In Baltimore City
Book festival prompts street closings in Mount Vernon area
Several streets in the Mount Vernon area will be closed, some beginning today, in preparation for the Baltimore Book Festival, which is being held Friday through Sunday.
The first thoroughfares to close are East and West Mount Vernon Place from St. Paul Street to Cathedral Street beginning at 8 a.m. today and continuing through 4 p.m. Monday. Charles Street will be closed from Centre Street to Read Street starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow and will reopen to traffic at 6 a.m. Monday. And Madison Street from St. Paul Street to Cathedral Street will close from 10 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.
FOR THE RECORD - Based on information supplied by Baltimore police, articles in some editions Tuesday and yesterday included an incorrect age and condition of a shooting victim, 15-year-old Christopher Richardson. The youth, who was shot Monday night in the 2800 block of W. North Ave., died Tuesday afternoon at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The Sun regrets the errors.
During the street closings, northbound Charles Street traffic will be detoured right onto Centre Street, left onto Calvert Street, left onto North Avenue and then right onto Charles.
Traffic on westbound Madison Street will be detoured left onto St. Paul Street, right onto Franklin Street, right onto Park Avenue and then left onto Madison Street.
Boy, 14, on life support after being shot in head
A 14-year-old boy was on life support last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot late Monday night during a robbery on a West Baltimore street, police said.
Police originally reported that an adult male was shot and that he died the night of the shooting.
The boy, whose name was withheld, was walking with a girlfriend in the 2800 block of W. North Ave. about 10 p.m. when a group of males demanded his money, said Detective Michael Johnson.
While a crowd gathered, one assailant pulled a handgun and shot the youth in the head, Johnson said.
Nonprofit group schedules free homebuying courses
Tri-Churches Housing Inc. will hold free homebuyer education classes tomorrow and Sept. 30.
The classes are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the upper hall of St. Jerome Head Start Center, 765 W. Hamburg St. in South Baltimore.
No registration is required for the classes, which are sponsored by the nonprofit group. Industry professionals will be available for questions. Counseling is by appointment and free. Information: 410-385-1463.
In Baltimore County
Developer to start work on Towson office building
TOWSON -- Towson-based developer Heritage Properties Inc. will break ground at 501 Fairmount Ave. for the Fairmount Place III office building at 11 a.m. today.
The four-story, 88,000- square-foot project is being built on speculation. The building will cost $12 million.
"We've seen a rising demand for new space by companies that have outgrown their current offices," said Michael J. Batza Jr., chief executive officer of Heritage Properties, in a statement.
Har Sinai schedules Rosh Hashana service
OWINGS MILLS -- Har Sinai, a Reform Jewish congregation in Owings Mills, will hold a Rosh Hashana service and Tashlich picnic at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Meadowood Regional Park at Greenspring Valley and Falls roads.
The congregation will hold a second-day Rosh Hashana service at 10 a.m. Friday in the temple sanctuary at 2905 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills.
The services are open to the public. Those attending the picnic are encouraged to take a picnic dinner; paper goods and soft drinks will be provided, according to Har Sinai. Information: the temple office, 410-654-9393.
New biography book club to meet at Towson Library
TOWSON -- A new biography book club for adults will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Towson Library, 320 York Road.
Led by Jane Byres of Towson University's Learning in Retirement program, the club, which is open to all, focuses on American authors, starting this month with Henry David Thoreau. Suggested readings for the first meeting are Walden and Days of Henry David Thoreau: A Biography by Roy Harding.
A second meeting of the club is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the library. Club members will select future authors. Information: 410-887-6166.