Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021

THE FIRST DAYS OF NOVEMBER bring us a few key dates and milestones, one being Election Day, and if you missed the results from Tuesday we have them below. Sunday at 2 a.m. marks the end of Daylight Savings time, so come Monday high school students won't be waiting in the dark at bus stops. Speaking of which, at MHS the first marking period ends tomorrow and everyone is still buzzing about last Friday's homecoming festivities, which we also have covered below. Like OneMan? Just click here to subscribe.

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Local Election results

  • Jay Moran was the leading vote-getter and will remain mayor as Democrats kept their 6-3 majority on the Board of Directors. Jessee Muñiz-Poland is also coming on board for the D's while Jacqueline Crespan is a newcomer for the R's.
  • David Eisenthal is joining a Democratic team that also holds a 6-3 majority on the Board of Education; Republican Richard Kohls will be newcomer beginning this month.
  • Darryl Thames (current BoE chair) was elected Town Clerk.
  • Voters overwhelmingly approved borrowing $17,250,000 for the reconstruction and repair of various town roads and sidewalks and fixing the Union Pond dam.

Click here to see the Journal Inquirer's coverage or here for Manchester Patch.

Board of Ed Meets Monday

The BoE meet Monday night at 7 at Lincoln Center and people can attend in person or watch (and weigh in) on digital devices. Here's more about that. On the agenda is reaffirmation of board bylaws.

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Classroom Snapshots...

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At left, Verplanck fourth graders in Ms. Keser's class take a break from writing a book they hope to publish someday. At Illing, Mr. Smith and Team Cornell eighth graders work on solving math problems.
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Also Of Note

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The CT Kid Governor Bus Rally Monday at Bennet Academy Monday morning included a certificate presentation with Bennet's Kid Gov, Ella Wallace (right).
  • The American Rescue Plan has up to $3600 available for children under the age of 18. Click here for more information (and here in Spanish)
  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.
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'The Pulse' is Manchester High's award-winning news magazine and student journalists (including host Emily Madden) have produced two editions this year. Click to see the latest, which includes:

  • Jason Skoog's interview with about-to-retire cross country coach Mike Bendzinski
  • Summer Garrepy's piece on safety in the MHS senior parking lot.
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Blowin In The Wind

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  • Area 1 vacuum collection begins Monday with Area 2 scheduled to begin Nov. 22. Click here for everything you need to know about the Leaf Collection Program.
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The Week Ahead

Thursday, Nov. 4

Noon - 1 p.m. -- Brown Bag Business Buzz at WORK_SPACE. 903 Main St.

6:30 p.m. -- Writing from Your Life: A Workshop at Whiton Library.

Friday, Nov. 5

10 a.m. -- Exhibit opening: Manchester Road Race Retrospective at WORK_SPACE

6-8 p.m. -- Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar for teens and adults, 27 Olcott St.

7:30 p.m. -- Opening night: ‘Songs for a New World’ opening night at Cheney Hall - Fri. - Sun, through Nov. 21.

Saturday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Craft/ tag sale at St. James Church, 896 Main St.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Manchester High School.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- New England Country Fair at Second Congregational Church, 385 N. Main

9 a.m. -- Basic Life Support class at Manchester Fire Dept. 75 Center St.
9 a.m -- Polish food sale at St. John’s Church, 23 Golway St.
2 p.m. -- Pumpkin Turkey Craft at Mary Cheney Library

3:30 and 7 p.m. -- 100 Days in Combat: Tim McCann’s letters home from Vietnam, American Legion Hall

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Old Manchester Museum Open House. 126 Cedar St.

Sunday, Nov. 7

2 a.m. -- Daylight Savings time ends -- turn clocks back one hour.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Craft/ tag sale at St. James Church, 896 Main St.

Monday, Nov. 8

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

Tuesday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.

6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Online Safety for parents/guardians with Officer Ryan Moan (ZOOM)

Wednesday, Nov. 10
9 a.m. - noon -- Substitute teacher hiring event at 903 Main St

11 a.m. -- Park Naming to honor Nate Agostinelli at Porter/E. Center intersection.

3:30 - 4:45 -- R.E.A.D to a Dog with Andy and Grant at Mary Cheney Library.

6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Night at Mary Cheney Library.

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Down The Road

  • VETERANS DAY PARADE: The Veterans Day parade is a week from today starting at American Legion Drive.
  • MANCHESTER ROAD RACE: It's three weeks from today and about 5100 runners had registered as of yesterday. Click for their website.
  • SCHOOL DISTRICT PJ DAY: It's Friday, Dec. 10 and raises awareness of and money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. There's more info here.


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Also of Note

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It's getting chilly so we thought we'd share this photo, posted yesterday on the popular Grew Up In Manchester Facebook page, of kids posing while waiting for swimming lessons at Globe Hollow in 1918.
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Manchester High School's Homecoming festivities last Friday included a parade followed by a 'fan fest' and then a football game. (That's Arlon Poteat picking up yards against Middletown.) We have almost 100 photos from the events on the district 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.