Jerry Andree, Township Manager

Jerry Andree, Township Manager

No level of government has more impact on daily life than local government. That’s why my colleagues and I at Cranberry Township are passionate about pushing the limits of excellence to provide the best possible services to our residents and customers.

However, being well-served is not a passive achievement; it is a collective undertaking. Through this blog, we offer our personal reflections on that assignment. 

Aug 19

Ready, Set, Educate! Township Provides Balance for Families

Posted on August 19, 2020 at 2:08 PM by Jerry Andree

Each day, Township staff spend their days making decisions with one goal in mind: how to make our community better for our residents.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life, and with back-to-school plans subject to constant change, our Parks and Recreation Department has stepped up to ensure childcare for our working families is one less worry.

Our Kids Club Before and After School programs are being expanded to include Kids Club PLUS, an all-day childcare option. With these programs, students in kindergarten through sixth grade can learn remotely, get exercise and social interaction in a safe environment from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday.

By opening our Municipal Center for these additional hours, we hope to take the guesswork and worry off the plate of parents and guardians who must find a way to balance careers and childcare for days when students are not in a school classroom.

The Parks and Recreation Department is also hard at work to ensure the Early Learning Center, which offers pre-school for ages 3-5, is being operated in the safest way possible. The state-certified program follows all CDC and state regulations and is currently enrolling new students.

The safety protocols being put in place for both Kids Club and the Early Learning Center have been extensively discussed, vetted and implemented over the course of the summer. They were created at the same time as the Camp Cranberry program and the Township Waterpark were operating with much success.

In all instances, safety remains the key focus for both students and staff. We hope these programs and protocols help our families feel comfortable and assured that as always, Cranberry Township is here to do what it takes to take care of our residents.

To learn more about Kids Club, visit cranberrytownship.org/kidsclub. To learn more and to register for the Early Learning Center, visit cranberrytownship.org/preschool.

I’d love to hear your feedback on these and other programs. Email me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.

Jun 01

Now More Than Ever, We Must Be #CranberryTogether

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 9:55 AM by Jerry Andree

The recent images and videos of the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arberyre, along with the news accounts of the death of Breonna Taylor, are hard to see and difficult to understand. How could these tragedies happen?

They serve as a blunt reminder that there is still much work to be done in America to ensure our neighbors feel equal.

The reaction has been swift and, at times, violent. It’s been a trying time for leaders and residents across the country as they grapple with how to make their communities safe, welcoming and considerate of all cultures and backgrounds.

The goal of creating a diverse community where all cultures are seen and heard is one that is part of the fabric of Cranberry Township.

It starts with every municipal employee, who are held to high standard when it comes to treating residents and co-workers with respect.

That includes our Police Department, where our officers are held to the highest standards of professionalism and public service, a standard that is embraced and practiced consistently by every officer. They practice their professionalism in a compassionate and understanding manner, no matter the situation in which they find themselves.

That mission spreads throughout the community thanks to organizations like the Township supported Cranberry Area Diversity Network, CADN. For 27 years, the organization has promoted inclusion and diversity for those of any ethnicity, religion, gender, age or race.

Through yearly events like CranFest and frequent programs, the group brings all members of the community together to engage in conversation. The goal is to promote better understanding for others and adopt an appreciation for the challenges their neighbors may face each day.

The mission has been embraced by the community, with thousands from around the region taking part in these programs each year. Our community takes this mission seriously and has helped CADN become an integral part of our community’s fabric. 

These are unsettling times for many, and tough conversations and interactions lie ahead. Our promise is that Cranberry Township will continue to value and place emphasis on promoting diversity through positive interactions and respectful, compassionate dialogue.

We will continue to make Cranberry Township a great – and inclusive – place to live, work and play.

We’d love to hear your feedback. Email me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.

Sincerely,

Jerry Andree, Township Manager

Kevin Meyer, Chief of Police

Charles Hawkins, Coordinator, Cranberry Area Diversity Network

May 10

Being Thankful for a Unique Mother’s Day

Posted on May 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM by Jerry Andree

For the past two months, our daily lives have been turned upside down.

The stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are wide ranging and hard hitting, from financial concerns to keeping families healthy.

Undoubtedly, the strong mothers and women in our community and across the country have been at the forefront of keeping households running smoothly.

It could be as unassuming as having to prepare three meals a day for a hungry family, or as challenging as becoming a teacher for their children. The laundry has certainly increased, and perhaps they have been forced to become a caregiver for an ill or at-risk relative.

Still others have had to find the right words to explain to their children why Little League season won’t happen this year, or why they can’t visit their friends for a play date.

They’re doing this while also balancing careers, with office banter replaced by declarations of boredom and hunger.

It’s a challenge unlike any other in our history, and there is no playbook. Families have been forced to adapt and carry the weight of anxiety and fear. As they tend to do, mothers have stepped up to calm those fears, perhaps while ignoring their own.

As we celebrate a Mother’s Day unlike any other, it is more important than ever to let the special woman in your life know they are appreciated and loved. The celebrations may change, with in-person dinners replaced by virtual meetings. But the sentiment remains the same.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women in the Cranberry community. We wouldn’t be where we are without you.

I'd love to hear your feedback. Email me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org