Derry Township eNews, June 15, 2018
Current News
Negley Plans to Retire
Township Manager James Negley has announced his plan to retire effective November 5, 2018, marking 45 years of service to the Township.
Negley was hired in 1974 as a police officer and was promoted to detective in 1976. He rose to the top position of chief of police for the Derry Township Police Department in 1991. He served as interim township manager in 1993 and again in 1996 when he was ultimately named manager.

He has enjoyed working with the staff and members of the Board of Supervisors, but feels it is time to end his career in government services and to slow down.

We will lose decades of experience and history in the administration of government in Derry Township with Jim’s departure. He was a pillar of strength and stability through nuclear threats, natural disasters, times of transition, periods of financial austerity, as well as the many achievements and successes throughout his career. He will be sorely missed and will leave a monumental gap to fill.

The employees of Derry Township have heavy hearts, but are happy that Jim will retire and take time for himself. They are grateful for the time that they were fortunate to work for a great man and leader.
Board Reviews Multi-Year Budget Projections
PFM Financial Advisors LLC was consulted to provide budget projections to help to guide the Township in decisions for future project planning. The link below provides the multi-year financial projections presentation.  Assumptions that were made to provide the projections are subject to change over time.

A model, provided last year, is a programming tool which allows the Township to enter different expenditure and revenue scenarios and observe how they affect the Township's overall budget. The tool provides a clear picture of the Township's complete finances to plan for future needs and capital projects.
National Safety Council
No 1 Gets Hurt
June is National Safety Month, focusing on reducing the leading causes of injuries and death. The best injury prevention is to be prepared for an emergency.

Take a moment to review the attached checklist provided by the National Safety Council on fires, weather,and active shooter emergencies.

Visit the National Safety Council website for more information on staying safe on the road, at work, and at home.
Reserve a Tree and Leave the Work to Us
If you want a street tree for your property, you can reserve one and we'll plant it for you for only $50 through the 2019 Treevitalize program.

The Township and Derry Environmental Action Committee are submitting a grant application to make "Almost Free" street trees available to residents.

If you are interested, please complete the Property Owner Tree Request Form and return it to the Township of Derry, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA, 17033. One or two trees may be requested.

If the grant is funded, those requesting trees will be contacted for a payment of $50 per tree. If you have questions on the program, please call Chuck Gassert at 717-566-5058.
History of American Pop Music
Take a historical, political, and geographical riff through American pop music with this unique live celebration of the history of Rock & Roll. From African rhythms, Delta Blues, Swing, R&B, Disco, and Country, through Elvis, Motown, the Beatles, Hendrix, and world beat, four talented musicians play with authority and joy while sharing the tremendous educational and musical power of this uniquely American cultural history.

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Registration is not required.
Culturefest is Coming to Downtown Hershey
The Downtown Hershey Association is excited to host the first-ever Culturefest on Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., at ChocolateTown Square Park and the surrounding streets. Hershey will be transformed into a celebration of global art, food, and music with a local flavor.

Multiple stages will feature live performances of music and dance. Various ethnic dance groups will perform throughout the day. Three bands will take to the stage and there will be children's activities.

Visit the Downtown Hershey Association's website for a schedule of events.
Bring Dad to the Market This Weekend
Spend some quality time with Dad this weekend at the Market on Chocolate in Downtown Hershey. The Market runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Grab a great lunch together and enjoy live music by Hank Imhof as he plays a variety of blues, jazz, folk, and rock and roll.

Select fresh produce and fruits to make a healthy feast for a king on Father's Day. Vendors offer great accompaniments to take your dish up a notch.

Little ones can participate in a scavenger hunt from noon to 2:00 p.m. Everyone gets a prize!

See more on the vendors and events for this week's Market.

Free activities in the park include:

Studio B Power Yoga class at 9:00 a.m.  
Dailey Method barre style fitness class at 10:00 a.m.
Splat Studio children's interactive art activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   
Yoga with Terry Lewis at 11:00 a.m.

Road Church offers children's activities from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.         
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Craft and a Movie
The Hershey Public Library will offer a craft and movie for students in grades K-5. Sing , rated PG, will be shown on Friday, June 22, at 10:00 a.m., 701 Cocoa Avenue.

In the movie, a koala impresario stages a gala singing competition to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of musically inclined animals. Registration is not required.
Library Offers New Teen E-News
Teens can subscribe to the library's new Teen E-News to learn about new things happening in the Young Adult section of the library, new books, programs and events.

There are even action stations to help with driver's permit tests and college admission testing, and information on teen health.

Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
The library will be closed on Sunday, June 17 for Father's Day.
Community News and Events
It's Only Here Tonight and Tomorrow, Don't Miss the Saint Joan of Arc Festival
It's the summer festival that we've all been waiting for! The Saint Joan of Arc annual festival will offer live entertainment, games, and food Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday Night Jazz Worship and Food Trucks Are Coming to Derry Church
Derry Presbyterian Church invites you to an informal worship featuring jazzy arrangements of favorite hymns on Saturday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. at 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. Soloists and instrumentalists will also participate, and Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker will offer a meditation. Casual dress is encouraged.

Following the hour-long service, food trucks from Upohar Ethnic Cuisines and Soul Burrito will be on site for anyone who would like to purchase dinner. Upohar is a Lancaster-based social impact restaurant and caterer that serves global fare. Soul Burrito, from Harrisburg, offers a variety of burritos and bowls that can be customized to taste.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating on the front lawn, or choose indoor seating in Fellowship Hall. A variety of lawn games for all ages will be available to play.

Visit , or call 717-533-9667 for directions or more information.
Hershey Area Playhouse Presents Once Upon a Mattress in July
If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

Once Upon a Mattress will be performed at the following times:

  • July 19 - July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • July 22 at 2:00 p.m.
  • July 26 - July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • July 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Hershey Figure Skating Offers Therapeutic Skating for Kids
Registration for Summer Therapeutic Skating (The Hershey FSC Twizzles) is now open for kids 4 to 16. It's great exercise, but can be especially beneficial to those with developmental disabilities, physical challenges, and when recovering from an injury. Come to the classes to build confidence, improve balance and coordination, and make new friends.

The 5-week session starts Monday, July 9 at 4:45 p.m. at the Hersheypark Arena and continues through August 6. The cost is $80 plus a once-per-year Learn-to-Skate USA membership. Parking is free.

Skaters will be paired with their own volunteer "buddy," and work at his or her own pace under the guidance of a USFSA-certified coach. Skaters will work on a special Therapeutic Skating curriculum, earning badges along the way. Previous participants can pick up where they left off. 
Visit for more information and to register.
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