Thursday, March 17, 2022

THERE ARE THOSE OF US who sometimes have trouble remembering computer passwords, where we left our keys, maybe even (gulp) someone special's birthday. And then there are people like Corey Brown. A sixth-grader at Bennet, Corey this week achieved something so remarkable that she will, well, never forget it. We have her story below as well as lots of other news and notes. And remember this: If you want OneManchester emailed to you every Thursday morning just click here.

Bennet Pi Day Contest

Corey Brown (center in photo) memorized the first 251 digits of pi, an infinite decimal that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, to win a contest held Monday (which was March 14, aka 3.14) at Bennet. Corey is flanked below by Fancee Pride (at left, 171 digits) who was second and Joshitha Yerram (151 digits) third.

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Listed below are the digits Corey memorized. There's a video of her reciting all these numbers on the Bennet website. Check it out.
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Breaking It Down

"I definitely surprised myself," said Corey, who started memorizing pi two weeks ago.

  • She practiced everyday after school and with friends during breaks at Bennet.
  • "My first goal was like, 30, but I kept going farther out."
  • She tackled numbers in groups of 10 that she 'chunked' into minigroups of, say, 3, 2 and 5 digits.
  • Her prize was a pi day hat and a mini apple pie.
  • Proud dad Jesse knew Corey was practicing but didn't know how far she went till the end. His reaction? "I was very impressed! It blew me away!"
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Also at Bennet: Ukraine Relief

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Members of the Bennet Academy PTSA have been busy collecting gently used and new backpacks to send to Ukraine. Contents include school supplies, small games, pre-packaged snacks, gloves, hand sanitizer, warm gloves and more. Donations (especially cash to help offset shipping costs) will be accepted until mid-April and can be made by contacting Bennet fifth grade teacher Kathryn Olesnevich at
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MHS Fundraisers


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Members of the Board of Directors are conducting workshops with each department as they work to finalize a town budget. General Manager Steve Stephanou has proposed a town budget of $203.5 million for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

  • Workshops are shown on Silk City TV, which has archives of past meetings.
  • That's Superintendent Matt Geary above during a workshop last week on school spending that you can watch here.
  • To see a timeline of what happens when, please click here
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Luminaries of Change Nominations

The Luminaries of Change is a living art exhibit that honors Manchester's trailblazers who have dedicated themselves to creating positive social change throughout the community. Nominations for this year’s class are due by Friday, April 29. Click here for further details on the nomination process.

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News and Notes

  • Gov. Lamont was in town Tuesday for a press conference touting the state's response to COVID challenges. The JI has the story.
  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education: Women's History Month; meet GED student Eloina Ruiz and learn how to get a free gift basket.

  • Manchester Matters: Proposed FY22-23 town budget, a look into the Downtown Manchester Improvements Project, Senior Center Survey, Spring Fling Egg Painting, and more.

  • Manchester Historical Society: The much anticipated ‘Then & Now’ exhibit opens on March 26; check out a John Knoll picture of the country club’s clubhouse from 1920 and George Marlow’s WWII memoir.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: Black Joy Poetry Contest, Luminaries of Change nominations, the continuing fight against youth homelessness.


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Vaccination clinics, spring fling egg painting and maple-syrup making are all on the calendar.

Thursday, March 17

1:30 - 6:30 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.

3 - 6 p.m. -- Free first dose COVID vaccination clinic at Verplanck Elementary School - second dose will be Thursday April 7 at Verplanck. Boosters available at both clinics.
5:30 p.m. -- Budget Workshop - Water and Sewer, Leisure Services at Lincoln Center.

6 p.m. -- Gardener Gathering at Spruce St. Community Garden, 153 Spruce St.
6 p.m. -- Manchester Makes Meals at Spruce St. Community Garden, 153 Spruce St.
7 - 8:30 p.m. -- The Psychological Impact of COVID on Adolescents on Zoom.

Friday, March 18
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. -- Manchester Antique and Collectibles Show at Second Congregational Church, 385 North Main St.

Saturday, March 19
8:30 a.m. -- Daycare Provider First Aid & Heart Saver hybrid course at 75 Center St.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Manchester Antique and Collectibles Show at Second Congregational Church, 385 North Main St.
11 a.m. -- Sacred Rhythms: Sound Meditations with Kelvin Young at 153 Spruce St.
1 - 4 p.m. -- Sammy the Sock at Lutz Children's Museum.

Sunday, March 20
9 - 11:30 a.m. -- Spring Frog Hop at at Lutz Children's Museum.

1 - 3:30 p.m. -- SOAR. - a monthly arts , social, recreation program for teens and young adults with Autism at MOUJA Studio, 277 Broad St.

Monday, March 21
6 a.m. -- Curbside yard waste collection resumes.
6:30 p.m. -- CT 169 Club with author Marty Podskoch at Mary Cheney Library.

Tuesday, March 22

5:30 p.m. -- Budget Worksop - Police and Fire, at Lincoln Center.
6:30 p.m. -- Spring Fling Egg Painting at Spruce Street Community Garden.
6:30 p.m. -- Cornerstone Christian School - Middle and High School Information Night.

Wednesday, March 23

Noon -- Lunchtime Lecture: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Cheney Hall.
5:30 p.m. -- Budget Workshop Board of Education at Lincoln Center.
6 - 7 p.m. -- Maple Syrup Making in Connecticut with Mat Wilkinson at Leisure Labs, Mahoney Rec Center, 110 Cedar St

6-8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights for 6 - 8 graders at Mary Cheney Library.

Down The Road, Etc.


Summer is just around the corner and registration for various camps and programs will be underway soon and this chart highlights some of the offerings. Click here for all the details.

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The MHS 4x800m relay team (Sean Barkasy, Caleb Curtis, Cian Gara-Grady and Aidan Puffer) placed fourth at the New England Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on March 5 and competed at the New Balance National Championship at the Armory in New York City last weekend. Puffer also ran the 3000m (4th) and the mile (17th) at the National event. Click here for results from the New Englands and here for results from the Nationals.


  • Manchester is part of the Newington Co-op team that will play Conard in the CIAC Division III Ice Hockey Championship game tonight at the People's United Center on the Quinnipiac University campus. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m.

  • Lacrosse Anyone? The Vernon Lacrosse Association welcomes boys and girls from Manchester. Click the link to learn more.

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An MHS grad ('19) who is currently a junior at UConn, Hailey Ngo has an impressive artistic portfolio and bright future. She the latest addition to our gallery, which is on Facebook, Instagram and here (where it's translatable).

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