Morgan's homecoming to affect traffic today

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 21, 2006

Several streets around Morgan State University will be closed for the school's homecoming parade today.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at The Alameda and Chinquapin Parkway and head south on the Alameda to east on Cold Spring Lane and south on Hillen Road, where it will end. The parade is expected to last about two hours. Starting at 8:30 a.m., Hillen Road from Argonne drive to Cold Spring Lane will be closed. Starting at 8:45 a.m., The Alameda from Belvedere Avenue to Cold Spring Lane and Cold Spring Lane from The Alameda to Hillen Road will be closed.

Detour signs will be posted. In addition, parking restrictions will be in effect from 8 a.m. to noon on the west side of The Alameda from Chinquapin Parkway to Cold Spring Lane; south side of Cold Spring Lane from The Alameda to Hillen Road; and both sides of Hillen Road from Cold Spring Lane to Argonne Drive.

Baltimore: Brooklyn

Costume contest planned for today The city's Department of Recreation and Parks Therapeutic Division is hosting a contest today for the scariest or funniest Halloween costume at an evening ball at the Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood. There also will be dancing and entertainment. The event, at 4501 Farring Court, goes from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and admission is $5. There is no charge for staff or volunteers, but reservations are required. For more information, call 410-396-1550.

Pet care

BARCStoberfest scheduled for today The second annual BARCStoberfest is set from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in Patterson Park. Pets from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Center will be available for adoption, and a silent auction will be held to raise funds. In case of rain, the event will be held tomorrow. More information: 410-396-4699.

Recreation

Soccer program starts today at park Our Lady of Pompeii Church and the Friends of Patterson Park organization are sponsoring a free youth soccer program starting today and running three successive Saturdays for children ages 4 to 7. The clinics will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the east end of Patterson Park between Linwood and Ellwood avenues. The Southeast Baltimore church has sponsored soccer clinics for years; this is the first year the two groups have joined together, and they hope more than 100 children will participate, according to the Friends of Patterson Park organization. For more information, call Tim Almaguer at 410- 276-3676.

Inner Harbor

Taney to become a `haunted ship'

The Coast Guard Cutter Taney will be transformed into a floating haunted house from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Oct. 28 at Pier 5 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. The Taney is the last surviving warship to be present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. According to the Coast Guard, "Terrors and horror will lurk around every corner for visitors brave enough to tour the darkened ghost ship." Officials warn that the tour might be too frightening for young children. For tickets or more information, call the Baltimore Maritime Museum at 410-396-3453.

Region: Power outage

5,300 homes lose electricity to winds About 5,300 Maryland homes were without power late last night because of heavy winds that swept through the area yesterday. Most of the outages were in Baltimore County, where 3,059 customers were without power, according to information posted by BGE on its Web site. The outages were concentrated in the Towson area. In Baltimore, 1,134 customers were without electricity at 11 p.m.

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