Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

HOMECOMING is a big deal at Manchester High and it's extra exciting this year because last year everything was canceled. Tomorrow's parade steps off at 3:30 p.m. and the route is much shorter -- but that's OK because the real fun is at the end anyway, as a spirited crowd will gather on the Brookfield Street side of MHS to watch dances and performances. We have more below as well as a highlights from last weekend's festivities at Northwest Park and Downtown. Enjoy OneManchester? You can get it by email each week if you just click here.
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Homecoming Parade Is Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

  • The route is shorter this year -- with marchers gathering at the tennis courts on East Center Street and then heading down Brookfield.
  • There's also a Fan Fest from 5-6 p.m. behind the football field concession stand and then the Hoco game at 6 against Middleton High. There's also a diaper drive from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Latasha Easterling-Turnquest, the district's Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement, made another Let's Talk video with her thoughts on how the parade is a great way for younger students/families to get an up-close look at MHS pride. Click here to see it.
More from MHS:

'The Pulse,' Manchester High's award winning news program, is back for 2021-22. Want to know more about the scarecrow tradition Main Street? Or a popular farm stand in town? Or the MHS soccer coach who will take a national team in Israel next summer? It's all one click away.

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Classroom Snapshots...

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At left, Mickiyah displays her cell research board in Mr. Reisine's sixth grade science class at Bennet; students in Mr. Jones' Law and Order class investigate a mock crime scene with School Resource Officer Moan.

Board Of Education

Monday's BoE meeting included a report by Superintendent Matt Geary on the latest challenges related to COVID and also a presentation on hiring and related HR issues that included comments from Sinthia-Sone Moyano, Assistant Superintendent of Human Capital and Talent Development. Also, Beth Mix (D) was named to filled a vacancy created when Emily Luna left to focus on law school. Click here to see a replay.

The BoE's next meeting is schedule for Monday, Nov. 8.

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Also Of Note

KID GOVERNOR CANDIDATE: Ella Wallace is Bennet's representative in this statewide civics program, which since Fall 2015 has had Connecticut’s fifth graders voting for one of their peers to serve as the state’s Kid Governor. The winner will be revealed in mid-November. For more information click here. (To see other Bennet Kid Governor candidates click here.)
  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.
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Trick Or Treating

Downtown sidewalks were packed last Saturday with kids of all ages happily clammering for candy. There are more photos on Facebook.

,,, and Barking In The Park

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The Manchester Adults and Continuing Education Department sponsored Bark in the Park and lots of costumed canines congregated at Center Memorial Park.
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Congrats to Willow, Montoya, Curtis, Luna and Deylen, the ultimutt winners of the costume contest. For more photos visit the MACE Facebook page.
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Up Against It

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This Ben Keller mural in-progress on the north side of the Park St. bridge is part of the Cheney Rail Trail development plan. The columns will be reflective of vintage Cheney silk patterns.
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The Week Ahead

ELECTION DAY is Tuesday and to see a sample ballot (including the text of a public works referendum question) click here. The town website has a page with all the polling places etc. Btw, this is now a day off for students (it had originally been slated for remote learning).

Thursday, Oct. 28

5 p.m. -- Conservation Conversation at 330 Bush Hill Rd.

Friday, Oct. 29
3 p.m. -- MHS Homecoming festivities on Brookfield St., followed by a 6 p.m. MHS football game vs. Middletown at Memorial Field.

5:30 - 7 p.m. -- MHS National Honor Society Diaper Drive at the Homecoming football game.
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 123 pasta dinner at Community Baptist Church, 585 East Center St.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Yoga for Food at the Community Y.

Saturday, Oct. 30

8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot - season finale.

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Hazardous Waste Collection at the Town Landfill, 231 Olcott St.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Security guard training class at 555 Main St.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Friends of Manchester Public Library book sale at Mary Cheney Library.

10 a.m. -- 3 p.m. -- Hayride Tours of Land Trust Farm, 330 Bush Hill Rd.

2:30 p.m. -- Haunted House Votive Craft for adults at Mary Cheney Library.

Sunday, Oct. 31

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- The Wickender - Bare Bones Disc Golf Tournament at Wickham Park.

10 a.m. -- 3 p.m. -- Hayride Tours of Land Trust Farm, 330 Bush Hill Rd.

Monday Nov. 1

7 - 8 p.m. -- World-Wide Lighthouse Missions bottle and can drive at 723 Main St.
7 p.m. -- Author Florence Reiss Kraut at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. -- Kick-off for National Novel Writing Month at Mary Cheney Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 2

6 a.m - 8 p.m. -- Election Day.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Hartford Hospital Mobile Mammography Van at Community Y, 71 North Main St.
6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Night at Mary Cheney Library.


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Down The Road

  • LEAF COLLECTION: Barring an early snowstorm Area 1 vacuum collection begins Nov. 8 and Area 2 Nov. 22. Click here for everything you need to know about the Leaf Collection Program.
  • MANCHESTER ROAD RACE: About 3800 runners had registered as of Tuesday. Click for their website.
  • SCHOOL DISTRICT PJ DAY: It's Friday, Dec. 10 and raises awareness of and money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. There's more info here.
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Also of Note

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You have until tomorrow to check out a pop-up art exhibit at WORK_SPACE introducing the town’s new Parks and Facilities Master Plan. It's a two dimensional tour of local parks that also includes a preview of planned trail enhancements. For more click here.



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Longtime Manchester High soccer coach and teacher Bill McCarthy (middle in light blue jacket) was honored during halftime of Tuesday's boys soccer Senior Night game. McCarthy played for MHS in the 1961 and 1962 state championship games and had 258 wins over 21 seasons as its head coach from 1980-2001, including 13 conference championships.
Last Friday's night's Fall Festival at Northwest Park was a big hit with hundreds turning out for fun that included music, food, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses and a parade of the Living Dead, who walked into the woods to spook those daring enough to traverse the Zombie Trail.
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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.