Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

MANCHESTER'S LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS remain the big story, as they play today on ESPN (game time 1 p.m.) in Williamsport, PA, against a team from Hawaii in the Little League World Series. Our coverage explains how their coach has been able to keep up with his day job and we have a timeline of their remarkable August. We also take stock of summer school (which ends tomorrow) and the academic year ahead (it starts in three weeks). If you like OneManchester and want to subscribe, please click here.

Today: Manchester Vs. Hawaii at 1 p.m. (ESPN)

If Manchester wins: Next game is Sunday at 11 a.m vs. New Jersey/Nebraska winner on ESPN

If Manchester loses: Next game is Saturday at 3 p.m. vs. New Jersey/Nebraska loser on ABC

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Meet The Coach

Rob Rastelli works as a software architect and is fortunate to have both the option of working remotely as needed and also a boss who understands how much it means to guide a team to the LLWS. Read more about Rob in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.


Every game now is watched by hundreds of thousands and their names and faces will be remembered for a long, long time back here in Manchester but it hasn't been all glamour for our All-Stars, as they've been away from home (and without even a hug from mom) for 12 days now. A look back ... and ahead:
Sunday, Aug. 1 -- Beat Wilton in Stamford for state title.

Saturday, Aug. 7 -- Arrive in Bristol for regionals

Monday, Aug. 9 -- Beat Vermont on ESPN-plus

Thursday, Aug. 12 -- Beat Massachusetts on ESPN

Saturday, Aug. 14 -- Lost to New Hampshire on ESPN

Sunday, Aug. 15 -- Traveled by bus to Williamsport

Click here for the LLWS bracket/schedule; the championship game is Aug. 29.

Classes are ending but begin again in three weeks.

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Monica Oquendo (left) is teaching a class called Battle Kites; Mikhaila Entsiwah is an MHS student working as a squad leader. They are among hundreds of staffers supporting about 1,800 students and we have their stories in the 'Humans of Manchester' gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.

Need To Know


  • 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.

  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education classes also begin Sept. 8.

  • Click here for the full-year calendar.


  • Remote Learning: The state has decreed that instruction must be in-person except in cases involving quarantine.
  • Masks: The state also is requiring that masks be worn in schools by all students, staff and visitors through Sept. 30.
  • Visitors: Will be allowed again with masks required and names, dates and locations recorded in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • Sports: Fall sports are back as usual except masks must be worn indoors.

News And Notes

Adult Ed: Classes begin Sept. 8 and the new department website has all the information you need. Also, you can check out this enrollment information (and here’s a Spanish version).

Bus Routes for the start of school are under development. An e-mail notification to families will be sent when the routes are available. This link has more information.

Before- and After-school Programming: It’s offered in partnership with MELC (the Manchester Early Learning Center) at Bennet / Bowers / Buckley / Highland / Keeney / Martin / Odyssey / Verplanck and Waddell and online registration is ongoing. Click here for information.

LET’s Talk: Latasha Easterling-Turnquest, the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement, is sharing reminders related to attendance and more and you can see the latest here.

Head Start Community Assessment: It's a starting point for understanding community strengths and identifying gaps in services and you can learn more here.

Illing Meet and Greet: The Illing administrative team has scheduled two sessions in advance of the upcoming school year:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 -- Squire Village Community Center

  • Thursday, Aug. 26 -- EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center on Spruce Street

Both are from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 19 (Today)

6:30 p.m. -- Eleanor Roosevelt: An Appreciation at Mary Cheney Library

Friday, Aug. 20

2-4 p.m. -- Puzzle Piece Tree on canvas craft at Mary Cheney Library

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

6-7 p.m. -- Moon Lit Yoga at Charter Oak Park.

Saturday, Aug. 21

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Vaccine Clinic at Manchester Community College
8 a.m. - noon) -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.

Sunday, Aug. 22

8 a.m. -- CHIP Test at Manchester High School.
9 a.m. -- Basic Life Support Class at the Firehouse, 75 Center St.

Noon-2 p.m. -- Woodbridge Farmstead Open House 495 East Middle Tpke.

Monday, Aug. 23

6:30 p.m. -- Elizabeth Keckly: Successful Author & Seamstress at Whiton Library

Tuesday, Aug. 24

6:30 p.m. -- Charter Oak Summer Concert Series featuring the MSOC Winds Ensemble at Charter Oak Park Pavilion.

6:30 p.m. -- Children’s Summer Reading Grand Finale featuring Dancin’ with Hoops at Mary Cheney Library.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

11:30 a.m. -- Rotary Club’s Holes for Hope golf outing at Manchester Country Club.

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Farmer’s Market at Northwest Park


Coming Soon:

Friday, Aug. 27 (6-8 p.m.) -- Peach Festival

Saturday, Aug. 28, 2-10 p.m. -- Silk City Fest at Purnell Place

Saturday, Aug. 28. 8:30 a.m. -- Center Springs 5K

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. -- MSOC Summer Wind Ensemble at Charter Oak Park Rotary Pavilion with a special guest conductor, Superintendent Matt Geary.

Saturday, Oct. 2 -- Rotary in Motion originating at Charter Oak Park

Opening Night

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Northwest Park was hoppin' last night as the Farmer Market debuted at a new site.

This And That

More Sports:

Carnivals are capping off Summer Camp at Verplanck and elsewhere this week.

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We have more summer camp photos on the district Facebook page.