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“Take-Out Movies” Promise Fun Dinner and Movie Options “Take-Out Movies” Promise Fun Dinner and Movie Options
Cranberry Township’s new “Take-Out Movie” offers a chance to ditch the delivery and skip the streaming in exchange for a safe and fun family gathering that promises great entertainment and food. Take-Out Movies will begin Wednesday July 29. The events will feature a family-friendly film as well as dinner and dessert options. The movies will be shown on the lawn of the Municipal Center behind the Sample Schoolhouse. The July 29 event will feature “Secret Life of Pets 2,” plus food from a delicious, popular food truck and the Cranberry Roadside Creamery. Additional movies and dates include: • August 5 – Frozen II • August 12 – Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood • August 19 – Aladdin (live action) Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required unless eating or drinking. Food trucks will be on site from 4-9 p.m., with movies starting around 8:45 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs for a fun, relaxing evening!
Open Apiary Event Set July 19 Open Apiary Event Set July 19
The Cranberry Community Apiary will be buzzing with activity later this month. The first open apiary event of the year is set for 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 19 at the Apiary, 5604 Freshcorn Road. During the event, local gardening guru Doug Oster will discuss how to make home yards, gardens and landscaping more pollinator friendly. That will be followed by a tour of a honeybee hive and a discussion of the complexity of their species. Attendees are asks to arrive with masks on, and social distancing will be maintained throughout the event. No open shoes are permitted, and long pants should be worn. Safety gear will be provided. To RSVP for the free event, call 724-776-4806 ext. 1513.
Event to Address Racial Equality in the Community Event to Address Racial Equality in the Community
Organizations from around the Cranberry Township area will come together next week to discuss how to make the community more equal for individuals. The event, titled “Addressing Racial Equality in Our Community,” is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, July 19 at the Rotary Amphitheater in Community Park. Organized by the Cranberry Area Diversity Network in conjunction with the Council of Churches and Level Up North the event aims to inform, educate and engage the community on issues minorities face in daily life. The 90-minute gathering will include speakers and break out small-group discussions where attendees can reflect on the topics at hand. Organizers hope to gather community feedback and create opportunities to ensure all members of the community are treated equally and fairly. Social distancing measures will be in place, and masks are required.
Media Invited to Tour MSA Thruway Site Media Invited to Tour MSA Thruway Site
WHO: Media, along with Cranberry Township Supervisors and administrators. WHAT: A tour of the MSA Thruway site along Route 228, where the first pieces of the tunnel structure are expected to be put in place. WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 WHERE: Media should park in the Marriott lot next to Route 228 and walk along Route 228 to the work site. Dick Hadley, Chairman of the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors, will be available for interviews. All attending must wear hard hats and vests. Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 14 to tina.fedko@cranberrytownship.org.
Hazardous Recycling Event Set July 25 Hazardous Recycling Event Set July 25
Got junk? Cranberry Township is here to help. The Township will host a Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at the Public Works Building on Route 19. It is being held in conjunction with ECS&R Recycling. The event requires advance registration at www.ecsr.net. Rates for specific items include: • $0.55/lb. TVs, Monitors, Printers & Towers • $0.19/lb. All other electronics and freon containing devices • $0.70/lb. Household Hazardous Waste • $0.55/lb. Universal Waste (Bulbs and Batteries) • $20/ea. Propane Tanks Some items are not accepted, including explosives; ammunition; radioactive materials; large appliances; pharmaceuticals, syringes and medical waste; fire extinguishers and smoke detectors; devices containing mercury; compressed gas cannisters; and tires.
Virtual 5K to Benefit Community, Police Association Virtual 5K to Benefit Community, Police Association
A virtual 5K event will help expand educational offerings and community engagement from members of the Cranberry Township Police Association. The Cranberry Township Police Association Virtual 5K began July 3, with participants able to complete their miles and submit results until July 11. Mileage can be tracked and submitted with any running app. All registrants receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. Randomly selected participants will receive prizes, gift cards and long sleeve t-shirts. Proceeds from the event benefits the CTPA officers and their families. Additionally, funds will be used to expand community outreach programs with local schools, churches and civic organizations. The cost is $29 for adult individuals and $20 for students 18 and younger. To sign up, visit runsignup.com/Race/PA/CranberryTwp/CranberryTownshipPoliceAssociationVirtual5k. CUTLINE: Officer Bill Wilson and Officer Robert Capezio of the Cranberry Township Police Department display the t-shirt that will be given to participants of the Cranberry Township Police Association Virtual 5K.
Community to “Come Together” at Peaceful Gathering Community to “Come Together” at Peaceful Gathering
WHO: The Cranberry Area Diversity Network and the Cranberry Area Council of Churches, in cooperation with Cranberry Township and the Seneca Valley School District, and members of the community. WHAT: “Come Together,” a peaceful gathering and time to build unity, understanding, hope for transformation and healing for the community. The event will feature speakers, call-and-response segments, moment of silence, and music. WHEN: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020. WHERE: Cranberry Township’s Rotary Amphitheatre, at Community Park, 111 Ernie Mashuda Drive, Cranberry Township All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring their own signs. Out of respect for others, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For more information, visit www.cranberrydiversity.org or email CADN@cranberrydiversity.org
Cranberry Community Fitness Offering Special Fitness Deals Cranberry Community Fitness Offering Special Fitness Deals
Five-dollar fitness! Cranberry Township’s Community Fitness program is back with in-person offerings, with all classes costing just $5. Offerings will take place in both indoor and outdoor areas, and include yoga, cardio training, Zumba, and strength and balance training. “This is a great opportunity for folks to try different classes and instructors to see what meets their needs,” said Nancy Triscuit, Group Fitness Coordinator. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. All classes will follow CDC and social distancing guidelines. Participants must register at least 24 hours in advance. Those ages 14-17 must register with a paying parent or guardian. The first class is free, with yoga in the park set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Community Park. See course offerings and register at cranberrytownship.org/communityfitness or by calling Parks & Recreation Customer Service at 724-779-4386 ext. 1129.
