Thursday, June 23, 2022

SCHOOOL'S OUT for summer! Lots of people recognize that classic, celebratory anthem but even those who haven't heard it, well, they know the feeling of jubilation that will be felt today by students (OK, staff too) all around town. Except for Illing, that is, which is open tomorrow to make up for Jan. 14, when it was closed due to a staffing shortage. Looking ahead, the 37th annual Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration is early this year -- as in this Saturday. We have those details below. Interested in subscribing to OneManchester? Just click here.

Yup -- It's Early This Year

WHAT: The 37th annual James “Dutch” Fogarty Independence Day Celebration

WHEN: This Saturday (June 25) with a rain date of Sunday (6-26)

WHERE: The grounds of Manchester Community College at the Bicentennial Bandshell.

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  • Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include a variety of food, organized activities for children and live music.
  • The band Whiskey Boulevard takes the stage at 5 p.m. with the Savage Brothers taking over at 7:15 p.m.
  • Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.


  • Tickets for the famous “Chicken BBQ” Dinner are limited and are on sale in town hall.
  • The volunteer committee will also be selling hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and ice cream
  • The Manchester Lions Club will be selling hamburgers, nachos, and soft drinks.
  • Food Trucks from Thomas Smokey Pit Stop, Cousins Maine Lobster and Kona Ice will be onsite starting at 4 pm.

Fun Times ... And Farewells

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Waddell fourth graders celebrated the approaching end of the school year by sharing popsicles, yearbooks and laughs last Friday on “Fun Day.”

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BoE Meets Monday Night

The Board of Education meeting on Monday night will include an end-of-the-year update by Superintendent Matt Geary. It's at Lincoln Center and starts at 7 p.m. but you can also follow along (and even participate) on line. Click for details.


  • Looking for information about Head Start? Click here
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Fun in the Sun

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The last days of every school year typically include field trips, field days and such, and this is a shot from Keeney Field Day. Check our FB page for more.
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Site For New Library?

The Webster Bank site at the base of Main Street (opposite the Forest Street parking lot) has emerged as a possible location for a new library. The JI has the story or go right to the report.


  • The JI also writes that the Manchester High School swimming pool has been named in honor of the late Dominic Squatrito, who was a star athlete at the school (class of '57) before going on to become a federal district judge. Here's that story.
  • The 110 Grill, with sites in Canton and Southington, is coming to the Plaza at Burr Corners, according to Patch.
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Also Of Note

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The town unveiled a new website and you will find it here.

Other newsletters:

  • Manchester Historical Society: Open House at the Woodbridge Farmstead on Sunday; a Joe McCluskey jigsaw puzzle; Little League standings from 1972 (Nassiff’s was 10-3 while Army & Navy and Ansaldi’s were both 9-3) and Manchester’s 200th anniversary is now less than 200 days away.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: Infant formula shortage hits home; Summer pool schedules; Rec on the Run; Dutch Fogarty 4th of July Celebration is this Saturday;; dog license reminder and Pride Month wraps up.

This Week

Thursday, June 23
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at Buckland Hills Mall.
2 p.m. -- Stenciled Quote Bag Craft at Mary Cheney Library.
6 p.m. -- Dinner Series part 1 at Irish Garden, Wickham Park.(part 2 on July 21).

Friday, June 24
10 a.m. -- Preschool Summer Reading Kickoff with Michele Urban at Mary Cheney Library.

6 p.m. -- Celebrate Pride Month even with author Sarah Prager at Northwest Park

Saturday, June 25
9 a.m. - noon -- Polish food sale at st. John’s Polish National Church, 23 Golway St.

9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus can and bottle drive at St. James Church.

10:30 a.m. -- Summer Reading Kickoff with comic mime Robert Rivest at Mary Cheney
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. -- Book Fiend Readers Fest III at Cheney Hall.

noon - 2 p.m. -- Twist, Scrunch and Tie Die Socks at Tiny Gallery, Northwest Park.

2 p.m. -- Celebrate Invertebrates at the Lutz, 247 S. Main St
7:30 p.m. -- 37th Annual James “Dutch” Fogarty Independence Day Celebration at MCC Bicentennial Bandshell. Rain Date is June 26.

7:30 p.m. -- Changes in Manchester Over the Years with Bob Kanehl at the Lutz.

Sunday, June 26
4 p.m. -- Lutz Rock Summer Concert Series at Lutz Children's Museum, 247 South Main St.

Monday, June 27

6:30 pm.m -- Summer Mushroom Hunting in Connecticut at Mary Cheney Library.

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

Tuesday, June 28
3-3:45 p.m. -- Toppling Towers for grades 6 - 8 at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Tremendous Tuesday: Pumpernickel Puppets at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Birding 101 with the CT Audubon Society at Whiton Memorial Library.

Wednesday, June 29
4:30- 7:30 p.m. -- Spruce Street Farmers Market at 153 & 163 Spruce St. (Wednesdays through August 31).
6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.

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Down The Road

That Championship Feeling

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The Hartford Shockers beat the Hub City (Hagerstown, Maryland) Hogs 125-114 Saturday afternoon at East Catholic and captured the 2022 ECBL Mid-Atlantic Division championship. The Shockers now host the Petersburg (Virginia) Cavaliers in the SuperCup game this Saturday at 5 p.m. Click for more.

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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.