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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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 TO BREAK GROUND FOR THIRD STREET RE-PAVING PROJECT

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will announce the start of a project to repave several sections of North Third Street in Harrisburg at a ground-breaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the corner of Third and Sayford Streets.
 
Repaving will involve the following areas in the estimated $5.5 million project that is expected to be completed in October 2018:
  • From Chestnut Street north to State Street
  • From Forster Street (SR 3016) north to Muench Street
  • From Maclay Street north to Seneca Street 
Doug Lamb Construction Inc. has been contracted to do the repaving.  The City of Harrisburg is sharing costs for the work with Capital Region Water (CRW). The City will pay an estimated $3.5 million, with CRW paying the remaining $2 million.
 
The project also will include new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps, traffic signal improvements and new street trees and tree pits.
 
Residents may experience some inconvenience during the work, as it will be necessary to prohibit or to alter parking on the street during construction.  “No Parking” signs will be posted approximately 24 hours in advance of the start of work.
 
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or call 717-255-3015.
 
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Mayor Papenfuse Announces Appointment Of New Business Admin

Mayor Eric Papenfuse has appointed veteran attorney Marc Woolley as the new business administrator for the City of Harrisburg.
 
Woolley has spent decades in executive positions with several large organizations, including most recently as Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary with The Hershey Trust.  He also served as General Counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority from 2002-2003 and as Director of Claims Administration and Assistant to the Chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority from 2004-2008. As Business Administrator for the City of Harrisburg, Woolley will supervise the Department of Administration and assist the Mayor in managing the City’s budget and finances. Woolley officially assumes his duties Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, with his office located in the Mayor’s Suite of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.
 
“Marc Woolley brings significant experience in public housing, compliance and financial management that will be a real plus for our city and its residents,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “He is enthusiastic about bringing his considerable intellect and talents to help us continue to move our City into a more prosperous future.”
 
Woolley worked with The Hershey Trust from 2011 until 2016 when disagreements within the board of directors resulted in the resignations of several board members and Woolley’s severance from the institution.  Media reports said Woolley raised alarms over the board’s spending. With The Hershey Trust, Woolley was responsible for testing and monitoring compliance with federal and state banking laws, as well as with IRS regulations.  His many responsibilities included serving as legal advisor to senior executives, managing intellectual property and trademark issues and managing sensitive communications on board issues for the $12 billion trust company. As attorney for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, Woolley counseled executive staff regarding federal housing regulations and managed a multi-million-dollar annual budget.  He supervised a staff of 11 attorneys and 11 support staff. As its attorney, Woolley was named in several lawsuits against the agency.  Two lawsuits ended in favor of the Housing Authority and two others were settled.
 
“It’s clear that throughout his stellar career, Marc has held challenging executive positions that required both courage and conviction,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “These traits will serve him well as he joins our leadership team.” Woolley also has worked as counsel of the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia, and he served as chair of the Chester-Upland Empowerment Board from 2007-2010. A native of Delaware, Woolley earned his juris doctorate from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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Mayor Papenfuse And Civil War Museum To Announce New Agreement

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and officials of the National Civil War Museum will announce a new agreement between the City of Harrisburg and the museum at a press conference slated for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“I am pleased to be able to announce a new collaborative relationship with the Civil War Museum that will benefit the people of Harrisburg,” said Mayor Papenfuse in announcing the press conference.

The Mayor and Civil War Museum officials will offer details on the agreement resolving issues that have divided them in past years.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or call 717 255 3015.

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