Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

THE ROAD RACE is just a week away but kids 12 and under will be on the run this Saturday at Manchester High as the Little Manchester Road Race returns. We have information below as well as a peek at the 8U Pop Warner Red Hawks football team that also has a big day ahead Saturday, as they play for a state title. It's a busy time of year but we're doing our best to keep track and if you like OneManchester and want to subscribe just click here.

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  • There are actually five separate races for kids 12 and younger: 100m, 1/4 Mile, 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile and 2 Miles. All pre-registered children will receive a long sleeve T-Shirt, and medal. Also at MHS that day is a Sports and Fitness Expo. Click here for more.
  • Also Saturday, the Silk City Striders will hold their annual “Know Your Pace Race” at 8:30 a.m. Participants are requested to park in the MHS parking lot and then proceed to East Center Street, where there will be registration and the event will start and finish on the south side of the street at the MRR course’s four-mile marker. The entry fee is $5.
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Family Survey

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Have you filled it out yet? In order to increase accessibility and responsiveness, we have developed four BRIEF surveys for the school year connected to district improvement planning. Here's the November survey (which we will keep open for the entire month) as well as translation instructions: Translate on a computer / Translate on a mobile device.

  • The Board of Education meets Monday night at 7 in Lincoln Center (although you can also watch and participate remotely). The agenda includes an update on Humanities / STEM PK-4.
  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.
  • Fundraisers: The MHS Broadcast News program is offering 31 days of prizes in December (see more here) and the Manchester Adult and Continuing Education Department is giving away 3 Thanksgiving turkeys with 3 winners and 3 ways to enter; click here for details.
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Humans Of Manchester

Like the Family Resource Center coordinators at the other elementary schools in town, Shelley-Ann Matthews stresses establishing positive and productive relationships as she works to support students and families at Waddell. She's the latest addition to our gallery, which you will find on Facebook and Instagram and (for those who'd like to read it in a different language ) right here.

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Classroom Snapshots...

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At left, Mrs. Brooks and her eighth grade Advanced Algebra students are solving problems at Illing, and over at Bennet, Mrs. Chapman's fifth grade ELA class is ready to read, summarize and discuss an article.
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Back Again

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The Manchester High chamber orchestra on Monday made its first public performance since January of 2020. The occasion? The swearing in of the new Board of Directors and other elected officials. Nine members of the MHS chamber orchestra participated: Marshia Ahsan, Aureliana Brown, Dara Song, Eden Lewis, Denise Popescu, Merae Gentile, Emma Greenfield, Kyla Melhado and Elayna Espinal.

Leaf Collection

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Click here to find a map showing what's been done and everything else you need to know about the leaf collection program; the photo above was taken on Tuesday on Waranoke Rd.
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In The News

A press release from the town yesterday affirmed that Steve Stephanou is now officially the general manager, no longer with 'acting' in the title. You can read the release here. Btw two years ago we added Steve to the 'Humans of Manchester' gallery and you can read that bio on FB or Instagram
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The Week Ahead

Thursday, Nov. 18

6 p.m. -- Virtual Public information meeting concerning the proposed Buckland/Spencer Park and Ride Transit Amenities Upgrade.

Friday, Nov. 19
9 a.m. -- Food Drive at St. Mary’s Episcipal Church, 41 Park St.

Saturday, Nov. 20
7:30 a.m -- Road Race Saturday at Manchester High School,134 East Middle Tpke.

9 a.m -- Polish food sale at St. John’s Church, 23 Golway St.
1 - 2:30 p.m. -- Railroad history walk starting at 2 Main St.

Sunday, Nov. 21
1 - 4 p.m. -- MHS Class of ‘22 Project Graduation Fundraiser at Urban Lodge, 47 Purnell Place..

Monday, Nov. 22

7 p.m. -- BoE Meeting at Lincoln Center.

7 p.m. -- Spindle City with CT author Jotham Burrello at Mary Cheney Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 23
6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.

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Downtown Manchester is holding an outdoor Holiday Market as part of Holiday on Main festivities on Saturday, Nov. 27. (aka Small Business Saturday). Things will be hopping from noon through 3 p.m. with Santa arriving at 3:15. For more info visit the Downtown Manchester Special Services District FB page.

THAT SAME DAY: The town's Neighborhoods & Families Division will host their inaugural indoor Shop Small at the Spruce Street Farmers Market on Saturday, November 27 from 9 a.m.- 1p.m. at the Nathan Hale Activity Center, 160 Spruce Street.



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In The Spotlight

Ashleigh Clare-Kearney Thigpen, a five-time gymnastics All-American at LSU, was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame last weekend. Ashleigh grew up in Manchester, went to MHS and is the daughter of Craig Kearney and Dr. Diane Clare-Kearney, who both work for the school district. She credits mom and dad among others during her terrific induction speech that you can watch here (scroll forward to the 1:08 mark).

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Manchester's 8U Pop Warner Red Hawks are playing for the state title on Saturday against Seymour and among their cheerleaders is Jim Mora, the new football coach at UConn, whose videotaped well-wishes are on the league's Facebook page.
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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.