Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023

AS WE CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH (and further our own modest contribution to the town's bicentennial celebration) we today share with you the story of John E. Rogers, a longtime Manchester resident who was known as “The Father of Black History in Connecticut.” You can read about him in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery, which also has grown to include a few more standout students at MHS.

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More Student Stories

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Sabrina, Lucas and Leah are the latest students to join our 'Human of Manchester' gallery as we continue to spotlight standout students at the high school. You can read all about them on the district Facebook page and other MPS social media sites.
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Budget Update

At the end of an almost four-hour meeting Monday night the Board of Education approved on a party line vote a $125.5 million budget, which is now on the desk of the town's General Manager. The budget will eventually be set by the Board of Directors in April. You can watch a replay on the district Facebook page.
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Project Graduation

It's a long standing and beloved tradition at Manchester High, a safe and supervised party for graduates that runs through the night after graduation.

The event is put together by volunteers and depends on donations, and you can learn how to support the MHS Class of '23 Project Graduation operation by clicking here.

Also of note:

  • The Winter Family Survey is still up. Input from families is valuable and makes a difference.

  • The FirstView bus tracking and parent communications app lets you track where your child’s bus is in real-time and has a multi-stop view if you have multiple students on different buses. Click for details.

  • Check out the latest edition of Manchester High's The Pulse; it includes stories on Summit Studio, the co-op hockey team's fundraiser to help cancer patients and more.

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A Cut Above

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That's Illing Principal Idelisa Torres giving teacher Michael Perrotti a new look to the delight of students and staff, the culmination of a fundraiser for the drama club and school store that raised about $700.

The Week Ahead

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Community planning today, a holiday weekend coming up.

Thursday, Feb. 16

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Manchester Next’s community open house at the Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce St.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Shake, Rattle & Roll for children 2-5 years old at Mary Cheney Library.
12:15 - 5:30 p.m. -- Red Cross blood drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
2:30 - 6 p.m. -- Manchester Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
6:30 p.m. -- Ice Fishing 101 at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Creative art class with artist, teacher, author Dorothy L. Hall at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Friday, Feb. 17
10 a.m. - noon --
Preschool playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
Noon - 3:30 p.m. -- COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Senior Center, 549 East Middle Tpke.
7 p.m. -- Fundraiser for Rebuilding Together of Manchester at the Hartford Wolfpack game.

Saturday, Feb. 18
10:30 a.m. --
Blooming into Greatness children’s program at Mary Cheney Library.
11 a.m. -- Free lunch drive through at St. John’s Polish National Church.
7 p.m. -- Added performance: Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: a Sherlock Holmes Comedy at Cheney Hall.

Sunday, Feb 19
1 -2 p.m. --
History walk in the North End starting at the rear parking lot of the 8th District office, 18 Main Street,

Monday, Feb. 20
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. --
Storytime at Whiton Library.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.-- Boys II Men enrichment program at YSB, 63 Linden St.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
6 - 7 p.m. --
Shrove Tuesday-Fat Tuesday-Mardi Gras Pancake Supper at Second Congregational Church, 385 North Main St.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Preschool Bingo Blast at Mary Cheney Library.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
9 a.m. --
Management of Chronic Pain: An Integrative Approach, at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Hayes St.
12:30 - 6 p.m. -- Manchester Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.

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Next weekend will be a busy one, with IMLD activities and also acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral in town.
  • CAST children’s theatre’s production of “Into the Woods, Jr.” runs Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23, 24 at Manchester High School’s Bailey Auditorium. Click here for times and ticket info.

  • The Mother Language Day celebration will be Feb. 25 and 26 and the ‘Language is Art’ exhibit opens on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Culture Lab, at Leisure Labs, 110 Cedar St.

  • Award winning storyteller Len Cabral will be at the History Center on Feb. 26 to share personal stories and folktales from around the world.

  • BSA Troop 123 is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Feb 25. Click here for details.

  • Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

  • ‘Ticket to Ride’ will be celebrating the music of the Beatles at Cheney Hall on March 18.

  • Save the Date: April 29 for Rebuilding Together in Manchester

News and Newsletters

What to do with the town-owned log cabin on Case Mountain? A committee debating that issue meets tonight and the JI has the story.


Better Manchester Magazine: Mother Language Day Celebration preview; put your name in for a garden bed at the Spruce Street Community Garden for 2023; learn about the ‘Pups in the Parks’ program, meet the MPS Dept. of Race & Equity and share your thoughts on the ‘Your Voice Matters Idea Board.’

Manchester Adult & Continuing Education: Learn interesting facts on Black history from Dr. CK; Meet the Coonecticut Adult and Continuing Ed award winners; enrollment info on classes that start March 20; take a creative writing class and a whole lot more.

Manchester Historical Society: Storytelling and more with len Cabral at the History Center on Feb. 26; calling all artists to participate in a town-wide art project featuring art of the present time and art of the future; circle March 5 on your calendar for the ‘Women of the Cheney Family’ exhibit opening and an opportunity to help judge History Day projects.

Manchester Matters: Town offices will be closed on Monday but trash will be picked up on schedule; there’s free income tax assistance available for residents; A draft of Manchester Next, the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), is now available.Click here for a free subscription.

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  • The Manchester-based Hartford Shockers Media Day is Saturday at East Catholic. The public is invited to meet the defending East Coast Basketball League champs from 4 - 6 p.m.


  • The Illing athletic apparel store is back by popular demand and open through Monday (Feb. 20). Click here to order.

  • Manchester Little League’s Challenger program registration is open until March 3. Click here for details, and here for MLL baseball and softball registration, which is ongoing through Feb. 25.

MHS Milestone

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Junior Tiara Tyson scored her 1000th point last week at Conard but was recognized for the achievement before Tuesday night's home game, a dramatic 58-52 win against East Hartford. Tiara scored 41 points as MHS recovered from an early deficit for its second straight win
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The Illing boys basketball team beat JFK Middle School (Enfield) 65-36 in the Connecticut River Athletic League semi-final on Monday afternoon with a little help from their friends - the Illing cheerleaders, pep band and a loud supportive crowd. The pep band had a few guest performers for its last outing of the year, including school superintendent Matt Geary on trumpet.

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