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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

People gathered at Kesher Israel Congregation on Wednesday to support Harrisburg’s Jewish community.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us just how connected we all are. This week’s stories mirror that, demonstrating how community members and leaders are pulling together to support one another. In case you missed any of our coverage, we have it all listed and linked below.

Bob’s Art Blog highlights how local artists spent their summer. Find out how and from where painters, sculptors and photographers are drawing their inspiration.

Café 1500 and food blogger Corinne Foster have teamed up for a fundraiser to support Feeding Pennsylvania. Their special menu item will be available from Aug. 19 to Sept. 6, with part of the proceeds going to the organization to help with relief during the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more in our online story.

“Chairapy” is a new YouTube series featuring a Mechanicsburg barber and the stories his clients share while in his chair. His main client base–emergency service personnel–tells stories of bravery and struggle, our online story reports.

A community vigil was held to show solidarity with Kesher Israel Congregation. Local faith leaders spoke out against the hatred shown towards the Jewish community when swastikas were found painted on the synagogue. Read our online story for more on the event.

COVID-19 cases increased in the state this week with an average of just over 800 new cases daily. Our weekly pandemic reporting has information on testing, total deaths and cases per county.

Free internet access will be given to about 1,500 families in the Harrisburg School District through the school’s partnership with Tri County Community Action. Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer described the initiative as an effort to help close the digital divide for district students, our story reports.

Gamut Theatre announced its fall season show schedule on Monday. The theater will feature three live productions, with pandemic-related precautions in place, our online story reports.

The Harrisburg School District finalized plans for a 100% virtual start to the school year. Our online story has the details of what parents can expect and the options they have to choose from.

The March on Washington is later this month, and local resident Karla DeJesus plans to host a bus trip to D.C. Our online story discusses the impact that George Floyd’s death had on a group of residents and why they want to march for racial justice. 

Midtown Redevelopment LLC proposed a project for Midtown Harrisburg that includes building nearly 100 townhouses. Their project would fill long-empty lots just north of the Broad Street Market, our online story reports.

TheBurg Podcast for August is out! This month, organizers of the Black Lives Matter mural in Midtown explain their motivation for the project. Tim Eller of the Commonweath Charter Academy and Mary Smith of Visit Hershey & Harrisburg provide updates on their organization, as well. Listen to the podcast here.

The “Weekend Roundup” is full of events to keep you busy. Sara Bozich lists the best places for takeout, virtual entertainment and outdoor fun in her blog.

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