Baltimore County Now
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
'Twas the Day After Thanksgiving
'Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through the mall,
shoppers stood in long lines that reached the back wall.
With walkways too crowded and parking a mess,
Black Friday was causing consumer distress.
When just down the street, there arose such a glow
from the storefront of a local shopkeeper I know.
He invited us in - even offered us chairs -
and was ever so cheerful while he showed off his wares.
He had handcrafted specialties and homemade delights
and gadgets and gizmos.and the best Christmas lights!
He wrapped what we purchased with delicate care,
and we finished our shopping with a few hours to spare!
So, support small business as you shop this December
for the gifts that'll make this a holiday to remember.
And if you really need another good reason,
don't forget - parking is free - so shop local this season!
Contributed by Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive
Let’s face it. No one likes the holiday hassle of driving around for a parking space, then hauling packages across a huge parking lot. Baltimore County’s holiday gift to harried shoppers is 1,735 free parking spaces during some of the busiest shopping days of the season. Every one of these free parking spaces is near great locally owned shops and restaurants.
Shoppers get two hours of free parking over Thanksgiving weekend, November 22-25, and December 20-25. Just look for the meters decorated with red “free parking” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.
Find unique gifts and services, support your local store owners, and do your part to keep the neighborhood economy going strong.
Check out our holiday parking — then get up, get out and shop local!
Ifenanya Agwu, Baltimore County Office of Communications – Student Intern
12th Grade, Towson High School Law and Public Policy Program
As the leaves are blowing about the crisp fall air and the Halloween decorations have all been put away, the question on my mind is—when is it going to be Thanksgiving time already? Thanksgiving is that time when I can eat as much of the mouth-watering food my mother and other family members prepare, without judgment. Thanksgiving is that time when I see those family members who I rarely see throughout the year so the catching up we have to do is chaotic yet fun. Thanksgiving is that time when my father invites entirely too many of his friends to come over and join in the festivities, but its perfectly okay. Why? Because it is Thanksgiving and it’s the time to spend with family and friends.
Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays. Between the great food, the warm family gatherings, and all of the opportunities around to help a person or family in need, Thanksgiving offers a lot and truly brings out the spirit of giving in many people.
Baltimore County definitely is not lacking in the opportunities to give back during the Thanksgiving season. An excellent way to lend a helping hand is through the “Harvest of Plenty” sponsored by the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM).
UWCM’s 20th Annual “Harvest of Plenty” is a meal program that provides a Thanksgiving meal for families who might otherwise go without one. In 2011, the program supplied more than 2,500 meals and hopes to supply at least 3,000 meals this Thanksgiving. UWCM offers an inexpensive, yet profound means for people to assist with their cause ? a donation of just $12 can provide a full Thanksgiving meal for a family of six.
So while you’re at the dinner table thinking of what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, imagine what it would be like to have a Thanksgiving without that meal. Then think about the families who would be thankful for your donation towards their Thanksgiving meal.