Thursday, March 31, 2022

APRIL ARRIVES TOMORROW, with March thankfully going out as it should, like a lamb, albeit a wet one. The first of the month signals Autism Awareness and a new approach to ‘Rebuilding Together Manchester’ and on Saturday we welcome Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims. Yes, there's a lot happening but we have it all covered and if you find OneManchester useful and interesting just click here to subscribe.

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A lifelong resident who was valedictorian at MHS in 2016, Nurun Nahar is a Boston College graduate who returned to Manchester and is playing a key role in addressing social justice issues. She is the latest addition to our gallery, which is on on Facebook and Instagram and (for those who'd like to read it in a different language ) right here.

Board of Education

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Josh Steffenson (who oversees STEAM in grades 5-12) and Shardae Shipman (Humanities, also 5-12) gave a presentation on their work and what's being done instructionally in the district at Monday's BoE meeting. You can see a replay here.

Incidentally, the presentation included an 'egg timer' math challenge that left some board members (and viewers) stumped: If you have two hourglasses -- one that empties in 7 minutes, the other in 4 minutes -- how can you use these two hourglasses to measure exactly 9 minutes? You can click for an explanation -- but try to solve it first (or maybe just ask a 5-12 student).
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MHS Fundraisers

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News and Notes

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  • Think you'd enjoy working with young people? Interested in a job in education? The district has lots of opportunities and open positions and this flier has the info you need to take advantage.
  • The application is under way for families interested in enrolling children in the district Early Childhood Education Program for 3- and 4-year-olds. Click here for more information.
  • It's time for the April family survey and your can find it here.

What's On Your Wish List?

The town has hired a team of consultants to help with a public planning process that will culminate in the adoption of a new Plan of Conservation and Development. The community will have lots of ways to participate starting with the Community Kickoff Event on Monday, April 11. Click here for more.
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Contest Time

"Shoot, score, win!'' Head to MA&CE's Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win tickets to Connecticut's semi-professional basketball team, The Hartford Shockers, fan merchandise to rock at the game, and free enrollment in our Spring Basketball Fundamentals program. Click for more.

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News and Notes

  • Manchester Patch writes that the State Bond Commission is considering committing $500,000 for improvements to the Laurel Marsh trail system.

  • A different company will be handling waste and recycling pickup for the town but the change should not affect residents. Here's the press release.

  • Manchester Matters: The James “Dutch” Fogarty Independence Day Celebration returns; no-cost income tax services offered, Art Exhibit at Town Hall, and much more.

  • Manchester Historical Society: 'Manchester Then & Now’ exhibit is open; 40 years ago: The Odd Fellows Building and Rotary had to go! And read about the Silk Vault Building at 110 Elm St.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: 30 years of Rebuilding Manchester, International Transgender Day, Nature and your mental health and more.

Tomorrow's April 1st!

Others may have jokes; we just have three FYIs:

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The Week Ahead

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Sourdough starter at Cheney Library; opening day at Wickham; classical music at MHS.

Friday, April 1
3:30 p.m. -- Sourdough Starter at Mary Cheney Library.

Saturday, April 2
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Household Hazardous Waste Collection at 321 Olcott St. - online appointments are mandatory this year.

Noon -- Silk City Board Game Group at Mary Cheney Library.

9:30 a.m. -- 7:30 p.m. -- Opening Day at Wickham Park.

10 a.m. -- The Finally Spring 5K at the Howard/Porter Rec Area.
7:30 p.m. -- Animal Series: How do Dogs Choose Their Human Friends? at the Lutz.

Sunday, April 3

4 p.m. -- Concert: An Afternoon in Vienna at Manchester High School.

Monday, April 4

6:30 p.m. -- CT Wildlife: Wild Turkeys at Mary Cheney Library.

7-8 p.m. -- Can and bottle redemption to benefit World-Wide Lighthouse Mission’s outreach program at 723 Main St.

Tuesday, April 5
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, April 6
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at East Catholic High School, 115 New State Rd.
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. -- R.E.A.D. to a Dog (pre-school - grade 4) at Mary Cheney Library.
6 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.

Down The Road, Etc.


  • Summer is just around the corner and registration for various camps and programs and this document highlights some of the offerings. Click here for all the details.

Champions All

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The town's adult winter rec sports season has ended and there are lots of photos of championship basketball and volleyball teams on the Recreation Division Facebook page. Looking ahead, there's a special Mahoney Madness event scheduled for Saturday that includes a 2-on-2 tournament, three-point contest and more. It's for kids 8-12 and their parents and all the info is here.


The Hartford Shockers (4-1) will put their three-game win streak on the line Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Red Rose (Pa.) Thunder (3-1) at East Catholic.

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Go Baby Go is a national, community-based research, design, and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility. And last weekend, a team of Manchester High students, led by CCSU professor Jim DeLaura and his staff and students, redesigned two motorized vehicles donated by Fisher-Price for Manchester preschool children with leg mobility restrictions. Click here for more pictures from the two-day event. And here for more info on the Go Baby Go program.

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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.