Rosedale gas station sells winning, $20K Md. Lottery scratch-off

Mary Ann Slomba LotteryTo win big with a Maryland Lottery scratch-off is lucky.  Winning big three times in 15 years is remarkable. A 78-year-old Baltimore woman who just claimed her third big prize is thrilled.

Mary Ann Slomba, a retired marketing researcher, was eager to share her story with Lottery officials when she and her son came to claim her most recent prize this week.

“You know, I’ve won twice before,” she said, smiling. “I won $10,000 on a scratch-off two years ago and 15 years ago, I won $50,000!”

Mary Ann’s recent $20,000 win comes from a $1,000 Frenzy scratch-off. She revealed that the $1,000 Frenzy game was not even one of her favorites. She prefers playing bingo and crossword instant tickets.

However, she also likes to purchase instant tickets when they are new or when a fresh pack of scratch-offs is opened. For those two reasons, she purchased three $1,000 Frenzy games at the Rosedale Crown and played the $10 scratch-offs while in the Lottery retailer.

“I had the first three tickets in the batch and the third ticket was the winning ticket,” she said. “I knew it was $20,000, but I still checked it on the machine and showed it to the cashier.”

The cashier, who knows Mary Ann well, confirmed the win.

“It’s my favorite place to go to purchase tickets,” said Mary Ann. Her lucky retailer is located at 8350 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale. “They were so excited for me.”

A mother of two adult sons and grandmother of a 2-year-old, Mary Ann had to wait until her son was available to bring her to Lottery headquarters to claim her $20,000 prize. She plans to use some of the winnings to help her family and will save the rest.

Cookie Cutters – Haircuts for Kids now open in Nottingham

Cookie Cutters Perry HallThere’s a new place for kids to get haircuts in Nottingham.

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids opened at the Festival in Perry Hall on July 7th.

From the Cookie Cutters website:

At Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids, their goal is to provide families with an “amazing haircut experience.” Their shop comes equipped with a sliding board and touchscreen play unit in the waiting area to TVs, video games, and fantasy chairs on the cutting floor.

Their stylists are skilled in cutting hair for all children, including those with  special needs.

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids is located at 4132 E. Joppa Road in Nottingham (21236).  You can find them on Facebook here.

Coming soon: the biggest BCPS school supply drive ever

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsTOWSON, MD — “On the first day of school, quite a few of my students arrived with nothing more than themselves. Others brought backpacks with only a pencil or two.” That’s what teacher Kelly L. Nyman of Riverview Elementary School had to say, but teachers across the county make similar reports.

That is why The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools started an annual school supply drive a few years ago – and this year, every day more and more businesses and community organizations are signing on to give and/or collect needed supplies.

“We deeply appreciate the generosity of our community and business partners,” said Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “The school supplies that community members and businesses collected last year made a difference for students in more than 400 classrooms. School supplies can cost families more than $100 dollars per child, and across Baltimore County, that can be a struggle for many of our families. About half of our students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.”

The school supply drive officially will begin on Tuesday, July 25, and run through Sunday, Aug. 13. The first and largest contributor to the drive is Open Door Before and After School Care, which, as the Cornerstone sponsor, donated $10,000 worth of supplies this year as it did last year.

To date, the following businesses/organizations have agreed to accept public donations of school supplies:

  • Anytime Fitness, Perry Hall & Timonium locations
  • Baltimore County Public Library, all branches
  • Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Pikesville
  • Boscov’s, White Marsh Mall
  • Chik Fil A, Eastpoint
  • First Financial Federal Credit Union, all branches in Baltimore County
  • Hiss United Methodist Church, Parkville
  • Office Depot, all locations in Baltimore County

Boscov’s of White Marsh Mall, a longtime partner of BCPS, began its school supply drive early – at the beginning of July – and will continue it through Saturday, Aug. 26. In addition to collecting school supplies, the store is accepting donations of new socks and underwear for students who are experiencing homelessness.

On the last day of its extended drive, Saturday, Aug. 26, Boscov’s White Marsh will partner with The Education Foundation to host a large back-to-school festival on its lower level parking lot. This festival will feature the school system’s Mobile Innovation Lab and Parentmobile, the Baltimore County Library’s Bookmobile, a fire engine from the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, food trucks, student entertainment, hands-on activities, and information tables about BCPS and community resources.

In addition, three festive community drop-off events will be held to accept public donations of school supplies. These will be held:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 2 – 6 p.m.
    Pikesville Farmers Market, Pomona Square Shopping Center, 1700 Reisterstown Rd., 21208
    Hosted by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    First Financial Federal branch, 1301 York Rd., Lutherville, 21093
    Hosted by First Financial Federal Credit Union
  • A date will soon be announced for a community drop-off event at the Towson Farmer’s Market.
    Hosted by the Towson Chamber of Commerce

The following businesses/organizations will be collecting school supplies from their employees and customers/members or have already donated supplies:

  • Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee
  • basys
  • Bohler Engineering
  • CitiFinancial Servicing
  • Daly
  • HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
  • KCI Technologies Inc.
  • Lakeshore Learning, Towson
  • Mitre Corporation
  • Padonia Park Club
  • Patient First
  • Phillips Way, Inc.
  • Pikesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Management Corporation

There is still time to get involved. Interested businesses can sign up by contacting Diana Spencer at Information and posters will be sent to them.

All school supplies are welcome and will be well used. The most needed school supplies are: folders, composition books / notebooks, pencils, crayons, highlighters / markers, glue sticks, scissors, backpacks, binders, pens, Post-it Notes, and primary journals (composition books that include space for drawing).

Businesses can deliver donated supplies to the BCPS warehouse from Aug. 14 – 18, or BCPS will pick up the donated supplies on those same days. Once collected, the supplies will be sorted and organized, and then teachers can come to a one-day “store” (generously loaned to BCPS by the management of White Marsh Mall) to select the items most needed by their students.

The school supply drive is part of the BCPS annual Back to School Involves You, Too! campaign in association with The Education Foundation of BCPS. Designed to garner community support for BCPS students and schools, the campaign this year includes National Summer Learning Day, Parent University workshops, the back-to-school festival, volunteer recruitment, BCPS Day at Camden Yards, and more.

The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc., is a nonprofit organization established to attract and direct public financial contributions to programs and activities of the school system in support of quality education for all children.

Kingsville VFC breaks ground on new station

Kingsville VFC GroundbreakingGround has been broken.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined President Bob Chaney, Councilman David Marks, Captain Don Coster, Fire Chief Kyrle Preis, members of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company (KVFC), state and federal representatives, and community members to break ground Tuesday on the $2.9 million renovation and expansion of Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Baltimore County has committed to supporting the Kingsville VFC with a contribution of $2.5 million. The project will give KVFC extra engine bays, updated kitchen facilities, bunk rooms and locker rooms. The last capital improvements to the station were made in 1985.

The Kingsville VFC was established in 1954 and ran its operations out of a founding member’s barn, located on Goetner Road. In 1956, the existing fire station was built by founding members and neighbors of the community. The company has more than 150 members and is one of the best-performing volunteer companies in Baltimore County.

The KVFC operates two fire engines, one Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance/medic unit, one Heavy Rescue Squad, one large-capacity tanker, one Swiftwater Rescue Team and two support utility vehicles.