Derry Township eNews - July 23, 2021
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in-person at the Derry Township Administration Building
600 Clearwater Road
Hershey, PA 17033

View the agenda at this link.
Resolution 2020-15 to Aid Local Businesses to Expire
A Derry Township program designed to help local businesses and restaurants during the pandemic is set to expire in September.  

On June 9, 2020, the Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2020-15 and associated guidelines that provided relief of certain requirements and special opportunities to businesses as they worked to safely reopen and operate during the Governor’s Covid-19 Disaster Declaration. The Township’s program includes provisions for reserving public parking spaces for curbside pickup, allowing outdoor dining and display areas within private parking areas, and suspending sign enforcement during the term of the program.  

Stop this Invader! Spotted Lanternfly
The spotted lanternfly, native to Asia, is an invasive and extremely destructive pest that threatens important agricultural commodities, including the grape, hardwood, tree fruit, and landscape. 

If you see a spotted lanternfly, report it immediately online at or call 1-888-4BADFLY (1-888-422-3359). Importantly, when spotted kill it, squash it, smash it, just get rid of it. 

Click here to find out how to identify, prevent spread and for additional information.
Register Today for Derry Township's New Emergency Notification System
Residents may choose one of three simple ways to register:
1.    Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone
2.    Go to the Derry Township website at and sign up via the Nixle link
3.    Visit to register
If you have any difficulties, please contact the Derry Township Police Department at 717-534-2202.
Township Events
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Stop by Downtown Hershey Association’s Market on Chocolate this Saturday
Join your friends and neighbors as the Downtown Hershey Association opened Market on Chocolate on Saturday. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

Check out the schedule to see the vendors and activities at this link.
National Night Out
Derry Township’s Annual National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 from 6PM-8PM in the 1st block of West Caracas Avenue. Come join us, meet your neighbors, and help celebrate community unity against crime! Business or Community Groups interested in hosting a table or wanting to volunteer should contact Officer Rebecca Kessler or Sergeant Darren Cotten at 717-534-2202 (extensions 3106 and 3094). You can also email them at rkessler@derrytownship.orgor
Join Us at The Library
Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, July 27 - 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank community blood drive. While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to call ahead to schedule an appointment at 1-800-771-0059. Masks and a form of identification are required to donate. 
Cassel Vineyards: Fear of Commitment Book Group: Short Fiction Only
Thursday, July 29 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Fear of Commitment Book Group only reads short fiction. We meet once a month, weather permitting, at Cassel Vineyards (80 Shetland Drive, Hershey PA 17033) to discuss that month’s short story. Visit the Hershey Public Library events calendar to learn more.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, July 31 through Tuesday, August 3rd during library hours

