 410-887-1836 or e-mail utilities@baltimorecountymd.gov.


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