Derry Township eNews, October 25, 2019
Current News
Community Center News
The Board of Supervisors authorized the Community Center project to go out to bid at its October 22, 2019 meeting. Bids are due on November 20, 2019 and it is anticipated that the Board of Supervisors will consider the award of the project at the December 3, 2019 meeting. If awarded, mobilization would occur soon after January 1, 2020 with a planned 22-month construction period. Designs are available to view at the Township building or on our website. Learn more at this link.
PennDOT to conduct daily closures of Wood Road through 10/30/2019
PennDOT continues to close Wood Road through October 30th to replace and update four corrugated metal cross pipes and replace them with corrugated plastic pipes. They will have temporary daily road closures and a detour setup. They will close the road everyday starting at 6am and reopen the road at 6pm. The detour route will be as follows:

  • Intersection of Waltonville Road and Wood Road - Traffic will be detoured onto Waltonville Road a left onto Service Road a left onto Middletown Road back to Wood Road.

  • Intersection of Middletown Road and Wood Road - Traffic will be detoured onto Middletown Road a right onto Service Road a right onto Waltonville Road back to Wood Road.

Motorists are encouraged to plan extra time to their travels during the closures to navigate the detour route. 
Derry Township Police Accreditation
The Derry Township Police Department, as part of our continuing effort to provide quality service to our community of residents, businesses, and visitors, is conducting a survey to gauge the performance of our department. We are required to conduct this survey through our commitment to the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) but also want to continue to grow as an agency in the quality of service we provide. We are asking residents and those who work and visit Derry Township to participate in this survey. It will only take a few minutes to participate, but the information we receive will be helpful to guide us through the next several years of service to the community we honorably serve. The survey will be open until November 18, 2019 and the link to participate is
Derry Township is Hiring
The Township of Derry, has an immediate opening for a Recycling Technician. This is a part-time position, approximately 24 hours per week. Duties include the operation of a cardboard baler and a forklift as well as assisting residents in the disposal of materials both inside and outside.  

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be at least 18 years of age. Hourly pay is $ 13.89/hour.

Interview and background investigation will be conducted.

Please apply at the Derry Township Public Works Office, 650 Clearwater Road, Hershey. For additional information call the Recycling Coordinator at 717-533-2057, option 4
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Derry Township Police Department, in partnership with Penn State Health, is once again participating in National Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. DEA. We will be at the Academic Support Building at 90 Hope Drive on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to collect unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The service is drive-up, so you will not even have to park your vehicle to dispose of those unwanted prescription medications. The drop off is open from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 26, 2019. For a full list of Drug Take Back sites, we have included a link here.
Understanding Boundaries in the Me Too Movement
We all have opportunities to contribute to creating a positive, respectful and safe community. The Me Too movement has shed light on how common and serious sexual harassment is, and how important it is to understand and respect boundaries. Sign up to attend the next Hershey Area All Things Diversity event on November 13 to hear Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Chief Operating Officer Joyce Lukima, who will help us identify problematic behaviors and learn ways to interrupt disrespectful behavior when we witness it. The event is free and a light supper is provided.

The event is organized by Derry Township, Derry Township School District, Penn State Health, The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, the Downtown Hershey Association, and The Hershey Story Museum, where the event is being held. You must register to attend and seating is limited.

