Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH began yesterday and so through Oct. 15 there will be extra attention paid to "the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success." That quote comes from this terrific website which also notes, as we will here, that appreciation for and recognition of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America should be an everyday, all-year-long reality.

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Background and context

Of the 6,127 students in the district just over 31 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. By comparison the makeup is 8.2% Asian, 24.8% Black, and 32.5% White, with 2.4% two or more races. As for the Hispanic Heritage Month?

  • It started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week but was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.
  • Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 (today!) and Sept. 18, respectively.

Humans of Manchester

Meet Omaris Journet, the new principal of Verplanck Elementary School and a proud product of the ‘Isla del Encanto’ — which is Spanish for Island of Enchantment and how she refers to her beloved Puerto Rico. You can learn about her in our gallery, which is on Facebook and Instagram.

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School Scenes

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Students in Pat Gibbons' exploratory class at MHS are concentrating while Trish Bourcier's first graders at Buckley are ready to get their day started. We have photos from schools throughout town on the district Facebook page.
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News and Notes

  • Last Monday's BoE meeting included an update on the Buckley renovation that is underway and a preview of work at Bowers tat is scheduled to begin next year. You can watch a replay on the district Facebook page or at the Silk City TV website.
  • Latasha Easterling-Turnquest (right), the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement, has another installment of her LET's Talk series and you can watch it here.
  • To see the latest Manchester Adult and Continuing Education newsletter please click here.
  • Want to support the MHS Class of '22? You can buy mums and support Project Graduation. Click for details.
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Humans of Manchester, Cont.

Also new to our gallery is Ky'Lynn Monts, who like other members of the class of 2023 is making a third year of high school memories while wearing a mask. But ever-upbeat Ky'Lynn is making the best of things ('there is always a light at the end of the tunnel') and we have her story on FB and Instagram

Up Close With Our All-Stars

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Surrounded by friends, family and fans, members of the Manchester Little League all-star team were honored with a ceremony at Northwest Park last Thursday and tomorrow the players will be together again as they will be the instructors during a free baseball clinic at Dettore Field for kids ages 7-10. Registration and a meet-and-greet start at 5:30 p.m. with drills running from 6-7 and the details are here.

The Week Ahead

Friday, Sept. 17

5:30 p.m. -- Free baseball clinic for kids 7-10 with the Little League All-Stars at Northwest Park.

6:30 p.m. -- Manchester High season-opening home football game vs. Newington

Saturday, Sept. 18

8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.

9 a.m. -- East Side Blockwatch Neighborhood cleanup staring at 153 Spruce St.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Outdoor tag sale at Unitarian Universalist Society: East

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 123 Car Wash at Community Baptist Church

1 p.m. -- Cheney Railroad Walk starts at 146 Hartford Rd

3 -6 p.m. -- Golabki Festival at 23 Golway St.

7 -10 p.m. -- Music is back at the Elks Club with Silver Fox, 30 Bissell St.

Sunday, Sept. 19

9 a.m. -- Daycare provider First Aid and Heart Saver CPR Hybrid at 75 Center St. (also Oct 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.)

Monday, Sept. 20

7 p.m. -- Author Steve Leshin at Mary Cheney Library.

Tuesday, Sept 21

7 p.m. -- Troop 25 In-person joining night at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St.

Wednesday, Sept. 22
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays through Oct. 7)

7:30 p.m. -- Rima Riedel book launch at Mary Cheney Library.


Down the Road

Songwriters Concert

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Jonathan Tarbox and Hue-Blind performed at the 3rd Annual Manchester Songwriters Concert last Saturday at Center Memorial Park. Missed the show? it can be seen in its entirety here.

Also of Note:

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The fall sports season is ramping up and our Paul Ofria has been hustling to keep up. From left are soccer players Addison Hall (6), Haven Garcia, Kyle Anderson and Cian Gara Grady while below is the volleyball team on the newly painted gym floor.
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The cross-country teams were at Wickham Park on Tuesday and shown here (from left) are Aidan Puffer, Sean Barkasy, Jamie Dykstra, Kamili Riera and Mia Gilbert.
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For more photos from these events and others click here

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