Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022

BUSY BUSY BUSY. There's lots happening locally -- including tonight's community-wide reading event with author Zakiya Dalia Harris and Saturday's Rotary in Motion -- and we have details below. We also have more coverage in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, photos from an MHS cross-country meet at Wickham Park and a comprehensive collection of news and notes that will keep you connected to your community. Scroll down ... you'll be glad you did.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a recognition of the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America -- and Manchester held a special celebration on Saturday at the Mahoney Center. We have photos below and more on the district Facebook page.

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Saturday's celebration (above) was sponsored by the Manchester Latino Affairs Council. Also this month we are highlighting in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery members of the community who are of Hispanic or Latino heritage . The latest addition: Katrina Torres-Marshall, who is of Puerto Rican descent and is the library-media specialist at Waddell Elementary School
Humans Of Manchester - Katrina Torres-Marshall
Click the image above to hear Katrina's story; you can find the complete gallery on our FB page,
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Gettin' Their Learn On

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These snapshots are from Keeney (left) and Bowers and you'll find more photos from these and other schools on the district Facebook page..
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BoE Status Report

  • If you missed Monday's Board of Education meeting, which had a review of Spring data, you can see it here.
  • The next meet is on a Thursday -- Oct. 13, specifically -- and is scheduled to feature a Hiring and Talent Development Update. The meeting is also streamed lived on the district FB page and you can participate virtually. Here's how that works.


  • The state Department of Education has a new data management system that offers an online portal where parents can access their child’s IEP as well as other related documents. The system will also have the option for an electronic signature for documents, a language translation function, and other features as well. Click for more.

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More Notes

  • PROJECT GRADUATION FUNDRAISER: Mums the Word for the class of '23. Click the link to find out more.

  • MARINE BAND AT MHS: "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will perform at MHS on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free but tickets are required and here is the link.
  • MHS HOMECOMING: Spirit Week at Manchester High culminates on Friday Oct. 28 with a Homecoming Parade on Brookfield St. followed by a MHS football game vs. Windsor at Memorial Field. Click here for more details
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Rotary In Motion Is Saturday

Rotary in Motion is Saturday and again be based at Charter Oak Park. There's music and more including different bike tours including a 30-miler to East Hartford. Click for information.


Thursday, Sept. 29
6 p.m. -- Opening reception for Jack Laris: Unbridled Color at the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at MCC.

6:30 p.m. -- Free community-wide reading event with New York Times Best Selling Author Zakiya Dalia Harris at SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium at Manchester Community College.

Friday, Sept. 30
7 p.m. -- Motor City Fever - A Musical Celebration of Motown at Cheney Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 1
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- MACC Farmers Market in the Forest St parking lot.

9:30 a.m. -- Rotary in Motion at Charter Oak Park.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Open House at the Old Manchester Museum, 126 Cedar St.
10:30 a.m.. -- Mexican Folkloric Dance with Tere Luna for children at Mary Cheney Library.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Walk for Thought at Northwest Park.

2 p.m. -- Frida Kahlo Planter craft event at Mary Cheney Library.

Monday, Oct. 3

6:30 p.m. -- How Technology Shaped Us at Whiton Library.

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

Tuesday, Oct 4
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 5
4:30 - 7 :30 p.m. -- Farmer’s Market at Northwest Park.

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  • The Downtown Scarecrow Festival will be Oct. 8—29 and all the info is here (including registration information).

  • There will be a Community Clean Up and Shred Event at 311 Olcott St. on Saturday, Oct. 8.

  • The town's Fall Festival at Northwest Park features pumpkin decorating on Oct. 11 and 13 and then a big (and scary!) event on Friday, Oct. 14. Check it out.

  • Six unique Manchester houses of varied vintages will be showcased at the Sculpture Project 2022 House Tour on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here's more.
  • Bark in the Park returns Saturday, Oct. 22. Details are here.

  • The Manchester Road Race is Nov. 24 and online registration has begun. Click for more.

Reading Tonight; Library Vote Nov. 8

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Community Connections

  • The Change Collaborative of Manchester is looking to gather more information from parents, caregivers, and adults in Manchester on their attitudes and perceptions on youth substance use. Click for more.

  • Manchester Matters, the town's long-published newsletter, has a new look and you can see more (and find a link to subscribe) by clicking here. Plus check the town events calendar for more.

Other Newsletters:

  • Manchester Historical Society: There will be open houses, a Pumpkin Festival and a rug braiding workshop in October; read a Manchester Herald from 70 years ago and check out a vintage 1920 selfie, plus lots more in the latest issue.
  • Manchester Adult & Continuing Education: The latest edition includes Dr. Kearney discussing the importance of completing high school; pictures from the AEFL Literacy Week celebration, and words of wisdom from Dr. Dave Brysgel through an interview by STEAM Camper Bayya Smalls.


Red Hawk Harriers

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The Red Hawk Cross Country teams picked up a pair of wins each on Tuesday when they beat Enfield and East Catholic at Wickham Park. Jill Orszak (middle, left) led the way for the girls with a personal record 25:02; Gavin Kane (19:22) finished first for the boys although pictured at right is Christian Woodson.


  • Knights BB: Tryouts for the Manchester Knights travel and instructional basketball programs for boys and girls will happen in October at Verplanck Elementary School. Click here for dates and times.
  • Manchester Travel Basketball: Boys and girls grades 4-8, there will be clinics at Bennet Academy the next three Tuesdays - Oct. 4, 11 and 18. Click for more information.

The JI has a story on the ongoing Bowers and upcoming Keeney school renovation projects but before shifting attention how about another nugget from last Saturday, when the ribbon was cut at Buckley:
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Among those at the ribbon-cutting was Denise Plante Terry, who attended Buckley from 1967-75 and recently moved back to Manchester. “We are amazed at how it looks now,” said Denise, who had with her Saturday brother Steven (as well as a newspaper clipping from when she was a Buckley student). “It’s fabulous and we are delighted that another generation of children in this neighborhood where we grew up will have a wonderful school.”

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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.

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