Camp Cranberry to Open June 29 Camp Cranberry to Open June 29
A summer tradition will continue as Camp Cranberry prepares to kick off June 29. The Township’s Parks & Recreation staff has been hard at work preparing for another amazing summer of outdoor activities. They’ve also added new protocols to keep staff and campers safe. Camp begins Monday, June 29, and will run until Friday, August 21. Many exciting weekly themes are ready to roll for the kiddos, including Star Spangled Summer, Mini Superheroes, Little Einstein’s, Once Upon a Fairytale, Space Rangers, and Sports Extravaganza. Protocols that follow state and CDC recommendations will be put in place to ensure the safety of staff and campers. To view sign-up information and a camp schedule, visit cranberrytownship.org/campcranberry.
New Protocols in Place at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course New Protocols in Place at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course
New protocols are in place at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course as Butler County transitions to the green phase of the state’s re-opening plan on June 5. The new rules follow CDC guidelines and the PGA Back2Golf initiative. BOOKING • Online tee time bookings accepted for threesomes and foursomes. • For bookings of 1 or 2 players, call the Pro Shop at 724-776-7372 ext. 2. • Tee times are 10-minute intervals. CHECK IN & PAYMENT • Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the tee time. Observe social distancing while in the cart staging area. Face coverings are suggested. • Upon arrival, take golf clubs directly to the staging area, place on a cart and proceed to the Starter Hut, located near first tee, to check in. One customer is permitted in the Starter Hut at a time. • Credit cards are needed for payment. • Once checked in, proceed to a cart. The putting green is open to the group next on tee for practice. The starter will give notification when #1 tee is open. CARTS • Carts are required every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays until 2 p.m. • Two players per cart. • Carts located in the staging area have been sanitized. PLAY • Putting greens are open to the group next on the tee for practice. Observe social distance guidelines. • The driving range remains CLOSED to accommodate private, individual lessons and small group clinics. • Follow all starter’s instructions, course signage and any messages from golf staff displayed on the cart’s GPS screen. • Flagsticks are always to remain in the cups. • A 3” foam insert has been placed in cups to allow golfers to “putt out” and still safely retrieve a golf ball without touching any surfaces. • No rakes, ball washers or water coolers will be on the course. • Play all bunkers as waste areas. • Out of courtesy for the groups behind, smooth footprints. • Wash stations are located next to portable restrooms on holes #3 & #14. • After finishing a round, return cart to staging area. • Dispose of any trash in provided receptacles. • Proceed directly to the parking lot with golf clubs. Carts are not permitted in parking lot • area. For more information and to book a tee time, visit cranberryhighlands.com.
Cranberry Parks to Open Fully This Weekend Cranberry Parks to Open Fully This Weekend
All areas and equipment within Cranberry Township parks will be fully open beginning Saturday, June 6. All gates will be lifted, and most restrooms will be operational. Fields that were previously closed will open following safe guidelines based on their governing bodies. Playground and fitness equipment will be open with social distancing guidelines in place. Additionally, users should wash hands frequently and limit face touching. Those using the equipment are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. For full information on park offerings, visit cranberrytownship.org/parksreopening.
Cranberry Township Waterpark to Open June 20 Cranberry Township Waterpark to Open June 20
Just in time for summer, Cranberry Township’s Waterpark at North Boundary Park will open for the season beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020. To keep both attendees and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic, several new protocols will be in place, including: • The pool is open to current Waterpark members and Cranberry Township residents only. • This includes all memberships previously purchased – both residents and non-residents – prior to April 15, 2020. • Proof of Cranberry Township residency is required for daily admission. • The number of those admitted each day will be limited. When capacity is reached, new guests will not be allowed in until others exit. • Enhanced sanitation protocols and operating procedures will be in place and follow CDC guidelines. • Guests can enter through the main entrance only. • The sand volleyball court and sand play are closed this season. • Limited deck chairs are available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own to help with sanitation efforts. • Consideration is being given to aquatics programs to ensure the safety of staff and participants. • The concession stand is open with limited menu options. No outside food is permitted, although lunch box coolers are still permitted. The concession stand will have limited operating hours from noon to 6 p.m. Hours for the Waterpark are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Daily admission will increase by $1 for each pricing tier. Special night swim events will be announced at a later date. To purchase a resident membership, visit cranberrytownship.org/waterpark.
