Derry Township eNews - June 4, 2021
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
Paving Projects
Work will start this coming week on both Hillchurch Road and McCorkel Road. This work involves an application of flexible bituminous paving and a chip seal done over that layer. The entire surface will then be seal coated when the application is cured correctly. 

We ask for your patience during this work as access may be limited to and from driveways for a few minutes while the process and equipment pass but once rolled the surface may be driven upon.
Construction Update
The Hershey Community Center is starting to take shape! The contractors have been making significant progress and have us right on track for a Summer 2022 opening. Currently, the major areas of focus are on the roofing, installation of ductwork, pouring slab on grade concrete, making utility connections, and the construction of interior and exterior walls. Visit to see more photos of construction and to learn more about the project. 
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
Residents Can Now Receive Real Time Public Safety Messages Through New System
Derry Township has launched Nixle to implement a new community notification system to provide real-time alerts about localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.
This new system replaces the old Code Red alert system. All residents are encouraged to sign up for Nixle as soon as possible. If people currently receive emergency notifications from Derry Township via Code Red, they will still need to sign up for the new 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
Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text on their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to and creating a user profile. You may also add the Nixle app to your phone to receive notifications.
Township Events
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Downtown Hershey Association’s Market on Chocolate Opens Tomorrow
Join your friends and neighbors as the Downtown Hershey Association opens Market on Chocolate starting Saturday, June 5. 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.
Drive-In Movie at Shank Park
Tonight - 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a great movie in the park, featuring "An American Tail". 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, June 5th.
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
Driftwood Planter Workshop with Terrarium Therapy
Saturday, June 5 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Your experience will include one driftwood piece sourced from the Chesapeake Bay area, succulents, soil, moss, and instruction. We'll discuss best practices for succulent care and maintenance, soil, sun requirements, grooming, watering, and propagation for healthy plants.
Small Driftwood 8-10 inches: $45
Large Driftwood10-12 inches: $55
This event will be hosted outdoors, and we will practice appropriate social distancing protocols. This class is for anyone age 14 and older.
Please register online through
Lose the Quarantine 15: Library style
Mondays: June 7 to August 2. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am. (No meeting on July 26.)

Lose the Quarantine 15 or just join us to get active with library friends. Meet Aly under the trees to the left of the library. Bring your running shoes, download the C25K app if you can (not needed), water bottle, towel/mat for stretching, and sunscreen. We will stretch before and after. For those who want to we will also do a quick ab workout at the end. This is NOT a competitive experience. Please bring supportive and positive vibes only!!! No running experience necessary and it is challenge by choice. Registration is not required. For teens to adults.
Read Stampede Walking Group
Tuesdays: June 8 to August 3. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (No meeting on July 27.)

The Read Stampede library walking group will meet Aly at the playground at Shank Park in Hummelstown. Bring an audio book, music, friends, water bottle and a towel to lay on for post walking stretch. This is a non-competitive, fun, supportive group. Please, only positive vibes. Registration is not required, For teens to adults.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society Presents The Beverley Street String Band
Wednesday, June 9 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is a Live Streamed event from Susquehanna Folk Music Society: A fun, fast-paced program full of silly sing-a-longs, zippy fiddle and banjo music, physical comedy, funny poetry, and awesome storytelling for all ages. The audience gets to participate in much of the action. Please register online for a link to Zoom.
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.
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:
The People Mover Returns
The Senior Citizens Council of Derry Township, aka THE PEOPLE MOVER, is pleased to announce that we are ready to SAFELY resume service.

ALL of our drivers and assistants are fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

All occupants of the People Mover Vans must be vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes riders, aides, drivers, and assistants. Riders must show proof of vaccination. All People Mover dispatchers must also be vaccinated. Masks MUST be worn while riding our vans.

We will begin taking phone calls, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., starting May 17, 2021, to schedule your appointments.
Call us at (717) 533-3642 or visit us online at
Derry Committee to Share Results of Climate Survey
On August 28, 2018, when the Derry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted Resolution 1555, they tasked a citizens group, known as the Climate Change Advisory Committee, with the preparation of a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions emitted by the community. The committee will eventually also recommend strategies that will help to reduce our community’s impact.
After more than two and a half years of work, the committee completed their study and sponsored a related survey to determine residents’ attitudes and concerns about climate change. The survey found that by a large majority (80%), respondents are either moderately or urgently concerned about climate change and believe that local action is needed.
The survey report will be available for review at the Market on Chocolate on Saturday, June 5th from 9 am to 1:30 pm and the Farmers’ Market at The Beanery on Thursday, June 10th from 2 pm to 6:30 pm. Click here to read the report on-line. Members of the committee will be available at both markets to answer questions and further explain the significance of the study and what all citizens can do to make a difference. Each positive step will make a difference in protecting Planet Earth. For more information, please email
Derry Township Community Cats Clinic
Derry Township Community Cats offers township residents assistance with trapping outdoor free-roaming cats to have them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free. The next clinic is June 8th. reservations can be made by calling the "cat line" at 717-592-8087.

Residents may also obtain low cost spay/neuters and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Please note that cats must be at least six months old. For more information visit
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