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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

Today marks the start of Phase 3 of the state's pandemic reopening plan, with more people allowed in restaurants, hair salons and such, and things are picking up in newsletterland, too, as you'll see if you scroll down. We have two special stories connected to Hispanic Heritage month, a growing calendar, MHS 'Senior night' sports pictures, Rotary in Motion coverage  and much more. Want to subscribe to OneManchester? You can do so by clicking here.
You Might Have Heard ...
There's a presidential election coming up, and here are some statistics of note:
  • Manchester had (as of yesterday afternoon) 33,178 registered voters
  • The breakdown -- 13,720 Democrats, 13,386 unaffiliated, 5,388 Republicans and 679 with minor parties.
Recent participation in Manchester:
  • 2016 -- 83.7 percent
  • 2012 -- 80.7 percent
  • 2008 -- 78 percent
  • 2004 -- 78.2 percent
  • 2000 -- 76.3 percent
  • The election is Tuesday, Nov. 3 and  you can click here for the town's official election information.
  • Also, scroll down to see photos from a voter registration event held last Saturday at Charter Oak Park.
Hispanic Heritage Month
We know: This shouldn't be just a 'once a year' area of focus but this month is nevertheless special and we have two more inspiring stories to share:


Anthony Francis took a big chance when he opened his Jamaican restaurant in the Parkade 12 years ago but he has succeeded, having built a loyal customer base who love his jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtail and more. He is our latest addition to our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.

Keeney Principal Althea Barnes will forever be indebted to Ada Munoz, and we have the story in our latest podcast. Click here to listen.
School Stuff
Illing distributed materials for remote learners yesterday.
Starting with the Wednesday, Oct. 14 BoE meeting, people will be able to submit questions from home both before and during the meeting. (Residents can also still register in advance to speak during public comment.) Click for more.
  • There is lots of information on the district website including a new COVID dashboard.
  • Here's the schedule for both hybrid and remote learners.
  • 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.)

The school district has changed its remote meal pickup schedule because of low participation at some sites. The new schedule is:
  • Bennet -- 11:00 a.m.-noon
  • Buckley, Waddell & MHS -- noon-1 p.m.
Note: Bennet distribution is on Vine Street (behind the Barnard building) and MHS uses the student parking lot off Brookfield Street.
Also: On Saturday, Oct. 10 and on Saturdays for the rest of the month, "Adeline Gray and her Jump Into Fame" will be shown at noon on Cox channel 15.
The town has kicked off its Parks and Facilities Master Plan project, which includes a "Trick or Treat for Parks” event Oct. 24. Click for more.
  • 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
Around Town
Board of Ed Chairman Darryl Thames  (above left) joined organizers of last Saturday's voter registration and free kids mask giveaway at Charter Oak Park. The event was sponsored by the African American and Black Affairs Council and included reminders that Oct. 27 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election.
The YSB Teen Center, 63 Linden Street, is now open daily from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Space is limited to 8 youth on a first-come first-serve basis.  Masks must be worn. Temperatures are checked upon arrival.  Closed on holidays. Call 860-647-5260 for more information.
MEDIA MATTERS: 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.
Manchester High held its 'Senior Night' celebrations early this year because, well, it's 2020 so who knows what next week will bring.
The Red Hawk volleyball and swim teams compete indoors during the fall with everyone else outside. We'll share football, cross-country, and girls soccer pics next week and in the meantime suggest you follow our sports Facebook page.
The boys soccer team has 14 seniors this year.
Rotary In Motion
Saturday's Rotary In Motion festivities at Charter Oak Park followed the Pavilion dedication ceremony. That's Dr. Carlos Gonzalez from the Community Child Guidance Center at left while below are MPD officers and Rotary president Lucy Hurston.
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