Blood Drive Set at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course Blood Drive Set at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course
With the need for blood donors at a critical level, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course will host a blood drive from 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, June 29. The event, held in conjunction with the Cranberry Township Sunrise Rotary, will be staged in the Clubhouse and Tartan Hall at the Golf Course, 5601 Freshcorn Road, Cranberry Township. Organizers said the drive will help increase regional supplies that have been depleted during the coronavirus pandemic. Hospital demand for blood has grown by 30 percent after sharply declining in early April amid the rapidly changing and complex public health crisis. “As hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused, the Red Cross is in need of healthy donors to support our community blood drives in order to avoid a blood shortage this summer,” said Barb Kimbell, account manager for American Red Cross Donor Services in Beaver, Lawrence, Mercer, Butler, and parts of Clarion counties. To promote social distancing, all donors must have an appointment, and must wear a mask. Only donors are permitted in the blood drive area. Those with recent tattoos, piercings or travel to a malarial area are under a 3-month deferral. Previously, it was a 1-year deferral. Those who were deferred for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the past will now be eligible to donate. This was previously a lifetime deferral. All donors will be eligible for a $5 Amazon Gift card via email courtesy of Amazon. For more information or to register, visit redcrossblood.org and enter CHGC or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Cranberry Public Library to Begin Accepting Returns Cranberry Public Library to Begin Accepting Returns
As Cranberry Township transitions into the yellow phase of the state’s re-opening plan, the Cranberry Township Public Library will begin accepting returns on checked-out items. Beginning Monday, May 18, the Library’s outdoor book drop at the Municipal Center will be open. To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, all materials will be put into quarantine for 72 hours prior to being re-stocked. This process will delay the return system, leading Library officials to extend current due dates to June 15. No late fees will accrue on accounts that were originally due during the closed period. While the Library remains closed, online resources are available 24 hours a day via the e-Resources page where books, magazines, audio items and more are available for checkout. Library staff are also overseeing the “Cooped-Up Cranberry” page, a joint venture with the Cranberry Township's Parks & Recreation Department. It features activities, story times, exercise classes and more to help beat boredom. For more information on these programs, visit cranberrytownship.org/library.
Virtual Job Fair to Help Residents, Businesses Virtual Job Fair to Help Residents, Businesses
A virtual job fair featuring more than 40 companies is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020. Among communities and organizations in Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties, the free event is sponsored by the Tri-County Growth Collaborative, which Cranberry Township is proud to be part of. It aims to create and showcase opportunities for residents and local business owners to find employment or hire, respectively. Registration for the event can be found on the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber website at https://members.pghnorthchamber.com/events/details/virtual-job-fair-9510?calendarMonth=2020-05-01. Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the virtual event will feature several job-specific portions, including: • 9-10 a.m. - Healthcare • 10-11 a.m. - Education, Non-Profit, Childcare, Training • 11 a.m. to noon - Finance/Banking, Tech/IT, Legal, Marketing & Sales • Noon to 1 p.m. - Retail/Food, Tourism & Hospitality • 1-2 p.m. - Manufacturing, Construction Participating Employers include: Express Employment Professionals, Advance Sourcing Concepts LLC, UPS, ConnectiveRx, Butler VA, Quality Life Services, Sunnyview Nursing & Rehab Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Anova Health Care Services, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Newhaven Court at Clearview, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Butler County Tourism, Job Corps, Lightbridge Academy, Community Options, Computer Fellows, Mars Bank, Media Post, Curt Whipple, The Lynch Law Group, Mary Kay Cosmetics, WoodmenLife, Hobby Express Inc., Tri County Mgmt – McDonalds, United Plate Glass, JSP, Insight Pipe Contracting Inc., Eisler Landscapes Inc., Woodward Inc., Career Opportunities for the Disabled, South Butler County School District, PA CareerLink, CareerLink of Butler County, Dollar Bank, Lifesteps Inc., and Randstad. The Tri-County Growth Collaborative is comprised of the Butler County Growth Collaborative, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber, Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Corporation of Butler County, Cranberry Township, Butler County, Butler Tourism and Convention Bureau, and Job Corps.
CADN to Host Virtual Wellness Workshop CADN to Host Virtual Wellness Workshop
The Cranberry Area Diversity Network will host a virtual wellness workshop focusing on coping strategies and resources for special needs caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, organizers will offer tips and strategies with a focus on helping special needs parents and caregivers. The event, facilitated by Open Up Pittsburgh, is free but registration is required. Email Jackie.Eppler@cranberrydiversity.org to register or for more information.
Virtual Memorial Day Service Planned Virtual Memorial Day Service Planned
Every year, Township residents and veterans gather the Sunday before Memorial Day to honor and remember the sacrifice made by those who served their country. Though this year’s event cannot take place as usual, the Township is planning a virtual service to ensure the tradition continues. An online Memorial Day service is planned for 1p.m. Sunday, May 24, with a video service posting on the Township’s social media feeds and website. The video will feature the keystone elements of the annual event, including the National Anthem, guest speakers, the release of doves, a 21-gun salute and the ringing of bells in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. A production of the Cranberry Township VFW Post 879, along with the Township’s Parks and Recreation and Communications departments, the video serves to make sure those who defend our freedom are remembered and honored no matter the setting. To view the video, visit cranberrytownship.org/memorialday or the Cranberry Township Facebook page.
MSA Thruway Project to Begin MSA Thruway Project to Begin
A road project that will significantly reduce traffic on the Route 228 Corridor during peak hours is set to begin. Work on the MSA Thruway near the Interstate 79 northbound ramp to Route 228 will begin Wednesday, May 6, weather permitting. Daytime paving is scheduled to begin Monday, May 11 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic lanes will be shifted to the north starting Saturday, May 16 to allow for tunnel excavation work to begin. Traffic will be maintained on Route 228 throughout the project. The MSA Thruway is the next step a master plan focused on easing traffic in the corridor and improving connections with the Cranberry Springs development. A tunnel will be constructed beneath Route 228 connecting I-79 to Cranberry Springs. A roundabout will be constructed at the approach to the tunnel on the south side of Route 228. The project includes sidewalks and bikes lanes that aim to make the area more pedestrian friendly. The project is expected to be completed by winter of 2021 and will reduce the queue from I-79 Northbound by 40 percent during peak morning hours. Eastbound traffic on Route 228 at the Cranberry Springs/Cranberry Woods intersection will be reduced by 30 percent. Average delays will be reduced by 33 percent. The project could spur the creation of 2,300 full-time jobs and more than 4,000 temporary construction jobs. For project updates, visit cranberrytownship.org/route228.
