Thursday, May 5, 2022
Five school nurses from throughout town are retiring at the end of the academic year, taking with them almost a century of collective experience. We have them in the spotlight this week as well as a look back at last Saturday's Rebuilding Together. Also, our newsletter has the most comprehensive calendar and collection of news and notes that you'll find anywhere. Plus the price (free!) can't be beat so if you want to subscribe just click here.
And So Many Stories!
Here's one from Nancy Cagna:
"A boy walked into our nurse's office and said, 'Miss, I have an eraser stuck in my ear!' I looked in his ear with an otoscope and said, 'I don't see an eraser.' He said, "No, it's in my ear lobe." He had used an eraser as an earring back and when he took his earring out the eraser got stuck inside his ear lobe. I was able to get it out and he went back to class."
MHS Teacher Honored
Math teacher James Tierinni was recently selected as the CEA's John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence award. As such, he automatically became the state of Connecticut's nominee for the national award. The award recognizes and promotes "excellence in teaching and service to the profession."
The Bennet 5th Grade Concert is tonight with the Illing Band and Orchestra performing on Tuesday. School concerts start at 7 p.m., are all at Bailey Auditorium and are free and open to the public. To see the schedule click here.
Other News and Notes
- The TLC Foundation is looking for a live-in residential supervisor (a couple would be ideal but not required). To learn more please click here.
Applications are being accepted from families interested in enrolling children in the district Early Childhood Education Program for 3- and 4-year-olds. Click here for more information.
For information about summer STEAM programming click here.
- A Cinco de Mayo taco-eating contest with proceeds going to Project Graduation will reveal who can eat the most tacos in 5 minutes and 5 seconds. It's tonight and all the details are here.
- For a donation of $25, you can honor a soon-to-graduate MHS student by having vibrant pink flamingos displayed in the graduate’s yard for a few days. Click for details.
May The Fourth Be With You
Swimming, Scholarships, Etc.
- The town's Recreation Division has embarked on a campaign to engage the community in promoting the importance of learning to swim and you can read about it on the Better Manchester website.
- The Manchester Community Services Council has announced its annual call for scholarship applications with a submission deadline of June 1 and early applications encouraged. For more info click here.
In Case You Missed It
The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is asking that parents of a child under 12 take this survey regarding childcare.
- The Luminaries of Change is a living art exhibit that examines Manchester's trailblazers who have dedicated themselves to creating social change throughout the community. The gallery will soon be growing and you can click here to learn about the nomination process.
- Manchester youth who are entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2022 are encouraged to apply to serve on the Manchester Youth Commission. The deadline to apply has been extended to May 9 and all the info is here.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, May 5
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
6 p.m. -- BOE budget workshop is cancelled.
6:30 p.m. -- Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Contest to benefit MHS Project Graduation at the Elks Club, 30 Bissell St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
6:30 - 8 p.m. -- National Day of Prayer at Salvation Army, 66 Main St.
Friday, May 6
Saturday, May 7
9 a.m. -- Chestnut tree planting party at 330 Bush Hill Rd.
9:30 a.m - 5 p.m. -- Memorial Disc Golf Tournament at Wickham Park.
Sunday, May 8
1 - 4 p.m. -- Open House at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Rd.
Monday, May 9
6 - 8 p.m. -- In-person Songwriters Group at 153 Spruce St.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.
Tuesday, May 10
3:15 P.M. -- Yoga class for teens at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday, May 12
2:30-3:45 p.m. – 2nd Annual Substance Use Prevention Walk, starts at MHS, ends at the Youth Service Bureau, 63 Linden Street, free food & giveaways for participants.
Also Of Note
‘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.
- What should Manchester look and feel like in 10-20 years? The Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development Update will help answer that question and from May 16-19 planning picks up steam. Click here for more.
- The second annual Spring Butterfly Stroll returns to Downtown on Saturday, May 14. Click to read more.
- The Sculpture Project is sponsoring a mini-golf tournament to help to raise money for a life-size bronze statue of Elisabeth M. Bennet that will be installed on the lawn of Bennet Academy next year. The event will be on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at Mar-Lea Miniature Golf in Bolton and all the details are here.
Also Down the Road:
The Spring Street Mile, Spring St. returns on Saturday, May 21.
The next SOAR event for autism families is Sunday, May 22 (a trip to a petting zoo).
The 2022 Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 30 starting at the Army & Navy Club at 9:30 a.m. Click here for more information.
The Off-Main Experience returns to Purnell Place on July 7.
Circle Aug. 27 on the calendar for this year's Silk City Fest at Purnell Place..
Manchester Patch looks ahead to the Memorial Day parade.
The JI writes about an upcoming public hearing about as proposed road reconstruction project on Gardner Street.
Manchester Historical Society: Open houses at the Cheney Homestead this Sunday, May 8 (which, as a reminder, is Mother’s Day …) and Woodbridge Farmstead on May 15; “Spring in Concert” at Bicentennial Bandshell on May 19 and a blurb on Richard Martin (as in Martin School) in the Manchester Herald from 70 years ago
Rebuilding Together Celebrates 30 Years
-- Molly Devanney, Executive Director