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The Week That Was: A summary of news and events around Harrisburg

This past week, Urban Churn opened its new ice cream parlor in Midtown Harrisburg.

What happened around Harrisburg last week? Here’s a summary of news and events that you may have missed.

Harrisburg came in at No. 44 on U.S. News & World Reports’ “Best Places to Live” list, the highest ranking of any metro area in Pennsylvania. The area’s affordability and easy access to nature impressed the publication, which also ranked Harrisburg No. 44 last year. Click here for the complete story.

Harrisburg City Council on Tuesday began discussing whether to extend a program that offers free street parking downtown after 5 p.m. Council members seemed inclined to renew the program but were reticent to meet a new demand—providing compensation to Standard Parking for use of the LUV HBG mobile app code. Click here for the complete story.

Harrisburg school board met amid acrimony last week, as several board members tried, and failed, to suspend the district superintendent. The split board also failed to appoint an in-house district solicitor, though board members will meet in special session on Monday to reconsider that issue. Click here for the complete story.

Harrisburg school board candidates met for a second debate to discuss issues relevant to the district. As in the first debate, seven challengers participated in the debate at HMAC, but no incumbents attended. Click here for the complete story.

Harrisburg University last week offered details for its new student center, which currently is under construction inside Whitaker Center. The student center, which features a sleek, industrial look, is expected to open this fall in downtown Harrisburg. Click here for the complete story.

SoMa Block Parties will return this summer, said co-sponsors Harristown Enterprises and Sara Bozich. The first party will take place on May 11 in conjunction with the Harrisburg Young Professionals’ annual home tour, with monthly parties continuing through September. Click here for the complete story.

Urban Churn opened its first brick-and-mortar retail store, located on N. 3rd Street in Midtown Harrisburg. The craft ice cream company also plans to retain its stand inside the Broad Street Market. Click here for the complete story.

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