In Baltimore City

Ceremony today to mark naming of park for Brailey

The late Troy Brailey, a civil rights champion, longtime legislator and union leader in the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, will be honored today with the renaming of a park in West Baltimore.

The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at what will become Senator Troy Brailey-Easterwood Park and Recreation Center, at 1530 N. Bentalou St. The renaming effort was headed by Easterwood Boys Club Inc., whose approximately 175 members spent a good bit of their youth at the 7 1/2 -acre park on land sold to the city about 1900 by the family of Hamilton Easter.

Brailey, a West Baltimore Democrat who served in the state legislature for 24 years, died a decade ago.

Morgan police arrest 4 in string of robberies

Morgan State University Police said yesterday that they had made four arrests in more than 10 armed robberies around the campus since October.

The arrests, made over the past few weeks, appear to have stemmed the gunpoint robberies, police said. One of the men arrested was a student, police said.

They did not release the names of the suspects.

Holiday Poinsettia Show to end 2-year hiatus

The Holiday Poinsettia Show will return to the Baltimore Conservatory and Botanic Garden starting tomorrow, city Department of Recreation and Parks officials said.

The show returns after a two-year absence resulting from the renovation and expansion at the conservatory, in Druid Hill Park at Gwynns Falls Parkway.

The show will continue through Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. An open house will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

In Baltimore County

Fire museum featuring train garden, open house

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland will hold a holiday train garden and open house every Saturday this month and Dec. 27-31.

The display of 1940s-style O27 trains and an O-gauge track is more than 26 feet by 16 feet. The museum, at 1301 York Road, also will showcase 40 antique fire engines, a fire alarm office and audio-guide tours.

The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the display. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and firefighters; and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Admission is free for children younger than 2. Information: 410-321-7500.

Death of man, 77, in garage called suicide

ROSEDALE - A man whose wife died in May was found dead in his garage early yesterday morning, an apparent suicide, authorities said.

A state medical examiner determined that Lawrence Buttion, 77, died of carbon monoxide poisoning and listed the cause of death as suicide, said Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman. Firefighters found Buttion inside a car that had been running and caught fire in his detached garage in the 1000 block of Chesaco Ave. shortly before 1:30 a.m., she said.

Fire investigators have determined that the garage fire started accidentally, Armacost said. Damage was estimated at $55,000.

Fork Montessori school plans craft festival

FORK - The Free State Montessori School will hold its Winter Craft Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 12536 Harford Road.

The annual holiday event will feature artisans, crafts, games, prizes and food. The event is free, and all proceeds benefit the school, organizers said.

Information: Leigh Salkowski, 410-893-8490 or

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