Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023

THE PODUNKS. That’s the name of the indigenous tribe that once lived in this area that we now call Manchester, and tonight at Whiton Library you can learn about what life for them was like before Europeans arrived -- and what happened in the years that followed. We have more below and also a look ahead to a busy but longer-by-one-hour weekend that includes four church craft fairs on Saturday and History Walk #23 on Sunday, when because we’ve turned back our clocks it will be darker than usual in the late afternoon.

UConn Hoop Stars Visit Martin Elementary

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Azzi Fudd and Paige Bueckers, standouts on the UConn women's basketball team, visited Julie Barbash's room at Martin yesterday morning. Azzi and Paige joined the second grade class for Morning Meeting and read them a book about Election Day.
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Student journalists at MHS including hosts Madelyn Spina and Mahdi Jilu used WORK_SPACE as their home base to create a special edition of 'The Pulse' that has features on Urban Lodge, Charter Oak Park and more. Click here to watch.

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On A Roll

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At Waddell, students last week took advantage of unseasonably warm weather to compete in pumpkin-roll relays during physical education class.

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Alumni News

New York-based author Jamie Schofield Riva (MHS Class of '96) did a TV interview last week to discuss her new book “Girlhood: Lost and Found.” The book uses images to the examine a “beauty-obsessed culture preoccupied with perfection." Jamie's brother Wesley is a PE teacher at Verplanck and their mother Maureen taught business at Illing and MHS for 34 years.

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News And Notes

  • The next BoE meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13 at Lincoln Center with a human capital and talent update on the agenda.
  • Project Graduation raises funds all year long so MHS seniors can have a safe, fun place to celebrate after their commencement ceremony in June. The next fundraiser is a dine out night at DQ on Monday (Nov. 6). Click to see the flier.
  • The MHS cheerleaders are doing a 'double good' popcorn fundraiser and the info is here.

The Week Ahead

Stephen T. Penny, a Manchester Historical Society board member and former town mayor, will present “The Podunks at Manchester” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Whiton Branch Library. Penney is an expert on the subject and will share stories about the Podunks and neighboring tribes.

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to the celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people

Thursday, Nov. 2
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Picassos for children ages 2-5 at Mary Cheney Library.
12:30 - 5:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
6:30 p.m. -- The Podunks at Manchester at Whiton Library.

Friday, Nov. 3
10 a.m. -- Preschool Playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Food for Yoga at Community Y, 78 North Main St.

Saturday, Nov. 4
8 a.m. - Noon -- Free Shred Event at Public Works parking lot, 321 Olcott St.
10 a.m. - noon -- Manchester’s Community Baby Shower at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Hayes St.
10:30 - 11a.m. -- A Tree For Your Present! Follow the town’s new Holiday tree from Charter Oak Park up Main Street to its new home at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St.
4:30 p.m. -- Manchester Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner at Georgina’s Restaurant, Bolton.

Sunday, Nov. 5
2 a.m. -- Turn back your clock one hour.
1 p.m. -- 23 Walks: North End, starting 41 North Main St.
4 p.m. -- New World Trio Concert at UUSE, 153 Vernon St.U, 153 Vernon St. West,UUSE, 153 Vernon St. West,

Monday, Nov. 6
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- ABC Storytime at Mary Cheney Library.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Dino Time @ Whiton, at Whiton Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Happily Ever After Book Club at Whiton Library.
7 - 8 p.m. -- Can and bottle drive at World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, 16 Brainard Place.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

6 a.m. - 8 p.m. -- Election Day.
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. -- Baby Rhyme Time at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Manchester Youth Commision meeting at 41 Center St.
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. -- Pajama Storytime @Whiton at Whiton Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 8
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- Toddling Tots at Mary Cheney Library.
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. -- R.E.A.D. to a Dog Children’s Program at Mary Cheney Library.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Crazy 8’s Club at Whiton Library.
6:30 - 8 p.m. -- Proses Are Vet: Veteran Poetry Night at Whiton Library.


  • Manchester Public Schools will not be in session on Tuesday, Nov. 7 for Election Day and on Friday, Nov. 10 for Veteren’s Day.

  • Borgida & Company’s 18th annual food drive to benefit MACC Charities is ongoing through Dec. 13. Click here for details..

  • Labworks for Teens is a free program for students in grades 9-12 that began on Monday.

  • The Teen Center at YSB (63 Linden St.) is open Monday - Thursday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Click here for details.

  • The Manchester Police Explorers meet every Tuesday at MPD. Click here to learn more about this great opportunity for kids to learn about criminal justice and law enforcement.

  • Second Congregational Church is offering to cook Holiday meals for you! Click here for details.

Further Down The Road:

  • Disney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ will be at Cheney Hall Nov. 10 - 26. Click here for dates, times and ticket info.

  • The Town of Manchester’s leaf collection program begins on Nov. 13. Everything you need to know about the program is here.

  • The mobile mammography van will be at the Community Y on Nov. 30 and you can find out how to make an appointment by clicking here.

  • The 8th Annual Manchester CT Jazz Festival returns to Cheney Hall on Dec. 2. Click here for ticket info.

  • Help kids fighting cancer on PJ Day for the Kids on Friday, Dec. 8. Click here to find out more.

  • Santa’s Workshop at Wickham Park opens on Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 23. Click the link for the schedule.

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The Latest on the New Library

More than 120 residents attended two recent community input sessions to share their ideas about and vision for a 21st Century public library in town and those who were not able to take part can weigh in via a survey you'll find here.

LL Cross Country

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MHS senior Sam Johnson (left) completed the boys LL championship race in 17:38 (42nd out of 152) at Wickham Park on Monday while freshman Harper Shirley came in third (19:12) in the girls race and helped lead her team to a sixth place finish and a spot in the state open meet on Monday. We have more photos from the races on our sports Facebook page.
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Winter Sports Opportunities

  • The town is offering co-ed basketball for high school students at the Mahoney Rec on Saturdays starting in December. Click here for sign-up information.

  • The Hartford Shockers are sponsoring a winter travel basketball program starting in December for players in grades 3 - 8. Click here for more info.

  • Free lacrosse for K-8 boys at Nomads on Nov. 18 at Nomads in South Windsor. Click here for details.

There are (at least) four holiday/craft fairs in town on Saturday -- at Center Congregational (9 a.m. -2 p.m.), Second Congregational (9-3), South Methodist (9-2) and Cornerstone Christian School (10-3).
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