Derry Township eNews - May 15, 2020
Current News
New Officers Hired
Before the Board of Supervisor's meeting on Tuesday, Chairman Abruzzo swore-in four new officers (pictured below).
Left to right: Lt. Ferree, Kenneth Sites, Ryan Bartlett, Chief Warner, Todd Houser, Timothy Shea, Lt. Roche.
Temporary Polling Location Change
The Dauphin County Board of Elections has temporarily changed the voting locations for Precincts 1, 3 and 12. The temporary location for these Precincts is the Hershey Primary Elementary, 450 Homestead Road, Hershey, PA 17033.

On June 2nd, for the Primary Election, please vote at Hershey Primary Elementary. You will not be issued new voter ID cards as this is a temporary polling place for only the Primary Election.

To locate your polling place click here.

Questions, please call 717-780-6360.
Board of Supervisors Meeting Recording Available
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m. Members of the public streamed the meeting on YouTube and some joined the Zoom webinar to participate in public comment. To watch the recording, please visit the Township's YouTube channel.
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Derry Township has compiled a list of resources that may be useful for local businesses as they navigate recovery efforts in response to COVID-19. Visit our  COVID-19 Business Resources page , which can be found under the “Business” tab on the Derry Township website. The page contains a variety of resources for businesses provided by government, organizations, and private industry.
Pennsylvania American Water Begins $540,000 Water Line Upgrade in Derry Township
Pennsylvania American Water today announced the start of construction to replace an aging cement water main dating back to the 1980s and install a new section of water main in Derry Township. The cost of the project is approximately $540,000 and will improve water service reliability and quality for area residents.

During the week of May 11, crews will begin to install nearly 1,275 feet of new eight-inch ductile iron water main on Jill Drive between Waltonville Road and Bradley Avenue. 1,360 feet of new twelve-inch ductile iron pipe will be installed along Old West Chocolate Avenue to the Hersheypark Camping Resort. Final paving restoration is scheduled to be completed in fall 2020, weather permitting.
PPL Project Update
PPL revised their construction plans for Elm Avenue. All residents along the new line should receive a mailed letter by Wednesday (5/20). If you did not receive the letter, please visit and check out the “Mid May Update” for the full details. For more information or questions, please email .
Township Events
Run for Hershey Virtual 5K
Join us for the Run for Hershey Virtual 5k! All proceeds will go directly to support small businesses in Downtown Hershey impacted by COVID-19.
Register for the race on our website, then get out to walk, run, hike, bike, skip, or even bunny hop a 5k on your own time by May 31 while using appropriate social distancing precautions.
Take a picture or video and share your love for Downtown Hershey on social media using #RunForHersheyVirtual5k and #DowntownHershey .

Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Join Us at The Library
Sign Up For A Virtual Adult Program
Bob Watson’s “The Nazi Titanic” Book Discussion. Saturday, July 11. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join a virtual program with award-winning author and historian, Bob Watson, who has published over 40 books on topics in history and politics. He will discuss his book “The Nazi Titanic”. Please register online . You will be sent a Zoom link to attend the program after you have registered. No app or account is required to participate. Please contact Aly Tran at with any questions about adult programming.
Sign up For Virtual Children's Programs
Registration is now open for the following programs, and all will be held online. A Zoom link will be sent after registration. No app or account is required to participate. Please contact the Children's Librarian, Rita Smith, at with any questions.

Books & Babies  - A time for pre-walking babies (birth-12 months) and parents/caregivers to share in songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes, and action plays. The program is on Mondays at 9:30 am beginning on June 15. (6 occurrences.) 

1, 2, Whee!  - A mixed-age program for ones and twos with a caregiver. Join Miss Rita in the Zoom room for songs, stories, dances, fun, and learning--all at the same time! The program is on Tuesdays at 10:00 am beginning on June 16. (6 occurrences.)

