Jan. 3, 2019 HARRISBURG PA – The National Association of Town Watch has honored the Harrisburg Police Department with its “Rookie of the Year” award in recognition of the City’s 2018 “National Night Out” event.

The National Association of Town Watch said 16,790 law enforcement agencies, community groups, towns and cities organized “National Night Out” events in 2018. The organization said almost 800 of the groups across 50 states were eligible for the honor, but the Harrisburg Police Department was one of only three organizations to be honored in Pennsylvania.

The Harrisburg event was held in August at Sunshine Park, also known as Morrison Park, 12th & Herr Streets.

“We are exceedingly proud of the Harrisburg Police Department and its dedicated service to the people of our great city,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “Congratulations to Commissioner Thomas C. Carter and to all of the men and women who work to keep our community safe.”

Commissioner Carter extended his thanks to Harrisburg police as well as to Corporal Josh Hammer, who leads the Community Policing Unit, and to Community Policing Coordinator Blake Lynch.

“Thanks to everyone who made this event such a resounding success,” Commissioner Carter said.  “We especially want to thank staff with Harrisburg Public Works and our Parks & Recreation Department for their help with our first National Night Out.”
The event featured more than 50 vendors, including exhibits from several law enforcement agencies, the Pennsylvania State Police Helicopter unit, the Harrisburg Fire Department and Life Team EMS.  It also included games, live entertainment, K-9 demonstrations, free food, and drinks.

Harrisburg Police officers gave out Kona Ice and Farm Show Milkshakes. Live performances from local community groups and a DJ highlighted the event.
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg atjdavis@harrisburgpa.gov, or at 717 255 3015.



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Jan. 3, 2019 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is reminding residents and visitors to pay attention to signs detailing parking restrictions associated with street cleaning schedules throughout the city.

Capital Region Water is responsible for street cleaning, but the City also uses the schedule to perform other maintenance and repair tasks.  Even when streets aren’t being cleaned, cars must not be parked in the restricted areas and risk being ticketed.

“City workers use the street cleaning days to take care of many tasks important to our quality of life,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We respectfully ask residents and visitors to observe the rules posted on street signs to avoid parking penalties.”

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg, atjdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or at 717 255 3015.


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Jan. 2, 2019 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is accepting proposals from qualified companies to provide the Harrisburg Bureau of Police with body video cameras.

The issuance of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) RFP#2018-03 Body Worn Cameras constitutes an invitation to submit proposals to the City of Harrisburg and is not to be construed as an official and customary request for bids.  Proposers must read all RFP documents prior to submitting a sealed proposal.  

All information pertaining to the proposal submission requirements and process are detailed in Section V. of the RFP, which can be found on the City’s website here: http://harrisburgpa.gov/bodycams/.

Qualified vendors should complete and submit their inquiries and/or sealed proposal via e-mail to:

Eric Collins, Deputy Director of Information Technology — ewcollins@harrisburgpa.gov/.

Proposals also may be mailed to:

Eric Collins

Deputy Director of Information Technology

MLK Government Center

10 North Second St.

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Proposals must be received prior to the deadline of 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg, 717 255 3015 or at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov.


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New Year’s Eve Celebration Information (Events, Parking, Road Closures)

On December 31, 2018, the City of Harrisburg will celebrate the New Year with a strawberry drop and fireworks at midnight. The event will also feature a free kids craft (while supplies last), story time with a princess and superhero, and free dance party zumba class in the street at 11pm provided by Fitness|U. Share your New Year’s resolutions on the Fitness|U 2019 New Year, New You Pledge Wall. The strawberry drop ceremony will begin at 11:45 p.m. outside the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Harrisburg.

For a full list of the family events, parties and dining specials happening throughout the city, please visit ExploreHBG.com.

Schedule of Events

9pm – 11pm: Visit a princess and superhero; FREE NYE party hat kids craft (while supplies hat)

9pm – 12am: Fitness|U 2019 New Year, New You Pledge Wall – share your resolution

10pm – 12:30am: DJ entertainment

10pm: Storytime with a princess and superhero

11pm: FREE Glow Zumba Dance Party in the street, provided by Fitness|U

11:45pm: Strawberry Drop Ceremony

12am: Strawberry Drop & Fireworks

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$10 Event parking provided by SP+ Municipal Services will be available in the Market Square garage from 5 pm – 5 am. Road closures will include 2nd Street from Chestnut to Walnut. Access to the Market Street garage will be available.

