“LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH!” IS THEME OF CITY’S ANNUAL GIANT HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

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 [email protected] or call 717 255 3015.

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FREE PARKING ON CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS EVE IN CITY OF HARRISBURG

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 [email protected]

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CITY’S PUBLIC WORKS CREWS SALTING STREETS IN SEASON’S FIRST SNOW

                
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 [email protected] or call 717 255 3015.
 
 
 
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MAYOR PAPENFUSE ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF THE 2019 “A STORY SEASON” HOLIDAY PARADE

 
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 [email protected] or call
717-255-3015.
 
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CITY OF HARRISBURG HOLDS PUBLIC MEETING ON VISION ZERO PROJECT

November 5, 2018 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is holding a public meeting on the Vision Zero program to stop traffic injuries and fatalities on North Second Street from 6-7 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at [email protected], 922 North Third St.

The meeting will allow Harrisburg residents to give input on the North Second Street two-way conversion project.  The project envisions two-way traffic on Second Street from Forster to Division Streets

City representatives along with its design consultants and various project stakeholders will be present to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project. 

The agenda is as follows:

6 – 6:20 p.m.:  Introductions and Background

6:20 – 6:40 p.m.:  Technical Considerations

6:40 – 8:00 p.m.:  Street Design Toolbox

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.:  Interactive Workshop

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE WILL CUT RIBBON THURSDAY FOR NEW PAVILION AT ITALIAN LAKE

Oct. 31, 2018 HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Third and Division Streets for a new pavilion at Italian Lake.

“We thank everyone who helped to make this new pavilion a reality at Italian Lake,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “The new pavilion will allow the City to hold more events to benefit all of our residents and is a great example of our community coming together for a worthwhile project.”

Representatives of the Harrisburg Parks Foundation, First National Bank and Friends of Italian Lake, as well as community leaders Mike Trephan and Jeb Stuart, will attend the event and be recognized for their support of the project. 

The existing stage at Italian Lake was built in 1965 but was uncovered.  The pavilion, which is constructed of pressure-treated wood with gutters and downspouts, will offer protection from the elements. It also is designed to provide better acoustics for musical events

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications for the City of Harrisburg at [email protected] or call 717 255 3015.

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MAYOR’S INTERFAITH ADVISORY COUNCIL WILL HOST MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR VICTIMS OF THE PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING

Oct. 29. 2018 HARRISBURG – The Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will host a memorial service for victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 N 3rd St., Harrisburg.

“I am pleased that this group of interfaith leaders will take time to bring our community together to mourn the innocent victims of this tragedy and to call for an end to extremism and violence,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse, who will speak at the service.

Faith leaders from throughout the region will participate in the service and will offer words of unity and support for the Jewish community.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications for the City of Harrisburg at [email protected] or call 717 255 3015.

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US Census Bureau Hiring Now For 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up for the 2020 Census and is recruiting for temporary jobs available in and around Harrisburg, Pa. The Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of additional employees in and around Harrisburg, Pa. By visiting https://2020census.gov/jobs , applicants can apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, and census field supervisors. The positions will be located in and around Harrisburg, Pa and have flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.

Available jobs:

  • Recruiting Assistants travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities. This position is a Work at Home position.
  • Office Operations Supervisors assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
  • Clerks perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
  • Census Field Supervisors conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues, such as not gaining entry to restricted areas. This position is a Work at Home position.
  • Census Takers work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends. This position is a Work at Home position.

For more information about any of these employment opportunities interested applicants can call 1-855-JOB-2020. Applicants may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

 

MAYOR PAPENFUSE ISSUES A STATEMENT UPON THE PASSING OF ACT 47 BILL

October 17, 2018

MAYOR PAPENFUSE ISSUES A STATEMENT UPON THE PASSING OF ACT 47 BILL

Here is a statement from Mayor Eric Papenfuse upon the passing of the Act 47 Bill:

“I would like to thank all those who worked tirelessly over the past year to get this bill passed – especially Senator John DiSanto, Representative Patty Kim, and Representative Greg Rothman. Together, we achieved what many thought was impossible.  While I wish we had been able to achieve a permanent solution for the City and the region, Harrisburg’s immediate fiscal crisis has lifted. I look forward to working with the new members of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority – as it’s time to roll up our sleeves and continue to work for the long-term success of Harrisburg and the Capital Region.”

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, at [email protected] or call 717 212 7269.

CITY OF HARRISBURG SCORES 81 ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX

HARRISBURG – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) published official city scorecards on Monday, October 8, 2018 indicating that the City of Harrisburg scored 81 out of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI).

The Human Rights campaign consisting of three million members and supporters nationwide is the largest civil rights organization working towards achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans.

Each year, for the last seven years, the HRC MEI examines 506 cities nationwide on 49 different criteria from every state. It evaluates how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there.

Harrisburg’s 2016 HRC MEI score was 68 points out of 100. Harrisburg’s 2017 HRC MEI score was 56 out of 100. This year, Harrisburg scored 81 out of 100, a 25 point increase due to the service of the nine Commissioners of the re-instated Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC).

The HHRC was reinstated November of 2017, with the appointment of nine commissioners who were confirmed by City Council. These members are:

  1. Commissioner Russell A. Boggs, Chair
  2. Commissioner Gretchen Little, Vice Chair
  3. Commissioner Amanda L. Arbour
  4. Commissioner Theo Braddy
  5. Commissioner Valerie Carelock
  6. Commissioner Amanda Carter
  7. Commissioner Joshua J. Grubbs
  8. Commissioner Kia L. Hansard
  9. Commissioner Christi’an Yellowdy

“I commend the Human Relations Commission and all of our city workers who are helping to improve the quality of life for all of our residents and who are making Harrisburg a more inclusive and welcoming city,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

The 25 point increase is attributed to the following four areas:

  1. Re-instatement of the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission with the appointment of 9 Commissioners in November of 2017
  2. Transgender inclusive healthcare benefits expressly documented in employee benefit manual/book
  3. The City of Harrisburg Police reporting its 2016 Hate Crime Statistics to the FBI
  4. An increase in the City leadership’s commitment to fully include the LGBTQ+ communities in pro-equality Legislative or Policy Efforts

City score cards can be viewed at: https://goo.gl/GXJ8gB

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, at [email protected] or call 717 212 7269.

 

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