Derry Township eNews - June 11, 2021
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from June 8, 2021 on the Township YouTube channel.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be June 22, 2021 at 7pm.

Two public hearings will also be held on June 22nd;
  • A transfer of liquor license at 5:30 p.m.
  • A conditional use hearing at 5:45 p.m.
Census Office Letters
The Township has received word of a suspicious mailing which certain residents have received recently. The mailing refers to the “Township of Derry Census Office” and asks for occupancy information from the owner of the residence/property. The Township reached out to the Tax Collection Association and has found this mailing to be legitimate; not a scam or phishing attempt. The mailings are sent out to the owners of properties for which there are no residents listed and may be rental properties or properties owned as a second home. The information gathered is used to determine Township and School District occupational taxes as required by Township Code. Anyone who may have received this mailing in error or may have questions about the mailing can contact the Tax Office at (717) 534-1915.
Jackson Promoted to Derry Township Parks & Recreation Director Post
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to promote Zachary Jackson to Director of Parks and Recreation.
Jackson has served as Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation since 2009. Prior to joining the staff at Derry Township, he was the Program/Facility Manager for Lower Paxton Township for two years.
Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University.
Community Center Capital Campaign
Ends June 30th
The Hershey Community Center Captial Campaign will accept pledges of $5,000 or more until the end of June in order to start processing naming recognitions for donors.

If you're interested in making a pledge of $5,000 or more and wish to have a naming opportunity, please complete your pledge form by visiting the Community Center website. Pledges may be paid over time through the end of 2024.

One-time donations of less than $5,000 will be accepted online through June 30, or via check through the end of 2021. Please send checks to this address:

Friends of Derry Township Parks & Recreation
ATTN: Hershey Community Center Capital Campaign
600 Clearwater Road
Hershey, PA 17033
To date, close to 2.8 million dollars has been pledged to the Community Center. Thank you to all the generous supporters! You can learn more about the project and see updates on construction on the Community Center website.
Cocoa Castle Remains Closed
Due to construction activities in the area of the playground, Cocoa Castle will need to remain closed until Mid-June. We apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to provide information as it becomes available. Please check for updates on the Derry Township Parks & Recreation Facebook page and at
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, please kill it. Also, please report it immediately online at or call 1-888-4BADFLY (1-888-422-3359). 
Click here to find out how to identify, prevent spread and for additional information. 
Public Works Seeks Seasonal Laborers
The Township of Derry Public Works Department has immediate openings for Seasonal Laborers. Work will consist of grounds and parks maintenance, leaf collection, and winter snow removal. Starting wage is $14.74 per hour. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a current valid PA Driver’s license. 
Applications are available at
Contact Information:
Attention Bob Piccolo, at (717) 533-2057, option 4 or mail your application to 600 Clearwater Road Hershey, PA 17033
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
Downtown Hershey Association’s Market on Chocolate Open for The Summer
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! We have already heard from some of our past groups who are going to host a table at the event, but there are tables still available. We can always use volunteers as well. 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) by June 11, 2021. You can also email them at or We are looking forward to seeing some familiar and new faces that we missed so very much with the cancellation last year!
Join Us at The Library
Sherry Knowlton Virtual Author Talk
Saturday, June 12 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join suspense author Sherry Knowlton via Zoom as she talks about her newest Alexa Williams novel, DEAD on the DELTA, and the research involved in writing this suspense thriller set in Africa. Although Knowlton had traveled to several African countries in the past, she and her husband spent a month in Botswana's Okavango Delta and nearby game reserves to research this novel. Please register online for this Friends Adult Program. You will receive a link to Zoom. For anyone age 14 and older.
Stories for Everyone
Mondays: June 14 to July 19 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Rita Smith will be on Facebook LIVE each Monday morning with a storytime suitable for families and daycares. The live recording will be available for a week, until the next fun-filled Facebook Live. Tune in on Monday mornings or a time that suits you.
Suitable for children ages 3 to 5. Registration is not required.
Madden Physical Therapy Knee Pain Workshop
Monday, June 14 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you have knee pain, come to a workshop to help you get back to normal naturally without unnecessary pain pills, injections, or surgeries. Presented by Itzel Elfawal. You must be age 21 and older to attend. This program will be held in the Reading Garden. Please register to attend this Adult Enrichment Class. 
Furry Tales
Wednesdays: June 16 to July 21 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

This program is for struggling readers who will be paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers from Caring Hearts Pet Therapy. For children in grades K-5. Parents of homeschoolers and interested parents, if you have questions, please contact Rita Hunt-Smith at 533-6555 ext. 3707. A selection of suitable reading material is provided for the children to read to the dogs. Studies have shown that this is a successful means of providing practice in a relaxed and comforting atmosphere. The program will be held in the Reading Garden. Register online.
Virtual LEGO Club
Friday, June 18 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join Virtual LEGO Club. Please register online. A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share related stories and videos and participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the week's challenge.
Community News and Events
Volleyball Fun
The Joy of Sports Foundation presents volleyball instruction and recreation offerings at the Geldar Park sand volleyball courts

Girls & boys ages 8-14 can have an introduction to the game, learn & practice skills, understand the rules, and play games.

Activities take place on Wednesday, from 6PM to 8PM on the following days: July 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th.

Kids Fit Program
Kids Fit will assist children ages 5-14 by introducing them to basic movement and exercise to show how the body works and how it can benefit through exercise, strength training and over-all self-improvement. We hope you’ll come out to join us at Shank Park. To learn further details about these youth fitness programs, please click on the link below.
Snapology Summer Camps
Snapology Summer Camps are coming to Derry Township! Camps start June 14th and will run weekly through August 13th at the Derry Township Administration Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.

For additional information or to register, click the link below:
Food Truck Friday
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren hosts Food Truck Friday on June 25, 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! Purchase from a variety of food trucks: Forrest Feeds, Cheesy Grill, Next Level Pizza, Scoop O Dough, and Dog Treats. Plus: outdoor games and water sprinklers!  Enjoy food and fun while supporting local businesses. Save-the-dates for Food Truck Friday also on July 23 and August 27. For details: 717-533-7192 or Note: CDC, PA, and local guidelines will be followed at all times by vendors and patrons.
Kiwanis Blueberry Sale
The Kiwanis Club of Hershey/Hummelstown is again selling Blueberries this year. The price is the same as last year at $32 for a 10 pound box. The New Jersey blueberries arrive within 24 hours of picking!

Last date for orders is Thursday, June 24, 2021
Blueberries must be picked up Wednesday, June 30th from 12 NOON to 6PM at 21 Tice Avenue, Hershey, Pa 17033

An order form with a phone number can be found at this link.
JavaPalooza 2021
The community is invited for a full day of live music by some of Central PA's most legendary bands, food trucks, games, prizes and lots of "Fun Stuff" for all ages. The JavaPalooza Street Festival in Hershey has something for everyone. Come early, stay for the day.

For more information see their Eventbrite page at this link.
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