Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

We're renaming our gallery for just a day and happy to call Rich Calderone a 'Hero of Manchester' after he rescued a teenager who was ready to jump from a bridge into the Connecticut River. Rich is a tutor at Verplanck who works part-time as a park ranger in Hartford and we have his amazing story below. Also today, a list of BoE school liaisons and lots more. If you enjoy reading OneManchester it's easy to subscribe -- just click here.

"LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE know what he did but not nearly so many know who he is ..." Read the rest of Rich's story on Facebook or Instagram. (If it's not posted yet bear with us as it will be soon.)

Board of Education

With a long weekend coming up the school board's meeting next week is delayed until Thursday night (Oct. 14) but there is news to share -- the assignment of board members to serve as school liaisons. Here's what Chairman Darryl Thames has to say about this relationship followed by schools to which members are assigned:

Bowers: Christopher Pattacini

Buckley - Campfield Heinrich

Highland Park - Peter Meggers

Keeney - Darryl Thames

Martin - Scott Hughes

Verplanck - Darryl Thames

Waddell - Melanie Stefanovicz

Bennet - Christopher Pattacini

Illing - Tracy Patterson

Manchester High - Tracy Patterson

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School Snapshots

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Students in Monica Oquendo’s Computer Game Design class at MHS discuss their projects; Ms. LaFleur’s first graders at Verplanck celebrated their writing by reading their work aloud to the class, followed by a Q and A session.

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Help Wanted

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

  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.
  • Want to support the MHS Class of '22? You can buy mums and support Project Graduation. Click for details.
  • Buy maple syrup and support MHS hockey players: Click here for details

Joy at Whiton

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Manchester Public Library's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month continued Monday night with a performance by GOZA (Spanish for Joy) featuring music from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with rhythms that included samba, bachata, rumba, cha-cha and more. Click here for more pictures from the show.

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Sign Me Up

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These Positivity Project signs are popping up around town and you could have one on your lawn, too. They're free and all you have to do is agree to keep it up through at least Thanksgiving day. Signs can be ordered at .

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The Week Ahead

Friday, Oct. 8

1 - 6 p.m. -- Give Back Event to support TLC Foundation at Silk City Coffee.

6-8 p.m. -- Free women's self-defense seminar

7 p.m. -- Beatles tribute band Ticket to Ride at Cheney Hall - an added performance.

Saturday, Oct. 9

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

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Insulator Club meeting at 330 Bush Hill Rd. (rain date )ct. 10)

9 a.m. -- Introduction to Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) at Center Springs Park.

9 a.m -- Polish food sale at St. John’s Church, 23 Golway St.

10 a.m. -- The final Second Saturday event of the year, Main St.

10 a.m. -- October Synchronicity, a 3-Artist Exhibit opening at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

2 p.m. -- Small Canvas Wall Art at Mary Cheney Library
7 p.m. -- Ticket to Ride Beatles Tribute at Cheney Hall.

Sunday, Oct. 10

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. -- Pumpkin Fest at Woodbridge Farm, 495 East Middle Tpke.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.
7 p.m -- BoD Meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

4-7 p.m. -- Fall Family Fun Night at Center Memorial Park.

7 p.m. -- Matthew Borelli Connecticut Poet, at Mary Cheney Library

Also this weekend:
Saturday and Sunday, 9 - 11 a.m. -- Clean up our parks event at various locations.

Monday -- Town offices closed in observance of Columbus Day (but curbside collection will not be delayed); also there are no classes as the district observes Indigenous Peoples Day.

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The Fall Festival and B in the P are next week and Election Day is just 26 days away.


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

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

  • Thursday. Nov. 25 -- Manchester Road Race

  • Fall Festival at Northwest Park Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Oct. 19, 21 and 22. Click here for more information.

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

Also also:

This sounds like fun: A 'Fashion Soiree' next weekend (Friday, 5-8 p.m. at Northwest Park.) And, yes, there will be a catwalk. Click for details

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Rotary in Motion

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The third annual Rotary in Motion event was held last Saturday starting at the Rotary Pavilion within Charter Oak Park. The All-Abilities community outing offered 6, 17 and 28.5 mile bike routes along the East Coast Greenway..

Also of Note

Friday Night Football: New Britain at MHS

  • Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. (moved up from 6:30)
  • Anyone under 18 who is a high school student must have their school ID in order to be admitted.
  • Students in grade 8 and under must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in order to attend.
As a reminder, tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. Seniors (over age 65) and children under age 10 are admitted for free.

  • Manchester Travel Basketball is for boys and girls in grades 5-8 and tryouts and evaluation sessions are coming soon. Click here for all the details.
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For his Eagle Scout project, Stephen Gagnon of Troop 27 built a new bridge upstream along the loop trail at Salter's Pond last Saturday. The project took over a year to plan and execute, and was pushed back a few weeks because of flooding, but over 30 people volunteered to help the MHS senior. The bridge is just under 50 feet long and was funded by $3,000 in donations from the community and the Northfield Green Condo Association. The previous bridge was damaged by recent storms.

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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.