Pelosi's name to be on Little Italy block


December 27, 2006|By Sumathi Reddy | Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter

She grew up at 245 Albemarle St. in Little Italy, the daughter of Baltimore's legendary mayor, Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr.

Now incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's name will be permanently etched into the streets of her native neighborhood as the city intends to formally rename the 200 block of Albemarle St. "Via Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi."

The renaming will formally take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Albemarle and Fawn streets.

Pelosi will be at the event, and her brother, Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, who also served as mayor of Baltimore, is expected to attend.

The city decided to rename that block of the street to honor the native Baltimorean on her accomplishments, especially her coming move, said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin O'Malley.

Pelosi is poised to become the nation's first female speaker of the House of Representatives in January.

The Democratic Caucus nominated her for the position in November.

Business owners and residents of the area say they are pleased to honor one of their most famed residents.

"I think it's great that we're able to honor someone from Little Italy who's been raised here," said Christopher Mazzulli, 33, a resident and business owner. "She's become very successful and has the ability to help so many. That's what it's means to come from an Italian, Catholic neighborhood like ours.

"If people don't know who she is, they see her name and can learn about her," he added.

O'Malley and Pelosi will speak at the ceremony, and Pelosi's brother will be the master of ceremonies, said Guillory.

Also, the choir from the Institute of Notre Dame, the Catholic girls school that Pelosi attended, will perform.

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