Shank Park Halloween
Saturday, October 26 - 4:30 p.m. to 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 featuring "Coco". Concessions will be available for purchase. Suggested donation of $5.00 per vehicle.
Join Us at The Library
Edible Book Contest
Friday, October 25 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Please join us to view and vote for literary-inspired culinary creations created by the community! There are three categories to vote for: Book Title or Character Representation, Funniest/Punniest, and People’s Choice Award. The Edible Book Contest is the final celebration to National Friends of Libraries Week. The Hershey Public Library hopes to see you at the contest!
Dungeons & Dragons
Friday, October 25 - 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Dungeons and Dragons hosted by the High School Dungeons and Dragons Club. Open to teens and tweens age 12 and older. Beginners are welcome. Come play this fun tabletop fantasy role-playing game, and make some news friends along the way. Registration is not required.
Friends Special Film Showing: "Labyrinth"
Saturday, October 26 - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please come to enjoy this adventure, family friendly, fantasy film from 1986 starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. Registration is not required. Film rated PG. This Friends program is open to children age 8 and older with an accompanying adult. Friends provide snacks while you enjoy the film.
Ghostly tales of Gettysburg
Sunday, October 27 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Steve Anderson presents Ghostly Tales of Gettysburg, a Friends Adult Program. An actor, storyteller and living history interpreter, Steve presents a truly original one-man show and spook-tacular history program. Please register online at , or call the Public Services desk at 717-533-6555.
Community Blood Drive
Monday, October 28 - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will be at the library. Please come to donate a pint of blood. Please bring ID with you to donate, and have eaten within 4 hours. Donors receive 2 FREE admission vouchers to a Harrisburg Comedy Zone Show! Did you know one pint of blood helps save three lives in our community? Thank you for donating.
Art in Science
Wednesday, October 30 - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join students from Hershey High School's Chem-Med Club as they lead school-age children in grades 2-5 through fun science activities. IMPORTANT: All participants must sign a safety form and bring with you to the program. Download a copy HERE , or pick one up at the Children's desk. Please register online at
Trick-or-Treat Storytime
Thursday, October 30 - 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Come in costume to enjoy stories and a chance to trick-or-treat in the library. Ages 3-6. No registration necessary. If you have questions, please contact the Children's Librarian, Rita Smith at
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Enjoy a Presentation by the Hershey Horticulture Society
The William S. Bowman Trust is sponsoring a major program at the November 4, 2019, meeting of the Hershey Horticulture Society at the Brownstone Lodge, Hershey. Well known reconnoiter Kirk R. Brown will assume the role of Frederick Law Olmstead, considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. Mr. Olmstead created gardens primarily over the northeast, most notably Central Park in NYC and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Kirk Brown has traveled the country presenting this entertaining and informative role where “he not only portrays this great American icon but becomes Frederick Olmstead in a remarkable, believable and thoroughly enjoyable performance”.

The program begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Hershey Symphony Orchestra October Concert
Join The Hershey Symphony Orchestra on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. at The Hershey Theatre for “There’s Always Room for Cello.” The concert brings Canadian cellist Morag Northey to town to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a cornerstone of solo cello repertoire. Tickets range from $22 to $29 and are available at The Hershey Theatre Box Office or through Ticketmaster. Processing fees apply. 
This is My Brave Program Comes to our Community
Please join This is My Brave in Hershey, PA for the first High School edition program – a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by high school students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!
Due to some mature content and strong language, parental guidance is advised for children under 13.
The event will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Hershey Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. All tickets are general admission.
Women's Civic Club of Hershey Meeting
The Women's Civic Club of Hershey will meet on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Traditions in Hershey, 100 N Larkspur Dr, Palmyra. Dolores McGee of D. McGee Design Studios will share her expertise on landscape design, container gardens and floral arrangements. The Women's Civic Club of Hershey is open to all women 18 years and older.
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
Senator DiSanto is hosting a complementary Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on October 26th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Best Western Premier Hotel, 800 East Park Drive in Harrisburg.

Seating is limited. Registration is required. Veterans may register themselves and one guest. Please call 717-787-6801 to RSVP or register online at

More information is available through the Facebook Event: @SenatorDiSanto
23rd Annual Preservation Gala: Riding the Silver Blades
Join us on Friday, November 1, at the Giant Center when the Historical Society and Hershey Figure Skating Club proudly present a classic evening of on-ice history at our  23rd Annual Preservation Gala, Riding the Silver Blades .  The Gala will revisit 85 years of the Skating Club’s Ice Carnivals, paying tribute to stars and songs of the past. Read more and purchase tickets on the Historical Society website.

All event proceeds benefit programming for the Historical Society.
The Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation - Wine and Pastry Pairing - Sunday, October 27, 2019
The Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation invites you to enjoy an afternoon of fine wine and exquisite French pastries. Perfect event to savor with someone special or a group of friends. Come relax and indulge in this delicious experience to benefit Haiti!
Acclaimed French Pastry Chef, Cedric Barberet of Lancaster's Barberet Bistro, alongside Carrie Elliott, CSW, Certified Sommelier, will lead hand-selected wine pairings with four desserts. The afternoon includes guided pairings, a silent auction and student sponsorship opportunities. 
For more information about the Foundation and the event, please visit our website,
18th Annual Moonlight Gala
On Saturday, November 2nd at the Hershey Lodge, approximately 300 guests will enjoy an evening celebrating our work to keep families together. Calling all flappers and gangsters – changes are coming to this year’s event as we take you back in time to the Roaring Twenties for this Gin & Jazz themed evening. Attendees will party like Gatsby as they roam around a speakeasy and enjoy delectable food, drink “giggle water” and dance the Charleston.

Tickets and Sponsorships are available at:
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