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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Halloween is still more than a week away and the COVID threat has some people skittish but the town has a safe family-friendly event planned for Saturday called "Trick or Treat for our Parks" that offers the chance to costume up, collect candy, win prizes and more. We have all the details below plus lots of other news and notes as well as this link for anyone who wants to subscribe to our newsletter.
People
HUMANS OF MANCHESTER

A versatile and valuable member of the staff at Illing Middle School, Bernardo Negron is also the latest to join our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.
BUILDING EAGLE EASELS (sort of)

Nathan Zilora is a senior at Manchester High and a Boy Scout with Troop 27 who is fundraising for his Eagle Scout project -- building two display carts for the gallery at WORK_SPACE. You can read more (and make a donation) here.
School News
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Starting Monday, Nov. 2, all K-4 hybrid learners will return to school five days per week (Monday through Friday) with classes in school buildings running from 9:10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. . Read all about it.
STICK WITH IT
At Manchester Preschool Center, students measured to compare the size of block towers they had built.
NOTEBOOK:
  • There is lots of information on the district website 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.)
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.


STARS AND STRIPES


Freshman Kenadee Ogletree gives teacher Brian Albert a hand at the flagpole outside Manchester Regional Academy.
Around Town
PARKADE SHADY GLEN SHUTS ITS DOORS
After 55 years and too many cheeseburgers to count, the 'other' Shady Glen closed for good. Read more in the JI (or in the Courant).
SCARECROW STATUS

The annual scarecrow contest is under way and you can vote through Saturday by 'liking' photos on this official contest Facebook page. If you plan to go Downtown to see them for yourself you can consult this program and map.
UPROOTED
The season has ended at the Spruce Street community garden (that's Betty Lou Sandy at right) in preparation for an offseason reconfiguration. 
NEWS AND NOTES
KEEPING TRACK OF COVID 
Calendar
Weekend highlights include a voter registration/kids' mask and coat giveaway at Squire Village and a disc golf tournament at Wickham Park.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Also: There's a food drive through Nov. 20 at Borgida & Company's office at 360 East Center Street. For more click here.

DADS' ISSUES

Five dads logged on for the first of eight weekly sessions of a Virtual Fatherhood Program. Click here if you'd like to join. (It's not too late!)
Also: The state Office of Early Childhood has a virtual parent engagement sessions scheduled for Oct. 27 and we have information here (and here, in Spanish).
DOWN THE ROAD
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 pofria@mpspride.org
Of Note 
REST IN PEACE
Sergeant Stephen Bresciano of the Manchester Police died last Saturday after battling pancreatic cancer for the past two years. Just 49, he had been with the PD 22 years. A service will be held Wickham Park, today at 11 a.m. with more details in his obituary.
ALSO 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.
REC ON THE RUN
The town's mobile pop-up creative arts, sports and games vehicle offers activities in “to-go” box formats and the details are here. (The van was on Spruce Street last night.)
Sports
MHS junior Alerek Mitera celebrates after sinking a putt at the Country Club during the PAL golf tournament last Thursday. Looking on is senior Andrew Fogarty (left) and MHS SRO unit supervisor Sgt. Nick Reinert.
We have more coverage on our sports Facebook page.
Saturday, In the Parks ...
Center Memorial Park, Charter Oak Park, and Northwest Park will be busy from 9 -11 a.m. Saturday for a special 'trick or treat' event tied to getting community input about the future of the town's park. Read more here.
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