MAYOR AND CITY OFFICIALS CAREFULLY ANALYZING REVISED ACT 47 PLAN

Aug. 9, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – The City of Harrisburg has received a revised plan for Harrisburg’s exit from Act 47, and Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City officials are reviewing the document.

The new plan rescinds the onerous property taxes that the previous plan assessed for 2019-20, but significant property taxes remain possible in the third year of the plan.

“My goal remains for a path to exit Act 47 in a way that secures the City’s financial future – sooner rather than later,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “Anything short of this will not be acceptable to the hard-working people of Harrisburg, who have categorically rejected any plan that burdens them with more taxes.”

Mayor Eric Papenfuse has called for the state legislature to allow the City to immediately exit from Act 47 with its current taxing authority, and the legislature is slated to take up the issue in September following summer recess.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].

 

City of Harrisburg Partners With Local Organizations To Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

3 Organizations Collaborate to Host Photo Shoot Highlighting Diversity in Our Region

Harrisburg, PA – In celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission and local marketing firm Suasion are hosting a community photo shoot at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at City Island, Harrisburg.

The goal of the photo shoot is to capture photography of local, realistic people with diverse disabilities doing everyday activities for use on the social media accounts, websites and brochures created by the host organizations.

The photo shoot was originally scheduled for July 26, the Anniversary of the ADA, but was postponed due to flooding on City Island.

“People with disabilities are not commonly or accurately portrayed in communications materials,” explains Theo Braddy, CEO of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania and one of nine Commissioners with the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission. “This lack of representation feeds the stigma that individuals with disabilities aren’t active, thriving, vital members of our community. This photo shoot will create a portfolio of photography representing people with diverse disabilities doing everyday activities and enjoying what our community has to offer with friends and family.”

Photo shoot participants, which are comprised of local individuals with diverse disabilities, families, couples and singles, are encouraged to enjoy the various activities at City Island while having their photos captured by Suasion, who will create a stock image gallery to store the pictures for future use.

“As a communications agency that works with numerous organizations that serve the disability community, we would benefit from having access to a variety of quality photos of people with

disabilities in real life situations and scenarios instead of actors posing as people with disabilities,” explains Karen Gross, Director of Marketing at Suasion. “Since there is a lack of available stock photography, we find that the same images are used over and over in advertising and marketing materials. We are honored to work with CILCP and the City of Harrisburg to fill a need and do so by accurately representing people with disabilities who are living and thriving in our community.”

“The Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC) is proud to participate in this event to raise awareness of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion,” said Shaashawn Dial, Director of Social Equity & Affirmative Action, which includes serving as Staff Liaison to the HHRC. “This event is the first of many initiatives from our office to help promote an environment of diversity, equity, respect and inclusiveness in our community.”

“We were thrilled by the number of people who RSVP’d for today’s photo shoot,” explains Theo Braddy. “The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, along with the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission and Suasion, looks forward to continuing to create opportunities to combat the stigma against people with disabilities and celebrate diversity in our region.”

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About the Center for Independent Living of Central PA

The Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) is a consumer controlled, cross-disability organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities to achieve and maintain independent lifestyles. The organization assists individuals with any type of disability in navigating through the maze of services and programs and connecting them with customized options that will enable them to reach their goals and aspirations as part of its Living Well With A Disability philosophy. To learn more about the CILCP, visit their website at www.cilcp.org.

About the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission

The Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC), Ordinance 6-1983, as amended and reenacted is designed to administer, implement, and enforce the provisions of the City of Harrisburg’s Human Relations and Discrimination Code prohibiting discrimination. The Code applies to discriminatory practices, including, but not limited to, discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and lending, which occur within the territorial limits of the City of Harrisburg and to employment, contracted for, performed, or to be performed within these limits, or by those contracting with the City. The Commission shall consist of nine members, eight of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor and one of whom shall be appointed by City Council by resolution. The HHRC was re-instated November 2017. For more information, visit: http://harrisburgpa.gov/human-relations/

About Suasion

Suasion LLC, is a full-service marketing, communications and event coordination firm, providing strategic planning, public relations, advertising, website development, market research,

grassroots marketing and branding services to organizations driven by a social mission. Proudly celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Suasion effectively serves organizations in the health care, government, social and human services and disability markets using proven behavior and social change strategies that effectively influence audiences and shift perceptions. For more information, visit www.suasion.us.

