Westminster merchants are trying to attract holiday shoppers this year by keeping their stores open later at night.
Many downtown stores will be open until at least 8:30 nightly, some until 9 p.m., said Lou Chang, owner of a picture-framing shop and co-chairman of the merchants' holiday planning committee.
The city government has authorized free parking at downtown meters from through Jan. 1, as it traditionally does, but Ms. Chang said the merchants plan to publicize it this year.
Westminster's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Main and Liberty streets.
Westminster: A resident of Oklahoma Road in Sykesville reported to city police Saturday that someone broke the window of his van and stole $639 worth of property while it was parked on the Wal-Mart parking lot on Englar Road.
Westminster: Westminster and New Windsor responded to a fire alarm on Bell Road at 10:21 a.m. Monday. Units were out for 30 minutes.
Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on John Street at 5:01 a.m. Monday. Units were out for 21 minutes.