Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021

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New Englands Are Next ... Then Hopefully Williamsport

A FIRST FOR MANCHESTER! The All-Stars beat Wilton to win the state last weekend and next play in the New England Championships in Bristol. On Monday, Manchester will take on the Vermont-Rhode Island winner as they seek to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Click here for the tournament website and here for more coverage.
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In front are Kobe (left) and Julian; standing (L-R) are Paul, Sam (rear), Alex, Eli, Cam, Jacob, Sean, Griff, Ryan, Anthony and Arlen. The coaches are Rob Rastelli, Paul Rubin, Chris Fataconi and Jeff Bucko. Eleven of the players are students who will be at Illing in the fall.

Chopper Talk

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Students who attended MPD’s first-ever Youth Academy were treated to a visit from Trooper 1, the Connecticut State Trooper helicopter, and we have more photos on Facebook.
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BoE Meets Monday

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center and for the first time since last March the public can attend (but it will also be streamed live on the district FB page).

  • The agenda includes a ‘back to school’ update.

  • You can still participate virtually and that info is here.

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Planning Ahead

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8: That's when grades K-5, 7 and 9 return; students in grades 6, 8 and 10-12 join in on Thursday, Sept. 9.

  • Pre-school starts Sept. 8 and HEAD START (full day) begins Sept. 13.

  • Click here for the full-year calendar

  • At right is Latasha Easterling-Turnquest, the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement, who is sharing video reminders and you can see the latest here.

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Summer School

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At left is a photo from STEAM Camp at Verplanck last week and at right action at Bennet this week, which marked the start of the district's second three-week session; we have more photos on the district Facebook page.


Manchester Energy Efficiency Project

Buckley Elementary is being renovated to ‘net zero energy’ and there are lots of other ambitious sustainability projects underway throughout town. We're following along and today present Chapter 2 in our series:

"THERE IS NO OTHER COMMUNITY in the state doing as much, in so many ways and all at the same time in pursuit of energy efficiency ..." Click to read Chapter 2 in our series (and yes, those documents at right are from a monthly electric bill at MHS).

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Town staffers Courtney Lindberg and Chris Till are heavily invested in the sustainability work as is resident Gene DeJoannis. Click here to read Chapter 2 in our series (and if you missed Chapter 1, it's here.) Also Gov. Lamont was at Buckley yesterday to tout the state's role in school infrastructure work and we have more on that below.

NICK MORRETT is the man in charge of the van (Rec on the Run, that is) and a sneaker artist who gets his kicks by decorating them. He's the latest to join our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.

Today (Thursday, Aug. 5)

5-8 p.m. -- The Off-Main Experience (re-scheduled from last week)

6-8 p.m. -- Beller’s Music Summer Concert Series featuring Goza Latin Band.

Friday, Aug. 6

6-8 p.m. -- Charter Oak Park Event Series

7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell August Concert Series featuring Ticket to Ride.

Saturday, Aug. 7

8 a.m.-noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.

2-4 p.m. -- Old Manchester Museum Open House.

Sunday, Aug. 8

Noon-2 p.m. -- Woodbridge Farmstead Open House

Monday, Aug. 9

7-9 p.m. -- Board of Education meeting at Lincoln Center

7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell Concert featuring Sphinx Shriner Band

Tuesday, Aug. 10

7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center

7 p.m. -- Charter Oak Summer Concert Series at Charter Oak Park Rotary Pavilion.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

4:30-7:30 p.m. -- Spruce Street Farmer’s Market (finale for the season).

7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell Concert with Irish Night featuring Jim McArdle


Cruisin' Draws Big Crowd

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The weather was great Sunday and thousands gathered on Main Street to see hundreds of antique and classic cars, trucks, sports cars, and street rods from pre-1987. We have more on our OneManchester Facebook page.
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In The News

  • The JI has a fascinating story about a local man who, taking advantage of a new state law, filed an affidavit removing a racially restrictive covenant on his property.

  • Tuesday’s BoD meeting included discussion about a concept that would locate a new skate park on the west side of Charter Oak Park (the big/isolated soccer field opposite CVS), rather than at Globe Hollow.

  • The Courant reports that site work on the town-owned side of the Manchester Parkade (to be known as Silk City Green) could begin in the fall.


NEED HELP? Click here for info about food drives, food availability and how MPS families can receive assistance with diapers.

TOWN WEBSITE: Residents are invited to help with its redesign and you can learn more here.

MANCHESTER MATTERS: Click for the latest edition.

MANCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Their latest newsletter is here.

BLOODLINES: The Red Cross is in need of all blood types. Click here for upcoming drives

And Some Sports Stuff:

Worksite Visit

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Gov. Ned Lamont was at Buckley yesterday to talk about the state's role in supporting school construction projects. Also there: Mayor Jay Moran, BoE Chair Darryl Thames, Kosta Diamantis of the state Office of School Construction, Grants & Review and state Rep. Jason Doucette.