Thursday, April 28, 2022

MOST STUDENTS will tell you they are more interested and motivated when they are actively participating in activities with real-life implications. Featured below are two such situations, as juniors at MHS last week had mock job interviews with professional people from the community while on Monday night Buckley third-graders gave a presentation to the BoE about how geothermal wells will help heat and cool their renovated school. Btw if you enjoy reading OneManchester each week, this is the link that is used to subscribe.

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Dozens of community partners helped out by sending representatives to Manchester High during the past week so that members of the junior class would have a chance to learn from practice job interviews.
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Around And About

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The Early Childhood Fair at Northwest Park last Saturday drew a large and curious crowd. That's Donna Farr from the Youth Service Bureau representing the Manchester Early Childhood Collaborative. At Bowers, fourth-grader Seriah Williams stepped up on Book Character Day during Spirit Week.
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Spring Concerts

They each start at 7 p.m., are all at Bailey Auditorium and are free and open to the public.
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Other News and Notes

  • Michael Oretade (inset), a substitute teacher at Highland Park Elementary School, last week received the Green Party nomination to run for State Senate District 1. You can learn more here and also flash back to when he was featured in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery here.
  • The TLC Foundation is looking for a live-in residential supervisor (a couple would be ideal but not required). To learn more please click here.
  • It's almost May -- which means it's last call for the April family survey; you can find it here.

  • When the Buckley Elementary building reopens in the fall it will include a time capsule and former/current Buckley families, students and staff are invited to contribute notes, stories and any such memorabilia. The deadline is May 20 and there's more information here.
  • Applications are being accepted from families interested in enrolling children in the district Early Childhood Education Program for 3- and 4-year-olds. Click here for more information.

  • Early Head Start is a home visiting program that serves children from birth to age three, pregnant women and their families residing in Manchester or Vernon. To apply click here.

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Manchester Adult and Continuing Ed

  • Their latest newsletter has some thoughtful words about Earth Day from Dr. Clare-Kearney; meet Tamara Speaks-Womack, event planner, camp and continuing ed coordinator, daughter, wife, mom, sister; and don’t miss Butterscotch, the MA&CE pet of the week.

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.
  • And MHS Project Graduation’s Sock-A-Thon runs through April.
  • Also, purchase a lawn sign for a 2022 MHS graduating senior by April 30.
  • A Cinco de Mayo taco-eating contest with proceeds going to Project Graduation will reveal who can eat the most tacos in 5 minutes and 5 seconds. It's on Thursday, 5-5 and All the details are here.
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Awwwww ...

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Krissie Aikins, a speech pathologist who travels throughout the district, was helping kids get situated on a bus at the Manchester Preschool Center when she snapped this photo.

In The News

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The Journal Inquirer has the latest as the town prepares to form a subcommittee to review proposals for the development of the former Broad Street Parkade site. Here's the story.


  • The Courant has a story about the transformation of the Blue Moon Mediterranean restaurant on Broad Street into the Al Basha market and restaurant. Read it here.
  • Manchester Patch has an update on roadwork that will be done in town in the next few weeks. Here's that piece.
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Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout cookie booths will be open at various locations on May 7 and we have the schedule here (plus links to some online sales here).
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Swimming, Scholarships, Etc.

  • The town's Recreation Division has embarked on a campaign to engage the community in promoting the importance of learning to swim and you can read about it on the Better Manchester website.
  • The Manchester Community Services Council has announced its annual call for scholarship applications with a submission deadline of June 1 and early applications encouraged. For more info click here.

In Case You Missed It

  • The Luminaries of Change is a living art exhibit that examines Manchester's trailblazers who have dedicated themselves to creating social change throughout the community. The gallery will soon be growing and you can click here to learn about the nomination process.
  • Manchester youth who are entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2022 are encouraged to apply to serve on the Manchester Youth Commission. The deadline to apply is May 2 and all the info is here.


