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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

'Thanksgiving In Manchester!

... is going to feel very, very different this year.'
Starting with the Road Race, which will be a de-centralized event and begins today at 8 a.m. Registered runners download an app with GPS capabilities to their phone and can then run the 4.748-mile distance at any location any time before next Wednesday night at 5 p.m. We have more about the race below as well as our calendar, news and notes. And this reminder: you can subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.
School News

Manchester High has gone fully remote through the Thanksgiving break because of COVID, which is double disappointing for senior Shania Benson, who prefers learning in class. She also now has to wait until Jan. 19 for the start of basketball practice. Read about Shania in our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.
The BoE met last night with highlights including a report on Humanities and STEAM instruction, an update on the upcoming 'net-zero' Buckley renovation and the latest on how COVID is impacting the district. To see a replay of the meeting click here or go to the district FB page.
For Buckley second-graders, desk shields added to the ambience as they studied space travel. At right, Verplanck scholars.

Here's the district's remote meal pickup schedule:
  • Bennet -- 11:00 a.m.-noon
  • Buckley, Waddell & MHS -- noon-1 p.m.
  • Bennet -- 3-4 p.m. (includes frozen items for next-day lunch)
Note: Bennet distribution is on Vine Street (behind the Barnard building) in the late morning and in front of the building (Main Street side) in the afternoon; MHS is using the Freshman Center bus loop off Summit Street.
  • The district Office of Equity and Partnerships shared this thank you after its gift card drive.
  • Click here for the most recent Manchester Adult and Continuing Education newsletter.
  • The district website has lots of news and information including a new COVID dashboard.
  • For all technology assistance (including Chromebooks, laptops and iPads), go to the IT Helpdesk or call / text 860-682-0607 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
News and Notes 
Manchester's Jonathan Maidment (shown here with parents Karen and Dave) is on the verge of completing the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail and thus the third leg of the Triple Crown of Hiking. He's raising money for the the Alpha-1 Foundation and there's more info here.
Note: The JI and Courant both have regular town news coverage but monthly free-read limits. You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch.

A special 1-hour interactive Zoom Meeting is scheduled for today to discuss shape the future of Manchester’s Parks, Facilities and Recreation Services. Click for details.
Thursday, Nov. 19 (8 a.m.) -- Virtual Manchester Road Race begins
Thursday, Nov. 19 (6:30 p.m.) -- Mary Cheney Library’s Virtual Fireside Author Series with Juliet Grames
Friday, Nov. 20 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Yoga for Food to support MACC at Community Y, 78 N. Main St.
Saturday, Nov. 21 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) -- Polish Food Sale (no preorders) at St. John’s Polish National Catholic Church, 23 Golway St.
Monday, Nov. 23 (8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Free COVID testing at Senior Center
Monday, Nov. 23 (7 p.m.) -- White Tailed Deer in Connecticut presentation (Zoom) by Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Coburn.
Wednesday, Nov. 25  (2 p.m.) -- UR Community Cares Cafe (virtual) hosted by Scott Weiss
Wednesday, Nov. 25 (5 p.m.) -- Deadline to complete virtual Manchester Road Race 
Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 -- Town offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving


Click here for updates and info (and remember, on Monday, Nov. 30 Area 2 Leaf vacuum collection begins).
NOTE: Our OneMan Planner (compiled by Paul Ofria) has more info including other down-the-road events as well as links to lots of relevant calendars. Contact Paul at
Manchester Road Race

The MRR website has lots of information -- like, the  Little Manchester Road Race is also cancelled but the Ray Crothers Blood Drive is not -- and listed below are some of the other notable changes this year:
  • Because of the COVID-driven travel advisories, elite pro runners will not be in town and prizes will not be awarded.
  • Registration for the virtual race is $20 and closes at 9 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 24).
  • Runners have the option of covering the 4.748 miles on a treadmill at their preferred pace (using a simulated app).
  • Participants are invited to share costume photos for display on the MRR website.
Sign For The Times
With COVID cases rising everywhere and the holiday stretch approaching, these are reminders that can benefit people both little and big.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at 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