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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

(From left) Rep. Patty Kim (D-103), Why Not Prosper Founder Rev. Michelle Simmons, Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams, and other supporters cut the ribbon on a new women’s re-entry facility.

It’s finally feeling like fall in Harrisburg! Before you head out for a crisp stroll through the city or to dinner at one of Harrisburg’s many wonderful restaurants, catch up on this week’s news, below.

Dauphin County announced that three polling places will move for the upcoming election, our online story reported. The county also released information about important dates, mail-in ballots and registering to vote.

Friends of Midtown will hold “Bark for a Park,” a rally requesting a community dog park in the city, our online story reported. The organization is asking the city to take on the project and encouraging residents to sign a petition.

Gov. Tom Wolf  held a ceremonial bill signing for legislation that will widely expand the medical screening panel given to newborn babies. Learn what this bill means to one family, in our online story.

Harrisburg’s N. 2nd Street two-way conversion project is coming closer to completion, our reporting found. The roadway, from Forster to Muench streets is in the process of being paved, and the corridor will switch to two-ways in early October.

The Homeless Memorial Blanket Project, which began in Cumberland County, is now headed to our nation’s capital, and organizers hope to get blankets donated from each state, our online story reported. The project seeks to educate people on the issue of homelessness and give to those in need.

The HUE Invitational will gather on Saturday and Sunday to conclude the largest collegiate e-sports event, created and hosted by Harrisburg University, our online story reported. Teams will play this weekend in the finals for a chance to win $25,000 in scholarship prizes.

Lois Lehrman Grass, a Harrisburg native and long-time arts patron and philanthropist, died this week at age 90, our online story reported. She long supported a host of causes in Harrisburg through her leadership skills, fund-raising, volunteer activities and personal support.

The McCormick Riverfront Library will temporarily close from Sept. 30 to Oct. 19 to complete the last phase of renovations, our online story reported. The library has been working on a project to expand and renovate the property since it broke ground in 2021.

Parks, playgrounds and outdoor spaces in Harrisburg will receive upgrades, thanks to $2 million in local and state grants, our online story reported. The city received grants for Reservoir Park projects, the Paxtang Parkway Trail and an Italian Lake rain garden, among other projects.

PennDOT will begin a 4.8-mile resurfacing project on I-83 in Dauphin County on Sept. 26, our reporting found. The project extends from Cameron Street in Harrisburg, through Swatara Township, to Union Deposit Road in Lower Paxton Township.

Sara Bozich has lots of fall-themed events lined up for your weekend. Find them all, here.

Steven Williams, a Harrisburg author, recently released his new book, “Thyra,” a mythological tale, our magazine story reported. The book explores the theme of advocacy for the vulnerable, a passion for Williams.

Why Not Prosper, a Philly-based organization that assists formerly incarcerated women, cut the ribbon on a new Harrisburg location, our online story reported. The facility, in Allison Hill, will provide short-term housing for those re-entering society after prison.


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