Cranberry Township Commemorates International Firefighters’ Day with New Web Initiative Cranberry Township Commemorates International Firefighters’ Day with New Web Initiative
May 4 is a day to recognize and thank firefighters for their commitment, dedication and sacrifice on International Firefighters' Day. In an effort to educate the public on what firefighters do each day and how to stay safe from fire risks, the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company is launching a coloring contest for all ages. Knowing how to reduce risks of fire is crucial, as the best call a firefighter can receive is no call at all. From stop-drop-and roll to cooking safety, there are many steps residents can take to reduce their risk of fire. A new page on the Township’s website seeks to inform residents of these steps through videos, games and the coloring contest. It can be found at cranberrytownship.org/firesafety. The coloring contest is broken into four age groups (5 and under, 6-12, 13 – 17, and ages 18 and up) and open to everyone. The coloring pages can be downloaded from cranberrytownship.org/firesafety. Participants are asked to like the Cranberry Township Facebook page, and can submit their artwork there, or by emailing communicationsteam@cranberrytownship.org. The contest begins May 4, and submissions must be received by May 19. The pages will be posted on the Township Facebook page, and winners will be chosen by popular vote.
Cranberry Highlands Golf Course to Open Saturday with Restrictions Cranberry Highlands Golf Course to Open Saturday with Restrictions
Following Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement this week permitting golf courses to re-open, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course will open to players beginning Saturday, May 2. Tee times can be booked by visiting cranberryhighlands.com. The safety of customers and staff remains the top priority, with several protocols put in place to ensure that safety. They follow all federal, state and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. BOOKING • Tee Times available online – currently ONLY foursome bookings. • No walk-ins are permitted. • 15-minute tee times (4 per hour). CHECK IN & PAYMENT • ONLY arrive 15 minutes prior to tee time, always observing social distancing. • ONLY one customer permitted in the Starter Hut. • ONLY one golfer per cart unless both players live in the same household. • Customer will be asked to insert credit card on an easily accessible device. • Those waiting to check in, MUST observe social distancing 6’ guidelines established by signage, arrows and markers. • Upon arrival, please take your golf clubs directly to staging area, place on cart and proceed to check in at the Starter Hut, located near first tee- mask is required to enter. • Once checked in, please proceed to your cart. Starter on duty will notify you when #1 tee is open to begin your round. • Payment of golf fees - Credit Card ONLY. When possible, it is encouraged that one person pay for the entire group. CARTS • Carts are mandatory. • Carts will be sanitized and be in the staging area near parking lot and will be parked with social distancing in mind. • Carts are not permitted in the parking lot area. PLAY • Putting Greens and Driving Range are CLOSED. • Please follow all starter’s instructions, course signage and any messages from golf staff displayed on the cart’s GPS screen. • Flagsticks are always to remain in the cups. • A 3” foam insert has been placed in cups to allow you to “putt out” and still safely retrieve your golf ball without touching any surfaces. • No rakes, ball washers or water coolers will be on the course. • Play all bunkers as waste areas (can ground your club). • Out of courtesy for the groups behind, please smooth footprints. • Wash stations located next to portable restrooms on holes #3 & #14. • After finishing your round, please return cart to staging area. • Please dispose of any trash in provided receptacles. • Proceed directly to your car with your golf clubs. Carts are not permitted in parking lot area. For more information or to book a tee time, visit cranberryhighlands.com.
Seneca Valley Teachers, Cranberry First Responders to Parade Through Neighborhoods Seneca Valley Teachers, Cranberry First Responders to Parade Through Neighborhoods
Seneca Valley School District students will be honored with a parade featuring Township first responders Monday. The parade will also feature nearly 100 staff members who will make their way throughout Township neighborhoods to greet students and their families. They will be joined by Township police, fire and EMS crews, as well as responders from Seven Fields. The parade will begin at about 10:45 a.m., and will travel through the following neighborhoods: • Route 1: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Fernway; Clearbrook; Sun Valley and Woodlands; Berkley Manor, Hampshire Woods and Autumn Hill; Georgetown Square; and Freedom Woods. • Route 2: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Glen Eden; Maples; Antler Ridge; Eden Way; Settler’s Grove; Glenbrook Manor; Manor Creek; Unionville; Springfield Manor; Winchester; and Meeder via Route 19. • Route 3: Beginning at Hope Church and traveling to Timberline; Peace; Walden Pond; Crystal Springs; Lakevue; St. Leaonards Woods; Hazelwood; Spring Meadows; Grandshire; across Route 228 to the Village at Cranberry Woods; Haven at Cranberry Woods; Southridge; and Dutilh Apartments. • Route 4: Beginning at Rowan Elementary and traveling past the Route 19 trailer court; Franklin Ridge; Franklin Crossings; Preserves East; Preserves West; North Boundary; Shadow Creek; and Forest Edge. • Route 5: Beginning at Hope Church and traveling to Northridge; the Estates at Seven Fields; and Castle Creek. • Route 6: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Creekwood and Creekwood Commons; Kimberwick; Bellevue Park and Park Place; Chatham Commons; Forest Park; The Crossings; Highland Village; Havenwood; Hunters Creek; Avery’s Field; Woodbine; Green Fields Estates; Briar Creek; and Eden Square. • Route 7: Beginning at Haine School and traveling to Cranberry Pointe; Cranberry Estates; Cranberry West; Cranberry Village; Valleybrook; Deer Run; Pine Ridge; Fernway; Orchard Park; Darlington and Grace Estates; and Blue Ridge. • Route 8: Beginning at Rowan Elementary and traveling to Fox Run; Canterbury Heights; Carriage Manor; Forest Knoll; Windwood Heights; Redmond Place; Old Towne; Scenic Ridge; and LaGrande Maison. Families along the routes are asked to wave from the safety of their homes and porches and not gather at bus stops or street corners in an effort to promote social distancing, Media is invited to film along these routes.
