The City of Harrisburg Extends Leaf Collection Through January 1st

HARRISBURG – Due to the late leaf drop, the City of Harrisburg is extending the leaf collection program through January 1st, 2021. However, if there is a major snow event before January 1st, leaf collection will cease at that point in time.  

City of Harrisburg Public Works crews are continuously working to make sure the leaves are collected quickly and efficiently.  

Reminders for Residents:  

  • Put leaves in brown paper bags at the curb the night before street sweeping. You can buy the bags at most hardware and home improvement stores. Plastic bags are not accepted at the composting site. 
  • If you are unable to bag your leaves, you can pile them into the street the night before street sweeping. Please be sure not to block drains. Blocked storm drains can cause puddles or flooding when it rains. 
  • Please follow the posted street cleaning schedule even if your collection day is a holiday. There will be no leaf collection on holidays. 
  • For questions on leaf collections, please call the City at 311.  For street sweeping questions, contact Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606. 

 
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City of Harrisburg Announces Launch of Business Grant Program

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has partnered with Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC to launch Round 2 of the Neighborhood Business Stabilization Grant (NBSP) on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.  Grant funds of up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible, for-profit businesses who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The funds, totaling $500,000, are from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) and were appropriated through the CARES Act of 2020. This grant was awarded to the City by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  

This program is intended for City-licensed small businesses located in the City of Harrisburg. The application process opens on Tuesday, December 1st at 9:00 a.m., and all eligible Harrisburg small businesses are encouraged to apply.  

The grant program is discussed in detail in Mayor Papenfuse’s proposed budget presentation, https://youtu.be/_xBj2CI1FG4?t=3315 (55:15), and also in Friday’s “Community Conversations” discussion: https://youtu.be/ZnCPa57aq5c (clip).  

The online application will be available at https://www.harrisburgregionalchamber.org/harrisburgcdbg/

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City Council to Hold Virtual Work Session Tuesday

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold its upcoming Work Session as a live streamed videoconference.  

WHAT: City Council Work Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may send their comments/questions 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 to be considered. 

City Council session agendas, calendar, and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council. 

 

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Virtual Vigil Event to be Held Tonight on Peace and Thanksgiving

HARRISBURG – The Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will be participating in a community vigil event focused on peace locally and nationwideprotecting youthand Thanksgiving in difficult times 

WHO: Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Committee, Faith Leaders and Community Partners 

WHAT: Interfaith Community Prayer Vigil for Healing, Peace, Unity, and Thanksgiving 

WHERE: virtual event, registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ooAf3QxzSZWWPqubqfbDxg 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 25th, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Rev. Russell Goodman, Co-Chair of Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Committee, at rgoodman@susumc.org   

 

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Mayor Papenfuse Leads Discussion on Business Development and Programs

HARRISBURG  Mayor Papenfuse leads a discussion on business development and programs on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation. Please note: This week’s event will be a pre-recorded presentation due to the holiday. The public is encouraged to submit questions at the Facebook video comments section, to be addressed the following week.  

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Jamal Jones, Director of Business Development; Nona Watson, Director of Economic Development; Lillie Williams, Interim Director of Department of Building and Housing Development; Chanele House, Owner of Shea Optimum; Ashley Smith, Owner/Creator of Small Business Saturday Harrisburg; Melissa Stone, VP of Economic Development at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC; Queens BBQ – Anya & Titus Queen, Co-Owners at Queen’s BBQ and Southern Cuisine 

WHAT: Discussion on Business Development and Programs  

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

WHEN: Friday, November 27th 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/ 

 

Mayor Papenfuse to Present 2021 Proposed Budget at City Council Legislative Session Tuesday

Harrisburg City Council will hold its upcoming Legislative Session as a live streamed videoconference. Mayor Papenfuse will present the 2021 Proposed Budget at this session.  

WHAT: City Council Legislative Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may send their comments/questions 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 to be considered. 

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

Mayor Papenfuse to Lead Live Discussion on Reverse Holiday Parade

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on the upcoming Reverse Holiday Parade on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Devan Drabik, Director of Communications and Marketing at ExploreHBG; Rhonda Laing, Senior Community Relations Consultant at Capital BlueCross; Lisa Moyer, Community Relations Coordinator at Belco Community Credit Union; and Jennifer Turner-Long, Owner at The Studio 

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on the Reverse Holiday Parade and Other Updates  

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

WHEN: Friday, November 20th 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_KQUn7Wandhttps://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 Healthhttps://www.health.pa.gov/and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionhttps://www.cdc.gov/ 

 

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Reverse Holiday Parade Kicks Off Holiday Season

Harrisburg, PA – The City of Harrisburg will produce a Reverse Holiday Parade on November 21 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on City Island, Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “Hometown Holiday.” 

In a reverse parade, the parade entrants are stationary. Rather than large groups of spectators gathering along City streets, parade attendees will remain safely in their vehicles and drive by Santa, decorated floats, favorite characters, music, businesses and other organizations that will be stationed along the loop around City Island. 

“We are very excited for this year’s reverse parade,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors as we kick off the holiday season in a safe way.” 

Vehicles can enter City Island via the East or West Shore from the Market Street bridge. The parade entrance will be in the North Lot. Vehicles will enter where the batting cages were previously located and proceed right around the island (opposite direction as a normal day) and exit down the ramp. The first 150 vehicles will receive a goodie bag of candy, toys and items from the parade participants. All other spectator vehicles will get a free candy bag while supplies last. 

The last vehicle will be permitted to enter promptly at 12 p.m. There is no entrance fee for vehicles and all spectators must be in vehicles. No pedestrians, bikes, etc. will be permitted for safety reasons. For those who can’t attend in person, a live stream of the parade will be viewable on WHBG Channel 20 and the City’s Facebook page at 9:45 a.m.  

A parade map is available at harrisburgpa.gov/holidayparade

“I would like to give special thanks to all of our sponsors. Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful parade,” Mayor Papenfuse said. The 2020 Reverse Holiday Parade sponsors include T-Mobile, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Belco Community Credit Union and Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District