Derry Township eNews, May 31, 2019
Current News
Community Meeting on Downtown Hershey Refined 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.
Work to Begin on Bullfrog Valley Road
Road construction work will begin on Bullfrog Valley Road from Wood Road to Sandhill Road on Wednesday, June 12.

Motorists can expect delays and daily lane closures.
PPL Line Rebuild Progress Update
PPL has completed the test holes and soil borings on Homestead Road. PPL will perform the test holes and soil borings near Fishburn Road and Sand Hill Road around June 17.

PPL is coordinating work in private right of ways with the Township from June 5 through June 7.

For more information or questions, visit or email
The United States Census Bureau is Hiring Census Takers
Be a Census Taker for the upcoming 2020 Census—the U.S. Census Bureau is already recruiting for thousands of positions nationwide. Positions provide competitive weekly pay, flexible hours and paid training. Apply online at
Let the Summer Market on Chocolate Season Begin!
Market on Chocolate kicks off its 5 th season in Downtown Hershey, ChocolateTown Square, this Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The market contains a multitude of goods ranging from craft prepared foods to unique jewelry and artisan wares, to locally grown items. The market also offers free group fitness classes starting at 9:00 a.m., children’s activities, and music and entertainment. This week, join Power Train Gym for a Pound class at 9:00 a.m. Splat, a Family Art Studio, will be offering a free kid's craft from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Hershey Public Library will provide children's activities from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the amazingly talented guitarist John Rossey will be playing acoustic tunes, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Sign up here to help at the Market.
Interactive Unconscious Bias Tour Comes to Hershey June 3
The community is invited to stop by the Check Your Blind Spots interactive bus tour on Monday, June 3, between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of The Hershey Theatre.

The free tour is coming to Hershey in commemoration of the two-year anniversary of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ Pledge. The tour helps people learn more about how unconscious bias can shape our likes and dislikes, and our judgements about people’s character, abilities and potential.

Visitors will be 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 experience takes from 5 to 25 minutes, based on the engagement level with the interactive elements. Guests may have a short wait to enter the experience. Visitors may also choose to take the I Act On Pledge at the event.

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 550 CEOs across the nation, including the leaders at The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and Penn State Health.

The Pledge and the Check Your Blind Spots Mobile Tour are funded through a $10 million investment from PwC ( PricewaterhouseCoopers). The tour helps to raise unconscious bias awareness and education through 100 stops across the country in 2019 and engaging one million people in person and online.

The Check Your Blind Spots Mobile Tour in Derry Township is 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.

To learn more and to take the I Act On Pledge, visit Learn more about the tour here.
Nim's Island to be Shown in Shank Park
Bring 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.
Music on Chocolate Concert Series Begins Saturday, June 8
Music on Chocolate returns to Downtown Hershey the second Saturday of each month, June through August. We’ll welcome two bands each evening from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in a family-friendly atmosphere with food and beverages available for purchase.

On June 8, Downtown Hershey will welcome Not Quite Einstein and RFA, a talented four-piece garage rock and roll band from Philadelphia. Bring a blanket and join your friends for an evening of great music in ChocolateTown Square. Volunteers are a vital part of keeping this community event running – sign up here.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Get Ready for the Library's Summer Reading Programs
"A Universe of Stories" is the theme for the Hershey Public Library's reading programs for all ages this summer. To join the Adult Summer Reading Program, Constellation Challenge, pick up a brochure at the library beginning June 1. Read or listen to books to earn raffle tickets for prizes and earn one of the library's much sought after mugs. 

When school lets out for the summer on Friday, June 7, bring the children to the Hershey Public Library from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to sign up for Summer Quest, the library's reading challenge for children ages 0-17.

Register online for Summer Quest . Collect a cool bag to carry library books and a free lanyard to keep your library card safe, and decorate with buttons that you earn by completing challenges. Kids are going to love it!
Play the Hershey Quest Scavenger Hunt at Shank Park
Stop by the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, starting June 7, to pick up your crayon and scavenger hunt folder at the children's desk. Head to Shank Park with your family to play.

By following the clues, find and make rubbings of all of the characters in Hey Diddle Diddle. Bring your completed folder back to the library to register for the Full Moon Party on August 14. Shank Park is located at Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown.
Second Saturday Blocket
Saturday, June 8, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Register online for Second Saturday for an hour of themed activities and a story. This month, Blocket, a play on words, meaning a rocket made from blocks. Use blocks and miscellaneous items to build your very own space ship. 
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
One Fair Wage
The Hershey Indivisible Team will host PA State Representative Patty Kim on Wednesday, June 12, to discuss her recently introduced legislation: HB 1215 One Fair Wage. The meeting will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey and will begin after a short business meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Many Pennsylvanians believe that a successful community should help working people protect their rights and dignity. When jobs don’t pay enough for our neighbors to afford the basics—things like food, car repairs, and eyeglasses—it hurts the local economy. When wages are so low that they don’t even cover rent and the cost of getting around, it forces working people to rely on the local food bank to help make ends meet.
Raising the wage floor can help restore spending on the basics and in the process and boost the local economy. It’s important to many that we raise wages by increasing the minimum wage, and that we eliminate the tipped minimum wage and strengthen prevailing wage laws. We must have a livable wage for all our hard-working residents.
The public is invited to attend, and admission is free. For additional information about The Hershey Indivisible Team, contact Marlene Kanuck, Chair, at . The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event, nor any product or service offered. Questions? Please email .
Joy of Sports Foundation to Hold Sports Sampling Camp
Register today for a Sports Sampling Camp for rising 4th-8th graders, June 24-27. The registration fee is $135 through June 14. Sports include street hockey, disc golf, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, soccer, track & field, volleyball, tennis, softball, baseball, touch rugby, and backyard games.

Visit for more information and to register.
Hershey Horticulture Society Presents "Hersheypark Happy" Flower Show
The Hershey Horticulture Society (HHS) will present "Hershey Park Happy", a flower show, on Thursday, June 20 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory Education Wing at Hershey Gardens. 

HHS members will display horticulture specimens from their own gardens. Members will also showcase their design talents. The show will be judged by accredited flower show judges from the National Garden Club. Admission to the show is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the outdoor Gardens and the Butterfly Atrium.
Hershey Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Independence Day with Free Concert at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
The Hershey Symphony Orchestra invites the community to celebrate Independence Day a day early with the 16th annual free concert on the lawn of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The orchestra’s performance, “An American Salute,” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. In the case of rain, the concert will be held the following evening on July 4th (rain date).

Complimentary water and ice cream will be provided by the Medical Center. Food and drink for purchase will be offered by various food trucks parked along the perimeter of the event.

The first half of the concert will feature songs from the stage and screen. For the second half of the concert, the Orchestra will present “A Salute to America,” accompanied by Hershey Symphony Orchestra vocalists. These selections will celebrate America and provide a special tribute to the military. 

The concert is under the direction of Dr. Bob Sproul and is sponsored by Penn Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Lodge, Sutliff Chevrolet and Hershey Symphony Orchestra. Parking is free and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the Orchestra. For more information about the Hershey Symphony Orchestra visit
and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Women's Civic Club of Hershey Supports Gemma's Angels
On May 7, 2019 Beth Matjasic, President of the Women’s Civic Club of Hershey, presented Michael Macchioni, Founder of Gemma’s Angels, a check in the amount of $4,000 to support their mission to feed the hungry through the donation of fresh fruits and vegetables to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries throughout Dauphin and Lebanon Counties. 

The Women’s Civic Club holds an annual poinsettia sale and the profits through this sale are donated to the organization chosen by the club President.
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