Thursday, March 10, 2022

RILEY SHOVE, a seventh-grader at Illing Middle School, was on The Tonight Show on Tuesday night, demonstrating an invention (the PlayBox) that earned her recognition in the national Invention Convention last year. We have her story below as well as our usual collections of news, notes and calendar items. If you enjoy our newsletter and want it emailed to you every Thursday morning just click here.
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A bunch of IMS students were on national TV last summer during the Little League World Series and now this! To see a clip from Tuesday's Tonight Show just click here. As for the back-story, we can tell you Riley said Jimmy was "exactly like he is on TV - funny, a little crazy" and Riley's mom says another highlight was when Alicia Keys said hello as she was walking past them to be interviewed next. Click here to read an exclusive account of Riley's unforgettable appearance.
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Budget Watch

The Board of Directors has begun budget workshops after learning on Tuesday that

General Manager Steve Stephanou has proposed a town budget of $203.5 million for the 2022-23 fiscal year. To see a timeline of what happens next, please click here. Notably:

  • Stephanou's proposal is about $5.5 million (or 2.77%) over the current year.
  • The mill rate would decrease but taxes for many homeowners would rise as a result of revaluation -- residential property assessments increased 27% on the 2021 Grand List while the value of commercial property fell slightly.
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Contest Winners

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Better Manchester has the winners, their work and a congratulatory video from Ryan Parker, Manchester's poet laureate. Click here to see it all.

And speaking of students:

  • Illing and Bennet band students participated in the Eastern Regional Middle School Music Festival in Enfield this past weekend and we have pictures and more on the district Facebook page.

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Downtown Update

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Better Manchester also has a story about the Downtown Manchester Improvements Project, a proposal to transform the Main Street corridor between Center Street and Hartford Road into "an accessible, vibrant and equitable 'Complete Street.' The proposal includes:

  • Rotaries at the top and bottom of Main Street (up by Cheney Library, down by CVS)
  • Traffic and pedestrian/bicycle safety improvements
  • Additional public gathering spaces and lots more

Click here for the full report

The Week Ahead, Etc.

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The town's Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation is having a career fair next Wednesday in the MHS cafeteria. Click to see the flier.


Thursday, March 10
8 a.m. -- Manchester Economic Development Commision meeting at Lincoln Center.

3 - 4 p.m. -- Animal Enrichment Workshop at Lutz Children's Museum.
5:30 p.m. -- Black Bears in CT, a discussion with Paul Colburn at 153 Spruce St.
5:30 p.m. -- Budget Workshop - General Government, Fixed Misc, Human Services at Lincoln Center.

Friday, March 11
7 p.m. -- The Sculpture Project Bingo at Cheney Hall.

Saturday, March 12

9 a.m. -- Polish food sale at St. John’s Polish National Church, 23 Golway St.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Creativity, Basics, Benefits & Tips lecture with UCONN professor James C. Kaufman at Mary Cheney Library.

Sunday, March 13
1-4 p.m. -- Cheney Homestead’s first open house of the year, 106 Hartford Rd..

Monday, March 14

6 - 8 p.m. -- In-person Songwriters Group at 153 Spruce St.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, March 15

3 - 4 p.m. -- Tween Code Club meeting at Mary Cheney Library.

Wednesday, March 16

Noon - 5 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at Buckland Hills Mall.
5:30 p.m. -- Budget Workshop - Public Works and Sanitation at Lincoln Center.

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

6:30 p.m. -- Irish Mythology and Legends at Whiton Library.

7 p.m. -- Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2023 budget at Lincoln Center.

Down The Road, Etc.

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MHS Fundraisers

  • For a donation of $25, you can honor a soon-to-graduate MHS student by having vibrant pink flamingos displayed in the graduate’s yard for a few days. Click for details.
  • Also, Project Graduation and Silk City Coffee are teaming up on April 8. Here's the flier.

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Other News Sources

  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education: Spring/Summer catalog will be mailed out soon, International Mother Language Day wrap-up and contest winners, resources for food.

  • Manchester Matters: Proposed FY22-23 town budget, a look into the Downtown Manchester Improvements Project, Homeowners Tax Relief Program, etc.

  • Manchester Historical Society: First Cheney Homestead Open House is Sunday, Manchester Then & Now exhibit opens on Saturday, March 26 and Manchester’s 200th anniversary year is less than 300 days away.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: Food Sovereignty and the Spruce Street Community Garden, Senior Center Community Survey and Hunt for the Golden Egg.

Red Hawk Hoops

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Jayden Cersosimo (left), Troy Butler and the MHS boys basketball team eliminated Glastonbury from the CIAC Division I tournament on Tuesday and will travel to Windsor for a second round game tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. Check our OneManchester fb page for more pictures and other Manchester sports news.


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

That Our Own Riley Shove Was On 'The Tonight Show'?

Fallonventions: Play Box, The Pet Puller, Cold Clappers | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
That's Riley at the far left; the other young inventors were from Connecticut, too.
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