Derry Township eNews, August 30, 2019
Current News
Downtown Zoning Changes Planned
About 65 Derry Township residents recently attended a public meeting with Urban Design Associates (UDA), coordinated in partnership between Derry Township and the Downtown Hershey Association. After gathering input from residents and community stakeholders, UDA presented its recommendations for updates to the Derry Township Zoning Ordinance and architectural design guidelines. Read more on the Township website.
We Need Your Opinion
The Derry Township Bike and Pedestrian Alliance wants to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete the below survey and provide your thoughts on issues facing bicyclists and pedestrians in Derry Township. We’ll be using this information, along with other land use data and traffic analysis, to evaluate existing conditions and identify and plan for future improvements. These identified improvements will be considered in the preparation of the Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Plan.

Follow this link to participate in the survey:
Road Paving Updates
Paving will begin on Almond Drive, Hershey on Tuesday September 3. Although delays and daily closures are to be expected,  impacts to traffic and residents in this area will be minor. Paving will occur within the next two weeks on Laurel Ridge, Edge Hill and Hill Manor. The final paving of Sandhill Road is expected to be completed in mid- September. As always, roadwork is weather permitting.
Derry Twp. Police Officer Promoted
Officer Darren Cotten was sworn in as our newest Patrol Sergeant. Darren has been with the Derry Township Police department since May 1998 and has been involved with our D.A.R.E. program, Traffic Safety Unit, Peer Support Officer program, and also helps to instruct Stop the Bleed and Teen Driver Awareness programs with team members at Penn State Health.  Congratulations , Sergeant Cotten!
Halloween Parade
The Township of Derry Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation and the Hershey Federal Credit Union will be sponsoring the 72nd Annual Halloween Parade through the streets of Hershey on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. Judging will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Prizes (1st – 6th place) will be given to each division.

If you don't want to be in the parade, be sure to position yourself along the parade route to receive some of the delicious candy donated by The Hershey Company!
Shank Park Halloween
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of fun out at Shank Park with pumpkin decorating, inflatable games, face painting, a candy hunt, s'mores by the campfire, and finish the evening with a drive-in movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. Suggested donation of $5.00 per vehicle.
Trick-or-Treat Night is Set
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors voted to make Trick or Treat Night for 2019 and future years on Halloween, October 31. Trick or Treaters are welcome to enjoy the evening between 6 and 8 p.m.
Don’t Miss the Last Market on Chocolate this Season
Join us this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in ChocolateTown Square for the last Market on Chocolate of 2019! Market on Chocolate features a multitude of goods ranging from craft-prepared foods to unique jewelry and artisan wears, to locally-grown items. Enjoy free fitness classes at 9 am (Pound offered by Power Train) and 10 am (Barre offered by Studio 619), family activities including a bounce house, a visit from the mini-horses of Prairie Fire Farms, and live music by John Rossey and Ethan Valentine. C heck our our full vendor and activity listing for this week. See you Saturday!

Join us at The Library
Chess Club
Saturday, August 31. 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Drop in to the Hershey Public Library for an afternoon of checkerboard fun. Beginners to the game are welcome. Any child under the age of 12 must have an adult in the building at all times. If you have questions about Chess Club, please contact Rita Smith at
Labor Day Weekend Hours
Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2, the Hershey Public Library is closed for Labor Day Weekend. The library will re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. Winter hours resume after Labor Day Weekend when the library will close at 5 pm on Saturdays.
Wednesday, September 4. 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Do you have children who love playing with LEGO?

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club where building encourages imagination and creativity, and where children bring construction to life. Rita Smith, the Children’s Librarian, begins the club meeting with a story and then describes the LEGO building challenge for that week. Please register  online  or call the library at 717-533-6555.
Play Day for Families
Friday, September 6. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Families with children ages 2-5 are welcome to register for an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practice of Early Literacy: Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Presented by Barb Clay. Please register  online  or call the library at 717-533-6555.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Derry Township offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Derry Township Community Cats to Hold Spay/Neuter Clinics
Derry Township residents can sign up to get help with trapping outdoor free-roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free through Derry Township Community Cats. The next two clinics are on September 10 and October 8. Reservations can be made by calling 717-592-8087. 

Residents can also schedule a low-cost spay or neuter and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Visit  for more information about this program and ways you can support it.
Community News and Events
Hershey Lions Club Helps Kids
The Hershey Lions Club recently helped kids get ready for the new school year by assisting members of the Grace United Methodist Church with its annual backpack project, “Ready for School.” This annual project provides kids in local schools with backpacks containing school supplies. This year’s project resulted in 470 backpacks being filled and distributed.     
According to Bart Callear, president of the Hershey Lions Club, “This is a great way for the Hershey Lions to partner with the Grace United Methodist Church.”  The Hershey Lions contributed financially as well as by helping to fill the backpacks. Along with several church members, ten Hershey Lions and family members helped fill the 470 backpacks at the August 16 th event. “The event was very well organized and supported by the church,” added Callear.

For Hershey Lion Kaitlyn Schultz, it was her first time helping to fill the backpacks. “I really enjoyed it,” shared Schultz. “I had an interest in helping kids get the school supplies that they needed. It was a good feeling to give back,” added Schultz. 
Hershey Lions help to benefit the community, not just through financial support but also through acts of hands-on-service. Some pressing needs in the community include eye exams and glasses for needy residents, local student scholarships, sponsorship of youth sports teams, medical equipment assistance, support to the Hershey Food Bank, tree planting, etc.
The Hershey Lions Club meets on the 1 st and 3 rd Tuesdays at 6:15 pm at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 433 E. Main Street in Hummelstown. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information visit our website at
Women's Civic Club of Hershey
The Women's Civic Club of Hershey will meet on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Traditions of Hershey, 100 North Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. Our speaker will be Kelly Bolton from Special Needs Adoption and Foster Care through Catholic Charities, which is the club's charity organization for the club year 2019-2020. All proceeds from our fundraising efforts will be given to this organization at the conclusion of the club year.

Join the Hershey Coralettes
Learn To Skate With The Hershey Figure Skating Club
All ages: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm &
Thursdays 1:45-2:45pm & 6:00-7:00pm
Tots: Thursdays 1:00-1:45pm

Our learn to skate classes are for skaters of all ages & all abilities, teaching the FUNdamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, ice hockey and speed skating. With six progressive levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. We also offer ice hockey instruction--taught without a puck, skaters learn the proper skating techniques for the game and how to be more proficient and agile on ice! All classes are taught in a positive, FUN, and social environment.
Adult Fitness & Fun: Tuesdays 7:00-9:15pm

Our Adult Fun & Fitness Program is designed to combine off-ice exercies with on-ice instruction for everyone over 18 years of age--those new to skating (skate rental available), or those who need to dust off the skates in the closet. Lessons will be tailored to fit you! Enjoy off-ice exercise such as yoga and pilates, from 7:00-7:50pm, followed by ice skating lessons from 8:00-9:15pm. This program is held at the Giant Center.
Sessions are 6-weeks, held at the Hersheypark Arena; Cost is $79; Skate rental $2.50 per class
Discount available for families with multiple skaters & for HFSC members!

Each skater must hold an annual Learn to Skate USA membership ($16) valid through 6/30/20.

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