CITY TREASURER NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

Aug. 3, 2018 Harrisburg, PA — The City Treasurer can now accept online credit card payments for refuse/disposal and parking tickets issued by Harrisburg Police under an agreement with Value Payment Systems of Nashville, TN.

Payments can be made through the website: https://paylocalgov.com/harrisburg-pa.  Payments can be made with Discover, MasterCard or VISA and will entail fees, including the following:

  • New credit card convenience fee is 2.35% ($1.00 minimum)
  • New debit card convenience fee is 1.50% ($1.00 minimum)

Payments made by 11:59 p.m. will be credited the next business day.

The City expects to soon be able to accept credit card payments in the Treasury Office, and to accept credit card payments for City and School taxes.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].

MAYOR PAPENFUSE AND CITY COUNCILMAN CORNELIUS JOHNSON ANNOUNCE NEW “WEEKENDER” MUSICAL EVENT

July 31, 2018 Harrisburg, PA — Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City Councilman Cornelius Johnson announced “The Weekender,” a new free summer event for Harrisburg at a press conference on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

The Weekender festival will be held August 17-19, 2018 at several locations. It is a joint venture between the Harrisburg Housing Authority, the City of Harrisburg, Levels Ready Entertainment and The Singer’s Lounge 

National recording artists such as Sa Roc, Tobe Nwigwe and DJ Diamond Kuts will perform at the events.

The Event Schedule is as follows:

August 17th – HHA Community Day 4p.m.-8p.m.
Hall Manor

Friday offers family-friendly activities such as kickball, free food (1st 300 people), Live DJ, and field games. The day will also feature Health Screenings, a career fair, school supply giveaway, and an open mic for local talent to express themselves through poetry and music. Community organizations are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Email [email protected] to request vendor information.

August 18th – Harrisburg Music Fest Noon-8 p.m.
Reservoir Park

The Harrisburg Music Fest will offer a fun-filled day of music and entertainment featuring rising stars, Sa-Roc, Tobe Nwigwe, Zariya, and veteran DJ Diamond Kuts. Founded in 2012 by Anwar Curtis and Jonathan Williams, both of Levels Ready Entertainment, Harrisburg Music Fest has drawn in the support of over 1,000 patrons every year and is a staple in the Harrisburg Independent Music scene.

August 19th – Reservoir Park

Unity Community 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Unity Community 3-on-3 Tournament will feature a live DJ, an action packet dunk contest, and some of the best players in the region. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Singer’s Lounge Family Cookout 4p.m.-8 p.m.

The Singer’s Lounge is a platform created to showcase the talents of Harrisburg’s amazing soul singers. Every third Sunday of the month, over 300 people come to hear local talent perform songs from popular themes such as the 90’s, Motown and Gospel. Sunday’s show theme is the “Family Cookout” and will feature artists performing favorite summer hits and cookout anthems. Special guest artist will be 14-year old, award-winning singer-songwriter Zariya. There will be another special surprise guest.

Hotel rooms are being offered for the Weekender at special rates. Information is available here: http://tinyurl.com/weekenderhotel

 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE “TASTE OF INDEPENDENCE” JULY 4th FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., to announce plans for the July 4th Food Truck Festival. 

This year’s festival will be held 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. It will include more than 40 food trucks with items such as artisanal pizza, barbecue, crab cake sandwiches, jumbo lobster roll, wraps, burrito’s and gourmet Reuben’s. Festival favorites such as kettle corn, cotton candy, fried Oreos and funnel cake will be available along with Farm Show milkshakes!

 “This year’s celebration promises to be one of the best yet,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Last year’s festival drew nearly 35,000 visitors, an increase of 10,000 from previous years.  And we are expecting an even larger crowd this year.  I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey Harrisburg for helping to make this event possible.”

Non-stop entertainment will be featured on the Market Street Stage and on the acoustic music stage in Kunkle Plaza with performances by Maudlin Moon, Strangest Hearts, D-BO, Nearly York, Alex Allegra and Keith Goldstein.

Children’s Festival activities are free and include glitter tattoos, caricatures and balloons. Superheroes and princesses will meet and pose for pictures. Lawn games and activities will be available for play and children can also make a superhero mask with a princess or superhero for $5.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and feature a 15- minute show produced by ZY Pyrotechnics. The fireworks will include over 1,000 shells launched from the City Island beach.

Following the fireworks, a free outdoor movie featuring Moana will be presented by the Midtown Cinema. The movie will be held near the live music stage between Market & Walnut Streets. The wayfinding princess will meet and pose for pictures.

