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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

We launched our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery in August 2015 and today feature our 600th subject, a man whose barbecue restaurant has deep family roots. Like our gallery, Thomas' Smokey Pit Stop is still going strong -- no small feat considering it opened last March just as our town was closing down. The story is right below along with our usual collections of news, notes and more. And if you want to subscribe to OneManchester, just click here.
HUMANS
OF MANCHESTER


Pulled pork, jerk wings, smoke sausage. Darryl Thomas makes it all taste so good. His restaurant is on West Middle Turnpike; our gallery is on Facebook and Instagram.
Black History Month
WALK AND TALK

Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be An Antiracist" will be the first book discussed in Manchester Public Library's new Walking Book Club, which will debut in April. The MPL FB page will have more soon.
Note: Black History Month events are almost all online this year and the Courant has an overview.
School News
BOE MEETS MONDAY
  • The Board of Education meets Monday night at 7 with an agenda highlighted by the Winter Data update. For information on how to watch (and even participate) please click here.
RED HAWK HOOPS
MHS played its first home game on Tuesday and we have it covered on the OneManchester Sports Facebook page.
MEALS FOR STUDENTS
Here's the district's remote meal pickup schedule along with a reminder -- the pick up area at MHS is on the Freshman Center side of the building; use the parking lot off of Summit Street and follow the bus loop to the first set of doors:
  • Bennet -- 11:00 a.m.-noon
  • Buckley, Waddell & MHS -- noon-1 p.m.
  • MHS -- 3-4 p.m. (includes frozen items for next-day lunch)
SCHOOL SNAPSHOTS


Students were busy at Buckley (above) and Highland Park; we have more photos on the district Facebook page.
REMINDERS, ETC:
News, Notes Etc.
COVID RELATED
IN THE NEWS
PRIME TIME

Amazon will be one of the tenants in the former (and still massive) JC Penney warehouse. The JI has details.
Also:
Calendar

Saturday night brings an online raffle to benefit MHS freshman Hannah Forstell, who for more than a year has been fighting cancer. She's shown here with mom and dad during a parade celebrating her progress last April.
 
Also:
600 And Counting ...
A 'Humans of Manchester' Milestone
Our 'Humans' gallery has reached another milestone, as we've now told 600 stories that collectively paint a compelling picture of a fascinating community. The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here