Derry Township eNews - May 21, 2021
Current News
The Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing at East Derry Road has been closed for emergency repairs/construction. This closure will remain in effect for approximately 7 to 10 days. Alternate routes of travel around this site are Park Avenue, Mansion Road, and Laudermilch Road.
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
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
Drive-In Movie at Shank Park
Friday, June 4 - 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.
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
Join Us at The Library
Terrarium Therapy: Fern Kokedama and Macrame Hanger Workshop
Saturday, May 22 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join Knotting Tides and Terrarium Therapy for a fun and educational collaboration. The art of Kokedama literally translates from “koke” meaning moss and “dama” meaning ball. Kokedama is a traditional Japanese art form where the ball of soil is covered in moss to host a plant. During this very hands-on workshop, you will learn about ferns and the proper way to care for them along with a tutorial to create your very own macrame hanger to host your kokedama. Your experience will include the following materials to make your own unique piece: a fern, moss, soil, twine, rope, craft ring, step-by-step instruction on how to create and care for your plant, as well as how to make your own macrame hanger. For anyone age 14 and older. This event will be hosted outdoors, and we will be practicing appropriate social distancing protocols. Please register on Eventbrite.
Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 25 - 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank community blood drive will be held in Meeting Room #2. Please call the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank at 1-800-771-0059 or schedule an appointment online. Walk-ins might have to wait if there are appointments at that time. Masks are required for those unvaccinated. A form of ID is required to donate. If you are unable to attend the blood drive on this day, you may donate at a place and time more convenient to you: When you give the library’s account # 1072, we will be able to get credit for your donation. 
Library Closed Memorial Day
The Hershey Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day Weekend.
Community News and Events
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, starting Monday, June 7, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.

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
Some Enchanted Evening Performance at the Playhouse
Hershey Area Playhouse is presenting Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, featuring a cast of more than 40 performers. The online performances will be held May 21, 22, and 23 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at on the Hershey Area Playhouse website.
Shred Hunger Event
First United Methodist Church of Hershey is holding a “Shred Hunger” event on May 22 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the church parking lot, rear of 64 W. Chocolate Ave. The event features free document shredding by Shred-It plus collections for 3 local hunger relief organizations – Hershey Food Bank (nonperishable food), Bethesda Mission (#10 size cans), and Family Promise (Giant gift cards). More information may be found at
Association of Faculty and Friends Virtual Luncheon & Fashion Show
You’re invited to support the Association of Faculty and Friends at Bonjour, Rose All Day, on May 26, 2021 and an optional VIP Pop-Up Boutique which will occur on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 
All money raised supports medical research, patient needs, special programs and scholarships supporting our community. Café aMusée will cater lunch, and guests will receive a glam bag with custom sun hat, art supplies, macarons, and more. Learn more and sign up today!
Join the Joy of Sports Foundation at Shank Park Field #1 for some good old fashioned kickball.

3rd-8th grade boys and girls are welcome for recreational co-ed kickball games.

Sundays, May 23rd and June 13th from 3-5 p.m.
June 6th from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

To learn more or to register, visit
How to Talk to Kids about Race
Join Hershey Area All Things Diversity to learn how to help youth disrupt racism, change the norm through listening, develop empathy and create understanding for one another. 
This program will help to guide attendees in engaging youth in difficult conversations about race, and the impacts of racism on our youth. In addition to teachers and counseling staff from Milton Hershey School, teens will be on hand to offer their perspectives on approaching the topic of racism. 
Hershey Area All Things Diversity is a free series of programs to create awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion in our community. It is coordinated by Derry Township, The Hershey Story Museum, Derry Township School District, Milton Hershey School, The Hershey Company, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, and Hershey Trust Company. 
The program will be a virtual event livestreamed on the Derry Township YouTube channel. Please register to attend.
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