  • Manchester Matters: Manchester Next info; Garden Club scholarships available; Mobile Foodshare schedule; blood donations needed.
  • Manchester Historical Society: The society is looking for administrative assistant; Dr. and Mrs. Whiton’s house was razed years ago but you can put it back together in jigsaw puzzle form, and the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame dinner is Saturday.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: The importance of learning how to swim; a summer program and event guide, plus an archive of past featured stories.

The Week Ahead

It's back! Rebuilding Together Manchester is Saturday, as is the Hall of Fame dinner and a Bridgerton party.

Thursday, April 28

2 - 6 p.m. -- Free COVID- 9 vaccines at Charter Oak Park.

Friday, April 29
5 - 8 p.m. -- American Legion Riders Fish Fry Dinner at 20 American legion Dr.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- BSA Troop 123’s pasta dinner fundraiser at Community Baptist Church, 585 East Center St.

Saturday, Apr. 30

2 -4 p.m. -- Sea glass wire wrapped pendant class at Mahoney Rec Center, 110 Cedar St..
8:30 a.m. -- Daycare Provider CPR & first aid course at 75 Center St.
9 - 10:30 a.m. -- Birding with the Lutz at Oak Grove Nature Center, 269 Oak St.

10 - 11 a.m. -- Radical Reptiles at Leisure Labs, Mahoney Rec Center, 110 Cedar St.

2:30 p.m. -- Bridgerton Party (lecture and theme crafts) at Mary Cheney Library.
4 7 p.m. -- Soup Fiesta and Bake Sale at American Legion Post 102, 20 American Legion Dr.

5:30 p.m. -- Manchester Sports Hall of Fame Dinner at Manchester Country Club.

Sunday, May 1
9 a.m. -- Bird watchers walk at 330 Bush Hill Rd.

Monday, May 2

6:30 p.m. -- CT wildlife: Porcupines and Opossums discussion with Ginny Apple at Mary Cheney Library.

7-8 p.m. -- Can and bottle redemption to benefit World-Wide Lighthouse Mission’s outreach program at 723 Main St.

Tuesday, May 3

10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. -- Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Mahoney Center, 110 Cedar St.
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, May 4

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. -- R.E.A.D. to a Dog (pre-school - grade 4) at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Candle making at Whiton Memorial Library.
7 p.m. -- Charter Revision Committee meeting at Town Hall and via Zoom.


  • Registration begins Wednesday for summer programming through the town's Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation. Here's the program guide.

Down The Road, Etc.


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  • What should Manchester look and feel like in 10-20 years? The Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development Update will help answer that question and from May 16-19 planning picks up steam. Click here for more.
  • The second annual Spring Butterfly Stroll returns to Downtown on Saturday, May 14. Click to read more.
  • The Sculpture Project is sponsoring a mini-golf tournament to help to raise money for a life-size bronze statue of Elisabeth M. Bennet that will be installed on the lawn of Bennet Academy next year. The event will be on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at Mar-Lea Miniature Golf in Bolton and all the details are here.

Pink Out In Tolland

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That's MHS senior Gio Morales pitching against Tolland Wednesday afternoon in a game where both teams dressed in pink in support of MHS sophomore Hannah Forstell and four others battling cancer.


  • Manchester Soccer Club: Registration starts Monday and there's info about travel leagues here.
  • Shockers Play Saturday: The Hartford Shockers (6-2) will host the NOVA Bulls (2-5) Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. at East Catholic High School. The Shockers are tied for first place in the ECBL’s Mid-Atlantic division after beating the Western Mass Zombies 103-82 on the road last week.
  • Summer 3-on-3 tourney: The Manchester Police Athletic League is sponsoring a 3-on-3 summer basketball program on Friday nights starting June 17. It's being held at Charter Oak Park and there's more info (complete with a registration form) here.
  • Knights football and cheering: Registration is now open for Manchester Knights football and cheerleading programs for the fall. Click here for more information
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A team of Buckley third-graders gave a presentation at Monday's Board of Education meeting explaining how geothermal wells will help heat and cool their school when the renovation is complete. There are 60 wells, each 450 feet deep, buried under the ballfield . To see replay of the meeting click here (the Buckley presentation starts about 27 minutes in)
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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.