CITY OFFICIALS TO PROVIDE UPDATES ON STATE STREET RAPID RESPONSE PROJECT THURSDAY

HARRISBURG – City officials will be providing project updates to the community on the State Street Rapid Response plan on Thursday. 

WHO: Wayne Martin, City Engineer; Ambrose Buck, City Project Manager; William Weismantel, Project Manager at Wallace Montgomery

WHAT: State Street Rapid Response Updates 

WHEN: Thursday September 10, 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Due to the forecast of inclement weather, this event has been postponed to Tuesday, September 15th, from 3-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: on State St near 17th St intersection 

The State Street Rapid Response project is an important component of the Vision Zero initiative to improve safety on City streets. City officials will be presenting several safety measures for State Street, including plans for managing vehicle speed, improved signage, and enhanced signal operations. 

Additional background on this project is available at https://www.visionzerohbg.org/projects/state-street/

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD LIVE DISCUSSION ON KIPONA FRIDAY

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on Kipona 2020’s in-person and virtual activities on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Dr. Christian Caicedo, President of UPMC Pinnacle (Dauphin Region); Devan Drabik, Director of Communications and Marketing at ExploreHBG; Renee Hyson, Communications Officer at PA Housing Finance Agency; Mike Meyer, Owner at Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels; Steven Schlegal, Booking Director at Shenanigator Entertainment; and a musical performance by Olivia Farabaugh 

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on Kipona 2020 and Other Updates  

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20  

WHEN: Friday, September 4th at 12:00 p.m  

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past session can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/.  

 

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104th Kipona Celebration to be Held Labor Day Weekend

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg will produce the 104th annual Kipona celebration on September 5-7, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we unfortunately cannot hold our typical Kipona celebration along Riverfront Park, but will be offering safe in-person activities on City Island which include a food truck takeout event and fireworks on Saturday, September 5. In addition to the in-person activities, many of the traditional festival activities will be available virtually starting September 5.     

 “While we are saddened the crowds will not be able to gather along Riverfront Park as we traditionally do each Labor Day Weekend, we are pleased to offer a safe alternative celebration,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Kipona may look different this year, but we look forward to offering all of the festival favorites with this hybrid celebration. I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, for their help in making this event possible.” Attendees will be able to enjoy some of their favorite festival food and activities safely. The food truck takeout experience on Saturday, September 5 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. will allow participants to order and receive food while practicing social distancing. Food trucks will be spaced 30 feet apart and have ample space for line formation, including marks 6 feet apart, to ensure attendees practice social distancing while waiting in line. Social distancing encouragers will be on-site to ensure social distancing is practiced. Face masks are required. Attendees may take their food home or spread out along the park with chairs and blankets from home. No seating will be provided. A hand washing station will be available at the food truck exit along with sinks placed throughout Riverfront Park. 

A foodie guide with menu items and participating trucks along with a complete event schedule will be available at harrisburgpa.gov/Kipona and on the Facebook Event 

Fireworks will be held at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, and can be viewed from miles of space along both the East and West Shore. Social distancing practices should be followed while enjoying the fireworks. Live stream fireworks will also be available on Facebook and WHBG-TV Channel 20.   

Virtual activities will be available all 3 days of the festival and feature many of the traditional festival activities such as:   

City Island activities such as water golf, Café Huey and the City Island Railroad will be open. “Saturday Nights in the City” featuring expanded outdoor dining options at numerous City restaurants will also continue from 5-10 p.m. Second Street will close from Market to Pine Streets starting at 3:30 p.m. 

Free street parking will be available after 5 p.m. from Chestnut to State streets. All other street parking is free after 7 p.m. Parking on City Island will be $5. The Market Square Garage will offer a $10 discounted event rate, courtesy of SP+ from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Handicapped parking will be available on City Island.  

Special thanks to our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, UPMC, Belco Community Credit Union, Shenanigator Entertainment, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Mid Penn Bank and SP+.  

We look forward to returning to Riverfront Park for the traditional Kipona Festival in 2021. For more information, contact Momin Bhatti at  mbhatti@harrisburgpa.gov or 717-255-7295.  
 
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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD LIVE DISCUSSION ON CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, CO-RESPONDER PROGRAM FRIDAY

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on the Citizens Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, the Dauphin County Co-Responder Program, and other updates on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; District Attorney Fran ChardoDauphin County; Public Safety Chair Ausha Green, Harrisburg City Council; Catharine Kilgore, Criminal Justice Advisory Board Administrator; Elizabeth Manning, Co-Responder at Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office / Harrisburg Bureau of Police; and Captain Dennis Sorensen, Harrisburg Bureau of Police 

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on Citizens Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Dauphin County Co-Responder Program, and Other Updates  

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20  

WHEN: Friday, August 28th at 12:00 p.m  

Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer will also be on the show to provide Harrisburg School District updates.    

