The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District Announces Details of 2018 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District is announcing the details of the Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 18, 2018. The parade is set to take place on Sunday, March 18th, at 2 p.m. A detailed map is available on the event website, www.harrisburgstpatricksdayparade.com.

The parade will start on Commonwealth and Walnut streets, continuing down on Walnut and turning right on Second Street, along Restaurant Row to North Street. The parade ends at North and Third streets. The parade will feature an assortment of entertainment, Irish pipe and drum bands, fan-favorite fire trucks, animals, festive floats, Irish dance groups, and much more.

Also this year, we are honored to have Miss Pennsylvania, Katie Schreckengast, join us for the Parade. “We are pleased to be hosting this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and are excited to show off more of our downtown business community. We invite you and your family to join us for a great day downtown,” said Todd Vander Woude, Executive Director of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District.

Special thanks to this year’s parade sponsors: Kamionka Entertainment Group, McGrath’s Pub, Café Fresco, Brick Haus, Klock Entertainment, Zembies, Bridge’s Social Club, Sturges Speakeasy, HBG Realty, LLC, and Capital Gastropub. As a reminder, the Lucky Charm 5K/10K race will be occurring just before the parade. Starting at noon, the run will open up the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Harrisburg.

Those interested can sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Harrisburg/LuckyCharm5k10k. Street parking will be free on Sunday. For more information, visit www.HarrisburgStPatricksDayParade.com or follow us on Facebook. For more information, contact Todd Vander Woude at todd@harrisburgdid.com.

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LIVE ICE CARVING PROVIDES PREVIEW OF THE NEW WINTER “ICE & FIRE” FESTIVAL

 

March 1, 2018

 Harrisburg, PA – DiMartino Ice Company will offer live ice-carving demonstrations from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Friday, March 2 at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. 2nd St. in preparation for Harrisburg’s 2018 Ice & Fire Festival on Saturday.

The ice carving demonstration at the MLK Government Center will feature five life-sized ice sculptures, and another 12-foot Ketel One Ice Bar will be carved in front of Sawyer’s, 210 North 2nd St.

The five life-size ice sculptures include an eagle throne, cell phone, ice castle, double helix and snowflake. Two food trucks, Soul Burrito and Sprout Stream by Sven’s Café will be available to serve lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the carving preview in front of the City Government Center.

The finished carvings will be unveiled at the first Ice & Fire winter street festival, which will be held Saturday, March 3 from 1-9 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg.

“We invite people from throughout the region to join us to celebrate the beauty of winter,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “In addition to the ice sculptures, there will be fire dancers, food trucks and music for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice skating rink on Second Street, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 50-foot winter themed snow mountain slide, toboggan snow tunnel, ice castle with appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, Ketel One ice bar and more. The HBG Flea will offer a winter market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All performances and activities are free, including ice skate rentals.

“I would like to give special thanks to our Title Sponsors Capital BlueCross and D&H Distributing along with our Ice Skating Rink Sponsor Kamionka Entertainment Group, Marketing Sponsor Visit Hershey Harrisburg and Lighting Sponsor Klock Entertainment,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful event.”

The Ice & Fire festival will be held on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets. Road closures will include:

  • Second Street between Market & Pine Street – closing at 10 p.m.  Friday, March 2.
  • Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Street – closing 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3.

All road closures will end noon Sunday, March 4.

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – 10 p.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.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including First National Bank, Gamut Theatre, Harrisburg University, Harristown/Strawberry Square, Harrisburg Young Professionals, Memorial Eye Institute, Days Inn Harrisburg North, Open Stage Harrisburg and SP

For more information, contact Joyce Davis, Director of Communications, at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or call

717-255-3015.

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CITY TREASURER UNABLE TO PROCESS ONLINE PAYMENTS THROUGH EZ PAY

March 1, 2018

CITY TREASURER UNABLE TO PROCESS PAYMENTS THROUGH EZ PAY

 

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg’s Treasurer is unable to process payments made through the online credit provider, EZPay Automated Payment Services. It is unclear why these services are no longer operating, but the Treasurer’s Office is in the process of searching for another provider.

Until further notice the City will only be able to accept payments in cash, check or money order.

Payments can be mailed, brought to our office or placed in the City Drop Box. The Drop Box is located outside of the MLK Government Center to the right of the rear entrance.

Automatic bill payments are not impacted by EZPay’s service issues. If you pay city bills by automatic payment they will continue to be paid without interruption.  If you would like to enroll in no-fee automatic bill payment you may do so by calling our office at 717-255-3046 or completing the automatic bill payment form found on the City’s website.

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CITY CLOSELY MONITORING RIVER LEVELS DUE TO FORECAST OF CONTINUED RAINFALL OVER WEEKEND

The City of Harrisburg’s Public Safety officials are closely monitoring the river levels and weather forecasts that project rain throughout the weekend. But officials do not foresee significant flooding over the next few days.

“Due to the rainfall that is impacting our region, we are paying close attention to the rising waters in the Susquehanna River,” said Fire Chief Brian Enterline. “However, there is no cause for alarm at this time.”
Enterline does advise residents who live in flood prone areas to review their emergency plans and pay attention to forecasts over the next several days.

Residents who need assistance with developing an emergency plan, information can be obtained at ready.gov.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW “ICE & FIRE” FESTIVAL AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON THURSDAY

Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 to announce the first “Ice & Fire” winter street festival, slated for 1-9 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Downtown Harrisburg.

“The ‘Ice & Fire’ winter festival is designed to bring families downtown to enjoy our city during this beautiful time of year,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We look forward to welcoming adults and children from throughout the region for a day of great food, music, ice skating and fun!”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice skating rink on Second Street, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 50-foot winter themed snow mountain slide, toboggan snow tunnel, ice castle with appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, ice bar and more.