Garing to Share Response Team Information Garing to Share Response Team Information
The Township’s Chief of Fire and Emergency Services will offer insight on the Community Response Team and how it is helping residents. Scott Garing will participate in a webinar titled “Creating a ‘Buddy System’ for At-Risk Persons: A How-To for Communities” at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 16. The event is hosted by Sustainable Pittsburgh. The Community Response Team pairs volunteers with those in need of essential items like groceries and prescriptions. Additionally, it uses monetary donations to help provide essential items for those facing financial hardship. Garing will join panelists Dave Breingan, Executive Director of Lawrenceville United and Zaheen Hussain, Director of Sustainability at New Sun Rising. Those organizations have started similar programs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The three will share their processes, forms, experiences, and other tools necessary to start this program in other communities. To register, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kzZBhCT-R0Wac-rgIZqxKw.
Township Lights Up to Honor Frontline Workers Township Lights Up to Honor Frontline Workers
To honor the efforts of first responders and healthcare workers, the Municipal Center will be bathed in light each evening, and the public is invited to light their own homes and businesses in solidarity. Gold lights brighten the building each Thursday through Sunday to put a spotlight on the first responders, doctors, nurses and other front-line workers who are diligently working to keep us safe and battle the pandemic. From Monday through Wednesday, the building is lit in red, white and blue to signify the unity of America. It’s a call to action to remain unified during this trying time. Township residents and business owners are being asked to light up their buildings in a similar fashion to let these heroes know they are appreciated and supported. Residents are invited to send photos of their lights to the Township’s Facebook page. Those photos will be shared online to continue the show of support.
Cranberry Has the Cure for Being Cooped Up Cranberry Has the Cure for Being Cooped Up
When the weather outside is cloudy, and when the challenge of games wears thin, children are in need of something fun to occupy their time. Cranberry Township’s Cooped-Up Cranberry program is the cure for boredom, offering activities and programs five days a week administered by the Library, Parks and Recreation and Engineering staffs. Content features everything from maker-related tasks like those that would be enjoyed in the Library’s new Makerspace, story time, arts and crafts projects, cooking challenges and virtual field trips. To join in on the fun, visit CranberryTownship.org/CoopedUpCranberry.
Cranberry Community Response Team Expands Reach Cranberry Community Response Team Expands Reach
Thanks to a generous donation from MarkWest Energy Partners, the Township’s Community Response Team is expanding its reach to neighboring communities in Southwest Butler County. The Community Response Team was created to help residents who were adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Since its inception, volunteers have stepped up in great numbers to assist their neighbors in shopping for essential needs, while supplies have been purchased with monetary donations. The need, however, isn’t contained within Cranberry Township, and the MarkWest Energy Partners donation will allow the CRT to assist even more people. Residents in Harmony, Zelienople, Evans City, Jackson Township and Lancaster Township can request assistance by visiting cranberrytownship.org/CRT and completing the form, or by calling 724-776-4806.
Community Response Team Holding First Volunteer Event Community Response Team Holding First Volunteer Event
Cranberry Township’s Community Response Team will offer its first volunteer opportunity Wednesday, April 1. Volunteers will report to the Township Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Maintenance Building Drive, Cranberry Township, from noon to 12:30 p.m. April 1 to receive paperwork and a shopping list for those in need. They will be given gift cards to purchase items and will then bring those items back to the Public Safety Training Center. Staff will be onsite to unload vehicles, and volunteers will remain in their vehicles to ensure safe social distancing. Media is invited to attend but asked to contact our Communications Department beforehand in an attempt to limit the number of people in the area. Please contact Tina Fedko at tina.fedko@cranberrytownship.org or J.W. Johnson at jw.johnson@cranberrytownship.org to schedule a time.
