Derry Township eNews, April 24, 2020
Current News
Community Center Plans Changed
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors held a special public meeting April 21, 2020 for the purpose of discussing additional changes to the Community Center project that was approved in December 2019.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of reducing the competitive pool from a 35-meter to a 25-yard pool. In addition, the board voted unanimously to put in a hybrid foundation system recommended by project geotechnical engineers, ARM. That system is estimated to cost an additional $250,000. The board also voted unanimously to add in a required fire system for an estimated cost of $8,000.

Once work begins, the community center construction is expected to take 22 months.

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg Bestows Honors
Derry Township Economic Development Manager and Downtown Hershey Association Executive Director Lauren Zumbrun recently won the "Come Together Award" as part of the Visit Hershey & Harrisburg 2019 Tourism Awards.
 
Check out the video produced to honor Lauren's achievements and join us in congratulating her for a job well done!
 
We also congratulate Derry Township's Tröegs for winning the Tourism Business of the Year.

Zoning Hearing Board Vacancy
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Derry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, that resumes and cover letters will be accepted for a position on the Zoning Hearing Board.
Residents of Derry Township who are interested in serving on the Zoning Hearing Board are requested to submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Township of Derry, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA 17033 no later than May 22, 2020. The appointment will be made at the June 9, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting.
Gov. Wolf's Shutdown Order
In accordance with Gov. Wolf's March 19th shutdown order the Township of Derry's Administration Building's Lobby will be closed to the public. Township Staff will be available for contact via phone or email. A staff directory is available on the website.

It should also be noted that the Township's Recycling Drop-Off Center will be closed until this order is lifted. Curbside recycling will still be collected.
Local Businesses Offer Modified Services
The Downtown Hershey Association has compiled a list of local restaurants and businesses offering takeout and/or delivery options during this time of limited contact through social distancing. Please be sure to consid er supporting your local eateries and other shops by clicking on the image below. Thanks to resident Christy Ricker for volunteering to design the list. A n updated list will also be kept on their website:  https://downtownhershey.com/open-for-business/
Services
2020 Yard Waste Schedule
An unlimited amount of wood and yard waste will be collected curbiside one time per month on your regular trash day by the contracted waste hauler. The collection will occur April through October.

Items must be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m. on your collection day. Items must be placed in a container not to exceed 32 gallons or in a “Kraft” bag not to exceed 50 lbs. Branches and tree limbs must not exceed 3″ in diameter, must be cut to 4′ in length, bundled and secured by rope or twine and not to exceed 50 lbs.

You can view the schedule at this link .
Township Events
Summer Day Camp Registration
With the evolving situation of COVID-19 virus, Summer Day Camp registration has been postponed until further notice. The new registration dates will be posted on Derry Township’s website and an email will be sent out to existing families in the ProCare program.
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Join Us at The Library
SPLAT STUDIO - Art Project for Children
Sunday, May 3. 2:00 pm to 3:40 pm.

Sign up online (by age group).

Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio - Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together - will help the children design a special project for a loved one. Sponsored by Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

Because this is a virtual program occurring via Zoom, pre-registration is required. Once registered, the Hershey Public Library will send an e-mail with the list of supplies needed. A Zoom link will be sent via email in time for the class.

2:00 pm to 2:40 pm. Register children ages 2 to 6.
3:00 pm to 3:40 pm. Register children ages 6 and up.
At Home Bingo
Bored with your digital movie service and looking for something fresh to do? For the fun of it, why not play the library's "At Home Bingo" ? Great to do with the kids, and teens, too! Simply complete 4 to 5 categories as directed on the bingo board. Download to print your bingo board for your convenience, and keep in your e-mail to use the help links; also accessible on the  library's website.  When you have completed the required categories, please e-mail your response (just list which 4 to 5 you did) to Heather Mahraj at: hmahraj@derrytownship.org by the end of the day on Friday, May 15. The winner will receive a gift card from a local store.  CLICK HERE.
THE HERSHEY PUBLIC LIBRARY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Due to the continuing health and safety concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

• THE LIBRARY'S OUTSIDE DROP BOX IS CLOSED.
• LIBRARY FINES WILL BE WAIVED.
• SORRY, THE LIBRARY IS UNABLE TO TAKE PHONE CALLS.

