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Thursday, July 15, 2021

We normally don't promote out-of-town events but have to make an exception because on Monday night the extremely talented Taylor McCoy, a 2014 MHS grad, will be performing in the Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series at Bushnell Park. We have Taylor's inspiring story below as well as what's going on inside Manchester's borders, including plenty of even-more-local music options. If you enjoy OneManchester and want to subscribe just click here.
'The Power Of Now'
That's how Wynton Marsalis describes jazz music and on Monday night you can see and hear for yourself,  from our own Taylor McCoy.

She didn't dare sing in public until the end of her junior year, and as MPS music director Keith Berry recalls, "I couldn’t believe she had been keeping that beautiful voice hidden from all of us.” Read Taylor's inspiring story in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery, which is on both Facebook and
Instagram
The concert is free and starts at 6 p.m. with headliner the Camille Thurman Quartet taking to the stage after Taylor.
THERE'S MORE ...
 
Taylor is backed by a quartet that includes on tenor sax Nathan Edwards, who was a classmate at MHS.
A graduate of Western Connecticut State University, he teaches band at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford. Like Taylor, Nate attended the University of Hartford before transferring but, also like Taylor, he is back at UHart and scheduled to graduate in the spring with a master's degree.
Says Taylor: "Nathan is a great friend and an equally great player. He's dedicated to music and its greater purpose for him and those it impacts, and I am so grateful to have him in my circle!"
School News
DIALING UP THE FUN
The district's summer program has moved into Week 2 with a greater emphasis on fun, camp-like activities. These photos were taken yesterday at Bennet, the ropes course on Hillstown Road and at the Yard Goats game.

SEEDS 'N STUFF

The Head Start summer program has taken root with students enjoying projects including  a garden investigation unit.
HEAD START COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT
  • It's a starting point for understanding community strengths and identifying gaps in services and you can learn more here.
FYI: BOE MEETING FORMAT CHANGE
  • The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 9 at Lincoln Center and the public will be invited to attend in person. We'll have more details to share in next week's newsletter.
Around Town
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
  • Ch. 3 came to town to do a feature on The Firestone. Click to watch.
  • News12 Connecticut visited Manchester as part of its 'road trip' series and you can see the report here.
WHAT SAY YOU?
WORTH CHECKING OUT
REMEMBERING PAM
  • Pam Daikun was a longtime tutor at MHS who died of cancer two years ago and in her memory  her daughter is participating in the 'Closer to Free Ride.' Click for more.
Calendar, Etc.
The Beller's Summer Concert series starts tonight at 6 with Skylark City (pinch hitting for Breakwater Four) in Center Memorial Park.
In other free concerts, the Bandshell has Who Dat! on Monday and on Tuesday MARC features "Changes in Latitudes" while the Saxophone Masters will be at the Rotary Pavilion in Charter Oak Park.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Eastern Screech Owl (far left) and Barn Owl are two types found in Connecticut. You can learn more Monday at Mary Cheney Library.
Plus:

MARK YOUR
CALENDAR
The 3rd annual Rotary in Motion will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 beginning at the Rotary Pavilion at Charter Oak Park and there's more info here.
For more on what's coming up check out our OneManchester planner.
Sports

CONGRATS, CHAMPS!

As their banner says, Manchester's 11-and-under Allstars won the district championship. Our 12u team is in the district finals tonight and you can find out more (like the site of the game) by visiting the MLL FB page.
Also:
Construction Alert!
Buckley Elementary is undergoing a renovation that will make it the first 'net zero energy' public school in the state and that's just one in a series of ambitious sustainability initiatives in town. We will be following along in a special year long series and you can read Chapter 1 here. 
Mayor Jay Moran, School Board Chairman Darryl Thames and Superintendent Matt Geary were among the speakers at a groundbreaking ceremony in early June. Below is what's to come.
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