Mayor Papenfuse to Announce Details of Holiday Parade Monday Nov. 6th


Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., to announce the 2017 Holiday Parade that will be held at noon Nov. 18 in Downtown Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “A Season of Giving”.

“We expect this year’s parade to be among our very best,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “People throughout the region see the Harrisburg Holiday Parade as one of the highlights of the season. We expect large crowds again this year to kick off the holiday festivities.”

Mayor Papenfuse extended his appreciation to “Visit Hershey Harrisburg,” for serving as Title Sponsor of the Harrisburg Holiday Parade.

“Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful parade,” Mayor Papenfuse said.

The 2017 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. Nov. 18 and end at approximately 3 p.m.

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 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code.

Following the parade, people can join Santa for hot chocolate and cookies in Strawberry Square, followed by an awards ceremony. Trophies will be awarded to the top Step and Drill Team Units and cash prizes will be given to the top high school marching bands.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including PSECU, Downtown Improvement District, Mixed Up Productions, Belco Community Credit Union and Turkey Hill Minit Markets.

City Workers Cleaning Up After Overnight Storm

Harrisburg City Workers are trying to clean up after the overnight storm that left at least a dozen fallen trees and some residents without power.

Residents should call 3-1-1 or 717-255-3040 to report downed trees and other damage. PPL will need to remove trees near power lines and it is working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses in our area. Damage assessment is continuing.

Fire Chiefs Hold Press Conference On Dangerous Hoverboard Fire Safety Issues

Fire Chief Joseph Stevens of the Union Fire Company #1 of Manchester PA and  Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline will hold a joint press conference at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol to provide information on the dangers of hoverboards in our region.
Hoverboards have been responsible for several fires in the area, including one at 210 Royal Drive in Manchester earlier this week and the tragic fire that occurred on March 10th on Lexington Street in the City of Harrisburg. 
Earlier this year, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a warning to consumers to stop using LayZ Board brand self-balancing scooters (known as hoverboards). 
More than 3000 of these units were imported into the United States in recent years.
Brian D. Enterline
Fire Chief
(Office) 717-255-6464 

Deadline For Past Due Trash Bills Is January 1st

If you are behind on your monthly trash bills the clock is ticking to avoid paying a penalty. You have until January 1, 2018 to pay your outstanding balance and avoid a 1.5 percent penalty on what you owe.

Take action now and get your account paid-in-full. Don’t get caught having to pay more money than necessary. Questions? Get connected with Public Works Department by calling 717-255-3040 or simply by dialing 3-1-1 . 


Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at the corner of South 14th and Magnolia Streets, to announce the purchase of homes affected by the sink holes in the area. 

“We are pleased to be able to announce the completion of the process to purchase homes in the area of South 14th Street that are directly impacted by the sink holes,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “This process will continue through the end of the year when we expect to have completed the purchasing process for 52 properties.” 

Thanks to support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the City will begin purchasing the homes on Tuesday, with at least 10 acts of sale slated to be completed this week.

Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input On City Pools

The Bureau of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input in regards to the recently completed swimming pool feasibility study. Input can be made simply by leaving a response in the comments section of this post or shared by emailing

Here is a list of general questions:
  1. What would you like to see at Jackson Lick and Penn National Pool?
  2. How important are the pools to you and your family?
  3. What will make our pools attractive to you?



Presser Set To Kick Off Harrisburg Bike Share

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA), title sponsor Highmark Blue Shield, and valuable partners will kick-off the official launch of the Harrisburg Bike Share on Thursday, October 5th at 11 AM in Strawberry Square. 

One of the largest city bike shares in the state of Pennsylvania, next to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Harrisburg Bike Share will directly benefit local youth. 93% of the revenue generated by the program will support services offered by CIPSA, the Commonwealth’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving nearly 50,000 students and their families.   

Following the press conference, invited guests will take part in the Harrisburg Bike Share ceremonial ribbon cutting and inaugural bike ride using Harrisburg Bike Share bicycles.  The Inaugural riders will include Representative Patty Kim, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, and other active members of our community. 



Press conference to launch Harrisburg Bike Share program. Ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugural bike ride to follow.    


October 5, 2017, 11:00 am- 11:45 am 


  • Press Conference:   Strawberry Square, Clock Tower; 320 Market St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 
  • Ribbon Cutting: Strawberry Square, outside Walnut Street entrance 
  • Inaugural Ride:   Strawberry Square, Walnut Street entrance,  down 3rd Street to the main Capitol steps 

Mayor Papenfuse Announces Appointment Of New Business Admin

Mayor Eric Papenfuse has appointed veteran attorney Marc Woolley as the new business administrator for the City of Harrisburg.
Woolley has spent decades in executive positions with several large organizations, including most recently as Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary with The Hershey Trust.  He also served as General Counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority from 2002-2003 and as Director of Claims Administration and Assistant to the Chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority from 2004-2008. As Business Administrator for the City of Harrisburg, Woolley will supervise the Department of Administration and assist the Mayor in managing the City’s budget and finances. Woolley officially assumes his duties Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, with his office located in the Mayor’s Suite of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.
“Marc Woolley brings significant experience in public housing, compliance and financial management that will be a real plus for our city and its residents,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “He is enthusiastic about bringing his considerable intellect and talents to help us continue to move our City into a more prosperous future.”
Woolley worked with The Hershey Trust from 2011 until 2016 when disagreements within the board of directors resulted in the resignations of several board members and Woolley’s severance from the institution.  Media reports said Woolley raised alarms over the board’s spending. With The Hershey Trust, Woolley was responsible for testing and monitoring compliance with federal and state banking laws, as well as with IRS regulations.  His many responsibilities included serving as legal advisor to senior executives, managing intellectual property and trademark issues and managing sensitive communications on board issues for the $12 billion trust company. As attorney for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, Woolley counseled executive staff regarding federal housing regulations and managed a multi-million-dollar annual budget.  He supervised a staff of 11 attorneys and 11 support staff. As its attorney, Woolley was named in several lawsuits against the agency.  Two lawsuits ended in favor of the Housing Authority and two others were settled.
“It’s clear that throughout his stellar career, Marc has held challenging executive positions that required both courage and conviction,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “These traits will serve him well as he joins our leadership team.” Woolley also has worked as counsel of the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia, and he served as chair of the Chester-Upland Empowerment Board from 2007-2010. A native of Delaware, Woolley earned his juris doctorate from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Papenfuse And Civil War Museum To Announce New Agreement

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and officials of the National Civil War Museum will announce a new agreement between the City of Harrisburg and the museum at a press conference slated for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“I am pleased to be able to announce a new collaborative relationship with the Civil War Museum that will benefit the people of Harrisburg,” said Mayor Papenfuse in announcing the press conference.

The Mayor and Civil War Museum officials will offer details on the agreement resolving issues that have divided them in past years.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at or call 717 255 3015.