Follow the Hershey Public Library on Facebook @hersheypubliclibrary, and Twitter and Instagram at @hersheylibrary for online resources and news, and see the library's website at www.hersheylibrary.org for program updates.

E-books, audiobooks, streaming media, and digital resources for all ages are available 24/7 online at www.hersheylibrary.org > e Library , and Research . A great way to stay in touch with the library is through the library's monthly electronic newsletter. Please sign up  here.
Virtual Library Card (eCard)
Derry Township Residents (with a ZIP code of 17033 and 17036) may apply online for a virtual library card to access the e-Library for Hoopla, OverDrive, and others. Access hundreds of free online resources 24/7 including e-books, audiobooks, streaming movies and TV shows, music and comics. And, use the eCard to access the library's E-resources, aka. databases for learning and research. 
To get a virtual library card (eCard), please e-mail “Ask a Librarian” (on the left side of the library's Home page at www.hersheylibrary.org ). Ask about being issued a virtual card. Please include the
required information in your message:

  • Your name
  • Your birth date
  • Your full home address with zip code
  • Your e-mail address
Community News and Events
Run for Hershey Virtual 5K
During this time of isolation and uncertainty, Hershey needs to come together now more than ever. Join us in the Run For Hershey Virtual 5K! All proceeds raised will go directly to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Downtown Hershey.
Register for the race on our website, then get out to walk, run, hike, bike, skip, or even bunny hop a 5K on your own time by May 15th! Explore a new trail or part of town using appropriate social distancing precautions. Don't forget to take a picture or video of yourself doing so and share your love of Hershey on social media using #RunForHersheyVirtual5K .
Downtown Hershey’s Art Show & Culturefest
Downtown Hershey’s 2020 Art Show & Culturefest has been canceled in an effort to protect public health and safety during the Coronavirus pandemic. Registered vendors will be contacted and those that have paid will be provided with refund options. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

The Downtown Hershey Association will follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC guidance as it pertains to public events in determining the schedule for the duration of the 2020 Life on Chocolate event season.

At this time, we are accepting applications for Market on Chocolate vendors and have extended the early bird registration deadline to May 15. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply for a weekly, bi-weekly, or occasional vendor placement and hold on making payment until two weeks prior to the start of Market.
PNC Bank Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship
DEADLINE EXTENDED

With financial support from PNC, and in cooperation and partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance and Hershey High School, the Joy of Sports Foundation is pleased to continue with the Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship awards program. Two Awards of $500 each will be granted in 2020 to Hershey High School Seniors. One for a female and one for a male.

Go to their website to submit an application by May 1st.
A Message from CommunityAid
Please Hold Your Donations at This Time

Our stores and donation centers are closed in compliance with the Governor's order. We are legally prohibited from picking up at bins or receiving at donation centers. We need your kindness now and when we re-open, so please, keep your donations safe for us by keeping them at home. We will see you soon! THANK YOU!
Hershey Food Bank Status
The Hershey Food Bank has modified operations to ensure safety for our clients and volunteers, but is following normal distribution scheduled. We have sufficient volunteers at the current time and are trying to minimize people on site to reduce unnecessary interactions. Our greatest needs right now are (1) funds to procure food due to temporary reductions in local donations and (2) donations of hard-to-obtain and high demand items that our clients need: Tuna, canned meats, baked beans, canned peas, peanut butter, Hunts canned pasta sauce, laundry detergent, bars of soap, toilet paper, paper towels, and sanitizing wipes. For more information about drop off locations for any extra items you might have to donate, and for a link to make a monetary donation, please visit our webpage: hersheyfoodbank.com and check the “Food Bank News” page for updated information. We appreciate all the community support at this challenging time!
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