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past session can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ 

 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION TO “SATURDAY NIGHTS IN THE CITY” RESTAURANT INITIATIVE

HARRISBURG – In partnership with the Downtown Improvement District, the City of Harrisburg announces an extension to the weekly “Saturday Nights in the City” initiative and an update to the list of participating restaurants. Certain City streets are closed to traffic Saturday evenings for expanded outdoor sit-down dining and table service. 

“This program has been a great way for us to support our city restaurants,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We look forward to extending this initiative through the end of September.” 

WHAT: “Saturday Nights in the City” Initiative to Support Local Businesses 

WHERE: Portions of N. Second St, Third St, State St, North St, and Conoy St. 

WHEN: Saturdays from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thru September 26th 

The list of participating restaurants in this weekly event include El Sol, Stock’s on Second, Carley’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, Café Fresco, Taco Solo, Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar, Sawyer’s, Bourbon Street Saloon, Zembie’s, McGrath’s, Arooga’s, Taste Key West, Cork & Fork, Federal Taphouse, Rubicon, Mangia Qui, BurgerIM, Bollywood, The Brick Haus, Los Tres Cubanos, Second Street Shawarma, JB Lovedraft’s, Bacco, The Vegetable Hunter, and Bricco. 

The following streets will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on these Saturdays: 

  • N. Second St. – From Market to Pine  
  • State St. – Church to N. Second – westbound  
  • North St. – Susquehanna to Third – westbound, Second to Buttonwood  
  • Conoy St   
  • Third St. –  Market to Chestnut 

Restaurant staff and patrons are expected to follow social distancing guidelines and other precautions. This is to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. 

 

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CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD VIRTUAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION TUESDAY

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold their upcoming Legislative Session as a live streamed video-conference.  

WHAT: City Council Virtual Legislative Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may send their comments/questions, in writing, to be included on the official record by emailing publiccomment@harrisburgpa.gov no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.  Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address. 

The live stream will begin with the virtual Caucus at 5:45 p.m.  City Council session agendas and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council

 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD LIVE DISCUSSION ON HEALTH MATTERS AND ‘COMMUNITY CLASSROOMS’ PROJECT FRIDAY

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on health and safety, donating blood, and the ‘Community Classrooms’ project on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Representative Patty Kim; Kim Craig, Community Program Manager at Hamilton Health Center; Laura Hughes, Executive Director at American Red Cross (Central PA Chapter); and Jeannine Peterson, CEO at Hamilton Health Center  

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on Health, Donating Blood, ‘Community Classrooms’ Project, and Other Updates 

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20 

WHEN: Friday, August 21 at 12:00 p.m 

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Video of past sessions can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse 

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/. 

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CITY OF HARRISBURG OFFICIALS TO HOLD TOWN HALL ON BILL 8 TUESDAY

HARRISBURG – City of Harrisburg officials are holding a community town hall Tuesday to discuss Bill 8 and the establishing of a Citizens Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. 

WHAT: Town Hall on Bill 8 

WHERE: Reservoir Park Bandshell, 100 Concert Dr. 

WHEN: Tuesday August 18th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

WHO: City Council Public Safety Chair Ausha Green and other City officials

Bill 8 is viewable at this link:  https://www.ecode360.com/documents/HA1391/public/549921580.pdf

 

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City Officials to Hold Town Hall Tuesday at 6 p.m.

City officials are holding a community town hall to discuss Bill 8 on Tuesday August 18 at 6 p.m. at the Reservoir Park Bandshell. This bill establishes a Citizens Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, and resolution providing guidelines for the review of use of force policies and practices in the City of Harrisburg.

The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment. Please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD LIVE DISCUSSION ON ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ UPDATES AND RESOURCES

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by Chris Celmer, Acting Superintendent at Harrisburg School District, Dr. Susan SneathChief Academic Officer at Harrisburg School District, and Kristen Ritchey, External Affairs Manager at Comcast Keystone Region, on the next “Facebook Live Community Conversation”. The discussion will focus on information about the upcoming school year and other updates.

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on “Back to School’ and Other Updates 

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20 

WHEN: Friday, August 14th at 12:00 p.m.   

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Video of past sessions can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W 

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/. 

  

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