Join us for our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale. Preview night is open to Friends members only on Friday July 30 from 6 to 8 pm. Saturday's sale will run from 10-5, Sunday's sale will run from 1-5 (the library will be closed), Monday's sale will run from 10-5 and Tuesday will run from 10-8. Monday's special is 3 for 1 and Tuesday's special is $5 for a box or bag. 
Block Party Celebration
Saturday, July 31 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the return of the Book Sale with an outdoor block party celebration. This family-friendly party will feature music, lawn games, and the Sorrento's Pizza Truck for food and beverage purchases. No registration necessary.
Parks & Recreation Events
Drive-In Movie at Shank Park
Friday, August 6 - 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a great movie in the park, featuring "Little Giants". Admission is absolutely free and concessions are available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets or you may watch and listen from your car too! The movies are generously sponsored by the Friends of Derry Township Parks & Recreation. For more information, please visit Rain Date is Saturday, August 7th.
Science of Superpowers
July 26th to July 30th - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ages 5-12
In Snapology’s Science of Superpowers program, children will learn about the science behind their favorite heroes’ powers. Students will learn about gravity, aerodynamics, forces, motion, and much more as they learn about flight, super villain fights, and superhero vehicles.
July 26th to July 30th - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 5-10
Children will begin to explore the world of robotics as they build simple models that teach the fundamentals of robotic design. Whether learning about sensors while building drills and magic wands, or discovering ways that gears and pulleys create movement while building helicopters and robotic dogs, your child is sure to have a great time.
August 2nd to August 6th - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ages 8-14
Your child will design their own SUMO wrestling robot that will compete against their classmates’ bots for the title of toughest SUMO Bot. No limitations are put on their robot designs and they will have the opportunity to refine their robots as they compete during camp. This design process will make them better engineers, programmers, and collaborators.
Video Game Design
August 2nd to August 6th - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 9-14
Create your own video game in this awesome Snapology program. We’ll teach you how to design your own online game that can be shared and played at home with family and friends.
Snapology Robotics Sampler
August 9th to August 13th - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ages 7-14
Your student will explore the world of robotics as they follow instructions to build various models that teach the fundamentals of robotic design. They will use sensors, build and utilize simple machines, explore the utility of gears and axles, and use coding and engineering design to solve practical robotic challenges. Students will be challenged in fun ways that will captivate their interests and grow their technical skills.
Mining & Building (Minecraft Inspired)
August 9th to August 13th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 5-12
Travel to the Nether with Snapology but watch out for those creepers! Come join us as we bring Minecraft® to life using LEGO® bricks. Create your own world, including animals, creepers, and your very own Minecraft® character.
Adult Gentle Yoga @ Brookside Park
July 13th to August 3rd - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ages 14+
Gentle Yoga class is the perfect class to begin your yoga experience. You will learn the alignment of each pose, ways to modify to suit your physical needs, and how your breath is a tool for your practice.
Daily Drop-In Registration is also available at the link above prior to 6pm!
Girls 'Flag' Rugby
Joy of Sports is thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Girls Rugby to bring flag-rugby, coupled with a positive core values and life skills curriculum, to Derry Township for girls grades 2 – 8. The first registration option is for a three-hour introductory clinic on August 1st and the second is to register for a 6-week Fall season from Sept. 14 - Oct. 31st consisting of 8 practices and 5 games (against Highspire). Both the clinic and fall season will be held @ Palmdale Park, Hershey. You can learn more about the Hershey programs & register at
Community News and Events
Rock of Ages is coming to the Hershey Area Playhouse
Hershey Area Playhouse is ready to rock with its first in-person show since the pandemic. Rock of Ages takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and more, with a rock band appearing on stage throughout the entire production. The show will run July 22, 23, and 24 at 7 pm; July 25 at 2 pm; July 29, 30, and 31 at 7 pm, and August 1 at 2 pm.

Rock of Ages is for mature audiences only and includes adult language, and references to sex, drugs, AND rock and roll! The show will take place in person on the Playhouse stage, and current CDC and local guidelines will be followed. Tickets are $23, and can be purchased at
Food Truck Friday
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren hosts a Food Truck Friday on July 23, 5 - 8 PM in the church parking lot located at the end of Areba Avenue, Hershey (335 East Areba), rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public -- just pay as you eat! Plus: bounce houses and outdoor games! Enjoy food and fun while supporting local businesses. Save-the-date for another Food Truck Friday on August 27. For details: 717-533-7192 or Note: CDC, PA, and local guidelines will be followed at all times by vendors and patrons.
HHS Student Requests Sports Equipment Donations
Do you have any gently used youth sports equipment that is not needed anymore? We will be collecting items to be distributed to underprivileged communities. Please consider donating equipment at our booth at the Hershey National Night Out on August 3rd from 6-8 pm. Please contact HHS Student Nick Wetherhold with any questions at
Ben & Tim Day
On January 23, 1992, Ben Yupcavage and Tim Russell, both Hershey High School athletes, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. In their memory, the Yupcavage and Russell families established the Tim Russell – Ben Yupcavage Memorial Scholarship Fund. Now in its 30th year, the event which has become known as “Ben & Tim Day”, has maintained this scholarship fund in loving memory of and as a tribute to Ben and Tim.
The Yupcavage and Russell families extend their deepest appreciation to the dedicated organizers and generous sponsors of each year’s event and to countless friends and neighbors who come each year to honor and remember Ben and Tim. It is this dedication and support that enables the scholarships given in their memory to deserving Hershey High School students.
Register today for one of the best running events in central PA! Price increase occurs on August 1, don't miss out!
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