MAYOR PAPENFUSE JOINS THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TO OFFER FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED ON MLK DAY

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Christmas Tree Disposal From Jan. 2-31

Public Works crews will begin picking up Christmas trees on Jan. 2.  Residents should place trees for disposal on the curb the night before their street cleaning days. Pickups will continue until Jan. 31 throughout the city. After Jan. 31, please place them with your trash for disposal. Trees are not permitted to be in bags, and must be bare without any lights/decorations.

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SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES FOR HARRISBURG CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND TREASURER TO BE HELD MONDAY AT CITY HALL

Harrisburg, PA –  Three Harrisburg City Council members and the City Treasurer will be sworn-in at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 in the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead ceremonies to inaugurate Councilwoman Danielle Bowers, Councilman Dave Madsen, and Councilman Westburn Majors, who were re-elected in the Nov. 5, 2019 general election.

Dan Miller was also re-elected as City Treasurer and will take the oath of office during the ceremonies.

The Honorable Judge Sonya M. McKnight will administer the oath of office to the elected officials. Please see the attached program for further details.
 

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HARRISBURG POLICE TO DONATE FUNDS FROM “NO SHAVE INITIATIVE” TO YWCA FRIDAY

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg Police will donate funds raised from “No Shave Initiative” to the YWCA on Friday, January 3rd at 11:30 a.m. in the MLK City Government Center atrium.

“No Shave Initiative” is a special annual fundraising program of the Harrisburg Police Department.  Both male and female police officers who donate $30 are permitted minor departures from the normal dress code.

During the event, which began on Oct. 28 and runs until Jan. 5, 2020, male officers are allowed to have neatly trimmed beards, and female officers are allowed to use makeup, hairstyles, and nail polish not typically permitted within the bureau’s grooming standards.

All funds received by the Harrisburg Police Department as a result of the eight (8) week-long event are donated to a charity selected by Police Commissioner Thomas C. Carter. Recipients in past years have included the Central PA Food Bank and Harrisburg Police Athletic League. This year’s “No Shave Initiative” focuses on bringing awareness to domestic violence.

For more information, contact Sgt. Kyle Gautsch, Harrisburg Police PIO, at [email protected].

 

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THE CITY OF HARRISBURG CELEBRATES THE NEW YEAR WITH EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY

Harrisburg, PA – The City of Harrisburg will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a number of events and dining specials happening throughout the City. To learn more about these celebrations, please visit ExploreHbg.com/NYE.  

“There are a number of New Year’s Eve events happening in the City,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “From Gamut Theatre’s Countdown to Noon family event, to the Great Gatsby party at Rubicon featuring dining specials and performances, there is plenty of fun for all ages.” 

On Tuesday, December 31, there will be a New Year’s Eve celebration at the MLK City Government Center, located at 10 N. Second Street. The “Countdown to Kid-Night” activities begin at 9 p.m. with a free New Year’s Eve party hat craft, photo booth and more. A kid’s balloon drop featuring nearly 1,000 balloons will be held at 10 p.m., followed by a milk and cookies toast. DJ music in the street will begin at 10 p.m. and the evening concludes with the Strawberry Drop and fireworks at Midnight.   

“I would like to give special thanks to our Title Sponsor Visit Hershey & Harrisburg. Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration,” Mayor Papenfuse said.  The Market Square parking garage will offer $10 parking from 5 p.m. – 5 a.m.  In addition to the discounted garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code. Street parking is free after 5 p.m.  

Beginning at 6pm, 2nd Street from Chestnut Street to Walnut Street will be closed. Traffic will be permitted to enter the Market Square garage or detour west onto Blackberry Street if exiting the garage. Market Street from Front to Second will be closed, in addition to Second Street from Market to Walnut.  

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, VALVE, M&T Bank, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Hilton Harrisburg and SP+.   

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager, at  [email protected] or 717-255-7295. 

 

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FREE PARKING ON CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS EVE IN CITY OF HARRISBURG

HARRISBURG –   Parking will be free in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, but will return to normal on Thursday, Dec. 26.

“We appreciate that SP Plus is providing free parking on Christmas and Christmas Eve,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse, “We hope this encourages people to come to downtown Harrisburg and enjoy the holiday festivities.”

The MLK Government Center will be open Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas and on Thursday, Dec. 26.

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“AN INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF UNITY AND PEACE” IS THEME OF CITY’S ANNUAL GIANT HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will lead the City’s annual Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“An Interfaith Celebration of Unity and Peace” is the theme of this year’s celebration, which is sponsored by Giant Foods.  The company donated the 26-foot-tall tree as a gift to the City in December 2014 during Mayor Papenfuse’s first year in office.

The Mayor will offer remarks at the event, and members of the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will offer words of inspiration.

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