Road Closures

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

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Dec. 12, 2018 Harrisburg, PA –The prefabricated Harrisburg Police substation structure will arrive Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 in the City of Harrisburg in five oversized loads. The structure will be set on the cast-in-place concrete foundation at 15th and Drummond Streets.

To accommodate the delivery, “No Parking” signs will be posted along Derry and South 15th Streets. Strict compliance with the “No Parking” signs are required and violators will be towed to allow the delivery to occur.

Media and people  wishing to observe the activities may park on South 16th Street.  South 15th Street will be closed.

The 1,600-square- foot structure was designed by SGS Architects Engineers Inc. at a total construction bid price of $929,194.  The contractors are King Bryant, Inc. (Prime); Garden Spot Mechanical, Inc. (Plumbing and HVAC) and Wassertech Engineering Ltd. (electrical).

The modular building was constructed at NRB Inc. in New Holland, PA.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at jdavis@harrisburgpa.com or call 717 255 3015.

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Dec. 4, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse and the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will lead the City’s annual Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“Let There Be Peace on Earth” 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.  Christyan Seay, artistic director of the Capital Area Music Association (CAMA), and Esmeralda Hetrick, publisher of La Voz Latina Central, will sing holiday songs for the occasion. 

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at jdavis@harrisburgpa.com or call 717 255 3015.



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Dec. 5, 2018 HARRISBURG – Parking will be free in Harrisburg on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Harrisburg, but will return to normal on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

“We thank SP Plus for providing free parking on Christmas and Christmas Eve,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse, “and we hope this will encourage people to come downtown and enjoy all of the holiday festivities.”

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

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at 717 255 3015 or at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov.


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Nov. 15, 2018
HARRISBURG – The City’s Public Works Department has crews salting streets throughout the City during the first snow event of the season.
“Our Public Works crews are out making sure street remain clear and safe for travel,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “We are carefully monitoring the situation and will keep residents informed about street clearing activities.”
Public Works has 16 trucks patrolling the City to clear snow from streets, bridges and ramps.
Residents are asked to park close to the curbs to allow trucks easy access to clear streets.
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications for the City of Harrisburg at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or call 717 255 3015.
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November 13, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced the details of this year’s holiday parade which will be held noon Nov. 17. in Downtown Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “A Storybook Season”.
“This year’s parade promises to be one of our best ever,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  “We extend a cordial welcome to people from throughout the region to join us in launching a memorable holiday season.”
This year’s parade will include high school marching bands, musical acts, vintage and classic cars, theatre groups, decorated floats and costumed characters.
“I would like to give special thanks to our Title Sponsor—  Visit Hershey & Harrisburg,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Without its  support, we would not be able to organize such a wonderful parade.”
The parade route is as follows: Market Street to Second Street, Second Street to North Street, North Street to Front Street, Front Street to City Island. Road closures will begin at 7 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m.
Large parade balloons, provided by Starbound Entertainment, will complete the  parade route and feature a 32-foot- tall gingerbread man, a pair of vintage ornaments, a giant candy cane and a turkey in traditional pilgrim settler attire.
New this year, parade attendees can visit two live reindeer from Spruce Run Farm on State Street from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The experience will allow parade attendees to see the animals up close, take photos and learn about the animals.
Ten food trucks will be available on Market Street and State Street including: Dough Head Waffles, Brasil on Wheels, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Up In Smoke BBQ, The Pretzel Spot Café, Bricker’s Famous French Fries, Soul Burrito, the Dawg Pound, Triple Ceez Chicken Wings and Bartlebaugh Amusements. Carnival games and food trucks will be available on Market Street and food trucks on State Street.
A parade map and foodie guide are available at harrisburgpa.gov/holidayparade.
The Market Square garage will offer $10 all day event parking for the parade. In addition to the discounted garage rate, parade attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to four hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code.
Following the parade, join Santa for hot chocolate and cookies in Strawberry Square, while supplies last, followed by an  awards ceremony. Trophies will be awarded to the top Dance, Step & Drill Team Units and cash prizes will be given to the top high school marching bands.
In another new attraction this year,  parade participants are eligible to enter the “Best in Theme” contest to win a trophy.
Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Belco Community Credit Union, Klock Entertainment, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, PPL Electric Utilities, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Turkey Hill and SP Plus. 
For more information, contact Joyce Davis, Director of Communications, at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or call
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