Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

AS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH COMES TO AN END, we have another story to share, this time about an Illing eighth-grader and her family who have great pride in their Mexican roots. (Plus you can now read it in Spanish if you want. ) We also look ahead to a busy week that includes another Silk City Steampunk Festival and as always this reminder: if you enjoy reading OneManchester it's easy to subscribe -- just click here.
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Humans of Manchester

The latest addition to our gallery is Crystal Mata, and as you read about her you'll also learn about Cinco de Mayo and how it differs from Independence Day and how both are an occasion to enjoy the signature sauce of Mexico, mole. The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.

It took us long enough, but we today debut a new way to make our 'Humans of Manchester' features available in multiple languages. We've posted the past four subjects (Crystal included) and will continue to build this new site going forward. Click here and then use the translation tool to read features in any of dozens of languages

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Tonight's BoE Meeting Canceled

Because of scheduling conflicts, tonight's school board meeting has been canceled. (The meeting had already been pushed back because of Monday's holiday.) The board next meets on Monday, Oct. 25
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School Snapshots

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Preschool friends in Ms. Niles' room at Buckley work on balancing skills; MHS seniors Abigail Corrodas and Kaylee Lombard tend to a 'patient' in Mrs. Lambert's CNA certification class.
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Virtual Job Interviews Today

Noon aides ... general food service workers ... other support staff. The district is holding on-the-spot virtual interviews today (Oct. 14) and 21 and the information is here.
And other news and Notes ...

  • Here's the latest newsletter from Manchester Adult and Continuing Education. Also congrats to Chloe, who won the department's #MuttsonMain photo contest that leads into the Inaugural Bark in the Park event October 23rd at 1 p.m. in Center Memorial Park.
  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.

Parks and Facilities Master Plan

The town has released a plan "that outlines how to further develop future parks, trails, open space, and recreational areas so as to meet the needs of the community while also investing in the town’s economic and cultural value." The plan itself is 290 pages (click here to check it out) and there's a summary article at the Better Manchester website.
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Second To None

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The Forest St. lot was bustling and the weather was perfect for the final Second Saturday event of the year (left) while a couple of friends - Keeney School fourth grade teacher Lara Wallmark Tomko and Bonnie Reid - catch up in front of The Firestone.
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The Week Ahead

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A Fashion Soiree, the return of Steampunk and the start of a three-day festival at Northwest Park -- it's all coming right up. Scroll down for details of these events and many more.

Thursday, Oct. 14

7 p.m. -- The BoE Meeting at Lincoln Center as been postponed.

Friday, Oct. 15

5:30 p.m. -- Manchester Land Trust Dinner at Manchester Country Club

5 -8 p.m. -- A Fashion Soiree at Northwest Park

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

Saturday, Oct. 16

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

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Manchester High School. (also Nov. 6)
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. -- Silk City Steampunk Festival at Purnell Place.

9 a.m -- Daycare provider First Aid and Heart Saver CPR Hybrid at 75 Center St. (also, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.)

Sunday Oct. 17

12:30 p.m. -- Manchester Community CROP Hunger Walk, Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Rd. South Windsor.

6 p.m. -- Coming to American in the 21st Century at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.

Monday, Oct. 18

7 p.m. -- Fatherhood presentation by Kwasi Ntem-Mensah at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. -- Manchester Garden Club meeting at Assumption Church, 27 Adams St.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

5-7 p.m. Fall Festival at Northwest Park - continues Thursday and Friday.

11 a.m. - noon -- Free ECHN Diabetes Prevention Program at Senior Center, 549 East Middle Tpke.

3 p.m. -- Tween Code Club at Mary Cheney Library.

6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

3:30 - 5 p.m. -- Ask a Question, Save a Life at Manchester Community College, 60 Bidwell St.

6 - 8 p.m. -- Teen pumpkin painting for teens in grades 6 thru 12 at Mary Cheney Library.


  • Saturday, Oct. 23 -- Bark in the Park at Center Memorial

  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- Election Day (remote learning day)

  • Thursday. Nov. 25 -- Manchester Road Race

For even more of what's coming up see our OneMan Planner.
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Counting 'Crows

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They may not have brains, but the scarecrows on Main St. have plenty of color and character this year. Vote for your fav on the Downtown Manchester Special Services District FB page.
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Also of Note

What A Catch!

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Dylan Jackson hauled in the first of two touchdown passes from Adrian Parker Friday night at Memorial Field in a 35-14 loss to New Britain. Below: Seniors Aidan Puffer, Abdullah Barlas and Sean Barkasy paced the boys while Mia Gilbert, Kamili Riera and Jamie Dykstra led the girls in a double victory over East Hartford at Wickham Park on Tuesday.
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Hoop Scoop:

  • Manchester Knights Travel Basketball tryouts start next week and the information is here.
  • Manchester Travel Basketball is for boys and girls in grades 5-8 and tryouts and evaluation sessions start tomorrow. Click here for all the details.
  • Waddell Elementary is open for adult rec hoops starting next week, too.
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Painting pumpkins and posing for pictures are two of the many reasons kids love this time of year and it's extra special at an old farmhouse. These photos were taken Sunday at Woodbridge Farmstead, which is at 495 East Middle Turnpike and there's another Open House on October 24 when the Town Historian and Town Troubadour will present a history program.
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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.