In these challenging times when people are divided by political party and opinions about the pandemic and so much more, it nice when something arrives that brings us all together and such is the case with .... leaves. They turn (foliage yea) and fall (raking boo) and starting today Manchester residents will converge daily at 263 Olcott St., collectively amassing the town's biggest leaf pile. We have more about leaf collection below as well as lots of other seasonal news and notes and if you want to subscribe to this newsletter we also have this link to share.
HEY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, GUESS WHAT?
Superintendent Matt Geary last night outlined a plan to have K-4 hybrid students change to a five-day in-building schedule starting Nov. 2
Last night's BoE meeting also had a new dimension as we invited community members to submit questions during the broadcast. Click here for a replay and here to see how this new engagement initiative works.
Our district Facebook page has dozens of photos including these (clockwise from top left) which wre taken at Bennet, Keeney and Highland Park.
COSTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Karen Clancy, the district's director of Finance and Management, was part of NBC-TV's look at the financial impact of the pandemic. Click here to see the segment.
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.)
FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS
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 uses the student parking lot off Brookfield Street.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church had a tribute recently for the late Dotti Cannon, who was a longtime member of the church. Click here for a tribute from The Rev. Ann Lovejoy Johnson and here for photos by John Garaventa.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3 and you can click here for the town's official election information.
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 email@example.com
Starting today, during hours when the Transfer Station is closed, residents may drop off loose or paper bagged leaves at the parking lot at 263 Olcott Street. For all the leaf collection news, please click here.
IN THE NEWS
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage but monthly free-read limits -- although the Courant has removed the paywall from its main daily Coronavirus story. You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch.
The JI wrote a story about town reservoirs being at disturbingly low levels.
Pride is just spilling out of these styrofoam cups at MHS.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.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.