Street parking on July 4th will be free, parking on City Island will be $5, and there will be $10 parking in the Market Square Garage from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, D&H Distributing, UMPC Pinnacle, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Green Mountain Energy, Strawberry Square and Adventure In Fun.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call 717-255-3015.

 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE DECLARES STATE OF FISCAL CRISIS IN THE CITY OF HARRISBURG

 

June 25, 2018 HARRISBURG — Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Monday at the MLKGovernment Center, 10 N. Second St., to declare a state of fiscal crisis following the State Legislature’s passage of a budget that did not include a provision to allow the City of Harrisburg to leave Act 47 with its current taxing authority.

“With the State Legislature’s failure to act Friday to extend Harrisburg’s taxing authority beyond Act 47,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “the City now faces a looming financial catastrophe that will require immediate implementation of austerity measures to begin to close a projected $12 million budget deficit over the next three years.

The Mayor will provide details of plans to address the City’s fiscal state of crisis at the press conference on Monday.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at 717 255 3015 or at [email protected].

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PUBLIC MEETING ON VISION ZERO SLATED FOR JUNE 27, 2018 IN ALLISON HILL

June 25, 2018 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is holding a public meeting on the Vision Zero program to stop traffic injuries and fatalities from 5-7 p.m.  Wednesday, June 27, 2018,  at Fire Station #2, corner of State and N. 16th Streets.

The purpose of the meeting will be to allow Harrisburg residents to receive information about the Vision Zero program and to offer their suggestions and feedback.

Officials will focus specifically on the first phase of the Vision Zero project, the State Street Rapid Response.  Research has shown that State Street has a high incidence of traffic accidents, including those involving pedestrians. 

Download the preliminary survey findings by clicking here.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].

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HARRISBURG POLICE TO HONOR HARRISBURG POLICE OFFICER JEFFREY COOK

June 19, 2018

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg Police Officer Jeffrey Cook will be honored by Safariland Saves Club at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the Emergency Operation Center, accessible through the MLK Government Center, 10 N.Second St. 

The Safariland Group Saves Club honors officers who, during the line of duty, experience a life-threatening incident in which their Safariland Group armor or gear contributed to saving their lives.

These heroes become advocates for the law enforcement community, expressing the importance of wearing armor, providing safety tips derived from their own experience and serving as living proof of the Safariland Group creed; Together, We Save Lives. 

Ed Hinchey, Saves Club Manager for Safariland, Stacey Baker of Safariland Group, and Jeff Bridi from Atlantic Tactical will present Officer Cook with a plaque recognizing him for being saved by Safariland Protech plates. 

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE “TASTE OF INDEPENDENCE” JULY 4th FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS

 

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, to announce plans for the July 4th Food Truck Festival. 

This year’s festival will be held 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. It will include more than 40 food trucks with items such as artisanal pizza, barbecue, crab cake sandwiches, jumbo lobster roll, wraps, burrito’s and gourmet Reuben’s. Festival favorites such as kettle corn, cotton candy, fried Oreos and funnel cake will be available along with Farm Show milkshakes!

 “This year’ celebration promises to be one of the best yet,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Last year’s festival drew nearly 35,000 visitors, an increase of 10,000 from previous years.  And we are expecting an even larger crowd this year.  I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey Harrisburg for helping to make this event possible.”

Non-stop entertainment will be featured on the Market Street Stage and on the acoustic music stage in Kunkle Plaza with performances by Maudlin Moon, Strangest Hearts, D-BO, Nearly York, Alex Allegra and Keith Goldstein.

Children’s Festival activities are free and include glitter tattoos, caricatures and balloons. Superheroes and princesses will meet and pos for pictures. Lawn games and activities will be available for play and children can also make a superhero mask with a princess or superhero for $5.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and feature a 15- minute show produced by ZY Pyrotechnics. The fireworks will include over 1,000 shells launched from the City Island beach.

Following the fireworks, a free outdoor movie featuring Moana will be presented by the Midtown Cinema. The movie will be held near the live music stage between Market & Walnut Streets. The wayfinding princess will meet and pose for pictures.

Street parking on July 4th will be free, parking on City Island will be $5, and there will be $10 parking in the Market Square Garage from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, D&H Distributing, UMPC Pinnacle, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Green Mountain Energy, Strawberry Square and Adventure In Fun.

 

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call 717-255-3015.

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