Board of Supervisors Meeting to Be Held Virtually Board of Supervisors Meeting to Be Held Virtually
To encourage social distancing and respect the Governor’s order to stay at home while continuing the business of the Township, the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors will meet via Microsoft Teams for their April 2 meeting. The meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 2, can be viewed by the public at cranberrytownship.org/boardmeeting. The meeting can be viewed through a computer’s web browser or through the Microsoft Teams application on a computer, tablet or cellphone. Public comment will be taken via a Q&A feature at the beginning of the meeting. During that time, a comment can be typed and added to the official meeting record. Those wishing to comment but without access to a computer can do so by calling Gretchen Moran at 724-776-4806 ext. 1103 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Community Response Team Helping Residents Community Response Team Helping Residents
In good times and bad, Cranberry Township residents have a history of supporting one another. Fundraisers, charity drives and service projects are commonplace and a large part of what makes the Township a great place to live, work and play. Now, with many members of the community facing an unprecedented shutdown of daily life, that community spirit is needed more than ever. That’s why the Township is seeking individuals to help ease the burden the pandemic is having on the community. Volunteers will help provide those in need with essential basic human needs like food, water, or toiletries. By doing this, they can help make the day a little brighter in a term of uncertainty. Healthy volunteers who want to help, as well as residents in need of assistance are asked to visit cranberrytownship.org/CRT or call Customer Service at 724-776-4806. Monetary donations will be used to purchase re-loadable gift cards to be used by volunteers to buy essential goods for those in need. Residents, businesses and other organizations can donate by sending a check made out to “CTCC” and “CRT Relief Fund” in the memo line to: Cranberry Township Community Chest Attn: Community Response Team Relief Fund 2525 Rochester Road, Suite 450 Cranberry Township, PA 16066 Questions about donating can be directed to Harmony Hodges at 724-776-4806 x 1175.
Cranberry Library to Close Through March 31 Cranberry Library to Close Through March 31
In an effort to be proactive in stopping the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Cranberry Public Library will close to the public beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The closure will remain in place through March 31. As part of this closure, the Municipal Center will be closed Sunday, March 15. During the closure, several options are available to patrons. With a valid library card, most online resources are available 24/7. Books, downloadable audio items, and online magazines are available for checkout. Many databases are available to assist with reference inquires. Visit www.cranberrylibrary.org for access to these resources. Library staff will be available via phone to assist with online resources and questions that patrons may have during this time. The library will offer phone-ahead checkout of up to 5 items. Patrons wishing to take advantage of this service can call the library at 724-776-9100 ext. 1123. Library staff are asking patrons to have their library card number available and the specific title information ready. Pickup times for items are from 10 a.m. to noon and 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Friday-Saturday. This service will not be available on Sundays. In addition to the closing, all Cranberry Public Library storytimes, events, programs for all ages will be cancelled through April 30. At this time, the Library anticipates reopening for business on April 1, but will continue to monitor the situation and make appropriate decisions as necessary.
Township Taking Steps to Stop Spread of Coronavirus Township Taking Steps to Stop Spread of Coronavirus
Cranberry Township is not exempt from dealing with the challenges being posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Though no confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in Cranberry Township or Western Pennsylvania, Township leaders are following the advice and recommendations of state and federal officials to take preliminary action now. Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13, all non-essential programming, meetings and events will be canceled or postponed. This includes all Parks and Recreation Department offerings, excluding pre-school and Kids Club programs. Those programs will continue in coordination with the Seneca Valley School District. They will also be canceled if the District closes. Officials are also evaluating all events being hosted at Township facilities. Township Administrators are also in the process of reviewing which services are essential to the basic function of government and how those services will be staffed. Essential staff will continue to work on-site to ensure that services such as public works including water and sewer services and trash collection; building and code inspectors; police, fire and EMS; and communications continue to be provided at the high standard set by the Township. Customer service representatives will also continue to be available to Township residents at the Municipal Center. These changes will not only ensure the Township can continue to provide essential services, but will help slow the spread of the virus. Again, while there are currently no reported cases in our area, eliminating the amount of social interaction in public spaces is key to slowing the overall spread of the illness. Township officials will continue to monitor the situation, and additional adjustments will be communicated to local media and via the Township’s website, social media and other outlets. Township officials believe taking these precautionary steps are the responsible steps a government must take to ensure the safety and well-being of the community and its employees. For more information and continued updates, visit cranberrytownship.org/coronavirus.
Cranberry Township Earns 2020 Banner Community Distinction Cranberry Township Earns 2020 Banner Community Distinction
Cranberry Township is once again raising a banner to its rafters. On Friday, the Allegheny League of Municipalities announced Cranberry was chosen as a 2020 Banner Community. It is one of 74 communities in the region to receive the honor. The announcement was made during a lunch event held by the Allegheny League of Municipalities on Friday at PNC Park. According to the Allegheny League of Municipalities, a Banner Community is, “a model community through a commitment to sustainable practices including professional development, intergovernmental cooperation, sound fiscal management and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders” The Township has earned the award every year since its inception in 2012 – a fete not lost on Township leaders “We are honored to again be chosen as a banner community,” said Dick Hadley, chairman of the Township Board of Supervisors. “The criteria set forth in making that determination are the foundation of our Township – fiscal responsibility, community engagement and working together to continue our success. The combination of those principles is what makes Cranberry Township a great place to live, work and play.”
Annual CranFest Postponed Until Fall 2020 Annual CranFest Postponed Until Fall 2020
Over the past six years, CranFest has become a popular celebration of Cranberry Township’s diversity, steadily growing in both community participation and attendance each April. To ensure the event continues to thrive in a comfortable, positive and safe environment, the 2020 edition of CranFest will be postponed until fall. With the ongoing concern and unpredictable nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested altering or canceling large gatherings in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. Given the interactive nature of CranFest and out of an abundance of caution, organizers determined following that suggestion was the best option. By moving the event until later in 2020, organizers hope there is better clarity on the virus’ impact, and, ultimately, that it subsides. This postponement will also allow for several major projects in and around the Township Municipal Center to be completed, including the Library MakerSpace and community gathering area in the center of the building. A rescheduled date has not yet been determined. However, organizers believe this postponement will make certain that the spirit of CranFest continues to grow and flourish in the years to come.
