Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021

They will be on TV screens across the country and world as ESPN broadcasts today's 1 p.m. game between Manchester's Little League All-stars and the Massachusetts state champs. It's heady stuff and the winner will lock up a berth in next week's Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. We have more below as well as school news and the most comprehensive town calendar you'll find anywhere. Like OneManchester? To subscribe just click here.

Masks? Yes. Remote Learning? No. (At Least For Now)

Monday's Board of Education meeting was newsworthy as Superintendent Matt Geary gave an update on planning for the reopening of school in the fall. Among the highlights (and with the caveat that things can always change):

  • Remote Learning: The state Department of Education had earlier given districts the option of offering remote instruction but has changed course and is now saying instruction must be in-person except in cases involving quarantine.
  • Masks: A state Executive Order requires that masks be worn in schools by all students, staff and visitors through Sept. 30. Masks must also be worn on school buses but will not be required outdoors.
  • Visitors will be allowed again with masks required and names, dates and locations recorded in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • Sports: Fall sports are back as usual except masks must be worn indoors.
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Humans of Manchester

SHARDAE SHIPMAN: Always an avid reader, she’s now a school administrator guiding literacy instruction (and much more) in grades 5-12. Visit our gallery on Facebook or Instagram and meet a still-new member of the MPS community.

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Planning Ahead


  • That's when grades K-5, 7 and 9 return
  • Students in grades 6, 8 and 10-12 join in on Thursday, Sept. 9.
  • Pre-school starts Sept. 8 and HEAD START (full day) begins Sept. 13.
  • Click here for the full-year calendar.

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LET's Talk

  • LET, in this case, stands for Latasha Easterling-Turnquest, who is the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement. Latasha is sharing reminders related to attendance and more and you can see the latest here.

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Summer School

There's just one full week left in what has been the most robust summer program we have ever offered, with about 1800 students currently enrolled in the second session of our Curiosity Camps (Grades K to 8) and Summer Slam (Grades 9-12).
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Curiosity campers have taken field trips to sites that include Beardsley Zoo (that's Waddell student Luciano making like a condor as Treyvon Brown watches) and Mystic Aquarium (Bowers was there yesterday). We have lots of photos on the district website and add more regularly.
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Before- and After-school Programming: It’s offered in partnership with MELC (the Manchester Early Learning Center) at Bennet / Bowers / Buckley / Highland / Keeney / Martin / Odyssey / Verplanck and Waddell and online registration for the fall starts Friday. Click here for information.

Kindergarten Screening: It’s being done at Keeney Elementary through Aug. 19 for all registered incoming kindergarten students. All registered families were sent a letter and sign up times electronically and a team of kinder teachers and Family Resource staff have been welcoming and screening students daily from 9-12. Not registered yet? Start here.

School Supplies: For info about a school supply assistance program please click here.

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Players were all smiles when they arrived in Bristol last Saturday and they then took care of business on Monday, beating Vermont with the Journal Inquirer providing comprehensive coverage including an extensive photo gallery. Next up:

Manchester Vs. Peabody, Mass., 1 p.m. Today on ESPN

As a COVID precaution, international teams will not compete in Williamsport this year so the top two teams from the eight U.S. regional tournaments will make up the 16-team field. That means:

  • If Manchester wins today, it will play in the Regional final Saturday at noon and regardless of the outcome would still advance to Williamsport.
  • A loss today would mean an elimination-round game tomorrow at 1 p.m. (against New Hampshire) and another chance to advance to Saturday's final.
  • The rest of the team's games will all be on ESPN, which typically attracts about 500,000 viewers per game during the Regionals.
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This month's Second Saturday is celebrating inclusivity; the Northwest Park Farmer's Market debuts Wednesday night.

Today (Thursday, Aug. 12)

10:30 a.m. -- MARC’s 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Manchester Country Club.
6-8 p.m. -- Beller’s Music Summer Concert Series featuring Beatle Al’s Magical History Tour

Friday, Aug. 13

6-8 p.m.) -- Charter Oak Park Event Series.
7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell Concert featuring Glen Hansen Orchestra.

Saturday, Aug. 14

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

9 a.m.-noon -- Polish Food Sale at St. John’s Polish National Church, 23 Golway St.

10 a.m. -- 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Downtown Main Street.

Monday, Aug. 16

6-8 p.m. -- Manchester Songwriters Group at 153 Spruce St

7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell Concert featuring Ken Morr

7 p.m. -- Mystery author Lucy Burdette at Cheney Hall

Tuesday, Aug 17

6:30 p.m. -- Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress at Mary Cheney Library

7 p.m. -- Charter Oak Summer Concert Series at Charter Oak Park Pavilion.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

4:30-7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmers Market

7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell Concert featuring the Elderly Brothers


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) continues at Cheney Hall with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows through Aug 22.

Coming Soon:

Saturday, Aug. 28, 2-10 p.m. -- Silk City Fest at Purnell Place

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The next free Woodbridge open house is Sunday, Aug. 22 and will feature Town Historian Susan Barlow talking about Manchester's summertime past, with music by Sandra Johnson and Dan Thompson. Click for more information.
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  • Manchester Patch has a story about a display at the Lutz Children's Museum that pays tribute to the Girl Scouts.
  • Click here for the latest Manchester Matters newsletter.
  • ... and here for the latest from the Manchester Historical Society.


NEW WORK_SPACE EXHIBIT: Inspired by all the challenges and unique ways artists expressed themselves throughout the troubles of the past year, it opens Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and you can also stop by weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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More Sports:


We did and learned that it's called 'Cherry Float' and has been been there since 1984.

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Designed and built by David Stromeyer, a Vermont-based sculptor, (who says 'I delight in the plasticity of steel'), it measures 14' by 25' by 35 feet and was first located near the entrance to the Lowe Building. We've emailed David asking what he remembers from the installation but haven't heard back (if we do we'll share his reply).