There also will be a winter HBG Flea market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All performances and activities are free, including ice skate rentals.

“I especially would like to thank our Title Sponsors , Capital BlueCross and D&H Distributing, as well as our Ice Skating Rink Sponsor, Kamionka Entertainment Group,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We also thank Visit Hershey Harrisburg, Marketing Sponsor; and Klock Entertainment, Lighting Sponsor. Without their support, we would not be able to organize this wonderful winter festival.”

The Ice & Fire festival will be held on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets. Road closures will include:
• Second Street between Market & Pine Street: closed at 10 p.m. Friday, March 2.
• Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Streets: closed at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3.

All road closures will end at noon Sunday, March 4.

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – 10 p.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. Parking on City Island will be free.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Brick Haus, First National Bank, Gamut Theatre, Harrisburg University, Harristown/Strawberry Square, Harrisburg Young Professionals, Memorial Eye Institute, Open Stage Harrisburg and SP+.

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Bureau of Police Invites Community to Meeting on Recent Events in City

A MESSAGE FROM THE  HARRISBURG BUREAU OF POLICE



In the recent weeks, residents of the area of 17th Street, Mulberry Street, and the surrounding community have been witness to
disturbing incidents. The Bureau of Police has invited the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team to Harrisburg.

The Keystone Crisis Intervention Team is a state crisis team that responds to crime related events to support crime victims, witnesses and communities in the recovery of an incident. The Bureau of Police of the City of Harrisburg invites you to a community gathering on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.  at the Hamilton Health Center, 110 South 17th St.

The purpose of the meeting is to talk about reactions and responses to what has happened in your community. It is to support you and your neighborhood. It is not to investigate, review, or assess the events that have taken place.  In addition, a resource table and staff members from several agencies will be there to offer resources. Although the media may know about the gathering, they will not be permitted to participate. We welcome your attendance.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Reiley at 717-614-4255.

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Public Meetings: Harrisburg Bus Optimization and Shelter Design Study

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Mayor Papenfuse Issues Statement on Death of U.S. Marshall in Harrisburg

 
Jan. 18, 2018
 
Here is statement from Mayor Eric Papenfuse regarding the police incident in Harrisburg this morning:
 
“Harrisburg mourns the loss this morning of a U.S. Marshall who died protecting our residents.  While serving a warrant as part of the U.S. Marshall’s task force, three officers were shot, including a Harrisburg police officer, who was wounded, bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman.
 
An investigation is underway and Harrisburg police are cooperating with federal and county law enforcement officials.
 
No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty. I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. Marshall, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”
 
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg, at jdavis@harrisburg.gov or at 717 255 3015.
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MAYOR PAPENFUSE AND HARRISBURG ELECTED OFFICIALS TAKE OATH OF OFFICE TUESDAY AT CITY HALL

Newly installed Judge Hanif Johnson led swearing in ceremonies Tuesday for Mayor Eric Papenfuse, City Treasurer Dan Miller and members of the Harrisburg City Council  during inauguration ceremonies held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in the MLK Government Center.

Mayor Papenfuse was re-elected to a second, four-year term in November.  During the inauguration ceremonies he recommitted to another four years of service with vision of making Harrisburg a more prosperous community. He took the oath of office on an historic Bible dating back to the Protestant Reformation.

“As Mayor of this historic and majestic city, I vow to do all in my power to fuel the renaissance that has enveloped our community, and to make our citizens proud to call Harrisburg their home,” Mayor Papenfuse pledged.

He expressed appreciation to the citizens of Harrisburg for their support of his administration and for the hard work they put into saving the city from financial catastrophe.  

“We have achieved a lot working together these past four years,” the Mayor said. “But much work still lies ahead.  As we look to the future, let us embrace the optimism and hope that is so palpable on our streets today.” 

Harrisburg Poet Laureate Rick Kearns, the city’s first Latino Poet Laureate, offered a special tribute for the 2018 Inauguration.

Members of the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra  provided musical entertainment, and students from throughout Harrisburg were inaugurated into a new Harrisburg City Council Youth Commission. 

Mayor Papenfuse, Council President Wanda Williams with members of City Council Youth Commission and Harrisburg School officials.

The Harristown Development Corp. provided refreshments for the historic occasion.

The Rev. James Jackson, Pastor of Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, offered the invocation and the Rev. Mack Granderson, Pastor of the Derry Street United Methodist Church, provided the benediction.

To view the ceremony, click HERE.

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CITY TO ACCEPT PREPAID REAL ESTATE TAXES BEGINNING DEC. 27, 2017

Dec. 27, 2017 
 
HARRISBURG: In response to the tax law recently passed by Congress, the City of Harrisburg Office of the Treasury will accept prepayment of 2018 Harrisburg City real estate raxes beginning Dec. 27.
 
City Treasurer Dan Miller says the City’s Treasurer’s office will receive payments Dec. 27-20, 2017.
Payments postmarked December 31, 2017 also will be accepted as paid in 2017.
 
In order to qualify for 2018 prepayment, taxpayers must have no outstanding tax or utility balances with the city. A copy of the 2017 city real estate tax must accompany payment. The 2018 pre-payment must be made in the exact amount of the 2017 flat invoice amount, less the 2 percent discount. All checks should have “2018 prepayment” noted on the front of the check.
 
Prepayment of city real estate tax is not standard procedure. The City is making a special effort to accept these payments to assist city taxpayers. The strict prepayment requirement are necessary to ensure all federal rules are followed.
 
For more information, call 311 or email Joyce M. Davis Jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or call 717 255 3015.
 
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