Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

HATS AND MITTENS go back on today, what with the thermometer expected to climb only half as high as yesterday and a snow storm rolling in tonight, but come Monday the masks are coming off in local schools (well, they will be optional for students and staff). It's not always easy to keep track of things in these busy times but OneManchester can help, so if you enjoy our newsletter and want it emailed to you every Thursday morning just click here.

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Recreation Supervisor Taylor McBride (above) was one of the poets who read at the town's Black History Month celebration at Mahoney Rec's Culture Lab Friday night. Below are Manchester Poet Laureate Ryan Parker and Nuran Nahar (from the district's Department of Race and Equity), who was among the approximately 35 attendees.
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In The Spotlight

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A Manchester High contingent traveled across the country over the long weekend to participate in the Student Television Network convention in Long Beach, Calif. The student team competed for prizes in the Crazy 8s News Magazine contest, where they produced an eight minute news program in eight hours hours. Click the link to watch the finished product.
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COVID Test Kits Go Out Before Masks Come Off

With masks optional in the district beginning Monday (except on buses and at the Manchester Preschool Center). the district yesterday starting sending home COVID test kits, an extra step designed to reduce the number of individuals coming to school while infectious. It's all explained in a letter sent out yesterday.

In Other News

  • The next big step on the way to determining the 22-23 town budget comes Tuesday, March 8, when General Manager Steve Stephanou presents his proposed budget to the Board of Directors. The BoD then begins workshops starting Wednesday, March 9 with a closer look at the BoE, which is seeking a 3.15 percent increase. All the key dates are here.

Delegation Conversation

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Be honest: Do you know who represents you at the state level? (If you need help, click here and find out.) Members of the local delegation will be at Lincoln Center tonight for a town hall event. Masks are required but it'll be online too (streamed live on Rep. Rojas' FB page) and there's more info here.
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Senior Center Status

The Town has embarked on a project to better understand the needs of older adults in Manchester and it includes a survey seeking opinions about their needs and priorities. Click here for more.
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The Week Ahead, Etc.

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Thursday, Feb. 24

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.-- Pre-Season Town Hall event with the Manchester Legislative Delegation at Lincoln Center.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Evening of Stories and Song at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Friday, Feb. 25
7:30 a.m. -- 4:p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes St.

Saturday, Feb. 26

8 - 11 a.m. -- Eagle Scout fundraiser: Bottle and can drive at St. Mary's Church, 41 Park St.

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

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at Buckland Hills Mall, 194 Buckland St.

11 a.m -- 4:30 pm. -- 7th annual Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball at Cheney Hall (through Sunday)

1 p.m. -- Slavery and Abolition adult program at the Lutz, 247 South Main St.
2 p.m. -- Zen Garden Craft at Mary Cheney Library

Monday, Feb. 28

6:30 p.m. -- Nature's Paintbrush: Intro to Natural Dyes and Inks at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, March 1
2:30 - 4 p.m. -- Boys to Men at YSB, 63 Linden St.

7 p.m. -- BOD meeting - remote.

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Also Of Note

  • The Tri-City Alliance of Realtors’ diaper collection is today (Thursday, Feb. 24) at 189 East Center St.

  • The TLC Foundation (Diyeso-Lewis Group Home) is still seeking new house parents and we have more information here.
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Grants Available to Benefit Community

Manchester’s Community Fund Advisory Committee is seeking project proposals that will improve or enhance the quality of life of residents or otherwise contribute to solving a direct need of the community. Individual grant awards will range from $250 to $5,000 and all the details are here.

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Other Newsletters

    • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education: Meet testing facilitator Nira Bahauddin (inset), who moved to the US from Bangladesh 15 years ago; learn interesting facts about languages and sign up for Bellyrobics classes that are held virtually every Thursday.
    • Manchester Matters: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, employment opportunities, no-cost income tax services, etc.
    • Manchester Historical Society: A jigsaw puzzle, news from Feb. 1937, the Silver Lanes Homes story and the much anticipated Then & Now exhibit opens next month.

    Plenty Of Hoopla

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    That's Tylon Smith Jr. soaring during the Hartford Shockers' franchise-opening 159-96 win over the Lehigh Valley Flight Saturday night at East Catholic High School. (By day an lling Middle School math teacher, Smith had 22 points and eight assists.) And below, the MHS basketball team honored its seniors Tuesday night before beating East Hartford 76-66 and finishing the regular season with a 14-6 record. The Red Hawks travel to Windsor tonight for the first round of the CCC Tournament. For more Shockers and Senior Night pictures, click here.
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    The Bangladeshi Community members' performance under the direction of Kanet Assesion was the finale at the International Mother Language Day celebration at Bailey Auditorium Sunday afternoon. Check our OneManchester FB page soon for more photos.
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