Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

ZOMBIES ARE COMING! Halloween is 10 days away (officially) but there's a special event Friday night at Northwest Park night featuring costumed characters along a Zombie Walk and Saturday will be busy Downtown with trick or treating from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. And Monday there's a program at Whiton Library about witch trials in colonial New England. Unrelated but next week brings an exhibit at WORK_SPACE showcasing future concepts of parks and trails in town, all of which leads us to share this soon-to-be-even-more-gorgeous scene at Union Pond.

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The state has a neat interactive foliage map that serves as, well, a turn table and here's a another link worth clicking -- the one that gets you on the OneManchester subscription list.
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Lookin' Good

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Lots of sharp-dressed people at last Friday night's fashion soiree at Northwest Park and at Saturday's Steampunk Festival at Purnell Place -- and we have plenty more photos from each event on the OneManchester Facebook page.

Humans of Manchester

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Jaime Vega is a 2015 graduate of Manchester High, where he was an outstanding (and exciting) member of the football team despite being the smallest starter on the team. Jaime is still making an impact on the program, serving as a coach of the freshman football team. You can read his story by visiting our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram and available in multiple languages on our new Smore platform.
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BoE Meets Monday

The board, which last met on Sept. 27, will be in session again on Monday at 7 p.m. Members of the public can attend at Lincoln Center or watch on Silk City Television or on the district Facebook page.
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School Snapshots

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At left, Mrs. Delany's first grade class enjoying the fall weather after lunch at Highland Park; Students in Ms. Stepanski's seventh grade Family Consumer Science class work on conversions.
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More Virtual Job Interviews Today

For the second straight Thursday, the district is holding on-the-spot virtual interviews today

for noon aides, general food service workers and other support staff. Click here for more information

  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.
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MHS Homecoming Parade Is Next Week

It''s Friday (10-29) at 3:30 p.m. and the route is shorter this year -- with marchers gathering at the tennis courts on East Center Street and then heading down Brookfield. There's also a Fan Fest from 5-6 p.m. behind the football field concession stand and then the Hoco game at 6 against Middleton High. (There's also a diaper drive that night.) We'll have more details in next week's newsletter but circle the date!

The Great Outdoors

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MASTER PLAN: A pop-up art exhibit introducing the Parks and Facilities Master Plan will be at WORK_SPACE beginning Monday (with a reception at 11:30 a.m.) and running through Friday. Click here for more.

LEAF COLLECTION: Barring an early snowstorm Area 1 vacuum collection begins Nov. 8 and Area 2 Nov. 22. Click here for everything you need to know about the Leaf Collection Program.

ROPES COURSE: The Course re-opened this year after the lockdown, and on Saturday 9-year-olds and up can stop by and give it a try. For more information click here.

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The Week Ahead

Thursday, Oct. 21

5 - 8 p.m. -- Fall Festival at Northwest Park.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. -- CT State Community Colleges Showcase (virtual)

6-9 p.m. -- Last night for Manchester Knights Basketball tryouts at Verplanck School, 126 Olcott St.

6:30 p.m. -- Local author John Hoffman at Whiton Memorial Library, 100 North Main St.

Friday, Oct. 22
5 - 8 p.m. -- Fall Festival at Northwest Park.

Saturday, Oct. 23

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

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

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Community Cleanup and Climb at Manchester Ropes Challenge Course, 180 Hillstown Road (Veterans Memorial Soccer Fields)

11:30 a.m. -- Downtown Safe Trick or Treat,Main St.

1-3 p.m. -- Bark in the Park at Center Memorial Park

Sunday, Oct. 24

Noon - 2 p.m. -- Woodbridge Farm Open House (season finale), 495 East Middle Tpke.

Monday, Oct. 25

11:30 a.m -- Our Parks, Our Vision, Our Future at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

6:30 p.m. -- Connecticut Witch Trials discussion at Mary Cheney Library.

7 p.m. -- BoE Regular meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. -- Extended voter registration hours at all nine polling places.
11 a.m. - noon -- Fall Prevention Workshop at Senior Center, 549 East Middle Tpke.

6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- The Business of Art at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Noon - 1 p.m. -- Songs of a New World Lunchtime Lecture at Cheney Hall.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- The Business of Art at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Also: CREC has an ESL Medical Office Assistant training program. Click here for more info.

Down The Road

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ELECTION DAY is Nov. 2 and to see a sample ballot (including the text of a public works referendum question) click here. The town website has a page with all the polling places etc.


  • MHS Homecoming parade is Friday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. (with shorter route starting at tennis courts on East Center Street and ending at usual Brookfield Street spot)
  • Songs for a New World at Cheney Hall, Nov. 5-21, Fridays - Sundays.
  • The Manchester Road Race is Nov. 25

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

Scarecrows on Main St. have plenty of color and character this year; vote for your fav on the Downtown Manchester Special Services District FB page.


  • Manchester Knights Travel Basketball information is here.
  • Manchester Travel Basketball is for boys and girls in grades 5-8 and the second tryout/evaluation session is tomorrow. Click here for all the details.
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Families flocked to Northwest Park to carve and decorate pumpkins Tuesday night as part of Fall Fest that continues tonight (more pumpkin fun) and culminates with tomorrow night's extravaganza that will include Trunk or Treating and more pumpkin painting and bounce houses (especially for the younger kids) and the Zombie Trail Walk (for the teenagers). There's more information here.
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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.