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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

The CATE mobile COVID-19 testing unit stopped in Allison Hill this week.

The first day of fall arrived this week. Enjoy the brisk weather and something pumpkin-flavored while you catch up on the news from this past week.

Bob’s Art Blog highlights artist Jovana Sarver, a true “polymath of the arts.” Sarver is a sculptress, textile interpreter and major works art installer. Check out Bob’s story to see some of her work.

COVID-19 bonuses are coming to the city’s essential workers who served throughout the pandemic. Harrisburg hopes to show its appreciation by compensating each employee $2,500, our reporting found.

COVID-19 cases in PA declined slightly over the past week, our online story found. There was an average of 788 newly diagnosed cases per day.

Forster Street has some pedestrian-friendly changes coming, our online story reports. Harrisburg announced it will receive a federal grant to reduce the width of the road between the Harvey Taylor Bridge and N. 2nd Street, among other improvements.

The Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup will go on this weekend after a delay from April, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Organizer Tri County Community Action hopes to encourage neighborhood respect and ownership amongst community members, reported our online story.

Harrisburg’s Comprehensive Plan was approved by the Planning Commission, our online story reports. The plan, “HBG2020,” is intended to set goals for the city for the next 10 to 20 years. Next, it will need approval from City Council.

The Harrisburg School District decided to adjust its online class schedule after feedback from families that students were having trouble staying engaged, our online story reports. Also, Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer is considering allowing voluntary workouts for student-athletes after canceling the fall sports season.

Harrisburg’s Zoning Hearing Board approved developer Derek Dilks’ plan to convert historic properties on State Street and Front Street into apartments. Our online story has the list of properties and Dilks’ plans for them.

A mobile COVID-19 testing unit visited Allison Hill in Harrisburg this week, our online story reported. The Community-Accessible Testing & Education (CATE) unit aims to provide testing for free to underserved communities.

Roots of My Land is a new Ecuadorian restaurant in Allison Hill. Our magazine article tells the story of Marisol Aviles de Ortiz and Hector Ortiz who, over 20 years ago, dreamt of opening their own restaurant.

Sara Bozich has plenty of activities to get you in the fall mood this weekend. Enjoy a movie night at the bandshell in Reservoir Park, check out Oktoberfest at the PA Renaissance Fair or enjoy a corn maze at Paulus Mt. Airy Orchards.

Shalom House plans to expand its capacity to serve women and children experiencing homelessness in Allison Hill, our online story reports. Harrisburg City Council approved the development of three vacant lots behind the organization’s community center for use as a shelter and transitional housing.

Trick or treat night in Harrisburg will look different this year, our online story reports. Local officials canceled city-sanctioned trick-or-treating and offered an alternative. A few locations around the city will hand out grab-and-go candy bags.

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg created their Beer Barons Beer Trail to encourage tourism in the area. Read in our magazine story about the new mobile app that links about 20 local craft breweries for trail-hoppers to check out.

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