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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Forster Street may be in for substantial improvements if a grant application approved by City Council is accepted.

This week may not have been quite as jam-packed as last, but there was still plenty of news, including several proposals meant to improve life in Harrisburg. Now’s a great time to catch up on the latest stories you may have missed from this past week.

Capital Region Water is delaying stormwater fees for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. We shared, in our online story, that the payment will begin on Oct. 1, rather than July 1.

Citizen’s advisory board was proposed by City Council on Tuesday to improve relations between the Police Bureau and residents. In our online story, we outline the power that committee members would have and how they will be chosen.

COVID-19 cases have plateaued for now in Pennsylvania, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health. In our weekly update, we show that cases haven’t fallen further, but they’re not generally rising either.

Deterring illegal firework usage is the goal of a new plan to open Harrisburg parks on July 3 as a place for residents to set fireworks off safely. Our story highlights the four parks that will be supervised by Fire Bureau officials from 7 to 10 p.m and the new mapping system that will pinpoint illegal-use hotspots.

Forster Street may be getting a facelift. City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to submit a grant application for improvements to Forster Street. Our online story details that council hopes to get $832,437 to reduce the width of the street and improve safety between the Harvey Taylor Bridge and N. 2nd Street.

Harrisburg school district Receiver Janet Samuels approved on Monday a budget of $158.2 million for the 2020-21 school year. Our online story explains how the district originally faced a $4.2 million deficit caused by the COVID-19 crisis, but received one-time CARES Act funding to fill the gap.

“Out in Central Pennsylvania” by William Burton details the history of the LGBTQ community in the region. We reported on Midtown Scholar’s virtual book talk in which Burton and co-author Barry Loveland discussed the story.

Sara Bozich is laying low this weekend, enjoying some good local food and chilling out. Don’t miss her list of things to do this weekend to get out of the house while still relaxing.

UPMC Pinnacle is launching “Healthy Harrisburg,” an educational course for those dealing with chronic illness. It aims to help residents of color and those lacking adequate access to healthcare in the city. Check out what they have planned and how you can register to participate.

Young Professionals of Color of Greater Harrisburg have almost reached their goal for their 2020-21 Adopt-a-Classroom fundraiser. They’re looking to raise $15,000 to support 30 Harrisburg school district classrooms. More information and ways to give are shown in our online story.

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