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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

A rendering of a 150-unit apartment and retail building that may be coming to Midtown Harrisburg.

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, which means you might be busy cooking up something special for that someone special. When you have a break, catch up on the local news of the week, as we have all our stories listed and linked below.

The Black community in Harrisburg has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, our magazine story reported. The virus carved a gash in leadership structures and within families. Those left behind are finding resiliency in the community and plumbing the legacies of lost loved ones for inspiration.

The Edward S. Finkelstein Jewish Film Festival will be virtual for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. Eleven films will stream virtually from mid-February to late March, our magazine story reported.

Our February podcast guests explore the vital role books are playing in our lives. We hear from Karen Cullings of the Dauphin County Library System and Stefan Hawkins of Good Brothas Book Café. Listen, here.

Good Brotha’s Book Café recently opened in Midtown Harrisburg, our magazine story reported. The coffee shop owner strives for representation for people of color by highlighting African American literature and art.

GreenWorks Development, along with Baltimore-based Washington Place Equities, unveiled a 150-unit apartment and retail building for Midtown. They plan to construct a 135,000-square-foot, four-story building at 320 Reily St., our online story reported.

Harrisburg is purchasing a former M&T Bank building on N. 7th Street to use as additional office space for city employees. They will renovate the building for use by the engineering and traffic departments, our reporting found.

Home sales in January were generally flat in the Harrisburg area, while price appreciation continued to be strong. Our online story has the specifics for Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties.

House of Vegans, a restaurant in Midtown Harrisburg has closed for now, with hopes to reopen, our online story reported. Owners are asking for the community’s help with fundraising in order to get back to serving their vegan soul food.

A Lancaster couple recounted their unique love story in a “Modern Love” essay for The New York Times. The pair, who have been married for seven years, found love thanks to a voodoo priest and a rooster, the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and a cholera epidemic that followed. Read more in our magazine story.

Our resident chef, Rosemary, has whipped up the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. Click here, to view her recipe for a chocolate amaretti cake sure to melt in your mouth.

Sara Bozich brings on all the Valentine’s Day feels with her list of ways to celebrate the holiday of love. Check out her Weekend Roundup for ways to spend the day.

Our wine columnist, Steve Juliana, showcases noble red wines—quaffs from grapes that have spread all over the world, while also historically being among the finest and most desirable. In his February column, he recommends Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir.

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