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 [email protected] 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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INFORMATION ON CITY OF HARRISBURG’S NEW COMPOSTING PLAN

 

The City of Harrisburg has drafted a new plan for a composting facility on property it has been provided in Susquehanna Township. 

The plan would allow the City to recycle leaves, branches, and brush in an environmentally friendly area that would also serve as an educational center for students.  The City has revised the plan after meetings with residents in the Township and in the City of Harrisburg. The result is a plan that will meet the City’s needs for a recycling center while addressing the concerns of area residents.    

For an overview of the recycling plan, click here: Composting-Site-Plan1

Please see link to city’s permit application, click HERE

The proposed area for the composting plan is a 5-acre permit site with a total lease area of 13.1 acres. The Harrisburg 

School District owns 41 acres in the vicinity of the composting site.

The proposed composting site will only accept processing for leaf waste, garden waste, yard waste, tree trimmings, and shrubbery.  The City will include a 6-acre green belt buffer zone to allow space for wildlife and vegetation to continue to flourish.

 NOTE: NO FOOD WASTE WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE SITE.

To comment on the plan, go to the LEAVE A COMMENT section HERE:

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HPD Took Kids on “Shop With A Cop” Day!

Police from several agencies throughout the region partnered with the Harrisburg Police Athletic League to take youth on the annual “Shop with a Cop” program.  Police and youth met at the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center and enjoyed a hearty breakfast prepared by volunteers before heading out to Walmart to purchase Christmas presents for the children’s family.  Everyone returned to the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center to wrap the presents.

This year the Harrisburg Bureau of Police participated in a “No Shave” November.  Officers were permitted to grow a beard from mid-November until January 2nd for a donation of $25.  The department raised $2,000 for the “No Shave” November and will present the money to HPAL during the “Shop with a Cop” event.  

 For more information regarding HPAL, please go to https://hbgpal.wordpress.com/

 To see the video from last year’s event, please go to https://youtu.be/S8yITyXfuFs

 
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Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Offered Interfaith Music and Inspiration at City Hall

“Peace on Earth, Peace at Home” was the theme of the 2017 Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the MLK Government Center, hosted Tuesday, Dec. 5 by the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council.

“Peace is the greatest gift we can have during this holiday season,” Mayor Eric Papenfuse told those gathered in the atrium for the annual celebration.  “But peace must begin in our own hearts, in our own homes and in our own neighborhoods.”

Giant Foods provided refreshments for the event, and Samantha Kreps, Manager, Public and Community Relations GIANT Food Stores/MARTIN’S Food Markets, offered words of inspiration for the holiday season. 

Mayor Papenfuse and Members of his Interfaith Advisory Council at 2017 Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in the MLK Government Center.

Rev. Manny Valentin, of Derry Street United Methodist Church, provided musical inspiration.

Faith leaders from throughout the region spoke at the ceremony to officially light the 26-foot tall tree, which Giant Foods donated to the City in December 2014 during Mayor Papenfuse’s first year in office.

Rev. Sandy Strauss, Director of the PA Council of Churches, served as MC.

Click HERE to get a sample of Rev. Manny Valentin’s rendition of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

Click HERE for Mayor’s Papenfuse’s remarks.

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