Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022

BLACK HISTORY MONTH Is a celebration of the contributions of and achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history and today we have the story of a local man who works -- year-round -- to share stories about Blacks who fought for our country. That's right below and we also have another update on the Buckley Elementary School renovation, the status of next year's proposed school budget and more. Like OneManchester? You can subscribe by clicking here.

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Randy Watson, the founder and president of Veterans for Black Lives Matter Chapter 1956, is an activist, advocate and veteran who is committed to "empowering our future by honoring and preserving our past." He's the latest addition to our gallery, which is on Facebook and Instagram (or click here for a translatable version).

Manchester Energy Efficiency Series

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Chapter 5 in our series looks at the company that is coordinating all the work at Buckley as renovation continues that will make it the first Net Zero Energy public school in the state.
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Next Year's School Budget

Superintendent Matt Geary has recommended a 2022-23 school budget of $122.4 million, which represents a 3.95 percent increase over the current $117.8 million budget. The Board of Education is holding a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center that includes an expected vote on the plan. If you can't be there it'll be streaming on the district Facebook page.
  • Btw, the BoE sends its approved budget to the general manager, who sends his proposed town budget to the BoD, which makes the final decision about departmental appropriations.
  • And did you know: For BoE meetings, you can submit questions for the superintendent and also participate remotely in public comment. Here's how to be heard.
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Around the District

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They were among a team that collaboratively brainstormed, planned and began to design upcoming programs for teachers and young people. Read more here.
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At MHS, Mr. Larson works with a student on her Fox 61 Student News story (left) and last Friday Martin School held its annual Book Character Parade.
  • If you’re interested in helping raise money for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge as a tribute to Joe Erardi, a former MHS teacher and admin now fighting cancer, please click here.
  • The Manchester Scholarship Foundation will be awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to Manchester’s graduating high school seniors. The application is online and active at:
  • The TLC Foundation (Diyeso-Lewis Group Home) is seeking new house parents and we have more information here.
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Last Call For Family Survey

We want to hear from you! In order to make it easier and faster to provide feedback, we have developed four BRIEF surveys for the school year connected to district improvement planning. The 9-question January survey is linked here and here are the translation instructions: Translate on a computer / Translate on a mobile device

Six More Weeks Of Winter

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Moments after being sworn in as the state's official groundhog at the Lutz Children's Museum Wednesday morning, Chuckles XI saw his shadow and predicted another six weeks of winter. Upon hearing the news, Mayor Jay Moran and the crowd sighed a collective groan, but we can all hope it was a rookie mistake.
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The Week Ahead, Etc.

Thursday, Feb. 3

7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Friday, Feb. 4
8 a.m. - noon -- COVID Vaccine Clinic, SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium at MCC
7:30 p.m. -- Arsenic & Old Lace opens at Cheney Hall (through Feb. 20)

Saturday, Feb 5
Noon - 4:30 p.m. -- Silk City Board Game Group at Mary Cheney Library.
1 -5 p.m. -- Bangladesh Bhaban Community Center COVID Vaccine Clinic at 9 Delmont St.

Monday, Feb. 7

6:30 p.m. -- CT Wildlife with Ginny Apple: Connecticut’s moose at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. -- Charter Revision Commission meeting at Lincoln Center.

7-8 p.m. -- Can and bottle redemption to benefit World-Wide Lighthouse Mission’s outreach program at 723 Main St.

Tuesday, Feb. 8
6:30 p.m. -- Manchester Women's Club meeting at Manchester High School.

7 p.m. -- BOD meeting (remote).

Wednesday, Feb. 9
6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.

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Other Newsletters

  • Manchester Matters: Free at-home COVID-19 vaccine clinics; Manchester Art Association exhibit at Town Hall runs through April 7.
  • Manchester Historical Society: A quiz, a puzzle, info on art classes at the History Center and more in the latest edition.

  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education: Meet ESL teacher Raquel Hutton (the former Ms. Pipkin) who has lived in Peru, Paraguay and Venezuela, and learn a few fun facts about the Chinese New Year.

  • Better Manchester: A feature on the Lunar New Year; Manchester is looking for a new Assistant (Town) Manager.

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MHS seniors Nate Schick (left) and Pedro Nieves pinned their opponents in a 53-22 Senior Night win over Wethersfield on Wednesday. Earlier, MHS senior Adrian Parker, with his parents Carolyn and David Parker by his side, signed a letter of intent to play football at Franklin Pierce University.
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D'Andre, a second grader in Mrs. Smyth's class at Highland Park, is all smiles as he cuts through fresh powder in snowshoes behind the school Tuesday afternoon.
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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.