Thanksgiving parade to shut streets in the city
Baltimore transportation officials are planning a variety of street closures for Saturday's Best Buy Thanksgiving Parade downtown. The parade is to begin at 11 a.m. from Pratt and Howard streets, featuring marching bands, floats and the arrival of Santa Claus.
It is to go east down Pratt Street and end at Market Place, with a reviewing stand planned at Pratt and Eutaw streets.
Parade participants will begin assembling at 8 a.m. along Camden Street, from Russell to Howard streets.
The following street closures are planned for the parade, with parking prohibited along those streets:
From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Camden Street from Russell Street to Howard Street; Eutaw Street from Camden Street to Lombard Street; and Market Place from Pratt Street to Water Street.
From 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pratt Street from Paca Street to President Street; and Howard Street/Interstate 395 from Lombard Street to Conway Street.
In addition, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., northbound Russell Street will be reduced to two lanes from Camden Street to Paca Street.
Baltimore: North side
Man who died fleeing fire is named
A man who died of an apparent heart attack after fleeing a fire in North Baltimore Nov. 9 has been identified as Preston W. Dolly, 57, of the 500 block of Radnor Ave., family members and a city fire official said yesterday.
Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said Dolly had been doing maintenance work inside a third-story apartment at Arbor Oaks Apartments in the 6000 block of Marjorie Lane when a small fire broke out. Dolly's wife, Annie R. Dolly, said tenants told her that her husband warned occupants of the fire before he left the building.
Cartwright said Dolly went into apparent cardiac arrest outside and was immediately attended to by paramedics. He died shortly after arriving at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dolly said her husband was a master carpenter and did maintenance work at the apartment building.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.
Winter shelter for the homeless
As part of a plan to avoid cold-weather deaths, the Baltimore Health Department has opened a winter shelter in East Baltimore that will be available daily starting at 5 p.m. When evening temperatures are predicted to be at or below 32 degrees, a "Code Blue" will be activated and the shelter at 1101 N. Wolfe St., the Elmer Henderson Elementary School, will be expanded to hold 250 people. Transportation on those Code Blue nights to the center will be available from the following locations: Oasis Station, 220 N. Gay St.; HOPE Drop-in Center, 1426 E. Fairmount Ave.; Health Care for the Homeless, 111 Park Ave.; My Sister's Place, 123 W. Mulberry St.; and the city Department of Social Services, 2000 N. Broadway. In addition to the emergency shelter on Wolfe Street, the city supports 18 other shelters throughout the city. Information: 311.