Thursday, June 9, 2022

THOSE HORNS YOU HEARD LAST NIGHT were from a parade of cars carrying celebratory MHS seniors as they continue the run-up to next Wednesday's graduation. We have photos below and lots of other coverage as the school year winds down -- including news of the MPS teacher of the year, of nationally recognized inventors, a state champion runner and a special send-off to a retiring music teacher. OneManchester is always fact-packed but this week ridiculously so, and if you want to subscribe just click here.

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Principal Bruce Thorndike was the first to congratulate Jason Daniels when Jason learned he'd been selected as the district's teacher of the year on Tuesday morning. Below are the individual school teachers of the year:
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From left -- Pam Woodruff, Bentley; Jason Daniels, MRA; Laurie Gardner, Waddell; Lydia Cocchiola, Bowers; Erin Kezer, Verplanck; Cherie Seaha, Buckley; Konatsu Sonokawa, Martin; Julie Dumeer, MHS; Kathryn Olesnevich, Bennet; Kristin Gianpoalo, Keeney and Sharon Willhelm, Highland Park. Missing from the photo was Chelsea Constantino of Illing.

Music Through The Years

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More than 100 former Manchester High students returned to perform with an alumni chorus at a special Round Table concert celebrating the career of Ed Tyler, who is retiring after 33 years. WFSB-Channel 3 was there and aired this terrific story and we also have lots of photos from the event on the district Facebook page. Below is a photo of Martin kindergartener Miya, standing between MPS K-12 music coordinator Keith Berry and MHS Senior Kisha Patel. The MHS Jazz Ensemble is after a two-year hiatus again visiting elementary schools to teach about instruments, jazz, and entertain -- and see who's taller than a baritone saxophone.

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Riley's E-Z Swallow and Josie's Ring of Fire were grade-level winners at the National Invention Convention, More than 140,000 students from throughout the country participated in local competitions across the country and more than 300 advanced to Nationals in Detroit. You can read about our contingent's inventions here (including those of June Steffenson and Boden Archer, the other MPS students who advanced to nationals). Also, Fox 61 did a feature on the Steffenson sisters that you can see here.
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News, Notes and Reminders



  • The BoE meets Monday night at 7 and on the agenda is recognition of the school teachers of the year as well as an Adult Ed update. Click for info about community engagement.


  • Next Wednesday will be a full day at all schools except MHS, which has an early release because graduation is that night.
  • Juneteenth is being recognized with a day off on Monday, June 20.
  • All schools will have early release (using emergency dismissal schedule) every day starting Tuesday, June 21.
  • The last day for all schools except Illing is Thursday, June 23.
  • Illing will have classes on Friday, June 24 (with an emergency dismissal schedule) because they were closed one day earlier this year due to a staffing shortage.

Manchester Head Start is currently enrolling preschoolers for the 2022-23 school year. Click for registration info.

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What's Cooking?

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MHS students in Advanced Culinary class recently visited Manchester Country Club and on Tuesday welcomed Chef Corey Wry (a 1995 grad) back to school to sample sandwiches that students hoped would be worthy of being on his menu. Wry and Danita Sulick (owner of Mulberry Street) had good news for sophomore Savannah Reid who with help from classmate Abby Stone created "The Hole in One Melt” -- two beef patties on Texas Toast with Pepper Jack cheese, caramelized onions and a creamy Chipotle Pepper Sauce that will soon be served at “The Hollow.”

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District Art Show

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The Manchester High School cafeteria was filled with color Tuesday night when the district celebrated K -12 artists with its first art show in three years. For more photos check out the district Facebook page.

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In The News

"I describe nostalgia as that Christmas morning feeling, it’s that excitement that brings you back to your childhood." So says Brandon Farr, owner of Retro Junk in the old Manchester Mall on Main Street. His business was featured on Ch.3 and you can see the clip here.

  • The JI covered East Catholic's graduation and you can read the story here.
  • To learn about the CT Child Tax Rebate click here.
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Other Newsletters

  • Manchester Historical Society: Free bandshell concert tonight (June 9); ‘Celebrate Manchester’ continues through the weekend; ‘Threads and Strings’ demonstration at the Cheney Homestead on Sunday, plus a witty Bill Whitaker cartoon from 1970 and much more.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: Feature story ‘Ending Gun Violence’ by Anthony Rein; Rec on the Run ready for another summer; celebrate Pride Month with author Sarah Prager on June 24 at Northwest Park.

