Derry Township eNews, June 7, 2019
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Check Your Blind Spots Tour Shifts Perceptions for Participants
More than 250 community and business members participated in the CEO Action Check Your Blind Spots unconscious bias tour , which came to Hershey on June 3, 2019 in commemoration of the two-year anniversary of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ Pledge.

The free tour helps people learn more about how unconscious bias can shape our likes and dislikes, and our judgments about people’s character, abilities and potential. Visitors were exposed to the nuances of unconscious bias through a series of immersive and interactive elements that use innovative technologies, including virtual reality and gamification techniques.

The tour is making 100 stops across the country in 2019, with hopes of encouraging one million people in person and online to take the I Act On Pledge and create more inclusive workplaces and communities.

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It has been signed by more than 650 CEOs across the nation, including the leaders at The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and Penn State Health.

The Check Your Blind Spots Mobile Tour in Derry Township was presented by Hershey Area All Things Diversity, an organization committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in the community. The organization is led by representatives from Derry Township, The Downtown Hershey Association, Derry Township School District, The Hershey Story Museum, Penn State Health, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. For more information on future Hershey Area All Things Diversity events, please follow them on Facebook .

The video was produced by JPL and given in support of building better understanding in the workplace and in our communities.
Construction on Power Line Rebuild to Begin in June
PPL plans to start construction in June near Homestead Road and Derry Township schools. The remainder of the line is being engineered and construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2020.

Please visit or email for more information.
Derry Township Community Cats to Hold Upcoming Clinics
Derry Township residents can sign up to get help with trapping outdoor, free-roaming cats they are feeding and having them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free. The next Derry Township Community Cats clinic is June 11, followed by one on July 9. Reservations can be made by calling 717-592-8087. 

You can also schedule a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Visit for more information about this program and ways you can support it.
Community Meeting to be Held on Downtown Hershey Zoning and Design Standards
A kick-off meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hershey Story Museum, 63 W. Chocolate Avenue.     

Derry Township is collaborating with Urban Design Associates to improve Downtown Hershey. The goal is to enhance and preserve the character of the downtown through the creation of refined zoning and design standards. Join us to provide your input, learn about the process, and meet the team.

Refreshments will be served.
Reserve A Tree for Your Property
Derry Township and the Derry Environmental Action Committee (DEAC) are applying for a TreeVitalize grant to fund street trees to be planted by volunteers in April, 2020. The cost to property owners is only $50 per tree.

Interested residents should complete the Property Owner Tree Request Form available on the DEAC website and return it as directed by June 14, 2019.

Residents are not required to pay when they apply for trees, but if the grant request is funded, those who have asked for trees will be contacted for payment.

Please note that if a grant is approved but is not enough to subsidize all the trees requested, applicants will be chosen to receive trees in the order in which they applied. Please see the website or call DEAC TreeVitalize Coordinator Chuck Gassert at 717-566-5058 for more information.
Work to Begin on Bullfrog Valley Road
Work will begin Monday June 10 on the reconstruction of Bullfrog Valley Road from Wood Road to Sandhill Road. Delays and daily closures are to be expected.
Sandhill Road and Waltonville Road should be used as alternates.

Later in the week, the intersection of Roush Road and Sandhill Road will be reconstructed as well. This project is expected to take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.
Public Hearings Scheduled
A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment regarding Conditional Use Application No. 2019-02, as filed by Hershey Hatchets, Inc., regarding a portion of the building addressed as 515 rear West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. 

The petitioner requests that a Conditional Use authorization be granted under the provisions of Chapter 225 (Zoning), Section 225-501.40 (Uses Similar to Specified Permitted Uses) of the Code of the Township of Derry to allow the proposed use of hatchet throwing within a portion of the subject building to be considered similar to an ‘Exercise and Fitness Center’ use, which is a permitted use in the Downtown Core Overlay of the Hershey Mixed Use zoning district. 

A second public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment regarding Conditional Use Application No. 2019-03, as filed by Keystone Solo 401k Trust. The petitioner requests that a Conditional Use authorization be granted under the provisions of Chapter 225 (Zoning), Section 225-501.20 of the Code of the Township of Derry for the establishment of a ‘Specialty Home’ at 34 Half Street, Hershey. 

The Conditional Use applications and supporting information may be viewed at the Derry Township Department of Community Development, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Music on Chocolate Concert Series Begins Saturday, June 8
The Downtown Hershey Association will welcome Not Quite Einstein and RFA on Saturday, June 8. Bring a blanket and join your friends for an evening of great music in ChocolateTown Square from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Beverages and food are available for purchase.

Sign up here to volunteer.
Market on Chocolate is in Full Swing
Market on Chocolate will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at ChocolateTown Square.

Shop a selection of prepared foods, artisan wares, and locally grown produce.

Activities this week include a POUND class hosted by Power Train at 9:00 a.m. and Yoga by Marisa Katkocin at 10:00 a.m.

The market also offers children’s activities, and music and entertainment.

Sign up here to help at the Market.
Enjoy an Outdoor Movie in Shank Park
Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation invite the whole family to enjoy a movie in Shank Park, Bullfrog Valley Road. The first movie of the season will be Nim's Island on Friday, June 7.

The movie will begin at dusk. Admission is free and there will be a concession stand. June 8 is the rain date.

July 12, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
August 9, Matilda
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Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Vista Opens New Location for Early Intervention Program
Hershey based Vista Autism Services will open a new location in Middletown on June 20 for their rapidly growing and successful Early Intervention program.

The Early Intervention program which began on November 6, 2017, provides state-of-the-art intensive Applied Behavior Analysis at the time of diagnosis and is the first clinic-based program in Pennsylvania for children 12 months through 6 years of age with autism. The program engages young children in playful context to improve a range of pro-social behaviors, build meaningful connections between the child and caregivers, and decrease undesirable behaviors.
The new location was made possible through funding from philanthropic donors: John E. Fullerton, Inc., The Anne M. and Phillip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation, The Hershey Company, LFA Foundation, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. Their generosity helped to further Vista’s mission to advance and innovate, improve lives, and inspire hope for individuals with autism and their families. 
The new facility will be located at 659 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown. Vista Early Intervention serves children year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More information about Vista Early Intervention can be found at .

Vista Autism Services is a nonprofit 501c3 that provides state-of-the-art autism services to children and adults in Central PA.
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