Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG! OK. Maybe not. But the next few days are expected to be pretty mild for this time of year and while next week will be chillier it's not supposed to be brutal. Whatever the weather, things remain busy and interesting in town and we have our usual collection of news, notes, photos and a comprehensive calendar below. We also have this reminder: You can subscribe so that OneManchester is emailed to you every Thursday morning -- just click here.


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Fifty-nine students were inducted into the National Honor Society at Manchester High on Tuesday night. Shown above is Nina Montague accepting her certificate from NHS vice president Daisy Gonzalez, who's standing next to Benjamin Roy (president) as Zaniyah Ware (secretary) reads the names. And about those names: click here to see a larger version of the list of inductees.
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Around the District

The Board of Education meets Monday and will act on Superintendent Matt Geary's recommended budget of $122.4 million for the 2022-23 school year. (The other big news: Gov. Ned Lamont last Monday recommended that Connecticut lift its statewide mask mandate on Feb. 28.)
  • If you’re interested in helping raise money for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge as a tribute to Joe Erardi, a former MHS teacher and admin now fighting cancer, please click here.
  • The Manchester Scholarship Foundation will be awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to Manchester’s graduating high school seniors. The application is online and active at:
  • The TLC Foundation (Diyeso-Lewis Group Home) is seeking new house parents and we have more information here.
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Around the District

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At left, Manchester Middle Academy Teacher of the Year Michael Gomez helps a fifth grader with his history paper, and at right, Jeannie Lambert, with community partner Drew Hedberg from Ambulance Service of Manchester, discuss toxicology and opioids in the EMT Certification class at Manchester High..
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Linda Harris, a community advocate with a commitment to supporting people who have historically been marginalized, is the newest addition to our galley. You can read about her on Facebook or Instagram. Oh yeah, we also have a site where you can read our mini-profiles in other languages.
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Housing Equity

Tonight Dr. Fiona Vernal, an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies and Director of EPOCH at UConn, will be discussing the history and future of housing equity with special guests including Dr. Diane Clare-Kearney, the school district's director of Race and Equity. The event is at WORK_SPACE and is free but pre registration is required to reserve a seat or receive access to watch online. Click for more.
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The Week Ahead, Etc.

Thursday, Feb. 10

6:30 p.m. -- Dr. Fiona Vernal, associate history professor at UConn, discusses the history and future of housing equity in a special WORK_SPACE roundtable event.
7 p.m. -- Mid-Winter Concert at Bailey Auditorium featuring the MHS music ensembles.

Saturday, Feb 12
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Spruce St Farmers Market at 160 Spruce St.
9 a.m. - noon -- Polish Food Sale at St. John’s Church at 23 Golway St.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Galleries open house and Artisan Pop-up store at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.
10 a.m. -- Snow Day Play at Northwest Park Early Childhood Center.
1 - 5 p.m. -- Free COVID Vaccine Clinic at Bangladesh Bhaban, 9 Delmont St.

Monday, Feb. 14

Deadline for Manchester Little League and Softball sign ups.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 15
3 p.m. -- Tween Code Club at Mary Cheney Library.

Wednesday, Feb. 16
11 a.m. -- Newcomers meeting at the Senior Center (register by noon on Feb. 15).
6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Climate Change: How We Know It’s Real, with Stephen A. Nathan, Whiton Library.


  • On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Laura Reichelt will host a Valentine Tea at the Charles Cheney Mansion, 131 Hartford Rd. Proceeds from the events will go to the Manchester Historical Society. Contact Laura at 860-558-1957 for more information.

Down the Road:

  • Feb. 21 is International Mother Language Day -- click here for more information.

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Other Newsletters

  • Manchester Matters: A COVID vaccine clinic on Saturday, winter parking ban in effect and blood donations needed.

  • Manchester Historical Society: Highlights include a call for vaccines from over 100 years ago, a story about Manchester’s water bottling business and a Charles Cheney Mansion Valentine Tea Party this weekend.

  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education: It’s the Year of the Tiger; International Mother’s Language Day is Feb. 21, and meet ESL teacher Raquel Hutton (the former Ms. Pipkin) who has lived in Peru, Paraguay and Venezuela.

  • Better Manchester: Saturday’s Spruce St. Farmer’s Market preview, COVID-19 Booster info, Community Ideas Board and more.

New Team in Town

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The Hartford Shockers of the East Coast Basketball League will play their home games in Manchester at the East Catholic High School gym this season. The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Shockers, who will feature Manchester natives Malik Cameron and Tylon Smith Jr. (inset right), with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Media Day last Thursday.

The season opener is Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. against the Lehigh Valley Flight at East Catholic. Click here for a complete schedule and more info on the Hartford Shockers.

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Warm weather drew kids and adults to Center Springs Park Wednesday afternoon.

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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.