  • Manchester Matters: Celebrate Manchester! continues through Sunday; BOD meeting on Tuesday; Sculpture Project’s mini-golf tournament and the Lions Club Duck Race are scheduled for Saturday.

Celebrate Manchester!

A more-than weeklong family-friendly series of events and opportunities wraps up on Sunday with remaining highlights including your once-a-year chance to get inside Pitkin Glass Works, a mini-golf fundraiser for the Elisabeth Bennet statute, a Duck Race at Charter Oak Park and more. This flier has lots of details as does our calendar below. Of special notice: These sites are all are open for free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday:
  • The History Center
  • Cheney Homestead
  • Old Manchester Museum
  • Woodbridge Farmstead
  • Pitkin Glass Works
  • The Fire Museum
This being the Second Saturday of the month means Main Street will be extra busy, too.
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The Week Ahead

Thursday, June 9
8 a.m. -- Manchester Economic Development Commision meeting at Lincoln Center.
6 - 8 p.m. -- Flag Day at the Elks Lodge, 30 Bissell St.
7 p.m. -- Charter Revision Committee meeting at Town Hall and via Zoom.CANCELLED

7 p.m. -- Spring Concert (rescheduled) at the Manchester Bicentennial Bandshell.

Friday, June 10
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Red Cross blood drive at Buckland Hills Mall, 194 Buckland St.

5 - 8 p.m. -- Seventh and eighth grade social at YSB, 63 Linden St.

6 - 8 p.m. -- The Art Experience Blend at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St. (To see the artists click here.)

Saturday, June 11
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Rainbow Pop-Up Shop at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.
8:30 a.m. -- Daycare Provider CPR & first aid course at 75 Center St.
9 a.m. - noon -- Polish food sale at st. John’s Polish National Church, 23 Golway St.

9 - 2 p.m. -- Trash & Treasures tag sale at South Methodist Church, 1226 Main St.

10 a.m. -- Mini-Golf Tournament to benefit the Elisabeth M. Bennet Statue at Mar-Lea Miniature Golf, 244 Boston Tpke Bolton.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Second Saturday open house at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- MARC Inc. Celebrates its 70th birthday at Northwest Park, 448 Tolland Tpke
Noon -- Truck Day at Lutz Children’s Museum.
6 - 8 p.m. -- Drag Jamboree at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Sunday, June 12
Noon - 4 p.m. -- Threads & Strings demonstration at Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Rd.

Monday, June 13

3-5 p.m. -- Gentle Love Diaper Pantry drive at Manchester High (Summit Street lot)

4-5:30 p.m. -- 'Home Alone Safety For Kids' program at Youth Service Bureau

5 p.m. -- Groundbreaking Ceremony at Bowers School.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, June 14
9 a.m. -- Flag Day at the Lutz, 247 S. Main St.
3:15 p.m. -- Yoga class for teens at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Manchester Cub Scout Pack 47 Rocket Rally at Keeney School.
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, June 15
4:30- 7:30 p.m. -- Spruce Street Farmers Market at 153 & 163 Spruce St. (Wednesdays through August 31).
6 p.m. -- Manchester High Graduation Ceremony, Memorial Field, MHS. Gates open at 5:15 p.m.(rain date - June 16).
6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.
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Down The Road

On June 18, Manchester will be hosting its second annual Juneteenth Freedom Day Commemoration at the Mahoney Center. It's from 4-7 p.m. and you can learn more here.

  • UCONN has a summer STEM program for girls who will be 7th - 12th graders in the fall. Click here for more information.

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  • Ansaldi's and Army-Navy play tonight (Thursday) at 5:45 p.m. at Dettore Field to determine the town Little League champion (12-and-under).

  • The Hartford Shockers (9-3) will host the Philly Raiders (8-5) in the ECBL Atlantic Division semi-final game on Saturday at 5 p.m. at East Catholic.

  • Registration is open for the Manchester Running Company's summer series at MHS. It starts July 7 and there's more info here.

  • ‘Together We Tee’ is a six-week golf program offered this summer at Manchester Country Club to local Black and Brown youth of all genders and their parents/guardians. Click here for more information.

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MHS Seniors who will be graduating next week donned their caps and gowns last night for a Car Parade and here's a video of the revelry taken by student journalists. The parade followed a 'grad walk' tour of K-6 buildings on Tuesday (with more scheduled today) as seniors are walking the halls of were their journeys began -- and giving younger students a glimpse of what will be theirs some day. The pics below are from Keeney Elementary and we have more schools covered (and more care parade pics) on the district FB page.
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OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office; he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017 and features the photography of Paul Ofria. Want to subscribe? Just click here.