‘Let’s Dance’ Offers Chance to Learn New Steps ‘Let’s Dance’ Offers Chance to Learn New Steps
Funeral Arrangements Set for Township Firefighters Funeral Arrangements Set for Township Firefighters
Diversity Network to Host Film Series Diversity Network to Host Film Series
Ribbon cutting set for new dog-friendly areas Ribbon cutting set for new dog-friendly areas
Santa To Make First Stop, Fri., November 22 Santa To Make First Stop, Fri., November 22
Fire Company Seeking Associate Members Fire Company Seeking Associate Members
Cranberry to hold Open House on Stormwater Fee October 9 Cranberry to hold Open House on Stormwater Fee October 9
 It’s CarFit! Free program helps senior drivers find the safest fit in their cars It’s CarFit! Free program helps senior drivers find the safest fit in their cars
National Honey Bee Day Buzzes for Donations National Honey Bee Day Buzzes for Donations
Traffic control utility boxes to become art objects Traffic control utility boxes to become art objects
Township announces temporary closure of Burke Rd. Township announces temporary closure of Burke Rd.
Mazzoni Award to be presented to Dr Edward Sarver Mazzoni Award to be presented to Dr Edward Sarver
Cranberry queues up summer concert series Cranberry queues up summer concert series
Homeowner Associations Rev up for Slow-Down Campaign Homeowner Associations Rev up for Slow-Down Campaign
Dedication slated for expanded Park Fire Station Dedication slated for expanded Park Fire Station
Cranberry to hold Mini Maker Faire May 11 Cranberry to hold Mini Maker Faire May 11
Cranberry Township, Haine Middle School Offer Rain Barrel Instruction Cranberry Township, Haine Middle School Offer Rain Barrel Instruction
Cranberry Manager’s Coffee to focus on zoning Cranberry Manager’s Coffee to focus on zoning
Township to collect unwanted prescription drugs Township to collect unwanted prescription drugs
Fish to make a splash in Cranberry Fish to make a splash in Cranberry
CranFest to showcase global diversity April 6 CranFest to showcase global diversity April 6
Cranberry Municipal Center Goes Blue Cranberry Municipal Center Goes Blue
Cranberry to host hazardous waste collection April 6 Cranberry to host hazardous waste collection April 6
Cranberry designated a Banner Community for seventh consecutive year Cranberry designated a Banner Community for seventh consecutive year
Two-part Manager’s Coffee to focus on land development, property rights Two-part Manager’s Coffee to focus on land development, property rights
Cranberry rated among America’s safest places Cranberry rated among America’s safest places
Got art? We want it! Got art? We want it!
Cranberry welcomes new children’s librarian Cranberry welcomes new children’s librarian
It’s Not Easy Being Green It’s Not Easy Being Green
Cranberry Manager’s Coffee to focus on Makerspace Cranberry Manager’s Coffee to focus on Makerspace
Comparative religions to be focus of Cranberry workshop Comparative religions to be focus of Cranberry workshop
Cranberry diversity network announces first movies in 2019 series Cranberry diversity network announces first movies in 2019 series
Mental health issues affecting first responders is Cranberry program theme Mental health issues affecting first responders is Cranberry program theme
Cranberry seeks tow contractor Cranberry seeks tow contractor
Cranberry Coffee to focus on traffic calming Cranberry Coffee to focus on traffic calming
Cranberry EMS to teach basic CPR in five minutes Cranberry EMS to teach basic CPR in five minutes
Cranberry preschool open house, November 19 Cranberry preschool open house, November 19
Early 2019 Waterpark memberships come with discounts, bonuses Early 2019 Waterpark memberships come with discounts, bonuses
Cranberry basketball programs target kids 6 through 13 Cranberry basketball programs target kids 6 through 13
Cranberry EMS course to focus on maintaining balance Cranberry EMS course to focus on maintaining balance
Effort to stop cars from passing active school buses gains new strength Effort to stop cars from passing active school buses gains new strength
Township to collect unwanted prescription drugs Township to collect unwanted prescription drugs
Chainsaw wood sculpture auction is now online Chainsaw wood sculpture auction is now online
Team up to build new playground Team up to build new playground
Free program helps senior drivers find the safest fit in their cars Free program helps senior drivers find the safest fit in their cars
Cranberry seeking grown-ups for playground build Cranberry seeking grown-ups for playground build
Cranberry Highlands to host food truck rally Cranberry Highlands to host food truck rally
Cranberry to host Household Hazardous Waste collection September 29 Cranberry to host Household Hazardous Waste collection September 29
Start of School Year Triggers Slow-Down Campaign Start of School Year Triggers Slow-Down Campaign
Miss Universe aims to empower women in Cranberry Miss Universe aims to empower women in Cranberry
Cranberry to offer free yoga classes Cranberry to offer free yoga classes
Cranberry Fire Safety Education programs honored Cranberry Fire Safety Education programs honored
Cranberry invites residents to become playground planners Cranberry invites residents to become playground planners
Cranberry Police about to roll out new traffic incident management trailer Cranberry Police about to roll out new traffic incident management trailer
Night Out safety awareness event is coming back, August 7 Night Out safety awareness event is coming back, August 7
Water safety is focus of July 30 Cranberry Manager’s Coffee Water safety is focus of July 30 Cranberry Manager’s Coffee
Cranberry elevates safety campaign at Waterpark Cranberry elevates safety campaign at Waterpark
Cranberry EMS agency wins national recognition Cranberry EMS agency wins national recognition
New sculpture captures the spirit of Cranberry library makerspace project New sculpture captures the spirit of Cranberry library makerspace project
CTCC’s 2019 Project of the Year renews Cranberry’s library CTCC’s 2019 Project of the Year renews Cranberry’s library
Preparations underway for Cranberry Community Days celebration Preparations underway for Cranberry Community Days celebration
Bike Safety Rodeo to be held in Cranberry, July 21 Bike Safety Rodeo to be held in Cranberry, July 21
Cranberry preps for free summer concert series Cranberry preps for free summer concert series
Free family favorite films in Cranberry Free family favorite films in Cranberry
Homeowner Associations Spread the Message -  Slow-Down! Homeowner Associations Spread the Message - Slow-Down!