Chewsy Readers is a program for readers (registered children) to meet for lunch and share books.  Chewsy Readers  for children in grades K-2 and ages 5-8 is on Mondays at 12:15 pm beginning on June 15.  Chewsy Readers  for children in grades 3-5 and ages 8-11 is on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm beginning on June 17. (6 occurrences of both groups.) 

Furry Tales  - Struggling readers in grades K-5 are paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers for an online reading experience. Readers sign up for a 15 minute time slot to read via Zoom with handler and animal. The program is on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm beginning on June 17. (6 occurrences.) 

Lego Club  - Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join the library's virtual LEGO Club. (Please register for each week your child will attend.) A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share a short story or lesson and then participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the weekly challenge. The program is on Thursdays at 1:30 pm from June 18 to July 23.
Civilians of Gettysburg: Social Distancing Edition
Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Presented by Steve Anderson.

Please register online to attend this virtual program by Zoom link.

More than 150 years before “social distancing,” the people of Gettysburg knew what it was like to be trapped in their homes, afraid to go out, not knowing how long it might last. How did they get through it? How would you respond in their place? And what can we learn from their experience? Join us as we explore the stories of ordinary people, in extraordinary circumstances.

Please contact Aly Tran at with any questions concerning adult programs.
Community News and Events
DiversityInc. Recognizes The Hershey Company
DiversityInc. has recognized The Hershey Company as #21 on its list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, as well as #8 for Top Companies for Veterans and one of the top companies for LGBT employees. Congratulations to The Hershey Company on this distinction and for its work on diversity and inclusion.
CommunityAid Donation Centers OPEN! Retail Stores Remain Closed.
“No-Contact” Donation Drop-off is available Mon-Sat, 10a-6p at CommunityAid locations in Mechanicsburg, Hanover, Selinsgrove, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York. Please place donations in the carts at our doors ONLY during these hours. Items will be moved inside and quarantined, following CDC guidelines.

Bin cleanup is well underway across the region. CommunityAid drivers are clearing refuse first, then transporting usable donations to centers. PLEASE do not place donations outside bins to be spoiled by weather. If local bins are full, please bring to donation centers or continue to hold until bins are emptied.

Questions may be directed to Meg Martin, (610) 608-1080 or
International Ride of Silence Wednesday May 20, 2020
Sponsor: Bicycle South Central Pennsylvania (BSCPA)

The International Ride of Silence is held Worldwide on May 27 to recognize all the cyclists who have been injured or killed on roadways. This year, in place of a group ride, BSCPA is installing White Bike Memorials in several communities and is encouraging individuals to visit a White Bike Memorial. Cyclists may ride anytime on May 20th from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm individually or in small, socially distanced groups to visit a local White Bike Memorial. Everyone is encouraged to practice safe social distancing and wear a mask whenever there is less than 6 feet between people.

During your Ride of Silence, please follow these simple guidelines:
  1. Ride in silence.
  2. Remember and honor those who've been killed or seriously injured while riding. 
  3. Ride slowly and safely. The Ride of Silence is usually 8 -10 miles long, but rides of any distance are appropriate.
  4. Wear a helmet & obey road laws for bicyclists.  

Any notes of remembrance or flowers left at the memorials will be collected and documented on Facebook. People are encouraged to post any photos taken at the memorials on the Bicycle South Central PA Facebook page.

In Derry Township the White Bicycle will be located in ChocolateTown Square Park, 48 W. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. Cyclists can enter the park from the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company side using The First United Methodist Church parking lot adjacent to the park
In Mechanicsburg, the White Bicycle will be located at Immanuel Christian-Missionary Alliance Church along Rt. 114 (800 South Market St., Mechanicsburg). The church will also have an ice chest with water in it for riders who would like a drink.

In Harrisburg, the White Bicycle will be located at the McCormick Riverfront Library, 101 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, across from the Iron Bridge.

People can also observe the Ride of Silence as a virtual ride on a trainer at home or just ride your bicycle near your house while remembering those who have been injured or killed while riding their bikes.
The Rain date is Saturday May 23.
For more info: Ross Willard 717-571-2008
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