Derry Township eNews - May 7, 2021
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.

Traffic Issues on Downtown Streets
The Derry Township Police Department is taking extra efforts to enforce traffic laws on the downtown streets, specifically focusing enforcement efforts on W. Chocolate Avenue during times when there is a noticeable increase in both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The goal of the enforcement is to increase our visibility downtown and to calm aggressive driving behaviors. The Police Department has also conducted a study of the roadways in the village area and has submitted Ordinance amendments to establish 25mph speed limits on various streets that previously had no posted speed limit. Once approved, the posting of the speed limits will assist in enforcement efforts and also help to raise awareness to those driving through the area.
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.
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 RIDERS must be vaccinated for Covid-19. Proof of vaccination is required. 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
Cocoa Castle Closes Temporarily
The Cocoa Castle Playground will be temporarily closed due to construction starting on May 3rd. The closure is expected to last several weeks. Please check for updates on the Derry Township Parks & Recreation Facebook page and at
Derry Township Youth Fishing Contest
Congratulations to the winner of our Youth Fishing Contest! Cole Harner, Age 4, caught the winning fish on Monday, April 26th. Great job Cole & thanks to everyone who participated!
Township Events
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Join Us at The Library
Piano Night in the r.g.
Friday, May 21 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Piano Night in the r.g. is open to any piano performer age 9 or older who wishes to share their talent and music with the community. Performers can sing as well play the piano; it doesn't need to be instrumental only. If you are interested in performing, please contact Aly and Rita at The event is open to the public. Registration is not required. Please bring lawn chairs and maybe a blanket. Kindly observe social distancing and wear a mask.
Lisa Wingate Author Talk
Saturday, May 8 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please register for a Friends Adult Program. Lisa Wingate will be joining us via Zoom. Lisa Wingate is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, which remained on the NYT Bestseller List Hardcover and softcover lists for 110 weeks and has sold more than three million copies. She has penned over thirty novels and coauthored a nonfiction book, Before and After with Judy Christie. Her April 2020 novel, The Book of Lost Friends, became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Lisa lives with her husband in North Texas. More information about her novels can be found at
Community News and Events
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.
Joy of Sports
The Joy of Sports Foundation will host its first “Fun-Raiser” on May 17 from 5:00 - 8 p.m. at Stumpy’s Hatchet House, Hershey. Stumpy's has generously provided a reduced rate to JSF for the facility and JSF has the whole facility for the evening.

This FUN-FILLED event that will include ax-throwing, contests, a silent auction, food, non-alcoholic beverages, beer & wine, snacks & sweets, and exciting announcements about local sports happenings. Individual or team tickets and sponsorships are available. Cost per person is $50. The flyer below has the basics and you can learn more about the event and register to participate @   Sign-up deadline is May 7th.

All proceeds go towards Derry Township community recreation programs and coach, athlete and parent education.
Hershey Artfest
We missed you in 2020 but we’re ready for 2021!

The Hershey History Center is pleased to announce Hershey Artfest will return on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Cocoa Beanery and Englewood Barn complex in Hershey, PA.

Mark your calendar to participate and help us celebrate fine art, artisans, music and food on Mother’s Day Weekend, nestled among the green spaces of the kid and pet-friendly Cocoa Beanery and the new entertainment venue and brewery, Englewood Barn.

This is the same event you have grown to love, kicking off the spring art festival season!

Guests will experience a variety of fine art and guild craftwork for both the serious and casual collector, represented by as many as 150 artists and artisans.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at:
(717) 520-0748 or email us at
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Derry Township Community Cats Clinic
Derry Township Community Cats offers township residents assistance with trapping outdoor free-roaming cats to have them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free. The next clinic is May 11th. reservations can be made by calling the "cat line" at 717-592-8087.

Residents may also obtain low cost spay/neuters and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Please note that cats must be at least six months old. For more information 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.
Raise a Glass and Take a Virtual Trip with The Hershey Symphony Orchestra
Join the Hershey Symphony Orchestra on May 23, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a virtual trip to Austria, Italy, France, and the United States to enjoy wine and cheese pairings with Sommelier Carrie Elliott. At each stop, Hershey Symphony Music Director Dr. Sandra Dackow will share the musical impact that these countries’ composers have made. Participants will enjoy musical samples by composers from each country performed by members of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. 
Participants will pick up their special wine and cheese boxes in Hershey the day of the event. Instructions for pick up and a link to access the event will be sent after registration. The cost is $75 per wine and cheese box with all proceeds benefitting The Hershey Symphony Orchestra. Reservations are limited and may be made on the Symphony website.
Hershey Area Playhouse to Host Open House on May 15
Join the Hershey Area Playhouse for an open house on May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Themed Entr'acte, which means the start of Act 2, the event is both a fundraiser and a chance for our Playhouse community to come together to celebrate the arts in our community and the Playhouse reopening for visitors.

We are inviting family and friends to bring a blanket and settle on the Playhouse lawn to enjoy a variety of entertainment and festive activities. These include Broadway Roulette, a game-show style presentation of Broadway songs and crowd favorites, and audience participation Broadway Karaoke. The Playhouse will also be open for visitors and tours.

Onsite, guests can also purchase a gift card for future performances and learn more about group sales.
The event will be primarily outside, and guests must adhere to CDC guidelines. No RSVP is necessary—just head on over to the Playhouse lawn at 830 Cherry Drive on the grounds of Country Meadows in Hershey. This event is rain or shine.
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