Cranberry Rocks competition comes to a spectacular ending Cranberry Rocks competition comes to a spectacular ending
EMS will be the focus of Cranberry Manager’s May 22 Coffee event EMS will be the focus of Cranberry Manager’s May 22 Coffee event
PGA introduces Jr League golf at Cranberry Highlands PGA introduces Jr League golf at Cranberry Highlands
Cranberry Township, Haine Middle School Offer Rain Barrel Instruction Cranberry Township, Haine Middle School Offer Rain Barrel Instruction
Township to collect unwanted prescription drugs Township to collect unwanted prescription drugs
Cranberry Manager’s coffee to focus on Library Cranberry Manager’s coffee to focus on Library
Autism is theme of Diversity Network film Autism is theme of Diversity Network film
Cranberry opens Pothole Hotline Cranberry opens Pothole Hotline
Cranberry event to preview summer programs Cranberry event to preview summer programs
Cranberry EMS honors its best Cranberry EMS honors its best
 Park shelters, decks and pool now available for private events Park shelters, decks and pool now available for private events
Cranberry program registrations are ready for summer Cranberry program registrations are ready for summer
Cranberry to host program spotlighting depression Cranberry to host program spotlighting depression
A look inside Cranberry’s snow event response A look inside Cranberry’s snow event response
Japanese film kicks off CADN 2018 Japanese film kicks off CADN 2018 "Movies & Mumble" series
Party in Cranberry celebrates conclusion of Hanukkah Party in Cranberry celebrates conclusion of Hanukkah
Santa's First Stop, November 17, 2017 Santa's First Stop, November 17, 2017
Cranberry to hold special needs, special abilities expo November 1 Cranberry to hold special needs, special abilities expo November 1
Cranberry Firehouse Spaghetti Dinner October 28 Cranberry Firehouse Spaghetti Dinner October 28
Cranberry Manager’s Coffee to focus on emergency services Cranberry Manager’s Coffee to focus on emergency services
Grief and loss to be focus of October 4 workshop in Cranberry Grief and loss to be focus of October 4 workshop in Cranberry
Cranberry to host Household Hazardous Waste collection October 7 Cranberry to host Household Hazardous Waste collection October 7
Photo exhibit is focused on Butler County in World War II Photo exhibit is focused on Butler County in World War II
Cranberry to offer a free car seat check September 23 Cranberry to offer a free car seat check September 23
Property tax due  Just say “Charge it!” Property tax due Just say “Charge it!”
Cranberry coffee get-together to focus on redevelopment Cranberry coffee get-together to focus on redevelopment
Puppy Plunge is back at Cranberry Waterpark Puppy Plunge is back at Cranberry Waterpark
Cranberry simulates road network for emergency training Cranberry simulates road network for emergency training
CTCC transfers $110,000 toward Disc Golf course CTCC transfers $110,000 toward Disc Golf course
Delayed start of school year prompts new driver awareness campaign Delayed start of school year prompts new driver awareness campaign
Cranberry Township receives another credit upgrade Cranberry Township receives another credit upgrade
Burke Road to close weekdays, August 10 to 25 Burke Road to close weekdays, August 10 to 25
Cranberry’s credit score among the best in PA Cranberry’s credit score among the best in PA
Cranberry Highlands re-certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Cranberry Highlands re-certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
Cranberry Waterpark adds backdoor entrance Cranberry Waterpark adds backdoor entrance
2017 water system flushing schedule 2017 water system flushing schedule
Manager's Coffee Goes Wild! Manager's Coffee Goes Wild!
Cranberry to host Family Scouting event Cranberry to host Family Scouting event
Cranberry EMS honored by American Heart Association Cranberry EMS honored by American Heart Association
Cranberry Waterpark to Open May 27 Cranberry Waterpark to Open May 27
Coffee Emergency Township Manager to lead EMS tour Coffee Emergency Township Manager to lead EMS tour
Cranberry Highlands Golf Pros Honored Cranberry Highlands Golf Pros Honored
Cranberry Recognized by Allegheny Co. as a Banner Community Cranberry Recognized by Allegheny Co. as a Banner Community
Cranberry named among best places to build wealth Cranberry named among best places to build wealth
Local firm accepts hard-to-dispose-of items in Cranberry April 1 Local firm accepts hard-to-dispose-of items in Cranberry April 1
Police hungry for evidence Police hungry for evidence
Township communications projects honored Township communications projects honored
Cranberry Launches ELITE Police FIT program Cranberry Launches ELITE Police FIT program
Effort to stop cars from passing active school buses gains new strength Effort to stop cars from passing active school buses gains new strength