Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023

HOMECOMING. By most accounts, the tradition of welcoming alumni back to school with a parade, football game and/or dance started at the college level in 1911 (at the University of Missouri, if you're curious). All these years later it’s still going strong at Manchester High and Friday is a big day with the parade stepping off at 3:15 p.m. and football kicking off at 6 p.m. We have more below. Also we have details what will be a busy Saturday Downtown, with a magic show at Cheney Library, a pumpkin giveaway and, of course, costumed kids of all ages going business-to-business for candy.

In The Spotlight

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Buckley teacher Corinne Lavallee and Bennet custodian Dave D'Amora are the latest staff members to be featured on the MPS Facebook page after being chosen in the district employee recognition program.
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Homecoming Parade, FB Game Are Tomorrow

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MHS seniors practice their routine on the Bailey Auditorium stage Wednesday afternoon in advance of Friday’s Homecoming Parade. The parade starts at 3:15 p.m. and the biggest crowd will be at the hill on Brookfield Street (west side of the high school). The football team plays at home against Bristol Central at 6 p.m.

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Board of Education

The next BOE meetiing will be Monday evening at 7 p.m. from the Lincoln Center with upates on STEM, PreK - 4 Humanities and cellular use at Illing on the agenda. You can watch the meeting live on the district Facebook page.


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MPS has a hiring event scheduled for next Thursday (Oct. 26 from 4-6 p.m. ) and you can read about it here.


The Week Ahead

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Downtown will be busy Saturday with things listed above plus more including the ongoing Scarecrow contest as well as crafts and face painting at The Firestone.
Thursday, Oct 19
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Veteran’s Coffee House at Army & Navy Club, 1090 Main St.
10 a.m. -- Talk to the Architect regarding the new library, 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. -- ‘Rebuilding Together Manchester’s’ family friendly Comedy Night fundraiser at Elks Club, 30 Bissell St.
7 - 9 p.m. -- The Listening Room music series at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Friday, Oct. 20

10 a.m. -- Preschool Playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Yoga for Food at Community Y, 78 North Main St.
3:15 p.m. -- Manchester High Homecoming Parade and Fanfest, Brookfield St.

Saturday, Oct. 21
8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at the Forest St. parking lot. Rain or shine through Oct. 28.
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Household hazardous waste collection (online appointments are mandatory) at 321 Olcott St.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Halloween Happenings at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Danny Magic Children’s Program at Mary Cheney Library.
1 p.m. -- 23 walks: Lakeview, starting at the corner of Comstock and South Main St.
1 - 4 p.m. -- Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone with Peter Glass at Mary Cheney Library.
6 p.m. -- Fairy Tale Ball at Cheney Hall.

Monday, Oct 23
6:30 p.m. -- Traumatic Brain Injuries at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 8 p.m. -- Author’s & Illustrators How to Become a Published Author (part A) at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. -- Picture Bingo at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, Oct 24
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. -- Baby Rhyme Time at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Take Apart Tuesday at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. -- Pajama Storytime @Whiton at Whiton Library.

Wednesday, Oct. 25
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- Toddling Tots at Mary Cheney Library.
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- ABC Storytime 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.
4:30-7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmer’s Market at 448 Tolland Tpke.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Teen Game Night at Mary Cheney Library.

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The current exhibit in the Main Street Gallery at WORK_SPACE, which features local Authors & Illustrators, runs through Nov. 30. Click here for more.


  • WORK_SPACE will host ‘The Listening Room’ on the third Thursday of the month starting tonight.

  • Manchester High’s Homecoming Parade and Fanfest will be held on Friday, followed by a home football game vs. Bristol Central.

  • Rebuilding Together of Manchester will host a family friendly comedy event at the Elks Club on Friday. Click here for details.

  • 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.

  • Check the opportunities for future innovators through game nights and Holiday camps at iCodes at Burr Corners by clicking here.

  • 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.

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Further Down the Road

  • National Drug Takeback Day is Oct. 28 and you can take unneeded meds to CVS at 1122 Main St. Click here for more details.

  • The Salvation Army will have an open house on October 28 at 661 Main St. Click here for details.

  • Second Congregational Church’s New England Country Fair on Nov. 4 will feature regional crafters, baked goods etc.

  • The annual Manchester Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held at Georgina’s on Nov. 4.

  • New World Trio ‘Commemoration’ chamber music concert will be on Sunday, Nov. 5 at UUSE. Click here for more info.

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

  • State Election Day is Nov. 7. Absentee ballots will be available starting on Oct 7. Click here to find out more.

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

  • 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.

Senior Red Hawks Ready

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The MHS football team is preparing for Friday night's homecoming game on Memorial Field against Bristol Central and the seniors took a few minutes during practice on Tuesday to pose for this picture. They are from left to right: Tim Buchanon, Oscar Moran, Cayden Blaschik, Juelz Montalvo, Xavier Rodriguez,, Ethan Brown-Thompson, Jakob Smyth, Kameron Ferriere, Quindal Soyini, Ed Entsiwah, Sam Ansong and Julian Henderson.

Click here for Manchester High's fall athletic schedule (and here for Illing's) and here for more pictures from Manchester athletic events.


  • Register for the Manchester Road Race here (5061 have through Wednesday) and note some key dates leading up to the race by clicking here.
  • Illing will host the CRAL (Connecticut River Athletic League) Cross County Championship at Charter Oak Park on Monday, Oct 30 at 3:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, contact athletic director Brian McCarthy at

  • Speaking of Illing, you can order IMS athletic apparel to help the sports programs by clicking here. This online store closes at midnight on Oct. 22

Youth Basketball 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.

  • Manchester Travel Basketball teams are forming this month. Click this link for the where, when and how.

  • Manchester Knights travel basketball tryouts will be held at Illing Middle School on Oct 23 and 25. Click here for more info.

  • The Hartford Shockers are sponsoring a winter travel basketball program starting in December for players in grades 3 - 8. Click here for more info.
  • Sharpen your basketball skills with Ellington High School Coach and 1,000-point scorer, Teighlor Clare-Kearney. Click here for details.

Students in third grade at Highland Park learned about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and what inspired her, and then designed wings with feathers -- some of which included information about other notable people with Hispanic roots.

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These students are in teacher Julie Steffenson's class -- but we couldn't fit everyone so check out the district Facebook page for more.

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